“Moving Forward”

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

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Notes to the Reader.  Part 1.

What does the title to this Treatise[1], “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[2] 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[3]”, his mission, in order to feed and satisfy, their individual and collective, “Personal Vested Interests[4]”.

 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 helpAll 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[5].   

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.

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FOOT  NOTES:

 [1]  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.”
[2]  Articulated: idea expressed; put into words..
[3]  Hijacked: Unlawfully seize for one’s own purposes, and take over (something) and use it for a different purpose
[4]  A vested interestrefers 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.
[5]  “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..
[6]  Acaryaa 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.
[8] Narottama dasa Thakuraa 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.
[9]No-Brainersomething that requires or involves little or no mental effort.

 

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ISKCON: The abbreviation for the International Society for Krishna consciousness  ; the Hare Krishna Movement. The society was founded in New York, 1966, by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who came by boat, the Jaladuta from Calcutta in 1965, with just forty rupees and a trunk full of books. Sumati Morarji kindly donated his passage; Srila Prabhupada-(1896-1977) His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. He is the tenth generation from Caitanya Mahaprabhu. The founder-acarya, spiritual master of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). Srila Prabhupada was the widely-acclaimed author of more than seventy books on the science of pure bhakti-yoga, unalloyed Krishna consciousness. His major works are annotated English translations of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, the Sri Caitanya-caritamåta, and the Bhagavad-gita As It Is. He was the world’s most distinguished teacher of Vedic religion and thought. Srila Prabhupada was a fully God conscious saint who had perfect realization of the Vedic scriptures. He worked incessantly to spread Krishna consciousness all over the world. He guided his society and saw it grow to a worldwide confederation of hundreds of ashrams, schools, temples, institutes, and farm communities; Acronym for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, the branch of Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s sankirtana mission established by Srila Prabhupada in New York in 1966. ISKCON is a worldwide nonsectarian movement dedicated to propagating the message of the Vedas for the benefit of mankind. Over the years ISKCON has steadily grown in popularity and influence, and today it is widely recognized by theologians, scholars and laymen as a genuine and important spiritual movement. The hundreds of ISKCON centers throughout the world enable full-time members to live in close association, following the principles of Vedic life, and also provide a place where interested visitors can learn about the philosophy and culture of Krishna consciousness and participate in its various functions. The basis of the movement is the Hare Krishna maha-mantra Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. The devotees experience divine ecstasy in singing these holy names of God to the accompaniment of musical instruments. The ISKCON devotees, as a prerequisite for the serious pursuit of spiritual life, abstain from meat-eating, illicit sex, intoxication, and gambling. The Krishna conscious life style is based on the principles of simple living and high thinking. The devotees rise very early, about 3:30 a.m., and spend the morning hours in meditation and study. During the day, some devotees go out to public places to distribute the Society’s books and its official journal, Back to Godhead magazine. In addition to book distribution, devotees engage in a variety of activities, including teaching, artistic pursuits, farming and business.
[ii]  Three Modes of Material Nature—There are three gunas, or modes of material nature: goodness (sattva-guna), passion (rajo-guna) and ignorance (tamo-guna). They make possible our mental, emotional and physical experiences of the universe. Without the influence of the modes, thought, value judgement and action are impossible for the conditioned soul. The English word mode, as used by Srila Prabhupada in his translations of Vedic literature, best conveys the sense of the Sanskrit term guna (material quality). Mode comes from the Latin modus, and it has a special application in European philosophy. Modus means measure. It is used to distinguish between two aspects of material nature: that which is immeasurable (called natura naturans, the creative nature) and that which seems measurable (called natura naturata, the created nature). Creative nature is a single divine substance that manifests, through modes, the created nature, the material world of physical and mental variety. Being immeasurable (in other words, without modes), creative nature cannot be humanly perceived. Created nature (with modes) seems measurable, hence we do perceive it. Modus also means a manner of activity. When creative nature acts, it assumes characteristic modes of behavior: creation, maintainance and destruction. Bhagavad-gita (14.3-5) presents a similar twofold description of material nature as mahat yoni, the source of birth, and as guna prakåti, that which acts wonderfully through modes. Material nature as the source of birth is also termed the great or immeasurable Brahman. Mahad-brahman is nature as the divine creative substance, which is the material cause of everything. Material cause is a term common to both European philosophy and Vedanta philosophy. It means the source of ingredients that make up creation. We get an example of a material cause from the Sanskrit word yoni, which literally means womb. The mother’s womb provides the ingredients for the formation of the embryo. Similarly, the immeasurable creative nature provides the ingredients for the formation of the material world in which we live, the seemingly measurable created nature. The clarity of this example forces a question: what about the father, who must impregnate the womb first before it can act as the material cause? This question is answered by Krishna, the speaker of the Bhagavad-gita, in verse 14.4: aham bija-pradaù pita, I am the seed-giving father. In Vedanta philosophy, this factor of causation is termed the remote cause. It is important to note that by presenting creation as the result of the union of two causes (the material and the remote), the Bhagavad-gita rejects the philosophy of Deus sive natura, the identity of God and nature. In short, though creative nature may be accepted as the direct cause of creation, it is not the self-sufficient cause of creation. The seed with which Krishna impregnates the womb of creative nature is comprised of sarva-bhütanam, all living entities (Bhagavad-gita14.3). And Bhagavad-gita14.5 explains that when Krishna puts the souls into the womb of material nature, their consciousness is conditioned by three modes, or tri-guna. The modes are three measures of interaction between conscious spirit and unconscious matter. The modes may be compared to the three primary colors, yellow, red and blue, and consciousness may be compared to clear light. The conditioning (nibhadnanti: they do condition) of consciousness upon its entry into the womb of material nature is comparable to the coloration of light upon its passing through a prism. The color yellow symbolizes sattva-guna, the mode of goodness. This mode is pure, illuminating, and sinless. Goodness conditions the soul with the sense of happiness and knowledge. The color red symbolizes the rajo-guna, the mode of passion, full of longings and desires. By the influence of passion, the soul engages in works of material accomplishment. The color blue symbolizes tamo-guna, the mode of ignorance, which binds the soul to madness, indolence and sleep. As the three primary colors combine to produce a vast spectrum of hues, so the three modes combine to produce the vast spectrum of states of conditioned consciousness that encompasses all living entities within the universe. 
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