DOES A DIKSHA GURU OR SIKSHA GURU ACCEPT THE KARMA OF DISCIPLES? HOW?
A male devotee (Name hidden) asked like this:
“Hk Prabhu ji. I always treat you my siksha guru. I joined iskcon only after reading all your posts from 2013. Your writings are the driving force for me. I cant spend a day without reading your posts. I too have a doubt. It is said a diksha guru or siksha guru has to accept the karma of the devotees. I want to know how it happens. Please write a detailed article about this karma transfer. Thanls in advance prabhu ji”
Very important question has been asked now by you. In fact, I was thinking of writing about this on my own in our site as an article. Good, I have got a doubt from you. It must be the arrangement of Krishna.
I am answering with boldness and a balanced mind with a logic and without any color. Just read the points with a logical mind and understand how it happens.
DOES KARMA TRANSFER ACTUALLY HAPPEN TO A GURU FROM HIS DISCIPLES?
I can’t just say “it will happen”, but, I affirmatively say “It should happen”.
Karma transfer SHOULD HAPPEN when a guru guides others.
Those who were following the devotion casually become serious and fast in following devotion after accepting a guru.
Before initiation, he will have many hurdles in his following the devotion.
But, after initiation, the hurdles remarkably come down and he starts to advance in devotion fast and his consciousness change to spiritual very fast.
When a guru guides his disciples, he transfers his spiritual power to the disciples.
If there is no karma transfer, the exchange of spiritual power from a guru to the disciple can’t happen.
So, karma transfer definitely happens when a guru guides his disciples.
DOES KARMA TRANSFER HAPPEN BETWEEN A SIKSHA GURU AND THE LEARNERS?
Karma transfer happens in the case of siksha gurus too.
This too SHOULD HAPPEN. Because, even in the case of the Preachers or Siksha gurus, they deliver spiritual message to the followers. So, they too have to face the heat of the karma of the followers, readers, etc.
Let me explain how karma transfer happens in the next paragraphs.
HOW KARMA TRANSFER HAPPENS BETWEEN A DIKSHA GURU AND A DISCIPLE?
This is a confidential knowledge and you are fortunate to read and know this.
Let me answer this keeping “Krishna Consciousness” as example.
When a diksha guru accepts a disciple, he takes the responsibility for the elevation of that disciple to Krishna’s kingdom.
But, the system is, only a purified disciple or devotee can enter into the Kingdom of Krishna. Purification means, purifying a devotee from his karma account.
Why a devotee with pending karma can’t enter into the kingdom of Krishna?
Because, he will have some materialistic attitude. If we still have pending karma, we will act in such a way to fulfill the reactions of karma and will have some desires materially. So, a devotee with such material desires or karmic reactions can’t enter into the kingdom of Krishna.
So, Naturally, that guru is in a position to purify the disciple to become eligible to go back to Krishna.
How to purify that devotee?
(i) By imparting the knowledge about Krishna and mercy of Krishna in the minds of that devotee.
(ii) By accepting the karma of that devotee.
The subtle fact is, when we impart or feed Krishna to a devotee, his material desires naturally come down. Where those desires go?
They are borne by the guru.
Because, only that guru is the cause for the devotee getting Krishna. When that guru feeds Krishna to a devotee, that devotee starts to act without material attachments.
If there is no material attachments, there will be no karma.
So, the person, ie, a guru, who was the cause for that devotee’s losing his material attachments has to bear the karma of that devotee.
If you empty the water from a pot, you have to transfer that water to another pot. Isn’t it?
Similarly, when a guru makes a devotee pure, that guru accepts the impurities of that disciple.
See how subtle this is.
So, being a diksha guru is not an easy responsibility. He takes the responsibility of the disciples and their going back to Krishna.
HOW KARMA TRANSFER HAPPENS BETWEEN A SIKSHA GURU AND THE LEARNERS?
Many people are thinking that preaching about Krishna is a cool job to get popularity.
Sorry dears, it is not so. If anyone thinks like this, he is a fool.
Karma transfer happens even in the case of siksha gurus or preachers. Let me explain taking me as an example for better understanding.
A siksha guru or a preacher like me, is delivering the knowledge about Krishna to the followers or readers.
You may be leading a highly materialistic life before coming to our site or before reading my writings.
After reading my writings, you decide to stop a sinful way of life and lead a devotional way of life.
You stop developing material desires and follow sincere devotion to Krishna.
Karma can act only when you have material desires.
For example, you are destined to suffer in marriage life. After hearing about the greatness of devotional way of life from me, you decide to dedicate your life to Krishna as a full time devotee, not for material benefits.
You have escaped from your karma of suffering in marriage life.
Who is the cause for your escaping from your issues of marriage life?
Me. My writings. My preaching.
Where will that karma go?
To me only. Yes, I have to bear the karma of a reformed person.
Is it happening?
Yes, it is happening in my life too.
Because, the reformation of the followers affect me. Their karma transfers to me if they take any major reversal decision.
They get relieved from karma. That karma can’t go anywhere else. It will come to me.
That is why, sincere preachers are suffering materially.
Preaching or being a siksha guru is a risky one. Because, such devotees will face more problems in their life.
