Letters Srila Prabhupada Didn't Write
BY: HASYA MUKHI DEVI DASI
Feb 19, 2011 USA (SUN)
The Youth Movement
My dear Youths,
Please accept my blessings. I have received the request for initiation for Mr. Young, and his name is now Sri Youthananda. Please hold a fire sacrifice for Sri Youthananda das Prabhu, but as you are all youths, don't play with matches either. Also since you are youth and subject to the temptations of your years, yes, you may drop the name Brahmachari in favour of "Whatever." So your new devotee's name there is now Sri Youthananda das Whatever.
In the past I have noted your Christmas and New Years' celebrations with great joy and look forward to hearing about your upcoming Easter celebrations in the temple also. Who will dress as the Easter rabbit? This is very important service, as you youths find new ways to spread the teaching of this movement.
Regarding the article of Narasimha (Nash) Selvester, yes he is correct that this worldwide organization will only run on the strength of youth. I heartily approve of your sub-society's new name as YOUTH-CON. Please consider other material designations into which our international society can be further splintered into sub-communities. Success will be measured when we have as many sub-sub organizations as there are actual members.
Please remind the leader of the middle-age society, the Mid-Life Crisis ex-Youth Support Group, also to write me. Also inform the members of O.A.S., the Old Age Society, that we have no place in our organization for such decrepit useless people, and they must pack up and go to a tent city in Florida. Such people who have failed to understand the deep significance of skateboarding and co-ed sports have no place whatsoever in our society. I agree with your brilliant statement, "Like, who wants those people and their old-fashioned ideas about rules and regulations? Duh!" This enlightened policy of yours must be enforced.
Do not be offended by the article of Mr. Kumar Mahadevan. We should appreciate that he was merely expressing a traditional Indian point of view. Since Indians have only a mere 5,000 years of culture behind them, it must be understood that such people are thoroughly misguided and their ignorance must be overlooked. Probably he is influenced by the imprudent Indian poet who wrote, "The three greatest poisons are youth, wealth and a comely appearance." Please do not allow yourself to be misled by sastra, but draw your own conclusions based upon your youth and your wonderful five senses.
For some reason that I could never understand, there are many foolish persons who consider youth fleeting and thereby often do not take full advantage of those wonderful years, when activities in the mode of ignorance carry a stamp of approval by doting fathers with unlimited pockets. Probably Kumar Mahadevan is one of those unfortunate Indian engineers who is ashamed of being in his mid-20's because he is already married with two children and has a job that nets him $100,000 per year. How people like him can waste their lives like this when they could be performing sunrise yoga in the company of young ladies dressed in revealing yoga attire or having midnight karaoke to Bollywood hits, I will never understand.
Since it is only proper to worship youth, therefore I want you members of YOUTH to hold a Baby Festival for the real youths who are under one year of age. You may rent some grand theater and place all the babies on the stage and enjoy their activities. After all, these babies are your future.
I hope that this has met you in the best of health.