“Moving Forward”

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

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Segment 71

“Core & Essential Elements” of Srila Prabhupada’s Krishna-consciousness Movement. Part 1.

In the next Segment 72, there will be a presentation of the relevant potions of the references in Segments 66 to 70., that specify in Srila Prabhupada’s own words, the “Core & Essential Elements”, for any Krishna-consciousness organization of any size and scope

This Treatise accepts that the future is very bright, if these instructions are followed strictly; according to “time, place, and circumstance”. Lord Caitanya’s Golden Age of 10,000 years guarantees that there will be hundreds, and thousands, and then even millions of new Krishna-consciousness communities, which will be established, and which will have these “Core & Essential Elements” established in their community, according to the principle of “time, place and circumstance.”  The next 100 years will see extreme technological advancement, that at this time we cannot even dream of.    In that regard, the following Srila Prabhupada instruction, as presented previously, should somehow be followed; if possible:

 “Never mind there may be botheration to register each center, take tax certificate each, become separate corporations in each state.”

From this point on, this Treatise, will present many elements of Krishna-consciousness, that are familiar to at least Srila Prabhupada disciples.  Nevertheless, they are presented to remind some disciples of Srila Prabhupada, and to enlighten new-comers, who are serious about Srila Prabhupada’s teachings.  These new-comers have sometimes been called “new bhaktas”, but in actuality, they are known a “kanisthas”, or “neophyte” Vaisnavas.   Hence this Treatise will present the following, especially for them, so they can get “a gist” of what we are taking about when we say “Krishna-consciousness”.

It must be understood, that regardless of the sire or scope of any Krishna-consciousness community, the attitude towards neophyte Vaisnavas can be understood from the following portions of the “Art of Management” letter from Srila Prabhupada to Karandhara Dasa in 1974.,

“Of course, if new men are coming, they may not be expected immediately to take to our regulative principles’ cent per cent. Therefore, we should not be so anxious to induce them to live in the temple. … So, if some new man moves in with us he may become discouraged if he is forced in this way. Therefore, let them live outside and become gradually convinced in the class, why they should accept some austerity, then they will live with us out of their own accord and follow nicely everything.  … our leaders shall be careful not to kill the spirit of enthusiastic service, which is individual and spontaneous and voluntary. They should try always to generate some atmosphere of fresh challenge to the devotees, so that they will agree enthusiastically to rise and meet it. That is the art of management: to draw out spontaneous loving spirit of sacrificing some energy for Krishna. …Krishna Consciousness movement must be always a challenge, a great achievement to be gained by voluntary desire to do it, and that will keep it healthy. …”

It is not that we have no direction.  Srila Prabhupada left us his books, lectures, conversations, and letters, are what he said, “the law books for the next 10,000 years”, and “everything is in my books”. Therefore, we can expect communities of devotees, of all sizes, with all sorts of activities and functions which reflect the mission of Srila Prabhupada.

Regardless, of the size of any organized community of devotees, Srila Prabhupada DOM, and his “Art of Management Letter”, will be observed, in all matters specified, while taking into consideration of “time, place, and circumstance.”

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