documentary for general public release would normally allow. An investigation into thedocumentary’s suppressed themes will surely enhance the faithful reader's conception of PrabhupadaSrila Sarasvati Thakura and his mission.For the readers' ease, in the following article our writing will be in bold letters; the statementsof the documentary will be in italics; the references in the form of quotes, articles and discourses givenas the Appreciations and Response to the documentary statements will be in normal text.
Documentary Statement 1
"Unlike other, so-called gurus and siddha-purusas of his time, Sarasvati Thakura did not allow hisdisciples to discuss the details of Krsna's amorous love with the gopis, although Sarasvati Thakura did indeed have many highly qualified disciples. He was particularly disturbed if he heard of any disciplesdiscussing Rasa-lila."
Srila Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura began his mission with a healthy,conservative emphasis on the fundamental principles of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's teachings.Documented evidence shows that as his mission unfolded he began to reveal progressivelyadvanced topics, all the while making sure that the foundation, guru-seva and nama-sankirtana,was unshakably grounded. It is not surprising then that we find historical accounts of his wisecautions and prohibitions, most notably recorded in books of selected statements by His DivineGrace Srila Bhakti Raksaka Sridhara Maharaja, as well as other statements, admittedly fewerin number, encouraging his followers not to remain forever preoccupied with theirdisqualifications.The ultimate intention of the acaryas is, of course, not to confuse us but to convince usthat the higher topics should never be taken lightly, cheaply or independently. Rather, theyshould be received with nothing less than the utmost respect. As Srila Bhaktivedanta SwamiPrabhupada has clearly remarked (Dec. 24, 1969), caution is one thing but "it is not that wehave taken a vow to boycott the gopis."
A. Srila Sarasvati Thakura supported proper hearing of Rasa-lila
Srila Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura did not forbid his highly qualifieddisciples to speak, or to hear Rasa-lila from other bona fide devotees. He must have forbiddenbeginners, especially from discussing independently. However, he could not have made a blanketstatement, prohibiting for all time his disciples in general from hearing appropriately and fromthe right source.The following is an excerpt from Srila Sarasvati Thakura's lecture, delivered at Radha-kunda during Vraja-mandala parikrama in 1932. The lecture was printed in "The Gaudiya" in1934. In that lecture he gave these orders:
"All these days we have not spoken about lila. But this is our most confidential asset. This isour only sadhya (perfection). One should not make the mistake of thinking that anartha-nivrtti(overcoming impediments such as lust and greed) is the prayojana (goal of life). One thinking like thiswill never enter into artha-pravrtti (acquiring one’s actual need). For this reason, I will now beginspeaking about asta-kaliya-lila."I know that you are not ready to hear it, but we should know that such a transcendental idealexists within the realm of devotion. Beyond the realm of anartha-nivrtti is artha-pravrtti, pure conjugalservice to Radha and Krsna. This is transcendental reality. If we do not know of this transcendental