Three speakers presented their views on the contribution made by the founder and teacher of the Hare Krishna Movement, 50 years since its seedling stage. From the perspective of one of our senior monks, Romapada Swami, the achievements our teacher, Srila Prabhupada, contributed to the world are:
1) Promoting the loving relation with a personal God
2) Establishing a leadership of brahmins to guide a spiritual community.
Then a woman from the medical profession, Rambhoru, coming from the angle of good health expressed:
3) A preventative formula for the physical and mental welfare of
To clarify this point she said that people benefit merely from following the formula of the four regulative principles: a) no meat eating, b) no drugs or liquor, c) no gambling, and d) no whimsical or casual sex. She also credited him for;
4) Creating an alternative family, a community, ‘something bigger
She also briefly added that here is the person who spearheaded:
5) Indian food, particularly prasadam.
6) Indian clothes to the west.
And finally, a Syrian born
Krishna monk, Bhakti
Sundar Swami, expressed his appreciation for our teacher’s contributions for:
7) Introducing the culture of chanting.
Furthermore, the swami mentioned:
8) The promotion of non-violence or the protection of animals.
And as I recorded it:
9) Prabhupada’s insertion into the world at large - transcendental
literature. He compiled Vedic wisdom in such volumes as
never seen before. He became the most prolific proponent of
Vedic knowledge in his time.
You could feel that the presentation was well received by all and it enhanced the love and respect for our teacher, Srila Prabhupada. From there on, we all danced and chanted up a storm.
In my notes for the day I wrote from Rambhoru’s talk, “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world”. The source is poet William Ross Wallace and it means what it says, “The one raising the child, influences the child.” In fact, I put a plug in over the microphone saying that we need to look at the next 50 years and put more attention to strong relations and family values.