A Treatise; Making a “Case” for the Reconstitution of Srila Prabhupada’s “Mission”
What does the title to this Treatise, “Moving Forward”, mean?
The term “Moving Forward” means “from now on”, or “from this point on.” It indicates a progression in time from NOW!, i.e., the present. In other words; a change in previous actions or behavior. The term suggests a continuing and progressive movement. In regards to the purpose of this Treatise; this “continuing and progressive movement”, implies the “reconstitution” of Srila Prabhupada’s Krishna-consciousness Movement, i.e., a reconstitution, that reflects his ideas, feelings, and mission, by building up again, to reconstruct again, from the parts that have been articulated by Srila Prabhupada in his books, lectures, conversations, and letters; in order to anew his mission, so that it will reflect the principle of “time, place, and circumstance”, in a positive way. An organization that truly reflects the mission of Lord Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
If you are a Srila Prabhupada disciple, who is still living, you know, within the core of your heart, that the institution which you joined, between 1965 to 1977, simply does not exist today in 2022. In this Treatise, I will show that this fact, is in actuality, in terms of USA law, and from a legal viewpoint, it is “true”. What does exist, is “in-name-only”. It stopped existing after Srila Prabhupada disappeared from this planet Earth, and eleven unscrupulous disciples literally, “hijacked”, his mission, in order to feed and satisfy, their individual and collective, “Personal Vested Interests”.
Just like after Lord Jesus Christ disappeared, his followers lost sight of his mission. Then over 2,000 years ago, it took these followers, several centuries, maybe even a millennium, to lose sight of Jesus’s mission; but, lose sight of it, they did. Similarly, losing sight of Srila Prabhupada’s mission, by these 11 notorious disciples, and their followers, took only a few years in the least, and a couple of decades, at the most; nevertheless, lose sight of it, they have.
This Treatise, not only will make a case for “reconstitution”. It will specify ideas, schemes, proposals, and suggestions, if you will, like “guiding lights”, that will detail what this reconstitution may look like. Utilizing the principle of “time, place, and circumstance”, it will specify actions, behaviors, and responsibilities to be taken by those who have the ability to assume them; moreover, for everyone else; actions and behaviors, which will facilitate you in assisting those who assume these responsibilities.
Prabhupada’s Guru’s Book Entitled “Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Vaibhava”, From Part Two, His Message-Mission and Personality, Chapter: The Revolutionary Preacher of Truth, Srila Bhaktisidhanta Wrote:
“Unless we REARLESSLY speak the truth, Sri Sri Gauranga will not be pleased. The more determined one is in devotional service, the bolder and more courageous he will be as a preacher.”
This Treatise will “fearlessly speak the truth”, in the manner which Srila Prabhupada defined the meaning of “truth”. This sincerity, will guarantee our success.
Srila Prabhupada Wrote In Purport to Bhagavad-gita 10.4-5:
“Satyam, truthfulness, means that facts should be presented as they are, for the benefit of others. Facts should not be misrepresented. According to social conventions, it is said that one can speak the truth only when it is palatable to others. But that is not truthfulness. The truth should be spoken in a straightforward way, so that others will understand actually what the facts are. If a man is a thief, and if people are warned that he is a thief, that is truth. Although sometimes the truth is unpalatable, one should not refrain from speaking it. Truthfulness demands that the facts be presented as they are for the benefit of others. That is the definition of truth.”
In a Letter to: Jayapataka — Los Angeles February 13, 1970, Srila Prabhupada Said:
“If we are simply a little sincere in the matter of spreading this movement, Lord Krishna has already guaranteed our success.”
Similarly, in a morning Srimad-bhagavatam class in Los Angeles in 1973, that was not recorded, and on the occasion of his guru’s appearance day, at the end of his lecture, I remember hearing Srila Prabhupada say something very close to the following. As we were sitting in front of him;, he gazed around at all of us, and said,
“Lord Caitanya’s Golden Age will surely manifest; that is Lord Caitanya’s guarantee; with or without your help. All you have to do is determine if you are going to participate.”
So, considering “time, place, and circumstance”, we must use our intelligence, and task our brains to their full capacity, and determine how we are going to participate, and contribute, to the manifestation of Lord Caitanya’s Golden Age of Kali-yuga. It would be a great contribution, if we reconstitute Srila Prabhupada’s Krishna-consciousness movement As It Is.
Currently, many Vaisnavas, especially Srila Prabhupada’s disciples, who may still be alive, have a helpless attitude, towards ISKCON[i], so much so, that their mentality can be described by the aphorism,
“It Is, What It Is“.
Using the meaning of this aphorism, we can say, in other words:
“At this time, ISKCON is certainly, without any doubt, a frustrating, and challenging situation.”
 Treatise — is a formal and systematic written discourse on some subject, generally longer and treating it in greater depth than an essay, and more concerned with investigating or exposing the principles of the subject.”
 Articulated: idea expressed; put into words..
 Hijacked: Unlawfully seize for one’s own purposes, and take over (something) and use it for a different purpose
 A vested interest— refers to an individual’s own stake in an investment or project, especially where a financial gain or loss is possible. In financial parlance, a vested interest often refers to the ability to rightfully claim assets that have been contributed or set aside for later use.
 “It is what it is,”: s is an expression used to characterize a frustrating or challenging situation that a person believes cannot be changed and must just be accepted..
 Acarya—a spiritual master who teaches by his own example, and who sets the proper religious example for all human beings.
Goloka Vrndavana (Krishnaloka)—the highest spiritual planet in the kingdom of God, Lord Krishna’s personal abode.
 Narottama dasa Thakura—a renowned Vaisnava spiritual master in the disciplic succession from Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who is famous for his many compositions of devotional songs. He appeared in the 16th century in Khetari. in the West Bengal district of Rajasahi, just north of Nadia. He was devoted to Lord Caitanya from birth. His father was a king and dedicated to Lord Nityananda. Narottama went to Vrndavana and became the initiated disciple of Lokanatha Gosvami. He studied under Srila Jiva Gosvami and preached widely throughout India, making many thousands of disciples.
 “No-Brainer” — something that requires or involves little or no mental effort.