SARAGRAHI

……...Please NOTE! ……... Saragrahi.org Will Officially be Launched on January 22, 2022.  I am making finishing touches to the first version of the revival of this  Web Site which I took off the Internet in 2012 for Personal Reasons. In the mean time for anyone not familiar with this Web Site, you can read the “ABOUT US” page below.  And those who are, all I can say is that “It isn’t going to be the same!” …. Just remember the principle of “Time, Place & Circumstance” is a work here.

If you have any questions or concern in the meantime, you can contact me at:

upendranath@saragrahi.org

Saragrahi Is “Moving Forward” With a Case For the Reconstitution of Srila Prabhupada’s Mission.

W E L C O M E

This Website, is a “work and progress” endeavor.  There are several features to this website, and each feature has considerable material to be presented, and only so much can be done, on a daily basis.  Hence, it has been decided that once, the First Feature Presentation is completed, and it would be placed into this website, and the website would go “LIVE”, so to speak.   Work would continue, one feature at a time, and when completed, it would be placed on the website, until all that has been planned, is available for you to absorb, evaluate, with the hope that you will be inspired to participate in some way. 

Hence you will see in the Saragarhi.Org Content page, what these features are.  If they do not have a “hyperlink”, that means that it is being worked on and is not ready, and thru you will see what is “work in progress”, and you might be inspired to help in some way.  The facilitator of this website, will welcome any assistance.  The development of this Website, is “Cloud-Based”, and is done in “Real-Time”.  Hence, anyone, on this Planet Earth, can participate in its development. 

You can easily see these hyperlinks, because they have underlined, bold, larger font then the other text, and in the color of “Magenta”, like you see here in this example. 

OK! Now let’s see what this revival of Saragrahi.org is all about.

A Saragrahi is a person who seeks the essence of things.  In the Vedas, it is said that the swan is able to extract the milk from a mixture of milk and water. The swan is therefore symbolic of the discrimination required to perceive and accept the essential spiritual truth regardless of the particular form in which it is presented, which may depend on time, place, and circumstances.

Such discrimination is the “sine qua non[1]  of progressive spiritual life; so much so that a saint of the highest spiritual attainment is honored in India as a paramahamsa, “supreme swan”. This site is devoted to the encouragement of the Saragrahi mentality primarily in relation to the philosophy, theology, and sadhana of Gaudiya Vaishnavism as presented by the acharyas Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, and the Six Goswamis of Vrindavana.

However, we recognize that spiritual wisdom, and truth are also to be found in non-Vedic sources of knowledge, such as the Christian and Islamic traditions, the Western philosophical tradition, and modern psychology, among others.  Integration of ideas from such sources with the Vedic knowledge and the teachings of the acharyas, are of great benefit to devotees living in modern society, particularly in the preaching field, and such diversity will frequently be incorporated into these pages.

We hope to stimulate and help develop our readers’ capacity for critical thinking with regard to spiritual truth.

Recognizing that such thinking is the means to attain a deep understanding of the essence of the teachings of shastra, sadhu, and guru. This is the sadhana of the madhyama-adhikari, and our site is intended primarily to fulfil the needs of this group of devotees and those who are aspiring to achieve this platform.  In addition, it is meant to attract anyone who is not a Gaudiya Vaisnava, but is one of the four types of human being who will benefit from these presentations on this website.

Bhagavad-géta 7.16,

“O best among the Bharatas, four kinds of pious men begin to render devotional service unto Me—

    1. The distressed,
  1. The desirer of wealth,
  2. The inquisitive,
  3. And he who is searching for knowledge of the Absolute.”

This new version of this Website, will apply the above, to a specific mission; the mission of Srila Prabhupada, which has been lost.  Simply said, Srila Prabhupada ISKCON does not exist anymore.  If you are an old Srila Prabhupada disciple, like myself, you know that is the “TRUTH” and nothing but the “TRUTH”.  His mission has been lost and ruined, and the reasons for this, are actually only two (2).  Moreover, these two reasons are the subject matter of the first feature of this Website that is now being presented for your consideration. 

You are now encouraged to read and study the Treatise, “Moving Forward” A Case For the Reconstitution of Srila Prabhupada Mission.

 This Treatise, and the Saragrahi mentality has built its foundation on “TRUTH”. 

Srila Prabhupada wrote in his Purport to Bhagavad-gita 10.4-5:

Satyam, truthfulness, means that facts should be presented as they are, for the benefit of others. Facts should not be misrepresented. According to social conventions, it is said that one can speak the truth only when it is palatable to others. But that is not truthfulness. The truth should be spoken in a straightforward way, so that others will understand actually what the facts are. If a man is a thief, and if people are warned that he is a thief, that is truth. Although sometimes the truth is unpalatable, one should not refrain from speaking it. Truthfulness demands that the facts be presented as they are for the benefit of others. That is the definition of truth.

