“You Cannot See a Sadhu Through Your Eyes”

“You Cannot See a Sadhu Through Your Eyes”

by | May 12, 2018 | Sadhu-sanga, Srila Gour Govinda Swami, Uncategorized

Excerpt from a morning lecture on Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 8.22.35-36
by Srila Gour Govinda Swami on March 13, 1993

excerpt […]T herefore we often put this question, how can you see a sādhu? You cannot see a sādhu through your eyes. You see a sādhu through your ears, hearing the kṛṣṇa-tattva he speaks. This is Mahāprabhu’s teaching. On this path of devotion, bhakti-patha, there is no question of measurement.

You cannot measure a sādhu. What means do you have to measure a sādhu? The impersonalists, the adhyakṣiṇas, materialistic people, those who rely on their material senses, they want to measure everything, but the consequence of that is they are cheated. Yasyāsti bhaktir bhagavaty akiñcanā sarvair guṇais tatra samāsate surāḥ — He who has developed unalloyed devotion unto the Supreme Lord, all divine qualities automatically develop, and all the demigods reside in his person. It is automatic. Most important is unalloyed devotion, pure devotion, then divine qualities automatically develop. But these adhyakṣiṇas, they want to see the secondary things. They cannot recognise how he has developed unalloyed devotion. They are lacking that vision. They see external, secondary things, suniti, durniti, tapasya, vairāgya, pāṇḍitya — morality, renunciation, scholarship. They lack the vision to see that the most important thing is unalloyed devotion.

If you can develop unalloyed devotion automatically all divine qualities will develop in you.

Therefore it is said, vaiṣṇavera kriyāmudrā vijñe nā bujhāya — however learned one may be materially no one can understand the activities of a vaiṣṇava. For example, no one could understand the activities of Puṇḍarīka Vidyānidhi. […]


  1. Raghava Pandit das

    The timeless wisdom from the lotus lips of a sadhu-mahajana is our life and soul.

    • Raghava Pandit das

      The svarupa of the jiva is ‘krsna-das’, that means he is a sadhu … so pay respect to one and all … so you’ll never commit any aparadha!

      manasaitāni bhūtāni
       praṇamed bahu-mānayan
      īśvaro jīva-kalayā
       praviṣṭo bhagavān iti

      Such a perfect devotee offers respects to every living entity because he is under the firm conviction that the Supreme Personality of Godhead has entered the body of every living entity as the Supersoul, or controller. SB 3.29.34

  2. dennis lock

    The Katha of this super-excellent devotee is so sweet, thank you


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