Giriraja Swami’s hospital supportHanuman das
Date: Fri, 07 Apr 2017 06:56:27 +0000 Subject: question about mundane welfare From: Hanuman das To: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Giriraj Swami,
please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
A concerned devotee sent me youtube link where you seem to support mundane welfare activities. You can video this video below.
Srila Prabhupada was very much against hospitals within our movement. Of course, we don’t mind devotees working together and opening any kind of institution, but why should you as sannyasi be engaged in such mundane activity?
Sannyasis should be engaged in preaching of the message of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, which is transcendental activity.
Opening hospitals is as transcendental as opening gas stations. Would you participate Annual Day celebration at gas station?
Few quotes about Srila Prabhupada on this issue:
The Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is teaching all over the world this philosophy, that your first and foremost business is to become Kṛṣṇa conscious. There is no question of so-called economic development, sense gratification. No. These are not important things. There are many missionaries, they open hospitals or similar philanthropic activities, BUT WE NEVER DO THAT. So many friends advised me to open some hospitals, dispensaries. Oh, I flatly said that “WE ARE NOT INTERESTED IN THE HOSPITALS.” There are so many hospitals. So people who are interested in hospitals, they can go there. Here is spiritual hospital. The disease is the other hospitals, they cannot stop death, but our hospital can stop death. (Lecture on CC Adi-lila 1.15 — Dallas, March 4, 1975)
Therefore the so-called good men of this world, who are engaged in so many welfare activities, humanitarian activities, by mental concoction, they may be all foolish activities in the estimation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. They are very much puffed up, that “We are doing this, opening hospital and school, and philanthropism, nationalism.” Is there any such thing in the Bhagavad-gītā? Is there any advice that “You open hospital, school and do this philanthropic work”? No. (BG Lecture, London August 3, 1973)
Please enlighten us on this issue.
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