A Treatise; Making a “Case” for the Reconstitution of Srila Prabhupada’s “Mission”
“My Mission Is” According to Srila Prabhupada. Part 5.
He did not finish translating all 12 Cantos of Srimad-Bhagavatam.
He also had so many desires to translate many of our Gaudiya Vaisnavas literatures. Did you know that a long time ago he had an idea, which is still very good, and I hope you will appreciate it too? Anyways, it is up to you to accept his proposal or reject it, but I shall be glad to hear from you, on this Web-Site, what your honest opinion is.
Srila Prabhupada once wrote in the early years of his presence with us.
“My mission is to develop the glories of Srila Jiva Goswami all over the world.”
I think we should cooperate with each other and fulfill this proposal.
This particular mission will be a “hard nut to crack”; but crack-able it is. This mission will surely require a whole lot of cooperation; from his disciples especially. I will not at this time go into the details; nevertheless, for your information, this nut “has been cracked”, somewhat, but just like a real nut, after cracking, we must get rid of the “shaft”.
He further wrote in the coming years about his idea,
“I desired to construct a nice American house on some land in Vrindavana, for the purpose of study and promulgation of the Goswami literatures all over the world. We shall start a fine press for publication both in Sanskrit and English language. My ambition was to construct an American House at Vrindavana and get some of my disciples, train for our preaching work in this part of the world. After all, I was getting to be an old man. However, I wished to leave some of my spiritual children, who have so kindly joined me in faith, and respect, so that they may work, and this philosophy of Krishna Consciousness may be broadcast all over the world. I wanted to give you so many nice literatures like the Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, Ramayana-Mahabharata, and other books in our own Gaudiya line, like Rupa Gosvami, Sanatana Gosvami, Visvanatha Cakravarti and others.”
There can be no doubt that an Institute, along the lines described above will be pleasing to Srila Prabhupada and our predecessor acaryas
So, when this cooperation, happens, this mission, to spread the glories of the Six Goswamis of Vrindavan, with some special emphasis, at first, on the works by Srila Jiva Gosvami; will also enliven all the communities of Vaisnavas, with anticipation of a new translation being completed from time to time.
There was an attempt at this mission in the first halve of the 1990’s in Vrindavana India, by some of Srila Prabhupada’s brave and fearless disciples; but the project was terminated due to a lot of individual and personal “vested interest” by the leaders of ISKCON. This will be discussed in other papers, that will be found on this Web-Site.
Moreover, Srila Prabhupada’s mission is in line with that of Lord Caitanya’s, Who is “Personified Love of Godhead”, and Who adverted Himself 482 years ago in India, and preached God consciousness all over the country known today as India. Actually, His mission is to revive God consciousness all over the world, on the basis of Srimad-bhagavatam, the Science of God.
In this regard, Srila Prabhupada wrote,
“The principle of Srimad-bhagavatam is that any religious faith, which helps a man to develop Love of God, without any motive, and without being hampered by any material condition, is transcendental religion. And the best process or the easiest process, in this age especially, is to chant the Holy name of God. From this definition of religion, as we find in the Srimad-bhagavatam, the criterion test of religion is how it helps people to develop their dormant Love of God, which is not artificially invoked, but it is aroused from within, by bona fide association of devotees, and hearing about God.
The human form of life is specially meant for this purpose, namely, to invoke the dormant Love of God, because better and higher development of consciousness, is found in the human body. Animal propensities for sense gratification, are equally found both in man and animals. But the special significance of human life, is to achieve Love of God, as the prime perfection of life.
Unfortunately, at the present moment people are more concerned about the principle of sense gratification, or the animal part of human life, and they are gradually declining in God consciousness. This tendency is very much deteriorating. This kind of human society, cannot anymore be allowed, to continue with a Godless civilization, at the risk of decreasing,
- Hygienic principles,
- and Mercifulness.”
Because on account of the predominance of these principles at the present moment, duration of life, strength, and the memory of the human being, is decreasing. Human society is gradually degrading, in the matter of religiosity, and justice; and ‘might is right’ is gradually taking the place of ‘morality and justice’”.
This I have seen also within Srila Prabhupada’s institution when he was with us, and still today is all about “might is right”, instead of “morality and justice”.
If we were to actually implement and establish, his DOM, and follow all his orders and instructions on Guru & Disciple Tattva; that would please him so very much. That would fix-up our Krishna-consciousness Society, as an example, for the rest of the world to follow.
Right now, ISKCON has degraded after Srila Prabhupada’s disappearance, to a society that is an example “not to be followed”.
 Criterion: a principle or standard by which something may be judged or decided.