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I Am Not Among the Rascals

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Devotee: Therefore, when we hear from the words..., the words of guru, we are actually hearing Kṛṣṇa.

 

Prabhupāda: Yes. That is said, yasya prasādād bhagavat-prasādaḥ. If you please guru, then Kṛṣṇa is pleased, because he is saying the same thing. Just like we are... What we are doing? Kṛṣṇa says, sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja (BG 18.66). We are saying that "You just surrender to Kṛṣṇa." We are inventing nothing. Therefore I am guru. Because I am saying Kṛṣṇa's words, not my words, therefore I am guru. As soon as I say my words, then I am not guru. This is the significance.

 

Devotee (2): You are the only one, Śrīla Prabhupāda, who claims to be servant. The rest of them take Kṛṣṇa's position.

 

Prabhupāda: Yes. Because they are not guru.

 

Devotee (3): So they are called Māyāvādīs.

 

Prabhupāda: They are not guru. That is the difficulty, that one who is not guru, he is taking the place of guru. Therefore people are misguided.

 

Devotee (3): One man who has written a book on these different so-called spiritual movements has remarked that Your Divine Grace is the only one of all... The big difference between our movement and the others is that you claim to be servant, and the others claim to be God.

 

Prabhupāda: He has written? He has written? Oh.

 

Devotee (3): It is in a book talking about different spiritual movements in this country.

 

Prabhupāda: So he has appreciated this.

 

Devotee (3): He has made that remark. He has noted that difference.

 

Prabhupāda: (laughing) Therefore I am unique. Yes. Then I can be..., become unique. Yes. I am not amongst the rascals.

 

Devotee (3): I tell the students... They ask me how they can distinguish between gurus. I tell them the real guru claims to be servant, and not God. I said only one guru says he is servant— that is Śrīla Prabhupāda. And they can understand that.

 

Devotee (4): Sincere people will appreciate that.

 

Prabhupāda: Yes.

 

Devotee: In the early days of this movement, Śrīla Prabhupāda, in New York, devotees have said they did not know how to treat Your Divine Grace. They did not know your exalted position. I think we are still very much offensive in our...

 

Prabhupāda: No, I am servant. I have no exalted position. Servant. Caitanya Mahāprabhu sat down in a place where people were washing their feet. Yes... a representative of Kṛṣṇa. I came to preach Kṛṣṇa consciousness, and Kṛṣṇa has sent so many representatives to help me. I consider like that. Without your help I could not do. So I wanted Kṛṣṇa's help, so Kṛṣṇa has sent you. Therefore you are representative of Kṛṣṇa. That is my conception.

 

Devotee: We're just dogs, Prabhupāda.

 

Prabhupāda: No.

 

Devotee: Barking at your feet, that's all.

 

Prabhupāda: That is your humbleness. That is nice.

 

Devotee: It's not humbleness. That's fact.

 

Prabhupāda: Hare Kṛṣṇa.

 

(Srila Prabhupada Morning Walk, Los Angeles, 12/15/1973)

 

Compiled by Padmapani  das


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