Don’t try to be imitated as eternal associates of the Lord

This is basically what a devotee should remember that we should follow the authorized system, mahā-jano… mahā-jano yena gataḥ sa panthāḥ follow in the footsteps of the great acaryas, the great spiritual masters. In India you have these people who jump over. They just immediately claim to be in the highest level. Neither do they follow the regulative principles, neither are they spontaneously preaching. But they are just claiming. Some people go… some are very subtle where they are actually kanistha adhikaris but they claim to be uttama adhikaris and some are completely in maya but they claim to be eternal parshads, eternal associates of the Lord by imitating… just… I don’t want to mention… but they do all types of, all kinds of acrobatics sometimes for attracting the minds of innocent people.

So Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, Srila Prabhupada, by their examples they would always be ecstatic but they would conceal or try to internalize their ecstasy. Srila Prabhupada would sometimes give a lecture, one time in Gorakhpur when he was describing how Rupa… excuse me, how Sanatana Goswami and Lord Caitanya met, I believe it is in Varanasi. At that time they embraced, Lord Caitanya embraced Sanatana Goswami and then Prabhupada was explaining how their meeting was exactly like the gopis when they met Krishna after a long separation. And as he spoke, he just completely chocked up. He just completely manifested the symptoms, stunned, and just he was frozen, just couldn’t even move, tears were pouring down his eyes and he couldn’t say anything or he just couldn’t move. It was like that from eye-witnesses, it was about thirty seconds or couple of minutes it was complete silence. Finally when he could speak something because suddenly he was just completely immersed in that pastime, completely absorbed in it, then he said, “Chant Hare Krishna.” and had to end the class there.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1984, 13th Sep, SB class @ Bhaktivedanta Manor, London, UK