Who are Professional Bhagavatam reciters ?

Prabhupada has warned us not to go to or listen to professional Bhagavatam reciters.  This also applies to devotees in Krishna Conscious.  Because one who is not in the thought process of previous acharyas may definitely differ in his views and opinions and provide solutions in his own manner which I am not sure whether it is helpful for anyone who wants to understand and follow the parampara system of vedic education.

Also in a purport of one of the shlokas of Bhagavad Gita As It Is, Prabhupada mentions that one should not donate indiscriminately.  (ISKCON always issues receipts).

How to recognize and stay away from the above types of people ?

Prabhupada says in one of his lectures:

Who is Guru ?

It is that who is a servant of God, it is that who follows the orders of his master.

You don't need a long definition about who is a Guru.

Besides this, in one of Prabhupada's interviews at Melbourne, Prabhupada tells us that one who wants to accept a Guru has to first find out whether the person is "fit" to be a Guru, (very important).  "Knowledge of God" is second thing mentioned.

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    Hare Krsna Prabhuji,


    It is very easy to identify a professional reciter. One who charges for speaking about the glories of the lord in Srimad Bhagawatam is a professional reciter. In India, it is also a very good profession - there are so called gurus charging a crore or even more for the Bhagwat saptah that is so popular. Plus they keep on getting cows as donation, they open cowsheds and sell the milk. Lots of things are happening. 

    The danger of hearing from a professional reciter is - since the reciter is charging money, he has a self interest and he may speak to the galleries. In other words, he may not speak about unpalatable things (to the masses) mentioned in the SB, and only concentrate on stories related to baby Krishna. THen the message of SB gets diluted. 

    Guru is one who comes in parampara and speaks what the acharyas before him have spoken. Guru is one who delivers the message coming down the ages as it is, without any corruption or change. 


    Your servant,

    Radha Rasamayi DD

  • Yes.

    Different views, comments and opinions on Srimad Bhagavatam can make people confused or away from original, without possibility to understand the Absolute Truth as it was originally presented.

    Anyway, as the holy name of Lord would purify even if its chanted incorrectly, similar to that, Srimad Bhagavatam will purify even if its  imperfectly presented.

    Everybody are qualified only for purification, but only rare ones are qualified to receive transcendental knowledge.

    Lets come back to this  topic :


    SB 11.3.17King Nimi said: O great sage, please explain how even a foolish materialist can easily cross over the illusory energy of the Supreme Lord, which is always insurmountable for those who are not self-controlled.

