His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
the Hare Krsna movement)
His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
the Hare Krsna movement)
THE BHAKTIVEDANTA LIVES IN SOUND SOCIETY
is an international organization of Hare Kṛṣṇa devotees practicing and teaching bhakti-yoga (the essence of religion) under the direct guidance of His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda, who is the last link to the ancient unbroken chain of disciplic succession (paramparā) originating with the Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Kṛṣṇa Himself. Although His Divine Grace has departed physically from this world in 1977, the members of the society hold him to be still transcendentally present in his instructions.
Our Mission is to assist Śrīla Prabhupāda in spreading the Holy Name of Lord Kṛṣṇa, the process of devotional service and Kṛṣṇa Consciousness all around the world through following his instructions on opening of centres/temples, book and prasādam distribution, training of aspiring devotees and initiating them into the Gaudīya-vaiṣṇava samprādaya through the system of officiating ācāryas as per his order.
PRESERVING THE ORIGINAL BOOKS OF
The books of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda are the vessels for transcendental sound coming down through the disciplic succession stemming from Lord Kṛṣṇa the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The message of Godhead descends through the unbroken chain of perfect self-realized spiritual masters and their disciples to benefit the whole human society. In order to act most potently, the medicine of śabda-brahman, transcendental sound, must be administered without any dilution, subtraction or adulteration.
The greatest contribution of Śrīla Prabhbupāda to this world are his books, in which he lucidly, scientifically and most wonderfully explains the nature of consciousness, the soul, the Supreme Soul - God, Kṛṣṇa - and their eternal relationship of transcendental loving devotional service.
Śrīla Prabhbupāda produced his books in a rather unique way by dictating them on a dictaphone and having them transcribed by his disciples. Before that he would type the manuscripts himself. This way or that way, he used "his own" English to convey the message. When in the West, he engaged several editors to do the service of rendering the texts to the regular English which common people and western scholars would appreciate.
It is an open secret that in course of editing these books, many meaning changes, portions of text omissions and even philosophical misunderstandings leaked into the writings, whether as unintentional mistakes or deliberate attempts of the editors to correct the spiritual master, water down the idea to please the general mass of people or push forward various agendas and that even in the first western editions, which are thus mistakenly considered to be the "original books" by many devotees.
Members of The B.L.I.S.S. understand the necessity and urgency of preserving the original message of the ācārya and that is why the endeavor to bring Śrīla Prabhbupāda´s books back to what he originally wrote and dictated took place. This task was undertaken by Purujit dāsa and we are confident that he is successful in his earnest desire to serve Śrīla Prabhbupāda in this way - bringing the books "back to the original way".
We invite you to download and study these editions in our e-books section.
Another and not less important part of this project is to translate these editions into as many languages as possible and we call for all interested and inspired devotees from all around the world to join us in this most ecstatic service of assisting Śrīla Prabhbupāda in spreading Kṛṣṇa consciousness in all the languages. Kindly don´t hesitate to contact us in this connection!
Hare Kṛṣṇa! All Glories to Śrīla Prabhbupāda!
If we were to name one single book, which connects all the devotees of Krsna in the world, it would be the Bhagavad-gita. Spoken 5000 years ago, on a battlefield, it is a recorded conversation between Sri Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead and Arjuna, his confidential associate.
In the Second Chapter of this exalted literature, Lord Krsna explains the fundamental teaching of spiritual knowledge as follows: As the embodied soul continually passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. The self-realized soul is not bewildered by such a change. (Bg 2.13) In other words, just as we had a body of a child, then youth, then grown up person, we will have a body of an old man and although the body changes, we remain the same self, who observes these changes. It is only on account of the spirit soul being present in the body that the body works. As soon as the living force leaves the body, there’s no more life and no amount of scientific knowledge can bring it back.
The body works because of the presence of spirit, not the other way around. The same might be said of spiritual movements, or spiritual institutions. Whenever powerful devotee of the Lord appears in the world, he re-establishes eternal principles of religion and inspires a great number of conditioned souls to assist him in spreading the message of the Supreme Lord. For this reason he might also establish a spiritual institution, or an organized society through which the message is systematically disseminated amongst the humankind.
However, when the powerful saint departs, things again deteriorate and unauthorized persons introduce imperfect sectarian concepts of religion, with a hidden motive to dominate a small section of people instead of serving the Lord for the benefit of humanity at large. When we speak of departure of a great saint, it is not necessary a departure on the physical plane. The genuine saint does not act on the physical plane whatsoever being fully absorbed in his transcendental engagement of pure service.
The departure rather means a departure from the hearts of his followers. As long as the follower sticks to the order of the spiritual master, the master is always present with him and just as the body, where the soul is absent, becomes a subject to many living entities in the ground, the follower who disobeys his master becomes immediately subservient to the stringent laws of the degraded material world. The institution which was initially meant for spiritual upliftment of mankind thus turns into a compromised mundane business formula.
