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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

What Is The Matter With The World?

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

 On the 16th of February 1957 a meeting was held at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan to discuss the above subject matter. Distinguished gentlemen from different categories spoke on the subject, but practically nobody could give us a definite direction as to what actually the matter was that was troubling the whole situation.

This feeling of pinching in the existence of our life is a good sign for progress. It is an urge for enquiry what is the wrong in the world that gives us trouble? This trouble is not a new thing but it is a matter of permanent settlement in all the days of life, but it may be felt at different times in different colour. The troubles are in varieties in relation with our mind and body, in relation with our dealings with other living beings and in relation with natural phenomenons.

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Why Do We Want The Original Books Of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada?

It is of utmost importance to preserve the teachings of disciplic succesion intact, so that the spiritual medicine of Krsna consciousness remains concentrated and potent to be capable of curing the bhava-roga, material disease of the souls embodied in material nature.

Krsna consciousness, the system of bhakti-yoga, the supermost process and state of spiritual realization was confined in the Vedas, written in Sanskrit language for thousands of years and after the appearance of Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu, when His disciples, the Goswamis of Vrindavana and other Vaisnavas expounded on His teachings, in Bengali language for hundreds of years. One had to be very fortunate to take his birth in India to be able to take advantage of this divine messages, or he had to learn Sanskrit and Bengali to study the original writings. The first pioneer to change this for the benefit of the whole world was Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, who first started to write on the topics of Krsna consciousness in English language and was the first to send a book on Lord Caitanya´s life and precepts to the Western educational institution, namely the McGill University in Montreal, Canada. His son, the great acarya Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura continued in his effort to expose the proper conclusions of Vedanta to the English-speaking populace of the world and on the order of His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Maharaja, our spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada came to the West, to unlock this long sought after “fountain of youth” of spiritual knowledge, to inundate the whole world with ocean of transcendental nectar that brings about life of eternal knowledge and bliss. He accomplished this great task through the medium of his transcendental books and recorded sound in forms of lectures, conversations, song purports etc. which will circulate around the planet on and on for the next ten thousand years as a crystal-clear guide for those who aspire to make their way back home, back to Godhead.

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Crows and Tal-fruit Logic

We never had any occasion when we were separated from Krsna. Just like one man is dreaming and he forgets himself. In dream he creates himself in different forms: now I am the king discussing like that. This creation of himself is as seer and subject matter or seen, two things. But as soon as the dream is over, the “seen” disappears. But the seer remains. Now he is in his original position.

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Why Are The Original Books Changed?

For many years we have been developing a more clear understanding in regards to the controversy that has arisen around the books of our spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda. This article is the result of that endeavor. Those who sincerely try to follow his instructions cultivate and fully accept the idea that his vāṇi cannot be adulterated, because the pure message descending from the ācārya on his disciples is the essence of the paramparā, disciplic succession.

Let me say a bit about my personal history. When I first heard that Śrīla Prabhupāda’s books have been changed without his authorization, I was alarmed. Over the years, in my humble endeavour to preserve Śrīla Prabhupāda´s books as they are I have collected the complete set of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam printed before 1978, the complete set of 1975 Ś Caitanya-Caritamṛta, the 1972 Bhagavad-gītā, the 1974 Kṛṣṇa trilogy, the 1970 Nectar of Devotion and many of the small books (first printings). I have also translated a few of them into my native Slovak language, including the 1972 Bhagavad-gītā, 1969 Ś Īśopaniṣad, Beyond Birth and Death, Perfection of Yoga, Elevation to Kṛṣṇa Consciousness, Rāja-vidyā, The Nectar of Instruction etc. My understanding at that time was that the editing of the original text for the sake of translation should be nil or as minimal as possible even at the risk of compromising the clarity of the text. So I fanatically stuck to the English wording and although the Slovak result was often an awkward material to read, I just couldn´t allow myself any sort of compromise, fearing the inevitable changing of the sacred text in the process of translation to another language. When I look back at these first Slovak translations, they bring smile to my face. They blend innocence on one side, which is always appreciated but naiveté on the other, which may not necessarily lead to desired progress in our undertakings. Realizations developed and in the light of research we see the shadows of, for many, unpalatable facts. The reason why I am stating this is to emphasize that the following exposé is not a mere theoretical, political, or a social media type of viewpoint. I am speaking from a position of a translator who is trying to approach this problem from a practical side.

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