So, if you have relieved from a material pain, please remember, the siksha gurus are suffering with your pains.
Is there a way for the diksha gurus or siksha gurus to escape from the karma accumulated by them from the devotees?
Yes. Our Sanathana dharma has recommended the ways for that.
How? Read further.
HOW CAN DIKSHA OR SIKSHA GURUS GET RELIEVED FROM THE KARMA ACCUMULATED FROM DISCIPLES OR FOLLOWERS?
Our Sanathana dharma recommends that a diksha guru or siksha guru or a preacher SHOULD FOLLOW PURIFICATION PROCESSES ALMOST ON DAILY BASIS.
There is a story about Ganga ma feeling the heat of the sins left by the people in her waters. She herself wanted to get relieved from those accumulated sins from the people. So, she prayed to Lord Shiva and He directed her to Kumbha Mela or MAHAMAHAAM festival that is observed once in twelve years. It is believed that even the Ganga devi and other rivers come to such festivals and leave their accumulated sins there.
Similarly, a diksha guru or siksha guru or a preacher SHOULD ALWAYS REMAIN CHANTING THE HOLY NAMES OF KRISHNA AND ALWAYS REMAIN IN THE THOUGHTS OF KRISHNA.
Unless a a diksha guru or siksha guru or a preacher chants daily and all the available time, he will feel the heat of the karma of the disciples.
When a diksha guru or siksha guru or a preacher chants Krishna’s names seriously, the sins accumulated by him daily get BURNT in the power of the holy names that he chants every day.
So, a diksha guru or siksha guru or a preacher should never remain without chanting the holy names of Krishna.
If a diksha guru or siksha guru or a preacher does not chant well or follows purity properly, the karma accumutated from the disciples or followers will not be burnt and hence that diksha guru or siksha guru or preacher will have to feel the heat of karma.
In our sanathana dharma, even brahmanas who are performing vedic rituals for deceased persons or in the temples also acquire the karma of the worshipers or the deceased persons. So, varnashrama dharma recommends them to chant Gayathri Manthra every day three times compulsorily. If the Brahmana does not chant Gayathri daily, he will suffer the heat of karma acquired from the deceased persons or devotees in the temple in which he is serving.
HOW A DISCIPLE OR A FOLLOWER CAN HELP HIS GURU NOT TO ACQUIRE KARMA FROM THEM?
If a disciple does not like to see his diksha guru or siksha guru suffering from their karma, they too should chant the names of Krishna sincerely on daily basis. When they chant regularly and follow disciplined life, the guru will not acquire more karma from them because a part of karma of the disciple or follower is burnt by the holy names he is chanting daily.
So, if a disciple of a diksha guru (or) follower of a siksha guru likes to prevent his guru from acquiring more karma from them, they too should chant regularly and follow four regulative principles and also develop prema on Krishna stage by stage. This will minimize the effect of their karma on their diksha or siksha gurus.
The point is:
BOTH A DIKSHA GURU AND HIS DISCIPLES SHOULD CHANT AS SINCERELY AS POSSIBLE.
BOTH A SIKSHA GURU (or) PREACHER AND HIS FOLLOWERS or READERS or LISTENERS SHOULD CHANT AS SINCERELY AS POSSIBLE.
By doing so, a disciple or follower transfers less karma to the guru. So, he is preventing his guru from suffering from karma.
A relieving factor in these transformations is, when a diksha or siksha guru sincerely likes to relieve his disciples from this material worlds and to take them to Krishna, Krishna gives them all the strength to burn the karma acquired from the disciples and followers.
That is why, it is said that ONE CAN’T BE A GURU OR EVEN A PREACHER UNLESS KRISHNA GIVES THEM PERMISSION TO DO SO.
A diksha guru or a siksha guru or a preacher has to live surrendering to Krishna and chanting the holy names of Krishna and following discipline.
The disciples too should chant sincerely/ daily and follow discipline to reduce the pains of his guru.
Both the guru and the disciples or followers should lead a life of purity that ensures going back to Krishna.
Just accepting a guru and leading an irresponsible life is a great offense against that guru.
That is why Krishna said in Bhagavad Gita that His messages should be given only to the interested persons.
A guru has the responsibility of identifying such sincere devotees who will truly follow the rules before accepting them as disciples.
Similarly, a disciple too has the responsibility of following the rules so that his guru stays healthy and pure to guide them.
As said by Srila Prabhupada in yesterday’s post, if a guru accepts very materialistic disciples without proper evaluation just because they are great celebrities, that guru is affected much and he himself falls later. This statement of Srila Prabhupada is absolutely true because the guru will receive bundle of karma from such highly materialistic people.
Thus, both a guru and a disciple are in a position to be always vigilant in their devotional life.
You have read my detailed explanation above. I sincerely hope that after reading these details, hereafter, you will not speak or even think against any sincere gurus or preachers in an irresponsible manner. Because they are taking great risk with your karma. They are suffering because of your karma.
So, hereafter be kind and humble with your diksha guru, siksha gurus and the preachers from whom you learn about Krishna.
This is my humble request as a humble preacher. Support their efforts to give Krishna to all. By following my advices, you will advance fast in your devotional life.
I have written this article truly from my heart based on the facts.
Hope all of you will follow.
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