Large Grhastha Families Needed
Posted December 25, 2009
I think it is high time that we all begin to recognize devotees for their wonderful qualities while they are alive, not just after they die. It seems that only after devotees die, do we finally give some recognition and glorification, and even that is not enough. We should be glorifying devotees while they are alive, and I don't mean just the gurus or those who hold some position. Every Vaishnava is my prabhu, and I am his dasa.
Vaishnavas deserve to know that they are loved and appreciated. After all, Sri Krishna states that He is suhridam sarva bhutanam, so why are we not the well-wishers of all His devotees, what to speak of all living entities? I don't want to have a different opinion than the Lord.
The Gaudiya Math had a hard time accepting Srila Prabhupada as the next acharya in parampara because at the time of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur he was simply Abhaya Babu, not a sannyasi, nor temple leader, nor part of the Gaudiya Math management structure. He was a grhastha businessman, a congregational member. Yet Sri Krishna chose him to be the next acharya. We never know how dear a Vaishnava may be to the Lord, nor whom He will empower.
Just imagine, if our society had glorified grhastha life from the beginning and encouraged large families with many children, how large and prosperous our society would be now. Instead of losing the majority of our youth (like Dwarakadish, whom Srila Prabhupada really loved) we would have a tremendous preaching force based on every child having received a loving and functional childhood, and a proper education with a promising future.
I think we need to submit a resolution to the coming year's GBC meeting in Mayapur. Therefore, I would like to propose that the GBC adopt a resolution akin to the following and make it ISKCON law. Does anyone else agree with this?
- Every devotee is precious and must be glorified and treated as such (suhridam sarva bhutanam),
- The amount of service that devotees do is like a mountain compared to the grain of sand of their shortcomings,
- Any leader that finds fault with another Vaishnava (kuti nati) without due process (phalena pariciyate), regardless of whether true or false, should be censured,
- Any leader who listens to gossip or rumors (gramya katha) and acts on it, should be censured,
- Any sannyasi who preaches that female devotees are maya should be censured,
- The grhastha ashram should be glorified as the most noble of all ashrams, as stated in the Ramayana. This is the only ashram where people sacrifice their own lives and take responsibility to care for women and children who are generally helpless and innocent. Sannyasis never take these responsiblities.
- Every grhastha should be encouraged to have many children, so the society can grow from within.
- Every leader should see himself/herself as dasa anudasa, and every other Vaishnava he/she comes in contact with should be treated as prabhu.
This is just for starters, off the top of my head. Will anyone support such a resolution? These are the actual teachings of Srila Prabhupada, aren't they?