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Not by Compromise and Flattery

His Divine Grace A. C.
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
The best association is a sädhu, that is, a Krishna
conscious person or one who is striving for spiritual
realization. There are those who are striving for
temporary things (asat). Matter and the body are
temporary, and if one only engages oneself for bodily
pleasure, one is conditioned by temporary things. But
if one engages oneself in self-realization then one is
engaged in something permanent (sat). Obviously,
if one is intelligent he will associate with those who
are trying to elevate themselves to the platform of
self-realization through one of the various forms
of yoga. The result will be that those sädhus, realized
persons, will be able to sever ones attachment
to material association. This is the great advantage
of good association. For instance, Krishna speaks
Bhagavad-gétä to Arjuna just to cut off his attachment
to this material affection. Because Arjuna is attracted
to things that are impeding the execution of his own
duty, Krishna severs these things. To cut something,
a sharp instrument is required; and to cut the mind
from its attachments, sharp words are often required.
The sädhu or teacher shows no mercy in using sharp
words to sever the student’s mind from material attractions.
By speaking the truth uncompromisingly, he is
able to sever the bondage. For example, at the very
beginning of Bhagavad-gétä, Krishna speaks sharply
to Arjuna by telling him that although he speaks like
a learned man, he is actually fool number one. If we
actually want detachment from this material world, we
should be prepared to accept such cutting words from
the spiritual master. Compromise and flattery have no
effect where strong words are required. ·
— Perfection of Yoga. Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. Los Angeles.
1983. pp. 30-31.

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