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I see it this way: somehow or another a devotee or group of devotees will soon be recognized for their purity and an event will take place that will draw millions again to this Krsna consciousness.
Offering his thoughts
Battle Plan for the Millennium:
Response to Govinda Madhava Prabhu
This brief article is in response
to Govinda Madhava dasa's recent article, "What
is ISKCON's Battle Plan for the Next Millennium?" What can
one say? Perhaps Krsna Himself is arranging the "new" battle of
Kuruksetra. Will it be nuclear? Will it be economic? No one knows since we
cannot enter Krsna's mind.
However, the bottom line for
any Vaisnava is, "What would Srila Prabhupada do or say in any given
situation if he were personally present?" I think we know. Just
chant, try to follow the four regulative principles (no meat eating, no
gambling, no illicit sex, and no intoxication) and let Krsna take care of
Be that as it may, I would
like to give my prognosis if I may as to any future battle plan for ISKCON
for the this millennium.
I see it this way: somehow or
another a devotee or group of devotees will soon be recognized for their
purity and an event will take place that will draw millions again to this
Krsna consciousness. Just how, where and when this will take place I
cannot say, but it will. It may be happening we speak - maybe not quickly
at first, but gradually. We all must be patient and have faith. Srila
Prabhupada was patient and did not arrive on western shores until 1965,
armed with knowledge, love and purity. Only Krsna knows what is to be done
and when.... make no mistake about it.
It may be that we are all
frustrated now as the movement Srila Prabhupada started has been, at least
here in America, 33 years old and like any fledging institution fraught
with many obstacles. This is to be expected in an atmosphere surcharged
with atheism. But Rome wasn't built in a day. It also takes nine months to
Therefore, as I see it,
perhaps the battle plan will come from individual devotees who are
purifying themselves now. It may be a man or woman walking around a temple
room somewhere on this planet chanting their 16 rounds. It may be a child
who is born in the slums of New York, a man or woman in the street who
just received their first Srimad-Bhagavatam or Bhagavad-gita. It may be a
fourteen-year-old child who just had their first plate of prasadam and
will one day be a glorious Vaisnava, all-powerful. These things are going
on at present.
Perhaps it's devotees who have
spent 30 years or more in purification and are establishing seminaries and
colleges like HH Danavir Maharaja in Kansas City, Missouri. Perhaps it is
I, who am trying to go on national tour with a 2-man "Mahabharata"
that will enlighten forgotten souls in towns and colleges across America.
Maybe it will be a Broadway play of the "Ramayana" or a major
feature film on the Life of Lord Caitanya that will draw the masses to
this wonderful movement and Srila Prabhupada's books.
All these things will and can
happen... when Krsna deems the moment is right. Don't worry about
anything, Krsna IS God, of this there is absolutely no doubt and this
ISKCON will endure into the future wherein thousands, millions will one
day chant the holy names. I have no doubt about this. All glories to Srila
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