DON’T ACCEPT A GURU WHO CANNOT STOP YOUR DEATH

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

 

Prabhupada in a jovial moodBhagavad-Gita proposes, that is wonderful thing, if you can stop death. And whole spiritual life means how to stop death.

It is advised in the Bhagavatam, “Don’t accept guru, don’t be father, don’t be mother, if you cannot stop death.” Either you don’t accept, or don’t become. Just like they want a guru (spiritual master) – so don’t accept a guru who cannot stop your death. And from guru’s side, it is advised, “Don’t become guru if you cannot stop the death of your disciple.”

So our Krishna consciousness movement is to stop death, live eternally with Krishna, go back to home, back to Godhead. This is our movement. So our guru gives us this opportunity – no more death.

Tyaktvā… After leaving this body, you don’t accept any more material body. And if you don’t accept material body, then there is no death. As soon as you are spiritual, you remain in spiritual body – there is no death. There is no birth also. Death is concomitant where birth is there. If the death is stopped, then there is no birth. And if there is no birth, there is no disease, there is no old age. This is the process.

So birth, death, old age, disease can be stopped only by Krishna consciousness. So if you don’t like to be Krishna conscious then what is the use of your becoming a disciple, and if the guru, if he cannot stop your death, birth and death, then what is the use of his becoming a guru?

[Room Conversation, New Delhi, November 3, 1973]

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One thought on “DON’T ACCEPT A GURU WHO CANNOT STOP YOUR DEATH

  1. Good share. One must not accept guru just because he is popular or on material factors just like I was. I was instructed by one of the leading spiritual masters just beg to Srila Prabhupada and Krsna and now I know. I am aspiring and rendering service. But at the same time if one comes across fake guru incidents one shouldn’t reject all gurus, that is another controversy not worth discussing of but that is neither sane. A bag of 10 apples with 5 or 7 rotten doesn’t mean genuine apple do not exist. Another thing is like our sincerity for Krsna is, likely we are made come across a guru.

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