Response to Dvibhuja Prabhu's Article
Posted June 29, 2003
Dvibhuja prabhu asked, "Could someone please address this issue for the benefit of us all." I don't know if this is for the benefit of "us all," but I think it is useful for devotees to hear, (and I am not saying that I have a "greater mind" than Dvibhuja prabhu):
Let me first begin by offering my obeisances and respects to the assembled Vaisnavas:
Hare Krsna. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Please accept my fallen obeisances:
The devotees can only follow the GBC when that GBC is following Srila Prabhupada's desires. A body without the soul is a dead body, and that is what has become of the GBC. They are not (as a body) representing Srila Prabhupada.
And yes, sentiment can be bad: The sastras say so:
aikantiki harer bhaktir
Srila Rupa Goswami quotes this verse from Padma Purana in BRS 1.2.101, and Srila Prabhupada also quoted it some of His purports. The following translation (with the verse) is from Srila Prabhupada's purport to BG 7.3:
"Devotional service of the Lord that ignores the authorized Vedic literatures like the Upanisads, Puranas, Narada-pancaratra, etc., is simply an unnecessary disturbance in society."
Srila Prabhupada Himself said in an Autumn 21, 1972 lecture,
"Any devotional sentiment which is not supported by Vedas, sruti... Sruti means Veda, and smrti means corollary to the Veda, or things which are written in corroboration with the Vedic ideas... That is called smrti. Just like Bhagavad-gita is smrti. Bhagavad-gita, the purpose of Bhagavad-gita is the same as the Vedas, but it is not directly Veda; therefore it is called smrti. Sruti-smrti-puranadi [BRS 1.2.101]. The Puranas, there are eighteen Puranas. Puranadi means Ramayana, Mahabharata also. Sruti-smrti-puranadi-pancaratra-vidhim vina [BRS 1.2.101]. Pancaratra-vidhi, given by Narada Muni for worshiping the Deity. We are worshiping the Deity under the pancaratra-vidhi. So Rupa Gosvami says that "Any devotional service which has no reference with sruti, smrti, purana, pancaratra, that is simply a disturbance. Simply disturbance, creating disturbance." We cannot manufacture." And in another lecture on Aug 23, Srila Prabhupada explained (from that same verse), "Utpata means disturbance."