SOME BASIC PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT OFFERED BY SRILA PRABHUPADA IN 721222LET.KARANDHAR

Bombay 22 December, 1972 72-12-22 Los Angeles

My dear Karandhara,

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Regarding your points about taxation, corporate status, etc., I have heard from Jayatirtha you want to make big plan for centralization of management, taxes, monies, corporate status, bookkeeping, credit, like that. I do not at all approve of such plan. Do not centralize anything. Each temple must remain independent and self-sufficient. That was my plan from the very beginning, why you are thinking otherwise? Once before you wanted to do something centralizing with your GBC meeting, and if I did not interfere the whole thing would have been killed. Do not think in this way of big corporation, big credits, centralization—these are all nonsense proposals. Only thing I wanted was that books printing and distribution should be centralized, therefore I appointed you and Bali Mardan to do it. Otherwise, management, everything, should be done locally by local men. Accounts must be kept, things must be in order and lawfully done, but that should be each temple’s concern, not yours. Krishna Consciousness Movement is for training men to be independently thoughtful and competent in all types of departments of knowledge and action, not for making bureaucracy. Once there is bureaucracy the whole thing will be spoiled. There must be always individual striving and work and responsibility, competitive spirit, not that one shall dominate and distribute benefits to the others and they do nothing but beg from you and you provide. No. Never mind there may be botheration to register each centre, take tax certificate each, become separate corporations in each state. That will train men how to do these things, and they shall develop reliability and responsibility, that is the point. I am little observing now, especially in your country, that our men are losing their enthusiasm for spreading on our programmes of Krishna Consciousness movement. Otherwise, why so many letters of problems are coming, dissatisfied? That is not a very good sign. The whole problem is they are not following the regulative principles, that I can detect. Without this, enthusiasm will be lacking. Even mechanically following, and if he gets gradually understanding from the class, he will come to the point of spontaneous enthusiasm. This spontaneous loving devotional service is not so easy matter, but if one simply sticks strictly to the rules and regulations, like rising early, chanting 16 rounds, chanting gayatri, keeping always clean—then his enthusiasm will grow more and more, and if there is also patience and determination, one day he will come to the platform of spontaneous devotion, then his life will be perfect. All of this I have told you in Nectar of Devotion. So I do not think the leaders are themselves following, nor they are seeing the others are following strictly. That must be rectified at once. Each centre remain independent, that’s all right, but the president and other officers must themselves follow and see the others are following the regulative principles carefully, and giving them good instruction so they may understand nicely why this tapasya is necessary. And GBC and Sannyasis will travel and see the officers are doing this, and if they observe anything lowering of the standard, they must reform and advise, or if there is some discrepancy I shall remove it. Of course, if new men are coming, they may not be expected immediately to take to our regulative principles cent per cent. Therefore we should not be so anxious to induce them to live in the temple. Anyone who lives in the temple must agree to follow the rules and regulations without fail. So if some new man moves in with us he may become discouraged if he is forced in this way. Therefore let them live outside and become gradually convinced in the class why they should accept some austerity, then they will live with us out of their own accord and follow nicely everything. It is very difficult to give up very quickly so many bad habits as you have got in your country, so educate them gradually, first with chanting, and do not be so much anxious to count up so many numbers of new devotees, if such devotees go away later being too early forced. I want to see a few sincere devotees, not many false devotees or pretenders.

So my point is that the regulative principles must be followed by everyone. Otherwise their enthusiasm dwindles and they again think of sex and become restless, and so many problems are there. There is some symptom of missing the point. The point is to be engaged in doing something for Krishna, never mind what is that job, but being so engaged in doing something very much satisfying to the devotee that he remains always enthusiastic. He will automatically follow the regulative principles because they are part of his occupational duty—by applying them practically as his occupational duty, he realizes the happy result of regulative principles. So the future of this Krishna Consciousness movement is very bright, so long the managers remain vigilant that 16 rounds are being chanted by everyone without fail, that they are all rising before four morning, attending mangal arati—our leaders shall be careful not to kill the spirit of enthusiastic service, which is individual and spontaneous and voluntary. They should try always to generate some atmosphere of fresh challenge to the devotees, so that they will agree enthusiastically to rise and meet it. That is the art of management: to draw out spontaneous loving spirit of sacrificing some energy for Krishna. But where are so many expert managers? All of us should become expert managers and preachers. We should not be very much after comforts and become complacent or self-contented. There must be always some tapasya, strictly observing the regulative principles—Krishna Consciousness movement must be always a challenge, a great achievement to be gained by voluntary desire to do it, and that will keep it healthy. So you big managers now try to train up more and more some competent preachers and managers like yourselves. Forget this centralizing and bureaucracy.

Hoping this meets you in good health.

Your ever well-wisher,

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

ACBS:sda

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THE MAIN PROBLEM IN ISKCON IS THAT WE ARE DISRESPECTING SRILA PRABHUPADA, ITS FOUNDER-ACARYA ON A VERY LARGE, MASSIVE AND GRAND SCALE. THAT IS THE MAIN PROBLEM INDEED.

THE MAIN PROBLEM IN ISKCON IS THAT WE ARE DISRESPECTING SRILA PRABHUPADA, ITS FOUNDER-ACARYA ON A VERY LARGE, MASSIVE AND GRAND SCALE. THAT IS THE MAIN PROBLEM INDEED.

  1. FOR EXAMPLE THIS KRISHNA BOOK IS WONDERFULLY DESIGNED IN THAT THE FRONT COVER PAINTING IS JUST WONDERFULLY DESIGNED AND GIVES THE VIEWER AN IDEA OF THE INTIMATE LOVING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN RADHA AND KRISHNA. HOWEVER THE BACK SIDE IS VERY DISRESPECTFUL TO SRILA PRABHUPADA IN THAT SRILA PRABHUPADA’S PICTURE IS TINY, WHEN IT SHOULD IN FACT SPREAD ON THE WHOLE BACK COVER, AS WAS THE CASE WITH THE EARLY BIG SIZE HARD BOUND KRISHNA BOOKS. (27 cm X 19 cm).

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2)  HERE AT ISKCON BRISBANE WE HAVE YET ANOTHER TUSSLE IN PROGRESS IN THAT SRILA PRABUPADA IS OFTEN LEFT IN DARKNESS BECAUSE THERE IS NO PROPER AND INDEPENDENTLY CONTROLLED LIGHTING ON HIM ON THE VYASASANA. THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR YEARS AND RECENTLY I HAVE STEPPED UP A CAMPAIGN  TO CORRECT THIS DEFECT. BUT UNFORTUNATELY THE MANAGEMENT IS VERY MUCH CALLOUS TO MY CALLS AND I HAD TO GIVE IT AN ULTIMATUM DEAD LINE.  THE DEAD LINE IS TODAY MAY 25TH 2019 AND IS NOW PASSED. IF ONE RECEIVES GOOD ADVICE AND DOES NOT FOLLOW FOR WHATEVER  REASON, THAT MEANS HE /SHE IS RASCAL, THAT MEANS HE / SHE IS FOOL AND RASCAL NUMBER ONE IN SRILA PRABHUPADA’S BOOKS. That mood of defiance against good advice is Maya. It is not Krishna!

Whoever one may be in the pecking order one should have the good sense to accept good advice. When Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, in the garb of a Sannyasi left for South India, He accepted counsel from Sarva Bhauma Battacarya, the householder. Srila Prabhupada comments as follows:

” The word kariha aashiirvaade means ”continue to bestow your blessings upon Me.” Being a sannyäsé, Caitanya Mahäprabhu was in the fourth order of life and was thus due all respect and adoration, whereas Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya, as a householder, was in the second order. A sannyaasii is supposed to offer blessings to a gåhastha, yet now, by His practical behavior, Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu requested the blessings of a gåhastha. This incident shows the special significance of Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu’s preaching. He gave equal status to everyone, regardless of material considerations. His movement is thoroughly spiritual. Although apparently a gåhastha (householder), Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya was unlike the so-called karmés interested in sense gratification. After being initiated by Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu, the Bhaööäcärya was perfectly situated in the spiritual order; therefore it was quite possible for him to offer blessings even to a sannyäsé. He was always engaged in the service of the Lord, even at home. In our disciplic line we have the example of a perfect householder paramahaàsa—Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura. In his book Çaraëägati, Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura states, ye-dina gåhe, bhajana dekhi’, gåhete goloka bhäya (Çaraëägati 31.6). Whenever a householder glorifies the Supreme Lord in his home, his activities are immediately transformed into the activities of Goloka Våndävana, spiritual activities taking place in the Goloka Våndävana planet of Krishna. Activities exhibited by Krishna Himself at Bhauma Våndävana, the Våndävana-dhäma existing on this planet, are not different from His activities on the planet Goloka Våndävana. This is proper realization of Våndävana anywhere. In our Kåñëa consciousness movement we inaugurated the New Våndävana activities, wherein devotees are always engaged in the transcendental loving service of the Lord, and this is not different from Goloka Våndävana. The conclusion is that one who acts strictly in the line of Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu is competent to offer blessings to sannyäsés, even though he be a gåhastha householder. Although he is in an exalted position, a sannyäsé still must elevate himself to the transcendental platform by rendering service to the Lord. By His actual behavior, Caitanya Mahäprabhu begged the blessings of Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya. In this way He set the example of how one should expect blessings from a Vaiñëava regardless of his social position.”

