“Krishna is playing with the gopis. The sahajiyas, they take it very easily. But giri-vara-dhari, oh, that is very difficult thing.” –Srila Prabhupada

Acharya is one who follows the instructions of Lord. Sentimental speculation or imaginative ecstasy is the resulting symptom of deviating from the bona-fide succession. An Acharya is known on the merit of loyalty to the line of descending transcendental knowledge. Such a personality is the rightful preacher of Srimad-Bhagavatam. This is explained in the purports of SrilaPrabhupada which he had also exhibited in his life.

There are three factors broadly considered for adjustments of the religious principles:

Time

“kalo ‘smi – Time I am” – says Lord Krishna. Time sets the motion of this creation and it happens by the will of the Lord. It also awards reactions to the living beings for their activities. Such a factor is not to be dismissed as irrelevant to the instructions of the Lord. Various methods of perfection have been prescribed in the Vedas according to various time spans of the universe. In this age of Kali, the chanting of the Holy Names of the Lord: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna  Krishna  Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama  Rama  Rama Hare Hare is the way of attaining perfection of life.

Place

A hundred rupees becomes a simple paper outside India which regains its significance back at its home country. Place affects the consciousness of living beings and also matter which occupies it. This subtle material element can never be an impediment for devotional service but cannot be neglected for the practice of spiritual consciousness. Atmosphere always affects the consciousness of those present.

Circumstance

Situations arise which are beyond the control of living beings. As nothing happens without the sanction of the Lord and everything takes place by the will of the Lord, the circumstances which come in front of the living beings are by higher arrangement.

Srila Prabhupada’s purports have described the devotional process for the present time, place and circumstance. He has given the perfection of life by his example as he had followed the Acharyas’ examples. One must be an authority of preaching devotional service to expertly adjust things according to time, place and circumstance. One can perform one’s duty by physical work, by mind and words and such things can be utilized according to time, place and circumstance. Srila Prabhupada has given the essence of the purports of the Acharyas in his purports. As such, one who reads his purports shall get the message of the Acharyas. His purports are special in the sense that they have been specially made for the modern audience. His purports are like the milk which sustains an infant beginner and also nourishes the child throughout its life. The previous Acharyas have given valuable commentaries that may sometimes seem contradictory without understanding the mood of the commentator. Under proper guidance, one can study the commentaries of previous Acharyas after thoroughly understanding Srila Prabhupada’s purports.

Conviction in the words of Srila Prabhupada with firm faith is the path to understand the subject matter of Srimad-Bhagavatam. Unless one is fixed in this consciousness, there is no possibility of realizing the subject matter. Devotees with realizations, by mercy of Srila Prabhupada, can present Srimad-Bhagavatam in an interesting manner for the understanding of the audience. Hence, regular study of Srila Prabhupada’s books is very important for the benefit of the devotees and people in general. The most effectual process of gaining such conviction is by associating with devotees who have surrendered their lives for living the instructions of Srila Prabhupada. Such association is the only necessity for the world’s human society, for all living beings.

One must be an authority of preaching devotional service to expertly adjust things according to time, place and circumstance

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