"I wish that each and every branch shall keep their independent identity and cooperate keeping the Acarya in the center. On this principle we can open any number of branches all over the world."
This statement by Srila Prabhupada is a very important one,
especially now in the world of Prabhupadanugas. We all have experienced our share of GBC induced misery onto devotees worldwide for the past 25 years, at least if not more. We all have our horror stories.
The Bottom line is that they have said they don’t want us in Prabhupada’s temples and have shown it by their behavior over the years. This is an indisputable fact of life and they are not going to change that attitude.
That being said, then who are we to associate with if we cant go to Prabhupada's temples anymore without experiencing cardiac arrest? As most of you know by now, real association with Srila Prabhuapada is thru his teachings, his lectures, his books, his murti and by his bona fide disciples who are following him without personal motivations.
New people feel Srila Prabhupada's presence in the devotees who follow Srila Prabhupada. If we connect something to the electric line in our homes, then we ARE connected to the powerhouse. Being "plugged in" means faithful, unmotivated and constant hearing the sound vibrations emanating from Srila Prabhupadas transcendental lips.
The Hare Krsna Society is a worldwide grass-roots network of Prabhupada disciples, who are tightly bound in affection to one another thru the medium of Srila Prabhupada's teachings-his vani. We serve Srila Prabhupada in separate locations, yet together in Siddhanta! We are all ONE and yet- different.
Therefore this is why our network of devotees can work cooperatively together.
We are working with unity in diversity-- (I wish that each and every branch shall keep their independent identity and cooperate keeping the Acarya in the center.
On this principle we can open any number of branches all over the world." (quote by Srila Prabhupada)
Therefore, we are humbly suggesting to ALL Prabhupadanuga devotees worldwide to become affiliated members or associates together within this Hare Krishna Society.
Dont worry, we are NOT asking anyone to "surrender" to us. We are not asking for your laxsmi. We don’t want you to give us your daughter or first-born in charity. We know how the word "surrender" has become an ugly word. But none of us gave it that negative connotation. Remember it was because of our experience in "iskcon" where we eventually learned "not to surrender."
Originally however, we learned to surrender to Srila Prabhupada. He taught us that surrender to Krishna is a blissful event and can still be very blissful and we should surrender to the bona fide spiritual master, and his lotus feet because he alone can take all of us back to home, back to Godhead.
So again our humble suggestion here at the website of the Hare Krishna Society is that all of you reading this letter consider placing yourselves here, thru your emails, your programs, your festivals, your centers, and all your endeavors to please Srila Prabhupada. And by doing so, together we will again be joining forces worldwide to spread this Caitanya Mahaprabhu sankirtan movement. This is what Srila Prabhupada says, "You will show your love for me by how you cooperate with each other."
This letter should in no way be misconstrued to mean you and your program, if you have one, belongs to the Hare Krishna Society. No. Our intention is solely to have a PLACE on the internet where ALL like minded Prabhupanugas can gather and SHARE our realizations, our preaching activities and know at the same time that there ARE SO MANY OF US in the world today coming together to please Srila Prabhupada.
We NEED to organize ourselves. Why? To show the world the actual unchanged teachings of Srila Prabhupada and show by practical example how by cooperation a house in which the whole world can very blissfully live, can once again be built.
Srila Prabhupada once told us-a broom has many sticks. Separately they can be broken easily, but bound together they cannot be broken apart.
Therefore let us cooperate, and in this way bind ourselves under the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada.
The Hare Krishna Society