Gaura Kishora Das Babaji Instructs A Brahmacārī by Sriman Vyankata dasa Brahmacārī
Once a brahmacārī who was born in a brāhmaṇa family, imagined himself to be interested in devotional service to the Lord. Thus he approached Srila Gaurakisora das Babaji. Because of that contact, many persons began to respect that brahmacārī. After some time, he decided that he would also sit in the same manner as Srila Gaurakisora. He collected some money which he used to build a small bhajana-kuṭira like that of Srila Babaji Maharaja.
in direct contact with Supersoul, understood everything and when he was approached by the brahmacārī said, “If you want to perform devotional service, theat is very good. But, if you enter into the house of Maya, then you will be confronted by many impediments. You should rather give up the idea of living in that hut and instead simply reside beneath one of the nearby trees.”Shortly after this, one proud person living in the vicinity confronted Srila Gaurakisora dasa Babaji saying, “Maharaja, you first told us to lock ourselves up in our small huts and to worship unto the Supreme Lord. Now you are giving the instruction that one must live under a tree in order to perform proper worship. Srila Gaurakisora dasa Babaji then manifested the pastimes of showing himself as if deranged.
He replied, “I have given correct instructions. The body is like a room and the eyes are like the front door. But this person, by merely closing the wooden door of his hut simply mimics the activities of the pure devotee. Actually, his eyes are still open to sense objects. Therefore it is better for him to live under the trees. If one follows the instructions of genuine devotees of the Lord, then he will obtain something truly beneficial. If one becomes increasingly faithful in that devotee’s service, he will eventually be able to attain pure devotional service. But if one imitates the activities of the great devotees of the Lord, then he will quickly be stopped and will soon fall down.”
Soon after this, the brahmacārī left that place and Srila Babaji Maharaja explained what had happened to those who were present there.
Maharaja explained what had happened; “Why did that brahmacārī become influenced by maya even after he received the association of the devotees of the Lord? If one is in contact with the devotees of the Lord, doesn’t he gain great results? If one simply acts like a devotee of the Lord, then he will never obtain the expected result of devotional service. A person who reaps the rewards of inappropriate association of the devotees of the Lord will become bewildered and dislodged from the path of bhakti. That brahmacārī has now become fallen but maybe he will not eat meat or fish again. Maybe he will perform some genuine religious activities. However, he will never be able to enter into real devotion to the Supreme Lord.”
—Srila Gaurakisora Still Lives in Our Hearts by Vyankata dasa Brahmacārī