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Allegories - Lessons in Krishna Consciousness

His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur

Spiritual Master of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Srila Prabhupada

1874 - 1937
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur was the 4th son of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur, who gave him the name Bimala Prasad, meaning "the mercy of the Lord". In his early youth he was awarded the title Siddhanta Sarasvati in recognition of his scholarly prowess. In 1900 he met and accepted Srila Gaurakishor das Babaji as his spiritual master. After the disappearance of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur and Srila Gaurakishor das Babaji, he took the vow of sannyasa, and assumed the name Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Maharaja. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur was a life-long brahmachary and staunch devotee preacher. As Founder-Acharya of the Gaudiya Math Society, he re-established the teachings of Lord Chaitanya at the forefront of Vaishnavism.

In 1922, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, then age 26, first saw Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur, and knew at once that he had met his spiritual master. At that meeting, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati exhorted Srila Prabhupada to preach in English to the people of the Western countries, and again, shortly before departing from this world in 1937, he reiterated this request to Srila Prabhupada, who later executed this order most faithfully, bringing Krishna consciousness to the West and making Hare Krishna practically a household name. In the front pages of his Srimad-Bhagavatam Volume 1, Srila Prabhupada wrote: "To Srila Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Maharaja, My Spiritual Master, On the 26th Annual Ceremony of His Appearance Day... He lives forever by his divine instructions and the follower lives with him."

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Rowing Along the Wind

A landlord once had a sycophantic servant, who was only interested in grabbing something for his own sense gratification by flattering his master.

One day the landlord asked the sycophant, Could you tell me what kind of vegetable is the potato?

The sycophant replied with an uneasy gesture and folded hands before the landlord, O Lord! I pray that your honour may please narrate the nature of potato. Please let us hear your wise words on this matter.

Then the landlord said, Potato is the most delicious of all vegetables in this present age.

Even before the landlord could finish his statement, the sycophant butted in, Yes, my Lord! Really delicious! Excellently delicious, pleasantly delicious, highly tasteful and dainty! It is said that this round potato - boiled in rice, boiled in water, fried, mixed up in a subji, put in a soup or dahl, either in pickle condiment, or in rich gravy, or kofta - everywhere in every recipe, this round potato is omnipresent! Is there any other vegetable comparable to it? It is simply second to none, - unparalleled!!

Then the landlord rejoindered, Whatever you say, I should like to assert that potato is very agitating and very dull, in spite of the fact that it is tasteful.

Immediately the sycophant blustered, O yes lord, for sure. It is a really agitatingly agitating vegetable, very hot, excessively passionate, very difficult to cool down. My lord! We are being plagued by a new wave of unknown diseases nowadays! These are all due to this round potato. All sorts of flatulence, cholera, diarrhoea, diabetes, phthisis are resulting form this round potato - do you know, my lord? Potato is certainly the root cause of all these troubles.

The landlord then asked his fawning servant, Well what is your opinion of eggplant?

The sycophant replied, O lord, let us first hear you, please. What is eggplant like?

The landlord began, There is nothing bad about an eggplant! As far as I know, eggplant is a nice vegetable.

Again the servant spoke, Yes lord! Let us look at it; there is hardly another beautiful vegetable like it. What else is required when we get two pieces of fried eggplant? Then even butter is not comparable to it! When one has nothing else in the house, only one piece of eggplant could serve the purpose of maintaining prestige of a householder - you can roast it, fry it, cook it in a subji, prepare a chutney - any way you like - that eggplant proves itself somewhat extraordinary among all vegetables. Still among all varieties of eggplant, take lapha eggplant - an excellent creation of the Supreme Godhead indeed!

After hearing all this, the landlord replied, Anyhow, there is no nutritious value in an eggplant.

The sycophant said, O my lord, of course! That's why it is called be-gun which means no value or potential value, but began, the eggplant is much more inferior to that. An eggplant gives more itching trouble in the mouth than any wild turnip or kocu root! Eggplant is the root cause of so many troubles. Eggplant carries eternal bad luck. That's why it is often roasted before serving!

