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Thanks to Srila Prabhupada and to Bhaktimarga Swami

Today is the Vyasa-puja day for my spiritual master, Bhaktimarga Swami.  I remember many years ago admiring his humility in offering respect given for him to Srila Prabhupada, his desire to see Srila Prabhupada glorified instead of himself, and that was when I first thought of him as a potential spiritual master for me.  In that spirit I would like to take the opportunity to post something I happened to write today upon seeing someone criticizing Srila Prabhupada, apparently in favor of yata mata tata patha or something like that.  In fact it was because of Srila Prabhupada that I found Bhaktimarga Swami, so these two spiritual masters are like a team of two great lifeguards who have come to save me from my helpless struggle in an ocean of unlimited ignorance.  I am forever in debt to both of them.  Hare Krishna…

Before I ever heard of Srila Prabhupada and had not the faintest idea Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, I was a liberal atheist,  environmental science major, with a side interest in yoga.  I understood based on science that the world needed to stop raising animals for slaughter in order to accommodate population growth. However I soon realized that achieving that would be practically impossible. I didn’t know if there were a God, but I thought unless there is, the world is in serious trouble.

That was when I found _Bhagavad-gita As It Is_ and began to see that what he was teaching is perfect, practical and ideal.  He was trying to make anyone in the world able to understand Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.  Who else could do that?

When I was a child I understood that people at church didn’t seem to really know God, and thought if I could ever find out about God, that would be the most important thing.  I didn’t know yet, but Srila Prabhupada had recently gone all over the world teaching his expert knowledge of who really is God, Krishna, and how Krishna should be understood and served.  It’s how to actually achieve liberation from repeated birth and death, something inconceivably rare and great, and that is only mentioned because the real treasure of Krishna consciousness is inconceivable.  

I am so thankful that Srila Prabhupada did not waiver to satisfy any critics and very masterfully stuck to his mission of giving the way of Krishna consciousness to a world sorely in want of it but too ignorant to know.  Srila Prabhupada must be forgiven for distinguishing his knowledge from other proposed solutions because his teachings reveal the real solution to all problems, the making it clear that service to Krishna and His devoted  servants is the perfection and ultimate goal of life.  I am not even fit to glorify Srila Prabhupada, but thanks to him that is something I hope to someday achieve.  All glories to Srila Prabhupada!  Hare Krishna.

5 comments to Thanks to Srila Prabhupada and to Bhaktimarga Swami

  • Nityānanda Chandra Dās

    Pandu Prabhu it is very nice to see that you are going for the nectar like a bee. I understand that your journey has been a painful one. All these troubles will decorations on your record of seeking the Supreme. Śrīla Prabhupāda once said, (I was told) “I want want to get this declaration from Krishna Himself. That this man has done something for me.” I have read Śrīla Prabhupāda write my spiritual master that “Krishna is never ungrateful for our efforts to serve Him, rest assured.” I have had many experiences of Krishna’s very explicit reciprocation but at the same time I can see how remembrance of that can quickly be removed. Just as the forgotten pleasure of Kirtan is reawaken when one attends a great Kirtan festival like Ratha Yatra.

  • pdadas

    What happened? Did you lose your job and had to go move in to the ISKCON temple in order to survive financially? And the temple management forced you to write this “apology”?

  • pdadas

    Clearly you are not willing to answer questions. This is proof that you are a brainwashed cult member and are incapable of dealing with outside criticism or questions.

    How are you any different than a whore who rejects her husband so she can get a little bit of gold and material wealth? Absolutely sickening. You have no integrity or honor left, Paul. How can you live with yourself?

  • Pandu das

    pdadas,

    Are you the same person who has been spamming my blog with obnoxious comments? It seems so. I don’t owe you anything, understand? I was going to answer your October 28 comment, but I haven’t had time. Let me say it again, I don’t owe you anything.

    The fact is that I simply remembered Srila Prabhupada’s teachings and how much Krishna means to me, and I decided to sacrifice my pride for approaching Krishna again. I still have my job, actually I got a promotion last year. Nobody at the temple has forced me to do anything. I wanted to repair my relationships with the community, so I did.

    The local devotees have been very kind in accepting us again. Two weeks ago my wife gave birth (part of why I didn’t get to your question immediately), and other families in the community have been taking turns cooking meals for us several days each week. There is love in the Gita-nagari community, and I want my family to be a part of it. I don’t think it’s healthy for you to get so upset over that. It seems like you could stand to let a little love in your life. There’s no use in being so bitter. That’s not how to attract Krishna.

  • Pandu das

    Dear Nityananda Candra Prabhu,

    Hare Krishna. Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

    I remember mentally writing a response thanking you for your comment, feeling delighted to hear from you, but I just noticed I think I forgot to physically write it! LOL. ATM I’m at work and really too tired to think, but Hare Krishna, and please visit again!

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