Comments Posted By damodara_bvks
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My comment Part 2:
Also respected Priyavrata Prabhu,
Please properly read and quote the full letter that Srila Prabhupada wrote (jan 9, 1973 to Damodara) and that you have quoted in this open letter. Actual fact is completely screened by your selective quoting from this letter of Srila Prabhupada.
Hope the facts as they are, will become more clear and the audience can understand them.
Hari Guru Vaisnava Das,
Comment Posted By damodara_bvks On 15.10.2011 @ 15:16
My comment Part-1:
Very happy to see some sparks coming out of this and that the matter is under discussion as this will help ISKCON, if required, to improve.
What I can strictly see in this open letter is that the author and the similar devotees have felt offended by the lecture of HH Bhakti Vikasa Swami. But, as pointed out in many comments above, HH Bhaktivikasa Swami is not against prasadam distribution per se, but is certainly against: 1) prasadam distribution without the accompanying activity of Harinam. 2) Popularizing ISKCON on the basis of prasadam distribution as the welfare activity (although not mentioned it as mundane but not emphasizing its spiritual effects while collecting for it passes the message of it being mundane).
I would like to draw the attention of H G Priyavrata Prabhu that 3 out of the 4 quotes he has mentioned in the open letter mentions having other two activities along with prasadam distribution. Now H G Murari Prabhu has mentioned very nice and relevant quotes where Srila Prabhupada specifically addresses this issue of distributing prasadam without harinam and other activities together.
The basic mistake being done here is to take the 3 aspects of preaching viz. Harinam, prasadam distribution and philosphical discourse, to be separate from each other. It is mistakenly thought that one can lead one aspect and the other can lead the other aspect and the mission will flourish. It is to be noted from the quotes in Murari Prabhu’s comment that Srila Prabhupada was not in favor of it.
Now coming to the point of HH Bhakti Vikasa Swami using SP quotes selectively, I am not able to make out what does that actually mean? I think no intelligent person will be able to appreciate this statement, because this can be used against anyone who quotes SP. The point is that the person accusing this should prove that HH Bhakti Vikasa Swami has selectively used the quotes without proper context.
So I would like to invite the author of this open letter to please substantiate and prove the words he has said. Then it will help all the members of ISKCON to understand the matter more properly and at least the intelligent class to appreciate the open letter.
Of course the author tried to prove his point by stating about 4 quotes directly related to Prasadam distribution, but, as I pointed out, they support HH Bhaktivikasa Swami more than the author.
Hari Guru Vaisnava Das
Comment Posted By damodara_bvks On 15.10.2011 @ 15:10