Preserve Paramapara By Education, Culture And Devotion - Part 1
Posted December 9, 2008
There is a need to find various means to ensure that Srila Prabhupada's books are never changed again for the next 10,000 years. BBT, due to the limitation of number of years it can enforce the copyrights, can only ensure to do so for probably maximum 100 years more, maybe less, if the expected legal extensions on how long successors of authors can hold the copyrights after an author has passed away, comes to be. If the copyright ownership is not extended by the US govt, then they will be in public domain in 60 years or so. Most probably within 100 years the books will pass into public domain, likely to be published by anyone, like Bible, Koran, Torah, Guru Grantha Sahib for want of better examples. Then it can be restricted on how they are printed only by the opinion for or against it by the members of the public who will be their main readers.
Therefore the need to ensure that the current generation of devotees are trained by education, culture and devotion, setting a Spiritual tradition in our movement so that the future generations will strongly believe without doubt that these books are coming from God, words of GOD. That the purports of Srila Prabhupada were dictated to him by Krishna Himself. They do not, cannot be, ever thought to be changed.
Who best to lead this other than the BBT Trustees? Conversely, if the BBT Directors are printing en masse changed books of Srila Prabhupada under the banner of BBT and if they are printing other authors books (unless directly authorized by Srila Prabhupada), also under the banner of BBT(subtly giving these other books the false stature of words of God too by association) and if the chief editor is consciously endeavoring to set a culture of continuously improving the books to continue his legacy in future generation, then there is no hope that the books can be prevented to be changed at one's whim in the years to come when Srila Prabhupada's books eventually go into public domain. We are looking at another Bible and its sentimental followers in the making.
This is the main reason KBI, even though they are printing some original books of Srila Prabhupada, a great service for at least the current devotees who can become stronger by associating with these original books, is not a permanent solution. As long as BBTI Directrors keep on printing large quantities of changed books under the banner of BBT, in 100 + languages (by their claim) in the world, they are managing to poison the physic of the devotees, public in the matter of respect of the SB, BG to be same as Krishna, words of God, infallible, Krishna's literary and sound incarnation. Krishna Himself in that form.
Maryada ullanghana. Crossing the line of respect. The result will eventually be that gradually specific statements in the original books will be first challenged by groups who disagree with them, then resentment and then attempt to change them in the books itself. Anyone with little intelligence can see that we are already going down that path. KBI cannot hope to counteract this poison gradually creeping in the society at a global scale. Even though the number of books printed/distributed is not much, compared to the original books distributed in earlier years under Srila Prabhupada's direction, still it is quite large compared to what KBI can print. Also the authorized platform of the BBT gives the BBTI directors a knockout advantage to propagate this "changes" culture. Compared to it, KBI license can any time be taken away if they cross the line so they always need to toe the line of the BBTI directors, whom they are supposed to counteract. A hopeless temporary proposal at best.
Yes, proper BBT Trustees should ensure that only original books are printed, it is also certain that they will be distributed on a very large scale, yet if one understands the efforts needed to counteract the poison given in the last 25 years all over the world, in close to 100 languages, that has created an array of contaminated devotees in whose consciousness the understanding of SB, BG as Krishna Himself has been brought down, we can see that conscious specific preaching is required to ensure that these contaminations are removed from the society IN ADDITION TO printing the original books. It is the case in all other issues. Answers are there in Srila Prabhupada books, but when Maya attacks the devotees with specific contamination, then that attack is counteracted by focusing on those specific instructions of Srila Prabhupada.
This is best achieved "by education, culture and devotion". See below:
"Herein we find the history of the Bhagavad-gita traced from a remote time when it was delivered to the royal order, the kings of all planets. This science is especially meant for the protection of the inhabitants and therefore the royal order should understand it in order to be able to rule the citizens and protect them from the material bondage to lust. Human life is meant for cultivation of spiritual knowledge, in eternal relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and the executive heads of all states and all planets are obliged to impart this lesson to the citizens by education, culture and devotion. In other words, the executive heads of all states are intended to spread the science of Krsna consciousness so that the people may take advantage of this great science and pursue a successful path, utilizing the opportunity of the human form of life." (BG 4.1 purport)
All actions at our disposal need to be executed to counteract the contamination. There is not a moment to loose. There is nothing as necessary. It is the matter of survival of Gaudiya Vaisnava Parampara.
Legal action to remove the BBTI directors impersonating as BBT "Trustees" with proper Trustees can give a powerful boost. It is essential if they do not listen. But not sufficient. The action of new Trustees in printing large quantities of original books will not on its own destroy the contamination in the public that has been, is being, introduced by the current BBTI directors in the name of BBT. Just by distributing large number of DOM copies, it is not sufficient to ensure that the GBCs will be elected by Tps year after year for thousands of years. It needs specific preaching too. The scope of that preaching, that counter-action, Srila Prabhupada is expanding "by education"
Specific cultural habits need to be instituted among the devotee community to better ensure that Srila Prabhupada's books are treated with utmost respect, as befitting Krishna Himself- Literary incarnation of Krishna. This will hold true for many other aspects of KC movement. As more and more Varnasrma principles are implemented, the rules and regulations of different orders/ashrams will be supplanted with these cultural practices to help ensure spiritual parampara be maintained. As we all know, Srila Prabhupada said That is 50% of his work that is not done. He has not shown most of those practices by his example in 1966-1977. He only gave them as seeds.
Literal worship of SB, BG can be one part of the overall endeavor that can be thought of for this purpose.
"Srimad-Bhagavatam is the literary incarnation of Lord Sri Krsna and is therefore nondifferent from Him. Srimad-Bhagavatam should be worshiped as respectfully as we worship the Lord. (SB 1.3.40 purport by Srila Prabhupada)
Formerly there was no press. These important sastras, Vedic literature, were kept in handwriting. I copy from your book; my other friend copies from my book... In this way, those who were interested... The literatures were not so cheap. Only highly qualified brahmanas, they used to keep handwritten... And it was worshiped in the temple as Deity, sastra, not that it is available everywhere. It has become... Now press has made it very cheaper. But we should always understand that granthas, or the scriptures, should be worshiped as God. That is sound incarnation of God. It should not be neglected. Don't neglect Bhagavad-gita or Bhagavata as ordinary books. You must be very careful. As you take care of the Deities, you should take care of the books also.
(SB 3.25.37 Lecture on December 6th, 1974 in Bombay)
Therefore the system is... Of course, here we don't find such facilities, but India, when we speak on the Bhagavad-gita, or on the Srimad-Bhagavatam, we worship regularly with flower, with other paraphernalia required for worshiping. You see? In the Sikh religion they also, they have no deity, form of the deity, but they worship the book, grantha-seva. Perhaps some of you who are acquainted with the Sikh community, they, they worship this grantha. Similarly, the Muhammadans also, they worship the Koran. And similarly, in your Christian also, you worship Bible.
(Srila Prabhupada's lecture, March 25th 1969, San Francisco, SB 1.2.17)
But to ensure that the parampara is maintained, the followers have to develop devotion. Devotion to the Acharya, Srila Prabhupada, devotion to Paramatma, devotion to Srimad Bhagavad Gita, devotion to Srimad Bhagavatam, devotion to the Holy Name. This subsequent purification, simultanously imbibing the mood of Srila Prabhupada, achieved by the bona-fide process of srvanama, should ensure that Srila Prabhupada lives on with his followers.
Thank You for your kind attention,
ys Nimai Pandit das