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OPEN LETTER TO Bhakti Vikasa Swami

Hare Krishna,

All Glories to Sri Guru and Gouranga. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

For the last one year, I’ve been travelling with Bhakti Vikasa Maharaj, nonstop, to so many places in India as well. So many programs were conducted not only in cities but in so many remote villages of India which are unknown to most of us. In all these programs, the main attractions were tremendous Harinam, Heavy kirtan, awesome lectures, more kirtan, large book distribution and then sumptuous prasadam feast for all (thosands of people). Maharaj emphasizes on prasadam so much that He Himself announces after the class that, “there is a rule that no one should go without prasadam”. In this way so many people have become devotees, no matter “rich” or “poor”. Maharaj keeps on travelling vigorously, don’t stay in a place for more than 3-4 days and conducts so many programs every year where huge quantity of prasadam is distributed to all the people along with all the other Krsna conscious activities. And the result is more and more people are taking to Krsna consciousness.

Also, for some temple projects in South India, Maharaj has given the instructions to the Authorities that the main activity of the temple should be whole day Kirtan and whole day prasadam distribution. In this way as more and more people visits the temple and see the vast efforts of the devotees in the temple to feed each and everyone with Krishna Prasada, they will feel inspired to donate and there will be no need to collect donation in the name of feeding the poor (as so many mundane NGO’s are doing for name, fame and money).

So Priyavrata Prabhu, does this suggests that Maharaj is against prasadam distribution?

The difference is in outlook. Some people think that just by feeding poor they are doing service to Srila Prabhupada, while Maharaj is serving Srila Prabhupada by making more and more people Krishna conscious. No matter, “rich” or “poor”.


madhukantha dasa

Comment Posted By madhukantha dasa On 18.10.2011 @ 12:24

Hare Krishna,

All Glories to Sri Guru and Gouranga. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

It is written in the website of the ISKCON midday meal program that, “A Strategic program to address two of the most pressing problems of India: Hunger & Education.” Hunger obstructs education as children are forced to leave schools and take up menial jobs. Lack of education curtails opportunities for development and leads to the vicious cycle of poverty and hunger. Education empowers a child to explore his potentials and earn a decent living and live a respectable life in our society”.

So my question is, is it not better to give them the REAL EDUCATION of Krsna consciousness and the education about the MOST PRESSING PROBLEMS of not only India, but the whole world, i.e., how to overcome the VICIOUS CYCLE of birth, death, old age and disease? But we are feeding them so that they will get “education” of how to live a RESPECTABLE life in the society by respectfully engaged in eating, sleeping, mating and defending.

We don’t have anything to do with helping the poors for getting a “respectable” life and position in society, but our goal is to make each and everyone Krsna conscious.


madhukantha dasa

Comment Posted By madhukantha dasa On 18.10.2011 @ 12:19

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