“Being a Rupanuga doesn’t mean dressing in a loincloth and sleeping under a tree. The real essence is, as Srila Rupa Gosvami is described: sri-caitanya-mano-‘bhistam sthapitam yena bhu-tale—he established within this material world the mission to fulfill the desire of Lord Chaitanya. He understood the mission of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and was empowered to establish it on earth (bhutale). That is done primarily—not exclusively, but primarily—through writing, publishing, and distributing books. And this has come to us through parampara. Srila Prabhupada compared it to a train: “This is the parampara system. My guru maharaja pushed me, I am pushing you, and you are pushing others. It is like a train.” And so the pushing through parampara continues. That is seen and experienced very vividly here: the whole temple is surcharged, and it is very enlivening.”
During the morning class at ISKCON Los Angeles, Bhrgupati dasa spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.3.27 and Giriraj Swami contributed some comments.
“My service is book distribution, so I am out there all day long meeting people who are not devotees. I have to admit that a lot of the time after meeting them and talking with them for some time, I think, ‘You know, these people are not that bad.’ Most of them are friendly and respectful and even take books. Some even show an interest in the philosophy. It is not that at the end of the day I drive away thinking that they are a bunch of demons. And sometimes I wonder, ‘Is it really true that these people I’m meeting who seem like ordinary, nice people are going to get such heavy punishment if they don’t take to Krishna consciousness?’ Of course, according to sastra, the answer is, ‘Yes.’ ” — Bhrgupati dasa
This wonderful talk given by His Holiness Giriraj Swami on June 16 in Dallas continues the theme of remembering and honoring the exemplary life of Srila Bhakti Tirtha Swami.