Prema Pumartha Mahan

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By Pusta Krishna das

Srila Prabhupad’s miracle is that he presented Krishna consciousness ‘as it is’, and so many took it to heart. He nursed us to spiritual health. He never cheated us. He was the living example of the type of person Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was promoting: without desire for wealth, following, mundane sensuality, or even fame as an author of poetic words. His purity is the guiding example upon which ISKCON is founded.

Many incongruities have occurred over the years. Some may have occurred after the time of Srila Prabhupad, and some occurred during his time with us. Many know the history of how things unfolded. The greatest goal in life is to re-awaken love for Sri Krishna. This is the greatest treasure of eternal existence. This love is what all souls are truly searching for. They may not know it. Having passed through countless material bodies in the world of samsara, birth and death, the conditioned souls have lost touch with their own self interest. When we try to understand life and its meaning, we will fail without the guidance of one such as Srila Prabhupad. We may accept some other lesser goal as the purpose of human life. Humanism places humanity as the highest form for service.

It is yet another form of atheism. We heard from Srila Prabhupad that simply by watering the root, the tree will receive nourishment to even its most distant branch and leave. This faith in Krishna consciousness, love for Krishna, is the basis of loving service to God. Without this, service to humanity remains a vain atheistic, and even demonic pursuit, if you believe what Krishna has said in His Bhagavad Gita. This is because Krishna is real. He is the real substance. Some may have had a glimpse of that reality. The fulfillment of the soul can only be realized in Krishna’s sweet love.

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has described this as an ocean of expanding bliss. It is not a formless love that He described. It is the exchange of love with the Supreme Person Krishna that is so sweet and fulfilling. Everything else will leave us still searching for more, for the end of searching is never reached until Krishna is reached. Krishna therefore has said that having once known Him, there is nothing further to know. What is our responsibility in this world… as ones with some knowledge and faith acquired from Srila Prabhupad, reinforced by Krishna from within? When we are blessed, we will know that we must, like Srila Prabhupad, announce boldly as he did, Prema Pumartha Mahan. The highest treasure for everyone is love for Sri Krishna.

There is no other goal worth sacrificing one’s spiritual service to than this. Many will fall short, being allured by desire for wealth, following, mundane sense enjoyment, or desire for fame as a poetic man or woman. We have been advised to look to the great Mahajanas, rare examples of those with knowledge of and love for Krishna. And, we are invited to meditate on the unique quality of the vraja-vasis, intimate loving servants of Krishna. They are so pleasing to Krishna, that He sports with them free from the majesty of Vaikuntha, where one may worship God because He is God. Those who love Krishna do so because of His beauty, His divine attractiveness that is incomparable to anything. Prema Pumartha Mahan. The greatest benefit of existence is love for Krishna, Krishna consciousness. The spirit soul does not require a beating heart, nor a covering of skin. Its quality is that consciousness of Krishna is at its core.

Those who will lead us to this threshold, and who will invite us to cross into the world of love for Krishna, they are indeed our well-wishers. Anything less, is less, and so does injustice to those we profess to teach. This is the parampara. The message must be passed on, without becoming an impediment to its transmission. Yoga nastha means that the message is broken. The reality is not broken, only the message. Let us try to represent our line as Srila Prabhupad wished it to be. Transparent, not translucent or opaque. Then, and only then, will Krishna recognize us with His divine mercy. We shall not be fulfilled by anything less. Self realization is not perfect self delusion. Self realization culminates in Krishna consciousness.

The Yuga Dharma is also the eternal Sanatan Dharma. Your comments are welcome. To think on these things is good for the mind, good for the heart, good for the soul, and pleasing to Sri Sri Guru Gauranga.

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1 Kulapavana

Humanism is not necessarily an atheistic idea. There are many theistic forms of humanism and if we look at people as parts and parcels of Krishna, serving them becomes part of our own tradition. Lord Krishna comes to this world time and time again in various incarnations essentially to serve people. Thus claiming that there is no value in humanism seems like a very narrow interpretation of Vaishnavism.

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2 pustakrishna

According to the American Humanistic Association, “Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.”

It is generally thought that humanism virtually chooses service to humanity as its highest purpose of life. It is commonly known, therefore, as an atheistic philosophy. Interestingly, Jesus Christ, when asked the important commandments in life, first suggested to first love God the Father with all your heart and soul and mind, and love your neighbor as you would your self. A way to conceive of this is that love of God is placing water at the root of a tree, and humanism or its equivalent, is like watering the leaves and branches on the tree, neglecting the root. Because Krishna is real (”all living beings are in Me and are Mine”, mamaivamsa jiva loke…)), then in Krishna consciousness one can aspire to serve all living beings because of their connection with Krishna. Without that consciousness, it cannot be known as Krishna consciousness or God consciousness. I hope that clarifies the definition so that there is no misunderstanding.

We note that Prahlad Maharaj was ‘para dukha dukhi”, felt unhappy for the unhappiness of others, ie their forgetfulness of Krishna. But, to merely tend to the physical and intellectual needs of another, can be compared to someone swimming out in the water to save a drowning person, and merely saving their clothes but allowing the person to drown.
Religious humanism is of course taking into account both the first commandment and the second commandment of Jesus Christ. Similarly, our whole preaching mission is a form of religious humanism, serving Krishna by preaching the bhagavat dharma. Never be discouraged by the outcome of that. Once, when I was first trying to get something established in South Africa in about 1973-4, and I was not getting a very fruitful result, I asked Srila Prabhupad if I should simply study his books when such a poor turnout might occur. Srila Prabhupad said: “Even if no one comes to hear, still you preach. You will hear and be benefited.”. Pusta Krishna das

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