Are Srila Prabhupada’s disciples unique?

As they were at the right time in the right place, Srila Prabhupada’s disciples were offered a unique opportunity to hear from and speak to Srila Prabhupada directly; Srila Prabhupada’s disciples are unique. If they truly used this unique momentum to come into the association of the most intimate servant of the Supreme Lord, will be clearly demonstrated to the degree they are serving His vani, His instructions how to conduct and spread Krsna consciousness.

Ideally the Vaisnava etiquette commands respect to senior Vaisnavas….provided one is senior in knowledge, realization and…one is indeed a Vaisnava. They are enough of old fools in this world.

To be Srila Prabhupada’s disciple is not a blanco cheque with open credit. As any valid credit card must be backed up by valid currency, so to be a Srila Prabhupada’s disciple must be authorized by His Divine Grace. It is not a ritualistic automatic status; it is a challenge to qualify oneself in Srila Prabhupada’s eyes. A man trying to pay with an invalid credit card will have to soon or later face the fact that he is bankrupt. read more

What is the role of women in Srila Prabhupada’s preaching mission?

It may  not be known to everybody that initially Srila Prabhupada wanted to follow the classical Vedic system which doesn’t permit women to live directly in the temple. It is understood that women can practice Krsna consciousness while being sheltered by their family members and their husbands in their homes, having the temple as their place of worship.

That didn’t work for Srila Prabhupada in context with the western “culture”. The girls coming and serving and joining in increasing numbers had no home to go to when they began to practice Krsna consciousness. And so Srila Prabhupada did something which earned Him criticism even from his godbrothers. He allowed girls to come and reside in the temple, He personally got them married, and He invented the word “brahmacarini” for those who were not married yet.

Further, He did something which was never done before: he put women directly in the preaching field. And what an asset they turned out to be! read more

Brahmacari is first class

  “If one can remain brahmacari that is best.”

(Letter to: Mahavisnu — Bombay 31 December, 1975)

Bhakti Vidya Purna Swami: …They may be indologists but they cannot make others follow the Indian culture. They can make someone else an armchair speculator, that they can do, but they cannot make someone else live the life of the knowledge that they teach. Because they don’t live it themselves.  read more

Q&A: Disneyland conception of spiritual life

Disney religion

Q:  If devotees are being protected by Krishna then why do we suffer?

A:  This is what I call the Disneyland conception of spiritual life, where Krishna is like Mickey Mouse. Kids go to Disneyland and Mickey’s there welcoming them: ‘Welcome to my happy Magic Kingdom”. You go in there and everything is like a cartoon world, it’s all laughter and happiness and entertainment and that’s all.
There are people who seem to think that this is what ISKCON should be like. ISKCON should be a Disneyland, and if it’s not a Disneyland then there’s something wrong and we have to get together to have meetings to fix it. But as far as I can understand this idea is totally alien to the Vedic conception of dharma and human life. This actually comes from the Western conception of life. It’s said that God gave Adam and Eve a Garden of Eden, an earthly paradise and everything was nice. So people have this idea that if we become nice again, like Adam and Eve, pure and innocent, then God better give me a Garden of Eden or there’s gonna be trouble.

There’s a history to this. This whole Western conception originally comes from a Vedic sage who deviated. He is mentioned in the Rg Veda as Jarutha. and is known in Western history by the name Zarasthustra. He started a religion called Zoroastrianism, which is the first of the Western religions. After Zoroastrianism came Judaism, then Chrisitanity, then Islam: it’s like a sampradaya.
Jarutha was a brahmana, a priest of the demigod Varuna. Jarutha was the first one to conceive of an earthly paradise and that there will be a messiah who will come. He came up with the notion that all the bodies will be raised out of the ground and judged and the bad ones will go to Hell and the good ones will inherit the Earth. The Earth will become like heaven and that will be the reward for our pious activities: we’ll live forever on the Earth in an eternal material body. read more