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

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Segment 47
Everything Is In My Books.

Forty-five years have passed since Srila Prabhupada disappearance, and there is no doubt, in any sane person, that the mission he built, from 1965 to 1977, is significantly broken and lost. His mission is still there, because Srila Prabhupada many times implied that “everything is in his books”.  He never said that his mission is a name of an institution.

Letter to: Satsvarupa — Calcutta 13 September, 1970:

“Now I have invested the GBC for maintaining the standard of our Krsna Consciousness Society, so keep the GBC very vigilant. I have already given you full directions in my books. Please counteract this contamination which has been spread throughout our Society.

Letter to: Amarendra das — Calcutta January 31, 1972:

“After all, the result is given by Krsna.  So the main point is simply to execute everything with complete sincerity and enthusiasm, without deviating from the principles that I have given you in my books.”

Letter to: Kirtika — Calcutta 16 February, 1972:

“I think from now on the GBC men may be consulted in all such matters of temple management and affairs. I have given them everything, so they shall be able to answer all questions, and if they cannot answer from their experience, then I have given answer in my books—and still if they cannot answer, they may ask me.”

Room Conversation — July 5, 1972, London:

Paramahamsa:

Srila Prabhupada, when you are not present with us, how is it possible to receive instructions, for example, on questions that may arise?”

Prabhupada:

“Well, the questions… Answers are there in my books.”

 Garden Conversation — June 25, 1975, Los Angeles:

“So, whatever I know I have explained in my books. Beyond that I have no knowledge. … So what can I do? I say that whatever I have got experience, I am explaining in my books. I have explained. So, it is not possible for me to answer every individual person. It is not possible.”

Morning Conversation — April 29, 1977, Bombay:

Prabhupada:

But it has been shown that our sticking to Bhagavad-géta, that is our mission. And it is a science. Why he called sectarian? When Krishna says anything, that is science. ‘Two plus two equals to four’ is acceptable by everyone. Why it is sect…? Actually, all religion is going on under the plea, ‘We believe.’ What is this nonsense, ‘We believe’? If you believe ‘Two plus two equals to five,’ will it be correct? Their religion is ‘We believe.’  So, our Bhagavad-géta is not like that. It is fact. That is the difference. [break] …of him. I was staying there in one big room. Crazy. Alone I am.”

Tamala Krishna:

“He had tried to attack you?”

Prabhupada:

“No, he couldn’t act. Gone crazy.”

Tamala Krishna:

Taking LSD.”

Prabhupada:

“So immediately I transferred myself to Jergens, keeping my goods at Mukunda’s place, Michael. Then I searched out that 26 Second Avenue. From going to 26 Second Avenue taking this risk of two hundred dollars, then I became little relieved. Before that, I was simply vagabond. That was the first shelter. Then this Kértanananda, Hayagréva, Satsvarüpa, Umapati, they guided. Brahmananda. Some other boys also came, and they left.

So after getting that shelter, I began to grow. Everything was very precarious condition-vagabond. I was selling some books. I thought that ‘This boy will be trained up’ when I got that place. He invited me to ‘Come to my loft.’ It was very big loft. I was holding class, collecting ten dollars. Then he was not paying rent. He gave me the charge of paying rent. So Krishna was giving by collecting. It was on the top. Still, people were coming. Great story. Never mind. Now we… From my part, whatever is possible. Now you take care. That is my request. Don’t spoil it. Now it is up to you. My, this ailment… I can pass away at any moment. My health is not good. I am old man. It is not surprising. Now you GBC, young boys, all, American, expert, you have got all intelligence, resources, so don’t spoil. Let the movement, ‘go forward’, more and more. Now you have got nice places, filled with devotees. Don’t be anxious for me. That, Krishna will take. And even if I go, where is the harm? Old man. I have given my ideas and direction in my books. People appreciate. I think from my side I have done everything. Is it not? Do you think or not?

Tamala Krishna:

“Yes, you have done everything.”

Prabhupada:

“Hm?  So, you are young men, American boys.”

Tamala Krishna:

“Still, we want the whole Bhagavatam, Srila Prabhupada.”

Prabhupada:

That will be done. Even it is not fulfilled, so there is no harm. But don’t send me, in any case, in hospital. Now I am pointing out this. They are useless.”

Letter to: Gunagrahi: — Bombay 14 October, 1973:

Krsna has given you nice opportunity to preach the philosophy so you must be sure to understand it rightly. Everything is given in my books for you

Letter to: Dhrstaketu: — Bombay 14 October, 1973:

“Regarding your question about instruction, spiritual life is different from material life. The instruction given in my books is supposed to be personal instruction. When we read the Bhagavad-gita As It Is, it is understood that we are receiving personal instructions of Krsna. No physical barrier is there in the case of spiritual affairs. It is stated in the Srimad-Bhagavatam:

sa vai pumsam paro dharmo

yato bhaktir adhoksaje

ahaituky apratihata

yayatma suprasidati

 [SB 1.2.6]

“The supreme occupation (dharma) for all humanity is that by which men can attain to loving devotional service unto the transcendental Lord. Such devotional service must be unmotivated and uninterrupted in order to completely satisfy the self.’”

Letter to: Brian Fleming — Mayapur 6 March, 1974:

“Actually, I have already answered all questions in my books such as Bhagavad-gita, so kindly read them and chant Hare Krishna Mantra.”

Letter to: Bhakta Dennis: — Calcutta 25 September, 1974:

“So you have scientific mind and you want to use it in the service of Krsna. This is very good, and this I want that scientists step forward and preach Krsna consciousness. We are not preaching something fanaticism nor dry philosophy. Krsna consciousness is jnanam and vijnanam, practical knowledge. So, I have given all the points in my books, and you should read them thoroughly.”

Letter to: Bahurupa — Bombay 22 November, 1974:

In my books the philosophy of Krishna Consciousness is explained fully so if there is anything which you do not understand, then you simply have to read again and again. By reading daily the knowledge will be revealed to you and by this process your spiritual life will develop. Krishna Consciousness is not a hackneyed thing but it is something which is our natural and original consciousness. Presently our consciousness is clouded just like a mirror becomes covered with dust So the cleansing process is this chanting and hearing and doing some service and trying to please the Spiritual Master. By this process our consciousness becomes clear and we are able to understand everything.”

Letter to: Anangamanjari — Honolulu 28 May, 1975:

I have given the information in my books, how to please the spiritual master. Simply by following the rules and regulations very carefully, by chanting at least 16 rounds daily, by reading our books, and by always engaging one’s self in the service of Krishna, a person will please the spiritual master and Krishna both.”

Back to Godhead #10-10 1975, Summer Sessions With Srila Prabhupada, Berkeley: July 15–21 :

“he Day After Prabhupada Arrived a press conference was held, with all the major newspapers and television stations represented. Sitting under the glare of TV lights in the large Berkeley temple room, Prabhupada was faced with the question,

‘What will happen to the movement when you die?’

His answer came back immediately:

‘I will never die.’

All the guests and devotees cheered and Prabhupada continued,

 ‘I live in my books.’”

Letter to: Dina Dayala — Mayapur 25 February, 1976:

“This movement is being spread everywhere. Maintain your activities and increase gradually. I have instructed everything in my books.”

Evening Darçana — May 13, 1977, Hrishikesh:

“So, I cannot speak. I am feeling very weak. I was to go to other places like Chandigarh program, but I cancelled the program because the condition of my health is very deteriorating. So I preferred to come to Våndavana. If death takes place, let it take here. So there is nothing to be said new. Whatever I have to speak, I have spoken in my books. Now you try to understand it and continue your endeavor. Whether I am present or not present, it doesn’t matter. As Krishna is living eternally, similarly, living being also lives eternally. But kértir yasya sa jévati: “One who has done service to the Lord lives forever.” So you have been taught to serve Krishna, and with Krishna we’ll live eternally. Our life is eternal. Na hanyate hanyamane çarére [Bg. 2.20]. A temporary disappearance of this body, it doesn’t matter. Body is meant for disappearance. Tatha dehantara-praptih [Bg. 2.13]. So live forever by serving Krishna. Thank you very much.”

Arrival Speech — May 17, 1977, Våndavana:

“So I preferred to come to Våndavana. If death takes place, let it take here. So there is nothing to be said new. Whatever I have to speak, I have spoken in my books. Now you try to understand it and continue your endeavor. Whether I am present or not present, it doesn’t matter. As Krishna is living eternally, similarly, living being also lives eternally. But kértir yasya sa jévati: “One who has done service to the Lord lives forever.” So you have been taught to serve Krishna, and with Krishna we’ll live eternally. Our life is eternal. Na hanyate hanyamane çarére [Bg. 2.20]. A temporary disappearance of this body, it doesn’t matter. Body is meant for disappearance. Tatha dehantara-praptih [Bg. 2.13]. So live forever by serving Krishna. Thank you very much”

Letter to: Prana – Vrndavana, July 20, 1977:

My books are sufficient. Let all of my disciples read my books. This idea is over-burden. It will mean to many readings. Let them read whatever is there and digest it. Everything I have wanted to say I have said in my books.”

Back To Godhead #13-01/02 1978, Srila Prabhupada Disappearance Edition Dedication:

“So, while it is natural for us to be sorrowful that Srila Prabhupada has passed away, we can know for sure that he will never pass away, for he is ‘living still in sound.’ As he himself said,

 ‘I will never die. I will live forever in my books.’”

In the days and years to come, may everyone come to remember Srila Prabhupada in the same way that he remembered his spiritual master: ‘He lives forever by his divine instructions, and the follower lives with him.’”

Back To Godhead #13-01/02 1978, Srila Prabhupada Disappearance, Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out, His Final Instruction:

His Final Instructions,

During his last months, Srila Prabhupada was not very active physically, and he spoke relatively little. Yet when he did speak, his words were full of spiritual strength. These excerpts from Srila Prabhupada’s last statements reveal the mind of the pure devotee and universal teacher. And they show that Srila Prabhupada is indeed a transcendental personality, whose devotion to Lord Krishna and to the mission of spreading love of Krishna is undying.

