Srila Prabhupada Siddhanta


G) Srila Prabhupada’s Words are Above Defects.

All rituals, procedures, and names established by Srila Prabhupada are transcendentally pure and perfect. (See “Sadhana,” next section.) Srila Prabhupada never made mistakes, as do all ordinary men. Everything Srila Prabhupada says and does is pure and perfect, totally devoid of the four defects of conditional life—namely illusion, cheating, imperfect senses, and the tendency to commit mistakes.

“It is recommended that one honor the spiritual master as being on an equal status with the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Saksad-dharitvena samasta-sastrair. This is enjoined in every scripture. Acaryam mam vijaniyat. One should consider the acarya to be as good as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. In spite of all these instructions, if one considers the spiritual master an ordinary human being, one is doomed. His study of the Vedas and his austerities and penances for enlightenment are all useless, like the bathing of an elephant. An elephant bathes in a lake quite thoroughly, but as soon as it comes on the shore it takes some dust from the ground and strews it over its body. Thus there is no meaning to the elephant’s bath.” {Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.15.26, Purport)

bhrama pramada vipralipsa karanapatava
arsa-vijna-vakye nahi dosa ei saba:

“Mistakes, illusions, cheating, and defective perception do not occur in the sayings of the authoritative sages.” (Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi 2.86)


H) Srila Prabhupada’s Preaching Is Empowered and Complete.

Srila Prabhupada’s activities perfectly convey the complete siddhanta (scripturally authorized conclusions) of the Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya Sampradaya originating from Lord Krishna Himself. Srila Prabhupada is the acarya-vigraha, the best example of the perfect teacher. His preaching exhibits the full manifestation guru-tattva and guru-puja, the essence of the bona fide guru and worship of the bona fide guru. By studying and following Srila Prabhupada’s instructions, everyone can achieve the highest stages of Krishna consciousness. Srila Prabhupada’s books are perfect and complete and require no editing or change.

Whatever is to be learned of the teachings of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura can be learned from our books. There is no need whatsoever for any outside instruction.” (Letter, December 25,1973)

“Everyone can become a first-class preacher. Simply cram the purports of my books. The references are there. The philosophy is there. Everything is there.” (Letter, September 19,1974)

“Simply read my books and repeat what I have written. Then our preaching will be perfect.” (Letter, April 4,1975)

“One should not partially study a book just to pose oneself as a great scholar by being able to refer to scriptures. In our Krishna consciousness movement we have therefore limited our study of Vedic literatures to Bhagavad-gita, Srimad-Bhagavatam, Caitanya-caritamrta, and Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu, These four works are sufficient for preaching purposes. They are adequate for the understanding of the philosophy and the spreading of missionary activities all over the world. If one studies a particular book, he must do so thoroughly. That is the principle. By thoroughly studying a limited number of books, one can understand the philosophy.” (Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya 22.118, Purport)


I) Srila Prabhupada Lives Eternally as the Spiritual Master of the Universe.

To obtain the full blessings of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and all previous acaryas, we must accept Srila Prabhupada as acarya-vigraha or sad-guru, the eternal spiritual master, and follow his instructions. Srila Prabhupada is the current, living link of the Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya Sampradaya. Therefore, his worship is established as fundamental sadhana for all Hare Krishna Vaisnavas in this age. (See “Sadliana,” the following section.)

Reporter: “What will happen to the movement in the United States when you die?”
Srila Prabhupada: “I will never die. I shall live from my books, and you will utilize.”

Reporter: “Are you training a successor?”
Srila Prabhupada: “Yes, my Guru Maharaja is there.” (Interview, July 16,1975, Berkeley)

Guest: “Are you planning to choose a successor?”
Srila Prabhupada: “It is already successful. A genuine thing is always a success.”

Disciple: “One thing he’s saying, this gentleman—and I would like to know: Is your successor named?”
Srila Prabhupada: “My success is always there. Yes. Just like the sun is there always. It may come before your vision or not— the sun is there. But if you are fortunate, you come before the sun. Otherwise, you remain in darkness. The sun is open to everyone. Our Krishna consciousness movement, Krishna, is open to everyone. But if you are fortunate, you come to the light. If you are unfortunate, you do not. That is your choice.” (Conversation, February 12,1975, Mexico City)

Srila Prabhupada: “Only Lord Caitanya can take my place. He will take care of the movement.” (Conversation, November 2, 1977, Vrndavana)
Disciple: “You are the real acarya for this age, Srila Prabhupada.” (October 3,1977, Vrndavana) Please note: Srila Prabhupada’s response to this comment was silence. He would have objected had the comment been bogus or improper. “It is characteristic of advanced Vaisnavas… that they think themselves ordinary human beings. This is not an artificial exhibition of humility; a Vaisnava sincerely thinks this way and therefore never admits his exalted position.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.24.26, Purport)

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