Pradyumna prabhu had a lengthy meeting with Srila Prabhupada this afternoon to finalize his reply to the Blitz

article on Sai Baba. Pradyumna read from the opening paragraph of the article which was entitled "God is an Indian." "'His contemporary avatara ests in the trinity of Sirti Baba, Sai Baba, and Prem Baba to come. So Satya Sai Baba, the second of the triple incarnation, asserted in the course of a marathon interview to add, 'In my present avatära, I have come armed with the fullness of the power of the formless God to save humanity.'" Çréla Prabhupäda dictated the outline of the letter to Pradyumna. "'Dear Sai Baba, just recently in the Blitz paper, published on—give the date—we were surprised to find one article "God is an Indian." And you have claimed to become an incarnation of God to save the human society. What is the ground of your claiming as incarnation? And what you have done to save the human society? Will you explain for enlightenment of us, or many of us. We have got the list of incarnations recorded in the Vedic scriptures and their respective activities also. So where is that record in the Vedic scripture about your appearing as incarnation? Lord Kåñëa's incarnation-ness is fully described in ÇrémadBhägavatam. Similarly, Lord Rämacandra's incarnation-ness or Lord Buddha's incarnationness, Lord Caitanya's incarnation-ness, we have got full information in Vedic literatures. Where is your incarnation described? Will you kindly give the reference? Anyone can say like you, that one is incarnation, as it has become a fashion nowadays. But is that claim the only proof of one's becoming incarnation? Some such unauthorized claim of becoming an incarnation is certainly ridiculous. Then you have claimed to take form.' What he has written?" Pradyumna re-read Baba's claim to being an avatära "armed with the fullness of the power of the formless God." Prabhupäda continued. "'So you have claimed to take a form of the formless God. But we see in the Bhagavad-gétä that God is never formless.'" He had Pradyumna read out verse 7:24 from the Gétä, and its purport. Telling Pradyumna to quote the verse in the letter, along with a quote from Yamunäcärya found in the purport, Prabhupäda went on with his dictation: "'Only the rascals and less intelligent class of men think that God is formless and when He incarnates, He takes a particular form.... So in this connection, the statement of Bhägavatam is especially important. Brahmeti paramätmeti bhagavän iti çabdyate. Brahman is impersonal, Paramätmä is localized, and Bhagavän is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.'" Voicing aloud Prabhupäda's statement as he wrote it down, Pradyumna repeated, "Brahman is the impersonal..." Prabhupäda immediately corrected him. "'Brahman is impersonal.' Not the. 'Paramätmä is localized, and Bhagavän is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.'" Citing many verses from Bhagavad-gétä, Prabhupäda made the point that Kåñëa's personality cannot be understood without His mercy. "'So one has to accept the statement of Kåñëa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, how He is originally the puruña or person,'" he said. "'Impersonal Brahman is expansion of the rays of His personal body, exactly like the sunshine is expansion of the rays of the sun-god Vivasvän. Vivasvän is a person in the sun globe and Kåñëa is also a person who spoke the philosophy of Bhagavad-gétä long, long years before He spoke the same to Arjuna. Imaà vivasvate yogaà proktavän aham avyayam. Therefore, the conclusion is that originally God is always a person. Impersonal Brahman is emanation from the personal God. In other words, God, personal God, is not from impersonal Brahman; but impersonal Brahman is from the personal God. That is confirmed in the Bhagavad-gétä. Impersonal Brahman is resting on the personal

God, exactly that illumination of light is resting on the electric bulb, not that the bulb is resting on the illuminated light.'" Again quoting from the Gétä Prabhupäda came to a very pointed conclusion: "'So Kåñëa,as a person, says to Arjuna that both of them existed in the past as person, and they'll continue to remain person in the future. So without knowing all this knowledge, a müòha accepts the incarnation of God as coming from imperson, avajänanti mäà müòhä mänuñéà tanum äçritam. Under this heading you have proved yourself to become a müòha. And how a müòha or an ass can become the incarnation of God?'" Not content with that, Prabhupäda asked Pradyumna to read the rest of the article to him. Pradyumna squinted through his glasses at the paper and read out a declaration by the writer of his acceptance of what he called "the avatära concept which broadly means the descent of the divine principle into human affairs." Reminding the reader of Lord Kåñëa's descent to save humanity, the writer declared: "Solution and cure to world's ills: To Baba's devotees, the avatära has similarly come to provide both the solution and the cure to a world living in terror of a nuclear holocaust. The false dichotomies created by Western thought between God and man, puruña and deva, simply do not exist in the Indian scriptures, which prescribe the assimilation of God in man and man in God as the basis of religion." Prabhupäda was disgusted. "This is another rascaldom. God is always distinct from man." Pradyumna said that Sai Baba made a similar quote himself, later in the piece. He read it out: "God is man and man is God. All of us have something of God, the divine spark, within us. All men are divine, like myself, with the spirit embodied in human flesh and bone. The only difference is that they are unaware of this Godhood." Skipping to another section of the article, Pradyumna went on, "Here he says, 'The mission of the present avatära is to make everybody realize that since the same God or divinity resides in everyone, people should respect, love, and ...'" Prabhupäda cut in. "No, no. If he resides in everyone, then why he has special claim?" "Yes. Well, he says he has remembered." "He remembers?" Prabhupäda asked. "How God can forget?" "That he says here. He says that, 'Take paddy or rice by way of an illustration. Every grain of rice is enclosed in a husk. You have to remove the husk to get the grain of rice. Now husk and rice both come from the same seed. Rice is the equivalent of God in man.'" "But still husk is not rice," Prabhupäda said. "You cannot say husk is rice." Nodding in agreement, Pradyumna read on. "He says, 'Rice is the equivalent of God in man, while the husk can be compared to desire which reduces God to man.'" Prabhupäda sat shaking his head. "No, no." Pradyumna finished the quote: "Therefore life plus desire equals man. Life minus desire equals God." Prabhupäda dictated the concluding words of his letter: "You are desiring to become God. There cannot be no desire. But you're unceremoniously desiring to become God. Although there is no proof in the çästras. In the Bhagavad-gétä it is accepted that the living entities are sparks of, part and parcel, of God, Kåñëa. But part is never equal to the whole. So you can claim as a spark of God, as every living entity can claim, but you cannot claim as the Supreme Person

with full power. That is misleading. You can show a little magic, as other magicians also can show, but you cannot show the full magic, as Kåñëa displayed or Lord Rämacandra displayed. Therefore, your claim as a full power is completely false and blasphemous." Pradyumna stopped writing and looked up, raising a point of his own, "Now someone may bring up the one point, they say 'Well, if an avatära comes if he must show all kinds of great opulences and powers.' Then he says sometimes the incarnation shows this, but sometimes, like when Lord Caitanya appeared He didn't show viçvarüpa or..." Prabhupäda replied. "But He [Lord Caitanya] never claimed that 'I am avatära.' But we understand from the çästric evidence. He never claimed. Rather, when He was addressed as Kåñëa He blocked His ears, 'You don't say like that.' He never claimed. He fully displayed Himself as a devotee, not Bhagavän. Therefore gauräìgaväda is illegal; gauräìga-nägaré, that is illegal." Familiar with the apasampradäya that Prabhupäda was referring to, Pradyumna said, "Gauräìga-nägaré, mentioning Lord Caitanya in the role of Kåñëa dancing with the gopés..." Prabhupäda nodded. "In this way, find out the faulty statement and give him proof." Leaving Prabhupäda to chant quietly in the garden, Pradyumna typed the letter out and it was sent off to Satya Sai Baba.