Dear Respected Godsister, Mother Dhanistha
Posted November 11, 2005
Although I've never met you personally, I've come across some of your articles on the Internet, and I must tell you sincerely that you're one of the best writers I've ever had the pleasure to read. Not only is your subject matter the most sublime --
Srila Prabhupada himself -- but your writing flows like the Ganges River, so potent and pure. Therefore I was very distressed to discover your recent posting on CHAKRA.
Please forgive my ignorance, since I'm not aware of many of the specifics of your statements; but I just wanted to reach out and let you know that it's intolerable for me to hear the pain in your voice. I've also seen and experienced abuse in many of its ugly forms, and so my heart goes out to you and all the Godsisters and children of whom you speak. I humbly pray that someday soon we can all join forces together and help one another heal from the past, both individually and collectively. Despite everything, we're a family -- perhaps a somewhat dysfunctional family at this young stage in our development -- but a family nonetheless. And as you well know, we have the most perfect and powerful spiritual father to guide us -- His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
Perhaps you might remember The Vaisnava Journal, started back in the 80's to help open a healthy dialogue between the leaders and members of ISKCON. Well, here's another idea adapted for the new era in which we find ourselves. What if we all gather together at Prabhupada's lotus feet and honor him by hearing his instructions and pastimes? By doing so, it might be possible to help reignite the enthusiasm and love which we all shared back in the days when Srila Prabhupada was everything to us all. This probably sounds too simple or utopian, but I don't mind being labelled a simpleton, especially when it comes to honoring Srila Prabhupada. I know that for me, hearing from and about Srila Prabhupada is the only real panacea for my ills. And believe me, Mother Dhanistha, I have a lot of ills! So please consider this a humble invitation to share some Prabhupada nectar with our readers on the pages of The Prabhupada Connection website. After all, Prabhupada can not only heal each of us individually, but he can heal the world -- nay, the universe:
"Srila Vrndavana dasa Thakura has sung that the devotees of Lord Caitanya are so powerful that each one of them can deliver a universe." (Srimad-Bhagavatam, 4.24.58, Purport)
So it's really only a question of time before we see it manifest before our very eyes. As Prabhupada used to say, Lord Caitanya's movement will be successful, so why not participate and take the credit?
Please don't think that I'm trying to minimize your pain or the sufferings of thousands of devotees. That's certainly not my intention. But I do wish to invite you, and all those who are so inclined, to come and join us in sharing the healing balm of Prabhupada's love. I hope that it might help, even just a little. It's all I can offer, but I do so most sincerely. Thank you very much and best wishes in your journey back home.
Jaya Srila Prabhupada!
Your servant, Padmapani das