Don’t Say Why To Srila Prabhupada?
Following is an excerpt from a conversation with Srila Prabhupada:
Prabhupada: But you cannot create your concoction! You have to abide
by the orders of Krishna.
Devotee: Then why...
Prabhupada: There is no question of why. It is the order of Krishna's representative. You have to abide by that, you cannot say, "Why?" Then you are not fully surrendered, as soon as you say, "Why?" Surrender means there is no [surrender] "Why?" It is ordered; it has to be done. That's all.
As soon as there is "Why?” there is no surrender. The basic principle is misguided. We have to follow. Just like we have got tilaka. If you say, "Why this tilaka?" There is no question of "Why?" Mahajano yena gatah sa pantha. We have been instructed by the acharyas; we have to follow that. That is surrender. You cannot say, "Why?" Is that clear? As soon as there is "Why?” there is no surrender.
- Excerpt from room conversation with Srila Prabhupada on Feb 17, 1971, Gorakhpur)
When you consider all the following present day ISKCON’s mentalities and statements.
Why can Srila Prabhupada order in this ritvik way"---
Why he can do this or that because it is not traditional??
Why should we do things the same way Srila Prabhupada taught us?
Why can’t we just change things the way WE think they should be done?
Why can’t I change your books Srila Prabhupada?
Why can’t I sit on your Vyasasana??
Why should we still worship Srila Prabhupada when he is dead and gone?
It is no wonder that everything has fallen apart???
Srila Prabhupada said once-- "I have given you Vaikuntha and you have turned it into Hell!!”
WHY WHY WHY--these are the questions of disciples - who are no longer disciples.