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Guru, Disciple and Offenses

By His Holiness BRS Swami Gaurangapada

 

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PLEASE NEVER CRITICIZE, NEVER HEAR CRITCISM & NEVER SUPPORT CRITICIZM
OF ANY VAISHNAVA(S) FOR YOUR OWN SAKE AND FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR GURU!

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(I) THE RESULTS OF VAISHNAVA-APARADHA FOR DISCIPLE AND GURU

 

sulapani sama yadi vaishnavere ninde

tathapiha nasa paya -- kahe shastra vrinde ohmy.gif

 

"Even if some one of the level of the supremely powerful devotee and gunavatara Lord Shiva blasphemes a devotee, he will soon be destroyed. This is the verdict of all the scriptures." (CB Madhya 22.56)

 

iha na maniya ye sujana-ninda kare mad.gif

janme janme se papistha daive dose mare

 

"Sinful people who ignore the above fact and critcize devotees suffer the heaviest of all punishment of providence birth and birth."(57)

 

anyera ki daya gaura-simhera janani

tanhare o vaishnavaparadha kari gani

 

"What to speak of others, even the supreme mother of the Supreme Lord Himself Gaura Simha was not exempt from being considered an offender of a Vaishnava." (58)

 

prabhu bale -- upadesa kahite se pari

vaishnavaparadha ami khandaite nari

 

Lord Gauranga Himself replied -- " I can give instructions how to eliminate the aparadha (like in the case of Durvasa and Ambarish), but I Myself even though being the Supreme Lord am unable to destroy an offense against a Vaishnava." (32)

 

ALL GURUS AND DISCIPLES PLEASE READ THESE VERSES CAREFULLY!

 

vaisnavera ninda karibeka yara gana

tara raksa-smarthya nahika kona jana

 

"A Vaishnava or a Guru is unable to protect any of his followers who engage in blasphemy of the Vaishnavas." (128)

 

Gaudiya Bhashya by Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada:

 

[...]Those who after attaining the position of spiritual master either personally engage in blasphemy of Vaishnavas or support their followers' blasphemy of Vaishnavas certainly become degraded.

 

vaishnava-nindaka gana yahara asraya

apanei edaite tahara samsaya crying.gif

 

"The deliverance of even a Guru or person whose followers engage in critcism of Vaishnavas is greatly doubtful."(129)

 

bada adhikari haya apane edaite

ksudra haile -- gana saha adhahpate yaya

 

"In such a case only if the Guru is greatly advanced and qualified in bhakti, maybe he can protect himself. But if he is weak in bhakti, then he is certainly sure to go to the darkest hellish regions and fall down from the platform of bhakti if his followers engage in vaishnava-ninda and he can't or does not stop them or reject them."(130)

 

Commentary by Swami Gaurangapada:

 

This is probably the prime reason for the high casualty rate in the falldown of the Gurus themselves. This situation is vividly described in the following very important verses Hari-nama-cintamani, 10th Pariccheda by Namacharya Shrila Thakura Haridasa himself and penned by Shrila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura:

 

sraddha-hine peye nama aparadhe mare

sange sange guruke abhakta shighra kare

 

"If a faithless unqualified person gets initiated into the chanting of Krishna's Name, then surely he or she will engage in nama-aparadha and be destroyed. Along with his or her own degradation, the disciple will also convert the Guru also into a non-devotee because the Guru gave the Name is the first place and thus is the cause for the offenses of the disciple."

 

sradhhahina jane artha lobhe nama diya

narakete jaya nama-aparadha majiya

 

"Therefore if the Guru gives initiation into the Krishna Mantra due to a desire for money or following, he will commit this namaparadha against Krishna's Name and will thus go to hell."

 

pramade yadyapi nama upadesha haya

sradhhahine tabe guru paya maha-bhaya

 

"Therefore a Guru should become very fearful when he comes to know that by mistake he has given Krishna-Mantra-Diksha to a faithless unqualified person with ulterior motives."

 

vaishnava samaje taha kari vigyapana

sei dusta sisya tyaga kare mahajana

 

"The Guru should announce in an assembly of devotees and in this way reject the sinful disciple who is engaging in Vaishnava aparadha or Nama aparadha."

 

taha na karile guru aparadha krame

bhakti-hina duracara haya maya bhrame

 

"If the Guru does not reject the envious disciple in this way, the Guru becomes implicated in this aparadha and quickly becomes devoid of bhakti and engages in abominable activities due to the bewilderment of the illusory energy or Maya."

 

Commentary by Swami Gaurangapada:

 

Many Gurus are not aware of this process of rejection of a staunch and hypocrite Vaishnava aparadhi or Nama aparadhi disciple due to a lack of deep study of this classic book, Hari-nama-cintamani. Thus they get implicated into this vicious offense which in turn leads to their own falldown sooner or later as stated in these verses.

