Free From Envy

Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja

 

Free From Envy

Śrīla Prabhupāda’s Ideal Society

From an interview with Śrīla Gour Govinda Swami Mahārāja 
Barcelona Spain August 22 1994

 

Devotee: By celebrating the centennial [of Śrīla Prabhupāda ] what benefit do we get?

Śla Gour Govinda Swami: There is benefit for the individual and benefit for the masses. All benefit is there. Śāstra says:

vaiṣṇavera gua gāna, korile jīvera trāa
suniāche sādhu-guru mukhe
 

Sādhu-guru says that if you glorify a Vaiṣṇava, then you will be glorified. Glorify, Śrīla Prabhupāda, magnify him, spread [his teachings], inculcate [his teachings], tell others [about him], print [his] books, spread throughout the world, and the world will benefit. Individually and collectively such benefit is there. A Vaiṣṇava pure devotee should be glorified more than the Lord. The Lord will be very happy when His pure devotee is glorified.

What Is the Reason?

Devotee: Many former devotees of ISKCON seem to be forgetting Prabhupāda. They have left the association of devotees. We feel that we have to bring all of these people back to celebrate Prabhupāda’s centennial. How can we accomplish this?

Śla Gour Govinda Swami: The first thing we have to ask is why they left? What is the reason? Why did they leave Prabhupāda’s movement? What is the reason? If that problem is done away with they will come back isn’t it? What is the reason why they left? If I state the reason, it will be an unpalatable truth. In his Bhāgavatam purport to 5.13.11, Prabhupāda has said: “The Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement aims at creating an atmosphere of non-envy. Of course, it is not possible for everyone to become Kṛṣṇa conscious, but the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement can create an exemplary society wherein there is no envy.” Prabhupāda wanted such an exemplary society where there would be no envy at all, a society of Vaiṣṇavas, sādhus. They are never envious. This is the purpose of Prabhupāda. If those who are the pillars of the society, the pillars of this house, if they will acquire all Vaiṣṇava qualities, if they will be pukka Vaiṣṇavas, sādhus, if they will be non-envious, then they can bring the others back. Those persons who left will see, “Yes, this is the ideal society, no envy at all; a Vaiṣṇava society.”

Kṛṣṇa is all-attractive. His dear devotee is all-attractive. Kṛṣṇa-kathā is all-attractive. How did Prabhupāda attract people throughout the world? He just spoke kṛṣṇa-kathā. This kṛṣṇa-kathā is non-different from Kṛṣṇa, so thereby all are attracted. Do like that and all will be attracted. And those who have left the society because of this enviousness, some wrong was done to them, if you fix that and they see that it is not there now, it’s completely gone. It is very good, a pukka Vaiṣṇava society where there is no enviousness, only love and affection is there. Then all will be attracted. If Kṛṣṇa and kṛṣṇa-kathā are there, then they’ll definitely come back. Any jīva will be attracted, why wouldn’t they be attracted? Why would they not come back? But if the same thing continues to go on, no one will come back. The same thing is going on now, understand me? You should first know the reason why they left? If that is not going on now and you can exhibit it, not just theoretically saying it, but exhibiting it practically, then they’ll come back.

Fulfill Prabhupāda’s Purpose

Devotee: But Mahārāja, when Prabhupāda was here, some devotees left, because māyā is very strong.

Śla Gour Govinda Swami: Yes, mā is very strong. They left because they couldn’t follow Prabhupada’s instruction as it is. You should follow sādhu-guru’s instruction as it is. Don’t twist it and don’t add any of your deliberation to it. Then you’ll get immense spiritual strength. If you don’t follow it, if sādhu-guru gives you some instruction, if you think, “Yes, Guru Mahārāja, sādhu Mahārāja said this thing, O, I may or may not do like that.” Then, finished. You will not get his mercy. You won’t have strength. You cannot fight against mā. Mā is so strong. Therefore, Prabhupāda said, “Our purpose is to inculcate Kṛṣṇa consciousness unto one and all, but of course it is not such an easy thing.” It is not such an easy thing that everybody will become Kṛṣṇa conscious. Still we form this society, and the members of the society should be such, that they will not be envious at all. This should be a society where there is no envy at all. That is Prabhupāda’s purpose. If you fulfill his purpose, then they’ll come back. It is such an ideal society. These are Prabhupāda ’s words, you understand.

You may do so many things for show. So many material societies are there; political groups are there, saying so many things, big, big things. They produce so many material plans and projects, “O, this is the aim. We’ll do this thing and that thing.” What is the value? If you do like that what is the value?

 

3 Responses to Free From Envy

  1. Mahesh Pandit das January 1, 2013 at 12:14 am #

    ACCORDING TO BHAKTIVINODE THAKUR ACARYA( HARINAMA- CINTAMANI) THERE ARE 4 TYPES OF ANARTHAS NAMELY:

    * ASAT TRISHNA (4 TYPES OF HANKERING FOR MATERIAL OBJECTS).
    * HRIDAYA DAURBALYA (4 TYPES OFWEAKNESS OF HEART/HEART’S DESEASES)
    * VISAMAYA APARADHA (4 TYPES OF OFFENSES)
    * TATTVA VIBHRAMA (4 TYPES OF ILLUSSION ABOUT SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING)

    ENVIOUSNESS IS BEING LISTED UNDER TYPE OF HRIDAYA DAURBALYA.

    THE 4 TYPES OF WEAKNESS OF HEART(HRIDAYA DAURBALYA) ARE:
    * CROOKEDNESS/ DUPLICITY/ DIPLOMATIC BEHAVIOUR.
    * FAULT FINDING.
    * ENVIOUSNESS.
    * NAME,FAME, PRESTIGE AND ADORATION.

    SRILA GURUDEVA MANY TIMES STRESSES ON THESE ANARTHAS.
    AS LONG AS THESE ANARTHAS ARE THERE WE CAN NOT COME TO THE NISTHA STAGE WHAT TO SPEAK ABOUT PREMA STAGE.
    THOSE WHO ARE SERIOUS IN CROSSING OVER THIS OCEAN OF MATERIAL EXISTENCE SHOULD UPROOT THESE ANARTHAS ONE BY ONE AND NOT TO CULTIVATE THESE WEEDS OF ANARTHAS WHILE PERFORMING NAMA/ BHAKTI BHAJAN.

    FIRST OF ALL ONE SHOULD KNOW WHAT THE KIND OF ANARTHAS ARE THERE, OTHERWISE WE CAN NOT MAKE PROGRESS IN THE PATH OF BHAKTI.

    I HOPE THAT THIS LITTLE INFORMATION WILL HELP US IN OUR BHAKTI BHAJAN.

    YOURS IN THE LOVING SERVICE OF SRI GURU AND GOURANGA.

    mahesh pandit dasa.

  2. Heidi December 27, 2012 at 5:17 am #

    Jaya Srila AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada! Jaya Srila Gour Govinda Swami Srila Gurudeva!

  3. Krsna dasa dasa December 25, 2012 at 6:56 am #

    Yeah! That is right.
    If we have envy in our hearts; and want position and want to control, then we will just force people out of the movement. We have seen it time and time again. ‘Do what I say or you are out’.
    The only persons who have no envy are the pure devotees. In fact the pure devotees are free from the propensity to criticize others and they have no envy. Yet we see that sometimes they are criticized, of course that is a very dangerous position to be in, to criticize real sadhus.

    ys
    kdd

Dedicated to the Life and Teachings of Srila Gour Govinda Swami