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

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“My Mission Is” According to Srila Prabhupad. Part 1

In the Srila Prabhupada VedaBase, a search of the phrase “my mission is”, came up with 51 hits, (references).  Of these 51 hits, it was found that 30 were not relevant to our discussion.  However, the remainder were attributed to the following personalities, and are very relevant in defining what is Srila Prabhupada’s mission: 

  • Krishna, 3 (all the same).
  • Lord Caitanya, 2.
  • Srila Prabhupada, 16

With careful reading and studing of all of Srila Prabhupada spoken and written words, one can, by inference, determine specific details of what Srila Prabhupada’s missions are. Srila Prabhupada works, are the mother-load of what Srila Prabhupada’s mission is.   Nevertheless, the following is a summarized, and illustrative articulation of what Srila Prabhupada’s said his “missions is”.  

Srila Prabhupada articulated, between 1965 and 1977, his Krishna-consciousness Movement Mission; by specifically expressing the phrase “my mission is”, only a few precious times.  It did not become apparent to me, until I researched this phrase on the VedaBase, that these purports, lectures, letters and conversations were inherent, to the essence of the “Moving Forward” Treatise.  Hence the following prose composition, is inspired by the references found in Srila Prabhupada’s VedaBase, and can be reviewed in (Appendix C: “My Mission Is”, According to Srila Prabhupada). 

I write the following for anyone, for any follower of Srila Prabhupada, however, I do so especially for his surviving disciples, who live in North & South America, Western Europe, and Australia.  The core of the following prose, comes from the above-mentioned references.

In this Treatise, I made some charges, I prosecuted them, and I have proven them to be true.  So, before I start writing solutions and proposals on how to proceed with “Moving Forward”, I will now make my final “plea” to you all. Actually, there will also be a “plea” from Srila Prabhupada too.

I will answer the following question,

“What would you say, today in 2022, in a final plea, to Srila Prabhupada followers, especially to his disciples, who maybe seeking general direction from him.”

Whenever God incarnates, He has Two Missions.  As stated in the Bhagavad-gita 4.8, 5,000 years ago, Krishna says,

“To deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as well as to reestablish the principles of religion, I Myself appear, millennium after millennium.”

These two missions are,

         1. To deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants.

         2. To reestablish the principles of religion.

Srila Prabhupada, being empowered by the grace of Krishna, made it his mission, to also help Lord Caitanya, by physically delivering Lord Caitanya Sankirtana Movement to all the nations of this Earth, beyond the borders of India, including India as well, by making it his mission, “to deliver all the fallen souls of this age”, by “preaching Krishna consciousness.”

It is not hard to understand mission 2, and the first part of mission 1, to “deliver the pious”; however, the second part, to “annihilate miscreants”, needs some discussion.

The word “annihilate”, literally means to destroy utterly, obliterate completely and without qualification; absolutely.

As we know, Krishna surely “annihilated” many personalities known as “demons”, i.e., by “killing them” physically, by all sorts of methods, like “cutting their heads off”, “choking” them to death, and many other ways that were harsh and unpleasant.  I would not be wrong in saying that “a lot of blood” was spilled in “annihilating” the miscreants 5,000 years ago.  Is “a miscreant” synonymous to “a demon”.

What is a “demon”?  It is a person who is cruel, evil, reckless, and mischief.

What is a “miscreant”?  It is a person behaving badly or in a way that breaks a law or rule.

Why did Krishna not say “annihilate the demons”?  Because a “demon” is a “miscreant” par-excellence, that is why, He killed Kamsa, Putana, etc.  On the other hand, killing personalities, like on the Battlefield of Kurukshetra, they were run of the mill miscreants, persons behaving badly or in a way that breaks a law or rule; which qualified, the Kuru’s and their supporters, to be killed.

Bhagavad-géta 16.6:

“… in this world there are two kinds of created beings. One is called the divine and the other demoniac. …”.

