"Moving Forward"

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

Section "Prologue"
Invocation Part 1

To A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada[1]. 

Who so boldly and confidently said,

“Every Thing Is in My Books”

“My books will be the law-books for the next 10,000 years.”

He lives Forever by His Divine Instructions. And his Follower Lives with Him.

In the Bhagavat-Mahatmyam Bhakti-devi said,

“Rogues influenced by Kali-yuga broke my limbs and for a long time I remained in that condition and thus, along with my sons, I have become very weak and impotent.  Upon
coming to Vrindavana, I regained my youth and beauty, but my two sons, who are lying here, are still old and tired.  I will leave this place and travel to foreign lands, ……”

Vrindavana is the eternal Abode of Lord Krishna and thus Bhakti naturally flourishes there.  But, if one neglects hearing Krishna-katha, then Jnana (knowledge), and Vairagya (renunciation), remain in a fainted state.  They get covered by Maya. The statement, that is in bold, hints at Srila Prabhupada’s travel to the western world from Vrindavana.  It is interesting to note that the Sanskrit verb used in this sentence is in the passive voice (gamyate).  This signifies that she (Bhakti) will be carried by someone.  Because Srila Vyasa, who is an incarnation of the Lord, compiled the Puranas, it is not impossible for him to make such predictive statements.

When I was a university student, I studied mathematics and physics.  This pursuit, I believed would reveal to me all the answers to the mysteries of life.  Thus, I believed in the equations and logics, that lead to reason.  So, I spend much of my young manhood in such pursuits.  I then asked, “What truly is logic and who decides reason?”

My quest had taken me through the physical, the metaphysical, the delusional, and back.  And I have made the most important discovery of my life.

  I am only here today because of you.  It is only in the mysterious equations of love; the love you showed you have for Krishna, the love you have for your own guru-maharaja, the love you have for your disciples, and the love you displayed for all of this world’s humanity, that any logical reasons can be found.  You are the reason I am.  You are all my reasons.

Juhu Beach, Bombay India, Sprin of 1974
 

Scan of Genuine hand written documents by Srila Prabhupada, written 17 days after first initiation of disciples on December 8, 1966. 

In 1994, in Vrindavana, after the Gour-purnima festival in Mayapur, I showed these to two of the first initiates, Jadurani dasi, and Satsvarupa Dasa.  They both Authenticated them, as being the Original-Handwritten ones by Srila Prabhupada. 

These documents were found in the Safe in the office of GBC and BBT Trustee, Karandar Dasa.  Parvat-muni Dasa, a Temple President in 1978, took these documents, for his office was once Karandar’s.  In 1979, when Paravat-muni was preparing to return to Seattle Washington, I came to his home to say fare-well.  At that time, he showed me the documents, and simply said,

“Upendranath, I think you should have these!”

FOOT NOTE:

[1] 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 is 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-caritamrta, and the Bhagavad-gita As It Is. He is the world’s most distinguished teacher of Vedic religion and thought. Srila Prabhupada is a fully God conscious saint who has 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.

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4 months ago

Nice reading. My only suggestion is to change the following sentences to present tense “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-caritamrta, 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.

Change “was” to “is” as his pastimes are still continuing now and forever.

– Harinam

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