[PADA: Thanks Dhamaghosa dasa for sending this nectar.]
Srila Prabhupada: So for that, there are so many practices, regulative principles,mentioned here. The first thing is hamse gurau mayi bhaktyanuvrtya.This is religion. Adau gurvasrayam. If you do not get a qualified guru, then everything is bogus.
If you, by good fortune, if you get the association of a guru, qualified hamsa, paramahamsa ... Paramahamsa guru means sannyasi's last stage is paramahamsa. Kuticaka, bahudaka,parivrajakacarya, and paramahamsa, these are the different stages. When one takes sannyasa, he lives outside the village in a kuti, in a cottage, and the family members goes and delivers him the food, because he is not practiced.
So in the beginning, he keeps up this association of neighborhood or family, but he is not practiced. He therefore lives outside the village, and if somebody gives some food, he eats. Then when he becomes experienced, then he does not accept food from one, either his own home or one home. He takes foodstuff from many homes: "Give me a little piece of capati." So somebody gives half, because they are also not over burdened. If they have to deliver, so many sannyasis come, and sumptuous food, then how the grhastha will provide?
Therefore though ... They do not overburden. There may be other sannyasis, therefore little only. Madhupuri. The Gosvamis practiced this madhupuri in Vrndavana. They lived, but they would take little only from the house. This is called bahudaka. Then when he has practiced more, he travels all over the world, parivrajakacarya. And when he is fully experienced, then, in spiritual life and everything, then he is paramahamsa.
So one must find out a guru who is paramahamsa. Neither kuticaka, nor bahudaka, nor parivrajakacarya. Paramahamsa. So in the Caitanya-caritamrta also, Lord Caitanya says, guru-krsna-krpaya paya bhakti-lata-bija. This bhakti-lata-bija can be obtained through the mercy of guru and Krsna. Here Rsabhadeva, who is incarnation of Krsna, therefore He says mayi, hamse gurau mayi. You cannot jump over (to) Krsna. "Well, I know Krsna. I shall go to Krsna directly, without guru." There are many rascals, they say like that. No, that is not possible.
First of all guru, then Krsna. Hamse gurau mayi, bhaktyanuvrtya. So these are description, this is the beginning. If we actually practice the description of the prescription given in the sastra, then it will be possible that, as it is said, karmanubaddho drdha aslatheta. Then our strong desire to enjoy this material world in different way, that will be slackened. That is wanted.
Thank you very much.
Devotees: Jaya! (end)
Devotees: Jaya! (end)