Thakur Bhakfivinode

Tlc Haimonisi, Dcccmbci 1931, vol. XXIX No.6
"Wc avail ol ilc oppoiiuniiy ollcicd by ilc Annivcisaiy Cclcbiaiions ol ilc advcni
ol Tlalui llaliivinodc io icllcci on ilc iigli mcilod ol obiaining ilosc bcncliis
ilai lavc bccn madc acccssiblc io lumaniiy by ilc giacc ol ilis gicai dcvoicc ol
Kiislna. Tlalui llaliivinodc las bccn spccilically lind io ilosc unloiiunaic
pcisons wlo aic cngiosscd in mcnial spcculaiion ol all linds. Tlis is ilc picvalcni
malady ol ilc picscni Agc. Tlc oilci Acaiyas wlo appcaicd bcloic Tlalui
llaliivinodc did noi addicss ilcii discouiscs so diiccily io ilc cmpiiic ilinlcis.
Tlcy lad bccn moic mcicilul io ilosc wlo aic naiuially disposcd io lisicn io
discouiscs on ilc Absoluic wiiloui bcing dissuadcd by ilc spccious aigumcnis ol
avowcd opponcnis ol Godlcad.
Siila Tlalui llaliivinodc las ialcn ilc iioublc ol mcciing ilc pcivcisc
aigumcnis ol mcnial spcculaiionisis by ilc supciioi iiansccndcnial logic ol ilc
Absoluic Tiuil. Ii is iluspossiblc loi ilc avciagc modcin icadcis io piolii by ilc
pciusal ol lis wiiiings. Tlai day is noi lai disiani wlcn ilc piicclcss volumcs
pcnncd by Tlalui llaliivinodc will bc icvcicnily iianslaicd, by ilc iccipicnis ol
lis giacc, inio all ilc languagcs ol ilc woild.
Tlc wiiiings ol Tlalui llaliivinodc piovidc ilc goldcn biidgc by wlicl ilc
mcnial spcculaiionisi can salcly cioss ilc iaging waicis ol liuiilcss cmpiiic
coniiovcisics ilai iioublc ilc pcacc ol ilosc wlo cloosc io iiusi in ilcii guidancc
loi linding ilc Tiuil. As soon as ilc sympailciic icadci is in a posiiion io
appicciaic ilc siciling qualiiy ol Tlalui llaliivinodc's plilosoply ilc cniiic visia
ol ilc icvcalcd liiciaiuics ol ilc woild will auiomaiically opcn oui io lis icclaimcd
vision.
Tlcic lavc, lowcvci, alicady aiiscn sciious misundcisiandings icgaiding ilc
piopci inicipiciaiion ol ilc lilc and icaclings ol Siila Tlalui llaliivinodc. Tlosc
wlo supposc ilcy undcisiand ilc mcaning ol lis mcssagc wiiloui sccuiing ilc
guiding giacc ol ilc Acaiya aic disposcd io unduly lavoui ilc mcilods ol cmpiiic
siudy ol lis wiiiings. Tlcic aic pcisons wlo lavc goi by lcaii almosi cvciyiling
ilai lc wioic wiiloui bcing ablc io caicl ilc lcasi paiiiclc ol lis mcaning. Sucl
siudy cannoi bcnclii ilosc wlo aic noi picpaicd io aci up io ilc insiiuciions
lucidly convcycd by lis woids. Tlcic is no loncsi clancc ol missing ilc wainings
ol Tlalui llaliivinodc. Tlosc, ilcicloic, wlo aic mislcd by ilc pciusal ol lis
wiiiings aic lcd asiiay by ilcii own obsiinaic pcivcisiiy in siicling io ilc cmpiiic
couisc wlicl ilcy piclci io clciisl againsi lis cxplicii wainings. Lci ilcsc
unloiiunaic pcisons lool moic caiclully inio ilcii own lcaiis loi ilc causc ol
ilcii misloiiuncs.
