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Where Does Srila Prabhupada Say that "Current" Means "Living"?

by Deepak Vohra

Posted June 24, 2003

I feel I must reply to Rama Kesava Prabhu's recent response to my letter. In his posting titled "One must approach a living 'Current link' to join the parampara", he has stated:

"The words 'current link' clearly mean that we must approach a living guru, a sadhu, with meekness and submission (tad viddhi pranipatena pariprasnena sevaya), as outlined by Sri Bhagavan Krsna in Bhagavad-gita 4.34. Can Srila Prabhupada be that link, even though he has passed into the nitya-lila?"

(1) Firstly, I would hope that it is understoood by all Vaisnavas that Srila Prabhupada is still living:

"So although a PHYSICAL body is not present, the vibration should be accepted as the presence of the Spiritual Master, vibration. What we have HEARD from the Spiritual Master, THAT IS LIVING. (SP General lectures, 69/01/13)

I assume Rama Kesava meant to say "physically present".

(2) Neither the text wherein the term "current link" appears (Srimad- Bhagavatam 2:9:7), nor Bhagavad-Gita 4:34 which Rama Kesava quotes, states that the spiritual master must be either "living" or "physically present". Since Srila Prabhupada does not say it, why is Rama Kesava saying this? Can he please present a quote from Srila Prabhupada, wherein Srila Prabhupada states that:

"The words 'current link' clearly mean that we must approach a living guru, a sadhu, with meekness and submission (tad viddhi pranipatena pariprasnena sevaya), as outlined by Sri Bhagavan Krsna in Bhagavad-gita 4.34."

I eagerly await such direct evidence from Srila Prabhupada so that I may correct my misunderstanding of the term "current link". Since Rama Kesava is commenting on Srila Prabhupada's words, I assume the supporting evidence he will provide will be directly from Srila Prabhupada, and not some other person; and I also assume that the evidence will say that "current link" means "living/physical" exactly as Rama Kesava claims, and not something else.

I look forward to seeing such a statement from Srila Prabhupada, as I have been unable to find one in the entire body of Srila Prabhupada's books.

Thank you and Hare Krsna.

Your servant,
Deepak