    SB 11.3.18Śrī Prabuddha said: Accepting the roles of male and female in human society, the conditioned souls unite in sexual relationships. Thus they constantly make material endeavors to eliminate their unhappiness and unlimitedly increase their pleasure. But one should see that they inevitably achieve exactly the opposite result. In other words, their happiness inevitably vanishes, and as they grow older their material discomfort increases.
    SB 11.3.19Wealth is a perpetual source of distress, it is most difficult to acquire, and it is virtual death for the soul. What satisfaction does one actually gain from his wealth? Similarly, how can one gain ultimate or permanent happiness from one’s so-called home, children, relatives and domestic animals, which are all maintained by one’s hard-earned money?
    SB 11.3.20One cannot find permanent happiness even on the heavenly planets, which one can attain in the next life by ritualistic ceremonies and sacrifices. Even in material heaven the living entity is disturbed by rivalry with his equals and envy of those superior to him. And since one’s residence in heaven is finished with the exhaustion of pious fruitive activities, the denizens of heaven are afflicted by fear, anticipating the destruction of their heavenly life. Thus they resemble kings who, though enviously admired by ordinary citizens, are constantly harassed by enemy kings and who therefore never attain actual happiness.
    SB 11.3.21Therefore any person who seriously desires real happiness must seek a bona fide spiritual master and take shelter of him by initiation. The qualification of the bona fide guru is that he has realized the conclusions of the scriptures by deliberation and is able to convince others of these conclusions. Such great personalities, who have taken shelter of the Supreme Godhead, leaving aside all material considerations, should be understood to be bona fide spiritual masters.
    SB 11.3.22Accepting the bona fide spiritual master as one’s life and soul and worshipable deity, the disciple should learn from him the process of pure devotional service. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Hari, the soul of all souls, is inclined to give Himself to His pure devotees. Therefore, the disciple should learn from the spiritual master to serve the Lord without duplicity and in such a faithful and favorable way that the Supreme Lord being satisfied, will offer Himself to the faithful disciple.
    SB 11.3.23A sincere disciple should learn to dissociate the mind from everything material and positively cultivate association with his spiritual master and other saintly devotees. He should be merciful to those in an inferior position to him, cultivate friendship with those on an equal level and meekly serve those in a higher spiritual position. Thus he should learn to deal properly with all living beings.
    SB 11.3.24To serve the spiritual master the disciple should learn cleanliness, austerity, tolerance, silence, study of Vedic knowledge, simplicity, celibacy, nonviolence, and equanimity in the face of material dualities such as heat and cold, happiness and distress.
    SB 11.3.25One should practice meditation by constantly seeing oneself to be an eternal cognizant spirit soul and seeing the Lord to be the absolute controller of everything. To increase one’s meditation, one should live in a secluded place and give up false attachment to one’s home and household paraphernalia. Giving up the decorations of the temporary material body, one should dress himself with scraps of cloth found in rejected places, or with the bark of trees. In this way one should learn to be satisfied in any material situation.
    SB 11.3.26One should have firm faith that he will achieve all success in life by following those scriptures that describe the glories of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Bhagavān. At the same time, one should avoid blaspheming other scriptures. One should rigidly control his mind, speech and bodily activities, always speak the truth, and bring the mind and senses under full control.
    SB 11.3.27-28One should hear, glorify and meditate upon the wonderful transcendental activities of the Lord. One should specifically become absorbed in the appearance, activities, qualities and holy names of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Thus inspired, one should perform all of one’s daily activities as an offering to the Lord. One should perform sacrifice, charity and penance exclusively for the Lord’s satisfaction. Similarly, one should chant only those mantras which glorify the Supreme Personality of Godhead. And all one’s religious activities should be performed as an offering to the Lord. Whatever one finds pleasing or enjoyable he should immediately offer to the Supreme Lord, and even his wife, children, home and very life air he should offer at the lotus feet of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
    SB 11.3.29One who desires his ultimate self-interest should cultivate friendship with those persons who have accepted Kṛṣṇa as the Lord of their life. One should further develop an attitude of service toward all living beings. One should especially try to help those in the human form of life and, among them, especially those who accept the principles of religious behavior. Among religious persons, one should especially render service to the pure devotees of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
    SB 11.3.30One should learn how to associate with the devotees of the Lord by gathering with them to chant the glories of the Lord. This process is most purifying. As devotees thus develop their loving friendship, they feel mutual happiness and satisfaction. And by thus encouraging one another they are able to give up material sense gratification, which is the cause of all suffering.
    SB 11.3.31The devotees of the Lord constantly discuss the glories of the Personality of Godhead among themselves. Thus they constantly remember the Lord and remind one another of His qualities and pastimes. In this way, by their devotion to the principles of bhakti-yoga, the devotees please the Personality of Godhead, who takes away from them everything inauspicious. Being purified of all impediments, the devotees awaken to pure love of Godhead, and thus, even within this world, their spiritualized bodies exhibit symptoms of transcendental ecstasy, such as standing of the bodily hairs on end.
    SB 11.3.32Having achieved love of Godhead, the devotees sometimes weep loudly, absorbed in thought of the infallible Lord. Sometimes they laugh, feel great pleasure, speak out loud to the Lord, dance or sing. Such devotees, having transcended material, conditioned life, sometimes imitate the unborn Supreme by acting out His pastimes. And sometimes, achieving His personal audience, they remain peaceful and silent.
    SB 11.3.33Thus learning the science of devotional service and practically engaging in the devotional service of the Lord, the devotee comes to the stage of love of Godhead. And by complete devotion to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Nārāyaṇa, the devotee easily crosses over the illusory energy, māyā, which is extremely difficult to cross.


    All glories to Sri Prabuddha who explained all process very clearly in a few verses. !!

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    SB 11.3.17
    According to Śrīla Śrīdhara Svāmī, sthūla-dhiyaḥ indicates those who ignorantly identify themselves with the gross material body and who are therefor…
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