The Emissary of God
So fortunate is our birth on this planet, where the Supreme Personality of Godhead Çré Kåñëa appeared in order to give us a glimpse of His activities in the spiritual world. Also fortunate are we to have had, on this planet from time to time, the association of Vaiñëavas empowered by Çré Kåñëa in His manifest absence. Çréla Prabhupäda was an emissary of God who walked on this planet earth. Even in His devotee’s and the Lord's own absence, there is recourse to transcendental literature, which is non-different from a pure spiritual connection.
During the Nineties, in order to cash in on the popularity of this sport in India, a beverage company came up with a successful ad campaign. Its slogan was: “Eat Cricket, Sleep Cricket, and Drink (only their beverage)”. Çréla Prabhupäda, superficially and historically an Indian, was the true Bhäratéya, setting an example for the whole world in how he showed us how to be in love with God. He ate Kåñëa [prasäde sarva duùkhänäm], slept (on) Kåñëa [“everything and everyone rests on Kåñëa”], and drank Kåñëa [“I am the taste of water”]. Prabhupäda himself was proficient in the art of loving God, which also is the constitutional duty of every living entity. The living entity is a pure spirit soul, and, in human form, he needs to be enlightened about his constitutional position in relation to his only object of worship, Çré Kåñëa. Çréla Prabhupäda taught this art to his many disciples.
Taking birth in Bhäratavarña is glorious, so much so that even the demigods hanker for such an opportunity. Prabhupäda, unlike most other Indians, did not adopt a Western condescending mentality. It is said you do not value something unless and until it is lost. He valued Kåñëa above all. The majority of Indians, especially after partition, rejected their original culture, although they don’t alone share the blame for this. There were also politicians (who were Indians on the outside but had a Western mentality within) who are very much to blame.
A preacher is always least appreciated in his own town. Prabhupäda preached to his contemporaries and to these politicians at a crucial time in the fate (material destiny) of Bhäratavarña, and he urged them to take to their original culture, which is always centered around the teachings of Çré Kåñëa.
However, Bhäratavarña was eventually crippled by a partition. The split was influenced by Western forces, which had already permeated the Vedic or Indian culture for several hundred years (and continue to do so now, indirectly). The Western politicians in Indian garb rule via a policy of “United we stand but divided we rule.” Çréla Prabhupäda, on the other hand, had an accommodating vision, which was meant to bring all the people of the world to the lotus feet of Çré Kåñëa. As such, he marched on to conduct his mission in the West, thus paving a path for Bhäratéyas to also again take it up.
Despite having put on the clothes of Vaiñëavas, many were envious of Çréla Prabhupäda’s feats. They tried to bend, break, and stop him from doing what he was doing. Can anything deter a person who is in love with God? Like the best devotees of Kåñëa, the gopés, he rejected all mundane limitations in order to make His worshipable Lord’s sons in the Western world God conscious. His mission was (and remains) to worship and love one God, Çré Kåñëa, chant His mantra twenty-four hours a day, and perform any and all work (sevä) in relation to Him. Çré Kåñëa is the fountainhead, so all the incarnations are actually Him, but in different forms for specific purposes.
Those whom Prabhupäda initiated while he was still manifest tasted what it was like to revive this original propensity to serve Çré Kåñëa and the magnanimous incarnation of Rädhä-Kåñëa, Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu. They were, in one sense, deserving enough to meet Çréla Prabhupäda. Judging by the results of his bold action, we can refer to the history of his preaching movement.
In the conditioned state, one is in total forgetfulness of one’s relationship with God. If a human being is pious, then he may experience some semblance of the relationship, but that is insufficient for its revival. An uttama Vaiñëava is a rare gem when found living amongst the conditioned souls, and he comes amongst them in order to kindle this fire of love of God through his sparkling personality. His mercy is thus revealed, and it is bestowed upon the sincere person.
As an example, Çréla Prabhupäda very patiently executed the process of devotional service before he taught it to everyone who accepted him. His compassion had reached such a point as to inundate the entire world with Çré Kåñëa’s sweet love. A Vaiñëava is already a brähmaëa. And the Vaiñëava is the only real educator, teaching the real meaning behind every activity of life.
On the other hand, there are perverted reflections of brähmaëas (intellectuals) who teach only material advancement. They are found in today’s modern temples, such as schools, colleges, and universities. Moral life in these places is at its ebb, and these “temples” serve as places for educating demons, who then go on to create chaos in human society.
Çréla Prabhupäda, as the emissary of God, was a jagad-guru in the true sense of the term. Lord Kåñëa is to be worshiped by all people of all nationalities, caste, race, or any other diverse identification applicable to conditioned souls in this material world. That transcendental program of worship of the Lord by all was the sign of the jagad-guru, the real äcärya.
Including words, sentences, grammar, poetry, comprehension, and glorification, Çréla Prabhupäda has given everyone (who wants it) knowledge of the A.B.C.D. of spiritual life. He has done this so that a conditioned soul, practicing bhakti-yoga, can smoothly traverse the difficult cycle of saàsära and get out of it (either in the present life or a few more lifetimes) to return back home to Godhead. Your author believes that Çréla Prabhupäda was a partial incarnation of Çré Vyäsadeva. Çré Kåñëa is not so easy to gain, and that should be the case; if we easily gained Him, we wouldn’t value Him enough. The more there are tribulations, the better, so that we shall relish His company ultimately in His abode and never want to return to this material world.
This world is not the Supreme Lord's real place nor is it our real place, although it is still His creation. His real place of dwelling is more exciting than what we experience here. It’s a place where sun and moon do not arise under the dictates of time, as they do here. Everyone there serves the Lord's multitude of pastimes, just as He desires. During the summer, the sun is mellow, and, combined with the shade of the glorious trees there, creates only transcendental pleasure.
In the spiritual world, that pleasure is completely free from all anxiety and misery. The devotees there happily engage in the cooling and sweet water of Çré Yamunä devé. At night, the moon shines upon the stage of the spectacular performance of the Räsa dance, and the moon never goes through phases. The moon always shines fully in order to enhance the glory of the best of His own dynasty.
Çréla Prabhupäda fully realized that world, and, in such pure Kåñëa consciousness, he came amongst us, as an emissary of God, to walk on planet earth.
OM TAT SAT
Quotes from the books of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada are copyright by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust