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How to choose our sanga?

(Vasudha Nitai dasi) #1

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Srila Rupa Goswami’s advice may be best regarding choosing our sanga etc. - that we “should spontaneously accept whatever advances our bhakti and also spontaneously reject anything that obstructs our bhakti, even if it be our Guru.” That absolute advice will help individuals progress in bhakti. I doubt it can be a group thing or a building-centred thing… The real, unstoppable mission goes on where there is purity in the heart. Unfortunately temple worship may work to liberate us in Dwapara yuga, but not kali yuga…

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada’s detachment from his temples was seen in his well-known quotations, “We are not artisans…” & “Better to break the temples, sell the marble…” Serve Sri Guru purely and depend on his guidance through Sri Paramatma, and be bhakti-centred, not temple-centred and be ready to ‘jump ship’ if and when needed if it means saving the life of one’s bhakti lata creeper of devotion. It has to be a personal choice. Only deservig individuals may go back to godhead…

By Srila @Nitaipreshthji Gurudev:

Yes, only neophytes get attached to a temple and temple worship, advanced souls search for and find the advanced Nitai Rasika association to progress further. That is why Nitai Gaur never built temples! If one can find time to visit or stay in the temples in cities, why not use the same time to visit or stay in the dham instead directly with the Lord, where every inch of land is the highest original temple!

(Rāmānanda Dāsa) #2

Yes, so much effort put on temples and just a minor effort put on book distribution and preaching. Temples are all-auspicious and a great place for sadhu-sanga and festivals, but we need to understand that Samkirtan movement was never temple-centered at the time of Mahaprabhu. When Nityananda prabhu went door to door delivering the Mahamantra to fallen souls, he was saying, “Please, take this Harinam Mahamantra and turn It into your main Deity, worship it by chanting It and singing Its Glories” This was the original Samkirtan movement, it was a street and home to home movement. If Gaurasundar wanted he could have built the largest and biggest temple ever-seen, but this was not His intention. Street and door to door preaching and making people accept Krishna into their homes and lives.

(Rāmānanda Dāsa) #3

Temples are great, nothing to complain about them, I personally lived for many years in temples and farms in Brazil since I was born. They provided a lot of benefits for a great amount of souls, but in practical terms for samkirtan movement they were also responsible for large amount of efforts for all congregation. There were more investments in building large and amazing temples in India and all over the world than in book distribution and simpler preaching centers in Western countries. BBT in LatinAmerica incurred debts in order to sponsor large and sumptuous festivals and buy large farms. In the largest city of South America, São Paulo, we don’t even have a small temple that we can say that belongs to ISKCON, but in the golden age of book distribution we were more interested in renting large and expensive properties than in establishing simpler centers for preaching purposes. It’s evident that there was a mismanagement of resources in order to carry on properly the mission of Srila Prabhupada. Now we have to face the ghost of obliteration in the West. What’s the relevance of KC today in Western countries? Are we growing as the expectations of Srila Prabhupada? What can be done in order to revert this process? Anyway, no need now to cry over spilt milk or to find responsibles for the visible debacle we are facing. New strategies to spread KC should be discussed because we are definitely not following the deceitful dynamic of Maya.

(Bhaktiratna Sadhu Maharaj) #4

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(Bhaktiratna Sadhu Maharaj) #5

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