Reconciling quotes from Srila Prabhupada
by Bhakta Nalen
Posted May 23, 2003

I read with interest Amara prabhu's statements about mis-using Srila Prabhupada's quotes. After I read some of the things His Divine Grace said about women, blacks and homosexuals, I felt depressed and hurt and cancelled my chanting for the evening. (I try to chant every morning and evening regularly.)

This morning I remembered something I read which helped to make things better for me. I hope this makes things better for you also: In two different biographies, it is described how on his death bed Srila Prabhupada asked for forgiveness for all of his offenses. One devotee spoke up and said "You never were offensive -- you are a pure devotee whose only interest is to serve Krishna. How could you be offensive?" And Srila Prabhupada answered, "Sometimes in preaching work we say things [that are harsh or offensive]; sometimes unconsciously we offend others in this material world."

So at the end of his life Srila Prabhupada himself acknowledged that sometimes he came across as offensive. But like the moon which has some spots on it, who can say, when the moon is shining at night "Oh, it has spots on it." The spots are nothing compared to the beauty and potency of the moon. Thus I am still very much devoted to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada!

God bless,
Bhakta Nalen