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Yes one should not directly Approach krishna that is not Intelligent
"Yes, Krishna is never approached directly. Krishna is approached through His bonafide servitors. He says that, 'Carrying out the order of My pure devotee is greater than carrying out that directly given by Me.' In this connection, I may inform you that you try your best to serve Krishna under the direction of your Spiritual Master and Krishna will surely help you in all respects". (Srila Prabhupada Letter, January 8, 1970)
"According to Lord Krsna's instructions to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita, this science is passed down perfectly only via the bona fide line of disciplic succession. So one has got to find out some representative of the Lord who is in the bonafide disciplic succession and then follow the Lord's instructions that after finding out such a Spiritual Master one should try to learn the truth from him by inquiring submissively and rendering service unto him. This method of approaching Krsna must be accepted because it is offered by the Lord Himself."
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, November 17, 1970)
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WOW.... Right away we have two conflicting and diametrically opposed answers. In preaching especially I would go easy on the "less intelligent" people do this or that thing. There are many people who are amazingly intelligent who have their own philosophies, so you will not win any good wishes putting them down.
We got into a lot of trouble picking up on the olden day Christian rumor that women's brains are 40 per cent smaller which is not the fact. Those guys wish lol Actually it is proven factually that girls are better students. :-)
So I think it is better to focus on confirming what we can factually about our philosophy and scriptures then to dismiss others as less intelligent because they have a different philosophy which is elitist and not very bright.
As suggested please create a group for devil's advocate
Then within the group give people a chance to answer the questions of devil's advocates
There is an interesting statement in the Isopanisad (Mantra 6):
“He who sees systematically everything in relation to the Supreme Lord, who sees all living entities as His parts and parcels, and who sees the Supreme Lord within everything never hates anything or any being.” So we are parts and parcels of Krishna. Therefore we should not hate ourselves. On the other hand since we are supposed to love Krishna we should love all his parts and parcels and that includes ourselves too!
I would love to understand this from you Bharat ji.
Prabhu kindly give the exact reference of where you had read it. read somewhere in vaishnava scripture is vague. Everything needs to be understood in the correct context. A statement taken out of context may not be appropriately understood well.
I am not sure in what context this statement was made. It may be possible meaning may differ as only one sentence could have taken. Scriptures says, without the mercy or proper spiritual master, one cannot make or very hard to progress in devotional service and this has been the advise in many scriptures.
They may be saying approach Krishna with the help of spiritual guru who will guide you.
1. Every spiritual master or people who have attained spiritual planets had guru in general.
2. People may not understand Krishna lila as it is difficult to understand or digest from material platform, so in that case guru can explain you the importance.
This is my understanding and this are my views about the question.
Well, no one can approach for that matter.. even understand Krishna without a guru!!!
It is foolishness to wander in a forest without a map or a guide to show us the way out avoiding pitfalls, fierce animals. Similarly the path towards Krishna is not easy and Krishna Himself guides us to a Guru...to come to back to HIM.
Self study one may pass a material examination but with self study we will never be able to understand Krishna's leelas' by our own effort.
tad viddhi praṇipātena paripraśhnena sevayā
upadekṣhyanti te jñānaṁ jñāninas tattva-darśhinaḥ ( BG 4.34).
Sri Krishna gives the answer in this verse. He says--->>Approach a spiritual master, inquire from him submissively, render service to him.
Sri Krishna tells this to Arjuna in BG .. why He didn't say to Arjuna simply come directly to me??? He said to approach Spiritual Master. Because Krishna consciousness cannot be had by ones own effort. Until a realized soul comes and clears our intellect of the ignorance we cannot see the real truth of life. It has been happening like this ..since time immemorial.
SB 6.3.20-21 — Lord Brahmā, Bhagavān Nārada, Lord Śiva, the four Kumāras, Lord Kapila [the son of Devahūti], Svāyambhuva Manu, Prahlāda Mahārāja, Janaka Mahārāja, Grandfather Bhīṣma, Bali Mahārāja, Śukadeva Gosvāmī and I myself know the real religious principle. My dear servants, this transcendental religious principle, which is known as bhāgavata-dharma, or surrender unto the Supreme Lord and love for Him, is uncontaminated by the material modes of nature. It is very confidential and difficult for ordinary human beings to understand, but if by chance one fortunately understands it, he is immediately liberated, and thus he returns home, back to Godhead.
SB 11.22.10 — Because a person who has been covered by ignorance since time immemorial is not capable of effecting his own self-realization, there must be some other personality who is in factual knowledge of the Absolute Truth and can impart this knowledge to him.
SB 7.5.32 — Unless they smear upon their bodies the dust of the lotus feet of a Vaiṣṇava completely freed from material contamination, persons very much inclined toward materialistic life cannot be attached to the lotus feet of the Lord, who is glorified for His uncommon activities. Only by becoming Kṛṣṇa conscious and taking shelter at the lotus feet of the Lord in this way can one be freed from material contamination.
Gurus in the line of parampara and the Mahajans are called the torch bearers who lead and inspire others towards Krishna. Without serving a Guru we get lost in between and will never reach the destination.
Dhruva Maharaj tried to roam in the jungles in search of Lord. Unless he met Narad Muni to guide him he could never have met Lord or understood how to do devotional service and what mantra to chant also. Way to Lord ...is always shown by a pure Vaishnava only.