Response to Deepak Vohra
Posted June 28, 2003
Ramagopal disarms Vohra
In response to Ramagopal prabhu's rhetorical suggestion about arbitrarily choosing one's diksa-guru, a correspondence with Deepak Vohra ensued.
Ramagopal had written, "Some future devotee may propose Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Maharaja as his "Prominent Link". Mastering the words of Bhagavad-gita, one could argue that Sri Krsna Himself is his "Prominent Link". Sri Krsna has been our guru (and so-called "Prominent Link" in English word jugglery) residing in our heart as Paramatma and guiding us every day." ('Not accepting formal diksa should be rare exception', CHAKRA, May 31, 2003).
Sri Vohra responded, "Of course, some future devotee MAY propose the above, but he/she would be acting in direct violation of the sastras, which clearly state that one must only accept the Current Link as one's spiritual master: '. . . in order to receive the real message of Srimad-Bhagavatam one should approach the current link, or spiritual master, in the chain of disciplic succession.' (Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.9.7, purport)"
"That Current Link," Vohra pugnaciously claimed, "is, of course, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada -- as delineated by him in his description of the disciplic succession in the Introduction to Bhagavad-Gita As It Is.
Ramagopal prabhu responds, "That's exactly when Srila Prabhupada has composed Bhagavad Gita As It Is. But now we have to accept someone serving Srila Prabhupada as their diksa guru if we have to exactly follow what the Lord instructed in Bhagavad Gita, 4.3. Also, please refer to "Current Link" and "Disciplic Succession" together. Don't break them. Put them together and you will get a better meaning of what Prabhupada meant."
"In summary," Ramagopal concluded, "to understand the concepts of
Vaisnavism well, we have to serve the Lord through his bona fide
master. That is of no doubt. We have to accept one diksa guru and we can
have many siksa gurus. That is all of no doubt. To accept a
personality in a
particular Vaisnava line which one likes, or not, is up to the