WHY THE RITVIK INTERPRETATION IS OFFENSIVE TO GURU.
Recently I had an exchange with one of my Godbrothers, an inveterate and incorrigible “ritvik”. For our particular purpose, there is no need to mention his name. From that exchange, I had a very important and practical realisation. And I must thank him for that indeed.
Ritvik is offensive to Guru because it implies that Guru is such an apasampradaya, un-parampara, ignorant, foolish and reactionary individual that He wants the pararampara system to stop with Him. He wants to be the last chain in the disciplic succession. He wants to hold up the flow of time. What a farcical individual that would have to be!
Anyone who espouse such a twisted and artificial philosophy, especially in relationship to Srila Prabhupada, the Initiator of the Sankirtan movement in the modern age, Founder-Acarya of ISKCON, Institutor of the BBT and BTG magazine, had better reform himself very urgently for he finds himself in a dangerous position. Hare Krishna.
It is similar to the communist reasoning that everyone is situated on the lowest commun denominator platform. It is a fact that Shasta says: Kalau shüdra sambhava. In Kali-yuga, everyone is born a shüdra. But Krishna also says in Bhagavad-Gita As It Is 4.13:
“According to the three modes of material nature and the work associated with them, the four divisions of human society are created by Me. And although I am the creator of this system, you should know that I am yet the nondoer, being unchangeable.”
Under the training of the bona fide spiritual master, one can elevate oneself to the platform of Brahmana or even better the platfom of Vaishnava or servant of God. The tendency towards progress and improvement is found eveywhere.