My dandavats Sriman Vrndavan das.
I’m happy to hear from you again after a long time
Let you think on this-
Nicholas Hagger’s books reveal truths that have been hidden, and are rewarding.
If you want to make progress in Krishna consciousness you will have to subdue your tendency to rely on mundane authorities. Their ideas have been classified by our Sri Guru Varga as those of the cheaters and the cheated. The ideas they promote are intended to cheat you. If you accept them you will be cheated.
Surely you did not take initiation from a Vaishnava guru in order to continue the same life you had prior to initiation. As Srila Sridhara Maharaja so eloquently wrote:
To err is human. To err is inevitable for all, being not perfect. Still, no one wants to remain imperfect. There is an element within all that is animate that tends towards perfection. If it were not so, we would feel no want at all. Our tendency towards perfection is certainly very weak and limited; otherwise we could attain the goal at once. Our limited capacity and tendency for perfection makes room for the guide or guru.
The imperfect is not so if it is not in need of help, and that also from beyond itself.
—Srila Sridhara Maharaja, The Harmonist, 1934, Article: “Sri Guru and His Grace”
Help “from beyond itself” means: from the transcendental plane of Vaikuntha, not some mundane author like the one you have suggested.
You say his books “reveal truths that have been hidden, and are rewarding.” Rewarding for who? Not for me. And not for our acharyas or their disciples, friends and so forth. The real hidden truth that is rewarding for us is described here:
pavitram idam uttamam
su-sukham kartum avyayam
raja-vidya — the king of education; raja-guhyam — the king of confidential knowledge; pavitram — the purest; idam — this; uttamam — transcendental; pratyaksa — by direct experience; avagamam — understood; dharmyam — the principle of religion; su-sukham — very happy; kartum — to execute; avyayam — everlasting.
This knowledge is the king of education, the most secret of all secrets. It is the purest knowledge, and because it gives direct perception of the self by realization, it is the perfection of religion. It is everlasting, and it is joyfully performed.
This hidden knowledge, as given by Krishna and His devotees, is raja-vidya the “king” of all knowledge. It is pure, having come directly from Krishna. Because it is pure, it is the only type of knowledge that is truly rewarding and makes one happy (su-sukam) not just during this life but everlastingly (avyayam).
What has happened with you? Have you lost your faith in guru and Krishna? If not, why are you suggesting I read this rubbish?
Next I suppose you will ask “How do you know it is rubbish if you have not read it?” That question is answered here:
na yad vacas citra-padam harer yaso
jagat-pavitram pragrnita karhicit
tad vayasam tirtham usanti manasa
na yatra hamsa niramanty usik-ksayah
Those words which do not describe the glories of the Lord, who alone can sanctify the atmosphere of the whole universe, are considered by saintly persons to be like unto a place of pilgrimage for crows. Since the all-perfect persons are inhabitants of the transcendental abode, they do not derive any pleasure there.
I pray you will consider these points carefully and look to guru, shastra and sadhu for “truths that have been hidden, and are rewarding” rather than searching for answers in all the wrong places; among those under the spell of the four defects:
Vedic knowledge is received from transcendental sources, and the first words were spoken by the Lord Himself. The words spoken by the Lord are called apauruseya, meaning that they are different from words spoken by a person of the mundane world who is infected with four defects. A mundaner (1) is sure to commit mistakes, (2) is invariably illusioned, (3) has the tendency to cheat others and (4) is limited by imperfect senses. With these four imperfections, one cannot deliver perfect information of all-pervading knowledge.
Vedic knowledge is not imparted by such defective living entities.
—Bhaktivedanta Swami, Bg Introduction
You have been given the chance to study in the classroom of teachers like Vyasadeva, Shukadeva, Narada, Sri Krishna Chaitanya and even Krishna Himself. Why would you leave their classroom to study under this man you have named? It is ludicrous.
I pray this finds you well in health and spirits. Please convey the same to your good wife Srimati Ananga Devi and your children.
Swami B.K. Giri