A Treatise; Making a “Case” for the Reconstitution of Srila Prabhupada’s “Mission”
“My Mission Is” According to Srila Prabhupada. Part 9
Lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.25.16 — Bombay, November 16, 1974, Srila Prabhupada Said:
“My mission is that ‘You Americans, you chant Hare Krishna so that the people of India will see, ‘Oh, Americans, they are also chanting. Why not ourselves? It is our property..”
Letter to: Mrs. Polly C. Perlmutter – Vrndavana, June 10, 1977 Srila Prabhupada Wrote:
“I am struggling against so many odds, but still my mission was to save human society. That is my only aim, and there are no personal motives. If I can save one person, I shall think my mission successful. So kindly help me, all of you intelligent devotees, that is my prayer to you.”
In Back to Godhead # 49, 197?, Srila Prabhupada Said:
“I have been deputed by my Question guru maharaja [spiritual master] to spread this Krishna consciousness movement in the Western world. That is his grace. Since Western people are intelligent, he wanted them to learn what Krishna consciousness is. So my mission is in the Western countries, but it is not meant for any particular country or nation. It is meant for every living entity.”
Now, there are many unfortunate living entities, and there are many fortunate living entities. We should again start preaching this Krishna consciousness movement in American, and the Western countries, so that fortunate persons will come. But if a few of them come and understand, then by their example and behavior, the whole population will be favorably influenced. It is not expected that cent percent of the population will be able to understand this philosophy of Krishna consciousness. But by the example of a few, it will.
Bhagavad-gita 3.21 Krishna says,
‘Whatever action a great man performs, common men follow. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues’.
So, this is a very important scientific movement. I therefore I request learned scholars like you—government officials, scientists, philosophers—to study this. It is for them that I have written so many books. It is not that we are simply chanting and dancing. If you are a philosopher, if you are a scholar, if you are a scientist. we can give you food for thought in a scientific, philosophical, scholarly way. So, my only request is that all the leaders of society come forward, study this movement and take to it, in a way that will be beneficial. We do not ask that they do so blindly, just as one follows some type of faith or religion blindly, and after some time gives it up. No. We say, sri-krsna-caitanya-daya karaha vicara. You just use your judgement about the mercy of Lord Caitanya, and if you do that, then you’ll find wonders in this movement.”
Krishna simply wants us to give up our sinful activities and surrender to Him. This is shown by the story of Lord Caitanya’s deliverance of Jagai and Madhai. These brothers were very sinful, so much so, that they were certainly “demons” par excellent. They were engaging in illicit sex, intoxication, meat-eating, gambling, and even murder and thievery. They had been born in a nice brahmana family, but by bad association they became drunkards, gamblers, meat-eaters, and prostitute hunters. They were simply, creating disturbances.
Such people will always create disturbances. The whole world is now disturbed. Why? Because it is full of these sinful persons: drunkards, gamblers, meat-eaters, and woman hunters. And people today expect peace. Nonsense. Where is peace? First of all, people have to be educated, people have to become sinless; then there will be peace. Otherwise, there cannot be peace.
So, these two brothers were creating a disturbance in the street, and a crowd had gathered. Lord Nityananda and Haridasa Thakura, close associates of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, were out for preaching.
Lord Nityananda saw the crowd and inquired,
“What is this crowd?”
“There are two most sinful brothers, and they are creating a disturbance. So there is a crowd.”
Nityananda Prabhu said to Haridasa Thakura,
“Why not deliver these two brothers? Then it will be a great credit for Caitanya Mahaprabhu.”
That is the mood of a preacher. He wants the credit to go to his master, not himself, even if he risks his life.
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