Badger, California: June 15, 2006
Tridandisvami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja
[Question:] You always say that our Prabhupada is omniscient
he is sarva-jna and tri-kala-jna.
[Srila Narayana Maharaja:] But for the Guru's human-like pastimes
he may appear to forget something; he acts as if he doesn't know.
A realized Guru may overlook what is happening and what will happen.
An example of this is Srila Sukadeva Gosvami. He had nothing to do
with all the happenings of this world. Guru may sometimes control
the situation, and sometimes he does not control.
[Question:] You said that our Srila Prabhupada can never make a mistake,
and we also believe that. Sometimes a few of his god-brothers and
their followers criticized him because he allowed the word "Prabhupada"
to be used for him.
[Srila Narayana Maharaja:] He was independent to do anything. He was
not under anyone's control, and that was not an offense. All disciples
can call their Gurudeva "Prabhupada," no harm. This has
been written in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, in the explanation of Srila
Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura, that Srila Jiva Gosvami is called "Prabhupada"
and Srila Santana Gosvami is also called "Prabhupada." This
has been written, so it is all right. My disciples may also call me
"Prabhupada," and there is no harm in that. But I have chosen
to tell my disciples not to do this, because our Gurudeva has told
us not to.
In all his letters he never used the word "Prabhupada."
[Question:] That is a clear answer that Guru is independent
and in touch with Krsna.
[Srila Narayana Maharaja:] Yes. I am also independent. I may tell
my disciples to call me "Prabhupada," because it is stated
in sastra, but I cannot do so, because of what I have been told by
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