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Hariḥ Oṁ 

saha nāvavatu

saha nau bhunaktu

saha vīryaṁ karavāvahai   

tejasvi nāvadhītamastu mā vidviṣāvahai

oṁ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ

Oṃ jaya śrī-kṛṣṇa-caitanya prabhu-nityānanda śrī-advaita gadādhara śrīvāsādi-gaura-bhakta-vṛnda

Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare  Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma Hare Hare

HH Bhaktividyā Pūrṇa Mahārāja: Okay, so now we are on Virāhāṣṭaka, on the third octet, page 11.

Reading from Study Guide on the Songs of Vaiṣṇava Ācāryas: "'If only you would come again' One, verse 1. Lord Caitanya's method of devotional service...

[To the side] Who is that? Wow. Jaya! Haribol!

Reading from Study Guide on the Songs of Vaiṣṇava Ācāryas: Lord Caitanya's method of devotional service is not performed in solitude. You preach this again and again to your own devotees. Just as the Lord delivered Jagāi and Mādhāi out of His own causeless mercy, you explained to everyone that the same method of preaching work has to go on. The world has now filled up with many Jagāis and Mādhāis to deliver. Everyone is anxiously looking down the road, waiting for Caitanya-Nitāi to come to the rescue. If at such a time as this you were to personally return to this world and once more preach about all these things the way you always used to, if there were enthusiastic preaching activities again taking place in every direction, then all the people as before would be stirred up in blissful excitement. Your profound shouting would cause the demons and atheists to flee and your narrations of Lord Caitanya's message would fill the hearts of the innocent souls. Again the whole world would be excitedly bustling with good tidings. But as it is, in your absence now there is nothing of value anywhere. Oh, Śrīla Prabhupāda, you personally suffered to see the suffering of the fallen conditioned souls. On this day of your separation I am utterly despondent.

Nine. Oh, master, my heart is broken in your absence. This disciple named Abhaya has hereby revealed only a small token of his wretched agony of separation."

HH BVPS Mahārāja: Right, so because the ācārya lives on, as we saw Prabhupāda explaining before, within the instructions of the ācārya. And so, by that then, in that way the ācārya is there through his instructions and everything is carrying on. But as Śrīla Prabhupāda pointed out, the disciples weren't caring so much for that. They would be getting distracted by the external aspects of the facilities afforded to Kṛṣṇa consciousness and maintaining those, as opposed to that those are there for the purpose of being engaged in devotional activities. And because of that then the preaching was not going so well, or not at all. And so then, if that, if as Lord Caitanya, if He would come again as the instructions of the spiritual master and everyone would take that up, then everything would go nicely, right?

So we have the same principle, that since it is paramparā, it is coming down. Lord Caitanya, He did like this, then Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura, then Śrīla Prabhupāda, then we see is that then all this will go very nicely. We stick to the instructions and that, then everything will go forward nicely. But if we make up our own idea and all that, we say, 'Oh, it's Kali-yuga, we can't do these things, how... Oh, you could do those before, you can't do them now,' that kind of bewilderment then, you know, that's age-old. That's as the saying 'as old as the hills,' that kind of illusion. So the point is is, no. The instructions are eternal. The principles are eternal. If one uses the intelligence, how to make things... That's what's already explained. Bhaktisiddhānta used his intelligence how to catch everybody. Lord Caitanya used. He delivered love of Godhead in its natural form as the saṅkīrtana, but the pāṣaṇḍīs, then they... All those others, they weren't becoming, so He found methods to go to them, preach to them, go out and somehow or another catch them. So like that, Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura, he introduced it. And so, in the same way Śrīla Prabhupāda gave us so many avenues by which we can catch the fallen conditioned souls. Because we have the temples, we have restaurants, we have āśramas, we have  farms, we have communities, we have festivals, we have Ratha-yātrās, book distribution, Harināma, you know, all these different things, these are all avenues by which we can go out and catch people and bring people to Kṛṣṇa consciousness. They bring people to Kṛṣṇa consciousness, and so these, Prabhupāda already gave us all these avenues. We can say as, 'Oh they don't apply anymore,' but that is only our illusion. That is only our ignorance. Because these things, they always apply. In Lord Caitanya's time there were temples, now there is temples. You will see, after five thousand years there will still be temples. Ten thousand years, there will be temples.