The landlord then retorted saying, You're a very strange fellow! When I say 'Potato is good' you also repeat, 'Yes, potato is very good', and when I say 'it is bad', then you also start pleading that it is very, very bad. When I said, 'Eggplant is good', then your appreciation for eggplant knew no bounds. When I said, 'Eggplant is bad' you are deprecating it as if it should never be considered as a vegetable. Don't you possess any personal integrity?'

With folded hands and faltering voice the sycophant explained, O my lord! Please have mercy, please forgive my offences. But, to be truthful, I am not a servant of a potato, nor of an eggplant - I am simply your servant, my lord! Whatever you say, my lord, I must say likewise. Potato will not provide me with a wage packet every month, and eggplant is not going to give me a job for my livelihood. I am your servant, so my lord's voice should be my voice.

Some people always row with the wind for their own advantage, and express their concocted opinions only motivated by their own selfish desires for gaining reputation. Sometimes they pretend to be devotees of Lord Sri Chaitanya, or patriots, social leaders, or simply unmindful lovers, or many other disguises. Basically they are impersonalists, or in other words, they do not believe in the eternal holy name, form, qualities, associates and pastimes of the Supreme Lord.

Any appreciation or eulogising of Lord Sri Chaitanya expressed by such persons is simply their verbal expression, as they are anxious to pose themselves as devotees before the common people.

Many such persons eulogise Lord Sri Chaitanyadeva with an ulterior motive of attracting some sort of honour and respect from a large community of Vaishnavas. But they are not at all interested in relishing the nectar of true instructions bestowed by Lord Sri Chaitanyadeva who deprecated such renowned ideologies as Buddhism, Shankaracharya philosophy, and the doctrines of fruitive work, mundane knowledge and meditational yogic philosophy. Those motivated persons do not accept Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's advice to worship Lord Vishnu only and to consider all other forms of demigods and goddesses as subordinate to Lord Vishnu. Nor can they endorse wholeheartedly the devotional practices of religion, wealth, lust, and liberation.

This only happens because as there are many followers of Lord Sri Chaitanyadeva, similarly there exist a number of fanatics in the line of Sri Shankaracharya, Buddha, Madhvira Jina, Kumarila Bhatta, Kapila the atheist and the like, who preached non-devotional doctrines among the people.

In this event, all motivated persons consider it beneficial to their self-interest of earning name, fame and reputation to preach the doctrines of other communities than those of Sri Chaitanyadeva, since these non-devotional communities command a wide populace.

Those who are devoid of the real urge for inquiring into the realm of eternal and absolute truth will always hush up the basic doctrines as propagated by Lord Sri Chaitanyadeva. These people are neither sincere followers of Lord Sri Chaitanyadeva, nor of Sri Shankaracharya. In fact they are basically opportunists trying to gratify their senses.

These opportunists are of the opinion that all doctrines are good, but their real nature is exposed whenever it is clearly proved that the love for Lord Sri Krishna can never be equated with the non-devotional practices for gaining positions in the fields of religion, mundane wealth, material enjoyment, and liberation from the cycle of birth, death, old age and disease.

Any attempt in synthesizing all doctrines irrespective of their intrinsic merit is a hypocrisy. This was very boldly expressed by Lord Sri Chaitanyadeva, with reference to His reflections on one of His own devotees, Sri Mukunda Datta Thakura, thus,

prabhu bale, o beta jakhan yetha jaye
sei moto katha kohi tathayi misaye
vasistha padaye jave advaiter sange
bhakti-yoge nace gaye trna kori dante
anya sampradaye giya yakhan sambhaye
nahi mane bhakti, jathi maraye sadaye
bhakti haite bada ache-ye iha vakhane
nirantar jathi more mare sei jane

Lord Chaitanya said: "Whenever that rascal (Mukunda) goes to the Mayavadis, he becomes like them, talking according to their theory. Whenever he studies the yoga-vasistha with Advaita Acarya, he dances in ecstasy holding straw in his teeth.

And going to other Sampradayas (Mayavadis), when he speaks, not only does he neglect bhakti, he always attacks bhakti. One who says there is something better than bhakti, is beating Me." (Chaitanya Bhagavata Madhva 10.188-191)

The person has made offences to devotional service and due to this he will never attain Krishna.

