Srila Prabhupada The Brahma Sampradaya Acharya

June 7, 2016 in Hansadutta Dasa by Laksman dasa

Submitted by: Yasoda nandana Dasa

Srila Prabhupada
The Brahma Sampradaya Acharya
by Hansadutta das


INTRODUCTION
When a NON-LIBERATED person takes leadership (material or spiritual) without being under the guidance of a liberated soul, the end result is always destruction and failure. Initially there maybe fabulous success, like in the case of Hitler and Napoleon or as in our ISKCON, Bhagavan, Bhavananda, Rameswara, Jayatirtha, myself [Hansadutta] and most recently Kirtanananda, but ultimately everything will collapse and the FOLLOWERS aware of the leader’s imperfections ABANDON HIM. This is not a criticism, but an observation of the facts and realisation through personal experience.
We want and we need a perfect person to follow: the ACHARYA, then others acting under his charge can be accepted as guides in as much as they are submissive and experienced under the authority of the ACHARYA.
Therefore Prabhupada emphatically advised us: “I wish that each and every centre shall keep the ACHARYA (i.e. Srila Prabhupada) in the centre and keep their separate identity.” (Srila Prabhupada’s Letters, 1967)
In our sampradaya there MUST BE AN ACHARYA at all times (living or departed), like Brahma, Narada, Vyasa, Madhvacharya, Lord Chaitanya, the six Goswamis, Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura and Srila Prabhupada, whose commentaries on the standard Vaishnava texts the aspiring candidate can refer to as a YARDSTICK in order to ascertain the BONAFIDES of his chosen GURU (representative of the ACHARYA); otherwise the sampradaya becomes over-crowded with pretenders, and everything falls into chaos, as is the situation now—each a guru claiming to be bonafide. But the practical result is dozens of provincial camps with fanatic followers claiming allegiance to his particular leader as all in all. If the necessity of the sampradaya ACHARYA is understood, the neophyte followers in any or all camps would or will see Prabhupada as all in all and their PROVINCIAL GURU as a servant of Prabhupada, experienced to some degree and capable of helping the newcomer in the philosophical and practical application of the ACHARYA’S TEACHINGS. Just as in the UNIVERSITY the great ACHARYA EINSTEIN is understood under the guidance of an experienced professor, but the professor is never equated with such giants as Einstein, Newton, Gallileo, etc. Even if a person is a great, liberated soul, he should present himself as nothing more than representative of the acharya, if only for the sake of unity in the sampradaya.

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Some Statistical Reflections on the Awesome Stature of the Acharya

June 6, 2016 in Hansadutta Dasa by Laksman dasa

Submitted by: Yasoda nandana Dasa

Some Statistical Reflections on the Awesome Stature of the Acharya



WHAT THE ACHARYA, SRILA PRABHUPADA, DID IN TEN YEARS.

by Hansadutta das
  • Srila Prabhupada translated and wrote purports to 18,000 verses of Srimad-Bhagavatam. Reading one verse with purport daily would take the reader 49.31 years to complete.
  • He translated and wrote purports to 700 verses of Bhagavad-gita. It would take the reader aproximately two years to complete.
  • He translated and wrote purports to the 17 volumes of Chaitanya-charitamrita (2,170 pages, or 11,555 verses). Reading one verse with purport daily would take the reader 31.6 years to complete. Reading one page daily would take the reader 5.9 years to complete.
  • He wrote Teachings of Lord Chaitanya, a synopsis of Chaitanya-charitamrita;
  • Nectar of Devotion;
  • Isopanisad.
  • He created a monthly magazine, Back to Godhead, which at one point was distributed in excess of one million copies per month.
  • Under his explicit direction and inspioration, thousands of artful illustrations were published in all the above-mentioned books.
  • He wrote over 7,000 personal letters to his disciples, published in fie volumes of books.
  • He gave lectures on Srimad-Bhagavatam, compiled into 11 volumes of books.
  • He gave lectures on Bhagavad-gita, compiled into seven volumes of books.
  • His darshan conversations have been compiled into 42 volumes of books.
  • He produced phonograph records.
  • He established 108 temples (including Mayapur, Vrindavan, Bombay–with guest houses, Hyderabad temple, New Vrindavana and Gita Nagari farm communities).
  • His published books total some 147. Reading one book a month would take 13 years, reading one book every two months would take 25 years of reading, about twice the time it took Prabhupada to write them. Probably we will not live that long. If one started reading today, he would not finish till the year 2029. Think of it!

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