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We have made a buildable design that is pleasing to look at.
(Mayapur, India) - February 13, 2001: His Grace Ravindra Svarupa Prabhu
kicked off the GBC meeting this morning with a reading from SB 9.10.20:
'nikapa raghupater abhipatya sarve dvandvam varutham
drumair giri-gadesubhir angadadyah sitabhimarsa-hata-mangala-ravanesan
and the other commanders of the soldiers of Ramacandra faced the
elephants, infantry, horses and chariots of the enemy and hurled against
them big trees, mountain peaks, clubs and arrows. Thus the soldiers of
Lord Ramacandra killed Ravana's soldiers, who had lost all good fortune
because Ravana had been condemned by the anger of mother Sita."
the purport, Srila Prabhupada writes that the soldiers Lord Ramacandra
were recruited in the jungle and were all monkeys. Therefore they did not
have proper equipment with which to fight the soldiers of Ravana,
"for Ravana's soldiers were equipped with weapons of modern warfare
whereas the monkeys could only throw stones, mountain peaks and
Prahupada says that it was only Lord Ramacandra and Laksmana who shot some
arrows. "But because the soldiers of Ravana were condemned by the
curse of mother Sita, the monkeys were able to kill them simply by
throwing stones and trees."
Prabhupada explains in the purport that there are two kinds of strength,
called daiva and purusakara. "Daiva refers to the strength achieved
from the Transcendence, and purusakara refers to the strength organized by
one's own intelligence and power. Transcendental power is always superior
to the power of the materialist. Depending on the mercy of the Supreme
Lord, one must fight one's enemies even though one may not be equipped
with modern weapons."
Prabhupada concludes: "Therefore Krishna instructed Arjuna, mam
anusmara yudhya ca: [Bg. 8.7] 'Think of Me and fight.' We should fight our
enemy to the best of our ability, but for victory we must depend on the
mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead."
morning's presentation to the GBC concerned the Mayapur Project, a huge
temple comparable in size to the Vatican, along with accompanying city.
Kalakantha took feedback from the GBCs and guests regarding the pluses and
minuses that they saw regarding building a huge temple and city in
finishing up the plus and minus exercise, Abhirama Prabhu, a senior
disciple of Srila Prabhupada, took the microphone. "This exercise is
extremely interesting to me," he said. "I think that both sides
of the pluses and minuses seem balanced. There are many issues that need
to be addressed before the project receives your full enthusiasm."
said he is here to take direction from the GBC. He has been given the
assignment to develop the designs for a temple envisioned by Srila
Prabhupada. Over the years they have developed and refined a concept
design. He said they would look seriously at the issues.
Srila Prabhupada's gave the instruction to build this temple, it was in
spite of the fact that many devotees back then thought other projects
should have priority. He did not lack inspiration or understanding, yet he
chose to push this project. It is a bold idea to build this temple, in
spite of the negative environment we may sometimes find ourselves in
today. "We must keep faith and encourage the faith in others,"
said Abhirama. "It is easy to have faith when things are going well,
but it is a test of true faith to keep that faith when things are not
going well." He said that the idea to build the temple is not losing
momentum, though the money flowing into the project has reduced. "I
am more certain than ever that this project is on course," Abhirama
said. "If we do not succeed in this life I pray we all come back life
time after life time until we all finish all of Srila Prabhupada's
told the GBCs to carefully examine the work they have done so far.
Abhirama made the frank comment that he needs an intact organization
before they can build the temple. "We have made a buildable design
that is pleasing to look at." He said they could begin the
construction today if they had the money.
we just keep the idea alive, it doesn't have to crush finances. How it's
introduced, how aggressive it is, that is up to you," he said. He
envisions that it may not be finished in our lifetimes. "We need to
take a longtime view of it, and just be content that we are working toward
realizing Srila Prabhupada's dreams."
made the comment Cologne Dom Cathedral in Germany took 600 years to
complete, from the 14th to 19th century.
are paced by what is realistic," Abhirama said. "This project
will be built." It is just a question of time, he said. "It will
manifest because it is the will of Lord Caitanya," he said.
members were then ushered into a room across the hall to look at scale
models of the Mayapur Project and Temple of the Vedic Planetarium.
© CHAKRA 13 February 2001
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