“Moving Forward”

A Treatise; Making a “Case” for the Reconstitution of Srila Prabhupada’s “Mission”

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Desa-kala-patra. According to Time, Atmosphere, & the Performer, Part 4

So according to circumstances, according to different causes, we will be placed, to execute different types of business.

Lecture on Srimad-bhagavatam 3.26.8 — Bombay, December 20, 1974:

“The whole scientific world is going on under this misconception of life, that we belong to this material world. This is called illusion. Anyway, there are three things: karya-karana-kartRtva karanam prakrtim viduh. We are doing something according to our position, karya, karana, and karta, so according to circumstances, according to different causes, and we are placed to execute different types of business, and we are obliged to do that.”

Lecture on Srimad-bhagavatam 5.5.2 — Boston, April 28, 1969:

“… Of course, according to circumstances, there is variation. That concession is always there. But the main principle is there. Just like we are getting our boys and girls married. So according to Vedic rites, marriage is a very big program. But we are finishing, according to Srimad-bhagavatam, simply by acceptance. Svikara eva ca udvahe. In this age it is recommended that if a girl accepts somebody as husband or if a man accepts somebody as wife, that is final. That’s all. They may not change it.”

According to time, circumstances, and people, Krishna consciousness is understood in different measure.

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 6.1.39 — San Francisco, July 20, 1975:

“A criminal is judged before the magistrate. He is taken just to make proper judgment, “Whether this man is punishable? He committed some criminal activities.” The circumstances, the condition of the mind—everything should be judged. This is called judgment. So, who is punishable? Desa-kala-patra. There is consideration, desa kala patra. Desa means situation, and kala, time, and patra, and the subject.” 

According to time, according to circumstances, according to the subject, everything scrutinizingly judged, not whimsically.

Lecture on Srimad-bhagavatam 6.1.39 — San Francisco, July 20, 1975:

“So, the judge must know who is to be punished. That is judgment. Katham svid dhriyate dansah sthanam. Desa-kala-patra: according to time, according to circumstances, according to the subject, everything scrutinizingly judged, not whimsically. Nowadays it is the time for emergency. Anyone can be punished without any judgment. But this is not good position.”

Lecture on Srimad-bhagavatam 7.6.3-4 — San Francisco-March 8, 1967:

Devotee:

“If meditation without chanting was at one time successful, why is it now deficient?”

Prabhupada:

“Because the time has changed. You have to take, consider according to the time, circumstances, atmosphere. Here, at the present moment, our mind is so disturbed that concentration of meditation is not possible. But this chanting, as soon as we chant, by force our mind is engaged in chanting and hearing, by force: ‘Hare Krishna.’ So even my mind is disturbed, by the vibration I am attracted. So that is, this meditation is recommended.”

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