“Be a Guru, Save the Land!”
7th March 2016 • Illuminations on Bhakti
HH Candramauli Swami, SB lecture, 3.4.25, May 19th, 2014, Hungary
Every society is suffering. Sometimes we would see Srila Prabhupada show great emotions for the suffering of the conditioned souls. His heart would be in pain to see people suffer. That’s a quality of great souls. They have love for Sri Krishna, therefore they have love for all living entities. And that love comes in the form of compassion. And that compassion comes in the form of sacrificing for the benefit of others. So that is the mood of preaching. Srila Prabhupada is explaining that the duty of the servants of the Lord is to wander everywhere and give Krishna consciousness to others. What has been given to us is not really ours to keep. It is said, if you try to keep something beneficial and don’t give it for others’ benefit, you lose it. It will gradually diminish. Transcendental knowledge is a great gift. It is not only a great gift, it is the greatest gift.
Caitanya Mahaprabhu said: “I am a gardener. I have a lot of fruit. In fact, I have a storehouse. And it is full. It’s so full, that it’s breaking the seals of the doors, it is so full.” Mahaprabhu is giving everything. He is giving the highest transcendental knowledge and the practice of pure devotional service to anyone and everyone who is willing to accept it. And He is eager to give it out. Mahaprabhu is so eager to give it out, that even if you don’t want it, you can’t avoid it.
Srila Prabhupada gave an example: A man will come up to another person and say: “I want to give you something. I want to give you some money.” So, you are polite and say: “No, no, thank you very much, but you keep it. Thank you.” The person insists that you take it. You still refuse out of politeness. Than the person takes your hand, puts it in and closes it. “You got it, keep it.” That’s Mahaprabhu. And His servants are like that. They want to give Krishna consciousness to the whole world.
So Mahaprabhu is actually begging. The Supreme Lord becomes a beggar. He doesn’t need anything, He is the Supreme Lord. And now He takes the role of a beggar. And what is He begging? “Here, take these fruits, and distribute them. I’m only one person. How can I distribute all these fruits? Please, assist Me in distributing these fruits of love of God.”
And this is what this purport is saying. That it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter what order of devotional practice you are in, whether you are a householder, brahmacari, sannyasi or even vanaprastha. Srila Prabhupada says, brahmana or sudra. Even a sudra, anyone can become a spiritual master. That is how the verse ends. What does it say? It doesn’t say anything about position. It says that if you know the science of Krishna, you are guru. That’s the actual definition of guru.
When Mahaprabhu was traveling in Kurma Ksetra, He stayed at the house of one brahmana - he was known as the Kurma brahmana. The brahmana really got attached to Lord Caitanya. When Lord Caitanya wanted to go, the brahmana started following Lord Caitanya. And what did Lord Caitanya tell him? “You can’t do that, you have a family. Stay with your family! Preach Krishna consciousness! Whoever you meet, tell him about Krishna. Whoever you meet, tell him to chant Hare Krishna! If you do this, you will never leave My association.” Then He told him: “By My command, be guru, save the land!”
So what was Mahaprabhu saying? You don’t have to change your position. You simply have to give the science of Krishna to others. That is all. That is the only qualification. And Mahaprabhu was so enthusiastic, He said: “If you do this, we will meet again. You will have My personal association.” But what was He saying? “You’ll have My personal association back home, back to Godhead.”