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Some of the Instructions of Prahlāda Mahārāja

The importance of guru has always been stated first. After taking dīkṣā and śikṣā from a sad-guru, one must render intimate service to guru. Offer whatever you have gained to guru, because he will offer the same to Kṛṣṇa. Sādhu-saṅga must surely be there and the worship of Kṛṣṇa must definitely be observed. Hari-kathā must always be respected. These are some of the instructions of Prahlāda Mahārāja.

September 25, 2005 India

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Completely fix your faith in the advice of Śrī Guru. Imbibe Śrī Guru’s vāṇī, transcendental instructions. Don’t look or run here and there. If guru’s heart melts, all his love and affection will come to you. You are the calf of Śrī Guru. A calf will not go to any buffalo, goat, pig, elephant, or camel for milk. When a calf is born, he will not even take milk from any other cow. He drinks from his own mother’s breasts. And a cow will not give her milk to the calf of another cow. Anything you hear from Guru-pāda-padma, keep that with you like a seed. Every day, practice that. After continual practice, this will become perfect. When you daily clean iron, it will shine like steel. If you daily smear a clay pot with ghee, it will become very strong and shiny. Guru Mahārāja gives mantra and dīkṣā—daily practice that, remember and repeat those mantras. Gurudeva is the rasamaya-vigraha, embodiment of rasa. Anything that comes from his lips is sweeter than honey. This is very helpful for increasing one’s bhakti and bestowing bhakti-rasa. Therefore, very carefully accept the vāṇī of Guru-pāda-padma, his transcendental teachings. Never be hopeless. If you have no desire to follow the mantra and teachings of Śrī Guru, then you will never develop your bhakti. Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī came to Caitanya Mahāprabhu and was offered in the shelter of Śrī Svarūpa Dāmodara. Dāsa Gosvāmī would come and pray to Mahāprabhu, “You never give me any instruction.” “You are with Svarūpa Dāmodara. What he says is good for you. If I tell you to do something and you don’t follow, then it will be problematic.” Śrīla Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī requested Svarūpa Dāmodara to beg Mahāprabhu to give him even one small instruction. Then Mahāprabhu said: grāmya-kathā nā śunibe, grāmya-vārtā nā kahibe bhāla nā khāibe āra bhāla nā paribe amānī mānada hañā kṛṣṇa-nāma sadā la’be vraje rādhā-kṛṣṇa-sevā mānase karibe Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Antya-līlā 6.236-237 Do not speak mundane topics or hear what general people have to say. You should not eat very rich, palatable food, nor should you wear very nice clothing. Do not expect respect, but honor all others. Always chant Kṛṣṇa’s names, and within your mind and heart render service to Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa in Vraja. Mahāprabhu told only four lines to Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī. Then, for the rest of his life, Dāsa Gosvāmī followed these instructions every day. Any order that Gurudeva gives, any word he speaks, don’t think this is ordinary. Any order Gurudeva gives means that he came near you with that order in the form of his speech. Gurudeva is the bhakti-rasamaya-vigraha. He gives you this bhakti-rasa through his instructions. This is then your property, your wealth, your life and soul. But if you don’t accept this and don’t keep this with you, and if you don’t try to follow his advice, then you are very far away from Guru Mahārāja. You have lost everything. Anything Gurudeva says is truthful. If a disciple accepts this, this is bhakti-rasa. Gurudeva is bhajanānanda and rasa-mādhurī—his heart is very soft and always absorbed in the sweet pastimes of Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa. All the Guru-paramparā is included in Śrī Guru—Param-guru, Parameṣṭhī-guru, Parātpar-guru, Paramparātpar-guru. Guru Mahārāja is not alone. His heart has a place for the Guru-varga and God. Don’t think, “My Guru Mahārāja is alone; other gurus are separate from him.” Mad guru jagad-guru—if I serve my Guru Mahārāja, I am serving all gurus. If I don’t serve my Guru Mahārāja, but rather run here and there trying to serve everyone, the result will be zero.

