Sunday, August 21, 2011

Lets unite ISKCON around Srila Prabhupada (Subavilas dasa) ISKCON


As devotees around the world gear up for the auspicious occasion of Sri Krishna Janmastami we are all busy with service and inviting friends and family to attend festivities on Monday.

On Monday night there will be throngs of devotees, congregants, friends and well-wishers to see Lord Krishna playing His flute and looking magnificent in dresses, flowers and in some centres like Toronto with the midnight flower dress. The atmosphere will be dripping with kirtan and ecstasy.

But today I would like to make a humble request for the day after Janmastami. The way I see it Krishna came on Janmastami and in 1896 the day after Janmastami Krishna brought us the most pure devotee to bring Krishna to the entire world. Without Srila Prabhupada's mercy we would not be standing in these temples, taking darshan of Krishna and enjoying this bliss. So the day after Janmastami is Srila Prabhupada's vyasa-puja and my humble request is to fill his temples with new comers and old comers. First, second and third generation devotees regardless of affiliation or status should all come forth in front of Srila Prabhupada united in gratefulness.

On many occasions I have been invited to attend vyasa puja celebrations for Godbrothers (disciples of Srila Prabhupada) and I honor these occasions and share some of my memories or association with them. I do so to honor the fact that they are pushing on Srila Prabhupada's movement. On occasion, I have noticed some of these events perhaps better attended then Srila Prabhupada's vyasa-puja. Perhaps this is due to Srila Prabhupada's vyasa-puja being at noon and not the evening or some being exhausted from Janmastami celebrations. But can't we make the extra endeavor for Srila Prabhupada's vyasa-puja?

Srila Prabhupada is not only the founder-acarya of ISKCON but the deliverer of devotees through his books, instructions and vani. Srila Prabhupada is the uniting factor as the spiritual father or grandfather no matter if you are an IDS, GKG, RNS, BMS, JPS, BKG, SDG, ABC or XYZ, Srila Prabhupada is the common factor. I am certain that all of my Godbrothers will agree. So it is my humble request, even if it is with some material difficulty, I beg you to come forth in front of Srila Prabhupada on Tuesday as we collectively glorify and worship our Founder-acarya and saviour who presented us with Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's message and has given us the Krishna Consciousness movement. FILL THE TEMPLES FOR SRILA PRABHUPADA!

A fallen and worthless servant of Srila Prabhupada,
Subhavilasa das

(yes, this is a repeat post, but when something is as important as this perhaps a repeat post is a good idea...)

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