 

iha na kariya jei dena nama dhana

sei aparadhe tara narekete patana

 

"Therefore if a Guru gives Krishna-Mantra-Diksha without creating strong faith in the disciple for Krishna-Nama, then the Guru falls down to hell due to his offense against Krishna-Nama."

 

nama peye sisya kare nama aparadha

tahate gurura haya bhakti rasa badha

 

"After receviing Krishna-Nama-Diksha, if the disciple engages in Vaishnava aparadha or the ten nama-aparadha, then the Guru's advancement in bhakti rasa is checked or obstructed."

 

sei nama aparadhe dunhe sisya guru

narkete maje sei aparadha uru

 

"And due to this most powerful aparadha by the disciple and by the Guru too who does not stop, correct or reject his blasephemous or offensive disciple, both of them, Guru and disciple fall down into the hellish planets in their next life."

 

(II) THE ONLY THREE WAYS TO REMOVE VAISHNAVA-APARADHA

 

(1) TO GENUINELY BEG FORGIVENESS FROM THE VAISHNAVA OFFENDED:

 

ye vaishnava-sthane aparadha haya yara

puna se ksamile a paradha ghuce tara

 

If one offends a Vaishnava, the only way to get free from the offense is to go back that Vaishnava and beg his forgiveness. (Cb. Madhya 22.32)

 

kanta phute yei mukhe, sei mukhe yaya

paye kanta phutile ki kandhe bahiraya

 

Just as it takes a thorn to remove a thorn, the offense committed by the mouth [against a Vaishnava] must be cured with the mouth [by begging forgiveness]. (CB Antya 4.380)

 

(2) BY CHANTING THE NAME OF LORD NITYANANDA CONSTANTLY:

 

nityananda-prasade se ninda yaya ksaya

nityananda-prasade se visnu-bhakti haya

 

Only by the causeless mercy of of the name, form and pastimes of Lord Nityananda, one's offenses against Vaishnavas are destroyed and one attains devotional service of Lord Krishna.(CB Madhya 22.136)

 

(3) BY READING THE ORIGINAL BENGALI VERSES OF CHAITANYA-BHAGAVATA,
MADHYA-KHANDA CHP 22 DAILY OR REGULARLY:

 

e bada adbhuta katha suna savadhane

vaishnava aparadha ghuce ihara sravane

 

Listen carefully to this wonderful pastime of how Shri Shachimata got delivered from her offense against Shrila Advaita Acharya in this Chp 22. By hearing or reading this narration one will be become from the Vaishnava aparadha committed. (CB Madhya 22.12)

 

Commentary by Swami Gaurangapada:

 

Such a benediction is not given in any other scripture. Even Lord Gauranga or the most powerful guru cannot save the disciples and devotees who criticize other Vaishnavas like we see in the case of some of the misled sons of Shrila Advaita Acharya. Shrila Advaita Acharya is supremely powerful so the Aparadha of some of his sons could not effect him but that they may not be the case in the situation of less powerful Gurus. But reading Chp 22 of Madhya-khanda Chaitanya-Bhagavata can even save us from the Aparadhas committed. So it is to be accepted that Shrila Chaitanya-Bhagavata is the most magnamious and merciful scripture in the whole creation which saves us from the most horrible and unforgivable of all sins in creation. Another reason is that since Shri Chaitanya-Bhagavata is full of the glories of Lord Nityananda on every page, it speedens up this process of destruction of our offenses as per the second point above. This is the scripture to read if one wants to develop love for Lord Nityananda, the only Lord capable of delivering fallen and degraded souls like us. And the final reason why all the acharyas have stressed Chaitanya-Bhagavata as the most beneficial for all conditioned souls is because this great scripture repeatedly warns and cautions us against the great dangers of Vaishnava-aparadha in each and every chapter of the book.

 

(III) CONCLUSION

 

ninda nahi nityananda sevakera mukhe

aharnisha caitanyera yasa gaya sukhe

 

The devotees who have received the great fortune to serve Lord Nityananda Balarama never engage in criticism or blasphemy of other Vaishnavas. Day and night their only activity is to blissfuly sing the name of Lord Gauranga.(137)

 

nityananda-bhakta saba dike savadhana

nityananda-bhrtyera chaitanya dhana-prana

 

Thus the devotees of Lord Nityananda and always extremely cautious from all directions to totally avoid criticism of other Vaishnavas. Actually they have no time to criticze others because they are busy in chanting the glories of the names and pastimes of Lord Gauranga, who is their life and wealth.

 

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Three ways to remove Vaishnava Aparadha: (1) Beg forgiveness directly from the Vaishnava offended with genuine repentance and a determination never to do it again; (2) Alongwith this constantly chant the names of Nityananda and Gauranga with the Hare Krishna Mantra; and (3) Read Chp 22 of Shri Chaitanya-Bhagavata, Madhya-khanda daily or as regularly as possible

 

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