Again Contradictory Facts
BY: ENGLISH YATRA DEVOTEES
Apr 25, 2012 UK (SUN) Is Srila Prabhupada in the centre or not?
Here are some considerations on recent events at Bhaktivedanta Manor.
Sureshwara prabhu gave a seminar that was full of nice quotes, pictures and an obviously detailed and thorough effort to establish Srila Prabhupada's pre-eminency in ISKCON. However, as in his seminar there was no room for discussion, we feel compelled to highlight a few points. One of them is that there was an over-emphasis on the supposed defectiveness of Srila Prabhupada's use of the English language: he classed Prabhupada's original Srimad Bhagwatam as "so defective that it was almost comic". We feel that this kind of comment was an unnecessary and offensive criticism toward the words of a Pure Devotee. Could this be a direct or indirect attempt to justify the book changes?
Furthermore, he described Srila Prabhupada's English as "broken". Anybody who listens to Prabhupada's lectures will have to disagree with this, as his speech is simple, clear, fluent, straightforward and very accurate in teaching every single point.
Sureshwara prabhu also failed to address some important points raised by attending devotees:
If, as he himself stated, the Zonal Acarya System was a definite bluff, then Q: how do we know that the present one, having been established by the same people who created that failed Zonal Acarya System, is bona fide?
What do all these efforts to establish Srila Prabhupada's pre-eminency mean? Is it that someone or something is threatening his position?
There is a lot of talk about putting Srila Prabhupada in the centre going on in ISKCON since years, but why is it that in reality it is the gurus, the sannyasis and GBC's who are in the centre?
While the seminar was going on, attended by about a dozen devotees, downstairs there was a huge turn up for Sivarama Swami's vyasa puja. There was his big picture on the altar and a table with his books and CDs, but no sight of Srila Prabhupada's books, pictures or bhajans. Could this be the real threat? Those questions still remain unanswered.
As for the Ramnavami celebrations, the temple management organised a program for the local dignitaries, hosted by Radhanatha Swami and his disciples, wherein his autobiography was promoted. Again, no sight of Srila Prabhupada's books or pictures. Could again this be the real threat?
Also in Ramnavami, during a program organised by the Manor management, some gurus gave talks on Rama katha, and again, Srila Prabhupada's picture was not displayed, nor were his pranams chanted by one of the speaker gurus. Again, could this neglectful forgetfulness be the real threat?
All this goes on again and again... in Srila Prabhupada's movement.
Some concerned devotees of the English yatra