Bhaktivinod Thakur has written this song “Asalo Katha Bolte”. This song is taken from the book Baul Sangit (Songs of the Madman) (Section: Song 3).Bhaktivinoda Thakura says that there are many impersonates of Spiritual Guru in the market. You need to make a wise choice and choose the best who can lead you to spiritual path and help gain Krishna Prema. A spiritual master helps us get away from material enjoyment and helps us in spiritual progress by giving us the Hare Krsna mantra.
asalo katha bolte ki
tomar kentha-dhora, kapni-anta-saba phanki
dharma-patni tyaji’ ghare, para-nari-sanga kore,
artha-lobhe dvare dvare phire, rakhle ki bake
tumi guru bolcho vate, sadhu-guru niskapate,
krsna-nam deno karna-pute, se ki emon hoy meki?
jeba anya siksa dey, ta’ke ki ‘guru’ bolte hoy?
dudher phal to’ ghole noy, bheve’ citte dekho dekhi
sama-dama-titiksa-bale, uparati, sraddha ho’le,
tabe bheko canda-baul, bole, encade peke habe ki?
1) O you have so much to say about being genuine! You are seen to be wrapped in an old tattered blanket and wearing a simple loincloth, just like a renounced ascetic — but in actuality all of this is simply pretentious.
2) Leaving your legally married wife at home, you go off and keep the company of the wives of others. In your greed for acquiring more and more wealth, you wander like a poor beggar from door to door, and you secretly keep so many surpluses stored away.
3) You are quite confident in presenting yourself as a saintly spiritual master, and thus you are busily engaged in initiating innocent people by reciting Krishna-nama into their ear — is this behavior not a great charade?
4) Can anyone be called a "guru" simply because he gives advice to others? A cook can never use whey in a recipe that calls for milk. Now think about this and just see what I see.
5) On the strength of the true qualities of peacefulness, sense control, and tolerance, one's mundane desires are renounced as true spiritual faith arises. That being the case, the renunciant Chand Baul says, "What will become of your premature imitation of spiritual perfection?"