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I think the position thats being argued against in this essay has been oversimplified and politicized.
Every Gaudiya Vaisnava will be happy to agree that all of the highest perfections of our tradition are available to one who sincerely and faithfully chants the holy name of Krishna. In that respect, it is sure that Srila Prabhupada has given the very highest, most sublime teachings of the Absolute Truth.
At the same time, the teachings of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu that we’ve inherited from Srila Prabhupada are vast and deep. God, of course, in unlimited and the realm of pure devotional service is also unlimited. Generation after generation, our Gaudiya Vaisnava acaryas have revealed and writen volume after volume after volume about the unlimited depths of pure devotional service to Krishna. Keeping this in mind, we can appreciate that Srila Prabhupada has just begun to introduce us to the unlimitedly vast and beautiful tradition he is asking us to be a part of.
From one angle we can say that Srila Prabhupada has given everything. From another angle we can say that he’s given but a small drop of the unlimited nectar ocean of pure devotional service. It is a fact that Srila Prabhupada presented the teachings of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to an audience for whom such teachings were entirely new. To say that he taught beginners is hardly a slight against him, but rather increases his glory as someone who as empowered to bring new people to Krishna consciousness. The fact that Srila Prabhupada was able to given so many people so much faith in the ABCs of Krishna consciousness is a truely wonderful and amazing thing that no one else has ever been able to accomplish.
I want to very humbly beg the devotees: Let us be broad minded in our Krishna consciousness. Let us not become limited by institutional politics and Vaisnava aparadha. If various devotees have different types of realizations, let us try to live and let live in a spirit of harmony and tolerance. Fighting will not help us. The deepest need of every living entity is to reestablish our lost relationship with Krishna in a spirit of pure devotion. Let us focus on that truth. If different devotees find a different type of faith in various teachers with a slightly different kinds of emphasis, let us try to encourage everyone in their service to Krishna.
» Posted By Radhika seva dasi On Apr 10, 2007 @ 4:43 pm
When you say you will discuss “giving up of sannyasa” what does that mean? Do you want Dhanurdhara Swami to change ashrams? Do you want him to get married? Do you want him to remain a sannyasi in practice but wear a different type of clothing?
That sounds like it would be a very odd “restriction”… Imagine if Dhanurdhara Swami were a grihasta – would the GBC consider asking him to change his ashram then?
If the GBC chooses to request something like that, I hope they will explain the logic behind such a thing.
» Posted By Radhika seva dasi On Jul 9, 2006 @ 6:23 am
The GBC (and CPO) has already tried and convicted Dhanurdhara Swami for his past mistakes and it is now their turn to support him. If the GBC has integrity, they will take on the burden of responsibility for their decisions and judgements. To submit Dhanurdhara Swami to the irrational, uninformed sentiments of angry internet posters is completely unjust and unethical. GBC beware: informed devotees are watching your moves carefully. Perhaps this is a good time for the GBC to educate devotees as to what decisions were made in relationship to Dhanurdhara Swami and why, his consistent loyalty to ISKCON, as well as the extensive work he has done to make ammends with the past.
Also, to alienate disciples, well-wishers, friends and associates of Dhanurdhara Swami from ISKCON — people like Caitanya Bhagavat das — would be a great and unfortunate loss for the institution. ISKCON has already “lost its monopoly on Gaudiya Vaisnavism.” Is it ready to suffer the casualty of more schisms because its leadership lacks integrity and rational management?
» Posted By Radhika seva dasi On Jul 5, 2006 @ 3:31 pm
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If dandavat.com wants to discuss Ananda’s suicide, I hope it will do a better job than other sites in informing devotees about other extremely significant incidents in Ananda’s life beyond his horrible Gurukula experience. This includes his horrifically traumatic experiences as a soldier who disarmed landmines in the recent US war with Iraq, the death of many of his close friends of his that were fellow soldiers, his serious personal injuries in Iraq that were to leave him without the ability to walk, and his extensive subsequent involvement with a terribly dangerous mix of anti-psychosis medications that warned of suicidal behavior as likely side-effects.
» Posted By Radhika seva dasi On Jun 15, 2006 @ 1:52 pm
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