Banyan tree of this material world is a pale reflection of the Reality
February 11, 2007

Summary: Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura was called 'a vaikuntha man'. He loved the spiritual world, and sternly cautioned all thoughtful men to NOT accept the pale worldly reflection to be the Reality. His examples in this excerpt below are vivid, his application of the principles which these examples expose is forceful, and his compelling conclusions are NOT how ordinary pious souls view the world. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura insisted on exposing illusion, simply for the sake of inviting others to consider and experience the Reality. The message is "there is an alternative to illusion." Please consider yourself invited!

Reading Assignment

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur

Summary: In his book of essays entitled Upakhyane-upadesa, "Instructions in Stories", Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur gives the following commentary on the story of Ekalavya. Within the commentary we find variety of jewel-like explanations such as the true disposition of a disciple towards his teacher, the effects of pride, the role of faith in mundane morality, the position of Arjuna in disclosing the truth about Ekalavya to Drona, how the mask of guru-bhakti can be worn by an impersonalist or one who is actually revolting against his guru, whether proficiency in performing specific duties is a standard to use in judging an individual's bhakti, and more.