The point is is, these things always work. So we can't doubt the processes that we have. We might try to present them in a very nice way and all that, like a very inspiring, you could say, Harināma program, Indradyumna Mahārāja used to do in France. Is that the devotees would dress up as as Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityānanda, or Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa and all that, and then they would have flags and festoons and all this, and they go out on the street. So everyone would dress nicely and that, and so it was it was like a pageant and people appreciated it that something is going on. Like that, he would do a similar thing in Poland. He used to do these dramas where they have these big kind-of masks, these different personalities. So he would have devotees dress up with a mask and have a whole out there, make dramas out on the road. You know, just you add, embellish, make it attractive and all this kind of thing. But the idea as, 'Oh, no, you can't do these things anymore,' that's just, that's foolishness. I remember seeing the... Yeah, it's just...

So there is always this idea that whatever we are at, we are at the pinnacle and everything before this doesn't work. But actually it still works. You know, people still live in houses that are 100, 200, 500 years old. People still read books that are a thousand years old. People still do stuff. They are still speaking a language, that's also old. So all these things aren't different. I mean, they don't change. Why? Because it's Kṛṣṇa's energy. And Kṛṣṇa and Kṛṣṇa's energy are eternal. There may be variety, the modes may adjust, but the laws governing the material energy doesn't change. So that means we can always follow the ācārya's instructions. We just have to be intelligent to apply it. But the principle has to be attained, right? If we want to make some adjustment in detail, we still have to get the principle. Like that, okay.

Prabhu (1): Mahārāja?

HH BVPS Mahārāja: Yes, yes?

Prabhu (1): In that song about separation Śrīla Prabhupāda writes to Bhaktisiddhānta, we can see that Śrīla Prabhupāda, he speaks strongly about his Godbrothers. And what is the attitude for proper disciple and disciple of proper disciple, in order not to be caught into criticism, or like that?

HH BVPS Mahārāja: The thing is is, Prabhupāda was going, he was preaching, he was doing these things, and his Godbrothers had been strong and they weren't. So in that way you can make a comment. But to not be doing yourself and then to make comments, then what's the point? So, in other words, he is making a comment in an area that he is working. He is not commenting on management.

Prabhu (1): Yes, yes.

HH BVPS Mahārāja: Right? Or, you know, what they cook for lunch, or other things like that. He is commenting on the practice of pure devotional service and the preaching of pure devotional service, right? Because that's the whole thing, is Lord Caitanya has given. As we saw in Caitanya Caritāmṛta yesterday. That He has, Lord Caitanya has explained to Sanātana Gosvāmī, the whole process is, you understand what pure devotional service is, you mold your life and practice that, and doing that now you try to give that to others. Right? So you are developing it yourself and you are helping others develop. Whatever level you are, you can help others get to that level. And you can say, 'Oh, well, I can't take them all the way through,' but there is other devotees more advanced, they can take them farther. You do what you can. So he is pointing out is, he doesn't see that this understanding and preaching and discussion of pure devotional service is there, neither is the preaching of it. Right? So there might be some collection, there is maintenance of the temples, management is going on, you know, things like that. Some of these his Godbrothers are very good managers. But he is not seeing that where is the preaching, where is the drive. So, as Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura said, we are from Vrajavāsīs, they have drive, therefore they preach, they have life, therefore they preach. Right? If you have life you will preach. So that's the whole thing, if you actually value it, you will see how important it is for others. If you just value yourself the benefit you will get, then you may not. Or, there may be those occasional and very advanced devotees who, they sit and they do their bhajana and all that, but our business is not dealing with them. We are talking about those who are... Because we see is, in our line there may be bābājīs, but they were preaching, right? They were preaching. So they may not have been traveling around and all that like the sannyāsīs were, but they were preaching.

So we don't have something where just someone just sits and does their sādhana and that's enough. Like that. But the point is is, you have to know what is the standard and follow it yourself, and then you preach that. You can preach that directly yourself, or you can organize together into, as an institution and then do a very grand effort. So that's when the institutional considerations come in, is at that point. But otherwise, that everybody is following the strategy, that's devotional service. Lord Caitanya, what He is speaking to the gosvāmīs, that's the strategy, and every devotee can follow that and every devotee can preach that. Now if you want to organize it together, now you get the operational, tactical, technical elements coming in.

Prabhu (1): Yes, yes.

