Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Can People Advance Without the ISKCON Institution?

[PADA: Our experience, more and more, is that a good number of people are making nice advancement independent of the GBC's managed official ISKCON institution. We are also getting nice questions from various devotees in various places, of course a few of these folks are part of the official ISKCON, but evidently they have doubts about that program. 

Overall, more and more people are working to jettison their connection to the official GBC managerial process. And some of them at least are coming to look at our process, and they are accepting. Notice below the nice writing of this independent devotee. ys pd]

AKD: In the conditioned stage when we are weak-minded, we identify with the weak body & timid mind, and not with the Lord within. And we may not be able do much but, by realizing our true identity and engaging in the selfless service of the All Powerful, Supreme Lord Narayana, we most definitely can do anything. Unfortunately, we live in a materialistic society where the majority of insecure people are constantly brainwashed to be more concerned about what they have than who they truly are. But the true power & true happiness doesn't come from having any amount of material possessions, it comes from having Lord on your side.

How to bring Lord on your side? The only requirements are COMPLETE FAITH IN HIS INSTRUCTIONS revealed in the Scriptures (B-Gita/Srimad Bhagavatam), and by GIVING YOUR 100% to constantly practice them. Shastra, scripture, is your real father. 

All the ends of human life can be achieved through the actions which are prescribed by Lord in the Shastras (scriptures), but their performance requires the FIRM CONVICTION that you're an eternal part & son of Lord, different from the temporary mind & body. Maya's servants are timid and weak, but God's servants are ALWAYS STRONG. The power of Lord is Supreme. 

If you actually connect with Lord, His purity, power and bliss will manifest in you. Disunite from the delusions and imaginations of your weak mind, and unite with Lord through Karma / Bhakti Yoga. Do all the obligatory works you ought to do with full enthusiasm- only for Him. As son of Lord, your true nature is bliss, joy and strength. For one who always remembers Lord and works incessantly for Him with great faith & enthusiasm, Lord is always very near.

In the service of Lord,

"One must accept the original instructions of the śāstra. According to Vedic civilization, one is offered a sacred thread as a sign of second birth. One takes his second birth by dint of having received instructions in the śāstra from a bona fide spiritual master.Therefore, śāstra, scripture, is the real father. All the śāstras instruct that one should end his material way of life. If one does not know the purpose of the father’s orders, the śāstras, he is ignorant. The words of a material father who endeavors to engage his son in material activities are not the real instructions of the father." (SB 6.5.20)

yaḥ śāstra-vidhim utsṛjya vartate kāma-kārataḥ
na sa siddhim avāpnoti na sukhaṁ na parāṁ gatim

“One who disregards the injunctions of the śāstras and acts whimsically, as he likes, never achieves the perfection of life, not to speak of happiness. Nor does he return home to the spiritual world.” (SB 6.5.20 Purport)

"But ignorant and faithless persons who doubt the revealed scriptures do not attain God consciousness. For the doubting soul there is happiness neither in this world nor in the next." (B-Gita 4.40)

"And whoever, at the time of death, quits his body, remembering Me alone, at once attains My nature. Of this there is no doubt.

Whatever state of being one remembers when he quits his body, that state he will attain without fail. Therefore, Arjuna, you should always think of Me in the form of Kṛṣṇa and at the same time carry out your prescribed duty of fighting. With your activities dedicated to Me and your mind and intelligence fixed on Me, you will attain Me without doubt." (B-Gita 8.5-7)

"But those who worship Me with devotion, meditating on My transcendental form-to them I carry what they lack and preserve what they have." (B-Gita 9.22)

"In all activities just depend upon Me and work always under My protection. In such devotional service, be fully conscious of Me. If you become conscious of Me, you will pass over all the obstacles of conditional life by My grace. If, however, you do not work in such consciousness but act through false ego, not hearing Me, you will be lost." (B-Gita 18.58)

PADA: Very nice. Yes, if we have attachment for Krishna, then Krishna will reciprocate by having attachment for us: "Krsna could understand that the gopis were rapt in ecstasy by embracing Him in their minds, and therefore, since He is present in everyone's heart, He reciprocated their embracing from within." ys pd

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