“So this is the golden opportunity to preach the Krishna cult all over the world. You are lamenting because a few yards of land has been taken away from your country as Pakistan, but if you spread this Krishna consciousness movement, the whole world will become Hindustan. There is such potency; I give you my direct perception. People are hankering after it. So long I am in India, practically I am wasting my time. Outside India, this reception is taken so seriously that every part of my moment is properly utilized.”
Footnote: This may not be construed as a political statement, as one may get the impression at face value. It means that Krishna consciousness and Krishna culture are potentially the true unifying factors for the whole world, as was the case 5000 years ago, under one world government established in Dehli, India. The name then was Hastinapura, or the city of the elephants. “Formerly, even on this planet there was one president.” 740627BG.Mel
On the other hand, one may successfully argue that there is a political dimension to this statement as Srila Prabhupada also explains in 750519SB.Mel:
“This is a conversation between Mahäräja Pariksit and Sukadeva Gosvämi. Mahäräja Pariksit, five thousand years ago he was the emperor of the whole world. Formerly, up to five thousand years ago, the whole world was being controlled and ruled over by kings whose capital was Hastinäpura, New Delhi. There was only one flag, only one ruler, one scripture, Vedic scripture, and the Aryans, Arya, they were the civilized persons. You Europeans, Americans, you are also Aryans. Indo-European stock. Mahäräja Yayäti, grandson of Mahäräja Pariksit, he gave to his two sons the portion of eastern Europe, Greek and Roman. That is the history, Mahäbhärata. Mahäbhärata means great India. So there was no different religion. One religion, Vedic religion. Vedic religion means to accept the Supreme Personality of Godhead as the Supreme Person Absolute Truth. This is Vedic religion. Those who have read Bhagavad-Gita, it is said there in the fifteenth chapter, vedais ca sarvair aham eva vedyam [Bg. 15.15]. Vedic knowledge means to understand God. This is Vedic religion.”
Over time the planet earth has become fragmented into 195 something independent countries / clans / tribes, each maintaining its own armed forces. We may therefore say that history repeats itself, as a very similar situation prevailed at the time of the advent of Lord Krishna. Please find the opening words of Srila Prabhupada’s Krishna Book, chapter one, entitled “The Advent of Lord Krishna.”:
“Once the world was overburdened by the unnecessary defense force of different kings, who were actually demons but were posing themselves as the royal order. At that time, the whole world became perturbed, and the predominating deity of this earth, known as Bhümi, went to see Lord Brahmä to tell of her calamities due to the demoniac kings…..”
The perspicacious reader may ask: “Does this mean that Shri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead is about to appear on planet earth, just as He has appeared 5000 years ago?” The reply will be that yes, Shri Krishna has already appeared on planet earth in the form of His Holy Name and the Sankirtan movement especially entrusted to spread the Holy name of the Lord. Krishna is absolute. Therefore there is no difference between Him at all and His name, form, qualities, activities etc..The explicit recommendation in the scriptures is
harer näma harer näma
harer nämaiva kevalam
kalau nästy eva nästy eva
nästy eva gatir anyathä
[Cc. Ädi 17.21]
“In this age of quarrel and hypocrisy the only means of deliverance is chanting the holy name of the Lord. There is no other way. There is no other way. There is no other way.”
