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Dear Suresh Chandra Mahapatra…

Sunday, 16 November 2008 / Published in Appeals / 4,231 views

By Pusta Krishna das

Dear Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, Dandavats. I was very saddened to hear the envious behaviour of some of the pandas which led to the burning of the form of His DIvine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad in front of the Jagannath Temple. By every standard, he was Lord Nityananda and Lord Chaitanya-devas personal emissary in this era of the Kali Yuga. The acts of your underlings therefore marks a most regrettable time. We know that Sri Jagannath will protect His beloved bhaktas. Such position is beyond appointment by any other people, who might profess closeness or proximity to the absolute Truth. The Truth, rather will descend in His own way, at His own time, and cannot be stopped by any type of human politics.

Thus, I expect a rather severe reaction to come to those unfortunate souls who have participated in these acts, or who have supported them passively. It is the end of an era of dignity for the sevaites of the Holy Jagannath Temple in Puri. Throughout the world, the glories of Lord Jagannath have been proclaimed by ISKCON through the will of Srila Prabhupad. The first Rathayatra in the west was in San Francisco Golden Gate Park in 1967 and has taken place each year since then. I participated in the first Rathayatra in South Africa, and in many similar celebrations throughout the world. I led the kirtan of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra in July 1976 when the first Rathayatra went down the Fifth Avenue in New York City with Srila Prabhupad present which proclaimed the grand success of Srila Prabhupad’s preaching work in the West.

Lord Jagannath has graced Trafalgar Square in London and every major venue in the world. How can the pandas fail to see how Lord Jagannath has been served so sweetly, affectionately, and sincerely by the millions of Krishna bhaktas throughout the world? Never mind what day of the year, northern or southern hemisphere… how amazing all of this is by the grace of Srila Prabhupad! Who cou ld fail to appreciate this? Only a stone-hearted person, that is who. Woe unto the misguided? Now, once one has offended a great vaishnava, there is only one way to amend this state, as exemplified by the example of Durvasa Muni and Ambarish Maharaj in the Puranas.

One must go to the offended person and beg his forgiveness. Since Srila Prabhupad is now in Goloka Vrindaban with Sri Sri Radha Krishna, Baladeva and the eternal family of Sri Krishna, I suggest the final method for purging of false pride from the pandas and the faithful servitors of Lord Jagannath. Open the doors of the Jagannath Temple once and for all to bhaktas and visitors from around the world. Allow Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s family of devotees entry to have darshan of Lord Jagannath, Subhadra, and Baladeva. This can be the only way to appease His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad, and to alleviate the envy that has overwhelmed the hearts of many pandas. This is no game. The very survival of devotion of these pandas rests upon this decision… otherwise they are doomed to be chased by Sri Sudarshan Chakra of Lord VIshnu, and will not be able to hide in any place, even Vaikuntha.

Otherwise, the world family of devotees must consider you and your fellow pandas as being quite irrelevant and a disturbance to the progressive path of bhakti. We are not dependent upon entry into the divine darshan hall of Sri Jagannath-deva for our bhakti to proceed, as we are all followers of the mood of Sri Chaitanyadeva who taught that service in separation is superior to union. Rather, the bhakti creeper of the pandas is now at risk of being cut-off thoroughly by maha-vaishnava-aparadha.

The prayers of such pandas cannot reach to Lord Jagannath Who will be deaf to such blasphemy, and the chanting to and decoration of the Lord’s form will not please such Lord who claims that there is no one more dear in this world than one who teaches saranagati to the bhaktas… His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad is foremost amongst such contemporaries. The choice is yours, bu t we shall carry on with our service to Sri Sri Guru Gauranga regardless of any decision by the panda sevaites of Sri Jagannath Temple. Rather, your devotion and its receipt by the Lord is at risk.

With respect for your position,

Pusta Krishna das Physician, Surgeon, and bhakta


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    Ananta Purusottama ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Haribol! Absolutely right, so wonderfully written! I echo your statements. How is this possible, I am almost in denial as it’s so hard to conceive, you might expect some fanatic christians or fundamental muslims, but no, I have never heard of such an act, they have respect for such a great and magnanimous souls as Srila Prabhupada. Just as the six goswamis were popular with the gentle and the ruffians, so was Srila Prabhupada dear to all, he could call them fools and rascals, and some would agree or even laugh along with Prabhupada, those so called devotees are worse then ruffians. I hope a delegation of senior devotees are going to Puri to do something about this, what do we know about such action.

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    pustakrishna ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    It is comforting to see that the GBC’s letter to the Temple administration echos my sentiments that the Temple be opened to worldwide devotees. So long that the Jagannath Temple remains “exclusive”, then Jagannath, the Lord of the Universe, remains hidden away from His devotees except on Rathayatra time. It is very discouraging to western devotees, and yet we know that 500 years ago, our Gurus, Rupa, Sanatana, and Haridas, did not seek entry into the Temple. Of course, they had Sriman Mahaprabhu present during His Lila.

    It is interesting that of all the festivals that Srila Prabhupad promoted the most, it is Rathayatra. Did His Divine Grace know that the Western bhaktas would become discouraged by the faulty discrimination by the Puri pandas in the future and so wanted his disciples worldwide to be afforded the opportunity to perform this festival in the mood of Mahaprabhu?
    Is the genius of Srila Prabhupad so profound that he foresaw that his western followers would become disheartened by being unable to enter the Jagannath Temple in Puri and hence might find that Vaishnavism was less the transcendental culture due to mundane skin disease of the pandas? Not only did Srila Prabhupad remove this possibility by having us perform this festival independently of the Puri festival, but he also introduced millions upon millions of people to Jagannath, Subhadra, and Baladeva.

    In San Francisco several years ago, when Jagannath Swami das was organizing the festival in Golden Gate Park as he had for many years, he recruited the Mayor of San Francisco, Willie Brown, a very nice black American, whom he invited to the carts in the park to perform the lila of sweeping the street before the carts like King Prataparudra. Jagannath Swami das was asked by the black Mayor, “Your God Jagannath is black!”(a source of pride for a black man no doubt). Jagannath Swami das then said, “yeah, but His brother Balaram is white”. It was a very sweet interaction indeed.

    All Glories to Srila Prabhupad, the greatest ambassador of Lord Jagannath that the world has ever or will ever see!!!!!! Those who have the opportunity to serve him are the most fortunate souls on this planet. Jaya Jagannath! Jaya Subhadra! Jaya Baladeva! Jaya Prabhupad! Sincerely, Pusta Krishna das

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