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Husband As Guru ‚Äď How About Srila Prabhupada As Guru?

Dear Maharaja and prabhus,

Yes. It does seem that Mahatma prabhu may have spoken in a way that seemed that he was contradicting Srila Prabhupada. However, I think it is a bit of an over reaction to accuse Mahatma prabhu of being grossly offensive to Srila Prabhupada. Please. Let us be gentle and kind with each other. His big mistake was putting out publicly on Dandavats.com an article that should have remained as an informal discussion amongst householders. It should not have made its way to a public forum. I believe that was his big mistake. Many times things that are written and taken out of the context of a discussion become misunderstood or at least given the wrong emphasis. Mahatma prabhu was trying to be helpful to a specific audience. If we disagree with him or feel that he has strayed and been offensive to Srila Prabhupada then let us approach him in a kind manner and not treat him as if he is some horrible person needing public condemnation.

Hare Krishna.

daso ’smi,
nama prabhu das

Comment Posted By Nama Prabhu das On 08.06.2014 @ 04:32

Srila Prabhupada Lila Reading Guide

Dear Shrutadev prabhu,

Thank you so much for your wonderful contribution by compiling the Srila Prabhupada Lila Reading Guide. It is wonderful!

Hare Krishna.

Comment Posted By Nama Prabhu das On 08.06.2014 @ 04:35

When our ‚Äėfailure‚Äô is a success

Thank you for your very nice comments prabhu. You might want to read the book, Chanting Hare Krishna, a compilation of quotes by Srila Prabhupada. I have found it extremely helpful. Hare Krishna.

Comment Posted By Nama Prabhu das On 08.06.2014 @ 04:03

Starting 24 Hour Kirtan in Mayapur

Here’s a suggestion for a new ISKCON motto:

“Get off your seat and get on to the STREET!” :-)

Jaya Prabhupada! Jaya Gauranga!

Comment Posted By Nama Prabhu das On 31.12.2013 @ 20:56

continued…

So far the painting department is concerned, they have telephoned me also, so their work is very important, and four or five painters may be allowed to paint full-time, after chanting two hours their rounds, and they may spend one or two hours on sankirtana party as it is convenient. Jadurani is the best book seller of all, so she may go out for distributing books as much as possible if it is convenient and does not tax her too much away from painting art work.
Hoping this meets you both in good health,
Your ever well-wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
ACBS/sda

January 3, 1975
Los Angeles
Dear Jadurani devi,
Please accept my obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. I am in due receipt of your letter dated Dec. 27th, and have noted the contents.
Concerning the Letter to: Chicago, Prabhupada‚Äôs answer was ‚Äúbecause I instruct one person one way, does that mean it is for everybody?‚ÄĚ Painting for the books to make them nice and attractive is just as important as distributing them. Both things must go on along with all of our other activities. Because one thing is stressed that does not mean other important things should decrease. Everything must continue. As you Know, printing and distributing his books is always given stress, so continue doing nice work and train any others who also have capacity in that way.
I hope this meets you in good health.
your servant,
Paramahamsa Svami

Comment Posted By Nama Prabhu das On 31.12.2013 @ 19:26

Therefore as we are representative of God, we are canvassing door to door, “Please become Krsna conscious and make your life successful.” That’s all. Now it is up to you to take it or reject it. That is your business. Our business is to canvass. The representative goes to secure business door to door. Somebody purchases; somebody does not. So that is not representative’s concern. Similarly, our concern is that we shall dedicate our life to preach this Krsna consciousness movement all over the world.
(Auckland - April 14, 1972)

18 September, 1972
New York

My dear Bali Mardan, Pusta Krishna
Please accept my blessings. I have been informed by Sriman Syamasundara. of your question via telephone from New York Temple, and my reply is that this sankirtana or street chanting must go on, it is our most important program. Lord Caitanya’s movement means the sankirtana movement. You may simply take two hours for chanting sixteen rounds daily, two hours for reading congregationally, and balance of time go out for sankirtana. We must do both, reading books and distributing books, but distributing books is the main propaganda. Reading in class for two hours is sufficient and other reading can be done in spare time if one has got it, it is not that one has to be always reading. One hour a morning for Bhagavata class and one hour evening, either Bhagavad-gita or Nectar of Devotion, that is sufficient.
Now you are my elder disciples and both of your are sannyasis and also advanced in Krsna Consciousness, so these questions should not arise amongst you again and again. That means everyone is not conscientious. These things are not new to you, why do you continually ask these questions? The GBC authority must be accepted under all circumstances, not that there will be fighting amongst you. This fighting spirit will destroy everything, but what can I do, you American and European boys are trained up in this fighting attitude. Now put it aside and simply work cooperatively for spreading this movement all over the world. The standards I have already given you, now try to maintain them at all times under standard procedure. Do not try to innovate or create anything or manufacture anything, that will ruin everything. Simply do as I am doing and be always serious and sincere to serve Krsna, and He will give you intelligence how to do everything.

Comment Posted By Nama Prabhu das On 31.12.2013 @ 19:26

Yes. What you have written is very nice. Thank you.

Dr. Copeland: And you’ve been rather successful in institutionalizing your religion, getting a large number of temples constructed or built or taken over, and a large number of followers.
Prabhupada: Yes.
Dr. Copeland: Why do you think you are so successful?
Prabhupada: I don’t think I am successful, but people say.
Dr. Copeland: [laughs] Very good.
Prabhupada: I will be successful when everyone will chant Hare Krsna.
Melbourne - May 20, 1975

However, we should not over look other things Srila Prabhupada said. When Aindra was in Washington D.C. these letters came to the temple:

Washington, D.C.
My dear Srutadeva das;
Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated August 15th, along with the sankirtana news letter #19, and I thank you very much for it. You can continue sending me these news letters as you publish them weekly. It is this sankirtana which is the life and soul of our movement. Sankirtana and book distribution should go on together side by side. I am always glad when these activities are increasing and my pleasure is always increasing.
Your ever well wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

from Mayapur:
24 October, 1974
Washington, D.C.
My Dear Srutadeva das:
Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your Sankirtana newsletters No. 23 & 24. These statistics are very nice. I like very much to receive the report of my book sales. I think it also gives encouragement to the devotees who distribute the books. Here at Mayapur my guru maharaj was printing one paper. It was selling for only a few paise. Sometimes whenever one brahmacari would go to Navadvipa and sell even a few copies, I would see my guru maharaj become very much pleased. Even if the brahmacari was not a very important member, my guru maharaj would become very, very pleased with him. He personally instructed me that books are more important than big temples. At Radha Kunda he told me that since constructing the big marble temple at Bhag Bazar, there have been so many difficulties. Our men our envious over who will live in which room. I think it would be better to take off all the marbles and sell them and print books. He told me this personally. So I am always emphasizing book distribution. It is the better kirtana. It is better than chanting. Of course chanting should not stop, but book distribution is the best kirtana.
Your ever well wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

Comment Posted By Nama Prabhu das On 28.12.2013 @ 19:26

The Great Need to Understand Mental Illness in ISKCON

The mahatmas are always ready to render such service to the Lord with great determination. In this regard His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura once made this comment in a lecture:
‘The neophyte Vaisnava devotees’ ringing the bell even once during worship of the Deity of the Supreme Lord is a million times more valuable, spiritually and otherwise, than the charitable fruitive workers building many hospitals, feeding thousands of the poor, or building homes, or even the empirical philosophers’ Vedic studies, meditation, austerities, and penances.’

The mahatmas have shown the perfect path of charity: devotional service to the Lord. If anyone ignores this path and instead builds hospitals, his effort to help humanity is a mere pretense. Humanity can never reap any permanent advantage from such activities. Indeed, the number of patients only increases along with the number of hospitals. And as for feeding the poor, this will never eradicate poverty, but encourage it. Frankly speaking, we are not against opening hospitals or feeding the poor, or any other such humanitarian service. But what we have learned from our beloved spiritual master is that when devotional service to the Lord is neglected, every other activity is illusory and futile. Without genuine devotional service, even opening hospitals and feeding the poor in the name of Lord Krsna is futile. Spiritual groups that do not strictly follow in Lord Caitanya’s line cannot comprehend this because they do not wish to abide by the instructions of the mahatmas. They do not follow Lord Caitanya’s injunction to be “more humble than a blade of grass.” If they were that humble, they would give up their pride in being the doer of good deeds, the wisest person, the most devoted, and so on.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => RTW 2.10: The Supreme Lord: Lover of His Devotees

Srimad Bhagavatam, 1.2.8:
“The occupational activities a man performs according to his own position are only so much useless labor if they do not provoke attraction for the message of the Personality of Godhead.”

