Letter to a Mayavadi - Impersonalist
I beg to inform you that I am in receipt of your invitation letter in the matter
of observing Bhagavata week through the secretary of Bombay spiritual centre.
As I know what sort of Bhagavata week can be observed by the Mayavadins for misleading
the innocent public and therefore I not only restrained myself from attending
the function but also I advised many others not to attend for the very reason
that the recitation of holy Bhagavata is being performed by men who have no access
in this great scripture in which only the liberated persons, who are freed from
all pretentious religiosities, can take part.
The Mayavadins specially have no right to discuss Srimad-Bhagavatam Puranam for
the only reason that they are aspiring after liberation (Moksa
Vanohha). And Sripada Sankaracarya because He was the incarnation of Sankara,
very carefully avoided to make any commentation on the holy Bhagavatam.
Sripada Sankaracarya preached His Mayavada philosophy for bewidering the atheist
class of men in order to confound them to become more and more atheist and thus
suffer perpetually within the threefold miserable conditions of the material nature.
But because He was great devotee at heart He dared not to commit sacrilege by
unauthorized commentation on the Bhagavatam for He knew it well that a person
who aspires after Mukti or merge one's identity in the
impersonal feature of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is debarred from the
benefit of Srimad-Bhagavatam. If you read Srimad-Bhagavatam from the beginning
(which is absolutely necessary for a serious student) you will find what is spoken
there in the 2nd sloka of the 1st chapter of the 1st Canto. It is clearly stated
there that mundane religiosities, economic development, sense gratification and
ultimately a frustrated man's desire to merge in the impersonal feature of Godhead
and all similar other things are completely thrown away from the transcendental
literature of Srimad-Bhagavatam.
Sripada Sridhara Swami the most authorized commentator on the Bhagavatam has said
that by the prefix of "PRA" in the sloka the desire of liberation (Moksa
Vanohha) is also stopped herewith. A person who is not a pure Vaisnava cannot
A mayavadi may pretend to become a so-called Vaisnava but because he cherishes
at heart to merge into the Supreme, he is unable to develop the devotional cult
which is a necessary qualification for understanding Srimad-Bhagavatam. And to
qualify the Mayavadis and other common men who indulge in the mental speculative
transactions, Srimad-Bhagavatam gives them instructions from the 1st to the 9th
canto about the transcendental nature of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
Unfortunately the cheap and unscrupulous professional readers of the Bhagavata
or the Mayavadi misleaders in the garb of a renouncer indulge in the highest topic
of Srimad-Bhagavatam described in the Rasa Panca Adhya. A person who is compact
in mundane thought of material enjoyment will certainly be indulging in playing
with poison if anyone, devoid of transcendental realisation playfully deals with
the transcendental pastimes of Lord Sri Krishna.
Some friends who attended your Bhagavata week have told me how the pastimes of
Lord Krishna was being wrongly interpreted in your organization on the pretext
of saving Krishna from being an immoral personality. To save these foolish audiences
in future Maharaja Pariksit had already asked Sripada Sukadeva Goswami to clear
the Rasaleela activities of Lord Sri Krishna. The transcendental nature of Rasa
Lila does not require to be apologised by any Mayavadi or mundane moralist. The
Lila is what it is. Srila Vyasadeva never desired that in future the real purpose
of the Rasa Lila had to be explained by some mundane scholar with poor fund of
knowledge. It does not require to be changed a bit but the only thing required
in this connection is to qualify oneself in the matter of undergoing a strict
spiritual training to realise the same transcendentally from the right sources.
In order to keep the Rasalila activities of the Lord intact Srila Sukadeva Goswami
has already explained the matter in the Bhagavata 10th canto chapter 33 and slokas
29 to 39. I shall request you to go through them with special reference to the
slokas Nos. 30,34 and 39.
In the sloka No.30 it is forbidden that a mundane person should not indulge in
hearing Rasalila or one should not hear Rasalila from a mundane person. In your
organization both the audience and the lecturer are mundane persons and their
indulgence in the matter of Rasalila out of sheer foolishness will result in imitating
Rudra who swallowed up an ocean of poison. There is nothing immorality in the
transcendental activities of the lord neither it requires to be defended by any
immoral man because simply by remembering the holy name of Krishna or by serving
His lotus feet one can at once become a liberated person. (Bhag. 10.33.34) Besides
that the result of reading or hearing the Rasalila in the devotional mood is stated
(Bhag. 30.33.39) to become culminated in complete disappearance of the devotee's
lust disease in the heart. Persons who are not pure devotees and must have therefore
an impure heart full with dirty things of mundane affairs will not only try to
defend Rasalila by interpretations or decry the dealings but also shall be ruined
as by drinking poison a man goes to hell.
I shall request you therefore not to mislead the people in general under the garb
of religiosity and indulge in the transcendental pastimes of the Lord known by
the name Rasa Panca Adhya. This society stands to rectify all these anomalies
in the name of religion and I shall ask your good sense to join hands with us
to stop all these nonsense. India's culture of spiritual value has an unique position
and it has to be learnt by the human society in right earnest from the right sources.
As an Indian and a man of good sense with practical business-brain you should
not at least indulge in such organization under the influence of unauthorized
person. Instead of indulging in the organization of such unauthorized persons
you may kindly learn the science from the authority and make your life enlightened
and attain success of the boon of human form of life.
The League of Devotees is an organized effort to render this service to the human
society without any pretentious conventions. We are publishing one paper of the
name Back to Godhead to educate people in the right direction and I am sending
herewith one pamphlet in which the opinions of several respectable gentlemen are
inserted as to how they are being appreciated.
It is our duty to defend the cause of "Bhagavata" either by request
or by legal action according to necessity and I hope you will understand us in
our most responsible task. Awaiting your early reply and thanking you in anticipation,
A. C. Bhaktivedanta
Srila Prabhupada Letter of August