“What Is The Eternal, Constitutional Function Of The Jiva?/Soul?”
Making A “Case” for the Reconstitution of Srila Prabhupada’s “Mission”
Introduction Part 6.
Lecture on Srimad-bhagavatam 1.3.24 — Los Angeles, September 29, 1972:
“So according to the time, circumstances, men, the different scriptures are there. The ultimate aim of scripture is to bring one to Krishna consciousness. But everything is not explained because the people are unable to understand. Just like in our Krishna consciousness movement, we are making movement, but not that everyone is understanding. Those who are very intelligent, or those who are, whose background is pious, they can understand”.
Our religion is to serve Krishna. That is our religion. Therefore, now we must serve in different ways according to time, circumstances, country.
Actually, we will be very much harassed on account of the time, place, circumstances, so on.
Lecture on Srimad-bhagavatam 1.8.28 — Mayapura, October 8, 1974:
“Anyone who preaches the message of God, he is guru. ‘So, they very much appreciated, and actually it is so. one who is preaching, it may be in a different way, according to time and place and the Party,they have to change something, desa-kala-patra, but we have to see the essence. Wherever there is God consciousness, wherever is there understanding… Just like we sometime consult dictionary, a small dictionary, pocket dictionary, and a big international dictionary. Both of them are dictionaries. But according to time, desa-kala-patra, for small child, that small dictionary is sufficient. Higher mathematics: higher mathematics and lower-class ma… But the two plus two is always the same, in higher mathematics or lower mathematics. It is not that in the higher mathematics two plus two equals to five, no.”
Lecture on Srimad-bhagavatam 6.1.6 — Los Angeles, January 3, 1970:
“There are stages of Krishna consciousness. According to time, circumstances, and people, Krishna consciousness is understood in different measure. Actually, Krishna consciousness is that one should understand that God is great and we are minute particles of God”.
Here is consideration, desa kala patra. Desa means situation, and kala, time, and patra, and the subject.
Lecture on Srimad-bhagavatam 7.9.12 — Mayapur, February 19, 1976:
“Acarya gives some way for simple understanding. The same conclusion, but according to the time, circumstances, they give a very easy method to understand. That is acarya. Acarya is following strictly the previous acarya, but according to the circumstances, he may make little changes. That is… That change is not change from the original idea”.
Lecture on Srimad-bhagavatam 11.3.21 — New York, April 13, 1969:
“So today we shall perform some initiation performances in this meeting, and we are happy that you have come to participate in this nice function. So, see the procedure, how we are doing it. This is Vedic principle, simplified to suit according to the time and place; otherwise, there are many other paraphernalia. So, this is the idea”.
Everything is required, provided you can satisfy Krishna. This is the principle. In, according to time, circumstances, the dealing.
Lecture on The Nectar of Devotion — Bombay, December 26, 1972:
“Now the question is whether this kind of black marketing, bribing, is required for spiritual life. And the answer is that everything is required, provided you can satisfy Krishna. This is the principle. In, according to time, circumstances, the dealing”.
Just find out the condition of the society. So, we have to take account of the time, circumstances, society, and then preaching.
Lecture — Seattle, October 2, 1968:
“Just find out the condition of the society. So, we have to take account of the time, circumstances, society, and then preaching. So, to society like that it is not possible to understand the high philosophical things as it is stated in the Bhagavad-gita. But the primary fact, the authority is God, that is accepted both in Bible and Bhagavad-gita”.
Lecture at World Health Organization — Geneva, June 6, 1974 Srila Prabhupada said:
“Well, after all, this is material world. The miserable conditions are there. But as far as possible, try to minimize. Our only aim is how to save time for spiritual cultivation. That is our main aim. So, we have to find out the opportunity according to the time, circumstances. We, we do not reject anything. Whatever is favorable, we accept”.
Philosophy Discussion on Charles Darwin Srila, Prabhupada said:
“That we accept. That we accept, that we have to adjust things according to circumstances. That is acceptable. But finally, if God does not approve of it, it does not happen. … We make counteractivities for adjusting things, but unless it is approved by the Supreme Lord, that adjustment also will not be very much helpful.
Case Closed on what authority I have to write such a Book as this.
You can look at this version, as the core, that will be embedded in a novel yet to be written. The novel will be wrapped around this sequence of knowledge pertaining to the true and eternal nature of the soul. Consider this as a draft, which in itself still need lots of work. As I develop the stories, the characters, the main plot, and the sub-plots, I will rewrite some of the knowledge to accommodate a modern setting, with the circumstanced one finds in the year 2012 and right up until my death. In all regards, the message or core philosophy WILL NOT be changed. I believe that the knowledge is timeless and cultureless as well. In the end, it can be recognized as a literature for all humanity no matter which country, political, economic, and social societies that are present on Planet Earth at this time in history. I want to present Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur’s Jaiva-dharma in a way that it is recognized as a book for the people of the Earth planet and not just a book for Indians or followers of the Vedic systems of religion or philosophy. Jaiva-dharma is only inherent to the eternal nature of the jiva and nothing more. It is what we really are, and it has nothing to do with the body that the soul is entangled in. The soul of any human being on Earth has its own constitutional and eternal nature, and is made of pure spiritual substance.
The world will someday come to know this fact, and when they do, there will be nothing but peace, happiness, and joy on this planet earth. The divine natured jivas, will take back control of this planet from the demonic natured souls. When we see that we are all-individual, but made of the same substance, and that the purpose of the jiva is to render loving devotional service to the Lord; we will have no reason to fight or kill each other as we have been doing for at least 5000 years of recorded history. Being made of the same substance does not mean that we will lose our individuality. Our individuality will manifest in the same manner as we now experience, the only difference is that the object of our individuality will be Lord Krishna. Each any every one of us will have a unique and very personal relationship with the Lord.
This is kind of like a treasure map. It will lead one to the greatest treasure one can obtain in this material world. It is scientific and personally verifiable. Follow the directions to the letter, and the treasure will be obtained.
Upendranath dasa. January 29, 2022.