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|Srila Prabhupada on a lotus
from Locanananda Das
Dear Godbrothers at Chakra,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
I am currently preparing an article entitled "Officiating Acharyas - The Subtleties
of Siksa and Diksa", but I could not postpone writing to you to comment on the
picture of Srila Prabhupada featured on your Home page. Your artist has imagined Srila
Prabhupada standing on a lotus flower which is where we are accustomed to seeing
Paramatma, the four-armed form of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. True, the spiritual
master is the external manifestation of the Supersoul, but this concocted presentation
smacks of impersonalism in that it appears to equate the transcendental position of Srila
Prabhupada with that of the Lord in the heart. Even Lord Brahma, who was born on the lotus
which sprang from the Lord's abdomen, is always depicted atop the lotus in a seated
position, avoiding this apparent discrepancy.
I am sure the improper portrayal of our spiritual master was meant as an act of
glorification, but we should be careful to not allow our art to contradict our philosophy.
Hoping this finds you all well.
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