Making a “Case” for the Reconstitution of Srila Prabhupada’s “Missions”
Srila Prabhupada Did the Following During His Presence,
- In 1972 he wrote his “Direction of Management”, which is a blue-print for a Constitution of ISKCON.
- In 1974 he wrote a letter that at the end he wrote, “This is the Art of Management”.
- In his books, lecturers, letters, and conversations (that were recorded), he defined what his mission is, explained why we must establish the Krishna-consciousness movement, and how we can establish independent Incorporated Temples Communities, and how these communities should be organized, and managed according to the scheme specified in his DOM.
- In his books, lectures, conversations, and letter, he gave us sufficient instructions on, “Guru & Disciple” Tattva.
- He also gave us sufficient instruction on how to perform “Devotional Service to Lord Sri Krishna”; by employing the 9 Arms of Bhakti.
- Moreover, he established an organization for the publication of his books, the “Bhaktivedanta Book Trust”, (BBT) not (BBTI), that he specifically created to be “independent”, period. Independent from any other person, or incorporated institution, like the GBC of ISKCON.
These 6 items did not comprise all of Srila Prabhupada mission. As far as my personal understanding goes, Srila Prabhupada actually had three general components to his overall mission. The disciples of Srila Prabhupada have failed to understand properly, and digest completely, the above 6 items, which constitute only Part-1, of his articulated Three-Part mission. There is a Part-2 and a Part-3 as well.
Srila Prabhupada orders and instructions, go beyond the 6 items just mentioned. What many of you may not know, is that Srila Prabhupada indicated, that success, in Part-1 and Part 3, is contingent and dependent, on Part-2 being successful. Srila Prabhupada did not take Part-3 any further than an expressed idea, proposal, of a mission of his. However, Part-2, he made a big effort towards its implementation, right up until his disappearance.
While Part-1 is the purpose of this Treatise, Part-2: “Establishing the Principles of Varnasrama-dharma”, and Part-3: “The Jiva Institute for Vaisnava Studies”; will be addressed in separate papers on this Web-Site.
The following Srimad-bhagavatam verses and purports by Srila Prabhupada outlines the “Core Essential Elements” of Krishna Consciousness. Moreover, they can be used by any organization, that wants to fulfill Srila Prabhupada’s mission, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura’s mission, and Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s mission and the Six Goswamis of Vrindavan mission, and the mission of Lord Caitanya, and ultimately the mission of Lord Sri Krishna.
The guidelines and principles, are so potent, they can be described as, “precious” & “valuable” secrets that exist in this Universe. Again, someone, somebodies, needs to assume the challenge of properly and fully understanding how they can be “physically and practically” applied, so that the proper form, of the Krishna-consciousness movement, will spread throughout the world; to ever nick, crack, and corner.
This Treatise, concurs with Srila Prabhupada and his Spiritual Master, in that, at this time, and going into at least the next century, the Krishna-consciousness movement can be spread all over the world, via the facilities of an organized institution, comprising of communities of devotees of all varieties.
Srila Prabhupada cane to the USA, from India, all by himself; with a few rupees in his pocket. His disciples still number in the hundreds, and maybe still a few thousand. He was by himself, but, we are many. He had a dollar in change, but, I am sure that Srila Prabhupada’s disciples, who are still alive, have a combined liquid wealth of, maybe many, many, millions.
Srila Prabhupada Reconstituted his Spiritual Masters’ Gaudiya Matha, into IKCON, So, why can we not do the same, as he did; why can we not Reconstitute ISKCON into “??????”. He did say “do-as-I-do,” “follow in my foot steps”.
Reconstituting Srila Prabhupada’s Mission is certainly a challenging endeavor, and those who will assume this responsibility, must simply be sincere, bold, fearless, truthful, and they must know the Science of Krishna.
Srila Prabhupada has specified core elements, which such an institution must have, and in addition, he has taught us some other essentials which one can say are secrets to its success as well.
Modern technology will be adopted in the same manner that Srila Prabhupada did. There must be a careful study of all Internet, and social media technology, in order to determine how it can best be used. I can just imagine all those devotees out there who can say, that this is right up their alley; and you will surely be able to come up with all sorts of ways that will facilitate the preaching of Krishna-consciousness, which is a Science; and do not forget that. I have already seen many separate such efforts on the Internet, with substantial Web-Sites. However, if you all ‘melted’ together into one, two, or three, stronger organizations; each properly organized, and mandated with a specific aspect of Srila Prabhupada’s overall articulation mission, that would make a significate impact, be more influential, and make a big impression on our Krishna-consciousness community and general society as well.\ Maybe, and analogy, is appropriate here.
Let us say, that we (us Srila Prabhupada disciples), are 3,000 individuals in a school-yard.
But, there is one group of 100, who have formed a “gang”, and are the proverbial “bullies” in the school-yard. This “gang” of “bullies”, can easily “beat-you-up”, if they do not like what you are doing.
However, if the 2,900 individuals, (who are not part of that school-yard gang of 100 bullies), ban together, and form a new “gang of 2,900 individual”; they together can “beat-up”, the smaller gang-of-100 bullies, very easily.
Do you not see, that the “Big-Bully” in the school yard can control everyone in the school-yard, and this “Big-Bully” is patrolling the school-yard and is on the “look-out” for anyone or any organization, that threatens its “individual and collective vested-interest”!
Therefore, if we are weak, they can break us, but if we are strong, they will run-away.