Aug 01, 2017 FRANCE (SUN)
In response to Shyama dasa's article, "The Danger of Mental Speculation", all that related to my previous article, "Insoluble Issues".
He developed the point that according to Srila Sanatana Goswami, Jada Bharata's story of fall-down was only a pastime destined to show us the danger of developing material attachment in spiritual life. I did not know Sanatana Goswami's opinion about this story, and I thank this person for this information. But I am not so much surprised, for stories told in Srimad Bhagavatam generally are surely mainly pastimes.
But to accuse me of mental speculation when I only repeated what Suta Goswami (and so, Sukadeva Goswami) said, and also what Srila Prabhupada confirmed in his purports means that this person's criticism implies that all those persons speculated too! Which of course is wrong. But the fact is that they did not mention the fact that this story was a pastime. I am just repeating what is written in Prabhupada's books.
All that shows much more the danger of jumping-over, a "sport" which I personally don't practice. Contrary to this person and many others. I let him have the consequences of his assertions. What is certain is that it will not be easy for him to concretely ask forgiveness of Sukadeva Goswami, Suta Goswami and Srila
Prabhupada... It would have been better to think about it before!
To end, the fact that this story can be a pastime does not change anything much, for what is important in this story is the teaching behind it. So, not to be able to position oneself above the story itself in order to take only the lesson
which is related to it, shows a lack of intelligence.
I know the person who wrote this article, and the
minimum which I can say is that his presumptuous jumping-over's have absolutely no
good spiritual effects and results on him. That is also a teaching!
A last point: I have received e-mails from persons who imagine that I am a fanatical Bhakti Svarupa Damodara Goswami disciple because I received my second initiation from him in 1990. Well… it was in a very special context when the Temple President was pushing the sankirtana devotees like anything to take second initiation in order that we could do also some puja for the temple. So, many of us
were not very enthusiastic about taking another spiritual master after Bhagavan left. But ultimately we did it, under this big material pressure. And we did not have much choice in term of "gurus" at this time!
So, I became Sripada Maharaja's disciple before understanding very quickly -- a few months -- that I'd made a huge mistake. Therefore, I never took any specific teachings nor instructions from him, even if I had respect for him like for many other persons. I did not and I don't need spiritual master of this calibre, or ISKCON or Gaudiya Matha gurus' calibre. For what purpose? To be stopped or to lose ground? Srila Prabhupada's books are far better!