Dear Srila Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaja,
Dandavat pranams on the day of your appearance.
Srila Govinda Maharaja once said:
Everything depends on the mood of the devotee. Someone may go for collection, someone else may cook, another may clean, but everything depends on the individual’s mood whether it will be karma or bhakti. If someone will follow his Guru’s instructions in a surrendered mood, it will be bhakti, otherwise it will be pious karma. If anyone will follow the instructions of the Scriptures and Guru he will always receive a good result, but that is not necessarily bhakti. It is a big difficulty for everyone if they are not conscious of their purpose. Srila Guru Maharaja always emphasized the word ‘consciousness’-everything is living within consciousness.The result depends on the devotee’s mental position. So first he must try to cleanse his heart. Krsna said in Bhagavad-glta:
yat karosi yad asnasi, yaj juhosi dadasi yat
yat tapasyasi kaunteya, tat kurusva mad arpanam
Krsna has clarified everything for us and given us a very easy way: “Everything you do, and everything you want to do-whether eating, sacrificing, going anywhere, etc.-connect everything with Me, then that will be bhakti.” First it is necessary to finalize what our need is, and what is the process to achieve it. If we need bhakti-yoga to Krsna, and if we do not want to stay within the illusory environment, and if we feel the necessity to go to the transcendental world-our own home-then with full heart we must try to achieve that.
We shall try to search out that place where it is available and whole-heartedly try to follow the instructions we receive there. This is the main thing for everyone, but circumstances can take us in many ways and to many places. We must try to proceed steadily within our track and not allow ourselves to go out of the track.
Having been involved in this mission since roughly 1989, I can say that you have tirelessly tried to drive home this point. If you cannot follow the order of the spiritual master, then everything else is of little value in connection with the spiritual center. You were preaching this back in the late 1980s and you are preaching it today.
You once asked me, “What is the main quality of a real disciple?”
I gave many answers, but the only one you accepted was “following the order of the spiritual master.”
So much discussion, analysis and wailing has transpired since the disappearance of Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda-Dev Goswami Maharaja from our material vision. So much disturbance has also apparently unfolded. Yet, seemingly lost, to but a few, is the central point of the matter at hand: either Srila Govinda Maharaja’s Last Will & Testament has value and should be followed, or it is valueless and can be ignored.
The simplest concept is the most breathtaking as more scrutiny and penetration takes place within the mind of the devotee. For me, this boils down to:
“What is the main quality of a real disciple?”
“Following the order of the spiritual master.”
You stood up for my Gurudeva’s final directives. His Last Will & Testament does have meaning. The directives contained therein are central to the wellbeing of his followers and disciples. Those that deny this are no longer relevant as they fail to follow the central principle of being a disciple: following the order of the spiritual master.
On the day of your appearance I felt the necessity to say these things directly and to thank you for upholding the dignity of this spiritual line.