Sunday, 18 November 2012

How to maintain the parampara

by Vidura dasa

Sri Caitanya-caritamrta - 1975 Edition
Madhya-lila 7.128-130 - The Lord's Tour of South India:

TEXT 128

yāre dekha, tāre kaha 'kṛṣṇa'-upadeśa
āmāra ājñāya guru hañā tāra' ei deśa


"Instruct everyone to follow the orders of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa as they are given in the Bhagavad-gītā and Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. In this way become a spiritual master and try to liberate everyone in this land."


This is the sublime mission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. [...] If one is a little literate and can read the Bhagavad-gītā As It Is and Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, that is so much the better. These works are now available in an English translation and are done very authoritatively to appeal to all classes of men. [...] The Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is trying to elevate human society to the perfection of life by pursuing the method described by Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu in His advice to the brāhmaṇa Kūrma. That is, one should stay at home, chant the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra and preach the instructions of Kṛṣṇa as they are given in the Bhagavad-gītā and Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam.

"Simply read my books and repeat what I have written then your preaching will be perfect."

Letter to: Ksirodakasayi : 75-09-04

"There is nothing new to be said. Whatever I had to say, I have already said in my books. Now you must try to understand it and continue with your endeavorsWhether I am present or not does not matter.

Arrival Conversation, Vrindavan, 17/5/77

Reporter: What will happen to the movement in the United States when you die?

Srila Prabhupada: I will never die [Devotees: Jaya! Haribol!] (laughter) I will live from my books and you will utilize.

Press Conference, 16/7/75, San Francisco

"The GBC should all be the instructor gurus. I am the initiator guru, and you should be the instructor guru by teaching what I am teaching and doing what I am doing. This is not a title, but you must actually come to this platform. This is what I want.”

Letter to Madhudvisa, 4/8/1975

“I am the Spiritual Master of this institution, and all the members of the Society, they’re supposed to be my disciples. They follow the rules and regulations which I ask them to follow, and they are initiated by me spiritually.”

Radio interview, March 12, 1968, San Francisco

"I also thank you very much for your appreciation of my books and letters and for my speaking in the meetings. They are not my words, as I have repeatedly informed you that I am simply the bearer of the message from Lord Caitanya through the disciplic succession and I do not make any addition or subtraction. Similarly, if you all carry these words successively, then the transcendental parampara system will be exactly maintained and people in general will be benefited."

Letter to: Bhagavan -- Los Angeles 10 January, 1970

Guest: Are you planning to choose a successor?

Srila Prabhupada: It is already successful.

Room conversation, 12/2/75 Mexico

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