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Biggest Preaching Opportunity since Srila Prabhupada left the planet?

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 / Published in Recent Media / 889 views

Some of you, especially in America may have seen the news that Tusi Gabbard is running for President of the USA. Of course Tulsi is by birth a Hare Krishna devotee and has the potential to be an instrument for many people to hear Krishna’s Holy Name and possibly steer society to a better course.
You may have seen the clip shown here on Dandavats (http://www.dandavats.com/?p=72585), 2 days ago, where she was interviewed by a CNN reporter in a town hall type forum. The audience asked different questions and Tulsi very expertly answered. She was asked about her connection with the Hare Krishna movement, which meant that hundreds of thousands of American people heard Krishna’s Holy Name.
On June 17th 1972, Srila Prabhupada wrote the following letter to Balavanta prabhu, “I am very glad to hear that you are keeping active in the political arena, and if we are able to establish Krishna Conscious leaders throughout the country in important posts we will be able to save everyone from the present dangerous position of the world. People in general are being guided into hellish conditions by the rascal leaders so we must establish qualified brahmanas at the head of society.”
There may not be a great chance that Tulsi will win the Democratic Nomination, or in other words be the official Democratic Presidential candidate. However, as we saw from the last election, where a rank outsider was actually nominated as President, then anything is possible.
From what I have seen of Tulsi, she appears to be a very genuine person who has a desire to serve her country, who has excellent credentials, being a Major in the US army and an Iraqi war veteran. She really cares about the environment and the direction the world is going in, and she is very open about her belief in Krishna, and desire to help others.
If Tulsi were to get sufficient support, she could achieve many important goals for Krishna Consciousness. There would undoubtedly be many people who would hear about Krishna, and if she attained more political power, many people’s lives would be benefited. As she said in the CNN meeting, even if the USA became a “green” country, unless the rest of the world embraced a green revolution, the world would still be environmentally, catastrophically headed; therefore dialogue about nuclear power and the environment were essential with other world leaders.
To pursue her goal of running for President and winning the Democratic Nomination, Tulsi needs 65K American supporters. To be a supporter one needs donate as little as $5 towards her campaign. Without those supporters her campaign will end.
Dear devotees, this is a golden opportunity to help spread Lord Chaitanya’s message throughout the world. We may not agree with everything Tulsi says, but the sheer value of her being a devotee of Krishna, and being asked about Krishna, is the biggest preaching opportunity since Srila Prabhupada left this world.
I have heard, but am unable to locate the quote, that Srila Prabhupada said that we would see an American Hare Krishna President in our lives.
Tulsi is also pro ISKCON and was present at the Washington DC celebration of Srila Prabhupada’s 50th Anniversary of ISKCON, where she spoke very highly of her Param Guru Srila Prabhupada, and led a sweet Kirtana with a ukalele.
So, thank you for your time and let’s hope that we may we have a Krishna conscious government before long.
Your servant,
Adikarta das

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5 Responses to “Biggest Preaching Opportunity since Srila Prabhupada left the planet?”

  1. Sita Rama dasa 1962 says :

    Prabhu,
    Are you sure? What has been the effect of the faith of previous U.S. politicians? President Nixon was a Quaker (they are pacifists). The validity of Quakerism was not increased when he ran on the “peace” platform. And its reputation was not reduced when it was revealed that his plan for peace was to bomb more countries. In the U.S. a politician’s religion is irreverent unless they are being grilled on whether they can put their faith aside, if required, and defer to the constitution. How will Tulsi Gabbard help the preaching?
    At any rate, in the 1970’s everyone in the U.S. had heard of the “Hare Krishna’s”. In the current generation most people have never heard of us, and most older people think we have disappeared. Hare Krishna became a household word in the 1970’s because of book distribution and Hari Nama. That is the greatest means to make more people hear the mantra. So, your statement, that a “pro ISKCON” Hare Krishna politician is the best preaching opportunity since Srila Prabhupada left the planet, is hyperbole. To convince critical thinking devotees to support Tulsi Gabbard you might want to take a more rationale route to persuasion. I am all ears if you can give me fact-based reasons.
    Ys,
    Paramadayala Nityananda Das

  2. Pratyatosa Dasa says :

    PRABHUPĀDA: “Our ultimate aim is to take part in politics, because Krishna took part in politics, we have to follow…”

    >>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Balavanta — Vrindaban 4 October, 1976

    • Sita Rama dasa 1962 says :

      Prabhu,
      The letter you cited says:
      Our ultimate aim is to take part in politics, because Krishna took part in politics, we have to follow—but if people do not become Krishna conscious it won't be possible.
      Why did you chop up that sentence? Srila Prabhupada said many things on this subject:
      Your entering politics is good. You should make political propagation on the basis of reforming the whole human society… We are Krishna conscious candidates, so our political propaganda must be one hundred per cent Krishna conscious. ( letter to Caru, 04/09/1975).
      “Subsequently, Balavanta and others had formed the political party “In God We Trust,” which Prabhupäda had also approved until the devotees showed signs of diverting funds and energy from the mainstream activities of ISKCON… “No, I am enthusiastic,” Prabhupäda said, “provided you don’t want money.”( SPL 7-10 March 2 1975)
      Gabbard doesn’t have her own party; hers is 100% materialistic and at least 10% demoniac. She must cow- tow to the party line. Also, she deserves respect, but she is not exactly equal to initiated devotees who had dedicated their entire lives to ISKCON. And Srila Prabhupada did not want ISKCON money to be diverted, even for their program. In fact, in the same paragraph of the letter you cited Srila Prabhupada wrote “The main thing is to distribute books—the communist idea is spread practically all over the world on account of distributing huge amounts of literature, but they have no substance”.
      So, I am not sure how valid it is to cite half a sentence to imply that Srila Prabhupada would advocate donating to Gabbard’s campaign. 25k devotees donating $5.00 could also be used to give out 25k Bhagavada Gita’s. That might spread Krishna Consciousness more. If you can give straight forward reasons to ask devotees to support Gabbard, please do so, but please stop the hype and spin.
      Ys,
      Pranadayala Nityananda Das

  3. foodforallrob says :

    I am not qualified to enter the discussions of the Vaisnavas, but I just had some questions after reading the comments. From a logical point of view, to turn the premise around, what would be undesirable about having a US President that was favourable to the devotees? Is Adi Karta Prabhu wrong to be enthusiastic about such a prospect? To complete the sentence "if people do not become Krishna conscious it will not become possible"…. can we underestimate the impact of Prabhupada's preaching and the ajnana-sukrti acquired by millions of Americans over 50 years as a result of his sacrifices to say that they are not now just about at the beginnings of being Krishna conscious enough to accept a leader favourable to the devotees?

    I am more optimistic. But as I say, I have no understanding, and I don't know what I'm doing or what Krishna's plan is from one day to the next. Whatever reservations one may have, it's a step in the right direction, surely? Can we expect a 100% pure devotee to become a political leader at this stage of prema-yuga? Or will it be a more gradual process? I don't really know. Anything is possible. A favourable President could have the Bhagavad Gita taught in every school in America?

  4. Sita Rama dasa 1962 says :

    Hey Bob.
    I am on Adi Karta’s side, I think his zeal would be more effective if he gave a perspective which is more real. Supporting it by cutting Srila Prabhupada’s sentence in half works against that.
    I can send you numerous citations of Srila Prabhupada instructing devotees who entered the political field. Devotees had their own political party. Srila Prabhupada wanted devotees to strongly (yet tactfully) call for nothing less than a restructuring of society, on the practical, moral and spiritual levels. Obviously if people are not already Krishna Conscious this will not work, in the sense that devotees will not be elected.
    But I think you made an excellent point- it could happen step by step (beginning with politicians belonging to major, materialistic, political parties who accept Krishna Conscious philosophy). The problem is, I have seen devotees who equate this step by step process with an imminent, total transformation of society. It is unhealthy to allow our enthusiasm to distort reality to this extent.
    I believe a presidential candidate on the democratic party is enough to be enthused about without hyperbole and distortion,( which turns off critical thinkers). I was trying to draw out a strong rational argument.
    Ys,
    Paramadayala Nityananda Das.

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