An Instruction on the banks of Radha Kunda

Radha kund

During a lecture at Vrindavan in the winter of 2008, Radhanath Swami spoke about what happened on the banks of Radha Kunda several decades ago.

Radhanath Swami said, “It was on the banks of Radha Kunda that Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur instructed Srila Prabhupada. He spoke about the Baag Bazar temple and how some of his most senior disciples were fighting regarding the possessions of various rooms in that palatial temple. Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Maharaj was very disturbed.

If there was something that disturbed Prabhupada or his Guru Maharaj, it was when there was quarrelling or disunity amongst the devotees. Srila Prabhupada said that if we wanted to show our love for him, it would be by our cooperation. There are so many reasons to fight, so many reasons to disagree, and so many issues to fight about—that is the nature of Kali Yuga. But above and beyond that is the principle of pleasing Sri Guru. A devotee should have no separate agenda. We are not after position or post, we are not after distinction or prestige, we are not after facilities, but we are after one thing—to please Guru and the Vaishnavas. Without pleasing Guru we cannot please Krishna. Srila Prabhupada said that when he heard about devotees quarrelling, it was like beating him on his head. To be the humble servant of the servant, unless we really try to capture that spirit amongst ourselves, there must be quarrel, there must be fighting, and there must be disunity.’

– Radhanath Swami