Real Sadhu-sanga is most important
Real Sadhu-sanga is most important
from an informal talk with Srila Gour Govinda Swami
Devotee: So Paramatma is comparable to guru in some ways?
Srila Gurudeva: Paramatma is the manifestation of guru and guru is the manifestation of Paramatma. Katha Upanisad says:
nayam atma pravacanena labhyo
na medhaya na bahuna srutena
yam evaisa vrnute tena labyas
tasyaisa atma vivrnute tanum svam
[“The Supreme Self can never be known by any amount of argument, reasoning, intelligence, or by much hearing. To those whom He chooses, however, He may reveal His personal form.” Katha Upanisad 1.2.23]
One who cries for it, Paramatma knows, then that Paramatma assumes a body and appears here, within and without. When He appears without, He’s Guru, vivrnute tanum svam. Tanu means body. He assumes a body and manifests and is known as caittya guru. Therefore I say, cry, cry, cry, Paramatma will know, “now he’s crying for Me.” And most important is sadhu–sanga. Sadhu in the true sense, not a hypocrite sadhu—not bogus sadhu—real sadhu. Guru means guru. He is heavy, not laghu. These specific words have their meanings and you should understand them. If you really meet guru then your association with laghus will be bitter, That’s a most important thing. That’s the test who’s guru.
Devotee: What does “laghu” mean—hypocrite?
Srila Gurudeva: “Laghu” means material things. You are associating with material poets, material politicians, materially wealthy persons, materially learned persons, like that. They are “laghus”. When you associate with a sadhu and get his krpa then automatically the taste will be bitter and you will no longer like to associate with laghus. You should associate with one who is real sadhu. This sadhu-krpa—the mercy of sadhu is powerful. It is a most important thing. It has been said, Vaisnava krpa tara sarva siddhi—if you can get the mercy of a Vaisnava sadhu then you will achieve all perfection. This sadhu-sanga is most important. And real sadhu, sadhu in the true sense of the term. Not hypocrite or bogus sadhu or kali-cela! They are only posing like sadhu, they are not a real sadhu. If a sadhu casts his merciful glance on you, then you have got it! Yes! That’s a most important thing, most important thing, most important thing—sadhu-sanga. One should develop greed for such type of sadhu–sanga. Don’t resist such greed—become greedy enough. You are greedy for material accumulations. That’s your enemy. That will lead you to hell. But now become greedy for this. To have such type of sadhu–sanga. “How can I get, how can I get?” Become greedy, that’s the only thing needed, understand? Develop such greed. It’s real greed and that greed should not be resisted—unresisted greed, yes.
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