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PowerPoint presentation (in pdf format) about Srila Prabhupada

Dear Vrsabha Prabhu,
Please accept my humble obeisances
All glories to Srila Prabhupada

Prabhu - you have done a very nice job of making Srila Prabhupada come to life in this presentation. I am sure that very many people will, after witnessing this presentation, be much more open to accepting Srila Prabhupada’s message.

Thank you for doing such important service and freely sharing with all the other devotees.

Your servant
Sridhara-syama dasa

Comment Posted By servantoftheservant On 10.10.2012 @ 19:04

To Be Heavy, Without The Weight

Dear Kesava Krsna Prabhu
Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

There is a difference between ‘heavy’ and ’strong’. If you and many others associate the ‘heavy’ with a certain kind of methodology that was used in the ISKCON of yore - that does not necessarily mean that that is what is recommended by the proponents of ’straight-forward and strong preaching’. This kind of perspective relies much on what you think is being said, upon having heard the message second (or third) hand etc.

I request you to take some time to read the book in question (without being predisposed), deliberate upon the points discussed therein, and then voice your concerns. The subject of who is qualified to do such straight-forward (& thus strong) preaching is also dealt with in much detail in the book - from sadhu, guru sastra vakya perspective, not anyone’s own opinion. This specific point has given much food for thought to this foolish g0-dasa.

It is also your imagination that there is any scent of “not being natural” that is being suggested. To close this note Prabhu - there is never any recommendation of (trying) to be heavy in one’s preaching. It’s mostly about being simple and straight-forward in presentation of Krsna consciousness. Those who have the necessary qualifications will take it - realizing it to be the ‘real thing’. While, for those for whom we have to sugar coat the message - may appear to take it at first - but it remains to be seen how many of those will stay when, in due course of time, the full and unedited message of Krsna consciousness is presented to them.

a most useless fallen servant,

Comment Posted By servantoftheservant On 15.10.2012 @ 21:39

The book I was referring to in my previous post (#5) is called “Speaking strongly in Srila Prabhupada’s service” and is available from and few other booksellers in US.

Your servant
Sridhara-syama dasa

Comment Posted By servantoftheservant On 10.10.2012 @ 23:58

Dear Kesava Krsna Prabhu
Please accept my humble obeisances
All glories to Srila Prabhupada

Prabhu - I just finished reading the new book by Bhakti Vikasa Swami towards whose preaching your article is specifically directed.

I suggest that you first read this book in full and then make your judgement regarding what Maharaja is saying and what he means regarding strong / bold preaching. He has evaluated both the positive and negative aspects of both methods of preaching in the book in quite a forthright manner.

Your servant
servant of the servant
Sridhara-syama dasa

Comment Posted By servantoftheservant On 10.10.2012 @ 09:51

Respecting Our Women In Iskcon

Dear Devotees
Please accept my humble obeisances
All glories to Srila Prabhupada

Taking the foot dust of all devotees upon my head - i am taking the liberty to make a couple of points related to some of the posts above.

In comment #107 HG Pusta Krsna Prabhu wrote:

The world is looking to see how women will be treated in various spiritual traditions.

I have to respectfully disagree with the above statement. As followers of Srila Prabhupada and the parampara our first objective is to try to please Srila Prabhupada and our predecessors with our activities. Adjusting the preaching technique (hopefully not the siddhanta) to cater to the whims of “the world” is of secondary importance. If Srila Prabhupada and Krsna are pleased they will send the right persons for us to preach (& teach) to. However, this is not a license to antagonize the masses.

An example comes to mind - in the early years (I think in LA) Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati’s avirbhava (or tirobhava) tithi was being celebrated. Tamal Krsna Maharaja was in-charge. Srila Prabhupada came out around noon (or a little before) for the program. At some point he asked Tamal Krsna Maharaj if the feast is ready - to which Maharaj replied that since it is Sunday he planned for the feast in the evening so that many more people could participate and benefit. Srila Prabhupada became furious upon hearing this and personally went into the kitchen and prepared a huge feast (aided only by few devotees) in about 1.5 hrs. Eventually Srila Prabhupada remarked that pleasing the congregation members is not our task - but honoring and pleasing our predecessor acharyas is.

This example may not have perfect relevance to the current context - however, the principle remains. It is not that we should not be bothered about public opinion - but not at the cost of diverting our attention from the main task of pleasing our predecessors acharyas. We don’t have to go out of our way to find opportunities to openly flaunt our siddhanta on such issues - however, if and when the subject comes up - we should be prepared to properly and nicely present and articulate our siddhanta and explain the same. If we are sincere in the effort Srila Prabhupada and Lord Krsna will reciprocate and send sincere souls to us.

dasa ‘nu dasa
Servant of the servant

Comment Posted By servantoftheservant On 16.11.2012 @ 22:45

Self-Identity, Conflict and Commonwealth within ISKCON

Dear Devotees
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I wish to respond to bbd Prabhu’s comment #24. I have been following this discussion and would like to make few points.

I am a very junior devotee - not even initiated yet - still, somehow I feel compelled to respond. Begging forgiveness of all devotees if any of my comments offend you in any way.

1. Personally I felt the tone of bbd Prabhu’s comments #23 & 24 to be unnecessarily aggressive without sufficient cause. This surprised me since I did not see what was so offensive in HG Puskaraksa Prabhu’s remarks being commented upon.

2. Furthermore, I find it hard to digest what bbd Prabhu says in #24 - specifically since the idea of receiving Srila Prabhupada’s mercy is being refuted / countered with the argument that it is more important to receive Lord Krsna’s mercy.

My understanding has always been that it is by the grace of Krsna that one comes in contact with Sri Guru. Then, ONLY by the grace of Guru one gets Krsna. So, if we are really to develop (and increase) our love for Sri Sri Radha Krsna - we must please Srila Prabhupada. There is no other way.

I have heard Srila Prabhupada say in some lectures that a devotee is more merciful than Krsna. Lord Krsna says in BG 18.67 :

“This confidential knowledge may never be explained to those who are not austere, or devoted, or engaged in devotional service, nor to one who is envious of Me.”

Srila Prabhupada refers to this verse in his lecture/s and clarifies that even in the light of above instruction, the devotee tries to preach to these classes of people - because he understands the purpose of the Supreme Lord.

Your humble servant

Comment Posted By servantoftheservant On 02.04.2012 @ 16:35

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