HH BVPS Mahārāja: Right? But otherwise, what is the operational, tactical and technical doing? They are simply seeing that individuals are following the strategy and that those individuals are working together as a team to help others take up the strategy. There isn't something else. You know what I am saying? So it's not a separate thing, it's all part of the same process, the same what's going on. So does that make sense?

Prabhu (1): Yes, Mahārāja.

HH BVPS Mahārāja: Yeah, so that's the difficulty it comes down to. So Prabhupāda is talking about that. So that aspect then one can speak about. If that's what you are doing then you can speak about it, why not? But it also has to be in an environment in which there will be a benefit. To speak to people that it won't have any benefits, then what does it matter?

Prabhu (1): But Mahārāja, he wrote that prayer, I think, in 1958, it was mentioned, so it was before the League of Devotees?

HH BVPS Mahārāja: Before which?

Prabhu (1): Before the League of Devotees?

HH BVPS Mahārāja: 1958? No, not necessarily. Like that, I am not sure what year the League of Devotees was, but not necessarily. Because he was already running the League of Devotees and he was already.... Oh, like this... May have been, may not have been, but the point is that he would have been trying to be involved. He would go to the temple. There is other ones where he mentions about them just ringing the bells and all this and that. So this is the disappearance day, he is saying this. So there is also one for appearance day. And so there then he is talking about they are just ringing the bells. So, you know, it's nice, the āratikas are going on and that, people can come, get... The āratika, they will come, get darśana and go away. Where is the book distribution, where is the preaching, where is all those aspects? So if those things go down, then everything becomes, you know, it's just a matter of maintenance, maintaining the temple so that you can maintain the temple. But it's, the temple is there to preach.

Prabhu (1): Yes, yes. It inspires quite strong in preaching...

HH BVPS Mahārāja: Yeah, because that's our movement, that's the movement of Lord Caitanya, is those who understand the mission, which is to deliver the fallen souls. And to do that then you yourself have to be practicing. You practice and you help in the process.

Prabhu (1):Yes.

HH BVPS Mahārāja: So, that's the mission. And so, those who accept that and try to do that - that's the movement. Those who associate amongst themselves  in that mood - that's the society. And those who associate with the idea of organizing things so that these things go on in a very systematic way, that's the institution.

Prabhu (1):Yes.

HH BVPS Mahārāja: Does that make sense?

Prabhu (1): Yes, Mahārāja, yes.

HH BVPS Mahārāja:  Yes.

Prabhu (1):Thank you very much.

HH BVPS Mahārāja: Yeah, so this is not, 'Oh, see, Prabhupāda said...' No. He is speaking in this way, he is speaking about pure devotional service and preaching pure devotional service. He is not talking about other things. Does that make sense?

Prabhu (1): Yes, Mahārāja, thank you. We require education.

HH BVPS Mahārāja: Yes. Okay, now we have 'Prayer Unto the Lotus Feet of Kṛṣṇa' by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedānta Svāmī Prabhupāda on board the ship Jaladūta, September 13, 1965. Okay.

Reading from Study Guide on the Songs of Vaiṣṇava Ācāryas:


kṛṣṇa taba puṇya habe bhāi

e-puṇya koribe jabe rādhārāṇī khusī habe

dhruva ati boli tomā tāi


śrī-siddhānta saraswatī, śacī-suta priya ati,

kṛṣṇa-sebāya jāra tula nāi

sei se mohānta-guru, jagater madhe uru,

kṛṣṇa-bhakti dey ṭhāi ṭhāi


Translation: Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura, who is very dear to Lord Gaurāṅga, the son of mother Śacī, is unparalleled in his service to the Supreme Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa. He is that great, saintly spiritual master who bestows intense devotion to Kṛṣṇa at different places throughout the world.


tāra icchā balavān, pāścātyete ṭhān ṭhān, hoy jāte gaurāṅger nām

pṛthivīte nagarādi, āsamudra nada nadī,

sakalei loy kṛṣṇa nām


Translation: By his strong desire, the holy name of Lord Gaurāṅga will spread throughout all the countries of the Western world. In all the cities, towns, and villages on the earth, from all the oceans, seas, rivers, and streams, everyone will chant the holy name of Kṛṣṇa.