STANZA 7 OF GURV-ASTAKA STATES:

” The Spiritual Master is to be honored as much as the Supreme Lord, because the Spiritual Master is the most confidential servitor of the Lord. This is acknowledged in all revealed scriptures and followed by all authorities. Therefore I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a Spiritual Master, who is a bona fide representative of Sri Hari (Krishna).”

Therefore the lighting on Srila Prabhupada should be the same intensity and duration as the lighting shining on the Deities. To achieve this goal it also has to be independently operated.

3) AND WHO THE HELL FOLLOWS SRILA PRABHUPADA ORDER TO HOLD THE MANGAL ARATIK FUNCTION EVERY DAY , 365 DAYS A YEAR, AT 04.30, WHERE EVER ONE MAY BE???

THIS IS A FOUNDER-ACARYA’S ORDER AS BASIC AS TO CHANT  16 ROUNDS AND TO FOLLOW THE FOUR REGULATIVE PRINCIPLES. BUT AGAIN WHO THE HELL FOLLOWS ! OF COURSE SOME FOLLOW VERY NICELY. WE THANK THEM VERY MUCH AND ALL GLORIES TO THEM! BUT WHAT ABOUT THE OTHERS???

AND WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO LIVE IN ISKCON ASHRAMS BUT NEVER EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER ATTEND FUNCTIONS IN THE TEMPLE ROOM. WHAT KIND OF BOORISHNESS, LOUTISHNESS AND CHURLISHNESS IS THAT? ISKCON BRISBANE DEFINITELY SUFFERS FROM THAT DISEASE AS WELL. It is also my understanding that Ashram residents MUST attend Mangal Aratik. When I was temple commander in Vrndavan under Aksoyananda Prabhu, he asked me to knock at every Ashram door to make sure residents would be ready in front of Deities at 04.30 hours.

Some residents really freaked out by this practice. But I was no to blame, as I merely performed my duty.

AMONG THE TEN OFFENSES, OFFENSE NUMBER THREE READS:

TO DISOBEY THE ORDER OF THE SPIRITUAL MASTER OR IN OUR CASE THE ORDERS OF THE FOUNDER-ACARYA, HIS DIVINE GRACE A.C. BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI PRABHUPADA.

THAT MEANS ALSO WE DONT REALLY UNDERSTAND WHO SRILA PRABHUPADA IS. WE THINK HE IS AN ORDINARY INDIVIDUAL WITH AN EXAGGERATED SENSE OF HIS OWN PERSONALITY, WITH AN SWOLLEN SENSE OF HIS OWN EGO. BUT THIS IS VERY DANGEROUS MENTALITY. Shastra Srimad Bhagavatam 11.17.27 warns in this context:

aacaaryam maam vijaaniiyaan
naavamanyeta karhicit
na martya-buddhyaasuuyeta
sarva-deva-mayo guru
SYNONYMS
aacaaryam—the spiritual master; maam—Myself; vijaaniiyaat—one should know; na avamanyeta—one should never disrespect; karhicit—at any time; na—never; martya-buddhyaa—with the idea of his being an ordinary man; asuuyeta—one should be envious; sarva-deva—of all demigods; mayah—representative; guruh—the spiritual master.
TRANSLATION
One should know the aacaarya as Myself and never disrespect him in any way. One should not envy him, thinking him an ordinary man, for he is the representative of all the demigods.

And as soon as Srila Prabhupada left the planet the ISKCON standards dropped significantly. The life members ship program was abandoned more or less. Just another burden Srila Prabhupada forced us to carry, right??? Yesterday 25 May 2019, at the Saturday Feast in Brisbane, one devotee told that his brother in law became a life members in New Dehli, India about one year ago. Still he hasn’t received his Bhaktivedanta books.

One can abuse some people for all the time and all people for some time but it is impossible to abuse all people for all the time. Negative reaction will be there.

