His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
the Hare Krsna movement)
His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
the Hare Krsna movement)
By Ramachandra Dasa
Devotees in the different centers of the Bhaktivedanta Lives In Sound Society daily standing to the opposing elements of Maya in the front lines of the. Sometime Maya sends her soldiers straight to the temples: “Sankirtan from 12pm to 18pm?So long ??” recently I overheard one of our Love Feast guests commenting as follows while going thru our daily schedule routine in the entrance hall to the temple in the Bhakativedanta Lives In Sound Society Montreal Canter.
“Yes” I replied. “This is the most important activity of the Centres”.
Actually the centers meant to be Sankirtan bases where the transcendental soldiers of Krishna consciousness take shelter from the onslaughts of Maya-the material energy of Krishna.
“There is no doubt about it, to distribute books is our most important activity. The temple is a place not for eating and sleeping, but as a base from which we send out our soldiers to fight with maya. Fight with maya means to drop thousand and millions of books into the lap of the conditioned souls. Just like during war time the Bombs are raining from the sky like anything.” A letter from His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada to Ramesvara 3 August, 1973
On the battlefield there is no time for sense gratification, speculation or even sometimes to rest or to think about our bodily necessities more then it is required for our survival and performance of our duty. From our recent reports from the field of our Sankirtan parties, the situation on the battlefield is very perturbing. People are more and more entangling themselves in materiel life and unknowingly drinking poison. They are convinced that there is nothing beyond this material temporary body and all the pleasures and meaning of life rests on it as pearls are strung on a thread.
At the front lines of the battlefield, the sankirtan soldiers of the Bhaktivedanta Lives In Sound Society of the Montreal Centre have encountered many passengers which were compliantly not aware of this warfare: “This book will teach you how to get out of the cycle of birth, death, old age and disease ...” this is one of common lines we use to present the books of our spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. 9 out of 10 will give a reply such as “Death? Death is not a problem, I have already learned to accept death”,” death is part of life” and etc. This example shows how powerful Maya strikes in every sphere of our material existence, even thou every where we look at and every activity that we preform culminate in the process of how well we are able to mitigate death, still we think we will never die.
“Oh? You are not afraid of death, so why won't you stop eating, sleeping defending?” I reply.
“That is artificial, why should I starve or not sleep?” his says, but the point is that we are not in control of the conditions of the body. Just like any machine, the body has a manual which explains how the machine works, what we should avoid doing with it if we do not want to cause damage and ultimate destruction to the machine. Since a manual has to be written by someone then why not to inquire from him the manual in order to solve the problems which we experience ?
Both the purpose and the solution to the problems of birth, death, old age and disease can be found if approach The Supreme Personality Of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna who is both the manufacture and the maintainer of the materiel body, He provides all the needed materiel elements so that body can be created, maintained:
“Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence and false ego -- all together these eight constitute My separated material energies.” Bg 7.4
While the body is been maintained but different types of supplies such as eatables no one is questioning “how am I eating, breathing and etc.” our thoughts are occupied with completely different ideas and still Lord Krishna makes sure that the body operates nicely:
“The Supreme Lord is situated in everyone's heart, O Arjuna, and is directing the wanderings of all living entities, who are seated as on a machine, made of the material energy.” Bg 18.61
And ultimately even thou we will try to make so many arrangements to keep the body and soul together for as long as we can, at a certain unexpected moment we will have to give up the body. When death takes place it will be already too late to call The Manufacture, but still Lord Krishna Says He is death:
mrtyuh sarva-haras caham -“I am all-devouring death” Bg 10.34
Going out with Srila Prabhupada’s literatures is a deadly attack on Maya because it is shortening the amount of time the conditioned soul goes throu until she understands that the real goal is to get in touch with Lord Krishna. Therefore, it is the best attack on Maya. We should fight our illusion and approach The Supreme Lord Sri Krishna before the moment of death. Statements such as: “I am my body, everything which relates to my body is sacred and my body will never die, I shall live forever and enjoy” will not last, because eventually we will have to face death. The sooner we declare war against this false pride, we will be able to prepare for the moment of death by re-establishing our forgotten relationship with Lord Krishna.
To establish our relationship with the Supreme Person is not very hard and is done simply by first of all, getting to know who he is. Who is a better authority on who is Lord Krishna then His close servant and representative, the spiritual master. For that reason Sri Krishna Says in the same Bhagavad Gita where he explains about His transcendental nature that we must approach a spiritual master :
“Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized souls can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the truth.” Bg 4.34
The knowledge which is imparted unto us by the spiritual master we will be using on the battlefield. is directly given to us by His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada. Both the preachers of the Krishna Consciousness movement and matristic crowds are attached to the body, work for the body and a result think that they are in charge of their pleasures and pains. As the BG states, this is an illusion and the living entity which assumes this position is a special type off ass:
“The spirit soul bewildered by the influence of false ego thinks himself the doer of activities that are in actuality carried out by the three modes of material nature.“ Bg 3.27
In order to help both sides Srila Prabhupada initiated everyone with those two duties, reading his books & distributing the books. Everyone will hear about their real position as a servant and not as a master & those who distribute the books will get opportunity to present the knowledge as it is without any adulteration or even any desire for name, fame, presiding, number of books sold and etc. this book distribution is so nice because both of the sides are spiritual benefited and purified from this mentality of I am the doer, I am the master and the enjoyer of the results of my work, because practically speaking when you outside and trying to push out Srila Prabhupada books you can experience how you are never in charged and how detachment is important. From my personal experience many times I spoiled a sell because I preached to heavy, or to softly, why? Because I am attached to the fruits of my work. That one of the main obstacles in presenting the message As It Is. I invite everyone to take part in this action with us and distribute daily hundreds of books with us.
By taking to his part in book distribution anyone can become Krishna conscious, get initiated and fight maya on the front line of Srila Prabhupada book distribution mission.