Tlc pcisonal scivicc ol ilc puic dcvoicc is csscniial loi undcisianding ilc spiiiiual
mcaning ol ilc woids ol Tlalui llaliivinodc. Tlc Ldiioi ol ilis Jouinal,
oiiginally siaiicd by Tlalui llaliivinodc, las bccn iiying io diaw ilc aiicniion ol
all lollowcis ol Tlalui llaliivinodc io ilis all-impoiiani poini ol lis icaclings. Ii
is noi ncccssaiy io iiy io placc ouisclvcs on a looiing ol cqualiiy wiil Tlalui
llaliivinodc. Wc aic noi lilcly io bcnclii by any mcclanical imiiaiion ol any
piaciiccs ol Tlalui llaliivinodc on ilc oppoiiunisi piinciplc ilai ilcy may bc
convcnicni loi us io adopi. Tlc Guiu is noi an ciiing moiial wlosc aciiviiics can
bc undcisiood by ilc lalliblc icason ol unicclaimcd lumaniiy. Tlcic is an
cicinally impassablc linc ol dcmaicaiion bciwccn ilc Savioui and ilc savcd. Tlosc
wlo aic ically savcd can alonc lnow ilis.Tlalui llaliivinodc bclongs io ilc
caicgoiy ol ilc spiiiiual woild-icaclcis wlo cicinally occupy ilc supciioi
posiiion.
Tlc picscni Ldiioi las all along lcli ii lis paiamouni duiy io iiy io clcai up ilc
mcaning ol ilc lilc and icaclings ol Tlalui llaliivinodc by ilc mcilod ol
submissivc lisicning io ilc Tiansccndcnial Sound liom ilc lips ol ilc puic
dcvoicc. Tlc Guiu wlo icaliscs ilc iiansccndcnial mcaning ol all sounds, is in a
posiiion io scivc ilc Absoluic by ilc diicciion ol ilc Absoluic convcycd iliougl
cvciy sound. Tlc Tiansccndcnial Sound is Godlcad, ilc mundanc sound is non-
Godlcad. All sound las goi ilcsc opposiic apiiiudcs. All sound icvcals iis Divinc
lacc io ilc dcvoicc and only picscnis iis dcluding aspcci io ilc cmpiiic pcdani.
Tlc dcvoicc ialls appaicnily ilc samc languagc as ilc dcludcd cmpiiic pcdani
wlo lad goi by lcaii ilc vocabulaiy ol ilc Sciipiuics. lui noiwiilsianding
appaicni idcniiiy ol pciloimancc, ilc onc las no acccss io ilc icaliiy wlilc ilc
oilci is absoluicly licc liom all dclusion.
Tlosc wlo icpcai ilc icaclings ol Tlalui llaliivinodc liom mcmoiy do noi
ncccssaiily undcisiand ilc mcaning ol ilc woids ilcy mcclanically icpcai. Tlosc
wlo can pass an cmpiiic cxaminaiion icgaiding ilc conicnis ol lis wiiiings aic
noi ncccssaiily also scll-icaliscd souls. Tlcy may noi ai all lnow ilc ical mcaning
ol ilc woids ilcy lavc lcaini by ilc mcilod ol cmpiiic siudy.Talc loi cxamplc ilc
Namc "Kiislna". Lvciy icadci ol Tlalui llaliivinodc's woils musi bc awaic ilai
ilc Namc manilcsis Himscll on ilc lips ol His sciving dcvoiccs alilougl Hc is
inacccssiblc io oui mundanc scnscs. Ii is onc iling io pass ilc cxaminaiion by
icpioducing ilis iiuc conclusion liom ilc wiiiings ol Tlalui llaliivinodc and
quiic anoilci maiici io icalisc ilc Naiuic ol ilc Holy Namc ol Kiislna by ilc
pioccss convcycd by ilc woids.
