Friday, January 6, 2012

False gurus predicted in KALI Yuga

Srimad-Bhagavatam warns of kali-yuga panditas

By: Iskcontimes

lingam evasrama-khyatav
capalam vacah

lingam - the external symbol; eva — merely; asrama-khyatauin knowing a person's spiritual order; anyonya — mutual;apatti — of exchange; karanam — the cause; avrttya — by lack of livelihood; nyayain credibility; daurbalyam — the weakness; pandityein scholarship; capalam — tricky; vacah — words

A person's spiritual position will be ascertained merely according to external symbols, and on that same basis people will change from one spiritual order to the next. A person's propriety will be seriously questioned if he does not earn a good living. And one who is very clever at juggling words will be considered a learned scholar.
- Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.4

Srimad-Bhagavatam predicts the situation of greedy sannyasis in kali yuga

avrta batavo 'sauca
bhiksavas ca kutumbinah
tapasvino grama-vasa
nyasino 'tyartha-lolupah

avrtah- failing to execute their vows; batavah — the brahmacaris; asaucah — unclean; bhiksavah — prone to begging; ca — and; kutumbinah — the householders; tapasvinah — those who have gone to the forest for austerities; grama-vasah — village residents; nyasinah — the sannyasis; atyartha-lolupah — excessively greedy for wealth.

The brahmacharis will fail to execute their vows and become generally unclean, the householders will become beggars, the vanaprasthas will live in the villages,and the sannyasis will become greedy for wealth.
- Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.33

Srimad-Bhagavatam predicts the appearance of bogus gurus, swamis etc.

sudrah pratigrahisyanti
vaksyanty adharma-jna

sudrah — lowly, common workers; pratigrahisyanti — will accept religious charity; tapah — by shows of austerity; vesa — and by dressing as mendicants;upajivinah — earning their living; dharmam — the principles of religion; vaksyanti — will speak about; adharma-jnah — those who know nothing about religion;adhiruhya — mounting; uttama-asanama high seat.

Uncultured men will accept charity on behalf of the Lord and will earn their livelihood by making a show of austerity and wearing a mendicant's dress. Those who know nothing about religion will mount a high seat and presume to speak on religious principles.

The epidemic of bogus gurus, swamis, priests and so forth is explicitly described here.
- Srimad Bhagavatam 12.3.38

Srila Prabhupada explains about the position of bogus gurus:
Jayatirtha: Yesterday Nitai found a quote from the Puranas that says, “There are many gurus who will take away your money, but rare is the one who will take away your miseries.
Srila Prabhupada: Guravo bahavah santi vittapaharakah
Devotee: Yes, right.
Srila Prabhupada: guravo bahavah santi vittapaharakah tam tu gurum na pasyami sisya-santa-paharakah.
There are many gurus. They are very expert in plundering disciples’ money, but it is very difficult to find out a guru who can take out all the anxieties of the disciple.” Sisya santa-paharakah. Guru is meant for taking away the santapa. Samsara-davanala-lidha-loka-tranaya karunya-ghanaghanatvam. “The sisya will be peaceful”—objective of life—that is the business of guru, not to take away his money.

Morning Walk Conversation with His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada - February 4, 1975
Achyutananda: If a man says, “I am giving you this donation because it is a spiritual organization,” but if the money is misused, does that man benefit.
Srila Prabhupada: If money is misused, then both of them become implicated. If it is not used for Krishna, then both of them becomes under the laws of karma.

Srila Prabhupada warns about so-called acharyas of the age of kali:
loka-gati dekhi’ acarya karuna-hrdya vicara karena, lokera kaiche hita haya. Seeing the activities of the world, the acharya felt compassion and began to ponder how He could act for the people.

This sort of serious interest in the welfare of the public makes one a bona fide acharya. An acharya does not exploit his followers. Since the acharya is a confidential servitor of the Lord, his heart is always full of compassion for humanity in its suffering. He knows that all suffering is due to the absence of devotional service to the Lord, and therefore he always tries to find ways to change people’s activities, making them favorable for the attainment of devotion. That is the qualification of an acharya. Although Sri Advaita Prabhu Himself was powerful enough to do the work, as a submissive servitor He thought that without the personal appearance of the Lord, no one could improve the fallen condition of society…

The so-called acharyas of the Age of Kali are more concerned with exploiting the resources of their followers than mitigating their miseries; but Sri Advaita Prabhu, as an ideal acharya, was concerned with improving the condition of the world situation. Chaitanya charitamrita - Adi 3.98

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