Unfortunately these above historical facts are not being taught in our schools’ history lessons. I know I haven’t been told these facts at school in history classes. Only when I joined the Hare Krishna movement did I become aware of these historical facts. This is not mythology. It is fact. To say it is mythology is utter nonsense. Instead we and our children are being brainwashed into “this modern nonsense theory that there was in the beginning no life. But that is nonsense. In the beginning there was Brahmā, the most learned person. So this theory, modern scientists, that there was no human being or there was no man, they are all rascal speculation. It has no value. Here we get the knowledge that originally the Vedic knowledge was given to Lord Brahmā, and from Lord Brahmā, Nārada received the knowledge, and from Nārada Vyāsadeva received the knowledge. And from Vyāsadeva, by paramparā disciplic succession, we have received this knowledge. The knowledge is the same. There is no alteration. Because it is coming through the paramparā system there is no breakage. Just like from a very top height, if you give something, but if it is given hand to hand it does not break. But if you drop anything from very high place, it will be spoiled. Therefore it comes through the paramparā. Take for example one fruit, ripened fruit. This Bhāgavatam is accepted as the ripened fruit of the Vedic desire tree. Nigama-kalpa-taror galitaṁ phalam idam [SB 1.1.3]. It is the ripened fruit of all Vedic knowledge. Because Vedic knowledge means to understand God. That is Vedic knowledge. ”760906SB.Vrn
We are being kept in darkness. The Vedic injunction is:” Tamasi ma, jyotir gama”. In plain English:” Don’t remain in ignorance, please get yourself educated about the real facts!”
Srila Prabhupada, the Founder of the international Hare Krishna movement, wished that this (r)evolution be led by the people of the United States of America.
Please find a few quotes to that effect:
“My point is that this Krishna consciousness movement has come to your country by the will of Krishna. So there is favorable situation because the will of Krishna is there, that “Now the Westerners, especially the Americans, they should become Krishna conscious.” That is His will. So you take the opportunity, cooperate with Krishna, and you will be successful.” 760610SB.LA
“I am especially interested to see the Americans spread this movement. America is already blessed by Krishna, and if they become Krishna conscious, they will become more glorious.”741116LET.Nilambara
“The US has got immense potentiality for accepting Krishna Consciousness. So, do service to your country-men, as well as Krishna simultaneously. Your country has been glorified on account of her children like you. Krishna has his own plan for using your country-men for this movement. So, accept Krishna’s mercy and do the needful. It is not just my desire, it is the desire of Lord Caitanya, then my Guru Maharaja, then it is my desire, and that desire should be executed by you all; then it will be accepted. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu accepted the Bharata-bhumi, but at least one person from Bharata-bhumi has accepted this cult and handed it over to you so, see that this desire takes practical shape.” 750131LET.TamalKrishna
“Your country is very much liked by me, and I am sure that if your country takes this Krishna consciousness movement than nobody will be able to vanquish America at any time. With this aim in view try to convert your great country to become Krishna conscious. There is a good chance for it, so if you try, you can do it. That is my opinion.” 750926LET.Kurushretha
“I went to your country with a mission & you all good souls were sent by Krishna to me. So let us cooperatively work together to vigorously spread Krishna Consciousness, to the suffering humanity at large. Your country is great & you are all good sons of America. Spread this knowledge so that America will be still greater in the eyes of the world. Keep this point of view in front of you & all your God-brothers combine together may execute this mission.” 671022LET.Umapati
In quote number three, we note that Srila Prabhupada states that it is the desire of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead in disguise, as well as the desire of the parampara disciplic succession , that it will happen. We may therefore take it for granted that IT WILL HAPPEN indeed. There will be formidable and unstoppable waves of Krishna consciousness originating from the United States of America engulfing the whole world. There is no doubt about it. Only question is: Who will take the credit? We may further add that as of January 2018, the first waves have already reached us and have been doing so for quite some years now. These would have to be the regular festivals organised by His Holiness Indradyumna Swami. Thank you very much for spreading the Krishna conscious happiness Maharaja!!!
We should also mention here the constant inundation of Srila Prabhupada’s book distribution happening all over the world. Because of the books’ Krishna conscious impact on humanity’s consciousness, whether eka-rathas or maha-rathas, book distributors are very, very dear to Srila Prabhupada. He would always take special time to meet and greet them. From January 2017 to December 2017, 8 502 737 pieces of literature have been distribute all over the world. The total literature distribution amounts to nearly 540 millions since 1965!
Jai Sri Krishna!