Most of the professional narrators of scriptural and mythological stories, speakers, writers, authors etc try to entertain common people through their deliberations and performances only to attract some sort of material gains and fortunes. In fact, their expositions of devotional scriptures are not truly expressive of their real love and devotion for the Supreme Lord. End

Kite-playing on an Unwalled Roof

A dull-headed boy was once happily flying a kite from an unwalled rooftop. He became so engrossed in playing that he lost his awareness. His playmates were also encouraging him very much. The boy got so carried away that he failed to notice that one of his legs was hanging over the edge of the roof. None of the other boys alerted him to this peril; rather they simply continued to encourage him to fly the kite.

At that critical moment, a wise man happened to pass by. He saw that the boy was in imminent danger of falling from the roof. He immediately rushed up to save the boy although the others saw no danger. He pulled the boy away from the edge, tore off the thread of the kite and took away the spool of thread.

But the foolish boy and his friends, rather than feeling thankful, began to curse the well-meaning gentleman. They called him a thief, rascal, trespasser, gunda, hooligan, ruffian and other such names. They even threatened to take the gentleman to court after complaining to their over-indulgent parents. Some even tried to physically assault him. Bearing all this, the kind-hearted gentleman saved the boy from imminent death.

Materialistic persons embrace their certain death by accepting whatever is apparently palatable to them. By no means are they prepared to accept anything which is apparently bitter but ultimately pleasant. Many of our so-called friends in this material world also encourage us in sense gratificatory activities that lead us to certain death and destruction.

By chance if one comes across a benevolent saintly person, he preaches to us out of his sheer mercy some real truths although in an unpleasantly stern exposition (like a dose of strong medicine) in spite of our unwillingness to accept it. Therefore we should accept all good sermons from saintly persons delivered in the cause of our eternal welfare, even if those words appear utterly bitter and heart rending. End

The Physician's Knife

Amar was a village boy who had been suffering so much from a boil on his back that he attempted suicide. His mother and close relatives were all trying to alleviate his pain by using hand-fans or even by orally blowing on the swelling boil.

One of his neighbours advised that the boy should be given some anaesthetic drug to save him from such unbearable physical agony. Still another person recommended that it was better to relieve him eternally from such a painful experience. His argument was that the boy has been suffering terribly because was alive, so, if he were dead he wouldn't be in pain anymore. The result would be complete solace to both the disease and patient.

Unnerved by such advice, the wise father of the boy immediately sent for an experienced physician, disregarding his son's so called well-wishers. When the physician advised that a minor surgery be formed on the boy, the relatives including the boy's mother, grandmother and others started weeping all in a row. The ignorant boy also started abusing the physician in the most vulgar words, saying, "You have come to kill me. Leave me alone right now, or I must send for the police to arrest you! Why don't you strike the knife on your own body? Would you go and lynch your own son? I would rather take a dose of poison before I surrender myself to your hands for certain death."

Turning a deaf ear to the boy's delirious outburst, the physician held him tightly while he pressed and executed the surgical operation on the boil. After a while, the boy was completely relieved of all agony and gradually became well within a few days.

Just like a real physician, quite often the real spiritual masters and saintly persons also dissect some of the knots in the obstinate mind of living entities by way of apparently distasteful injunctions and instructions varying on the degrees of entanglement. But the suffering entity is hardly inclined to agree with such injunctions and instead, misapply a lot of harsh words to those saintly persons blaspheming them as their enemies and extremely merciless executioners.

So-called relatives and friends of such suffering entities strongly advocate against such a surgical operation to avoid the apparent pain and uneasiness. Some such pseudo-friends even in the name of impersonalism advise one to commit suicide to get rid of the rut.

In fact, none of these ways can be fruitfully undertaken for eternal welfare of an entity. The constitutional position of a living entity is only realized after disentanglement from all unworthy mundane attachments with the help of saintly injunctions sincerely followed. This enables one to enter into the province of devotional service, which is the only way to eternal bliss and peace of mind. End

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