Glories of Madhvacarya

Madhvācārya preached by speaking hari-kathā, distributing mahā-prasāda, and serving the Vaiṣṇavas. These three things are very important. Now people think, “There are no Vaiṣṇavas. All are ordinary karmīs.” This is a bogus idea. If anyone came to serve God, and God and Gurudeva accept that person and give him the holy name and that person performs kirtana and engages in bhajana, then he is a Vaiṣṇava. If you desire to progress in your life, respect and serve the Vaiṣṇavas, chant harināma, listen to hari-kathā, and honor mahā-prasāda. There is no need of anything more. By this process you will become free of anarthas. But if you have no respect or faith for Vaiṣṇavas, you will never advance. Therefore Prabhupāda Sarasvatī Ṭhākura called all Prabhu. Our Lord is Mahāprabhu, and all His followers are Prabhu. They are masters in this world. They teach and help the jīvas. If you don’t respect those Vaiṣṇavas, how can you progress? If you think they are ordinary, how can you progress? ārcye viṣṇau śilā-dhīr guruṣu nara-matir vaiṣṇave jāti-buddhir viṣṇor vā vaiṣṇavānāṁ kali-mala-mathane pāda-tīrthe ‘mbu-buddhiḥ śrī-viṣṇor nāmni mantre sakala-kaluṣa-he sabda-sāmanya-buddhir viṣṇau sarveśvare tad-itara-sama-dhīr yasya vā nārakī saḥ [One who thinks the worshipable Deity form of Lord Viṣṇu is a stone, the bona-fide spiritual master an ordinary man, the Vaiṣṇava belongs to a caste in the varṇāśrama system, the water that has washed the feet of Lord Viṣṇu or the Vaiṣṇavas, and that actually removes the sins of the Kali-yuga, is ordinary water, the name of Lord Viṣṇu, which is a sacred mantra that removes all sin, is an ordinary sound, or the Supreme Lord Viṣṇu is the same as other persons, is a resident of hell.] If you think God's Deities are stone and Vaiṣṇavas belong to a caste, you destroy your own life. Vaiṣṇavas have no caste. They are God's direct family members. They are beyond the castes and jurisdiction of this world. Madhvācārya went to Dharmastalam where many so-called followers of dharma were. He changed everyone into Vaiṣṇavas, taught them to serve the devotees, take mahā-prasāda, and follow the rules and regulations of bhakti. From that time, people would not eat anything other than mahā-prasāda, and would not pass a single day without singing kirtana and serving the Vaiṣṇavas. Now people think, “I am a Vaiṣṇava, my disciples are Vaiṣṇavas, and especially my lady disciples are Vaisnavis, but no others are Vaiṣṇavas. I will not share anything with anyone else.” What is this? How can people progress? Respect and faith is most important. Ordinary conditioned souls always look, “Who is my footstep follower? Who licks my toes? Who is my slave?” This is not Vaisnavism. Vaiṣṇavas are neutral. They are respected and they respect God's followers. Prabhupāda Sarasvatī Ṭhākura said, “I will expend hundreds of gallons of blood to save one person from bondage in material existence.” Madhvācārya always worshipped God's Deities. He did not pass a single day without worshipping the Lord. In his temples, he gave duty to his sannyāsīs to serve Thakuraji there. They come in the morning, bathe, shower, chant mantra and then offer 1008 Tulasī leaves with kṛṣṇa-mantra at Gopāla’s feet. Then they do ārati every hour on the hour. The sannyāsīs also cook with their own hands and offer bhoga to Gopāla. Paid or ordinary cooks will think, “I will take some extra paneer, and will hide ten, twenty pieces of rasa malai for my lover.” Such a mentality is like boarding the railway express to hell. One should be solely dedicated to the service of God without any selfishness. Madhvācārya taught the meaning of śāstra to his disciples and wrote many commentaries. He preached all over India, in all directions, making many disciples and converting followers of Śaṅkara and Buddha. He established everyone in their true identity and gave them qualification for eternal service.

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