Should we preach even if we are not pure devotees?

 

Question

One more question in relation to this. Here it says “from the lips of his pure devotee”
In this sense I have another question ..
If we preach and obviously we are not pure devotees, the effort of preaching is unnecessary?

 

Answer

In our lifetime we have seen so many preachers that have changed numerous lives and yet most probably they were not pure devotees.
In the past, during the centuries and millennias, it is unlikely that all preachers were pure devotees, still they have contributed to send countless jivas back to Godhead.

But it is a fact that in the Sastra it is said that we need a maha-bhagavata, a pure devotee, to go back to Krishna.

How to reconcile these two opposite and apparently incompatible point of views?

 

The explanation is in the “parampara” concept.
If one has a bonafide spiritual master, such a maha-bhagavata, if the devotee is sincere, he will receive the divine energy coming from the uninterrupted chain of Guru.
In this way even the unqualified will become qualified.
mukam karoti vacalam
paṅguṁ laṅghayate girim
yat kṛpā tam ahaṁ vande
śrī guruṁ dīna-tāraṇam
Caitanya Caritamrita Madhya-lila 17.80
“I offer my respectful obeisances unto my spiritual master, the deliverer of the fallen souls, his mercy turns a dumb into an eloquent person, and unable the lame to cross the mountains.”

Moreover we can use the analogy of the postman: he may not be a great scholar but when he delivers a poem, that is valid. We don’t say, no, the book is not good because an ignorant man gave it to me.

Given that we have the sacred mission to spread Krishna consciounsnes, we can have success even in a state of not total purity. But of course we have to strive to clean our mind and heart of all impurities for our own benefit. Ceto darpana marjanam…

 

– Manonatha Dasa (ACBSP)
29 apr 2019

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