In this Treatise, it is possible that some may find some words “unpalatable”.  Nevertheless, because they are the “Truth”, this Treatise will do what Srila Prabhupada instructed, which is,

“Although sometimes the truth is unpalatable, one should not refrain from speaking it. Truthfulness demands that the facts be presented as they are for the benefit of others.”

In Part Two, His Message-Mission and Personality, Chapter: The Revolutionary Preacher of Truth, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvaté Öhakura Prabhupada’s Wrote

Unless we fearlessly speak the truth, Sri Sri Gauranga will not be pleased.  The more determined one is in devotional service, the bolder and more courageous he will be as a preacher.”

Yes!  This Treatise, and the rest of this Website, will present the truth, although unpalatable to some, in a Bold, Fearless, Determined, Courageous, and Truthful manner,

“For the benefit of others.”, and “For the welfare of all.”

Srila Prabhupada wrote in the above Purport:

Truthfulness demands that the facts be presented as they are for the benefit of others.”

So, who are the “others” who will “benefit” by such “truthfulness?”

These “others” means YOU, the readers of the contents of this Website, and the rest of the communities of Gaudiya Vaisnavas, who have not yet read it, for it is vital that they do. 

Many devotees may cry,

“Prabhu! Why can you not just be a humble Vaisnava?  Are we not supposed to be humble?”

Srila Prabhupada gives the answer to this question in the following true story, that once in Vrindavan India, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada asked him.

“Srila Prabhupada!  What does it mean to be humble?”

Srila Prabhupada thought for a moment. And then in one very rapid motion, he clenched his fist, raised his arm up in the air, and slammed his fist on his desk.  This startled everyone.  At the exact same moment that Srila Prabhupada fist slammed on the desk, with a loud thump, Srila Prabhupada said,

“Be Bold for Krishna!”

The word “bold” at first glance, does not seem to be the same as “humble”.  The dictionary defines “humble” as,

“Having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance.”

Vaisnavas have 26 qualities.  Number 2 on that list is that “they are humble”. In this story just told, Srila Prabhupada said that “humble” means to “be bold for Krishna”. 

Let us see what the word “bold” means:

“Showing an ability to take risks; confident and courageous”.

So, when Srila Prabhupada said, “be bold for Krishna”.  He is saying,

“That, as preachers of Krishna consciousness, we must take risks for Krishna with confidence and courage; and that is being humble.”

If we show modesty, because we have a low estimate of our importance; and lay-low, and ignore the “Truth”, for the purpose of showing “humility”.  That is not being “truthful” according to the definition Srila Prabhupada gave in the purport just sited.

Therefore, this Treatise, which is the foundation of this Website, is “being bold for Krishna”.

There are three featured presentations in this revived Website.  These presentations are the reasons for its revival, which stopped functioning in the summer of 2005, and was taken off the internet in 2013.  This resurrection is meant to organize all the more or less, un-organized persons, websites, and other entities which have propped up un the internet, and which are trying to deal with the disappearance of Srila Prabhupada, in one way or another.  Saragrahi.org will therefore present the first of its features

  1. A Treatise “Moving Forward” A Case for the Reconstitution of Srila Prabhupada’s Mission?
  2. Srila Prabhupada Antya-lila: The Last Six Months, Was He Systematically Poisoned?
  3. The Constitutional Nature of The Soul: From Jaiva-dharma by Bhaktivinoda Thakura.

Number 1 is a first Edition, and more than likely, will change in the next few years, for its contents are ment to be dynamic in order to accommodate likeminded devotees.  What it contains, is only the opinion of the writer, but the writer reqonises his limitations, and therefore, welcomes critical, yet thoughtful critique.  It is more or less book size, (350 plus pages of MS Word Document), but has been broken down into Four Sections, containing 48 Segments in total.  Look at the Table of Contents, and you will see the titles of each Section, and Segments.  At the present time, the writer has determined, that many of the segments are to-long, and need to be further divided into smaller segments.  This is being done now, and you will be able to see the progress in”real-time”.

The other 2 works, also will have detailed Table of Contents, so that the reader will be able to see what is being written.

Starting with the lSaragrahi.org Contents page, you will be able to easily navigate the presentations at your own pace, and need.

Number 2 and 3 are still in draft form, and will be finished sometime in year 2022.  With these two presentations, their content will be posted in the same manner as Number 1.  As each segment is completed, it will be posted on the Website. 