No matter how nicely the so-called follower decorates himself by the stolen dress of his saintly master, he cannot awaken the true spirit of surrender to God in the hearts of the innocent. Rather, he becomes a mere salesman subjected to the whims of his materialistic customers, a salesman, who will depict Krsna, the Supreme Lord according to the latest fashion and not as He truly is. In this way, the spiritual institution becomes dead and no amount of reformatory planning commissions can bring it to life. Without a driver, a car can never move. It will stay in one spot for millions of years. A thief might steal it, but he will only use the car for his nefarious activities and therefore the purpose of the car is lost.
The original owner however is not specifically concerned with the car. His first concern is to accomplish his task of moving himself and his good friends to his destination-Back to Godhead. To fulfill this transcendental objective he might therefore take advantage of another car. Similarly, the powerful saint whose instructions might not be followed by one group of his disciples, might inspire another group outside of his original institution to accomplish his task-namely to enlighten the humanity about the real purpose of life-devotional service to the Lord with the purpose of transferring them back home, back to the spiritual world. The Bhaktivedanta Lives in Sound Society proclaims to be nothing, but such a new vehicle for the divine spiritual master His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Srila Prabhupada) and we are confident that His Divine Grace is with us due to our feeling of transcendental bliss. We humbly ask you to bless us so we can accomplish this great task.
CONSTITUTION OF THE
BHAKTIVEDANTA LIVES IN SOUND SOCIETY
The name of the group is The Bhaktivedanta Lives In Sound Society
The objectives for which the Society is being established are:
1. To systematically propagate the philosophy of Krsna consciousness as enumerated in the teachings of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda in order to check the over-emphasis of the material over spiritual necessities in the world.
2. To train and initiate all members of the society to become bona-fide disciples of His divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda by the process of dīkṣā thus elevating them to the status of a qualified brāhmaṇa, who refrains from a) illict sex life b) intoxication of all sorts c) meat-eating d) gambling and who daily chants 16 rounds of the mahā-mantra on japa-mālā (the rosary beads).
3.To teach and encourage the saṅkīrtana movement, congregational chanting of the holy name of God as revealed in the teachings of Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu.
4. To establish for the members and for society at large temples, or preaching centers dedicated to the worship of the Deity of Lord Kṛṣṇa performed according to the authorized system as prescribed in the teachings of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda.
5. To encourage distribution of prasādam (sanctified vegetarian foodstuff offered to the Deity of Lord Kṛṣṇa beforehand) for the purpose of teaching a simpler and more natural way of life.
6. With a view towards achieving the aforementioned purposes, to publish and distribute periodicals, magazines, books and other writings edited "back to the original way" as per instruction of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda.
The society shall have the power, either directly or indirectly, either alone or in conjunction or co-operation with others, to do any and all lawful acts and things and to engage in any and all lawful activities which may be necessary, useful, suitable, desirable, or proper for the furtherance, accomplishment, fostering, or attainment of any or all of the purposes for which the corporation is organized, and to aid or assist other organizations whose activities are such as to further, accomplish, foster, or attain any of such purposes. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the group shall exercise only such powers as are in furtherance of the exempt purposes of organizations set forth by the law system in every country where a branch of The B.L.I.S.S. is established as the same now exist or as they may be hereafter amended from time to time
4. DISTRIBUTION OF EARNINGS
The organization is not organized for profit, and no part of the net earnings of the organization shall inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual. In the event of the liquidation or dissolution of the organization, whether voluntary or involuntary, no member shall be entitled to any distribution or division of its remaining property or its proceeds, and the balance of all money and other property received by the organization from any source, after the payment of all debts and obligations of the organization, shall be used or distributed exclusively for purposes within those set forth in Article SECOND of this constitution.
(a) It is declared that His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda is the initiating spiritual master (dīkṣā-guru) of the Bhaktivedanta Lives In Sound Society. His books, letters, lectures or other instructions either in written or audio recorded form are the supreme source of authority with respect to all matters of the Society, and the status of His Divine Grace, namely his position as the initiating spiritual master shall not be occupied by or shared with any other individual. His name and title must appear on all documents, letterheads, publications and buildings of the Society or Corporation.
(b) In each of its branches the Society shall be administered by a Management Committee of Officers.
(c) The Officers of the Management Committee shall be: the President, the Treasurer and the Secretary.
(d) The members of the Society may at any point by a two-thirds majority vote and for a good and proper reason remove any Committee member, provided that person has the right to be heard before a final decision is made and it is proven that the person does not represent His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda in behavior or in philosophical understanding.
(e) The members of the Society may at any point elect another member of the Society as a Committee member provided the member is an initiated disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda following strictly all the rules and regulations as detailed in His Divine Grace's books.
(a) Any money obtained by the Society shall be used only for the Society.
(b) Any bank accounts opened for the Society shall be in the name of the Society.
(c) Any cheques issued shall be signed at least by two Officers. (the President and the Treasurer)
The Society may be wound up at any time if agreed by two-thirds of those members present and voting at any General Meeting. In the event of winding up, any assets remaining after all debts have been paid shall be given to another Group with similar aims.