Defending Gaur Gopal goes awry

Defending Gaur Gopal goes awry

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Hari Sauri: A little later in the conversation, Hansaduta offered to print books in India, and although Prabhupada confirmed that it is his main concern to get huge quantities of his books printed in Hindi and English, he told Hansaduta to simply concentrate on the guest house for now. He spoke at length, saying that having a guest house was actually his Guru Maharaja’s idea. “I am just following the desire of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura.” He chuckled as he spoke about his spiritual master’s strong desire to preach and spread Krishna consciousness. He said that Srila Bhaktisiddhanta had so stressed the importance of having people come to the temple, that he said even if they had to be served meat, by any means they should be induced to come and hear about Krishna.

Hansaduta and I were quite amazed to hear this. We must have looked a little shocked because Prabhupada reassured us, “We will never serve meat. But the idea is that if visitors feel too much inconvenience from our rules, then arrangement can be made for tea or coffee, or even betel or beedi. Not exactly in the guest house, but some kind of shop in the front of the gurukula building where they can get these things. We can even bring them tea into the guest house if need be. But we want that people will come. We want to give them the opportunity for spiritual life, and therefore we have temple and guest house combined.”

We left the garden appreciating once again how Srila Prabhupada has inherited the revolutionary mantle of his Guru Maharaja. He is prepared to go to practically any length to induce people to take to Krishna consciousness. (Reference: https://www.srilaprabhupadalila.org/read/SPT273)

Hare Krishna Prabhuji
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada
All Glories to Srila Vaishnavas

Please accept my Humble Obeisances

I have read in your website an article regarding Srila Gaur Gopal Das preaching of non-Krishna conscious teachings. Prabhuji, I am not a full-time devotee nor fixed up in sadhana as Srila Prabhupada recommended in his transcendental teachings, I am unfit to speak in any matter regarding the society of Krishna conscious devotees formed by Srila Prabhupada, but I felt strongly to speak to you on this matter so I have written you this mail

Prabhuji, to hear Srila Gaur Gopal Das speak devotees in Mumbai and surrounding regions come to temple and receive prasadam before they leave the temple. For non-devotees to be attracted to come to temple to receive prasadam either an esteemed speaker or something else must be there to attract people, when we need non-devotees to come to temple to listen to Srila Gaur Gopal Das, Srila Gaur Gopal Das needs to be famous in social media platforms. Prabhuji people are attracted to lectures regarding time management, motivation unless they realize the they are servants of Lord, you have the intelligence of a detective you are sincere in devotional service
I am eagerly waiting for your reply

Dandavat pranams
Yours Servant of Servant

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Hare Krishna,

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Thank you for your insights.

Please continue attracting nonsense people with nonsense philosophy. In this way, you can grow your nonsense society and become very rich and prosperous just like Gaur Gopal. You can also present Srila Prabhupada as a nonsense-speaking saint.

I am praying every day for Gaura-Gopal to become even more famous so that you can attract even more nonsense people. Otherwise, how can nonsense guru Radhanath Swami get more disciples? How can your nonsense temple survive without preaching nonsense and attracting nonsense people?

Actually, preaching nonsense is the most important process for pleasing Krishna in this age of Kali.

As far as your nonsense quote goes, I can’t find it in the folio, so, it’s hear-say introduced by another corrupt ISKCON official Hari Sauri.

Srila Prabhupada that I know of never compromised his principles to please the public, Srila Prabhupada that I know of never suggested serving coffee in his temples to avoid inconvenience. And Srila Prabhupada that I know of was not interested to attract big numbers of fools to be his followers.

Srila Prabhupada on coffee and tea inconvenience:

One should always feel the inconvenience of taking birth, janma; mṛtyu, inconvenience of death; jarā, inconvenience of old age; and inconvenience of disease. Janma-mṛtyu-jarā-vyādhi. So nobody is taking care. When one day they are diseased, they think, “All right. I am diseased. Let me go to the doctor, and he will give me some medicine. It will be cured.”

But he does not take seriously, “But I did not want this disease. Why this disease is there? It is not possible to make me free from the disease?” He never thinks. That means the intelligence is very low grade, just like animal. Animal, it is suffering, but it has no sense. It is brought before the slaughterhouse.

If the animal is seeing that another animal is being slaughtered before him, but still he is satisfied with a morsel of grass. He’ll stand there eating the grass. This is animal life. He does not know that “Next moment my turn. I shall be slaughtered.” I have seen it. In a Kālī temple I have seen the goats are sacrificed. So one goat is already there for being sacrificed; another goat is very happy eating grass. That’s all. ( lecture Nov 30, 1969)

Srila Prabhupada on attracting nonsense people:

Brahmānanda: That because in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam the knowledge there contradicts the mundane scientific knowledge, people who had some faith in Kṛṣṇa become discouraged and turn away from Kṛṣṇa.

Prabhupāda: Let him go away. Don’t care for him. Let all the fools go away. There is Bengali proverb, “Instead of maintaining some bad cows, let the cowshed be vacant.” We shall prefer the cowshed vacant, no cow, than keeping all bad cows who does not give any milk, create disturbance. (Srila Prabhupada’s Morning Walk — November 1, 1975, Nairobi)

Prabhupāda: I don’t make any compromise with these rascals. No words. No, no. I never made that. Even if I don’t get any disciples, I’ll be satisfied. But I can’t make any compromise like these rascals. I cannot make. Ekaś candras tamo hanti na ca tārā sahasrasaḥ. If I create one moon, that is sufficient. I don’t want many stars. That was my Guru Mahārāja’s principle, and that is my principle. What is the use of having number of fools and rascals? If one man understands rightly, he can deliver the whole world. (Morning Walk, March 23, 1974, Bombay)

ys Hanuman das


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