Message to disciples

Hare Krishna! On various occassions, our dearest Gurumaharaj has given messages for disciples - through email, in Guru mukha padma vakya magazine,as a lecture, as a video recording,etc.. Here,we are trying to consolidate all the messages because they are beyond time,ie., it is relevant to the disciple even if the message was delivered before the disciple was born!! Please share if you have any of the messages.please dont forget to include the date and place .

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Comment by Nikunja Gopika Devi Dasi on September 29, 2010 at 12:58am
Thank U Guru Maharaj for Ur causeless mercy thatz flooding like the Ganges by which U are spreading the Holy Names of KRSNA even to the most fallen soul like me. can't imagine the misfortune of some one who does'nt want to take that causeless mercy of Urs, but im sure Ur causeless mercy is soo powerful that no one can escape it once they are under Ur shelter.
Comment by JPS Disciples Team on September 22, 2010 at 9:56pm
MESSAGE TO DISCIPLES!

(part of a letter from HH Srila Jayapataka Swami wrote in Sri Guru mukha padma vakya August 1991)



" It is reassuring to see at the present time, that very few disciples seem to be leaving Krishna consciousness. A gradual rise in the consciousness is evident around the world - or at least my disciples generally seem to be maintaining their Krishna consciousness. They seem committed to the battle with the illusory energy, in keeping up the fight against the distractions and obstacles placed by Maya to impede their progress. Of course, some devotees are having difficulties and becoming negligent in their spiritual life, and although the number is less, this is of great concern to me. The wife of one disciple who had fallen into bad association and left the Krishna Consciousness movement came to see me recently. When I asked her why her husband was not coming, she said that her husband felt that it was not the duty to come back to Krishna Consciousness, but it was for the guru to find him and bring him back; that a real guru will find the disciple wherever he is and drag him back to Krishna consciousness. So he was hiding, waiting for this to happen. He was somewhere in the vicinity of the Andes mountains and I was supposed to find him, taking off from all my other preaching activities. I wrote him a letter, since he was visiting a city where i was going to be preaching for a few days, requesting him to please come and see me. But he did not come. How Maya puts such foolish ideas into the minds of the disciples. Even though the spiritual master wrote, personally requesting him to come and see him, to try to resolve any doubts or problems that have arisen, the disciple was playing hide-and seek.

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Comment by JPS Disciples Team on September 22, 2010 at 9:56pm
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Srila Prabhupada said that it is the disciple's responsibility to take help from the spiritual master when in difficulty. It is certainly the causeless mercy of the guru if he personally seeks out a disciple who has fallen away and drags him back to Krishna Consciousness, like Lord Caitanya saved His assistant from the Bhattatharis of South India. But His assistant was drugged and physically restrained by the Bhattatharis, so he had to be physically resced. This situation is not the normal case. Disciples are willingly neglecting their vows to the spiritual master and Krishna, and through speculation they go further and further away. Even if the guru reaches out to help through a messenger, through a letter, or through personal contact, it is seen that such disciples often do not grab the outstretched hand and allow themselves to be pulled out of illusion. Srila Prabhupada said, " You can wake someone who is asleep, but it is not possible to wake someone who is pretending he is asleep, for he is actually awake." I am still traverling all over the world to be available personally for all the disciples who need association and any personal help. Other older godbrothers and godsisters are also helping by preaching to misdirected disciples, to help them get back to the path of sadhana bhakthi.

Once Srila Prabhupada was preaching to one of my godbrothers while i was present. This devotee was looking at Srila Prabhupada with a very long face and appearing very unhappy. Srila Prabhupada was preaching to him, "Why are you unhappy in the presence of the spiritual master?" When the spiritual master is present in this world the disciple has no reason to be unhappy,because the disciple can go and get instructions and help to cross over any difficulty in spiritual life. Srila Prabhupada said to that devotee, " I order you to be happy!" It was almost humorous, at the same time it was very serious. Srila Prabhupada clearly understood that the cause for this disciple's unhappiness was simply due to being on the mental platform. All that the disciple had to do was to surrender to Srila Prabhupada and immediately his illusion would be dispelled and he would become happy. It was simply that he was clinging onto his false ego and refusing to take shelter of guru and Krishna. Srila Prabhupada was so merciful that he was simply reaching out and telling the disciple to hold on and he would make him immediately happy by making him Krishna conscious. All of you had prayed to Srila Prabhupada and Krishna to keep me in this world for some more time. So while i am here, i hope that you are all happy in Krishna Consciousness. If not, I am here to help

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