Bhakti is not for the weak, timid and cowardly

April 15, 2021

(A letter written by Srila Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaj, Sri Kesavaji Gaudiya Matha, Kamsa-tila, Mathura (U.P.) , Date 27/01/1962)

My dear — Maharaja,

I was saddened to hear about the incident with—.“ Vira-bhogya vasundhara – the Earth is enjoyed by the valiant.” It is crucial to remember these words. It is not right to imagine that the servants of madhurya-rasa lack valour. Madhurya-rasa is the complete rasa, wherein dwell all twelve rasas. Where necessary, they all manifest in the servants of madhurya-rasa. Inactivity is the emblem of sloth. “To renounce what is actually favorable for the service of Sri Hari, considering it vice, is to blunder.” To protect one paisa belonging to Sri Krsna’s lotus feet, we may permit the destruction of hundreds of thousands. This is the teaching of exalted persons like Srila Prabhupada.

Nayam atma bala-hinena labhyah – one cannot attain Paramatma if one is lacking in strength.” Upon reflection on this statement from the Upanisads, it becomes clear that bhagavad-bhajana is not for the weak or timid nor for cowards. Thanks to the stupidity of phony sentimentalist sahajiyas, the dharma of the Gaudiya Vaisnavas – what Sriman Mahaprabhu came to preach – is lapsing into oblivion. Unlike the sahajiyas, we do not display the slightest hint of weakness in preaching the message of Mahaprabhu. Weakness of heart (hrdaya-daurbalya) is the foremost obstacle in performing hari-bhajana. Those thoroughly free of this flaw are most qualified to preach. They alone are worthy of making disciples the world over. Courage, symptomatically, is not passive. The function of consciousness is action.

We have had the fortune to be born in the spiritual family of such valiant personalities as Srila Prabhupada and Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura. Moreover, we maintain claim to the lineage of Sriman Madhvacharya, the veritable emblem of strength and courage. It is the weak cowardly, impotent and lazy who are following the efforts of those babajis, matajis and caste Gosvamis of today who are antagonistic to bhagavad-bhakti. We will not replicate the devotional blunders of the sahajiyas. The true purport of “trinad-api sunicena – feeling oneself lower than a blade of grass” is “tabe lathi mara tara sire upare – kick them in the head.” These words are found in the writings of Srila Vrndavana dasa Thakura. If you remember Srila Narottama dasa Thakura’s words: “krodha bhakti-dvesi jane – may my anger be channelled toward those inimical to the devotees”, then you may become more tolerant than a tree. What more to say? Can the house that—Babu donated not be used in the service of Hari? Read this letter to everyone. I conclude here.

Your eternal well –wisher

Sri Bhakti Prajnana Kesava