The idea was brought forward that it would be a wonderful thing if the
different camps within the devotional community-- the ISKCON devotees,
Gaudiya Math devotees, Ritvik followers, etc. could come together for just
one day, put away their differences for a time, and simply chant the holy
names of Lord Krishna.
Just Imagine! Cooperation?
By Devarsi Muni dasa
To the assembly of Vaisnava devotees of the Lord!
Please accept my humble obeisances, and all glories to Srila Prabhupada!
Though some CHAKRA readers may question the value of visiting VNN, I
would like to report something that occurred recently in the
"Forums" section of VNN that could have great value.
During a discussion on cooperation amongst Vaisnavas in a conference
titled "Humbly & Respectfully, Let's Work it Out," in the
Istaghosti Forum area, the idea was brought forward that it would be a
wonderful thing if the different camps within the devotional community--
the ISKCON devotees, Gaudiya Math devotees, Ritvik followers, etc. could
come together for just one day, put away their differences for a time, and
simply chant the holy names of Lord Krishna.
Initially, the idea was set aside as impossible, until a few devotees
remembered Srila Prabhupada's instruction on how "impossible"
was a word found in a fools dictionary.
These devotees suddenly began to believe the foolish notion that such an
event might be able to actually take place, and that if it were possible
to conceive of such a thing, then it might also be possible to realize
such a thing.
Just try to picture the pleasure that Srila Prabhupada would feel to see
his young followers gathering together, putting differences aside for a
single day to create the largest "around-the-world" kirtana ever
Godbrothers, sisters, and cousins who had not seen each other for
years--or maybe had never even met--could sit together for a day to honor
that which we all have in common...love for Srila Prabhupada and Lord
Caitanya, a clear mandate to chant hare Krishna in every town and village
of the world.
I can hear the doubters now. "Yes, yes, yes.. that's all very
nice..." they say. "How can something like that happen? Who
could organize such an event?"
The answer is that Krishna could organize such an event. Krishna alone
could pull off this feat. All we have to do is let ourselves move to the
call of the Lord's desire, like a puppet on a transcendental string.
So okay, for the sake of argument, on what date will this event occur?
Well, the forum members who conceived of this event humbly submit that the
ideal day to have such a celebration (The Day of the Vaisnavas, as it
were), would be the day after Srila Prabhupada's appearance day.
Imagine a three-day festival, starting with Janmastami and ending with
Vaisnava day, centered on Srila Prabhupada, and occurring annually,
beginning with the dawn of the new millennium! No politics, no passing out
leaflets, no sectarian divisions, just chanting and paying obeisances to
all devotees regardless of their asrama, or their gender, or their
politics, for an entire day.
Is that possible? Why not? Is it that hard to be humble? Is it that hard
to believe? Weighed against the benefit that could be achieved, should we
even consider the difficulties?
The members of the Istaghosti Forum will be spreading the word of this
idea to their friends, and hoping that the concept will ignite like a
brushfire in the hearts of all devotees who hear of it.
If you want to join in, tell a friend, no--tell two friends! Tell anyone
who will listen that a transcendentally foolish idea has sprung up, and we
should all catch hold of that idea before it fades like an ember that is
separated from the fire. Become like a fool before Srila Prabhupada, and
do the impossible--bring ourselves together at his lotus feet for one day,
August 24th, 2000.
Please look for more information on Chakra and VNN, and at your local
temple in the following weeks.
your insignificant servant,
Devarsi Muni dasa
© CHAKRA 9-August-2000
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