BY: MAHAVIDYA DAS (ACBSP)
Nov 16, 2010 UK (SUN)
Dear Sampradaya Sun readers and contributors, recently I have been pursuing the line of thought relating to the position of "automatic" acceptance in the Guru and disciple relationship,
i.e., that if I am following the regulative principles and chanting a prescribed number of rounds, that I am "automatically" accepted by a member of the Guru parampara.
However... the question constantly comes to my mind...
why is anyone obliged to accept me?
Siksa or Diksa Guru… why are they obliged to accept me in any way shape or form?
Why is acceptance considered as "automatic"?
Or... is it "automatic"?
My understanding is that the Guru/disciple relationship is very personal.
Is the Siksa or Diksa Guru not at liberty to say NO?
Why do I assume that he (or she) has to accept me?
They are under no obligation to accept those they do not wish to.
I cannot demand, "I am chanting Hare Krsna and following the regulative principles, you have to accept me."
It is very personal, is it not?
Is the parampara relegated to a mechanical process?
The lila between Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati and Srila Gaura Kishora das Babaji comes to mind.
If I remember correctly (please excuse me if I get it wrong) Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati was at first refused initiation by his Spiritual Master.
(I stand open to correction)
Srila Gaura Kishora refused to initiate many others.
as a further footnote…
I recently read one of Srila Prabhupada's letters wherein He warns everyone to beware of one of His disciples, whom He refers to as "a black snake".
Is this a rejection of a disciple?
I look forward to your input.