ISKCON 50 Meditations: March 15, 2016

Each of Srila Prabhupada’s disciples has chosen to love him.  It is a commitment that I will always honor, and I have sealed that commitment at my initiation.  We have a contract of love now.  Although my love for Srila Prabhupada may not yet be free of any material tinge, he is patient.  And Prabhupada himself has placed conditions of his love on his disciples.  He expects them to follow him.  Although he will still love a disobedient disciple, his love will not reach a disciple who rebels or disobeys his order, and who blasphemes guru and Krishna.  The relationship between guru and disciple is meant to be based on honor.

I have heard people say that this “condition” Prabhupada places on his love for us is not much different than the conditions some of our parents placed on us to win their love.  Many people have been hurt by parents who sold their love for high grades in school, or conformity to family rules, etc.  There was no chance for people who grew up in these families to develop themselves as individuals, or to feel self-worth despite their failings to meet their parents’ standards.  They grew up only with conditions and have no experience of real love.  Is Prabhupada’s love for us like that?  Is it a lesser kind of love because he places on it the condition of our obedience?

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