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Not a Vaishnava—Not a Guru


According to Hari-bhakti-vilasa, a pure devotee of Godhead is never a shudra. On the other hand, one who is not engaged in the service of the Personality of Godhead is definitely a shudra, even though such a person may be born in the family of any varna other than shudra. A brahmana of the standard of varnashrama-dharma, although expert in all the details of the six specific functions of the scriptures, cannot be accepted as a spiritual master if he is not a Vaishnava. But if an untouchable candala (dog-eater) becomes a Vaishnava, he can be accepted as a spiritual master. A pure devotee of Godhead, although born in the family of a shudra, can be the spiritual master of all the other three varnas.

Ramananda Raya, being always conscious of his transcendental task, is never subjected to the deluding energy of Godhead. He could understand the feelings of Lord Chaitanya, and by His will, Ramananda wanted to proceed further. He said,


raya kahe¾ami¾nata, tumi¾sutra-dhara

yei mata nacao, taiche cahi nacibara

mora jihva¾vina-yantra, tumi¾vina-dhari

tomara mane yei uthe, tahai uccari





“My Lord, I am a dancing doll and You are the wire-puller. Let me dance as you wish. My tongue is like the vina (a stringed musical instrument) and You are playing upon it. Kindly let me vibrate the sound that You desire to produce.”

Ramananda continued:


parama ishvara krishna¾svayam bhagavan

sarva-avatari, sarva-karana-pradhana

ananta vaikuntha, ara ananta avatara

ananta brahmanda ihan—sabara adhara

sac-cid-ananda-tanu, vrajendra-nandana



ishvarah paramah krishnah, sac-cid-ananda-vigrahah

anadir adir govindah, sarva-karana-karanam

vrindavane ‘aprakrita navina madana’

kama-gayatri kama-bije yanra upasana


“Shri Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the cause of all causes. He expands Himself in His innumerable plenary portions known as incarnations. He is the fountainhead of innumerable Vaikuntha planets, innumerable incarnations, and innumerable universes. He is the eternal form of transcendental existence, knowledge, and bliss. He is known as the son of the King of Vraja. He is complete in Himself with all opulences, all powers, and all divine rasas. He is, as stated in the Brahma-samhita, the Supreme Primeval Lord and the cause of all causes. Shri Krishna is the transcendental Cupid and the resident of Shri Vrindavana. He is worshiped by the transcendental sounds produced by the pure utterances of kama-gayatri and kama-bija.”