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“No magic, no jugglery, no God. Simply to become servant of God…”

“No magic, no jugglery, no God. Simply to become servant of God…”

by | May 6, 2018 | ACARYA SERIES, Caitanya, Srila Prabhupada, Uncategorized

From a room conversation with Indian guests, March 13, 1975
in Tehran, Iran by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

Our mission is to spread the words of Kṛṣṇa. We don’t manufacture anything. Why should we manufacture? Everything is there perfectly. What Kṛṣṇa says, it is perfect. If I manufacture something, that is imperfect because I am imperfect. So how can I speak perfectly, or how can I give perfect knowledge? It is not possible because I am defective: I commit mistake, I am sometimes illusioned. Why sometimes? Practically always. Everyone is thinking that he is this body—he is Indian, he is American, he is Hindu, he is Muslim. That is illusion. He is not this body. Similarly, our senses are imperfect, and so long we are in the imperfect condition, if we teach, that means we cheat. I have no perfect knowledge, and still, I am trying to teach—that is cheating. Nobody should try to preach with imperfect knowledge. That is cheating. That is stated in the śāstra: bhrama, pramāda, vipralipsā and kāraṇa pāṭava. We are qualified with these imperfections, and therefore we cannot manufacture. Somebody says “in my opinion.” So what is the value of your opinion? You are imperfect. If the child says “in my opinion,” what is the value? Therefore we don’t say “in my opinion,” “our opinion.” We say, “Kṛṣṇa says this,” that’s all.

Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s mission is… He says,

āmāra ājñāya guru hañā tāra ei deśa
     yāre dekha, tāre kaha ‘kṛṣṇa’-upadeśa
(CC Madhya 7.128)

He says that “All of you, you become guru.” Just like I am requesting all Indians outside that I am alone trying to spread this Indian culture, why not you also join? You also become guru. So how to become guru? Not that simply by advertising that one has become guru all of a sudden. No. Guru means, as Caitanya Mahāprabhu says, yāre dekha, tāre kaha ‘kṛṣṇa’-upadeśa. Whomever you meet, you just instruct him in what Kṛṣṇa says, that’s all—you become guru. It is not very difficult to become guru, provided we simply preach the instruction of Kṛṣṇa. That we are doing. We do not say that we are perfect, we have become God, or we have so many…, so many magic jugglery. No, we have nothing to do, that. No magic, no jugglery, no God. Simply to become servant of God, and whomever we meet, we speak the words of God, that’s all. Then you become guru. This is our mission. That we may be imperfect, that doesn’t matter. We are imperfect. Just like this child, he is imperfect, everyone knows. But if he says, “My father has informed me that this is microphone,” so this knowledge of “is microphone” is perfect because he has received from the father, experienced father. Before hearing from the father, he may not know that this is microphone, but since he has heard from the father that this is microphone, and if he says to others that “My father has said, ‘This is microphone,’ ” then people will accept this is perfect knowledge.

So we should follow this instruction of Caitanya Mahāprabhu, yāre dekha, tāre kaha ‘kṛṣṇa’-upadeśa. So you, every one of you, can become guru. You may say that “I am not interested to become a guru,” but Caitanya Mahāprabhu says that if you are not interested, that is not very good. You should be interested. You must be guru. That is success of your life. You can speak the instruction of Kṛṣṇa, even to your family. That also guru. You are actually guru. The father or the head of the family is guru to the children, to the wife. In India still, the wife addresses the husband as pati-guru. And father is guru. That is natural. So why don’t you become real guru to your wife, to your children, and instruct Bhagavad-gītā as it is? This is our mission. You sit down in the evening, chant Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra and teach little instruction from the Bhagavad-gītā. See how the life changes. Is that very difficult task? Boliye?

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