Maya Suzuki wants me to stop criticisingHanuman das
I find it very interesting that I get a roughly equal share of praise and criticism for my website.
From: Maya Suzuki <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Srila Prabhupada's words of finding fault. Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2019 14:46:46 -0400 References: <03DD1478-56AB-404E-9E43-2A12B56FD36F@gmail.com> To: email@example.com
Prabhupāda: These are all fanaticism. Real unity is in advancing Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Kalau nāsty eva nāsty eva… In Kali-yuga, you cannot strictly follow, neither I can strictly follow. If I criticize you, if you criticize me, then we go far away from our real life of Kṛṣṇa consciousness.
On May 21, 2018, at 5:06 PM, Maya Suzuki <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
The lowest category one will find a slight discrepancy in someone’s behavior and make a big thing out of it.
The next category one will see both the good and the bad but give more emphasis to the bad,
The next category one will see both the good and the bad give equal consideration to both;
The more advanced devotee will see both the good and the bad but give more importance to the good
The highest devotee will see someone do a little service and make a big thing out of it.
I know you are trying to serve Srila Prabhupada by finding faults with his devotees but I’m sure he would want you to try and get off the lowerst platform.
If you want to understand Srila Prabhupada’s teachings on a particular subject, then you should read all his statements on the subject.
Do you really think Srila Prabhupada wanted deviant people such as sannyasis with female secretaries in his movement?
For your second quote about levels of devotees is nonsense, Srila Prabhupada never wrote any such thing.
The truth (satya) is propagated in a twofold way viz. positively or by the method of direct support and negatively by the method of opposition. The truth cannot be made sufficiently known by the positive method alone. Propaganda by the method of opposition more than the presentation of the positive aspect brings about more brilliantly in this world the appearance and glorification of the truth. The positive method by itself is not the most effective mode of propaganda in a controversial Age like the present. The negative method which seeks to differentiate the Truth from non Truth in all its forms, is even better calculated to convey the directly inconceivable significance of the Absolute. It is a necessity which cannot be conscientiously avoided by the dedicated preacher of the Truth if he wants to be loyal servant of Godhead. The method is sure to create an atmosphere of controversy in which it is quite easy to lose one’s balance of judgement. But the ways of the deluding energy are so intricate that unless their mischevious nature is fully exposed it is not possible for the soul in the conditioned state to avoid the snares spread by the enchantress for encompassing the ruin of her only too willing victims. It is a duty which shall be sacred to all who have been enabled to obtain even a distant glimpse of the Absolute. (Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, The Harmonist 25 N. 1 June 1927)
The only duty of the Sadhus is to cut away all the accumulated wicked propensities of every individual. This alone is the causeless natural desire of all the Sadhus. Worldly people possess a double nature. They express one kind of sentiment but internally cherish a different purpose. Moreover they want to advertise this duplicity as a mark of liberation or love of harmony. Those who are unwilling to show any duplicity, wish to be frank and straightforward, or in other words to exercise unambiguously the function of the soul; such really sincere persons are called sectarian and orthodox by those who practice duplicity. We will cultivate the society only of those who are straightforward. We will not keep company with any person who is not so. We must by all means avoid bad company. We are advised to keep at a distance of a hundred cubits from animals of the horned species. We should observe the same caution in regard to all insincere persons. (Harmonist 28.243, January 1931)
The fact is that I am the only one in India who is openly criticizing, not only demigod worship and impersonalism, but everything that falls short of complete surrender to Krishna. My Guru Maharaja never compromised in His preaching, nor will I nor should any of my students. We are firmly convinced that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and all other are His part and parcel servants. This we must declare boldly to the whole world, that they should not foolishly dream of world peace unless they are prepared to surrender fully to Krishna as Supreme Lord. (Letter to Giriraja, Bombay, Jan 3rd, 1972)
Blind following means: “Oh, there is a swami. So many thousands of people are following. Let me become his disciple.” This is called blind following. You do not know what is that swami, whether he is a swami or a rascal. You do not know. But because everyone is going, “Oh, let me become his disciple.” This is blind following, without any knowledge, blind following.” (Bhagavad-gītā 4.34-39, Los Angeles, January 12, 1969)
Apaiśunam means that one should not find fault with others or correct them unnecessarily. Of course to call a thief a thief is not faultfinding, but to call an honest person a thief is very much offensive for one who is making advancement in spiritual life. (BG 16.1-3)
Letter to Karandhara — Bhaktivedanta Manor 27 July, 1973: When my Guru Maharaja was present even big, big scholars were afraid to talk with His beginning students. My Guru Maharaja was called “Living Encyclopedia”, he could talk with anyone on any subject. He was so learned—so we should be like that as far as possible. No compromise—Ramakrishna, avataras, yogis, everyone was enemy to Guru Maharaja—he never compromised. Some God-brothers complained that this preaching was chopping technique and it would not be successful. But we have seen that those who criticized, they fell down. For my part I have taken up the policy of my Guru Maharaja—no compromise. All these so called scholars, scientists, philosophers who do not accept Krsna are nothing more than rascals, fools lowest of mankind etc.