 

 

TO BE DEVELOPED MORE AND MORE, IN FACT TO BE DEVELOPED UNLIMITEDLY…

AND THAT IS A VERY SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS INDEED FOR ALL POSSIBLE PARTIES……

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Through his expertise and conscientiousness HG Dravida Prabhu (ACBSP) of San Diego, USA, saves us again from tottering on the path of devotional service like partially blind people (andhah). LET US NOT BE TOTTERING FOOLS ON THE PATH OF DEVOTIONAL SERVICE, NO, NO, NO!!! Neither do we need a nanny GBC, or a nanny ISKCON administration. On the contrary let us be ourselves, each one of us, let us be very well conversant in Shastra, always alert and progressive on this “true path of eternal good fortune.” BGAII 6.47 P.

CC Adi 1.4 V1

May that Lord who is known as the son of Shriimatii Shaciidevii be transcendentally situated in the innermost chambers of your heart. Resplendent with the radiance of molten gold, He has appeared in the Age of Kali by His causeless mercy to bestow what no incarnation has ever offered before: the most sublime and radiant spiritual knowledge of the mellow taste of His service.

CC Adi 1.4 V2  improved by HG Dravida Prabhu.

May the Supreme Lord who is known as the son of Shriimatii Shacii-devii be transcendentally situated in the innermost chambers of your heart. Resplendent with the radiance of molten gold, He has appeared in the Age of Kali by His causeless mercy to bestow what no incarnation has ever offered before: the most sublime and radiant mellow of devotional service, the mellow of conjugal love.

 

COMMENTARY.

Chances are the first statement is not even true. Just see CC V1 claims to deal with the Absolute Truth but contains in fact false statements!!! What a paradoxal situation!!! Many incarnations have offered the taste of devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead before the appearance of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Sri Krishna, for example, has done so, when He almost orders us in BGAII 18.66: “Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear.” This defects however are entirely the responsibility of the editors. They do not affect at all our perception and estimation of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, a spiritual genius and supremely towering figure in the landscape of service to Sri Krishna, the  Supreme Personality of Godhead.

In practical life we see that police persons, tree cutters, gutter and windows cleaners are all expert in their fields of activity, carry well honed equipment and risk serious injury or even death every day. The onus of perfection on those who claim to be servants of the Supreme Personality is even greater, because the task is much more important and the scope of activity is global. It is above all greater because their leader Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead IS THE GEATEST as He claims in BGAII 15.18, wherein He says: “Because I am transcendental, beyond both the fallible and the infallible, and because I am the greatest, I am celebrated both in the world and in the Vedas as that Supreme Person.”

We must also ensure that our training is always very rigorous according to the instructions of the Founder-Acarya of ISKCON: chanting minimum 16 rounds of Japa mala, following the four regulative principles very strictly and also raising from bed by four AM, at the latest and possibly attending Mangal Aratik at 04.30. This is a MUST for temple residents. Even Sri Krishna Himself set this example, as we learn from Krishna book, chapter 70, Lord Krishna’s Daily Activities; “Although Shriimatii Rukminiidevii, the first queen of Lord Krishna, knew that braahma-muhuurta is the most auspicious time in the entire day, she would feel disgusted at the appearance of braahma-muhuurta because she was not very happy to have Krishna leave her side in bed. Despite Shriimatii Rukminiidevii’s disgust, Lord Krishna would immediately get up from bed exactly on the appearance of braahma-muhuurta. An ideal householder should learn from the behavior of Lord Krishna how to rise early in the morning, however comfortably he may be lying in bed embraced by his wife.” This principle of early rising before 04.00 hours applies to all Ashrams indeed – sanyasi, vanaprastha householder and brahmacari and represents the spearhead for overcoming the influence of three modes of material nature. Because of the lure of sense gratification, it may be more difficult for the householder.

These elements will ensure success as the processus of Krsna consciousness itself is infallible.

All glories to Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead!!!

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu introduced indeed the mellow (to use Srila Prabhupada’s word) of conjugal love. And so did Srila Madhavendra Puri, the param Guru of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, whose appearance day we celebrated just two days ago on Sunday May 19th 2019.

Here is Dravida Prabhu’s reasoning as to cause and effect for the improvement:

“The change in Adi 1.4 is pretty simple. We have Prabhupada’s synonyms at Adi 1.4: samarpayitum — to bestow; unnata — elevated; ujjvala-rasam — the conjugal mellow. In the translation this is rendered as “the most sublime and radiant spiritual knowledge of the mellow taste of His service.” But in Prabhupada’s translation of the same verse at Adi 3.4 this same phrase is rendered “the most elevated mellow of devotional service, the mellow of conjugal love.” The same translation appears at Antya 1.132. In consultation with my Sanskrit editor, and with the backing of 2 out of 3 of *Prabhupada’s own translations”, I made the change at Adi 1.4 so it would conform with the others.

Your servant,
Dravida dasa”

Dravida Prabhu (ACBSP) is such an important and essential link in the Sankirtan movement!!!

Without his most precious assistance, we would be tottering half blind (anda) along the path of devotional service, even though we have the most exalted and qualified leader in Srila Prabhupada. As Srila Prabhupada says, material nature and its workings will, over time, corrupt the most perfect creation.

And that’s where Dravida Prabhu (ACBSP) come in.

On so many occasions he have now saved us from so many false paths and untruths.

All glories to his service!!!

And we thank him very much!!!

These things may seem simple to the expert like himself, totally immersed in the subject matter.

And he can also make them simple for us, by explaining so nicely, as he is doing.

These his explanations will also make things transparent, which is an essential quality in this age of distrust, paranoia and argumentation.

This particular change definitely feels great and welcome. But that is feeling.

“The inner most chambers of your heart” is such a grand expression!!!

Now he supplies reasoning as to cause and effect. That reasoning supersedes feeling as well as establishes the real and -why not- Absolute Truth. Yes there cannot be any reasonable objection to the change. Well done again Dravida Prabhu (ACBSP) and thank you very much!!!

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RATHAYATRA DAY. BRISBANE CBD, AUSTRALIA. 11 MAI 2019.

First thing in the morning, on RATHAYATRA day, during Mangal Aratik at 04.30 hours (and before indeed), Their Lordship Sri Sri Gaura Nitai displayed Their transcendental pastimes. They made the middle-row-of-temple-ceiling-lights-across flash constantly by divine intervention. There was no apparent reason for the flashing. They just flashed. Five bright lights flashed all together for quite some time. They had never flashed before in such a fashion. It looked very festival like!!! Thank you to and all glories to Their Lordships Shri Shri GAURA NITAI !!!

Then we went through the morning program and every one was very busy with their services to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. It was decided that His Holiness Kadamba Kanana Maharaja, who had just flown into town, would NOT give Srimad Bhagavatam class. Later he confirmed to me that it was the right decision, as this allowed him a small respite from his heavy international schedule.

The second consideration was that attendance to Srimad Bhagavatam class on RATHAYATRA DAY would decrease, as every one was busy with their respective services. I decided to give class anyway and attendance was about ten souls, which is good attendance, as per small temple standards. We should always remember that Srila Prabhupada advised us to never become discouraged and to give class to the bare walls, if we have to. Most importantly all programs as instituted by Srila Prabhupada Himself must go on simultaneously, without any interruption and in proper sequence, including the distribution of caranamrita after Deity greetings. This important function has recently been neglected and almost forgotten by ISKCON devotees in Brisbane. And that is why I mention it. Perhaps it is because they are too much eager to proceed with Guru Puja or worship of the Founder-Acarya of  The International Society for Krishna Consciousness, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in which case they cannot be blamed. The distribution of the transcendental caranamrita nectar coming from the bathing of Their Lorsdship however, must go on as well and in proper sequence, as instituted by Srila Prabhupada Himself.

In His great wisdom, Srila Prabhupada instituted in ISKCON both pancaratriki viddhi (deity worship), as well as Bhagavat marg or anything to do with the books, shastra and the preaching effort outreach. Both must go on, just as a train needs two parallel rails to move forward. Every single temple program sequence in the ISKCON temples around the world is the same and Srila Prabhupada has instituted it with great thoughtfulness and specific purpose in mind. Our job is therefore super simple. We simply follow. This following definitely includes compulsory, daily attendance to Mangal Aratik for temple residents. We do not add anything. We do not subtract anything. And thus proceed straight on the path of an astounding success to come. Just watch.

Before RATHAYATRA procession, I tried to distribute Srimad Bhagavad-Gita As It Is to passers by and I found that people in their sheer vanity did not show much interest. The night before I had a very interesting experience, which strictly illustrates Srila Prabupada words to the effect that those who do not worship G – O – D, invariably develop a tendency to worship D – O – G and associated entities. There was a small group of people admiring two grey coloured and mid sized dogs on leash. Quite a boring matter really! I approached a lady and a gentleman and offered BGAII. The lady made immediately the following well assured and as if well informed statement: “ I dont believe in a God. There is no God!” Here we have this atheistic credo from the dog worshiping lady. Srila Prabhupada’s observations are always so very accurate! Srila Prabhupada is definitely the most scientific sankhya-yogi. He analysed the material nature with scientific rigor and gave His final verdict in His wonderfull books and classes. BGAII 5.5 “One who knows that the position reached by means of analytical study can also be attained by devotional service, and who therefore sees analytical study and devotional service to be on the same level, sees things as they are.” All glories to Srila Prabhupada, the Guru of the whole world!

Right from the beginning, the kirtan was exuberant. The devotees danced wildly at the rhythm of the mrdanga drums and cartal cymbals. It is a fact that if played well, the sound of the mrdunags is strong, compelling and sweet as confirmed in the Gaura-arati: “Shankha baaje ghantaa baaje baaje karataala madhura mridanga baaje parama rasaala” in English: ”Conchshells, bells, and karataalas resound, and the mridangas play very sweetly. This kiirtana music is supremely sweet and relishable to hear.”

It was as if a tsunami of joy and happiness inundated the mundane-noises-filled Central Business District of Brisbane. The high pitched voice of the lead singer, His Holiness Kadamba Kanana Maharaja could be heard all over. It was well amplified. His piercing voice surely pierced the three layers of the modes of material nature in the hearts of the conditioned souls. It surely also went all the way to Goloka Vrndavan to attract the attention of Srimati Radharani. To attract the attention of Srimatee Radharanai is a sure way to attract the attention of Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. And if the Supreme Personality of Godhead smiles upon us, then not only is our life successful but the whole world becomes filled with joy and happiness as well. All glories to Sri Krishna, the protector of the cows and the brahmanas !!!

namo brahmanya-devaaya

go-braahmana-hitaaya ca

jagad-dhitaaya krishnaaya

govindaya namo namah

“My Lord, You are the well-wisher of the cows and the braahmanas, and You are the well-wisher of the entire human society and world.” (Vishnu Puraana 1.19.65) The purport is that special mention is given in that prayer for the protection of the cows and the braahmanas. Braahmanas are the symbol of spiritual education, and cows are the symbol of the most valuable food; these two living creatures, the braahmanas and the cows, must be given all protection—that is real advancement of civilization. In modern human society, spiritual knowledge is neglected, and cow killing is encouraged. It is to be understood, then, that human society is advancing in the wrong direction and is clearing the path to its own condemnation. A civilization which guides the citizens to become animals in their next lives is certainly not a human civilization. The present human civilization is, of course, grossly misled by the modes of passion and ignorance. It is a very dangerous age, and all nations should take care to provide the easiest process, Krishna consciousness, to save humanity from the greatest danger.” BGAII 14.16, purport.

We sung our hearts out:” Jai Jagannath, Jai Jagannath, Jai Baladeva, Jai Subhadra.” or in English “All glories to Lord Jagannatha, all glories to His brother Lord Baladeva, and all glories to Their beautiful sister Subhadra.” We also sang the refrain to the Jagannath Astaka, in the sweet melodies found in the movies “Nimai of Nadia” and “Nilacala Mahaprabhu”: “Jagannaathah Swaamii nayana-patha-gaami nayana patha gaami bhavatu me.” in English  language “May Lord Jagannaath be the object of my vision.” Certainly emotions were felt in relation to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna. There was also a group of colourful, choreographed lady dancers in the front of the parade.

The weather was excellent. It was also a time to meet up with old friends of devotional service. Once back at St George’s Square in front of City Hall, immediately several lines formed for the famous and most popular free prasadam feature of Hare Krishna festivals. Prasadam means food that is first offered to the Lord in sacrifice by qualified brahmanas and excludes things such as meat, fish, eggs, onion and garlic, these items belonging to the modes of ignorance or tama guna.  The festival went on for a few more hours of transcendental entertainment.

One eager participant-spectator summed it all up in a few words. He said the HARE KRISHNA MAGIC IS HERE and he showed me in his bag an Indian kurta or shirt that he had just purchased. He was very proud to have the same shirt as the devotees. As Srila Prabhupada writes: “Imitation of a good thing, represents itself a good thing.”

Again for the second or third time members of the mormons church were also present. Hare Krishna and the mormons church seem to have a good relationship. I have heard that in Utah, USA, the mormons church made a financial contribution for the building of the Hare Krishna temple.

This yearly festival was organised by the Brisbane branch of The International Society for Krishna Consciouness founded in 1966 in New York, USA, by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, also Founder of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust and the Back to Godhead magazine. It was edition number 6. His Grace Sriman Dvijavara Prabhu, disciple of His Holiness Indradyumna Maharaja, deserves special mention for leading a team of dedicated, expert and hard working volunteers to make this festival a resounding success.

Several city dignitaries accepted our invitation and sought the favor of Lord Jagannatha, the Lord of the Universe as follows by alphabetical order. We cordially thank them for their esteemed presence!

Mr. Umesh Chandra, CEO Chantex, Australian Citizen of the year 2019; Mrs and Mr Justin & Susan Handley, representing Bahai faith; Senior Sargent David Lucas, Cultural Engagement Unit, Queensland Police; Mr. Bart Mellish, member for Aspley; Dr Ram Mohan, President, Federation of Indian Communities Queensland; Ms. Margaret Naylon Executive Officer with The Council for Ecumenism; Ms. Gail Paratz, Interfaith Chair of Queensland; Mr. Palani O’Thevar, Social Worker, Secretary United Nations Association and finally Mrs. Archana Singh, Honorary Consul of India.

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AUTHORISED, FULL FLUDGED AND BONA FIDE GURUS.

For those who are still in doubt as to the statuses of Srila Prabhupada bona fide and qualified Diksha disciples regarding Guruship, I may post the following letter which for the sincere and intelligent reader presents no alternative as to the conclusion to be reached on this matter: Srila Prabhupada bona fide and qualified disciples are full fledged and bona fide Gurus on their own right or have the option to take the position of full fledged and bona fide Gurus on their own right, remaining always under the knowledge and practice umbrella of our Founder-Acarya.

New Delhi
2 December, 1975
75-12-02

My Dear Tusta Krishna Swami,

Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated 21 November, 1975. Every student is expected to become Acarya. Acarya means one who knows the scriptural injunctions and follows them practically in life, and teaches them to his disciples. I have given you sannyasa with the great hope that in my absence you will preach the cult throughout the world and thus become recognized by Krishna as the most sincere servant of the Lord. So I’m very pleased that you have not deviated from the principles I have taught, and thus with power of attorney go on preaching Krishna consciousness, that will make me very happy as it is confirmed in the Guru vastakam yasya prasadat bhagavata prasadah just by satisfying your Spiritual Master who is accepted as the bona fide representative of the Lord you satisfy Krishna immediately without any doubt.

I am very glad to inform you that Sudama Vipra Maharaja is also now following my principles. So I am very very happy to receive all this news. Thank you very very much.

Keep trained up very rigidly and then you are bona fide Guru, and you can accept disciples on the same principle. But as a matter of etiquette it is the custom that during the lifetime of your Spiritual Master you bring the prospective disciples to him, and in his absence or disappearance you can accept disciples without any limitation. This is the law of disciplic succession. I want to see my disciples become bona fide Spiritual Master and spread Krishna consciousness very widely, that will make me and Krishna very happy.

I hope this letter finds you well,

Your ever well wisher,

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
ACBS/hda

 

Moreover, in 750325CC.May, Srila Prabhupada gives yet another qualification of the Guru:

“So therefore guru is very important, because he has accepted Kṛṣṇa… Tattva-darśibhiḥ, he has seen the truth. So therefore guru is first offered. This is the test of guru. Guru does not become Kṛṣṇa Himself, but he canvasses door to door to induce that “You become devotee of Kṛṣṇa.” This is sign of guru. Vande gurūn īśa-bhaktān.

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SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM. AMALA PURANAM. 7.13.34 “The behaviour of a perfect person.”

TEXT 34

shoka-moha-bhaya-krodha-
raaga-klaibya-shramaadayah
yan-muulaah syur nrinaam jahyaat
sprihaam praanaarthayor budhah

SYNONYMS
shoka—lamentation; moha—illusion; bhaya—fear; krodha—anger; raaga—attachment; klaibya—poverty; shrama—unnecessary labor; aadayah—and so on; yat-muulaah—the original cause of all these; syuh—become; nrinaam—of human beings; jahyaat—should give up; sprihaam—the desire; praana—for bodily strength or prestige; arthayoh—and accumulating money; budhah—an intelligent person.

TRANSLATION
Those in human society who are intelligent should give up the original cause of lamentation, illusion, fear, anger, attachment, poverty and unnecessary labor. The original cause of all of these is the desire for unnecessary prestige and money.

PURPORT
Here is the difference between Vedic civilization and the modern demoniac civilization. Vedic civilization concerned itself with how to achieve self-realization, and for this purpose one was recommended to have a small income to maintain body and soul together. The society was divided into braahmanas, kshatriyas, vaishyas and shuudras, and the members of this society would limit their endeavors to meeting their minimum demands. The braahmanas, in particular, would have no material desires. Because the kshatriyas had to rule the people, it was necessary for them to have money and prestige. But the vaishyas were satisfied with agricultural produce and milk from the cow, and if by chance there were excess, trade was allowed. The shuudras were also happy, for they would get food and shelter from the three higher classes. In the demoniac civilization of the present day, however, there is no question of braahmanas or kshatriyas; there are only so-called workers and a flourishing mercantile class who have no goal in life.
According to Vedic civilization, the ultimate perfection of life is to take sannyaasa, but at the present moment people do not know why sannyaasa is accepted. Because of misunderstanding, they think that one accepts sannyaasa to escape social responsibilities. But one does not accept sannyaasa to escape from responsibility to society. Generally one accepts sannyaasa at the fourth stage of spiritual life. One begins as a brahmacaarii then becomes a grihastha, a vaanaprastha and finally a sannyaasii to take advantage of the duration of one’s life by engaging oneself fully in self-realization. Sannyaasa does not mean begging from door to door to accumulate money for sense gratification. However, because in Kali-yuga people are more or less prone to sense gratification, immature sannyaasa is not recommended. Shriila Ruupa Gosvaamii writes in his Nectar of Instruction:
atyaahaarah prayaasash ca
prajalpo niyamaagrahah
jana-sangash ca laulyam ca
shadbhir bhaktir vinashyati
[Upadeshaamrita 2]
“One’s devotional service is spoiled when he becomes too entangled in the following six activities: (1) eating more than necessary or collecting more funds than required; (2) overendeavoring for mundane things that are very difficult to obtain; (3) talking unnecessarily about mundane subject matters; (4) practicing the scriptural rules and regulations only for the sake of following them and not for the sake of spiritual advancement, or rejecting the rules and regulations of the scriptures and working independently or whimsically; (5) associating with worldly-minded persons who are not interested in Krishna consciousness; and (6) being greedy for mundane achievements.” A sannyaasii should have an institution meant to preach Krishna consciousness; he need not accumulate money for himself. We recommend that as soon as money accumulates in our Krishna consciousness movement, fifty percent of it should be invested in printing books, and fifty per cent for expenditures, especially in establishing centers all over the world. The managers of the Krishna consciousness movement should be extremely cautious in regard to this point. Otherwise money will be the cause of lamentation, illusion, fear, anger, material attachment, material poverty, and unnecessary hard work. When I was alone in Vrindaavana, I never attempted to construct mathas or temples; rather, I was fully satisfied with the small amount of money I could gather by selling Back to Godhead, and thus I would provide for myself and also print the literature. When I went to foreign countries, I lived according to the same principle, but when Europeans and Americans began to give money profusely, I started temples and Deity worship. The same principle should still be followed. Whatever money is collected should be spent for Krishna, and not a farthing for sense gratification. This is the Bhaagavata principle.
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Soweto, South Africa, Hare Krishna rap.

We have heard from authorities that there is a new Hare Krishna rap mantra in Soweto,  Johannesburg, South Africa. It goes like this:

Ain’t no party like a KRISHNA party, cause a KRISHNA party don’t stop hey!

Ain’t no party like a KRISHNA party, cause a KRISHNA party don’t stop hey!

Ain’t no party like a KRISHNA party, cause a KRISHNA party don’t stop hey!

Ain’t no party like a KRISHNA party, cause a KRISHNA party don’t stop hey!

 

My own additional refrain.

Yes, I have lost my heart in OUAGADOUGOU to Sri Sri Radha-Ouagadougouisvara hey!

Yes, I have lost my heart in OUAGADOUGOU to Sri Sri Radha-Ouagadougouisvara hey!

Yes, I have lost my heart in OUAGADOUGOU to Sri Sri Radha-Ouagadougouisvara hey!

 

Of course the absolute antecedent is:

krishna krishna krishna krishna krishna krishna krishna he
krishna krishna krishna krishna krishna krishna krishna he
krishna krishna krishna krishna krishna krishna raksha maam
krishna krishna krishna krishna krishna krishna paahi maam
raama raaghava raama raaghava raama raaghava raksha maam
krishna keshava krishna keshava krishna keshava paahi maam

This song was sung by Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu Himself. Almost like a mad lion filled with ecstatic love of Godhead and performing Sankirtan, chanting Sri Krishna’s names as above, He, the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself, disguised as a devotee (bhakta), went on His tour of South India. Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya 7. 95-96. This happened in the early sixteenths century, as we find on plate 3 of 18 volumes edition of Sri Caitanya Caritamrata, Madhya Vol 3. The plate reads as follows: “Mahaprabhu visited Mangalgiri in 1512 A.D. Chaitanya- Foot-prints installed by Paramhansa Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami in 1930.”        All glories to Srila Prabhupada!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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