In Response to 'Arrival of a Demigod'
Posted December 6, 2008
I very much agree with this author. Unfortunately many Gurus/Sanyasis have very high requirements. If you visit India, even today. The Sanyasis you come across literally beg from door to door for they daily needs and they don't make any requests. They literally take what they are given without asking who cooked it and what was used and so on. These are the real Sanyasis and not the ones who have a long list of conditions and requests.
The word Swami means controller of the senses and thus if a so-called Swami has very strict requirements with various conditions, as he thinks he may fall down otherwise. Then this proves that he is not a controller of the senses. Thus not fit to be called a Swami.
I visited an ISKCON temple in India and I was very much surprised of the treatment I got. I am sure it's the same treatment in most ISKCON temples. I was called a guest but was treated like a servant. The servants (those with a Das/Dasi name) were given bettter quality food on steel plates and the guests were given lower quality food on leaf plates.
I don't mind eating lower quality food on a leaf plate, but then please don't call me a guest. Call me a servant, be honest. And if you want to treat the servants (Das/Dasi) like guests then don't call them servants, call them guests. The temples like the one I visited don't realise that it's the guests who pay for the construction and maintenance of the temple and thus they should be at least treated equally if not better than the so-called servants who serve in the temple.
Srila Prabhupada stated that a Das or Dasi is a servant of everyone and Krishna, not just Krishna. But unfortunately most of the Das/Dasi's think themselves as Masters, and all others are lower than them (servants).
In Vedic culture, a visitor to a house is called a guest, and the guest have to be better treated than the householders and given better seating and food than the householders. This is Vedic culture.