Tlalui llaliivinodc did noi wani us io go io ilc clcvci mcclanical icciici ol ilc
mundanc sound loi obiaining acccss io ilc Tiansccndcnial Namc ol Kiislna. Sucl
a pcison may bc lully cquippcd wiil all ilc wiiiicn aigumcnis in cxplanaiion ol
ilc naiuic ol ilc Divinc Namc. lui il wc lisicn io all ilcsc aigumcnis liom ilc
dcad souicc ilc woids will only incicasc oui dclusion. Tlc vciy samc woids
coming liom ilc lips ol ilc dcvoicc will lavc ilc diamciiically opposiic cllcci. Oui
cmpiiic judgmcni can ncvci giasp ilc dillcicncc bciwccn ilc iwo pciloimanccs.
Tlc dcvoicc is always iigli. Tlc non-dcvoicc in ilc slapc ol ilc cmpiiic pcdani is
always and ncccssaiily wiong. In ilc onc casc ilcic is always picscni ilc
Subsianiivc Tiuil and noiling bui ilc Subsianiivc Tiuil. In ilc oilci casc ilcic is
picscni ilc appaicni oi mislcading lypoilcsis and noiling bui un-iiuil. Tlc
woiding may lavc ilc samc cxicinal appcaiancc in boil cascs. Tlc idcniical vciscs
ol ilc Sciipiuics may bc icciicd by ilc dcvoicc and ilc non-dcvoicc, may bc
appaicnily misquoicd by ilc non-dcvoicc bui ilc coiicsponding valucsol ilc iwo
pioccsscs icmain always caicgoiically dillcicni. Tlc dcvoicc is iigli cvcn wlcn lc
appaicnily misquoics, ilc non-dcvoicc is wiong cvcn wlcn lc quoics coiiccily ilc
vciy woids, clapici and vcisc ol ilc Sciipiuics.
Ii is noi cmpiiic wisdom ilai is ilc objcci ol qucsi ol ilc dcvoicc. Tlosc wlo icad
ilc sciipiuics loi gailciing cmpiiic wisdom will bc puisuing ilc wild goosc clasc.
Tlcic aic noi a lcw dupcs ol ilcii cmpiiic Sciipiuial ciudiiion. Tlcsc dupcs lavc
ilcii admiiing undci-dupcs. lui ilc muiual admiiaiion sociciy ol dupcs docs noi
cscapc, by ilc mcic wcigli ol ilcii numbci, ilc misloiiuncs duc io ilc dclibciaic
puisuii ol ilc wiong couisc in accoidancc wiil ilc suggcsiions ol oui lowci
sclvcs.
Wlai aic ilc Sciipiuics' Tlcy aic noiling bui ilc iccoid by ilc puic dcvoiccs ol
ilc Divinc Mcssagc appcaiing on ilc lips ol ilc puic dcvoiccs. Tlc Mcssagc
convcycd by ilc dcvoiccs is ilc samc in all agcs. Tlc woids ol ilc dcvoiccs aic
cvci idcniical wiil ilc Sciipiuics. Any mcaning ol ilc Sciipiuics ilai bcliiilcs ilc
lunciion ol ilc dcvoicc wlo is ilc oiiginal communicani ol ilc Divinc Mcssagc
coniiadicis iis own claim io bc lcaid. Tlosc wlo ilinl ilai ilc Sansliii languagc
in iis lcxicogiaplical scnsc is ilc languagc ol ilc Diviniiy aic as dcludcd as ilosc
wlo lold ilai ilc Divinc Mcssagc is communicablc iliougl any oilci spolcn
dialccis. All languagcs simuliancously cxpicss and lidc ilc Absoluic. Tlc
mundanc lacc ol all languagcs lidcs ilc Tiuil. Tlc Tiansccndcnial lacc ol all
sound cxpicsscs noiling bui ilc Absoluic. Tlc puic dcvoicc is ilc spcalci ol ilc
Tiansccndcnial languagc. Tlc Tiansccndcnial Sound malcs His appcaiancc on ilc
lips ol His puic dcvoicc. Tlis is ilc diicci, unambiguous appcaiancc ol Diviniiy.
On ilc lips ol non-dcvoiccs ilc Absoluic always appcais in His dcluding aspcci.