PURPORT:

“The conditioned living entities are divided into two classes in this world.

  1. Those who are born with divine qualities follow a regulated life; that is to say they abide by the injunctions in scriptures and by the authorities. One should perform duties in the light of authoritative scripture. This mentality is called divine.
  2.  One who does not follow the regulative principles as they are laid down in the scriptures and who acts according to his whims is called demoniac or asuric.

There is no other criterion but obedience to the regulative principles of scriptures. It is mentioned in Vedic literature that both the demigods and the demons are born of the Prajapati; the only difference is that one class obeys the Vedic injunctions and the other does not.”

Lecture Bhagavad-géta 7.1— Los Angeles, December 2, 1968:

“People are generally demonic, more or less. One may be fifty percent demon, another may be eighty percent demon, but everyone in this material world is a demon.”

The manner of dealing with “miscreants”, today in Kali-yuga, where there is not too much obedience to the regulative principles of scriptures, is different than it was during Krishna’s appearance 5,000 years ago.

When Lord Caitanya appeared, 500 years ago, just a moment in universal time, He also had these same two missions. 

Srila Prabhupada writes about Lord Caitanya in the Introduction to Srimad-Bhagavatam Canto 1:

“The Lord had a very high estimation of the affections of the damsels of Vrajabhümi (Våndavana) for Krishna, and in appreciation of their unalloyed service to the Lord, once Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu chanted the holy names of the gopés (cowherd girls) instead of the names of the Lord. At this time some of His students, who were also disciples, came to see Him, and when they saw that the Lord was chanting the names of the gopés, they were astonished. Out of sheer foolishness they asked the Lord why He was chanting the names of the gopés and advised Him to chant the name of Krishna. The Lord, who was in ecstasy, was thus disturbed by these foolish students. He chastised them and chased them away. The students were almost the same age as the Lord, and thus they wrongly thought of the Lord as one of their peers. They held a meeting and resolved that they would attack the Lord if He dared to punish them again in such a manner. This incident provoked some malicious talks about the Lord on the part of the general public.

When the Lord became aware of this, He began to consider the various types of men found in society. He noted that especially the students, professors, fruitive workers, yogés, nondevotees, and different types of atheists were all opposed to the devotional service of the Lord. He thought,

My mission is to deliver all the fallen souls of this age.’

But if they commit offenses against Me, thinking Me to be an ordinary man, they will not benefit. If they are to begin their life of spiritual realization, they must some way or another offer obeisances unto Me. Thus, the Lord decided to accept the renounced order of life (sannyasa) because people in general were inclined to offer respects to a sannyasi”

In Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila, Sanatana Gosvami is teaching the nature of a sadhu.  Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila 20.98-105:

“Putting a straw in his mouth and bowing down, Sanatana Gosvamé clasped the lotus feet of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and humbly spoke as follows:

Sanatana Gosvami said,

‘I was born in a low family, and my associates are all low- class men. I myself am fallen and am the lowest of men. Indeed, I have passed my whole life fallen in the well of sinful materialism. I do not know what is beneficial for me or what is detrimental. Nonetheless, in ordinary dealings people consider me a learned scholar, and I am also thinking of myself as such.  Out of Your causeless mercy, You have delivered me from the materialistic path. Now, by the same causeless mercy, please tell me what my duty is. Who am I? Why do the threefold miseries always give me trouble? If I do not know this, how can I be benefited? Actually, I do not know how to inquire about the goal of life and the process for obtaining it. Being merciful upon me, please explain all these truths.’

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said,

‘Lord Krishna has bestowed His full mercy upon you so that all these things are known to you. … Since you possess Lord Krishna’s potency, you certainly know these things. However, it is the nature of a sadhu to inquire. Although he knows these things, the sadhu inquires for the sake of strictness.’

In this reference, Caitanya Mahaprabhu is affirming that,

“You (Sanatana Goswami), are authorized by Krishna. Therefore, you have come to help Me.”

