India RGB forms “Varnasrama based – Rural Development Ministry”
Bharat Chandra Dasa: “No luxuries. Live very simple life and you save time for chanting Hare Krishna… That is my desire. Don’t waste time for bodily comforts…So produce you own food and produce your own cloth… This is success of life. In this way organize as far as possible, whether in Ceylon or in Czechoslovakia, wherever…Save time. Don’t be allured by machine civilization… This is soul killing civilization…I wanted to introduce this. Now I have given you ideas. You can do it. You are all intelligent.”
India Regional Governing Body Commission (IRGB) needs to be lauded for a recent unanimous decision on forming – “Varnasrama – based Rural Development Ministry”. Acting upon the proposal by the Varnasrama Development Committee setup by IRGB in 2007, this historic move will come as very encouraging to all concerned. His Holiness Bhakti Raghava Swami, who is involved in preaching and implementing various projects all over the world including his authoring few books on Varnasrama – “Make Vrndavana Villages”, “Varnasrama Education” and “Implementing Varnasrama” was recognized as the right leader in the field and was elected as the Minster for the same in India.
The proposal which came in two parts: First the “Proposal to form the Ministry” and second the “Mission, Goals Statement” paper. In the previous year, IRGB had approved a position paper on “Vrndavan Village Development in India” as was proposed by the same Varnasrama Development Committee and this came as a logical progression. The IRGB members observed that “Varnasrama mission is urgent and important” and the recent GBC resolution (1) “310 GBC Participation in Farm Projects” & (2) “311 Purchasing from ISKCON Farms and Farmers” only encourages the awareness and development in fulfilling Srila Prabhupada’s mission.
The ministry on Varnasrama would now mean a focused attention and effort in creating awareness, preaching, developing various programs connected, getting various individuals and groups of individuals involved in the varnasrama mission and to support, guide and facilitate the implementation of varnasrama projects all over India. Needless to say, this whole angle was not given enough importance, focus and attention and hence this decision was much awaited.
Formation of varnasrama research teams, varnasrama shikshalayas, model villages and many other programs are planned and will be done in consultation with the local authorities as presented in the paper. Srila Prabhupada’s dream of an alternative society will now take deeper roots in India and with this example all over the world.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
“Therefore I am asking so much here and…, “Farm, farm, farm, farm…” That is not my program – Krsna’s program: Annad bhavanti bhutani. Produce greenness everywhere, everywhere. Vrndavana.”
Srila Prabhupada conversations, May 27, 1977, Vrndavana.