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.”
Hence, there are 5 questions which come to mind:
- Do Vaisnavas believe, it cannot be changed, and therefore, must just be accepted, and one must, “just deal, with it”?
- Does ISKCON, over time, have an immutable and unchanging nature; and is unable to be changed?
- Is ISKCON unable to change its character, its capacity for tolerance, generosity, or sympathy? (See the “Aspects Of Vaisnava Theory And Practice” section, which is available on this Web-Site, which sheds light, on this question exactly).
- Must we express acceptance of ISKCON’s current situation, condition, state of affairs, circumstances, or status quo?
- Must we recognize, that ISKCON is just limited by its current nature?
If your answer to the above 5 questions, is in the affirmative, then it is the same as saying “ISKCON “Is What It Is”. Nevertheless, this Treatise does not accept, currently, what ISKCON “Is”; it only acknowledges that “it is what it is”, and more than likely, it is not going to change for the better; change it will over time, but this change will be for the “worst”.
This Treatise will reveal what Srila Prabhupada and the past-acaryas say ISKCON “Is”, at this moment in time, and has been since Srila Prabhupada’s disappearance; and most important, why!
Moreover, this Treatise will demonstrate “What ISKCON Can Be”; and even more important, “Why It Should Be”, according to Srila Prabhupada.
Although, the TRUTH may be “unpalatable”, to the leaders, and most followers, of ISKCON, as it exists today. Srila Prabhupada’s definition of “truthfulness”, is the foundation that this Treatise is built on.
The current state of ISKCON can be demonstrated in a short analogy:
“The ISKCON ship, that was supposed to take us across the ocean of nescience, is listing, and is about to sink. It may be a fact, that the ISKCON ship, has sunk, many years ago.
This ship ISKCON, has “Two Extreamly Huge Issues”, that have for a period of almost 5 decades, ripped gaping holes, on this ship’s hull, and they have also ripped the sails off the ship’s masts.
The ship that was to take us across the ocean of Material Existence, and return us all, Back to Krishnaloka; is slowly sinking, and in the due course of time, it will have sunk to the bottom of the ocean of Material Existence. It will simply be engulfed, and overwhelmed, by the 3-Modes-of-Material-Nature[i]”.
While there is these “Two Major Issues” in ISKCON, that need to be addressed and rectified; in actuality, there are many other problems as well. However, all those other issues, and problems, are beyond the scope of this Treatise. Moreover, in order to find solutions, to the diversity of these other issues and problems in ISKCON, would take at least a few human generations. It is the opinion of this Treatise, that it will take at least three generations, to address and solve, all the current issues and problems that exist in ISKCON today.
However, the “Two Major Issues” that will be presented, are what is known as “essential”, “vital”, “indispensable”, “important”, “crucial”, and “critical”.
The reason for such concern, is that Srila Prabhupada’s mission, “depends on”, “is contingent on”, “hinges on”, “rests on”, and “is subject to”, these “Two Major Issues” being healthy and stable.
We must first establish these “Two Major Issues”, in a state of being that is in accordance with Srila Prabhupada’s desires, orders, and instructions. Moreover, we must do this, exactly and perfectly, as he has prescribed. If we can do this, then, we will be following the advice of Naratama Dasa Thakura.
Srila Prabhupada Wrote in Quest for Enlightenment, 2f, The Mercy of Lord Caitanya:
“As Naratama Dasa Thakura says, ‘make the orders of the spiritual master your life and soul’, and then, ‘do not think otherwise’, ‘simply accept what he says.’”
Fix ISKCON or Reconstitute it, like Srila Prabhupada Reconstituted his Spritual Master’s Gaudiya-matha, actually does not matter, which way it happens. However, “better late than never”, is a very appropriate idiom in this regard. Why you may ask? Because it would be better to do something after it was supposed to have been done, then not to do it at all.