“Then He’s Finished”
by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
Caitanya Mahaprabhu, He is God—guru more murkha dekhi’ karila sasan [CC. Adi 7.71]. “My Guru Maharaja saw Me a fool number one, and he has chastised Me.” He’s God. This is the example. If one remains always a servant ever-lastingly of guru, then he is liberated. And as soon as he thinks that he is liberated, he’s a rascal. That is the teaching of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Guru more murkha dekhi’. Caitanya Mahaprabhu is murkha? Why He’s posing Himself that murkha? “I am fool number one.” That means that is liberation. You must be ready always to be chastised by guru. Then he’s liberated. And as soon as he thinks that “I am beyond this chastisement, I am liberated,” he’s a rascal. Why Caitanya Mahaprabhu says guru more murkha dekhi’ karila sasan? This is sahajiya-vada. He is thinking, “Oh I have become liberated. I don’t require any direction of my guru. I’m liberated.” Then he’s rascal.
Why this Gaudiya Math failed? Because they tried to become more than guru. He, before passing away, he gave all direction and never said that “This man should be the next acharya.”
But these people,
just after his passing away they began to fight, who shall be acharya.
That is the failure. They never thought, “Why Guru Maharaja gave us instruction so many things, why he did not say that this man should be acharya?” They wanted to create artificially somebody acharya and everything failed.
They did not consider even with common sense that if Guru Maharaja wanted to appoint somebody as acharya, why did he not say? He said so many things, and this point he missed? The real point? And they insist upon it. They declared some unfit person to become acharya. Then another man came, then another, acharya, another acharya. So better remain a foolish person perpetually to be directed by Guru Maharaja. That is perfection.
And as soon as he learns the Guru Maharaja is dead, “Now I am so advanced that I can kill my guru and I become guru.”
Then he’s finished.
Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
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