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The Acharya - Part 1

 

 

Whatever action a great man performs, common men follow. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues.

 

People in general always require a leader who can teach the public by practical behavior. A leader cannot teach the public to stop smoking if he himself smokes.

 

Lord Caitanya said that a teacher should behave properly before he begins teaching. One who teaches in that way is called acharya, or the ideal teacher.

 

Therefore, a teacher must follow the principles of sastra (scripture) to teach the common man. The teacher cannot manufacture rules against the principles of revealed scriptures.

 

The revealed scriptures, like Manu-samhita and similar others, are considered the standard books to be followed by human society. Thus the leader's teaching should be based on the principles of such standard sastras.

 

One who desires to improve himself must follow the standard rules as they are practiced by the great teachers. The Srimad-Bhagavatam also affirms that one should follow in the footsteps of great devotees, and that is the way of progress on the path of spiritual realization.

 

The king or the executive head of a state, the father and the school teacher are all considered to be natural leaders of the innocent people in general. All such natural leaders have a great responsibility to their dependents; therefore they must be conversant with standard books of moral and spiritual codes. (BG 3.21)

 

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At the airport on the day of Srila Prabhupada's first visit to the UK, he boldly replied to reporters who asked,

 

“What have you come to teach us?”

 

“I have come to teach you what you have forgotten—God.”

 

“These boys and girls who are following me, they are very elevated. They are not ordinary boys and girls...”

 

A few years later during darshan in his rooms at The Manor, he made the following statement:

 

“In your last lives you were all brahmanas, otherwise how could you so quickly come to this platform of Krishna consciousness. Actually, you were all ordered by my Guru Maharaja to take birth to help me to spread this movement.”

 

Srila Prabhupada then lent back, paused briefly while he looked at us, and then with a most beautiful smile said,

 

“And now we are all together again”.