To ilc puic dcvoicc ilc Absoluic icvcals Himscll undci all ciicumsianccs. To ilc
condiiioncd soul, il lc is disposcd io lisicn in a iiuly submissivc spiiii, ilc
languagc ol ilc puic dcvoicc can alonc impaii ilc lnowlcdgc ol ilc Absoluic. Tlc
condiiioncd soul misialcs ilc dcluding loi ilc ical aspcci wlcn lc clooscs io lcnd
lis cai io ilc non-dcvoicc. Tlis is ilc icason wly ilc condiiioncd soul is waincd
io avoid all associaiion wiil non-dcvoiccs.
Tlalui llaliivinodc is aclnowlcdgcd by all lis sinccic lollowcis as posscssing ilc
abovc powcis ol ilc puic dcvoicc ol Godlcad. His woids lavc io bc icccivcd liom
ilc lips ol a puic dcvoicc. Il lis woids aic lisicncd liom ilc lips ol a non-dcvoicc
ilcy will cciiainly dcccivc. Il lis woils aic siudicd in ilc ligli ol onc's own
woildly cxpciicncc ilcii mcaning will iclusc io disclosc iiscll io sucl icadcis. His
woils bclong io ilc class ol ilc cicinal icvcalcd liiciaiuic ol ilc woild and musi
bc appioaclcd loi ilcii iigli undcisianding iliougl ilcii cxposiiion by ilc puic
dcvoicc. Il no lclp liom ilc puic dcvoicc is sougli ilc woils ol Tlalui
llaliivinodc will bc giossly misundcisiood by ilcii icadcis. Tlc aiicniivc icadci
ol ilosc woils will lind ilai lc is always diiccicd io iliow limscll upon ilc
mcicy ol ilc puic dcvoicc il lc is noi io icmain unwaiianiably scll-saiislicd by ilc
dcluding icsulis ol lis wiong mcilod ol siudy.
Tlc wiiiings ol Tlalui llaliivinodc aic valuablc bccausc ilcy dcmolisl all
cmpiiic objcciions againsi acccpiing ilc only mcilod ol appioacling ilc Absoluic
in ilc iigli way. Tlcy cannoi and wcic ncvci inicndcd io givc acccss io ilc
Absoluic wiiloui lclp liom ilc puic dcvoicc ol Kiislna. Tlcy diicci ilc sinccic
cnquiici ol ilc Tiuil, as all ilc icvcalcd sciipiuics do, io ilc puic dcvoicc ol
Kiislna io lcain aboui Him by submiiiing io lisicn wiil an opcn mind io ilc
Tiansccndcnial Sound appcaiing on His lips. lcloic wc opcn any ol ilc bools
pcnncd by Tlalui llaliivinodc wc slould do wcll io icllcci a liiilc on ilc
aiiiiudc, wiil wlicl as ilc indispcnsablc pic-icquisiic, io appioacl iis siudy. Ii is
by ncglcciing io icmcmbci ilis lundamcnial piinciplc ilai ilc cmpiiic pcdanis
lind ilcmsclvcs so lopclcssly puzzlcd in ilcii vain cndcavoui io icconcilc ilc
siaicmcnis ol ilc dillcicni icxis ol ilc Sciipiuics. Tlc samc dilliculiy is alicady in
pioccss ol ovciialing many ol ilc so-callcd lollowcis ol Tlalui llaliivinodc and
loi ilc samc icason.
Tlc pcison io wlom ilc Acaiya is plcascd io iiansmii lispowci is alonc in a
posiiion io convcy ilc Divinc Mcssagc. Tlis consiiiuics ilc undcilying piinciplc ol
ilc linc ol succcssion ol ilc spiiiiual icaclcis. Tlc Acaiya ilus auiloiiscd las no
oilci duiy ilan ilai ol dclivciing iniaci ilc mcssagc icccivcd liom all lis
picdcccssois. Tlcic is no dillcicncc bciwccn ilc pionounccmcnis ol onc Acaiya
and anoilci. All ol ilcm aic pcilcci mcdiums loi ilc appcaiancc ol ilc Diviniiy in
ilc Ioim ol ilc Tiansccndcnial Namc Wlo is idcniical wiil His Ioim, Qualiiy,
Aciiviiy and Paiaplcinalia.