Second Canto, 2.1.11-12:
“O King, constant chanting of the holy name of the Lord after the ways of the great authorities is the doubtless and fearless way of success for all…”

“What is the value of a prolonged life which is wasted, inexperienced by years in this world? Better a moment of full consciousness, because that gives one a start in searching after his supreme interest.”

Comment Posted By Nama Prabhu das On 03.11.2013 @ 20:31

Still we have to take seriously Srila Prabhupada’s concerns as he pointed out in this conversation:

Prabhupada: But that creating problem. The psychiatrists came to see me, where? Caracas. So I said — he admitted, both the psychiatrists — that “You are not treating the real person who is diseased.” I gave him the example, that “You have got good car, but the driver is a madman, and he is creating disaster, and you psychiatrists are going to cure it. You never say that ‘The driver is bad. Change him or just educate him. Then there will be no disaster.’ But you are taking your fees and giving some repairing in the car. But you do not know what is the original cause of disaster. It is not chance. Due to the bad driver.” So our propaganda is to give the bad driver nice knowledge so that he can drive the car to Vaikuntha. That is our position. And these rascals, the materialists, they are simply painting the body of the car. And the driver? “Let him starve.”
Rupanuga: They are like the cheating mechanics.
Prabhupada: That’s all. All these medical men, psychiatrists, they are simply painting the body of the car. That’s all.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Room Conversation with Svarupa Damodara — Atlanta, February 28, 1975

So in conclusion, let us listen carefully to these words of our beloved Srila Prabhupada:

“The great endeavor the mahatma undertakes to execute devotional service is more intense than the ordinary man’s voluntary acceptance of excessive pains and troubles to maintain his family and home. The struggle for maintaining family and relatives is illusion, or maya. Hence it is truly distressing. By contrast, the difficulties one accepts in serving the Supreme Lord are transcendental, and therefore they are a source of sublime bliss. Moreover, a person who serves the Supreme Lord automatically serves his family. But the opposite is not true: serving the family is not equivalent to serving the Lord. All mahatmas agree on this point. Not only does the person who serves the Supreme Lord serve his relatives, but he also serves the entire world of moving and nonmoving living beings. Thus service to Lord Krsna is the prime cause of world peace and harmony.

Comment Posted By Nama Prabhu das On 03.11.2013 @ 20:29

My apologies to Gaura Gopala das and Pusta Krsna das for not being more clear in my reply. Yes. You are both right. We should not foolishly neglect the proper care of our body and mind. And I also want to applaud Karuna Dharini dasi for her very nice article. It was not may intent to give the impression that Srila Prabhupada did not want us to use common sense and not go to a doctor if we needed medical treatment. Of course, it is much more rare that a devotee will need psychiatric medication but if that is absolutely necessary then we may have to take that course of action. We can only pray to Krishna for proper guidance. I am sorry that I did not get my point across properly. That was my fault.

Of course, the real solution is for the devotee community to develop such a loving, compassionate and caring atmosphere that that along with our chanting of Hare Krishna and reading Srila Prabhupada’s books that will heal all our emotional ills. In most cases, mental illness and depression is caused by loneliness and a feeling of not being loved (of course that is a generalization). Only rarely is medication necessary. That is why Srila Prabhupada was so effective in treating so many young boys and girls who were crazy in so many ways and bringing them back to sanity just by the power of his love for Krishna and the chanting of the Maha-mantra. We should never underestimate the power of the holy names when heard from the lips of a pure devotee.

Yet, we have to be careful when approaching any secular treatment. Even my doctor when checking my prostate told me I needed more sex life. And many therapists will not encourage devotional activities looking on them as cultish or religious fanatacism and actually encourage a neophyte devotee to give up his strict devotional practices for a more moderate practice. However Gaura Gopala is right when he says that the psychiatric community has changed considerably over the last forty years. So it is very encouraging that Gaura Gopal has pointed out that now there are devotee therapists and that Pusta Krsna is there to help devotees with their medical ills.

Comment Posted By Nama Prabhu das On 03.11.2013 @ 20:28


 


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