A VERBATIM EXTRACT from a LETTER to an ISKCON LEADER
As far as the articles are concerned, here is my bottom line:
Regardless of what’s happening on the altar, a true gentleman will not fail to acknowledge Srila Prabhupada’s presence in the temple room and on the Vyasasana, amidst the assembled devotees and offer Him the articles first. Besides that anyone who accepts the articles first in His Divine Presence on the Vyasasana really slaps Srila Prabhupada in the face. What an imposture!
You cannot neglect Him in this way day after day, after day, after day. It just cannot be done! Such repetitive behavior represents a significant offence and will hold you back on the progressive and golden path of devotional service, as well as all others who depend on your leadership.
Addendum: It has been rightly pointed out that our respected readers may not remember the background of the BOTTOM LINE posting. Please see ARTICLES posting of April 7th 2016 for relevant information. Thank you very much!