Equating the potent with the impotent

Vidura Mahatma dasa —

         Some sentimental devotees who are compromised with the pseudo-ISKCON will argue that it is ok that the gurus are there because everybody is still basically following Srila Prabhupada’s instructions. Indeed, even the bogus guru’s themselves might argue like this. This would be equivalent with the quote from Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī on equating the potent with the impotent. It also falls into the bogus philosophy that whatever one does or whatever path one follows is all right.

“The guru does not manufacture a new process to instruct the disciple. The disciple receives from the guru an authorized process received by the guru from his guru. This is called the system of disciplic succession (evaṁ paramparā-prāptaṁ imaṁ rājarṣayo viduḥ [Bg. 4.2]). This is the bona fide Vedic system of receiving the process of devotional service, by which the Supreme Personality of Godhead is pleased.  Therefore, to approach a bona fide guru, or spiritual master, is essential. The bona fide spiritual master is he who has received the mercy of his guru, who in turn is bona fide because he has received the mercy of his guru. This is called the paramparā system. Unless one follows this paramparā system, the mantra one receives will be chanted for no purpose. Nowadays there are so many rascal gurus who manufacture their mantras as a process for material advancement, not spiritual advancement. Still, the mantra cannot be successful if it is manufactured. Mantras and the process of devotional service have special power, provided they are received from the authorized person.” (SB 8.16.24 purport)

“If one is not interested in satisfying Lord Viṣṇu, Vāsudeva, all his so-called auspicious activities are fruitless. Moghāśā mogha-karmāṇo mogha-jñānā vicetasaḥ: [Bg. 9.12] because he is bewildered, he is baffled in his hopes, baffled in his activities, and baffled in his knowledge. In this regard, Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī remarks, napuṁsakam anapuṁsakenety-ādinaikatvam. One cannot equate the potent and the impotent. Among modern Māyāvādīs it has become fashionable to say that whatever one does or whatever path one follows is all right. But these are all foolish statements. Here it is forcefully affirmed that this is the only method for success in life.” (SB 8.16.61 purport)


Srila Prabhupada is the potent guru and those who have disobeyed his instructions are impotent. The impotent guru’s have manufactured their own process in their instructions to their disciples, i.e. to approach a “living guru” or that an actual guru may sometimes fall down into abominable activities. This is not the parampara system and such concocted instructions cannot help the disciples to please the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Approaching a bona fide spiritual master is essential and is the only means of obtaining the potent result of devotional service – satisfying Lord Vishnu.

It must be forcefully affirmed that accepting a bogus guru is not the same as accepting a pseudo-guru. It is a matter of potent and impotent.

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