Jayapataka Swami: Unfortunately, some of the Indians have been misled by false gurus. I landed in a helicopter in Bangladesh, I was caught in a storm and landed north of Dhaka in one village and I was surrounded by hundreds of people. They were surprised to see a helicopter in their village. So one person came up and looked, oh! My guru! So then we went to her house. Her husband had another guru and she said, this is my husband’s ‘fish guru’. He eats fish. So this guru, he offered fish to her! And he was the resident guru of her husband. You are my guru. So some of the so called kula gurus in India, they say that, why are you offering me this vegetarian food? I am a guru, I should have expensive food like meat and fish! They are expensive! Don’t give me this cheap, vegetarian food! I want to eat nice, expensive flesh! So these are the kind of people that mislead the innocent people. Krsna does not take meat, fish, egg, onion, garlic. And even Lord Siva, He doesn’t take. So unfortunately, some people they don’t take the words of the sastra. If you try to talk those people, they might not listen to you. You can ask them questions for which the answer is in the Bhagavad-gita, but they won’t know the answer. So all you can do by talking to them, or rather ask them or show them Bhagavad-gita. Usually, Indians, they accept the Bhagavad-gita. So what they are saying is not in the Bhagavad-gita, but what you say is in the sastra, they will be dumbfounded! You say, you show me where in the sastra is what you are saying? But guru is not independent of sastra. Sadhu, sastra, guru. The guru has to be like a lawyer. He presents the laws given in the sastra. So it is not that different gurus will have – a real guru will only speak from the sastra. If we have another guru who does not speak from the sastra, I won’t accept. You may accept, I won’t. So sometimes we have to agree to disagree and they will be very, I would say, impressed, seeing your commitment to the sastras. So I give you my blessings.
04-SEPTEMBER-2019 SRI MAYAPUR DHAM, INDIA