Lord Caitanya affirmed that Sanatana Goswami was sent by Lord Krishna to assist Him, “you have come for My help”; even though Sanatana considered himself as very fallen.   As fallen as we all were before we met Srila Prabhupada, we accepted him as our spiritual master by making some vows.  As neophyte as we were, and as fallen as we were when we met him, Srila Prabhupada still acknowledged that Krishna had sent us to him, in order to “help” him fulfill the instructions he received from his spiritual master. 

Letter to: Brahmananda—Seattle 16 October, 1968:

“It is all Krishna’s Grace that He has sent such a nice assistant to me, for executing the mission of my Spiritual Master. Personally, I am nonentity; I have come here on the order of my Spiritual Master, and He has kindly sent you all boys to assist me. So, whatever is being done, there is no credit for me, but all the credit goes to my Spiritual Master, because He has arranged everything, and I am simply to abide by His order.”

Letter to: Bhagavan — Delhi 10 December, 1971:

“I am always thankful to Krishna that I have somehow got so many wonderful boys like yourself to assist me in this way. Now it is practically in your hands to finish and push on what I have started. I am now getting all respect and honor, so now you must preserve that standard and not dishonor me. Thank you very much for helping me.”

Letter to: Kulasekhara — Bombay 10 January, 1972:

“Somehow or other, Krishna has sent me sincere souls like yourself and others to assist me, therefore there has been a little progress. Thank you very much for helping me to spread Lord Caitanya’s movement.”

Letter to: Govinda — Los Angeles 18 September, 1972:

“And I am always thinking about you, along with your good husband Gaurasundara, because you have been of such good assistance to me for pushing on this Krsna Consciousness movement in your country and other places around the world. Without your kind assistance and thinking of me, I am one old man, what could I do alone? But fortunately, Krsna has sent you to assist me and I can appreciate it very much.”

Since Lord Caitanya is Krishna Himself, and Lord Caitanya has appeared, then it is only logical that He also has the same 2 missions that Krishna stated 5,000 years ago. Krishna had the help of Arjuna, Lord Caitanya had the help of Sanatana, and the rest of the Goswami’s of Vrindavana 500 years ago, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvaté Öhakura Prabhupada had the help of his disciple Srila Prabhupada, and Srila Prabhupada had the help of his disciples, that is a fact. But, where has all this help for Srila Prabhupada gone?  As long as Srila Prabhupada disciples are still alive, they can still help Srila Prabhupada fulfill his mission(s).

So how did Lord Caitanya “annihilate miscreants”?  In his day the “miscreants” where characterized, by their extreme “demoniac natures”, verses their diminished “divine natures”.  Even in our mundane experience we see this in our current so called human society on Planet Earth. 

Krishna says in Bhagavad-géta 16.1-18,

“16.1-3: Fearlessness; purification of one’s existence; cultivation of spiritual knowledge; charity; self-control; performance of sacrifice; study of the Vedas; austerity; simplicity; nonviolence; truthfulness; freedom from anger; renunciation; tranquility; aversion to faultfinding; compassion for all living entities; freedom from covetousness; gentleness; modesty; steady determination; vigor; forgiveness; fortitude; cleanliness; and freedom from envy and from the passion for honor-these transcendental qualities, belong to godly men endowed with divine nature.

16.4: Pride, arrogance, conceit, anger, harshness and ignorance, these qualities belong to those of demoniac nature..

16.5: The transcendental qualities are conducive to liberation, whereas the demoniac qualities make for bondage. Do not worry, O son of Pandu, for you are born with the divine qualities.

16.6: … in this world there are two kinds of created beings. One is called the divine and the other demoniac. I have already explained to you at length the divine qualities. Now hear from Me of the demoniac.

