Friday, June 21, 2019

Another Forgotten Devotee: Mahakratu Dasa

Sakhya Prema

This is Mahakratu Dasa Prabhu ACBSP. He is very dear to Srila Prabhupada having dedicated his life to preaching the mission of Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu for nearly 50 years. He recently suffered a stroke and is now a resident at the Dunmurray Manor Nursing Home, 2a Hazel Ave, Dunmurray BT17 9QU in Belfast, Northern Ireland Tel: 00 44 (0)28 9061 0435. It's a UK landline number and his Christian name is Michael Gibson.

At 70 years of age he is experiencing early stages of dementia and would really love to hear or see any devotees. My wife and I just visited him and he repeatedly stated that he thought he'd been forgotten by our ISKCON members. Especially if you're a senior devotee and old friend of Mahakratu prabhu consider his position. Please give him a call or send a get well card to let him know that he is being remembered and supported at this most vulnerable time of his life.

If you can share this post with your friends, it will be a great service to this humble and friendly gentleman.

Thank you for your consideration.

Your servant,

Sakhyarasa Prema Dasa

[PADA: This is a big problem in itself. Some of our critics say "PADA is deviating by working with the karmis." Well yup, because waiting for some "big devotees" to help maintain / assist and / or save us from various GBC's goondas etc. -- is often wishful thinking. A few devotees have helped us in some ways and we appreciate that hugely, however most of our foundation of support comes from the "mundane world." 

The "devotees," coming on their white horses with shiny armor to help us might never arrive on time, or perhaps at any time. And so it is that many other devotees have ended up essentially like us, being dependent on the so-called mundane society. That means their spiritual society failed them, that's all. 

Of course Krishna is God, thus He is also living in the so-called mundane people just as much as He is living in the so-called devotee people, so He helps people with His own methods. Anyway, this is another example of how the ISKCON elderly are not being assisted by the ISKCON society as a whole. ys pd] 


Śrīla Prabhupāda Says

- In the age of Kali, the women and the children, along with brāhmaṇas and cows, will be grossly neglected and left unprotected. In this age illicit connection with women will render many women and children uncared for.

Circumstantially, the women will try to become independent of the protection of men, and marriage will be performed as a matter of formal agreement between man and woman. In most cases, the children will not be taken care of properly.

The brāhmaṇas are traditionally intelligent men, and thus they will be able to pick up modern education to the topmost rank, but as far as moral and religious principles are concerned, they shall be the most fallen. Education and bad character go ill together, but such things will run parallel.

The administrative heads as a class will condemn the tenets of Vedic wisdom and will prefer to conduct a so-called secular state, and the so-called educated brāhmaṇas will be purchased by such unscrupulous administrators.

Even a philosopher and writer of many books on religious principles may also accept an exalted post in a government which denies all the moral codes of the śāstras. The brāhmaṇas are specifically restricted from accepting such service. But in this age they will not only accept service, but they will do so even if it is of the meanest quality.

These are some of the symptoms of the Kali age which are harmful to the general welfare of human society.

[SB: 1.16.21]

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