“I cannot speak. I am feeling weak. I wanted to travel to Chandigarh and other places, but I changed my program because my health is deteriorating. I decided to come here to Våndavana (the land of Lord Krishna). If death takes place, let it take place here.”

“There is nothing new to be said. Whatever I had to say, I have already said in my books. Now you must all try to understand it and continue with your endeavors. Whether I am present or not present doesn’t matter. Just as Krishna is living eternally, the living being also lives eternally. But especially… kértir yasya sa jévati: ‘One who has done service to the Lord lives forever.’ You have been taught to serve Krishna, and with Krishna we’ll live eternally. Our life is eternal. Na hanyate hanyamane çarére: the disappearance of this temporary body doesn’t matter. The body is meant for disappearance. So, live forever by serving Krishna. Thank you very much.”

“”There are two things—life and death. So, if I die, where is the wrong in that? If I die, that is natural.”

“”Our money is only spent for Krishna—Krishna’s palace, Krishna’s temple, Krishna’s worship, ‘Krishna’s glorification. It is not for our personal enjoyment. This is human life.”  

“And I also want you to organize varnasrama society [the Vedic social structure]. Divide society: brahmana [intellectual class], ksatriya [administrators], and so on. There should be social division, just as there is a division of the different parts of our body. This will help people. Don’t waste the human form of life by sinful living. I have already given the ideas in my books, so you should all read them. You are intelligent, all of you.  Caitanya Mahaprabhu said para-upakara—do good to others, do not exploit them. Any human being has the ability to chant Hare Krishna. Give them chanting. And also make the situation favorable. Is that clear ?”

“This is our mission: whatever we have, teach others. The whole world is filled with distress. Therefore our Gurukula school is meant for this purpose: to teach the students, and let them go all over the world to teach others. Durlabha manava janma sat-saìge/ taraha e bhava-sindhu re [‘Human life, especially in the association of devotees, is very rarely obtained. So please take advantage of this opportunity to cross over the ocean of material existence’].”

“My Guru Maharaja [spiritual master] said,

‘Whatever money there is, use it to print books.’

He was so happy to print books. So, do it all very nicely. My Guru Maharaja used to say,

‘Go on printing, go on printing.’

I printed my books, now you do the same.”

“Printing of spiritual books is our life-force. Print more books. This material body is only bones. But go on printing—this is life. We are not concerned with bones and stones. Our concern is the living force: apareyam itas tv anyam prakåtim viddhi me param. The living force is sustaining these bones. In the material world, people are all simply protecting bones and flesh; they have no [spiritual] idea.”

“Take matter—you mix earth, water, put it into fire, and then make a building. But matter cannot act automatically. Matter cannot have mind or consciousness or impetus. It is nonsense to say that matter gives rise to life. Matter has no sense. Life is the superior energy; matter is useless. Bhümir apo ‘nalo vayuh [the material elements] are useless. But there is another, superior nature. Yayedam dharyate jagat And that nature is actually governing the whole, universe.”

“You [disciples] are all intelligent and experienced men; you can go on managing this movement. If I depart, there is no cause for lamentation. I will always be with you through my books and my orders. I will always remain with you in that way.”                  

“I didn’t waste a single moment. I tried my best, and it has been successful, to some, extent”

“Have saìkértana [congregational chanting of God’s holy names]. All Europeans, Americans, Africans-United Nations under Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s flag. Do everything just as I have shown you. It is possible. This is the real United Nations. You try, under the protection of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and things will be successful. Others will simply waste their time and be disappointed. They will change from one body to another and suffer.”

“As soon as one forgets Krishna and wants to enjoy life independently, he falls down.”

“Material motives should be given up, and everything favorable should be engaged in Krishna’s service. Then there will be success.”

When asked who would succeed him as the leader of the Krishna consciousness movement, Srila Prabhupada replied:

“All of my disciples will take the legacy. If you want, you can also take it. Sacrifice everything. I—one—may soon pass away. But they are hundreds, and this movement will increase. It’s not that I’ll give an order: ‘Here is the next leader.’ Anyone who follows the previous leadership is a leader. I don’t make any distinction between Indian and European. All my disciples are leaders… as much as they follow purely. If you want to follow, then you can also lead. But you don’t want to follow. ‘Leader’ means (one who is a first-class disciple. Evam parampara-praptam. One who is perfectly following. Our instruction is, guru mukha-padma-vakya. Do you know this? Ara na kariha mane aça. [My only desire is to have my consciousness purified by the words emanating from the lotus mouth of my spiritual master’]. To become a leader is not very difficult, provided one is prepared to follow the instructions of the bonifide guru.”

So far this Treatise, has established that the ISKCON of today, after Srila Prabhupada disappearance, is in “name-only”.  Moreover, this Treatise has presented why this happened.  So, now this Treatise will present a “blue-print”, to what needs to be done, in order to reconstitute Srila Prabhupada Krishna-consciousness Movement “Going Forward”. 

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