Finger licking tattvaHanuman das
To assure proper understanding of siddhanta, we should focus our attention to proper pramana, namely Srila Prabhupada’s books, lectures, conversations and letters.
Studying the above mentioned sources will keep one strongly rooted in siddhanta.
Of course, people who like to push their own agendas will focus quoting anecdotal evidence or simply pushing unexisting quotes.
We already demonstrated how deviants like to push unexisting quotes. They claim that Bhaktisiddhanta said , that it is “very offensive”
Today, we will look at another quote, which is very pleasing to sahajiyas and freemixers who like to associate with opposite sex on a cat and dog level.
When we warn people that association with opposite sex is very dangerous, especially for sannyasis, they response is: Don’t be fanatic, even Prabhupada licked finger of his female secretary, Janaki dasi.
Then, they will quote from Shyamasundara prabhu’s new book, “Chasing rhinos with the Swami – Volume 1” (Chapter 2):
Janaki: I loved mothering him. I just loved it. But I was so naughty, so full of mischief. The Swami had never tasted whipping cream, so one day I was whipping some up and Swamiji said, “What is that?” So I said, “Try it. You’ll love it.” And I dipped my finger in the pot and he licked some off my finger. His eyes shot up and he said, “Mmmmm, that is good.”
So, if Prabhupada licked finger of Janaki dasi, why Sacinandana Swami can’t travel around the world with his female secretary?
This is typical example of highly suspicious anecdotal evidence which we should not accept. Srila Prabhupada explained in his books in a very straightforward manner how sannyasis should behave, and that should be our compass.
Next question is, was Janaki dasi lying when she provided this anecdotal evidence? We will not enter into details of her motivations, but if we look into Satsvarupa Goswami’s “Srila Prabhupada lilamrta”, we will find completely different description:
One time Jānakī was making whipped cream when Prabhupāda came into the kitchen and asked, “What’s that?”
She replied, “It’s whipped cream.”
“What is whipped cream?” he asked.
“It’s cream,” she replied, “but when you beat it, it fluffs up into a more solid form.”
Although always adamant about kitchen rules (one of the most important being that no one could eat in the kitchen), Śrīla Prabhupāda immediately dipped his finger into the whipped cream and tasted it. “This is yogurt,” he said.
In a lighthearted, reprimanding way that was her pleasure, Jānakī replied, “No, Swamiji, it’s whipped cream.”
Śrīla Prabhupāda corrected her, “No, it is yogurt.” And again he put his finger into it and tasted it, saying, “Oh, it tastes very nice.”
“Swamiji!” Jānakī accused him. “You’re eating in the kitchen!” Śrīla Prabhupāda merely smiled and shook his head back and forth, saying, “That is all right.”
As you can see, the same event was described in a completely different way in those two books. Therefore, we should be very careful in accepting anecdotal evidence. We should be firmly fixed in reading Srila Prabhupada’s books daily and then we will be able to understand things in a proper perspective.
Fake finger licking anecdote is currently circling around in Russian social networks, and there is nothing we can do about it, but at least we can publish the truth for those who are interested in the truth.