Footnote 11:

This strong desire is essential for both attaining the mercy of the Lord and for sharing it with others. Śrīla Prabhupāda writes in Renunciation Through Wisdom, 'A living entity becomes freed from all suffering as soon as he admits that he is an eternal servant of Lord Kṛṣṇa. Such a servant of the Lord need not perform fruitive activity or cultivate empiric philosophy, nor does he have to undergo any other process of purification. The only essential factor is this intense greed for devotional service to the Lord. An extreme longing for Lord Kṛṣṇa is the only means for attaining Him. Thus intense, unflinching devotional service is another symptom of a mahātmā.'

HH BVPS Mahārāja: Right, so by a strong desire. Means, he has this strong desire, this intense desire, and by that, as Prabhupāda was saying, we see in the last song, then his followers are taking that mood, are empowered to therefore preach this all over the world. And then Prabhupāda was lamenting that they have given up this mood and this following, therefore they have lost that empowerment. So we see, it's not that we are making it happen. It's the ācāryas, they are making it happen. If we follow, we take up that intense mood. And [by] that same power we will be able to do the same thing. We will be able to do all. Just like you see, Lord Caitanya preached specifically in South India, and the gosvāmīs then preached in all other parts, like that. And then other devotees went out around the world. And then around the world, Prabhupāda went around the world, then we see then other devotees, they preach in a particular area, and then within an area someone preaches in a specific project, someone in that project is in a specific area, so it gets right down, down, down, down. And so, but they can all carry that same strong desire, that same... What do you call it? Intense greed. That greed is that 'this is so nice,' you want more. Not that, 'Oh, yeah, this is enough.' No, you want more. It's so good you want more. So the devotional service one wants more, the giving that to others one wants more - all these different things, that makes it very dynamic, so that one is able to move forward. Move oneself forward and then the whole society forward, like that. Then the second footnote...

Reading from Study Guide on the Songs of Vaiṣṇava Ācāryas:


pṛthivīte paryanta jata āche deśa-grāma

sarvatra sancāra haibeka mora nāma 


"My names will be broadcast in all the villages and cities of the world. Even though persons averse to the Supreme Lord have never heard the forms, qualities and activities of the Supreme Lord, the Holy Names of the Lord will be preached in all the villages of the world." (Caitanya Bhāgavata, Antya Khaṇḍa 4.126)

HH BVPS Mahārāja: So, even though people averse to the Lord haven't heard these things, by the grace of the Lord, by this drive, by the order of the Lord, by the Lord's, by the devotees' desire to please the Lord, then all these good fortune will be there for all living entities. So even though they are not looking for it, the devotees will go out to them in every town and village. That's what's unique. Because Kṛṣṇa, we see is, He takes that mood of just as you surrender then He reciprocates. Because He, being everything, therefore how you deal with Him in any facet of His personal or the extension of His śaktis, He reciprocates in that way, in that mood. You know, just like He is rasa, so whatever rasa somebody deals with Him in, He reciprocates that rasa. And to the intensity, to that intensity, right? So with Kubjā He interacts on her level, the queens on their level, the gopīs on their level. And then the gopīs, then you will see, those who are other groups, and then Rādhārānī's group, that would be more intense. Then within Rādhārānī's group, Śrīmatī Rādhārānī Herself. And so, He reciprocates with everyone. So She, being the svarūpa-śakti, that's His full... Her full love and His full love, that's complete in itself. So Lord reciprocates with everybody, but if somebody is not in some way trying to interact with Him, then how does He reciprocate? Because that is His vow, that is His nature. But the devotee... So because that is His rasa, you know, how He encompasses everything and how He will deal. But then you will see is the devotee has their rasa, their relationship, and how they will... So they can go out and preach to others. Then on that level then Kṛṣṇa reciprocating, that gets the taste. That becomes your intensity of rasa, it's known by that title. So, therefore, this whole idea is that everywhere and that it will happen because of this potency Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura gave. And then Śrīla Prabhupāda then taking that in full enthusiasm then gives that to us. So that full potency is there. We simply have to take it. That's all. We simply have to take it. Does this make sense? Yeah?

Prabhu (1): Mahārāja, I have a question. Can we say that when Śrīla Prabhupāda created ISKCON, we can say it's for all the world. But I also heard that he created, for example, Bhaktivedānta Institute to catch people who cannot, who are not inclined to come to temple, for example...

HH BVPS Mahārāja: But as it is mentioned here, 'My names will be broadcast in all villages and cities of the world. Even though persons adverse to the Supreme Lord have never heard of the forms qualities and activities of the Supreme Lord, the Holy Names of the Lord will be preach to all villages of the world.' So all those people that are out on Times Square they were all, you know, just happen to be shopping down there. But when their shopping is over, they will be back at the temple. All those people walking down... How you say? The... I can't even say, but Champs Elise...

