Thursday, 5 January 2012

In ISKCON we are ALL being DISCIPLINED by Srila Prabhupada


One who is accepting discipline from Srila Prabhupada is Srila Prabhupada’s disciple.
In ISKCON we are ALL being DISCIPLINED by Srila Prabhupada (we receive instructions (DISCIPLINE) FROM Srila Prabhupada’s books. Even the most basic discipline, 16 rounds of Hare Krishna Mantra and four Regulative Principles are coming FROM Srila Prabhupada. Common sense — if you ARE being disciplined BY Srila Prabhupada then it follows you ARE Srila Prabhupada’s disciple. How can it be otherwise?
The MEANING of the word “disciple”
    Srila Prabhupada’s Morning Walk, March 8, 1976 in Mayapur:
    Prabhupada: “Discipline… Disciple means discipline. The word discipline comes from disciple, or disciple comes from discipline. So unless there is discipline, there is no question of disciple. This discipline must… That should be uniform. Otherwise, sisya… sisya, the word sisya, it comes from the root, verb, sas-dhatu. sas. sas means ruling. From this word, sasana. Sasana means government. sastra. sashtra means weapon, and sastra, scripture, and sisya… These things have come from the one root sas-dhatu. So sas-dhatu means ruling under discipline. There is another English word, that “Obedience is the first law of discipline,” or something. They say, “Obedience is the first law of discipline”? So I am right? “Obedience is…”? That is the… Tamala Krsna: Yes, that’s more or less what it is. Prabhupada: No, what is the word, exact. There is an English word. “Obedience is the first law of discipline.” So unless there is obedience, there cannot be any discipline. And unless there is discipline, there is no question of disciple. DISCIPLE MEANS ONE WHO FOLLOWS DISCIPLINE.”
Discipline comes from Srila Prabhupada. We are actually being disciplined by Srila Prabhupada. It is Srila Prabhupada who has given us the regulative principles of no meat, fish or eggs; no intoxication (including tea and coffee), no illicit sex, and no gambling. It is Srila Prabhupada who has made it a regulative principle for us to chant sixteen rounds on the beads HARE KRSNA HARE KRSNA KRSNA KRSNA HARE HARE /HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE.
Srila Prabhupada’s books contain all the instructions, the guidance required for us to get ourselves out of the clutches of the modes of material nature.

1 comment:

  1. Hare Kṛṣṇa Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Śrīla Prabhupadā!

    So I'm new to the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement, having contact with Śrīla Prabhupāda and devotees in general for about two years. I understand there is a divide in ISKCON, with the Ritviks in one camp and the "traditionalists(?)" in the other.

    It's obvious that shortly after Prabhupāda' departure the senior disciples were too immature to handle the responsibilities assumed by them. It makes no sense for an unqualified person to act as guru, just to continue the paramparā. That makes "guru" a meaningless term.

    But within the ritvik system, there is no room or possibility for dikśa (sp?) guru, right? I think there is best chance for success with Prabhupāda at the center, acting as instructing guru, and interdependent, non-centralized, networked preaching. I like this idea a lot. Because I admit, I have never really been impressed with ISKCON. I think it's best for devotees to associate and work together, not depend on some big formal organization.