Lecture on SB 7.9.5 — Mayapur, February 25, 1977
Prabhupāda: Immediately we cannot be first-class devotee. We cannot imitate Haridāsa Ṭhākura. That is not possible. But minimum. Saṅkhyā-pūrvaka-nāma-gāna-natibhiḥ (Ṣaḍ-gosvāmy-aṣṭaka). We have to practice. Certain numerical strength we must maintain. And we have made it, therefore… Some of our so-called devotees, they criticize me that I have limited only sixteen rounds. No, why sixteen rounds? You can make three hundred rounds—but minimum, minimum sixteen rounds. Because we are not accustomed to devote much time. We must be busy always. But to sit down in one place and chant Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra continuously, that is not possible for any conditioned soul—unless he is liberated. So don’t try to imitate. My Guru Mahārāja has strictly forbidden, “Don’t try to imitate big personalities like Haridāsa Ṭhākura, Rūpa Gosvāmī.” He used to say, rūpa gosvāmī ke mogha vāñchā(?). Rūpa Gosvāmī, because he used to put on a loincloth… Tyaktvā tūrṇam aśeṣa-maṇḍala-pati-śreṇīṁ sadā tucchavat bhūtvā dīna-gaṇeśakau karuṇayā kaupīna-kanthā… So it is no use imitating Rūpa Gosvāmī, to imitate the dress, and then, as soon as there is opportunity, smoke biḍi. (laughs) (laughter) Don’t do this nonsense. This is no use, imitation. Anusaraṇa, not anukāraṇa. Anukāraṇa is dangerous. Anusaraṇa. Sādhu-mārgānugamanam. This is bhakti. We shall try to follow the footsteps of big, big devotees, sādhus. We cannot… We shall try to follow. Don’t try to imitate. That is very dangerous.
Some of our devotees, they left, that “There is no bhajana here,” (laughter) and asking me my blessing to find out another guru. So he wants my blessing for find out a guru. So this rascaldom is no good. So best thing is that mahājano yena gataḥ sa panthāḥ (CC Madhya 17.186). Here is mahājana. Prahlāda Mahārāja is one of the mahājanas. Out of the twelve mahājanas, Prahlāda Mahārāja is one of the mahājanas. Svayambhūr nāradaḥ śambhuḥ kapilo manuḥ prahlādaḥ (SB 6.3.20-21). Prahlāda Mahārāja name is there. Janako bhīṣmo balir vaiyāsakir vayam. (SB 6.3.20-21) So Prahlāda Mahārāja is mahājana. So follow, try to follow Prahlāda Mahārāja. Anusaraṇa. Sādhu-mārgānugamanam. So what Prahlāda Mahārāja did? He was put into so many troubles by his father, and what did he do? He was simply thinking of Kṛṣṇa: “What can I do? My father is against.” That is man-manā bhava mad-bhaktaḥ. And at last, when the father is killed, he is offering obeisances. So these four things, follow in the footsteps sincerely, as an unalloyed devotee. Sarvopādhi-vinirmuktam (CC Madhya 19.170). Prahlāda Mahārāja never thought that “I am son of Hiraṇyakaśipu.” Never thought. He always used to think, “I am the servant of Nārada.” That he said. When He wanted to give him benediction, so he asked Nṛsiṁha-deva, “Kindly engage me in the service of Your servant, Nārada, by whom I have got this instruction.” He never said, “Let me serve my father.” No. Because he got instruction, he always… Cakṣudana dilo janme janme pitā sei. He is father. No other father. Cakṣudana dilo yei, janme janme pitā sei. What is the next line?
Devotees: Divya jñāna hṛde prakāśito.
Prabhupāda: Ah, divya jñāna hṛde prakāśito. So he is the father. So we should always bear in mind. Don’t be upstart and leave this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement whimsically.
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