Prabhu (1): Champs-Élysées?

HH BVPS Mahārāja: Champs-Élysées. So they are all just pure devotees? Just happen to be out because they have family duties and other occupational duties, so they are out in the street at that time? But, you know, when they... In the evening or morning they will be there at the temple, right? No, the whole of ISKCON... We have to understand, is the BI is part of that context. It's not separately constituted, it's just another feature. Just like Govinda's restaurants, it's not that it is a separate entity. So that's the beauty of the ISKCON, how Prabhupāda put together the whole ISKCON, is that it has the aspect of the whole mission. The movement, society, all those aspects are there, and you do have the institutional aspects, just to make sure that things are going on. So that it becomes formulated, so that things can progress very nicely. That has to be appreciated. And the thing is is, you can run a restaurant that it is an ISKCON restaurant, you could run a restaurant that is not an ISKCON restaurant, it is your own private restaurant. But the point is is, you are someone who is committed to the the principles of ISKCON and the mission that Śrīla Prabhupāda gave. Therefore in that way it's connected to ISKCON. It's doing the same work, though the management of it may be yours, the results of that will be yours, and then you will do with it whatever you see best in, you know, to increase Kṛṣṇas service. Does that make sense? Or it can be that it's under the institution.

So that's the difficulty, is that we try to make it it's the management, or the money of it, the manpower of it that makes the difference for what it is. No, it is the movement, the mission that makes it what it is. And then it's just who who is in the control.

Prabhu (1): Yes, yes.

HH BVPS Mahārāja: You know what I am saying? So if the temple has a restaurant and something goes wrong at that restaurant, then you can say, yes, it's the temple, it's ISKCON's problem. But if someone running a private restaurant, you know, they are a devotee, something goes wrong in their restaurant, you can't say that is ISKCON's problem.

Prabhu (1): Yes.

HH BVPS Mahārāja: If you want to, then you have to say is, 'Okay, every crime that went on the street is the problem of the church, because the guy is Christian, or he is Jewish, or he is Islamic, or... ' You know, like that. So, therefore, no, it's private. They are a private citizen, they are doing, that's their own thing. So that doesn't there... People can say what they want about this or that, but that point is is that he is an individual. People make mistakes. Just like in the temple, it's individuals. They have come there to do service for the Lord, they make mistakes. But we can distinguish what is the institution and what is not. So then it becomes more clear. But it's so nicely done that it all can work, it can all get because it is all functioning under the cit potency. Does that make sense?

Prabhu (1): But Mahārāja, just to make clear. Because for me it's important point, that Śrīla Prabhupāda is the Founder-Ācārya for ISKCON, and also of BI, and also of BBT, these three different... Means, institutions in the sense that they are independent...

HH BVPS Mahārāja: I don't think the BI... But are you sure the BI has its own separate constitution and everything?

Prabhu (1): No. It's not...

HH BVPS Mahārāja: No, so it's just, it's part of... Yes, but that's the point is, he only established ISKCON and BBT as two separate entities, legal entities, because he doesn't want the books to go down with the society.

Prabhu (1): Yes, yes.

HH BVPS Mahārāja: You know, just like you had individuals who were making a court case against the society because they were trying to take the society and the books.

Prabhu (1): Yes.

HH BVPS Mahārāja: But the books is separately done.

Prabhu (1): Yes.

HH BVPS Mahārāja: So that's the whole thing, is if one goes the other is there. You don't put all your eggs in one basket, I think it's the saying, right? So these two are, and then India, because it was started in India, like that, you established these things, but that was left. Other places, they had the thing, but they are all part of the international ISKCON, and also this is, but as far as legality goes, if anything happens with ISKCON in the West, you will still have the Indian ISKCON. Just because of the nature of... The Indian subcontinent seems to be more favorable towards, you know, religions based on the Vedas than the West. It's just like, I think it's in Europe then, different countries, some of them are quite cool with the country, with the society, some are not.

Prabhu (1): Yes.

HH BVPS Mahārāja: Some are... I think is, I have heard of countries where you can't say 'The International Society,' you have to say 'The National Society.' Means, in other words, it's the society just in this country.

Prabhu (2): Bulgaria is one of those, Mahārāja.

