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Dandavats! All Glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga!

Dear GBC members

Saturday, 17 June 2006 / Published in Discussion / 4,222 views

By Madhumati dasi

Dear GBC members,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I was sharing some thoughts with my husband Sesa dasa, and he encouraged that I share it with all of you. I wasn’t willing to do so but I thought may be it is time that I hear him at least once in my 24 years of marriage.

Our movenment has gone thru so many turmoils over the years and we are again faced with a major predicament. Certainly this is not unusual, this is what we continously see in the Bhagavatam. Since these books are our law books for next so many years we can look at what did those devotees do in such trying times.

In the Mahabharata we see that Arjuna all along while in the forest in exile, while trying to make peace with the Kauravas and other times was getting advice and help from Krishna. But when he was ready to take the biggest action he completely surrendered to Him. In that surrender he offered some great prayers to Him.

Draupadi did the same thing, she first tried to save herself thru her intelligence by posing questions, then thru her physical might and ultimately complete surrender and prayers. Again right in the middle of real action she cried out to Govinda and offered prayers to her Lord.

We see that Vrtrasura right in the middle of action he offered one of the most famous prayers to his Lord. The acaryas comment elaborately on those four prayers. Remember this was right in the middle of a great war.

There are other such examples in the Bhagavatam of individuals praying, not just before but right in the middle of a turmoil.

We also see some serious collective praying. The demigods who are the managers of the whole planetary system, saw the earth overburdened with unrighteous kings and could not save it. I am sure they must have tried so many ways which may have included meetings and strategies but they could not save the earth. What did they do? First mother earth who was in distress went to Lord Brahma and asked him for help. He then took all the demigods to Lord Vishnu and they all together prayed to Him . It may seem such an impractical solution but that was there conclusion and it worked!

You might say that we are already praying, which is true, you all are praying, however like the demigods who were I am sure, also praying individually, nonetheless they still took their precious time and collectively with Lord Lord Brahma went to Sri Vishnu. They physically went to Him and actually offered prayers.

So all of you have been using your brains, having meetings, have been trying different strategies and also praying individually, but may be now it is time that everyone all together go to Srila Prabhupada with him as your leader and approach Lord Sri Krishna and let Him guide you. It may sound impractical but it is not.

I say that with great faith since just two weeks ago I experienced His personal hand in protecting me from a near death experience. I was calling out to Him for protection without even consciously thinking of Him and He rescued me. So what to speak if all of you collectively with all your hearts focusing on Him, pray to Him for guidance. Why will He not guide you especially when you have Srila Prabhupada as your leader.

This is such a good usage of the internet, to fix a day and time for all who are involved in making a decision on this case, to evoke the presence of Srila Prabhupada and then approach Sri Krishna.

I will take the liberty to make a suggestion to all of you great souls who have so kindly taken such great burdens on your shoulders for our benefit. All glories and empowerment to all of you. When the GBC members are making decision on any case, right in the middle of action, like Vrtrasura, all members may take time to collectively pray to reveal Lord Sri Krishna’s desire. Before every vote they may do that. This will benefit not only all of us but yourselves also. Believe me, I am not some sentimentalist, usually I am accused of being too practical.

Thankyou for taking the time to read this and I pray that something good may come about from this sharing. If I have offended or wasted anyones valuable time I ask for forgiveness. If I have offended anyone I will conclude that this should be the first and last time I listen to the local GBC!

Your servant, Madhumati dasi

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One Response to “Dear GBC members”

  1. Gadadhar Dasa says :

    Dear Prabhus:

    PAMHO, AGTSP, and Hare Krishna.

    Madhumati Prabhu has very good idea. But ISKCON leaders have forgotten the basic point that His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada is their leader. They have this idea that they are the successors and as such they have all the wisdom.

    So I suggest that they read Isaiah 59 – because most of them come from Christian background and hopefully they will feel the pulse that they have gone mad in every way they can and now it is time for repentence or sword of the justice at the hand of the Almighty Lord Shri Krishna.

    So here goes Isaiah 59:

    Isaiah 59
    Sin, Confession and Redemption
    1 Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save,
    nor his ear too dull to hear.
    2 But your iniquities have separated
    you from your God;
    your sins have hidden his face from you,
    so that he will not hear.
    3 For your hands are stained with blood,
    your fingers with guilt.
    Your lips have spoken lies,
    and your tongue mutters wicked things.
    4 No one calls for justice;
    no one pleads his case with integrity.
    They rely on empty arguments and speak lies;
    they conceive trouble and give birth to evil.
    5 They hatch the eggs of vipers
    and spin a spider’s web.
    Whoever eats their eggs will die,
    and when one is broken, an adder is hatched.
    6 Their cobwebs are useless for clothing;
    they cannot cover themselves with what they make.
    Their deeds are evil deeds,
    and acts of violence are in their hands.
    7 Their feet rush into sin;
    they are swift to shed innocent blood.
    Their thoughts are evil thoughts;
    ruin and destruction mark their ways.
    8 The way of peace they do not know;
    there is no justice in their paths.
    They have turned them into crooked roads;
    no one who walks in them will know peace.
    9 So justice is far from us,
    and righteousness does not reach us.
    We look for light, but all is darkness;
    for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows.
    10 Like the blind we grope along the wall,
    feeling our way like men without eyes.
    At midday we stumble as if it were twilight;
    among the strong, we are like the dead.
    11 We all growl like bears;
    we moan mournfully like doves.
    We look for justice, but find none;
    for deliverance, but it is far away.
    12 For our offenses are many in your sight,
    and our sins testify against us.
    Our offenses are ever with us,
    and we acknowledge our iniquities:
    13 rebellion and treachery against the LORD,
    turning our backs on our God,
    fomenting oppression and revolt,
    uttering lies our hearts have conceived.
    14 So justice is driven back,
    and righteousness stands at a distance;
    truth has stumbled in the streets,
    honesty cannot enter.
    15 Truth is nowhere to be found,
    and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey.
    The LORD looked and was displeased
    that there was no justice.
    16 He saw that there was no one,
    he was appalled that there was no one to intervene;
    so his own arm worked salvation for him,
    and his own righteousness sustained him.
    17 He put on righteousness as his breastplate,
    and the helmet of salvation on his head;
    he put on the garments of vengeance
    and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak.
    18 According to what they have done,
    so will he repay
    wrath to his enemies
    and retribution to his foes;
    he will repay the islands their due.

    I hope that after reading this they will get together and compose some truthful prayers, get down to their knees (this may be hard for the infallible leaders because they have been used to getting others down to their knees) and offer their prayers to Lord Krishna.

    Now if they can not compose some thing reasonable, honest, and truthful then they can use Isaiah 59 – part of it – for their prayers.

    Good luck.

    Wishing You All Weel,
    YHS – Gadadhar Dasa