WHY THE RITVIK INTERPRETATION IS OFFENSIVE TO GURU and therefore to be rejected outright.
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 very much for his assistance in that respect.
Ritvik is offensive to Guru because it also 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 awkwardly wrong 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 Shastra says: Kalau shüdra sambhava. In Kali-yuga, everyone is born a shüdra. But Krishna also says in Bhagavad-Gita As It Is 4.13:
“In terms of the divisions of the different modes of material nature and the work ascribed to them, the four divisions of human society are created by me. And although I am the engineer of this system, still you may know that I am the non-doer of the same, being unchangeable.”
Under the training of the bona fide spiritual master, one can elevate oneself to the platform of a Brahmin or even better, to the platfom of a Vaishnava or servant of God. The tendency and often strenuous endeavor towards progress and improvement is found everywhere and it gives spice to life itself. Just examine the life of a triathlon athlete, such as the Swiss Mrs. Nicola Spirig Hug, or the brothers Alister and Jonathan Brownlee of UK. Krishna resides in their numerous victories over all others as well as in the individual strength of all these oustanding athletes as He states in the Bhagavad-gita As It Is 10.36:
“Of cheating processes I am gambling, of the spendid I am the splendor, among the industrialists I am adventure, I am victory and I am the strength of the strong.