Chakra Discussions

The domain of Srila Prabhupada's perfection

by Jagannatha Misra das

Posted September 12, 2003

In reply to the "Lunatic's Logic" article by Niscala dasi:

Concerning the topic about Srila Prabhupada being perfect and making mistakes, there is a wonderful (and short) story that might shed some light.

When Jayadvaita Swami was editing Srila Prabhupada's books, he saw some errors in Srila Prabhupada's writings. Maharaj became somewhat puzzled with the same doubt we are discussing here, so one day, armed with courage, he actually asked Srila Prabhupada himself about it.

Srila Prabhupada answered: "I am not God".

So, we can consider that the jiva soul, even in its pure state, will never reach unlimited perfection.

Only Krishna is fully and completely perfect. The pure devotee's perfection lies in fulfilling the role as perfect servant (like the example of different sized cups all being full).

What type of perfection should we expect from a pure devotee? Computer science? Mechanics? Politics? Rhetoric and language? Certainly not.

Srila Prabhupada exercised the perfection given to him by Krishna -- that is, the ability to conduct us westerners to the spiritual world through the process of Krishna consciousness in a special, unique way only he and the Lord could devise.

All Glories to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada!