“Just as Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vaasudeva, Rukminii is the supreme goddess of fortune, Mahaa-Lakshmii.” Krishna Book, chapter 52.

 

“Just as Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vaasudeva, Rukminii is the supreme goddess of fortune, Mahaa-Lakshmii.” Krishna Book, chapter 52.

From this passage one may argue that “the Supreme Goddess of Fortune” be spelled with capital letters.

Why is it not spelled with capital letters?

Is it sexism again?

From this sentence  it is clear that there an equality of status and intimate relationship between the Supreme Personality of Godhead and the Supreme Goddess of Fortune. Therefore one may conclude that, if only by association, the nomenclature “the Supreme Goddess of Fortune” should be written with capital letters.

The Krishna Book text goes on:”According to the authority of the Caitanya-caritaamrta, the expansion of Krishna and that of Sriimatii Raadhaaraanii are simultaneous: Krishna expands Himself into various vishnu-tattva forms, and Sriimatii Raadhaaraanii expands Herself into various shakti-tattva forms, by Her internal potency, as multiforms of the goddess of fortune.”

We note that the personal pronoun “Herself” in reference to Sriimatii Raadhaaraanii is spelled with capital letter in this passage of Krishna Book.

So Sriimatii Raadhaaraanii is shakti-tattva and is consequently not equal to the Supreme Personality of Godhead Who is Vishnu-tattva. Shakti-tattva and Vishnu-tattva are two different categories of transcendental existence. But then again in Adi Lila 1.5 it is stated that “…Raadhaa and Krishna are one in Their identity…” Because of the parallel and the intimate association of shakti-tattva and Vishnu-tattva, it may be argued that the “Supreme Goddess of Fortune” and “Goddess of Fortune” in general be spelled with capital letters.

Such spelling will immediately remind us of the intimate relationship between the Supreme Personality of Godhead and the Supreme Goddess of Fortune and will prevent us from chasing  the association of the  Goddess of Fortune on her own, just as the shameless demon Ravana did.  There is a stern warning by Srila Prahupada, that if we don’t engage Laksmii in the service of Her Husband, the Personality of Godhead, Naaraayana, then Laksmii will ultimately kill us.

Prabhupaada: Provided you engage them for Krishna’s service. Otherwise the lakshmii will kill you. Just like Siitaas, Siitaa is Lakshmii. When Siiaa was taken by Raavana, the result was the whole family was killed because they did not use Siitaa for Raama’s service. [break] …householders can be engaged, not anyone else. 750701MW.Den

In 730726BG.Lon, Srila Prabhupada also says the following in this context:

“So they were actually aatataayinah. Because aatataayinah means one who comes to kidnap your wife, insults your wife, you should immediately kill him. Just like Lord Raamacandra. He was so pious king, but when it so happened that His wife, Siitaa, was insulted… Siitaa was taken away by Raavana. Lord Raamacandra could marry hundreds and thousands of Siitaas. He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He could create Siitaa, Raadhaaraanii , Lakshmii.
They are the pleasure potency of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The Supreme Personality of Godhead cannot have a material wife or a material companion. Krishna’s Raadhaaraarii or Lord Raamacandra’s Siitaadevii, Naaraayana’s Lakshmiidevii, they are pleasure potency of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Raadhaa krishna-pranaya-vikritir hlaadinii shaktir asmaat [Cc. Ädi 1.5]. Ählaadinii-shakti. Krishna, God, has got many potencies. One of the potencies is called aahlaadinii-shakti, pleasure potency. So Krishna’s consort, Lord Raamacandra’s consort, they are pleasure potency, exhibited.
So to show the example, Lord Rämacandra, because Siitaa was kidnapped, Siitaa was insulted, or Raamacandra was insulted, the retaliation was Lord Raamacandra killed not only Raavana but the whole dynasty, finished. Only for one woman. He could create so many. No. Because aatataayinah, aggressed over. Just to teach people that anyone, if he is aggressor, he must be killed. This is the position.”

We may therefore conclude that to spell Goddess of Fortune small case betrays more than just a tinge of demonism, as such familiarity with the Goddess of Fortune will make her in the mind of the speller hopefully more easily available for our personal sense gratification. Whereas in fact RESPECT and DISTANCE are required and therefore capital letters are required as in the “Goddess of Fortune”.  Thank you very much for reading me.

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“You should all therefore preach with fearlessness and with utmost energy the message of Rupa and Raghunath under the guidance of the followers of Sree Rupa.” His Divine Grace Sri Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Maharaja, December 23rd 1936.

  

from BACK TO GODHEAD MAGAZINE 1944

 Edited and Founded Under Direct Order of His Divine Grace Sri Srimad Bhakti-Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupada by Goswami Abhay Charan Bhaktivedanta.

 

His Divine Grace Sree Sreemad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Maharaj the celebrated Acharya (Spiritual Head) of the Gaudiya Vaisnavas spoke the following few lines as His Message just a few days (23rd December, 1936) before His passing away from this mortal world.

“I have most probably given many people troubles in the mind. Some of them might have thought about me that I am their enemy because I was obliged to speak the plain truth for service and devotion towards the Absolute Godhead. I have given them all those troubles only for the reason that they may turn their face towards the Personality of Godhead without any desire for gain and with unalloyed devotion. I hope some day or other they may understand me rightly.”

“I advise all to preach the teachings of Rupa-Raghunath (disciples of Lord Chaitanya) with all energy and resources.

Our ultimate goal shall be to become the dust of the lotus feet of Sree Sree Rupa and Raghunath Goswamins. You should all work conjointly under the guidance of your spiritual master with a view to serve the Absolute Knowledge, the Personality of Godhead. You should live somehow or other without any quarrel in this mortal world only for the service of Godhead. Do not please give up the service of Godhead in spite of all dangers, all criticisms and all discomforts. Do not be disappointed for most people in the world do not serve the Personality of Godhead; do not give up your own service which is your everything and all, neither reject the process of chanting and hearing of the transcendental Holy Name of Godhead. You should always chant the transcendental Name of Godhead with patience and forbearance like a tree and humbleness like a straw.”

“We wish that this mass of our body of flesh and blood may be sacrificed at the altar of preaching the Samkirtan Movement (congregational chanting of the Holy Name of Godhead) propagated by Lord Chaitanya. We are not desirous of becoming a hero of work or a reformer of religion, but our reality may be identified with the dust of the Lotus Feet of Sree Rupa and Raghunath for that is our everything. The flow of the transcendental tide of the attraction of devotion will never be blocked, and you with your all energy shall devote yourself for fulfilling the desire of Sreela Bhakti Vinode Thakur. There are many amongst you who are well qualified and able workers. We have no other desire whatsoever.”

“There are certainly many difficulties while we are in this mortal world but it is not our business simply to be overwhelmed with those difficulties or to try to overcome them only. We must know even during the duration of our present life, as to what we shall gain after overcoming all those difficulties of life and what shall be the mode of our permanent existence. We must make an adjustment of all things that evoke our love and hatred and for those that we want and do not want. Attachment and detachment of this mortal world will engage us more and more as we become farther and farthest from the Lotus Feet of Sree Krishna.

When we are able to transcend the position of attachments and detachments of this mortal world and be attracted with the Holy Name of Godhead, it is then only we can understand the import of the transcendental service of Sree Krishna the Personality of Godhead. At the first instance the subject Krishna is startling and perplexing to us. Every one who is called by the name ‘man’ is more or less struggling knowingly or unknowingly to eliminate those invading elements what are baffling our conception of eternal need. It is our only duty to enter into the kingdom of eternal need.”

“We have no love or hatred for any one in this world. All arrangements made in this world are but temporary. There is, therefore, unavoidable necessity for that ultimate need for every one in this world. You should attain the transcendental loving service of the objective, being situated in concerted action for that one aim. Let there be a constant flow of the ideas and thoughts as conceived by Rupa Goswami and His followers. We shall not at any time show our slightest dejection for the seven tongued “Samkirtan” movement. If we have undaunted faith in it we shall then only achieve all perfections. You should all therefore preach with fearlessness and with utmost energy the message of Rupa and Raghunath under the guidance of the followers of Sree Rupa.”

(Translated from Bengali by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Editor, Back to Godhead Magazine, Vol. 1. 1944)

[Please note: The articles in this series have been typed from copies of the original manuscripts which are sometimes unclear. As far as possible, every attempt has been made to reproduce them without change.]

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THE TOPMOST DISTINCTION OF THE LETTERS A C B S P. improved version 1.

Srila Prabhupada with disciples giving initiation, Mayapur 1972.

 

And why should we, Srila Prabhupada, Your diksa / shiksha disciples, be unnecessarily proud and monopolise the letters ACBSP ??? It is not fair at all that one single generation monopolises ACBSP, at the detriment of hundreds of coming future generations. This is totally unacceptable!!!

As a remedy to this situation, I am proposing herewith that we account for this matter as ACBSPGen1, ACBSPGen2, ACBSPGen3 , ACBSPGen4 etc etc…ACBSPGen1 representing Your direct diksha / shiksha disciples and successive future generations of shiksha disciples being designated as ACBSP Generation 2, 3, 4, etc etc… Anyone who accepts You as the Founder- Acarya of ISKCON and strictly follows Your orders, has access to this topmost distinction of ACBSP. Because You are the Founder-Acarya of this institution, The International Society for Krishna Consciousness, anyone who surrenders to Your orders becomes Your shiksha disciple and You become His shiksha Guru. One may have one diksha Guru only, but many shiksha Gurus. And except for You Srila Prabhupada, all are to be treated equally. Whereas You stand supreme at all times, places and circumstances! Again the reason being, that You are the Founder-Acarya of The International Society for Krishna Consciousness. In all meanings, You are the provider and maintainer of The International Society for Krishna Consciousness and everyone else is provided for and maintained in The International Society for Krishna Consciousness. All glories to Your Divine Grace!!! 

Because the distinction ACBSP is transcendental, it is higher that any mundane distinction of BA, MA and PhD, or whatever the mundane wranglers and speculators may invent with their fertile but imperfect brains.

Jai Srila Prabhupada!!!

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DANDAVATS.COM “The web site that will fall over to serve you” caught “en flagrant delit” of sexism on June 3rd 2019!!!

Dandavats.com’s first page top feature is called “Todays featured video.”

Generally the name of the person speaking is given on the first page.

On June 4th HH Indradyumna’s Swami’s name was given on the first page.

On June 9th HG Madavananda Prabhu’s name was given on the first page

And the list goes on.

But on June 3rd however, Her Grace Mondakini Devi Dasi spoke of the  “ANNIVERSARY DATE OF ANANTA SHANTI’S PASSING, REMEMBERING ANANTA SHANTI DAS”

But her name did NOT feature on the first page BECAUSE OF HER GENDER EVIDENTLY!!!

The author of this article knows HG Mondakini DD. He has met her in Paris in 1973. But because time has passed and for the sake of circumspection, I wanted to verify the identity of the lady on the first page of “Today’s feature video”. But I could not find a name. I had to actually start watching the video to find the name Her Grace Mondakini DD.

THAT IS IN MY HUMBLE OPINION THE SUFFICIENT AND IRREFUTABLE PROOF OF THE LURKING OF SEXISM IN THE MINDS OF THE ADMINISTRATORS OF Dandavats.com and why not say it, in the some quarters of ISKCON as well!

I guess Mother Mondakini is owed an apology in due form by dandavats.com.

So in both entities, Dandavats.com and ISKCON be prepared to be faced with sexism.

 

 

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AGAIN, A CORDIAL “THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CELINE!!!” TO CELINE DION FOR EXHIBITING HER FORMIDABLE TALENT. (The word cordial comes from medieval Latin cordialis, from Latin cor, cord- ‘heart’, for those of us who have forgotten :):):)

In Bhagavad-Gita As It Is, chapter 10 called “The opulence of the Absolute”, text 41, Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead states:

TEXT

yad yad vibhuutimat sattvam
shriimad uurjitam eva vaa
tat tad evaavagaccha tvam
mama tejo-‘msha-sambhavam

SYNONYMS

yat yat—whatever; vibhuuti—opulences; mat—having; sattvam—existence; shrii-mat—beautiful; uurjitam—glorious; eva—certainly; vas—or; tat tat—all those; eva—certainly; avagaccha—must know; tvam—you; mama—My; tejah—of the splendor; amsha—a part; sambhavam—born of.

TRANSLATION

Know that all opulent, beautiful and glorious creations spring from but a spark of My splendor.

PURPORT

by Srila Prabhupada, the Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness and Founder of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust and Back To Godhead magazine.

Any glorious or beautiful existence should be understood to be but a fragmental manifestation of Krishna’s opulence, whether it be in the spiritual or material world. Anything extraordinarily opulent should be considered to represent Krishna’s opulence.(Copyright BBT)

 

The precise and meticulous control Celine exercises over the pitch, quality and power / volume of her God-given voice is just extraordinary. She also sings with outstanding majesty, especially when she glorifies Lord Jesus Christ just like in “Night Divine.”

Her perceived generosity and benevolence and energetic expression betray a very wonderful personality.

As I wrote in a recent note about Srimatee Rukmini Devi, the Goddess of Fortune and inseparable and duly married wife of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna, most ladies display, at least to some extend, the qualities of the goddess of fortune and Srimatee Celine Dion is a perfect example of this transference. As we listen to 1.”I am alive” and “…5. “A new day has come” from CELINE DION’S CD “A NEW DAY HAS COME” or “O Holy Night” and “The season to be jolly.” of her CD called THESE ARE SPECIAL TIMES, we can only remember Sri Krishna words of BGAII 10.41 ” Know that all opulent, beautiful and glorious creations spring from but a spark of My splendor.” Yes, the adjectives “opulent”, “beautiful” and “glorious” are totally justified when we speak of Celine Dion’s wonderful musical artistry and personality!!!

All glories to Srimatee Celine Dion!

May she, one day soon, come to sing for Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, as did the late George Harrison. And that will represents the perfection of both her artistry and her career, as well as the best investment in her life beyond birth and death.

This is confirmed in the Srimad Bhagavatam, amala puranam.1.5.22. Chapter 5 of Canto one is called: “Narada’s instructions on Srimad Bhagavatam for Vyasadeva”

idam hi pumsas tapasah shrutasya vaa
sv-ishtasya suuktasya ca buddhi-dattayoh
avicyuto ‘rthah kavibhir niruupito
yad-uttamashloka-gunaanuvarnanam

SYNONYMS

idam—this; hi—certainly; pumsah—of everyone; tapasah—by dint of austerities; shrutasya—by dint of study of the Vedas; vas—or; sv-ishtasya—sacrifice; suuktasya—spiritual education; ca—and; buddhi—culture of knowledge; dattayoh—charity; avicyutah—infallible; arthah—interest; kavibhih—by the recognized learned person; niruupitah—concluded; yat—what; uttamashloka—of the Lord, who is described by choice poetry; guna-anuvarnanam—description of the transcendental qualities.

TRANSLATION

Learned circles have positively concluded that the infallible purpose of the advancement of knowledge, namely austerities, study of the Vedas, sacrifice, chanting of hymns, and charity, culminates in the transcendental descriptions of the Lord, who is defined in choice poetry.

PURPORT

Human intellect is developed for advancement of learning in art, science, philosophy, physics, chemistry, psychology, economics, politics, etc. By culture of such knowledge the human society can attain perfection of life. This perfection of life culminates in the realization of the Supreme Being, Vishnu. The shruti therefore directs that those who are actually advanced in learning should aspire for the service of Lord Vishnu. Unfortunately persons who are enamored with the external beauty of vishnu-maayaa do not understand that the culmination of perfection, or self-realization depends on Vishnu. Vishnu-maayaa means sense enjoyment, which is transient and miserable. Those who are entrapped by vishnu-maayaa utilize advancement of knowledge for sense enjoyment. Sri Naarada Muni has explained that all paraphernalia of the cosmic universe are but emanations from the Lord out of His different energies because the Lord has set in motion, by His inconceivable energy, the actions and reactions of the created manifestation. The paraphernalia have come to be out of His energy, they rest on His energy, and after annihilation they merge into Him. None of them, therefore, are different from Him, but at the same time the Lord is always different from them.
When advancement of knowledge is applied in the service of the Lord, the whole process becomes absolute. The Personality of Godhead and His transcendental name, fame, glory, etc., are all nondifferent from Him. Therefore, all the sages and devotees of the Lord have recommended that the subject matter of art, science, philosophy, physics, chemistry, psychology and all other branches of knowledge should be wholly and solely applied in the service of the Lord. Art, literature, poetry, painting, etc., may be used in glorifying the Lord. The fiction writers, poets and celebrated litterateurs are generally engaged in writing of sensuous subjects, but if they turn towards the service of the Lord they can describe the transcendental pastimes of the Lord. Vaalmiiki was a great poet, and similarly Vyaasadeva is a great writer, and both of them have absolutely engaged themselves in delineating the transcendental activities of the Lord and by doing so have become immortal. Similarly, science and philosophy also should be applied in the service of the Lord. There is no use presenting dry speculative theories for sense gratification. Philosophy and science should be engaged to establish the glory of the Lord. Advanced people are eager to understand the Absolute Truth through the medium of science, and therefore a great scientist should endeavor to prove the existence of the Lord on a scientific basis. Similarly, philosophical speculations should be utilized to establish the Supreme Truth as sentient and all-powerful. Similarly, all other branches of knowledge should always be engaged in the service of the Lord. In the Bhagavad-giitaa also the same is affirmed. All “knowledge” not engaged in the service of the Lord is but nescience. Real utilization of advanced knowledge is to establish the glories of the Lord, and that is the real import. Science, art, philosophy and all similar activities engaged in the service of the Lord are all factually hari-kiirtana, or glorification of the Lord. (Copyright BBT)

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BHAGAVAD-GITA AS IT IS 18.17. Comparing V1 and V2

V1 One who is not motivated by false ego, whose intelligence is not entangled, though he kills men in this world, is not the slayer. Nor is he bound by his actions.

 

V2 One who is not motivated by false ego, whose intelligence is not entangled, though he kills men in this world, does not kill. Nor is he bound by his actions.

In the word for word, “hanti” is a verb and is translated as “kills” . So HHJDS seems to be correct. One may also think there should be a coma separating the two sentences, instead of a full stop. But there exists already three comas in the first sentence and that’ s enough! So both versions are correct in that regard. (HHJDS stands for His Holiness Jayadvaita Swami)

 

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BOTH THEOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY CULMINATE IN VAISHNAVISM.

1944 Back to Godhead magazine #1

Edited and Founded Under Direct Order of His Divine Grace Sri Srimad Bhakti-Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupada by Goswami Abhay Charan Bhaktivedanta.

vande ‘ham sri-guroh sri-yuta-pada-kamalam sri-gurun vaisnavams ca
sri-rupam sagrajatam saha-gana-raghunathanvitam tam sa-jivam
sadvaitam savadhutam parijana-sahitam krsna-caitanya-devam
sri-radha-krsna-padan saha-gana-lalita-sri-visakhanvitams ca

The man having forgotten himself as the son of Godhead, has forsaken his real constitutional nature. He has misidentified himself with everything non-godly and therefore manipulates a material existence conducted by the mind and the six instrumental senses. He is concerned only with his material coverings of gross body and the subtle mind but cannot see either himself or his so-called numerous fellowmen. This is what we mean by Nescience which is darkness.

The man having designated himself with the relation of his vehicular body and the finer elements of mind and ego etc., like the motor-car driver who has identified himself wrongly with the motor-car itself, has manufactured a civilization which is self contradictory and self denial.

His so-called rationality having not gone far above the rationality of the lower animals, he laments at the death of his fellowmen or at the loss of his own things which he has never witnessed by real experience. This is what we mean by Nescience which is darkness. He slightly feels only and that after the death of his fellowmen that the body loses something that moves it just like the driver moves the motor-car, but still due to the darkness of Nescience he never concerns himself with the driver of the body but takes care superficially only for the body or the mechanical car.

In the darkness of Nescience he is fully amazed with mechanism of the gross body just like a boy who is amazed with mechanism of the motor-car, but he hardly tries to understand that without a driver any amount of astounding mechanical arrangement of the motor-car or that of the human body, it cannot move either of them even by an inch. This is what we mean by Nescience which is darkness.

The defect of the present day civilization is just like the above. This is actually the civilization of Nescience or illusion and has, therefore, civilization been turned into militarization. Every one is fully concerned with the comforts of the body and everything related with the body and no body is concerned with the Spirit that moves the body although even a boy can realise that the motor-car mechanism has little value if there is no driver of the car. This dangerous ignorance of humanity is a gross Nescience and has created a dangerous civilization in the form of militarization. This militarization which, in softer language, is nationalization, is an external barrier to come to an understanding of human relation. There is no meaning in a fight where the parties do fight only for the matter of different coloured dresses. There must be therefore an understanding of human relation without any consideration of the bodily designation or coloured dresses.

“BACK TO GODHEAD” is a feeble attempt by the undersigned under the direction of His Divine Grace Sri Srimad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupada, the celebrated founder and organiser of the Gaudiya Math activities-just to bring up a real relation of humanity with central relation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

That there is a great and urgent need of a literature like this is keenly felt by the leaders of all countries and the following statements will help much in the procedure.

Some time back a bold statement by the Metropolitan of India in the form of Moral and Spiritual Re-armament movement, was published in the Hindusthan Standard, in which the reverend Bishop declared that “INDIA GUIDED BY GOD CAN LEAD THE WORLD BACK TO SANITY.”

The President of the United States of America in a message to the Senate stated that “the underlying strength of the world consists in the moral fibre of citizens. A programme therefore of moral re-armament for the world cannot fail, to lessen the dangers of armed conflict. Such moral re-armament, to be most highly effective, must receive support on a world wide basis.”

The Ex-president of the United States of America Mr. Herbert Hoover sent a message in a citizen’s meeting in New York which included the following words. “What the world needs today is to return to sanity and moral spiritual ideals. At the present moment, nothing so concerns mankind.”

Some 236 members of the British House of Commons jointly affirmed that spiritual principles which are common heritage of all people, are more fundamental than any political or economic issue. They also strongly affirmed that there is urgent need to acknowledge the sovereign authority of God in home and nation to establish that liberty which rests on the Christian responsibility to all one’s fellowmen and to build a national life based on usefulness, unity and faith.

Sir Stafford Cripps the Lord Privy Seal of Britain in a meeting of Christians sometimes in the month of September 1942, said that the Kingdom of God would be accomplished through the Divine Power of love and he declared that “the tasks before us are, first so to conduct ourselves as individual Christian that in spite of the difficulties of our surroundings, we may work towards the establishment of the Kingdom of God throughout our country and the world and second, so to influence and change our social-economic and political environments as to encourage both ourselves and others to take to the Christian way of life.”

The horrors of the war are pinching every one and all in the world and a statement of Mr. Windel Wilkie after his return from Russia, will tell the story of all other countries in the world. He stated that “Five million Russians have been killed, wounded or missing. At least sixty million Russians are slaves in the Russian territories controlled by Hitler. Food in Russia this winter will be scarce, perhaps worse than scarce. Fuel will be little known this winter in millions of Russian homes. Clothing except for the army and for essential war workers has nearly gone. Many vital medical supplies just do not exist.”

What is true for the Russian people is also true for other people, as we Indians are feeling the same scarcity, the same want and the same disgust.

The disgust of the war is well summarized by the Foreign Secretary of Britain Mr. Anthony Eden who said that “this time we have to finish the job properly. We will not tolerate this business every twenty years. When the job is finished we must see that they cannot start it again. That is the will of the nation and the united nation.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury in his recent broadcast in London said, “In every quarter of earth men long to be delivered from the curse of War and to find in a world which has regained its peace, respite from the harshness and bitterness of the world they have known till now. But so often they want the Kingdom of Heaven without its King. The kingdom of God without God. And they cannot have it.”

“OUR RESOLVE MUST BE BACK TO GOD. We make plans for the future for peace amongst the nation and for civil security at home. That is quite right enough and it would be wrong to neglect it. But all our plans will come to ship-wreck on the rock of human selfishness unless we turn to God. BACK TO GOD, that is the chief need of England and of every nation.”

And lately Sir Francis Younghusband while speaking at World Congress of Faiths said that, “that now religion is everywhere attacked brutally, we, look to India the very home of religion for a sign.” Sir Francis pleaded that India, by her example might show the world how religion can be the most potent of all uniting forces in the conduct of human affairs.”

Sir Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan the great Hindu philosopher addressing a crowded public meeting in Calcutta recently, observed:

“At a time like this when there is poverty, malnutrition of body and mind, when many people do not know what it is to have a cooked meal, or to lie on soft bed, when millions of homes turn into homes of hunger and prisoners of poverty, religious men will have to address themselves to the task of removing them.”

“Today the world was noisier, more controversial and violent. There was more hope and more uncertainty, more aspirations and more frustration. And the years that intervened (from the last war) showed the bankruptcy of any spiritual value. The Versailles Treaty, the League of Nations, and the Disarmament Conference failed because they had not the back ground of public opinion to sustain them. This war, when it would be won, would prove to be the breeding ground of other wars if the peace was not saved. It could happen only if powerful nations ceased to take pride and glory in their possessions which were based on labour and tribute of other weaker nations. This perhaps was what Sir Harcourt Butler meant when he said that the principles of Hinduism contained the essential elements for the saving of world civilizations.”

In another meeting the same philosopher pointed out, “We have to defeat tyranny in the realm of thought and create a will for world peace. Instruments for training the mind and educating human nature should be used to develop a proper social outlook without which institutional machinery was of little use.”

These psychological movements of the leaders of all countries-combined with the orders of my Divine Master Sri Srimad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupada has led me to venture to start a paper under the above name and style “BACK TO GODHEAD” which implies all the words that we may intend to say in this connection. India has been politically subjugated so to say for the last one thousand years but very few have been able to exploit her spiritual resources up till now which are measured unlimited by the spiritual masters. Politically India may ask all so-called foreigners to quit the shores of India but spiritually she did never ask any body to do so nor she will do so even now. She will rather invite all the so-called foreigners to come and exploit the spiritual resources of India’s advancement and this transcendental exploitation will not only enhance the glory of India but will also enrich the glory of the whole world for unity, faith and humanity.

It may not be out of place to mention herein that His Divine Grace Sri Srimad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswaty Goswami Prabhupada, just before his departure from this mortal world, wrote me a letter from Puri dated the 3rd December, 1936 directing me towards my duty in fulfilling His mission in the world for propagating the religion of Divine Love as propounded by Lord Chaitanya. In course of writing that letter, He wrote the following lines amongst other things.

“I am fully confident that you can explain in English our thoughts and arguments to the people who are not conversant with the languages of other members.”

“This will do much good to yourself as well as your audience.”

“I have every hope that you can turn yourself a very good English preacher if you serve the mission to inculcate the novel impression to the people in general and philosophers of modern age and religiosity.”

And when I was consulting my well wishers and friends who are able to help me in this great adventure, all of them encouraged me in this connection. His Grace Sripad Bhakti Saranga Goswami Moharaj the Preacher-in-charge for the Western countries appointed by His Divine Grace who has recently returned from London preaching work to his headquarter, very kindly sent his blessing from Sri Nityananda Gaudiya Math in his letter dated the 15-3-43 in the following words amongst other things:-

“I know that His Divine Grace used to admire your intelligence and it was His earnest desire that the world outside be benefitted through your writings in English.”

Under the circumstances since 1936 up to now, I was simply speculating whether I shall venture this difficult task and that without any means and capacity; but as none has discouraged me including late Prof. Nishikanto Sanyal and Spd. Vasudev Prabhu (now Puri Moharaj), I have now taken courage to take up the work. Late Prof. Sanyal used to encourage me always by publishing my articles in his “Harmonist” and sometime back he wanted to give me the charge of the paper which I could not accept due to personal considerations.

But at the present moment my conscience is dictating me to take up the work although the difficulties are not over for the present situation arising out of War conditions.

I wish that every one who is enlightened and educated of all nationality, may take active interest in this periodical publication for wide circulation as this paper will contain only the transcendental messages of the great savants of India and specially of Lord Chaitanya, the Godhead Incarnate Who descended for the deliverance of all fallen souls in the present age. My duty will be simply to repeat in the “BACK TO GODHEAD” just like an interpreter what I have heard from and what I have been ordered to deliver by my great spiritual master H.D.G. Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupada. Nothing will be manufactured by me by my mental concoction. Such words will descend as Sound Transcendental and when they are given proper serving reception by the aural channel, surely they will act like medicine to carry all back to home and “BACK TO GODHEAD.”

It is proposed that at least part by part issues of this literature shall be published every year and the subscription is fixed up at Rs. 6/- per annum in India or fifteen shillings per annum abroad. The writers of this paper will be mostly those who have dedicated their lives, resources, intelligence and speeches for the service of the Absolute Personality of Godhead and for the welfare of all entities. The readers will therefore derive the highest amount of benefit by their association if they will simply sacrifice a little time for the service of Godhead as will be directed in this paper from time to time. Surely they will go back to Godhead and the present rotten world will be transformed into the Kingdom of God as they will learn to acknowledge the sovereign authority of God in home and outside.

The subject matters delineated in the pages of “Back to Godhead” may seem to be very dry in the beginning as the messages are from a different sphere altogether but still we have to give attention to the messages if we really mean to cure the disease of Nescience and go “BACK TO GODHEAD.” Sugar-candy is never sweet to those who are suffering from the disease of the bile. But still sugar-candy is the medicine for bilious patients. The taste of sugar-candy will gradually be revived if the bilious patient goes on taking sugar-candy regularly for the cure of the disease. We recommend the same process to the readers of “Back to Godhead.”

Godhead is One without a second and all living entities are His eternal subordinate transcendental servitors. Realisation of this transcendental relation, will be the attempt of this paper and therefore there is no bar for any one in the world irrespective of colour, creed and nationality, to go back to Godhead.

Abhay Charan De,
Editor and Founder.

[Please note: The articles in this series have been typed from copies of the original manuscripts which are sometimes unclear. As far as possible, every attempt has been made to reproduce them without change.]

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