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In regard to worshiping the
form, you have explained that if onereceives a
from a spiritual master whois not bona fide, that
has no effect. So Iwould like to ask if one is worshiping a deityand his spiritual master is not bona fide, so thatdeity cannot be considered the Supreme Lord?
Well, first of all, if the spiritualmaster is not bona fide, how is his mantra bonafide? Your statement is contradictory. If yousay that the spiritual master is not bona fide,then how has his mantra become bona fide? Ifhe is bona fide, then his mantra is bona fide.
Then why is he giving instruc-tion to worship the deity? If the spiritual mas-ter is not bona fide, then is the deity also not bona fide?
I do not follow. What is hesaying?
His idea is that if one receivesa
from a spiritual master, if the spiri-tual master is not bona fide...
Then there is no question of
. There is no question of worshiping thedeity. These are all bogus things. Just like hereis a young medical man. If he has not receivedinstruction from a bona fide medical college,then what is the value of his medical practice?That is... What is the technical name?
A quack is not a medical man,no matter how much he may show red bottlesand white bottles. There is a Bengali proverb,“One stethoscope, some bottles, and talkingall nonsense, he becomes a doctor.” That meansthe quack doctor, not a qualified doctor. ... Soexperience is required. ... If you are trained un-der a bona fide doctor, then you can also getthe quality of the doctor. Similarly,
vijñānārtha sa gurum evābhigacchet
— oneshould go to the bona fide spiritual master tolearn this transcendental science.
— From a lecture in Surat, India, on 23 December 1970.
Srila Jiva Goswami describes in his
A bird that had been fatally wounded by a hunter
was picked up by a dog in its mouth. When the dog
ran around a temple the bird attained the result of
circumambulating the Lord’s temple and in this way
it returned to the Lord’s abode.
This story is described in the first canto chapter
forty (texts 41-47) of
It is said
there that in the abode of Indra known as
Amaravati lived a sage named Sudharma who
had previously lived in the abode of Lord Brahma
for such a long time and had seen so many
Brahmas come and go that he could not describe
them all. Indra and his guru Brhaspati once went
to ask Sudharma some questions, and Sudharma
began to describe his previous pious activities.
O Indra, I shall describe the holy ritesperformed by me formerly. Just by hearingand repeating these activities, one’s sins aredestroyed. Due to my grievous sins, I wasformerly born as a vulture. I lived on theEarth planet and ate stool and raw flesh asmy diet. One evening I was perched on thetop of a Vishnu temple when a hunter shotme with his arrow, and I fell into thecourtyard of that temple. In that dyingcondition, a dog, eager to enjoy my flesh,caught hold of me in its jaws. A group ofother dogs began hotly chasing it.Frightened of the other dogs, and carryingme in his mouth, that dog went around thattemple of Vishnu.
tenaiva tuim āpanno hy aparātmā jagan-maya
mama cāpi śunaś cāpi dattāvan parama padam
The Lord, who is identical with the universe andwho is the immanent soul, became delightedwith that act. He gave the dog and I the greatestof his regions.
pradakiā-kāratayā gatasyāpīdśa phalam
saprāpta vibudha-śreha ki puna samyag-arcanāt
O best of the learned, such was the benefit for onewho simply circumambulated. What then can-not be attained by worshiping him properly?
— Jiva Goswami.
Jadavpur University. Calcutta.
— Jiva Goswami Prabhupada.
by Sri Kusakratha Das. The Krishna Institute. Culver City California.
— Krishna Dvaipayan Vyasadev.
Motilal Banarshidass. 1995. Delhi.
—Krishna Dvaipayan Vyasadev.
Sanskrit with Hindi
translation. Hindi. Sahitya Sammelan. 1989. Prayag.
Śrī Ka-Caitanya Dvādaśa-nāma-stotram
By Sārvabhauma Bhaāchārya
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