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We have become first class imitator

Postby Dasa » Friday 20 January 2017, 15:37

We have become first class imitator



"We have become first class imitator," Prabhupada told

the devotees during a Bhagavatam class in Vrndavana in
1976. Then he told a story.

It was 1914. World War I was in progress and the high
court judges in Calcutta were on their tiffin hour.

"Mr. Mukerjee," an English judge, said to Ashutosa
Mukerjee, "now the Germans are coming. What are you
going to do?"

"We shall offer our respects to them and invite them
to do as they will," replied Mr. Mukerjee. The answer
startled the Englishman.

"Why do I say that? You have simply taught us how to
be slaves."

Prabhupada then explained how before Gandhi, the
people of India thought that to have an advanced
civilization, they had to imitate the English fashion.
"But we should not make that a fashion," Prabhupada
said. "Guru is not a fashion. Who requires guru?
Tasmad gurum prapadyeta jijnasuh sreya uttamam -- he
requires a guru. Jijnasa. Athatho brahma-jijnasa --
that is human life. One who is interested in inquiring
about the Brahman requires a guru. One who has no
business for understanding Brahman, but simply to make
a fashion that 'I have a guru' -- that is useless. It
has no value. One must be inquisitive to understand
this spiritual science. He requires a guru. Jijnasa
means inquisitive."



Srila Prabhupada was on a morning walk in Tehran when
he heard a lamb crying.

"Why the lamb is crying? They do not give the lamb
something to eat?" Prabhupada asked. A devotee then
made a guess.

"No, I always hear this sound somewhere. They keep the
lambs for killing."

Prabhupada then explained that such killing meant that
the people were living like animals, and he told a
story.

A lamb was once drinking water from the side of a
lake. Across the water was a tiger. The tiger
challenged the lamb: "Why are you muddying the lake?"
The lamb replied that he was not muddying the lake,
but the tiger quarreled with the lamb and then killed
it. Prabhupada then said that people in animal
consciousness look for faults in others and create
quarrels in order to kill. Then he quoted an English
proverb: "Give the dog a bad name and hang it." In
this way Prabhupada criticized material consciousness.



Prabhupada once told a story to illustrate the
ksatriya spirit. Jasovanta Singh was commanding
general under Emperor Aurangzeb. In a battle,
Jasovanta Singh met defeat, so he returned home to his
palace. But the palace gate was closed. He sent a
message to his queen informing her that he had
returned home and asking why she had closed the gate.
Upon hearing the message, the queen replied, "Who has
returned home? Jasovanta Singh? No, no, it cannot be
he. Jasovanta Singh would not return home after being
defeated. He would either conquer or give up his life.
The person at the door must be a pretender." So
saying, she refused to open the door.

Lecture in Vrndavana, September 30, 1976; lecture in
Tehran, August 10, 1976; morning walk in London,
September 3, 1973. This story reminds us that
Prabhupada has described the meat-eaters as being
"envious" of the animals. Sometimes we are puzzled to
think why Prabhupada considered human beings to be
envious of animals. Certainly they have no pity for
the animals since they kill them, but envious?

From a linguistic point of view, some interesting
research has been done on this matter by Dravida dasa.
He said that according to old usage, the word envious
once meant "malicious." This meaning was common usage
during the time Prabhupada learned English. This usage
is still listed in the dictionary, although it is not
so much current. Even in the current usage, however,
we see that the meat-eater does not allow the innocent
animal to live in peace. He is therefore envious of
the fact that the animals exist within God's graces,
not disobeying the laws of nature, and he kills them
out of malice or envy.


- From the Prabhupada Nectar by HH Satsvarupa dasa
Goswami Maharaj

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