Sunday, December 23, 2012

Ratnavrnda near death in San Deigo

Lenny Sislac: Ratnavrinda’s last days : ISKCON (Hare Krishna) of San Diego

"One of the ISKCON San Diego’s early devotees and pioneers, Mother Ratnavrnda, a disciple of Srila Prabhuapda, is very close to leaving her body. She will be with us for only a few more days, at most. Please spend a little time chanting to this wonderful devotee who has done so much service for Srila Prabhupaada.

KPDD: San Diego devotees, please go and chant for this mataji!

Lenny Sislac: Notice word choice, "early devotees" as if time to die is twice overdue. Hello! These devotees are about 60 and supposed to preach for another 30 years to all those youngsters. So it should be clear that GBC created such a hell for rank & file devotees, that their only option is to leave.

PADA: Yes, some of my neighbors here are 85 years old and they are still going to work every day. My neighbor who is 71 is outside in the freezing cold rain building a fence right now. Of course, they believe in Jesus, and thus they believe they are serving an actual pure devotee, which gives them inspiration and hopefulness. 

Srila Prabhupada said his guru God brothers gave him, "depression, repression, oppression." Thus it seems many ISKCON members are undergoing a sort of slow motion "death by depression, repression and oppression" from false gurus, because they could not steer themselves around this obstacle they way Srila Prabhupada was able to do, and / or attack them the way some of us have done, which at least gave some of us hope that we were changing the situation. Yes, for some the only option is to leave, I think this is one of the reasons so many "first generation" devotees are dying off before they even get to 65 years of age. Many are barely making it to 60. Something is wrong here, fer sure. ys pd

1 comment:

  1. ALL GLORIES TO HIS DIVINE GRACE A.C.BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI SRILA PRABHUPADA!-When you say 'that something is wrong'--Well,I do not presume to have all the answers.One vivid memory in my past does stand out though.20 or so years ago I one day decided to devote an entire day to reading Bhagavad Gita AS IT IS.Foolish me,I chose the 'REVISED' Gita.After reading and reading all day I found myself to be in a very depressed frame of mind.For years I remembered this day and wondered what was wrong with me,if after devoting my day to reading SRILA PRABHUPADA's perfect book--HOW ON EARTH COULD THE RESULT BE DEPRESSION? Well now ,looking back,I honestly believe that reading the changed books of HIS DIVINE GRACE is a very,very bad practice.Not only are we not reading SRILA PRABHUPADA's books(as we should be,every single day),but we are actually reading the books of a person who has willfully disobeyed SRILA PRABHUPADA's orders.This can't be good for anyone.Perhaps persons coming in contact with SRILA PRABHUPADA for the first time may derive benefit from these changed books--I believe I did.At first.But as we advance,we must become more discriminating who we take shelter of.SRILA PRABHUPADA should be approached AS HE IS.Nowadays I'll never,ever read anything but unchanged SRILA PRABHUPADA,nor books by others like Satsvarupa dasa.I don't want to be offensive to older SRILA PRABHUPADA servants--but I have to make choices.And my choice is SRILA PRABHUPADA every day. HARIBOL!


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