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Shoot for the Rhinoceros

by Bhakta Jason

Posted June 1, 2011

One of Prabhupada's most famous instructions is to shoot for the rhinoceros. That way, if you are unsuccessful, people will just say: "Oh well, you didn't have much of a chance anyway; after all, it was a rhinoceros."

In many ways devotees all over the world are doing so many amazing things; so many projects are "shooting for the rhinoceros" and have had success. I just wanted to share with the devotees what I think is a great opportunity for the movement to take a leading role in shaping the future of the world and manifesting the symptoms of Satya-yuga.

Here in southeastern Pennsylvania the solar industry is booming. People all over the world are starving for a conversion to less invasive food and energy solutions. They are tired of their lives being suffocated by food and energy policies that are buried in the lower modes of nature.

It is a ripe opportunity for devotees to strike while the iron is hot. I by no means claim to be blessed with an understanding of what Srila Prabhupada's desires are for the movement today. What decisions would he be making? Would he endorse solar energy? Would he endorse hydroponics? Would he prefer energy in the mode of passion rather than energy in the mode of ignorance? Or does it have to be in the mode of goodness?

Obviously, Srila Prabhupada loved everyone more than I could ever hope to even imagine. He wanted them to build strong communities based on clean, local energy and local food production with an emphasis on cow protection. By Prabhupada's mercy we've all experienced that an activity in the higher modes of nature will produce much greater levels of individual sovereignty.

Personally I am of the conviction that solar- and wind-powered hydroponics is the necessary method, the wave of the future for climates that are seasonally challenged, not as a primary method but as a supplemental strategy to traditional agriculture. Even in communities such as New Vrindaban and Gita Nagari, how powerful the community could be — not that it doesn't already have tremendous potency; it does — if they were producing fresh, delicious produce 52 weeks a year right on their own property and, possibly, becoming a major local supply hub.

Hydroponics would allow them to do this. I don't mean to minimize what is already being done, but I offer these ideas in humility. I pray for guidance every day and am convinced that these ideas are part of "the peace formula."

Most importantly, switching to less-invasive energy sources is certainly beneficial for Mother Bhumi. Mother Bhumi is a devotee of Krishna. She is no doubt very, very important to Him. I firmly believe that the devotees should endorse this strategy and that they will see blessings multiply a thousandfold.

The qualities of Satya-yuga are supposed to manifest themselves in very powerful ways in this Kali-yuga. Endorsing clean, local energy and local food technologies is a major component for making this happen.

Maybe I am just completely off in left field on this one, but I felt compelled to share these ideas with the devotees. Please forgive me if I was at all offensive; I tried my best not to be. The devotees are the most special people in the world to me, and my greatest fear is to offend a devotee.

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