Sahajiyās – The most dangerous class of men

Sometimes the sahajiyā class of devotees are interested only in Kṛṣṇa’s personal pastimes to the exclusion of the activities of the devotees. This type of devotee is not on a very high level; one who sees the devotee and the Lord on the same level has further progressed.

We therefore see that devotees known as sahajiyā, who make everything very easy, do not associate with advanced devotees. Such persons, in the name of devotional activities, are addicted to all kinds of sinful acts—illicit sex, intoxication, gambling and meat-eating.

What is a Sahajiyā?

Prabhupada had clearly pointed out what a Sahajiyā is:

Bhāgavata: Sahajiyā.

Prabhupāda: Sahajiyā means they have taken everything very easy. That’s all.

Bhāgavata: Cheaply.

Gargamuni: Would you like to rest a little bit?

Prabhupāda: No. Why rest?–_February_3,_1977,_Bhuvanesvara?t=hl#terms=Sahajiy%C4%81

Dr. Patel: What is sahajiyā?

Prabhupāda: Sahajiyā… Sahaj means easy. Easy-going. They will smoke cigarette at the same time they will play rasa-līlā. This is sahajiyā. This is sahajiyā. They will do all nonsense; still, they will become God, imitation of God.–_May_1,_1974,_Bombay?t=hl#terms=sahajiy%C4%81%7CSahajiy%C4%81

Morning Walk — June 7, 1976, Los Angeles: 

Rāmeśvara: “If I follow the regulative principles and go on hearing about rāsa-līlā, then I’ll be purified.”

Prabhupāda: You say that. In the śāstra does not say. Śāstra says that after you have studied all the nine cantos of Bhāgavatam, then enter into the tenth. Sahajiyā means they take very easily. “I am…. Everything is all right. Now I am perfect.” That is sahajiyā. Kṛṣṇa says, “To understand Me, it will take millions of years.” And they understand Kṛṣṇa immediately. That is their…. That is called prākṛta-sahajiyā.

Rāmeśvara: Kṛṣṇa’s incarnation is to attract the living entities to Kṛṣṇa. So let me read about rāsa-līlā, because I’m feeling some attraction.

Prabhupāda: Then why not Kurukṣetra-līlā? What…? Kurukṣetra-līlā… Kṛṣṇa’s līlā is the same, absolute. You are attracted to rāsa-līlā means you have got sex desire. That’s all.

Tendency to Mayavadi philosophy

One thing, on the invitation card you have written All Glories to Our Guru Maharaja. This is impersonalism. As soon as we offer obeisances to guru, the name should be there. We are strictly personalists. The sahajiya‘s, they write Glories to Guru. Why you are learning this impersonalism, who has taught you? Daily I am offering obeisances to my Guru by vibrating his real name, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, otherwise it is impersonal.

Dont follow and associate with Sahajiyās

Although a woman can actually be elevated by advanced Kṛṣṇa consciousness, she should not be enticed by an imposter who says that he is Kṛṣṇa. She should concentrate her devotional activities in chanting and meditating upon Kṛṣṇa, as is advised herein. One should not follow the men called sahajiyās, the so-called devotees who take everything very lightly.

There is, however, a class of so-called devotees known as prākṛta-sahajiyās who are very much interested in hearing about Kṛṣṇa’s rāsa-līlā with the gopīs but not about His fighting with His enemies.

Brahmānanda: Sahajiyās, they just go towards like the rasa-līlā, and they avoid the demon killing.

Prabhupāda: Who?

Brahmānanda: The sahajiyās.

Prabhupāda: Oh, they are rascals. Kick them out. They think everything is easy.–_May_1,_1974,_Bombay?t=hl#terms=sahajiy%C4%81%7CSahajiy%C4%81

One should very carefully avoid associating with both the sahajiyās, who are sometimes known as Vaiṣṇavas, and the non-Vaiṣṇavas, or avaiṣṇavas. Their association changes the transcendental devotional service of Lord Kṛṣṇa into sense gratification, and when sense gratification enters the mind of a devotee, he is contaminated. The materialistic person who aspires after sense gratification cannot properly think of Kṛṣṇa.

At the present moment it has become fashionable for everyone to write in his own way, but such writing is never accepted by serious devotees.

Letter to Gurudasa — London 11 August, 1971

I understand that you have been invited by Syama Dasi in Africa. I don’t advise that you associate with her because she is sahajiya. To associate with her will hamper pure devotional service.

Destination of Sahajiyās

Srila Prabhupāda: But you should go gradually. You should go gradually. You first of all understand Kṛṣṇa, then kṛṣṇa-līlā. If you have not understood Kṛṣṇa, then you’ll think Kṛṣṇa’s rāsa-līlā is just like we mix with young women. And that becomes as polluted. Because they do not understand Kṛṣṇa. Manuṣyāṇāṁ sahasreṣu kaścid yatati siddhaye yatatām api siddhānām [Bg. 7.3]. Kṛṣṇa understanding so easy? If you do not understand Kṛṣṇa how can you go to the Kṛṣṇa’s confidential activities?

Acyutānanda: Some of the devotees, they said that it is for liberated souls. So they said, “Well, we are all liberated.”

Srila PrabhupādaYes. Liberated for going to hell.

1976 Conversations : August, 1976 : Room Conversation — August 16, 1976, Bombay :

Their illicit connection and their imitation of the dress of Rūpa Gosvāmī, as well as their avoidance of the prescribed methods of revealed scriptures, will lead them to the lowest regions of hell. These imitative sahajiyās are cheated and unfortunate. They are not equal to advanced devotees (paramahaṁsas). Debauchees and paramahaṁsas are not on the same level.

CC Madhya 22.153, Translation and Purport

“Without serving Kṛṣṇa according to the vidhi-mārga regulative principles of the pāñcarātrika-vidhi, unscrupulous persons want to jump immediately to the rāga-mārga principles. Such persons are called sahajiyā. There are also demons who enjoy depicting Kṛṣṇa and His pastimes with the gopīs, taking advantage of Kṛṣṇa by their licentious character. These demons who print books and write lyrics on the rāga-mārga principles are surely on the way to hell. Unfortunately, they lead others down with them. Devotees in Kṛṣṇa consciousness should be very careful to avoid such demons. One should strictly follow the vidhi-mārga regulative principles in the worship of Lakṣmī-Nārāyaṇa, although the Lord is present in the temple as Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa.

SB 4.24.45-46, Translation and Purport

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