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By Anonymous Devotee
I would like to respond to Eka Buddhi dasa’s highly unusual and very mysterious article "Did Lord Nityananda Enter Srila Prabhupada’s Body?"
This is very mysterious because it seemed to come out of the blue as it were, but it seems almost inevitable twenty-five years after our beloved spiritual master left his body and wound up his glorious pastimes.
I don’t really know how to address this article. I have been associated with ISKCON for 22 years, and I never heard of this particular explanation. But it’s intriguing, to say the least.
What I do know, is that a devotee once asked Srila Prabhupada what his eternal spiritual form was, and I believe he said, "If I told you, you wouldn’t believe me."
All I can say is, only Krsna knows who may be empowered to carry on certain work within Krsna consciousness. This is a very confidential subject matter. Very deep. Very difficult to enter because it rests within the jurisdiction of the individual jiva and Lord Sri Krsna Himself. Why Krsna uses certain devotees to fulfill certain missions, or, to put it another way, why and how the Lord uses an individual as a pure instrument in spreading the Lord’s glories may never be fully revealed to us, nor should it be and if it is, then only those who know will know. That is, such mature realizations are very difficult for the neophyte to immediately comprehend.
However, having said this, what struck me as unusual about this article is that many years ago I had the same feeling. When asked who I thought Srila Prabhupada really was my only response was that he was in Lord Caitnaya’s inner circle. It kind of just blurted out and that was that. In my mind I was thinking of the Pancha-tattva for some strange reason. Let it be known that I never personally met His Divine Grace.
Thinking about this later and ironically, more recently in an email communication with a devotee who shall remain nameless, I personally felt that Srila Prabhupada was indeed Lord Nityananda coming to us according to time and place, but not in the traditional sense. Perhaps as the compassion of Lord Nityananda personified may be more apropos.
Eka Buddhi dasa I feel is half right in his assumption that if we, as devotees or even future devotees, were to take this revelation seriously, it would somehow mean that the bhakti and purity would not be accessible to us. But I disagree. Srila Prabhupada was and still is a great inspiration for everyone coming to Krsna consciousness. He was charismatic, mystical, and pure. Lord Krsna sent the right person at the right time. This is a fact.
If we look at it in the light that "God moves in mysterious ways" perhaps that too will be an inspiration. That Lord Nityananda empowered Srila Prabhupada in his preaching mission, at least for me, in no way diminishes Srila Prabhupada the man, the acarya for the age, and his unfailing determination and compassion in following the instructions of his spiritual master. If anything, it gives the devotee more hope than ever that this will indeed be the real religion for the next 10,000 years.
© CHAKRA 5 March 2002
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