A Treatise; Making a “Case” for the Reconstitution of Srila Prabhupada’s “Mission”
Desa,-kala-patra. According to Time, Atmosphere, & the Performer Part 1
Current and future Modern Technology, and the Internet, will facilitate this preaching of Srila Prabhupada’ s Krishna-consciousness movement and its dissemination all over the planet Earth.
Srila Prabhupada did say,
“Tax your brain and develop different ways of spreading Krishna consciousness.”
In this regard, “different ways” are unlimited. Because Krishna is unlimited.
Therefore, the principle of “desa kala patra” is essential to the reconstitution of Srila Prabhupada mission as he intendent it to be. “Desa” means situation, and “kala”, time, and “patra”, the subject/circumstance. Hence, “time-place-and-circumstance”, is very inherent to preaching Krishna-consciousness. We have to adept, according to time, according to place, and circumstance. But we must keep our principles as it is, while making arrangement according to the circumstances.
Let us see what Srila Prabhupada wrote or spoke in regards to this principle.
In “Eight Prayers in Separation From My Spiritual Master by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada December 1958”, Seventh Octet Distributing the Pure Devotional Process:
“Lord Gauranga used many tricks just to engage the conditioned souls in devotional service, and you have also understood how to use all those tricks perfectly well.
You understood time, place and circumstance, and utilized everything as a strategy for preaching. Although observing your activities with their very eyes. those who are blind like owls and other creatures of the night could not see your true purpose.”
Srimad-bhagavatam 1.5.16 Purport:
“The expert devotees also can discover novel wassys and means to convert the nondevotees in terms of particular time and circumstance. Devotional service is dynamic activity, and the expert devotees can find out competent means to inject it into the dull brains of the materialistic population. Such transcendental activities of the devotees for the service of the Lord can bring a new order of life to the foolish society of materialistic men. Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His subsequent followers exhibited expert dexterity in this connection. By following the same method, one can bring the materialistic men of this age of quarrel into order for peaceful life and transcendental realization.”
Lecture on Bhagavad-gita 2.49-51 — New York, April 5, 1966:
“Vedic philosophy means Krishna philosophy. Vedais ca sarvair aham eva vedyam (Bhagavad-gita 15.15). The all-Vedic knowledge, all Vedic wisdom means to understand Krishna philosophy. That’s all. Nothing else. The Krishna philosophy in different ways all over the world, they have been described according to the time, place and people, but you must know the whole thing is Krishna philosophy.”
Lecture on Bhagavad-gita 7.1 — Fiji-May 24, 1975:
“To surrender to God the great and to abide by His instruction, that is called religion. It may be that the Hindus may be following the same principle in a different way or the Christian may be following the same principle in different way. That is called desa-kala-patra. According to time, atmosphere, and the performer, there may be little difference. But real purpose of dharma is to surrender to God and try to love Him. That is religion.”
Lecture on Bhagavad-gita 9.3 — Toronto, June 20, 1976:
“And this human life is meant for inquiring about Brahman. Athato brahma jijïasa. This is the first verse, aphorism, of the Vedanta-sutra. So, the whole Vedic literature, in a gist form, is described in the Bhagavad-gita. And it is being explained by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna. So, it is a very important book, spoken by God Himself. And another system of religion… Sometimes the representative of God is speaking, the servant of God speaking. They are also the same, but according to time and circumstances they are modified. But here in this Bhagavad-gita, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, is speaking.”