Hear The Guru Not See The Guru

Prabhupada: [indistinct] yes. [Hindi]. [break]
Dictaphone and I am getting an impression. So if I hear about it I can get the same impression. So knowledge about this microphone, either I see or hear — it has the same balance.
Hansadutta: But by, by seeing it…
Prabhupada: Just like suppose if you see some friend that he is such and such. His body is useless. Similarly the same description is given to you, you hear it, so the impression is not the same?
Hansadutta: Yes, some of the time.
Prabhupada: But on the other hand all your senses are imperfect. So any impression you get by these senses they are imperfect. By exercising your senses, whatever knowledge…
Devotee (2): [indistinct]
Prabhupada: Eh?
Hansadutta: Independently.
Prabhupada: Yes. Whatever knowledge you gather that is imperfect. Either you see.. But foolish people they give more stress on seeing. He does not know my seeing is also imperfect. That is his position. He wants to gives stress on seeing but he is ignorant that his seeing power is also defective. What he will do by seeing?
Just like Lord Caitanya when He was in Benares. Benares, Sanatana Gosvami came he asked, “Please give me a host. There is a Vaisnava bring him here.” And Sanatana Gosvami was more than a month, he was walking on the.., On foot. He has no nice dress and there was hair, moustaches. And this Candrasekhara Acarya came back, “Oh I didn’t see any Vaisnava there.” “So there is no man?” “Yes there is a man but he is a… He appears to be a Moslem.” So what is the value of his seeing?
Hansadutta: Yes.
Prabhupada: Caitanya Mahaprabhu is seeing him, Vaisnava. He is seeing him as a Moslem. It’s clear? So what is the father seeing, that hearing is power.., Most important. But Caitanya Mahaprabhu says that he is a Vaisnava. That is most powerful. By seeing he could not understand a Vaisnava. But by hearing he had actual appreciation of Sanatana. But hearing from Caitanya Mahaprabhu, that is the point. Therefore knowledge, hearing from authorized persons is all perfect. Not by seeing, not by touching, not by licking, not by touching. No. Anyway you lose your senses to get real experience, its defect. But if you simply hear from the right authority that is perfect. That is our profit going [?]. Our profit of knowledge therefore perfect.
Devotee (1): [indistinct]
Prabhupada: We are hearing from Krsna — about Krsna. Therefore our knowledge of God is perfect. We are not perfect but our knowledge is perfect because we are hearing from the Supreme Perfect. They do not understand. “So this man is like me imperfect, how he can say, ‘perfect knowledge of Krsna, or God.'” That they cannot understand.

Lecture – December 4, 1970, Indore

Srila Prabhupada or by a full title His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is the founder-acharya of the International Society for Krsna consciousness and the pioneer in introducing devotional service in the Western countries. He is a pure devotee of Lord Krsna coming in the Gaudiya Vaisnava disciplic succession of realized spiritual masters. His numerous translations of ancient Vedic texts are recognized by scholars from Harvard, Cambridge, Princeton, Oxford, La Sorbonne and other major universities. He initiates all sincere souls into the knowledge of bhakti-yoga through his teachings.

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