How to reconcile differences: The rasa of Srila Prabhupada

19643_1276353746418_1157206262_30879421_1172147_nWhen should the words of Guru be accepted as absolute and when should one open up for “time, place and circumstance”? (Posts from Bhaktivedanta Suddhadvaiti Swami 2nd and 5th June 2015).

The arguments for manjari bhava comes back to wether to interpret Gurudeva’s words literal or not. For the sanga who sees Gurudeva’s words as literal, this is a clear cut case and it’s therefore seen as an annoyance and misdirection that Srila Prabhupadas rasas is questioned. Furthermore, Gurudeva sticked to his opinion for years and years (never wavering in this opinion), which makes the argument for accepting Gurudevas word as literal. For the rest of the Gaudiya Vaishnava community it has long been accepted that Srila Prabhupada was a sakha.

So  there is an apparent contradiction that we need to reconcile. So, I found this nice article about exactly this problem where Bharati Maharaja reconcile differences between Srila Prabhupada and Narayana Maharaja that Syamarani didi wondered about.

When somebody is a small child, the teacher says, “The sun rises in the East and sets in the West.” Then, when the student grows up, the teacher says, “The sun is always present – twenty-four hours daily. It never sets and never rises.” Both are true. It depends on one’s qualification for hearing and understanding.

Some qualification was there with you when you were with Srila Svami Maharaja. There were also things that he mentioned to you to help your gradual understanding, and there were things that you were not ready to understand at that time. So later, when you became more ready, Srila Narayana Maharaja could make you understand.

Srila Bharati Maharaja

Based upon my limited understanding, KBM is trying to show that there is no contradiction between Gurudeva’s words and SP being a sakha. They are trying to enter deeper into Gurudeva’s words, though whether that is a misdirection or not is beyond me.

The pure devotees seem to be seeing and describing in a different way because different pastimes are manifesting in front of them. If a particular pastimes manifests, they speak according to that.

Srila Bharati Maharaja

I do have the impression  that KBM is trying to follow what Bharati Maharaja is stating.

It’s also apparent that Bharati Maharaja is very capable to reconcile differences of opinion. After Gurudeva’s disappearance, many sought out the company of Bharati Maharaja considering him to be a pure devotee. It’s sad that he doesn’t want to get involved in this contradiction, but I can’t help thinking that if he has a differing view from Gurudeva’s sanga, then he don’t want to ruffle any feathers and therefore keeps silent.


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