Number 2 is very special, and you will hear never before published testimony, of rank-and-file Srila Prabhupada disciples, recounting their personal association, and experience with Srila Prabhupada, during his last 6 months on this Planet Earth. Many wonderful pastimes associating with Srila Prabhupada; and the tragic events leading up to his last breath of Earth’s atmosphere, in Vrindavana.  These interviews where supposed to be used in the writing of the book Srila Prabhupada Lil amrita.  The writer, of the Lilamrta, being one of the 11 unscrupulous Srila Prabhupada disciples who hi-jacked Srila Prabhupada’s mission, to facilitate their own and collect personal vested interest, did not eventually use any of these transcribed interviews in writing the Lil amrita. The facilitator of this Website has possession of these transcriptions of the last 6 months of Srila Prabhupada’s life in this mortal world. In this presentation, you will hear the story of these transcripts, which is actually quite interesting intriguing, and mysterious.

Number 3, is Jaiva-dharma, without the Thakura’s novel which he used as a vehicle to communicate the Gaudiya Vaisnavas philosophy, and superlative knowledge regarding the nature of the human soul.  It is only the first 25 chapters, because after that you should not read further without proper qualification.  This presentation is suitable for anyone who has not achieved the perfection of chanting the holy names of Krishna.  After reading this presentation, you will come to understand that further chapters are meant only for those who chant the holy name purely, without committing any of the 10 offences to chanting the holy names of Krishna.  In fact, these first 25 chapters define, the “human purpose of its existence”.

This Website has been revived specifically for the purpose of presenting these three works.  The other works presented on this Website, are also important.  The Works, under the heading “Aspects of Vaisnava Theory and Practice” are inherent, to the purpose of this Website; which is to stimulate the Reconstitution of Srila Prabhupada’s Mission, according to time place and circumstance.  They were written in Vrindavana in the 1990’’s, and they have been edited to reflect the original author’s request to not be associated with them; after his untimely departure.  These small books, and essays, will help us understand, what went wrong in ISKCON, during and especially, after Srila Prabhupada’s disappearance; and how we can avoid the pitfalls of our human phycology, which allowed the 3 modes of material nature to overwhelms the leaders of ISKCON.  The important point is that it does not matter who wrote them, what matters is the contents, and what they reveal. 

“If we cannot learn from our mistakes, then we are doomed to making them again.”

We will also accept contributions from any individual whose contribution is solid and practical in character, quality, relevant, or important to the purpose this Website.  The new Saragrahi.org Website, has the ability to facilitate any qualified individual to have their own “blog”, and even a “podcast”.    The facilitator of this Website has secured, a modern, Up-to-date technology, website development software; which has the capability of other to participate in its development.  At the moment, I am looking for anyone who may have the skill in programing a “block-chain” application; which will take this Website to a “higher-level” on the internet.  A “White Paper” will be written in order to stimulate this project into existence.. 

It is expected, that once you start reading the Treatise “Moving Forward”, as you read each Segment, you will be stimulating to say something, speak your mind, so to speak; and your comments, questions, and thoughts will be very much welcomed.  You can also help in editing Segments, or contributing additional Segments for each Section; these will be so very much welcomed.  There will be a facility with each Segment, to have “Comments”, and “Comments to Comments”, thus create ting a “Thread” on its subject matter. 

This is actually “istagosthi”, sadhu-sanga.  By doing this, we will surely save ourselves, and then we can go about the business of saving others from the deception of what is “in name only”, ISKCON.

Srimad-bhagavatam 3.29.17, Purport:

“According to devotional vision, a man is poor if he is not in Krishna consciousness. A man may be very rich materially, but if he is not Krishna conscious, he is considered poor. On the other hand, many acaryas, such as Rupa Gosvami and Sanatana Gosvami, used to live beneath trees every night. Superficially it appeared that they were poverty-stricken, but from their writings we can understand that in spiritual life they were the richest personalities.

A devotee shows compassion to those poor souls who are wanting in spiritual knowledge by enlightening them in order to elevate them to Krishna consciousness. That is one of the duties of a devotee. He should also make friendship with persons who are on an equal level with himself or who have the same understanding that he does. For a devotee, there is no point in making friendships with ordinary persons; he should make friendship with other devotees so that by discussing among themselves, they may elevate one another on the path of spiritual understanding. This is called istagosthi.”

We hope that our works will be of value to sincere devotees, and any other category of sincere persons, seeking like-minded association and the continual growth of understanding.  For further clarification of the above, please read the following:

“Editorial Letters From The Facilitators” of this site.

This Website’s Specific Vision About Free Speech And Civility. OR …  Let It Be Clear Who Is Most Welcomed To this Web Site, And Who Is Not.

The New And Improved Saragrahi .

Thank you for visiting our site.  We hope that you will find much of value to your spiritual life on these pages, and that many of you will participate with us in examining the philosophy and practice of Krishna consciousness for the benefit of all.   

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare

Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare

[1] “sine qua non”: an essential condition”: a thing that is absolutely necessary; indispensable requirement.

  
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