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  • Attachment to our spiritual mentors, Gurus

    Posted by Medhavini Sakhi Devi Dasi JPS on November 10, 2023 at 1:50 pm

    Hare Krishna Prabhu, Dandavat Pranams

    We see from Srila Prabhupada Lilamrta that devotees were very attached to Srila Prabhupada and just to please Srila Prabhupada, they would follow his instructions. Simply by doing so, by the so called attachment to Prabhupada, they all became advanced in Krishna Consciousness. My query in relation to SB katha of Diti and Kashyapa Muni , where you said attachment should not be there even towards our spiritual gurus/ teachers. Can you kindly explain further about it how it can negatively impact our devotional life?

    Thank you

    Your servant

    Medhavini Sakhi Devi Dasi

    Medhavini Sakhi Devi Dasi JPS replied 5 months, 1 week ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Ram Krishna Dasa

    November 10, 2023 at 5:21 pm

    Hare Krishna!

    All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

    I believe there is a misunderstanding here.

    Scriptures have elaborately glorified and recommended being attached to the lotus feet of our Guru/ spiritual master.

    For instance, we are daily singing in the Guru puja-

    śrī-guru-caraṇe rati, ei se uttama-gati,

    je prasāde pūre sarva āśā

    Attachment to the lotus feet of Sri Guru is the perfection that fulfills all desires.

    Even during mangala arati of the Lord, we are singing Gurvashtakam, glorifying and offering respects to Sri Guru!

    So how is it possible to conclude that attachment to our gurujanas can negatively impact our devotional service?

    In the lecture that you are referring to, Prabhuji has specifically mentioned that being attached to one’s own ideas in any relation is dangerous, including the relation of a guru and disciple. If a disciple maintains his own ideas and is attached to it, as in the case of Diti being attached to her ideas while talking to Kashyapa, then the disciple can land into trouble.

    As per the lecture, the solution recommended for this problem is chastisement by guru!

    This will help one get out of one’s attachment to his own ideas/ thoughts.

    So to conclude, the attachment being mentioned in the lecture is the attachment to our own ideas in any relation and not the attachment to Guru.

    Hope this helps.

    In your service,

    Ram Krishna Dasa

  • Medhavini Sakhi Devi Dasi JPS

    November 14, 2023 at 2:16 pm

    Thank you so much Rama Krishna Pr, Thank you for your profound answer.. Very helpful… Praying to be chastised by my spiritual gurus to such an extent that may the only thing that I remain attached to is to serve, satisfy , please Guru and Gauranga… thank you very much again, dandavats pranams , your servant, medhavini sakhi devi dasi

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