Even a Dog-eater can become a Guru if he is a Devotee of Krishna

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Jagadguru Srila Prabhupada, the spiritual master of the entire world

Jagadguru Srila Prabhupada, the spiritual master of the entire world

Śva-paco means candāla, one who eats dogs. He is considered the lowest. There are different kinds of meat-eaters. But in India, there were no cow-flesh-eaters. Some of them were eating hogs, even dogs. But no government will allow to eat the flesh of a cow. No, that is not allowed. If you want to eat flesh, you can eat hogs and dogs, and goats also. But you cannot touch a cow. This is the restriction. First of all, they should not be meat-eaters. But even if you are a staunch meat-eater, still you cannot touch the cow. You can eat some other animal.

So śva-pacah means the dog-eaters. In Korea, and some parts of the world, they eat dogs. Theysell dog flesh publicly. So in India also there is a class of meat-eaters. In Assam side, they eat dogs. So the dog-eaters are considered the lowest of mankind. Śva-pacah. Śva means dog and pacah means who cooks. Śva-pacah means candāla.

If a man from the śva-pacah or the candāla family becomes a Vaishnava (devotee of Krishna), strictly according to the orders, then he can become guru, but a brāhmana cannot become a guru if he’s not a Vaishnava. This is the stricture. Even if one is born in the family of a brāhmana, and he’s not only born, he’s even qualified – sat-karma-nipuno, nipuno means qualified – but still he cannot become a guru.

sat-karma-nipuno vipro

mantra-tantra-viśāradah

avaisnavo gurur na syād

vaisnavah śva-paco guruh

“A scholarly brahmana, expert in all subjects of Vedic knowledge, is unfit to become a spiritual master without being a Vaishnava, or expert in the science of Krishna consciousness. But a person born in a family of a lower caste can become a spiritual master if he is a Vaishnava, or Krishna conscious.”

Padma Purana

[An excerpt from a lecture delivered on the Bhagavad-gita 1.40 in London on July 28, 1973]

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