HH BVPS Mahārāja: Yes, okay. So like that so you have different countries, is 'No, we are not part of an international thing, you have to say it's local.' We are fine, we don't. We just want to be able to preach. You know, Hungary, they are deciding, are we a religion or not, or this or that. So, out of something like 250 different religious groups in the country they cut it, whittled it down to like 50. So these are bona fide and everybody else can take a hike.

Prabhu (1): Yes.

HH BVPS Mahārāja: Because they were just seeing that people are just coming in and taking advantage of the government  policies of trying to benefit religions, and so it was just money-making, it wasn't actually religious activity. So they investigated and saw who is actually doing religious activity. That kind-of thing is there. So the point is is, no, the BI is just those individuals that are within that and then they preach within that sphere. Just like those who are doing, let's say, college preaching, they preach in colleges. Those who are doing the prison preaching, they preach there. Some of those who are doing farming, they do there. They don't need to be separate societies. There is no need. Prabhupāda already established whatever is needed. So, therefore there is no need of establishing a separate society like some people do. But why would you do that? There is no need. 'Oh no, we don't want to be under the management.' But then the point comes down is, what's wrong with being under the management? What is there? What gets in the way? 'Oh, but they don't know what we know.' But do you know what they know? Okay, you are a professional scientist, but they are professional spiritualists. So now, since you are supposed to be preaching spiritualism, why can't you hear from professional spiritualists? 'Well, I am also a devotee...' But you are not identifying as a devotee, you are saying you are a scientist.

Prabhu (1): Yes.

HH BVPS Mahārāja: So then, therefore you need the guidance of a spiritualist. And if you are a spiritualist then why do you need a separate institution anyway? So that's the whole thing, is that this desire for being independent... But then who is independent? Because then each one... Because, as you see, they fight over each other. Do we go out directly deal, or do we just go in there and try to be nice guys so they think we're fabulous and we move up in the ranks so we can rub elbows with all the big guys? We can say, 'Yeah, yeah, I talked to this guy and that guy,' though none of them become devotee. Then what's the point?

While you see is that, it's like those who speak like that, who knows who they are? But in their day, I don't know about now, but there were two devotees where they would directly talk about Kṛṣṇa consciousness. And at least in America they were, if it came down to knowing about... How you say? Extraterrestrials and that, they were considered the authorities in the field. Everybody knew that these guys knew what they are talking about. Whether the academy accepts them or not, but if you wanted to talk about this stuff, talk to them. So at least they were getting somewhere.

Prabhu (1): Yes.

HH BVPS Mahārāja: Because the idea is that you are supposed to either make them in devotees at least, if not, break down so they can't have this  effect on disturbing everybody else's devotion. But if it's just a matter of, 'No, you have to get in there and be buddy-buddy with them, then only...' it's like, since when? That's how all the big names in science got  in the position they are? By being buddy-buddy with everybody? Or they had their theory, they preached it, they defeated others, like that, they showed how it worked, then with time people accept. Is that all right?

Prabhu (1): Yes, Mahārāja.

HH BVPS Mahārāja: Okay, okay. Yes, so the whole point is is, it has a fluidity, but there is specific what is the institution. Means, legal, there is the legal institution, then there is the movement as an institution. So, in other words, it's been institutionalized in the way that it has a form, so that everybody knows what to do and take part. Otherwise, if everybody does whatever they like, what's their qualification to do whatever they like? What is their background that they know what to do?

Prabhu (1): Yes, yes.

HH BVPS Mahārāja: So then Prabhupāda has worked out perfectly how to do it. And one time he was asked, 'Would you change anything?' He said, 'No.' You know, 'If you had to do it over again when you came to America, would you have done something different?' He said, 'No.' So the whole point is is, what he left us with is what... He left us the books for the next 10 000 years. Not that they need to be rewritten and re-run like this and turned upside down as  we think is fit. Prabhupāda said we can make commentaries, so if they want to make a commentary... This is the one thing I don't understand. You say, 'Make a commentary.' 'Oh, we are not qualified to make a commentary.' To make a long lasting comment on Prabhupāda's things, we we don't feel we have the qualification. Okay, then then don't say anything. 'No, no, no, no, we are going to change the words so we don't need a commentary.' It's kind-of like, that's a long lasting interim(?). Why do you think you have the qualifications for that? That doesn't make any sense. So that's the thing, the normal thing is you don't touch them. Once it's done it doesn't touch. That's why some have a problem even that Jayādvaita Mahārāja went back and redid the Bhagavad-gītā. But when they were doing it, he went back to what Prabhupāda had said before. But the point is is, what Prabhupāda was saying was fine. But at the same time he went back and some words were not clear, some points were left out, sometimes you saw that points were left out in the purport because it wasn't understood by Hayagrīva. And so then he puts those in, that's fine. So like that, it doesn't matter, it's whatever is working. But at the same time is, you have to be very, very careful about this. Because that has been done, 'Okay, now we can change anything.' But then how much of the time does Prabhupāda talk about... Here. 'His desire.' You know, 'the living entity, he should do this.' Now by the modern political correctness you can't use those. Does that mean we are going to go through it and rewrite all the books?

