Ganges is very concerned, afraid to come to this planet earth, because all the people would bathe in her to dump their accumulation of sinful reactions. She is worried about how she is going to be purified for them. Now, if the Ganges is worried about sinful reactions, it’s very significant, then how worried, or how afraid or cautious should any other devotee be? We can understand that because Srila Prabhupada has accepted so many disciples and his consciousness was of course unaffected he was very powerful, but… but he gives a secret here actually that Krishna being merciful to his servants neutralizes the reactions of sinful deeds for the servant who engages in preaching His glories. So by being constant engaged in preaching the glories of the Lord then Krishna’s mercy can be attracted. Even then it doesn’t mean that the spiritual master doesn’t suffer. May not suffer totally, but partially may suffer.
When Srila Prabhupad was very sick, his final pastimes at one point he showed , his very thin, thin arms became very thin in the end, he couldn’t eat a lot of problems, and he said, “This is the result of taking too many unqualified disciples.” Actually Srila Prabhupada suffered for the sinful reactions of his disciples. He said sometimes… In Mayapur one time, he said that sometimes he had to suffer hellish dreams that Krishna would give him the reactions to the sinful activities of the disciples after initiation in his dreams he will be taken literally to hell and he specifically said “This is because my disciples are breaking regulative principles.” and he was forced to suffer excruciating trials.
H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1983, 5th,November, SB Class @ USA