LettersThere is No Māyā For a Pure Devotee of Kṛṣṇa (05/23/01)
LettersLet’s Not Forget Our Humility. (06/05/01)

Who is Actually the Guru of Who? (05/31/01)

A___ Devī Dāsī,

Hare Kṛṣṇa.

I mustered up enough courage to ask a question about Yamarāja, and everyone snickered and laughed at me, so I will ask you through email. The morning before last you were talking about professional Bhagavad-gītā speakers. I was wondering, even though they do not understand the Bhagavad-gītā by reciting it, could they somehow become purified enough to start understanding it?

It is possible, but hardly probable. There are millions of people in India who study Bhagavad-gītā for a lifetime, and in the end they conclude that there is no such person as Kṛṣṇa. The best system is to study Bhagavad-gītā under the direction of a bona fide guru.

Also I was wondering if, by the husbands purification and spiritual advancement and by serving the husband submissively, does the wife also get some purification?

Some purification, yes. But again, it is only by serving guru and Kṛṣṇa that one becomes qualified to go Back to Godhead.

My mother told me once that that was true, and that also the wife did not need initiation if the husband was initiated, because he is the wife’s guru.

That is only true in the social sense. All the girls in Śrīla Prabhupāda’s movement received initiation regardless if they were single or married. Initiation is essential if one wants to make spiritual progress. It is the third stage of development. First there is faith, then sādhu-saṅga (association) and the there is bhajana-kriyā (initiation). The follows anartha-nivṛtti (purification). It is a science and there are no substitutes for the real thing.

I have seen in many cases where the wife was more Kṛṣṇa conscious than the husband. So who is actually the guru of who is determined by the degree of Kṛṣṇa consciousness, and not by social status.

Of course, I didn’t take that part because I somehow received the great fortune to be accepted as your disciple, but I’m just curious about the other parts. I apologise for my cowardice, I shouldn’t be afraid of you or any of the devotees, I will try my hardest to overcome my shyness.

‘Shyness’ is rated as a foremost quality of a great woman. Don’t be afraid, but don’t give up your shyness. There is a difference between shyness and fear. There is no need for fear in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, but we have great respect for shyness.

Email is a good way to get your questions answered in a direct way. I sometimes take days to reply but usually get around to it.

With Affection,

Swami B.G. Narasiṅgha

LettersThere is No Māyā For a Pure Devotee of Kṛṣṇa (05/23/01)
LettersLet’s Not Forget Our Humility. (06/05/01)