PRABHUPADA WOULD DO! WE ARE ALREADY UNITED!
1996 Prabhupada Centennial
What would Prabhupada
What would Prabhupada say?
What would Prabhupada do?
8 June 1993, Geyserville, California
Dear Lokanath Maharaj:
Please accept my most humble obeisances. All glories to
Prabhupada. It was nice to see you in L.A. Thank you for allowing me to
associate with you and for asking my opinion regarding the Prabhupada
and the re-uniting and reconciliation of Prabhupada's disciples.
you suggested I put something in writing, I will try to summarise what
discussed in L.A.
DO AS PRABHUPADA WOULD DO! Act in his spirit. What
would Prabhupada do?! The inspiration which comes to us in the mood of
such thinking can be understood to be "the spirit of Prabhupada." Faith
means to act under such consideration and subsequent inspiration. This
your duty as Prabhupada's representative. To practice with FAITH,
saying and doing what Prabhupada would do! That is called FAITH in
Not that we always pass the responsibility by saying "Yes! Prabhupada
do like that, but we cannot, because we are not Prabhupada." Then what
was there for Prabhupada to teach us both in words and EXAMPLE? Is your
representation of Prabhupada merely to mouth the words of his exalted
and noble teachings? But you cannot practice what he showed as EXAMPLE.
You can only say, "Prabhupada said this, Prabhupada said that." What
about DOING LIKE PRABHUPADA? Without doing like Prabhupada, you become
nothing more than PROFESSORS of philosophy and religion.
The professors of religion in the university also teach
philosophy and religion. But actually they have no FAITH in the
they PROFESS. Therefore they do not practice what they teach. To earn a
they have adopted the subject of PHILOSOPHY and RELIGION (they teach bhakti
also) as a PROFESSION. In other words, they are PROFESSIONALS. For
earning money (or demonstrating their scholarship), such professors
MOUTH the teachings of great ACHARYAS and PROPHETS, but there is NO
EXAMPLE, NO FAITH, NO SUBSTANCE, NO SPIRIT and thus NO RESULT, no
change of heart. Prabhupada warned us
of professional Bhagavatam reciters. Don't just preach as
Prabhupada; DO! AS PRABHUPADA WOULD DO! He used to say, "
DO AS I DO. "
As an ISKCON leader, you must practice the highest
principles of spiritual life, not merely mouth them. If that was all we
a tape recorder would be sufficient. The books of Prabhupada would be
sufficient. In fact, they are, because Prabhupada says in the purport
of Srimad-Bhagavatam (First Canto, Chapter 2, Verse 18), "There
are two types of bhagavats, namely the book bhagavat
and the person--the devotee bhagavat . Both the bhagavats
are competent remedies, and both of them or either of them can
be good enough for eliminating the obstacles.... Book bhagavat
or the person is identical. " (Srimad-Bhagavatam, Canto
One, Chapter Two, Verse 18)
However, since you have assumed the office of guru-acharya,
representative of Srila Prabhupada and the disciplic succession, your
function as guru-acharya is to teach by example. Acharya
means he teaches by example, not merely by words, committees,
or creating another minister, Centennial minister. Why was Lord Jesus
highly regarded? Because his teaching and his example were parallel.
he uttered, "Forgive them, for they know not what they do," in spite of
being cruelly mistreated by crucifixion, he set the example of
compassion. HE IS AN ACHARYA .
So all this talk in regards to re-uniting,
reconciliation and surveys of Prabhupada's disciples for the 1996
Centennial is simply
bogus, an unnecessary diversion from the real issue at hand, which is
that we are already united as Prabhupada's disciples. No
devotee will say he doubts Prabhupada's purity or integrity. All
devotees love Prabhupada, and they know Prabhupada loves them.
This issue is not in question. The question is: "Do Prabhupada's GBC, guru-acharyas
love Prabhupada's disciples?" And if they do, then let them SHOW
IT BY DOING AS PRABHUPADA WOULD DO! If you can't think, speak
and act like Prabhupada, then how can you present yourselves as
Prabhupada's representatives?? Or is it that your ambition is to corral
Prabhupada's disciples into your dying institution? When Prabhupada was
present, devotees like Tamal Krishna Goswami, Hrdayananda Goswami,
Satsvarupa das Goswami, Jayapataka Swami and others were actually
respected and accepted as Prabhupada's representatives. Their word was
as good as Prabhupada's word. Today devotees laugh at these so-called
guru-acharyas . No one cares for them. Why? Because they do
not think, they do not say and they do not do as Prabhupada would do!
The best of Prabhupada's disciples have drifted away or
been thrown away. Why? If Prabhupada were standing before us today,
what would he think? What would he say? What would he do?! So
you really want to RE-UNITE and make RECONCILIATION with Prabhupada's
and STRENGTHEN Srila Prabhupada's ISKCON movement, then you must DO
WHAT PRABHUPADA WOULD DO. Otherwise, whatever you do will
be a waste of time. At best a sentimental, mundane re-union, perhaps
to the foolish and unintelligent, but having little or no spiritual
substance, which is after all the aim of our association and endeavour
to be Krishna conscious.
I hope you are well. Let me know what you think.
Your humble servant,
[To date (25 October 1993), I have received no reply
to the above correspondence from Sri Lokanath Swami, ISKCON's Minister
the Prabhupada 1996 Centennial Celebration to re-unite and strengthen
Prabhupada's disciples and the ISKCON movement. ]