Monarchy or Anarchy

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It seems some consider our spiritual Gaudiya line as a monarchy. But I have thought about this deeply and do not see a monarchy as feasible in Kali-yuga. America is a republic not a democracy. But because most see it as a democracy (meaning rule of the mob), then it has gradually regressed into socialism and heading towards a fascist environment. Nowadays monarchy is not a king but a dictator. Anarchy actually refers to individual freedom to choose without strict domination of rulers. In spiritual lines, of course, Guru is all-in-all. But he is not a king, unless we see the guru in an aisvarya (opulently powerful) way, that is, like Lord Narayana in Vaikuntha. In aisvarya there is awe and reverence especially. The highest goal is “divine love” or Priti. So the Priti (Pure Bhakti) Yoga Society is established. The full-blown expression of priti or love is not possible when awe and reverence is prominent. In Vrndavana aisvarya is not the dominant mood, such as when Yasoda Maiya saw the universal form inside Gopal’s mouth. As Jiva Gosvami said, “She was given divya-caksu, transcendental eyes, but not divya manas or divine mind…Like Arjuna also, divine eyes but not divine mind.” One can understand this acintya or inconceivable aspect by mercy alone. That comes from Guru and his extended, empowered representatives, that is, the sincere Vaisnavas who embrace his same mood.

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About TP Das

I am a initiated disciple of Prabhupada. I love to write, creatively and also to edit. My love of reading is for Vedic shastras like Jaiva Dharma, Bhagavatam, etc. My path is bhakti-yoga. I live mostly in India. The title for my blog comes from both Jack Kerouac's Dharma Bums and Bhaktivinoda Thakura's Jaiva Dharma (The Dharma of Souls). My instructing Gurus are Srila BR Sridhara and Srila BV Narayana. Haribol!

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