16.7-16: Those who are demoniac do not know what is to be done and what is not to be done. Neither cleanliness nor proper behavior nor truth is found in them.  They say that this world is unreal, with no foundation, no God in control. They say it is produced of sex desire and has no cause other than lust.  Following such conclusions, the demoniac, who are lost to themselves and who have no intelligence, engage in unbeneficial, horrible works meant to destroy the world. Taking shelter of insatiable lust and absorbed in the conceit of pride and false prestige, the demoniac, thus illusioned, are always sworn to unclean work, attracted by the impermanent.They believe that to gratify the senses is the prime necessity of human civilization. Thus until the end of life their anxiety is immeasurable. Bound by a network of hundreds of thousands of desires and absorbed in lust and anger, they secure money by illegal means for sense gratification. The demoniac person thinks: “So much wealth do I have today, and I will gain more according to my schemes. So much is mine now, and it will increase in the future, more and more. He is my enemy, and I have killed him, and my other enemies will also be killed. I am the lord of everything. I am the enjoyer. I am perfect, powerful and happy. I am the richest man, surrounded by aristocratic relatives. There is none so powerful and happy as I am. I shall perform sacrifices, I shall give some charity, and thus I shall rejoice.” In this way, such persons are deluded by ignorance. Thus, perplexed by various anxieties and bound by a network of illusions, they become too strongly attached to sense enjoyment and fall down into hell.  Self-complacent and always impudent, deluded by wealth and false prestige, they sometimes proudly perform sacrifices in name only, without following any rules or regulations.  Bewildered by false ego, strength, pride, lust and anger, the demons become envious of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is situated in their own bodies and in the bodies of others, and blaspheme against the real religion.”

Krishna’s words, spoken 5,000 years ago, described human civilization at that time, and as well as 500 years ago, during Lord Caitanya presence.

Krishna’s words still hold true after 5.000 years have passed, and we can understand that since the beginning of Kali-yuga, and until Lord Caitanya appearance, “divine nature” diminished while “demonic nature” flourished.

Lord Caitanya changed that trend of degradation, which is symptomatic of the age of Kali. Because of Lord Caitanya and his disciples, the Six Goswami’s of Vrindavana, the Past-Acaryas, and in recent times, Srila Prabhupada, this degradation has been arrested, and “divine nature” is increasing, while “demonic nature” is diminishing.  A study of Earth’s history in the past 500 years is testimony to this face.  However, we should not think that we have no more to accomplish, because we do have a lot more work to do, so to speak.  The Golden Age of Kali, will run a total of 10,000 years in Kali-yuga.  If we, at lease, accept the start of Kali-yuga as 5,000 years ago, and the start of Lord Caitanya Golden Age at 500 years ago; there is still 9,500 more years in which this Golden Age will manifest.  That means that this Golden Age will last up until around the year 11,520.  At that time Kali-yuga will return to its normal routine of degradation, which will go on for around 417,500 more years; plenty of time for the prophecies, found in the 12th Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam, to manifest.

Does Bhagavad-géta 16.7-16, describe our current human civilization today?  Yes it does!  Therefore, a whole lot of “annihilation” of “demonic nature” is our mandate.  It is a transcendental “Turkey Shoot”, which means that one side is so much stronger or better armed than the other one, that the weaker side has no chance of winning at all.  Srila Prabhupada and the Past-Acaryas, Lord Caitanya, and Krishna are on our side.  We are armed with the Holy Names of Krishna, Bhagavad-géta, Srimad-Bhagavatam, Caitanya-caritamrta, and the literatures of the Six Goswami’s of Vrindavana.  That means only one outcome; “we will win” this battle against Maya-devi and her modes of passion and ignorance; she has no chance, and you can take that to the bank as well.  Let us see if Krishna and Srila Prabhupada can back me up, so to speak.

