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This is an article from Dandavats.com or as BVKS likes to call it the
“all is good website”. In this ‘open letter’ Priyavrata Das has
attempted to enter the lion’s den and then the out come was obvious.
Priyavrata also goes by the name Food Yogi. Mind you, it’s not Prasada Yogi,
it’s Food Yogi. Food Yoga implies that he is attempting to connect the people
to Krishna through the medium of Food not prasadam. Which it can never be
prasadam since prasadam has to be offered to the Lord by a devotee. A person
who goes against the hermeneutic taught by Prabhupada cannot ever offer anything to the Lord.
Question: But the food-distribution-fanatics have been defeated long before
in the year 2001 by Jayadvaita Swami’s Food For Death seminar. So why do they still continue their
frenzied dance of the 3 modes?
Answer: Goto this link please.
A more readable version he here:
OPEN LETTER TO Bhakti Vikasa Swami
Published in Articles / 16,274 views
feel that your recent lecture about Food for Life and the Midday Meals
project is completely misleading, and offensive to devotees that have
dedicated their lives to prasadam distribution. Using selective quotes
and straw man arguments you have unfairly aligned Midday meals and Food
for Life with mundane welfare.
distribute prasadam and prasadam distribution is ALWAYS a transcendental
activity. Neither Food for Life Global, ISKCON Communications, or any
devotee in their right mind would ever entertain the idea of
disregarding the preaching mission to focus on some mundane charity. You
have completely missed the point of these projects. That being:
movement is based on this principle: Chant the Hare Krishna maha mantra
at every moment, as much as possible, both inside and outside of the
temples, and, as far as possible, distribute prasada. This process can be accelerated with the cooperation of state administrators and those who are producing the country’s wealth. Simply by liberal distribution of prasada and sankirtana, the whole world can become peaceful and prosperous.” (SB 4.12.10).
suggestion that we should get the cooperation of state administrators.
In the following letter Prabhupada specifically points out HOW ISKCON
can get the help of the leaders of society.
society can be persuaded of our beneficial working for the human
welfare, and if they help us somehow to spread what they have learned
from us to the people in general, that is the point to be considered…”
(SP letter to Damodara January 9, 1973).
focused on one aspect of ISKCON’s mission, does not mean they are not
perfect and complete. These projects may take on many forms and be
presented in certain ways in order to facilitate the expansion of
prasadam distribution. The END RESULT however is fulfilling Prabhupada’s
direct order, as explained in this statement:
Krishna conscious man is always a liberal well-wisher of everyone. When
such men head the government, the people will certainly be sinless.
They will no longer be disturbing demons. It is then and then only that a
peaceful condition can prevail in society.” (CC Madhya lila 4.93)
and Midday Meal programs are one of the many ways in which devotees can
give their association to the non-devotees, especially those whom would
ordinarily be difficult to approach through other methods. In this
regard there is a very nice instruction from Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura
about the power of sadhu sanga:
(fortune) the result of an accident or something else? In the
scriptures, devotional service and pious activity are considered
fortunate. Pious activities can be divided into three categories: pious
activities that awaken one’s dormant Kṛṣṇaconsciousness are called bhakty-unmukhī sukṛti, pious activities that bestow material opulence are called bhogonmukhī sukṛti, and pious activities that enable the living entity to merge into the existence of the Supreme are called mokṣonmukhī sukṛti. These last two awards of pious activity are not actually fortunate. Pious activities are fortunate when they help one become Kṛṣṇa
conscious. The good fortune of bhakty-unmukhī is attainable only when
one comes in contact with a devotee. By associating with a devotee
willingly or unwillingly, one advances in devotional service, and thus
one’s dormant Kṛṣṇaconsciousness is awakened. (CC Madhya lila 22.45)
to take prasada and thus be induced to chant the holy names of Hare
Krishna and also dance in ecstasy. By these three processes, although
performed without knowledge or education, even even a dog went back to
Godhead.” (CC Antya lila 1.32).
how Food for Life (in all it’s forms) and the ISKCON Midday Meal
projects are not carrying out a DIRECT order from our Founder Acharya!