Mysterious moods of communication: Rasa of Srila Prabhupada

KBM has released a new statement (They are Unable to Touch Srila Gurudevas Heart) where they answer the questions posed by Gurudevas sanga.

The post itself begins in an entertaining way:

These four questions are not difficult for us. We can answer thousands of your “unanswerable questions,” but you should come and discuss it with us face to face. We have already answered your questions. Now we will spoon-feed you so that you might understand more easily.

I laughed so much when I read this. As insults go – this one was nice. Very direct 😀

One of the thing that has surprised me a bit in these discussions have been the harsh statements. When I first read Bharati Maharajas statement, I was surprised that he was so harsh. I didn’t understand what the point of it was. I thought there were better ways of getting your point across – why turn to this harshness?

Now, I’ve started to really appreciate these insults and barbed points, though I’m not sure that’s a good thing or not. I certainly understand that we are unable to act perfectly most of the times, but more and more there is something that confounds me in this.

We are supposed to be humble and meek, humbler than a blade of grass, more tolerant than a tree. So where does these insults come from? Let’s say for argument sake say that both Bharati Maharaja and the preachers from KBM is pure devotees (because it makes my point so much more interesting 😀 ).

Where is the humbleness and meekness?  It seems to be an apparent mystery of pure devotees which I don’t understand. It contradicts siksastakam verse 3. Sure, you are supposed to be bold like a lion when preaching and it’s the only way I’ve read where it’s okey to show anger etc. is if your Guru is being insulted. But I have not read about this anywhere. Is there any sources that can explain this contradiction? There is something about these insults/harshness that I don’t understand.

In the second question they go into the preaching strategy argument where they go into the statements Syamarani didi had in 1992. Though it’s a good example to use, I have one objection. It’s from 1992. If something I said 23 years ago was used (against me), it wouldn’t be much fun. I have done and said a lot of stupid things during my life and I wouldn’t want that to come back to haunt me.

It ends with a comment on the signing of the document and the ban on them. I can wholeheartedly put myself behind this statement though:

This is for high- class devotees to reconcile.