Sri Radha Govinda, Amsterdam NL

Sri Radha Govinda, Amsterdam NL
Sri Radha Govinda, Amsterdam NL (Personal Deities)

14 March 2009

Krsna's Headache

Devotee means accepting a headache on behalf of Krsna. Like the Gopis were ready to go to hell but let Krsna's headache be cured.

One ongoing migraine for the leaders in Iskcon is making room for dissent and free speech. To be willing, when necessary, to be corrected by one's godbrothers. To accept meaningful responsibility for past deviations. To give up simpering syrupy approval by neophyte disciples. To foster inclusion rather than exclusion. In other words, to accept headaches on behalf of Srila Prabhupada. As he wrote in 1961:

"Now even, my godbrothers, you return here to the order of our master, and together we engage in his puja."

"But simply a festival of flowers and fruits does not constitute worship. The one who serves the message of the guru really worships him."

"O shame! My dear brothers, aren’t you embarrassed? In the manner of businessmen you increase your disciples."

"From the seas, across the earth, penetrate the universal shell, come together and preach this Krishna consciousness."

"Then our master’s service will be in proper order. Make your promise today. Give up all your politics and diplomacy."

"The one who renounces the guru’s order (guru tyagi) and the one who tries to enjoy the assets of his spiritual master (guru-bhogi) are two kinds of useless persons. First become a servant of your spiritual master (guru-sevi) and then you will understand things clearly."

"Your gold, brother, is the father of sense gratification. Give up your wealth for preaching. Sit down together and make some special judgment."

"So what is the difficulty for all of us to come together in this way and why do all these things even have to be said to you?"

"Today my brothers, get to this task. Save the battered souls by your preaching."

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