Prabhu (1): Yes, yes, yes...

HH BVPS Mahārāja: You know, 'them should be done do this.' Now it's okay? So it's, you can't do that. That's just the way it is. Otherwise they are going to rewrite everything? They are going to go back and rewrite Mark Twain and and Bernard Shaw and all those guys? And all the guys, so many authors in France and in Italy, and  we are going to rewrite the Iliad and Odyssey? Because... What is it? I can't remember what his name was... But, you know, 'Because he identified  his cisgender he saw himself like in the masculine role in that and because of that he was very much attracted to Helen, who, you know, happened to be identifying as a female, even though she was semi... He also happened to be within a feminine form, and therefore he took her off to his city of Troy...' Do we have to redo anything like this? Beowulf? You know, Grendel's mother. Grendel is a boy, like that, then his mother, and then... What's that? What if she is thinks he is the father and all that? Do you have to rewrite everything? So that's, if we do, then that's what Orwell was talking about, exactly. Is that in the name of this so-called political correct we have to rewrite everything.

So, no, this is what it is, that's the way it stays. We have to rewrite Shakespeare because the language is... His language didn't even... It's its own language, it has its own grammar and everything. He was a good writer, a good orator, but he didn't necessarily know all the grammar and all that so well. And so he does things that technically according to English grammar aren't the proper way that they would do it, or it wouldn't be how people were speaking necessarily. But it's just it's its own thing. So, yes, so then here is going to be Prabhupāda's books. If everything changes in the future... How you say? You have the Old English, Middle English and now the English, and then soon we will be speaking New English or New-new-newer English or Really-really-new English, then, yeah, then people will, 'Oh, you can read Prabhupāda's books? Wow! You are really educated!' Whatever. So the point is is, it's there. And then if you have to make a translation of it, that's another thing, but the book stays the way it is. Like you translate it into French, we don't burn all the English books. Like that. Does that make sense? We are not in the Middle East.

Prabhu (1): Mahārāja, it seems that it is very important that the understanding of the philosophy must be very clear and put into... Especially with the books, no? Like we have seen in the translation of the first refrain, the song and also that the institution follows the order of the Ācārya.

HH BVPS Mahārāja: Yes, yes that's its business. So that means, anybody who identifies themselves in the mission and movement of Lord Caitanya following Śrīla Prabhupāda, they identify with his teachings. As you see, that's the most important element that he was talking about. Prabhupāda was talking about in the Virāha-āṣṭaka, it was about that they are following the order of Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura, and that order itself is the potency by which they can get it done. So by his strong desire, then taking that mood then you can actually preach and get things done. But somehow or another they weren't focused on that and so therefore...[break in recording] ...Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura was present. So that is the point that Prabhupāda is pointing out. So that is the mission, that is your goal. The mission is that one person becomes Kṛṣṇa conscious. If you can somehow another make one person Kṛṣṇa conscious -  that's the mission. But as Lord Caitanya said, you are making yourself Kṛṣṇa conscious, so in this way two people become Kṛṣṇa conscious. Or by you making them Kṛṣṇa conscious then... [break in recording]

Prabhu (1): Problem?

Mātājī: Yeah, just wait a moment. Mahārāja's side is cut out.

Prabhu (3): Mātājī, our signal is weak here a little bit.

Mātājī: Yeah.

Prabhu (3): Somehow remain...

Mātājī: Well, let's see there's a few more minutes remaining, he will probably try and join again.

Okay, I think we should finish the class here.


Om Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare

Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma Hare Hare

Lecture on the Songs of Vaiṣṇava Ācāryas, Part 3, Bhaktivedānta Academy, Śrīdhāma Māyāpura