Bhagavad-géta 18.78,

“Wherever there is Krishna, the master of all mystics, and wherever there is Arjuna, the supreme archer, there will also certainly be opulence, victory, extraordinary power, and morality. …”

PURPORT:

“The fight was actually between Duryodhana and Yudhisöhira. Arjuna was fighting on behalf of his elder brother, Yudhisöhira. Because Krishna and Arjuna were on the side of Yudhisöhira, Yudhisöhira’s victory was certain. The battle was to decide who would rule the world, and Saïjaya predicted that the power would be transferred to Yudhisöhira. It is also predicted here that Yudhisöhira, after gaining victory in this battle, would flourish more and more because not only was he righteous and pious but he was also a strict moralist. He never spoke a lie during his life. …”

Hence, we can conclude that today, there are plenty of demons, miscreants, that need to be “annihilated”; however, we cannot do it in the same way as Krishna did 5,000 year ago.  We have to take the example of how Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu dealt with those with predominate demonic natures.

5,000 years ago, one of Krishna’s weapons used in killing miscreants, was His Sudarsana cakra—the disc weapon of the Supreme Lord.  Lord Caitanya being Krishna Himself, surely had His weapon available at his command.  However, he did not use it when He wanted to kill Jagai and Madhai[1], after they offended and physically hurt Lord Nityananda.  When Lord Caitanya found out He wanted to annihilate both of them with his Sudarsana-cakra, no less.  That would have been a “bloody” mess as well.  But Lord Nityananda stopped him.  Instead, Lord Nityananda preached to them, and that preaching and direct association, converted two morbid demons, into two glorious vaisnavas.

No, Lord Caitanya’s mission was to deliver everyone, not only the pious, His devotees.  Lord Nityananda showed that the “demoniac nature” of a person, can be completely “annihilated” with the weapon of Krishna-consciousness preaching, and chanting the Holy Names of Krishna.

All jivas, are endowed with a quantity of “divine nature” as with a quantity of “demoniac nature”.  Preaching the principles of the Krishna-consciousness Movement to everyone, will annihilate their “demonic nature” I personally testify to this fact; however, that story, which is very interesting and funny, is for another time.

Srila Prabhupada’s mission is the same as Lord Caitanya’s mission, and Krishna’s mission. So, if you want to help Srila Prabhupada, you can do that by coming back to his service organized, by creating an institution that is based on his DOM, and a guru selection system that is based on our Gaudiya Vaisnavas Sampradaya Sastra, and Siddhanta.  This is required because the purpose of his Mission is, to preach Krishna-consciousness. To preach Krishna-consciousness is the weapon that will annihilate those with demoniac natures.  Instead of physically killing them, we can kill their “demoniac nature” directly, with the “swords of our tongues”, by preaching.  When you annihilate their demoniac nature, you give life to their divine nature.  Preaching Krishna-consciousness is the weapon to be used against Maya-devi and her 2 lower modes of material nature; absolutely, and you can take that to the bank.

American minds, they are eager and suitable to receive the Science of Bhakti found in Srimad-bhagavatam, because the Christian and Muslim religions are based on the same principle. Srila Prabhupada’s mission was not to turn anyone away from the affiliation of a particular religion, he simply wanted to let them know, that he has more knowledge, about God and devotion. This can be verified by either reading and studying all of his works, which would take many years, and maybe a decade.  Or you can take advantage of modern technology, and use my VedaBase, and get instant results.

Srila Prabhupada said,

“I came here with a great mission to execute my Spiritual Master’s order.”

But his mission is still not finished!

 He did not finish translating all 12 Cantos of Srimad-Bhagavatam. He also had so many desires to translate many of our Gaudiya Vaisnavas literatures, especially the Sat-sandharbas by Srila Jiva Goswami.  Did you know that a long time ago he had an idea, which is still very good, and I hope you will appreciate it too? Anyways, it is up to you to accept his proposal or reject it, but I shall be glad to hear from you, on this Web-Site, what your honest opinion is.

Srila Prabhupada once wrote in the early years of his presence with us.

“My mission is to develop the glories of Srila Jiva Goswami all over the world.”

I think we should cooperate with each other and fulfill this proposal.  This particular mission will be a “hard nut to crack”; but crack-able it is.  This mission will surely require a whole lot of cooperation from his disciples especially.  For your information, this nut “has been cracked”, somewhat, but just like a real nut, after cracking, we must get rid of the “shaft”. 

