Mercy Is All in All
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
I told about it the other day. When Mahaprabhu came to Puri, Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya did not give obeisance to Him and Gopinath Acharya said to him,
"Why are you not paying obeisance to Him? Do you know who He is?"
"Know what? He is a new sannyasi, a young boy..."
"Oh, you do not know..."
"Do not know what?"
"He is the Lord Himself! He is the grandson of Nilambhar Chakravarti, the son of Jagannath Mishra. He took sannyas and His name is now Sri Krishna Chaitanya. He is the Lord Himself!"
"I do not think so."
"Well, you have not read the scriptures, so you do not know the scriptures..."
"I have read many scriptures! I know all the scriptures!"
"Oh, you say you have read all the scriptures? But have you read Mahabharata? Have you read Srimad Bhagavatam?"
"OK, you go take prasadam now. We will talk later."
Later, Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya said,
"Because I do not consider Him the Lord you say I do not know the scriptures!"
"Prabhu, can I say something?"
"You cannot know the Lord through your education, through your intelligence, or knowledge. You must feel it with your heart."
Another time, there was a debate between Sankara Acharya's group and Vaishnavs. The group of Sankar Acharya said, "We do not accept the commentary of Sridhar Swami! We will accept it only if Sivji Maharaj says so." So, they took the book with the commentary and kept it inside a temple of Lord Siva. The next day they came and saw that Sivji Maharaj himself had written a commentary—"Aham vetti, Suka vetti, Vyasa vetti na vetti va." "Aham vetti" means "I know," "Suka vetti" means "Sukadev, the son and disciple of Vyasadev knows it," but Vyasadev (who wrote the Bhagavatam) may or may not know it.
The mercy of the Guru is all in all...
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