His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada was a most extraordinary and unique person. He was kind and respectful to everyone, and worked for everyone’s benefit. He never desired respect or material possessions for himself. He was a person of purity, integrity, and compassion. He was always truthful, humble, sense controlled, and totally surrendered to the desire of the Lord.
He founded the International Society for Krishna Consciousness as a society to provide uplifting association for those who wanted to progress on the path of devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead and to further the preaching mission that he had come to establish. But he also recognized that there were serious problems. In a letter to one disciple, he noted, “Regarding the poisonous effect in our Society, it is a fact and I know where from this poison tree has sprung up and how it affected practically the whole Society in a very dangerous form. … It is a fact however that the great sinister movement is within our Society. In that letter, he instructed his leading disciples, “so all of you may try to save the Society from this dangerous position.” He told another of his disciples, “There are those in our movement who dress like devotees- sikha, tilaka, neck beads, and dhoti, but they are not devotees. They are agents of Kali. We must find them and weed them out.”
Srila Prabhupada passed from this world in November of 1977. It is now many years later. Presently, if one in the organization that Srila Prabhupada founded acts to try to expose or oust those who have committed, and still may be committing horrible acts, that person is the one who gets banned, weeded out. It is totally opposite what Srila Prabhupada desired. I have mentioned in a previous presentation that we at Purely Prabhupada are not concerned with trying to bring down any organization, but only to present Absolute Truth in the form of Srila Prabhupada’s teachings. But it needs to be repeated that any organization has the propensity to become its own worst enemy in the propagation of what it initially set out to accomplish.
There has been a lot of talk recently throughout the media about the uncovering of demoniac activity that has pervaded pretty well every aspect of modern society. Political, social, food, communications, entertainment, economic, educational, the medical and pharmaceutical industries, the religious institutions, it seems that no institution has been spared. There have been predictions about truths coming out, exposes, old infrastructures crumbling, mind-blowing events about to unfold, etc. These foretellings are coming from many fronts- political and economic analysts, lawyers and investigative journalists, miscellaneous whistleblowers, astrologers, and many other people who claim to be in the know.
We at Purely Prabhupada don’t put much energy into mundane predictions, but we do have an awareness how deeply the tentacles of evil have spread. As I discussed in our introductory video series for Purely Prabhupada, the goal of an aspiring transcendentalist is not to try to change the nature of this material world, but to aim to reawaken our dormant love of God, Krishna and return to our real home, the eternal and blissful kingdom of God. The challenges of this world must be used as stepping stones to the development of spiritual awareness. We have no personal agenda to try to fix anything of this world, but rather to utilize every opportunity for our spiritual advancement and to educate those who are willing in the process of devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna.
Our team does have one especially big concern, though. We know, and it is confirmed in Bhagavad-gita As It Is, that many times a person of demoniac nature will pose as a religionist and grossly mislead and take advantage of others. If in fact there is to be some massive exposure of evil as some predict, and since it appears that no institution is free of “dark” influences, as they say, and since the religious institutions seem to be a favorite place for covert demoniac activity, if the possible upcoming disclosures involve the organization that Srila Prabhupada originally founded, we are concerned that Srila Prabhupada’s name will be linked to whatever atrocities might come to light. It needs to be known that many things that have gone on in the organization he originally founded have been in opposition to his mood, his teachings, his mission, his endearing humanness, his pure intention for the benefit of humanity. Srila Prabhupada’s name must be freed from what has transpired in his name that did not properly represent his mission, or even that served to sabotage it. His integrity must be broadcast. In this way, the interest in his pure teachings can become more widespread. His efforts, the hardships and austerities he underwent, his book translation and publication, his extensive traveling and teaching in his senior years, were only for the sake of the spiritual benefit and happiness of humanity. He had no personal agenda at all. His life was the instruction of his spiritual master to present these teachings in the English speaking world.
Srila Prabhupada’s books have been available for many years, and it is time for them to come to more prominence. If there is to be some great unfolding of truth in this world, then it is our prayer that whatever comes down lands the hearts of those who are sincere and pious on the pages of these great literatures. These books are like a star actor waiting in the wings of the stage for his brilliant entry amidst a great drama. Let the drama unfold, let the books of His Divine Grace come to center stage for their brilliant performance. They are predicted by transcendental seers to be the law books for mankind for the next 10,000 years. That prediction is one that we do totally trust.