Tlc Diviniiy is Absoluic Knowlcdgc. Absoluic Knowlcdgc las ilc claiacici ol
indivisiblc Uniiy. Onc paiiiclc ol ilc Absoluic Knowlcdgc is capablc ol icvcaling
all ilc poicncy ol ilc Diviniiy. Tlosc wlo wani io undcisiand ilc conicnis ol ilc
volumcs pcnncd by ilc piccc-mcal acquisiiivc mcilod applicablc io dcluding
lnowlcdgc availablc io ilc mind on ilc mundanc planc, aic bound io bc scll-
dcccivcd. Tlosc wlo aic sinccic scclcis ol ilc Tiuil aic alonc cligiblc io lind
Him, in and iliougl ilc piopci mcilod ol His qucsi.
In oidci io bc pui on ilc iiacl ol ilc Absoluic, lisicning io ilc woids ol ilc puic
dcvoicc is absoluicly ncccssaiy. Tlc spolcn woid ol ilc Absoluic is ilc Absoluic.
Ii is only ilc Absoluic Wlo can givc Himscll away io ilc consiiiucnis ol His
powci. Tlc Absoluic appcais io ilc lisicning cai ol ilc condiiioncd soul in ilc
loim ol ilc Namc on ilc lips ol ilc sadlu. Tlis is ilc lcy io ilc wlolc posiiion.
Tlc woids ol Tlalui llaliivinodc diicci ilc cmpiiic pcdani io discaid lis wiong
mcilod and inclinaiion on ilc ilicslold ol ilc ical qucsi ol ilc Absoluic. Il ilc
pcdani siill clooscs io caiiy lis ciiois inio ilc Rcalm ol ilc Absoluic Tiuil lc
only maiclcs by a dcccpiivc byc-pail inio ilc icgions ol dailci ignoiancc by lis
aiiogani siudy ol ilc sciipiuics. Tlc mcilod ollcicd by Tlalui llaliivinodc is
idcniical wiil ilc objcci ol ilc qucsi. Tlc mcilod is noi ically giaspcd cxccpi by
ilc giacc ol ilc puic dcvoicc. Tlc aigumcnis, indccd, aic ilcsc. lui ilcy can only
coiioboiaic, bui can ncvci bc a subsiiiuic loi, ilc woid liom ilc living souicc ol
ilc Tiuil wlo is no oilci ilan ilc puic dcvoicc ol Kiislna, ilc concicic Pcisonal
Absoluic.
Tlalui llaliivinodc's gicaicsi gili io ilc woild consisis in ilis; ilai lc las
biougli aboui ilc appcaiancc ol ilosc puicdcvoiccs wlo aic, ai picscni, caiiying
on ilc movcmcni ol unalloycd dcvoiion io ilc Icci ol Slicc Kiislna by ilcii own
wlolciimc spiiiiual scivicc ol ilc Diviniiy. Tlc puiiiy ol ilc soul is only
analogously dcsciibablc by ilc icsouiccs ol ilc mundanc languagc. Tlc liglcsi
idcal ol cmpiiic moialiiy is no bciici ilan ilc giosscsi wiclcdncss io ilc
Tiansccndcnial pcilcci puiiiy ol ilc bonalidc dcvoicc ol ilc Absoluic. Tlc woid
'moialiiy' iiscll is a misclicvous misnomci wlcn ii is applicd io any qualiiy ol ilc
condiiioncd soul. Tlc lypociiiical conicnimcni wiil a ncgaiivc aiiiiudc is paii
and paiccl ol ilc piinciplc ol undiluicd immoialiiy.