He further wrote in the coming years about his idea,

“I desired to construct a nice American house on some land in Vrindavana, for the purpose of study and promulgation of the Goswami literatures all over the world. We shall start a fine press for publication both in Sanskrit and English language. My ambition was to construct an American House at Vrindavana and get some of my disciples, train for our preaching work in this part of the world. After all, I was getting to be an old man. However, I wished to leave some of my spiritual children, who have so kindly joined me in faith, and respect, so that they may work, and this philosophy of Krishna Consciousness may be broadcast all over the world.  I wanted to give you so many nice literatures like the Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, Ramayana-Mahabharata, and other books in our own Gaudiya line, like Rupa Gosvami, Sanatana Gosvami, Visvanatha Cakravarti and others.”

There can be no doubt that an Institute, along the lines described above will be pleasing to Srila Prabhupada and our predecessor acaryas

So, when this cooperation, happens, this mission, to spread the glories of the Six Goswamis of Vrindavan, with some special emphasis, at first, on the works by Srila Jiva Gosvami; will also enliven all the communities of Vaisnavas, with anticipation of a new translation being completed from time to time. There was an attempt at this mission in the first halve of the 1990’s in Vrindavana India, by some of Srila Prabhupada’s brave and fearless disciples; but the project was terminated due to a lot of individual and personal “vested interest” by the leaders of ISKCON. This will be discussed in other papers, that will be found on this Web-Site.

 Moreover, Srila Prabhupada’s mission is in line with that of Lord Caitanya’s, Who is “Personified Love of Godhead”, and Who adverted Himself 482 years ago in India, and preached God consciousness all over the country known today as India. Actually, His mission is to revive God consciousness all over the world, on the basis of Srimad-bhagavatam, the Science of God.

In this regard, Srila Prabhupada wrote,

“The principle of Srimad-bhagavatam is that any religious faith, which helps a man to develop Love of God, without any motive, and without being hampered by any material condition, is transcendental religion. And the best process or the easiest process, in this age especially, is to chant the Holy name of God. From this definition of religion, as we find in the Srimad-bhagavatam, the criterion[2] test of religion is how it helps people to develop their dormant Love of God, which is not artificially invoked, but it is aroused from within, by bona fide association of devotees, and hearing about God.

The human form of life is specially meant for this purpose, namely, to invoke the dormant Love of God, because better and higher development of consciousness, is found in the human body. Animal propensities for sense gratification, are equally found both in man and animals. But the special significance of human life, is to achieve Love of God, as the prime perfection of life. 

Unfortunately, at the present moment people are more concerned about the principle of sense gratification, or the animal part of human life, and they are gradually declining in God consciousness. This tendency is very much deteriorating.  This kind of human society, cannot anymore be allowed, to continue with a Godless civilization, at the risk of decreasing,

  • Truthfulness,
  • Hygienic principles,
  •  Forgiveness,
  •  Mercifulness.”

Because on account of the predominance of these principles at the present moment, duration of life, strength, and the memory of the human being, is decreasing. Human society is gradually degrading, in the matter of religiosity, and justice; and ‘might is right’ is gradually taking the place of ‘morality and justice’”. 

This I have seen also within Srila Prabhupada’s institution when he was with us, and still today is all about “might is right”, instead of “morality and justice”. If you were to actually implement and established, his DOM, and followed all my orders and instructions on Guru & Disciple Tattva; that would please him so very much. That would fix-up our Krishna-consciousness Society, as an example, for the rest of the world to follow.  Right now, ISKCON has degraded after Srila Prabhupada’s disappearance, to a society that is an example “not to follow.

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FOOT  NOTES

[1]   Jagai and Madhai—two great debauchees whom Lord Nityananda converted into Vaisnavas
[2]  Criterion: a principle or standard by which something may be judged or decided.

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