Mercy and cheating

‘Sadhu guru has two things kripa and vancana, mercy and cheating. So what you deserve will come to you. ‘

~His Divine Grace Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja

When Krishna Priya didi met Gurudeva for the first time, she knew she had met her very best friend. Some time after I received Harinama from Gurudeva, I realized I was scared of him. It took me a couple of month where I meditated on this, because it seemed so strange to be scared of Gurudeva. It made no sense.

Then the understanding blossomed. I was scared of Gurudeva because somewhere deep in me I understood he could take away my material desires, and I didn’t want him to. I wanted both, spiritual progress and to keep my material life.

Now I understand better. I know that material desires aren’t ripped away from us, but slowly our interest in it vanish like cloudbanks in the sun.

During the debate about what rasa Srila Prabhupada has, I can’t say I was surprised about peoples reaction. It took me some time as well, to figure and work it out, but I genuinely wanted to understand the issue. I recognized that the jaladuta prayer showed sakhya rasa and so did everybody else, they just didn’t want to accept it. So the debate waged, and it became slowly clear to me who followed siddhanta and who didn’t. The philosophy wasn’t easy so I had full understanding that people struggled and didn’t accept the other party.


We just had confirmation by direct family members of Srila Gurudeva visiting our Krsna-Balarama asram that the fantastic stories told by Premananda dasa about Gurudeva’s childhood in his so-called biography are just that: stories without any basis: the dream of Gurudeva’s parents before his birth, his schoolmate bitten by a snake then brought back to life, the horse and the yogi, etc…All false, bogus, fabricated, No one in Tiwaripur ever heard about this!

But in the case of Premananda Prabhu, it’s pretty clear. It doesn’t take much thinking or research or anything really to understand that there is things in his stories that doesn’t add up. Still, people seem to not even read or accept it. They have put their faith one place and  ask no question and instead rather harshly disagrees with anything that say otherwise. I understand their position as Gurudeva has also said some very wonderful things about Premananda Prabhu, but one still have to deal with what doesn’t add up as well.

It has baffled me. I don’t understand this position, and that might be a good thing. But what does it tell me? That people want to be cheated? That even those who do so much service, isn’t really serious about Krishna consciousness?

In one sense I know this doesn’t matter at all, because the only one I can take care of is myself. I have to guard the seed my Gurudeva placed in me and make sure that the water it receives is genuine. But I always try to understand things. It’s like I can’t let things go until I have understood it and all aspects of it even when it lights up issues I don’t like about myself.

I don’t understand people. They baffle me. I’m getting the impression that most devotees from Gurudeva’s sanga want to be cheated. I don’t understand it.

The Cheating of Great Souls

That great souls cheat others may be astonishing to know, but it is a fact that great souls cheat others for a great cause. It is said that Lord Krishna also advised Yudhishthira to tell a lie before Dronacharya, and it was also for a great cause. The Lord wanted it, and therefore it was a great cause. Satisfaction of the Lord is the criterion of one who is bona fide, and the highest perfection of life is to satisfy the Lord by one’s occupational duty. That is the verdict of Gita and Bhagavatam. . . . 

To satisfy the Lord, anything is good, for it is in relation with the Absolute Truth. We also had the same opportunity to cheat the family members and leave home to engage in the service of Shrimad-Bhagavatam. Such cheating was necessary for a great cause, and there is no loss for any party in such transcendental fraud.

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, purport to Bhagavatam 1.13.37