QUOTE (ras @ Oct 3 2007, 11:53 PM)
..did Srila Prabhupada expressly say in his Final Order, "after I have reached Goloka Vrindaban my eternal wish is to forever take on all the (God knows what) karma of all the "spiritual seekers" that continue to happen upon the ISKCON fold rather than giving it to my dear Tamal Krishna Goswami"?
Of course he did not say that, even Tamal Krishna could not coerce that direct statement out of him. Tamal was a complex person, apparently sweet and submissive, but could be completely the opposite later, after calculating. You could not ignore his presence. You were bound to respect him. It would seem he used his submissive serving nature to Prabhupada just to be promoted, to get to be the leader and shape things as he saw fit. There are many good examples of this going right up to BR Sridhar Maharaja in 81, where he says , after hearing SM speak expert Krishna katha, that he “is like a calf and SM is like the mother cow whose teats he is suckling”. Give me a break Tamal, cause how long after that did you pronounce that SM was a threat to ISKCON’s goals? Whose goals?
Prabhupada did not instigate the subject of his successors, but it was brought up to him in a most sick state by another. He named some who he thought could be Ritvit for him, on his behalf, since he was sick. Rikvit means on someone’s behalf since he cannot be personally present, but his will is there. For someone alive and in the world. The departed are not called Ritviks to my knowledge. So Prabhupada then was not able to go personally or do his regular services. He had previously declined publicly to name a particular successor:
Quoting BTG December-January 1978
“When asked who would succeed him as the leader of the Krsna consciousness movement, Srila Prabhupada replied: “All of my disciples will take the legacy. If you want, you can also take it. Sacrifice everything. I—one—may soon pass away. But they are hundreds, and this movement will increase. It s not that I’ll give an order: ‘Here is the next leader.’ Anyone who follows the previous leadership is a leader. I don’t make any distinction between Indian and European. All my disciples are leaders... as much as they follow purely. If you want to follow, then you can also lead. But you don’t want to follow. ‘Leader’ means one who is a first-class disciple. Evam parampara-praptam. One who is perfectly following. Our instruction is, gurumukha-padma-vakya. Do you know this? ara na kariha mane asa (My only desire - is to have my consciousness purified by the words emanating from the lotus-mouth of my spiritual master’). To become a leader is not very difficult, provided one is prepared to follow the instructions of the bonafide guru.”
A person will naturally go to whom their faith is restored and protected, take shelter of such a person and embrace his concepts, adopt his views of KC. No geographical limits are there in spiritually, there are no zones, just the material world and the conceptual world of love and faith, even to serve as a simple peon there, even menial service. We appreciate that a dedicated Vaishnava had offered us to serve Krishna and that we could play some small part in fulfilling the desire of Sri Caitanya in distributing His Holy Names to everyone. We could perceive that it was incredibly increasing in those days with no obstacles, so long as Prabhupada was at the helm. But how did the obstacles appear and why?
Prabhupada was able to utilize all persons, see their prospects for Krishna’s service, particularly distribute the scriptures and messages of Sri Krishna Chaitanya. Even those who later turned out to be rascals, he still engaged in Krishna’s service. So you remember the sweet taste ansd simple life of living in our Guru’s ashrama, the temples, and happily and enthusiastically living to serve? What a happy and simple life that was.
If only the division of the KC movement did not occur and localities thrived independently. That was indicated as Prabhupada’s desire previously. No center but the local centers, Krishna as center, and we could have gone on, as was our capacity and desire even then. But that possibility was taken away for whatever reason and we live a life of separation.
The actual spiritual master is not just a physical presence; he is seen to be personally distributing consciousness of Krishna. Why then is he called spiritual master? All men have physical bodies. He is rightly seen as serving consciousness of Krishna. His words and the devotional directions, previously unrevealed to us but by his will, clearly establishes the finest part of his being. That is spiritual master, identical and different from Krishna, our reliable link, who is always engaged in Krishna’s service, fulfilling his Guru’s desire as he reminded us all daily…
And remembering the subject we came to believe that knowing Whom nothing remains to separately be known, no greater attainment to be attained. That concept of life is called sraddha, the criterion of being the consciousness of Guru and Gauranga, that, we have heard and believed and not reached the limit of:
atah sri-krsna-namadi na bhaved grahyam indriyaih
sevonmukhe hi jihvadau svayam eva sphuraty adah
"No one can understand the transcendental nature of the name, form, quality and pastimes of Sri Krsna through his material senses. Only when one becomes spiritually saturated by transcendental service to the Lord are the transcendental name, form, quality and pastimes of the Lord revealed to him." (Padma Purana)
So shortcomings become visible when one cannot see the transcendental nature within the heart of a spiritualist, one who represents their faith. How horrible that we so quickly went from devotees of a pure devotee servant of Krishna, to having that personal relationship eclipsed, constrained by a higher being, an institution…ISKCON, ruled by the GBC, voting on the correct application and meaning of the transcendental nature of Krishna. Later.