Tlosc wlo picicnd io iccognisc ilc Divinc Mission ol Tlalui llaliivinodc
wiiloui aspiiing io ilc uncondiiional scivicc ol ilosc puic souls wlo ically lollow
ilc icaclings ol ilc Tlalui by ilc mcilod cnjoincd by ilc sciipiuics and
cxplaincd by Tlalui llaliivinodc in a way ilai is so cmincnily suiicd io ilc
icquiicmcnis ol ilc soplisiicaicd mcnialiiy ol ilc picscni Agc, only dcccivc
ilcmsclvcs andilcii willing viciims by ilcii lypociiiical piolcssions and
pciloimanccs. Tlcsc pcisons musi noi bc conloundcd wiil ilc bonalidc mcmbcis
ol ilc llocl.
Tlalui llaliivinodc las picdicicd ilc consummaiion ol icligious uniiy ol ilc
woild by ilc appcaiancc ol ilc only univcisal cluicl wlicl bcais ilc cicinal
dcsignaiion ol ilc lialma Sampiadaya. Hc las givcn manlind ilc blcsscd
assuiancc ilai all Tlcisiic cluiclcs will sloiily mcigc in ilc onc cicinal spiiiiual
communiiy by ilc giacc ol ilc Supicmc Loid Slicc Kiislna Claiianya. Tlc
spiiiiual communiiy is noi ciicumsciibcd by ilc condiiions ol iimc and spacc, iacc
and naiionaliiy. Manlind lad bccn looling loiwaid io ilis lai-oll Divinc Lvcni
iliougl ilc Long Agcs. Tlalui llaliivinodc las madc ilc conccpiion availablc in
iis piaciicablc spiiiiual loim io ilc opcn mindcd cmpiiicisi wlo is picpaicd io
undcigo ilc pioccss ol cnliglicnmcni. Tlc lcy sionc ol ilc Aicl las bccn laid
wlicl will alloid ilc nccdcd slclici io all awalcncd animaiion undci iis amplc
cnciicling aims. Tlosc wlo would ilouglilcssly allow ilcii lollow piidc ol iacc,
pscudo-lnowlcdgc oi pscudo-viiiuc io siand in ilc way ol ilis long lopcd loi
consummaiion, would lavc io ilanl only ilcmsclvcs loi noi bcing incoipoiaicd
in ilc spiiiiual sociciy ol all puic souls.
Tlcsc plain woids nccd noi bc misicpicscnicd, by aiiogani pcisons wlo aic lull ol
ilc vaniiy ol cmpiiic ignoiancc, as ilc pionounccmcnis ol aggicssivc scciaiianism.
Tlc aggicssivc pionounccmcni ol ilc concicic Tiuil is ilc ciying ncccssiiy ol ilc
momcni loi silcncing ilc aggicssivc piopaganda ol spccilic uniiuils ilai is bcing
caiiicd on all ovci ilc woild by ilc picaclcis ol cmpiiic coniiivanccs loi ilc
amclioiaiion ol ilc laid loi ol condiiioncd souls. Tlc cmpiiic piopaganda cloilcs
iiscll in ilc languagc ol ncgaiivc absiiaciion loi dcluding ilosc wlo aic cngiosscd
in ilc scllisl puisuii ol woildly cnjoymcni.
lui ilcic is a posiiivc and concicic lunciion ol ilc puic soul wlicl slould noi bc
pcivciscly conloundcd wiil any uiiliiaiian loim ol woildly aciiviiy. Manlind
siands in nccd ol ilai posiiivc spiiiiual lunciion ol wlicl ilc lypociiiical
impcisonalisis aic in absoluic ignoiancc. Tlc posiiivc lunciion ol ilc soul
laimoniscs ilc claims ol cxiicmc scllislncss wiil ilosc ol cxiicmc scll-abncgaiion
in ilc sociciy ol puic souls cvcn in ilis mundanc woild. In iis concicic icalisablc
loim ilc lunciion is pcilccily inacccssiblc io ilc cmpiiic undcisianding. Iis
impcilcci and mislcading conccpiion alonc is availablc by ilc siudy ol ilc
Sciipiuics io ilc condiiioncd soul ilai is noi lclpcd by ilc causclcss giacc ol ilc
puic dcvoiccs ol Godlcad."