“I am crippled in many ways, if one of my disciples becomes as strong as Dhruva maharaj, then he will be able to carry me with him to Vaikuntha loka.” –Thoughts and learning on this statement by Srila Prabhupada.
With my limited understanding following reflections can be derived from this statement about Srila Prabhupada’s mood –
- SP feels himself as an instrument in the hands of Krishna. Our Sampradaya Acharya, Brahma Ji also reflected the same mood while praying to Lord Vishnu. He says, “Please tell me so that I may be taught in the matter by the instruction of the Personality of Godhead and may thus act instrumentally to generate living entities, without being conditioned by such activities.” Srila prabhupada himself writes, “Brahmaji does not want to become a speculator dependent on the strength of his personal knowledge and conditioned to material bondage. Everyone should know in clear consciousness that one is, in the execution of all activities, an instrument.”
- SP is in the mood of servant of servant, he passes on the credit to his Spiritual Master. SP in one of his conversations said, “I am simply presenting the right thing without…, Bhagavad-gita as it is, without misinterpretation, spoiling time and energy. Everywhere I say like that, that “I have no credit, but…,” because the only credit is that I do not adulterate.” In the preface of Bhagavd Gita, SP passes on the credit of starting glorious instution of ISKCON to his Guru Maharaja. He says, “f I have any credit in this connection, it does not belong to me personally, but it is due to my eternal spiritual master, His Divine Grace Om Visnupada Paramahamsa Parivrajakacarya 108 Sri Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Maharaja Prabhupada.” Prabhupada wrote something similar in the concluding words of Chaitanya Charitamrita.
This mood was depicted by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu also who passed on the credit of his activities of preaching to his Spiritual Master and Lord Krishna. Srila prabhupada perfectly exhibited this mood. Adi, 7.95-96
- SP has a longing for cultivating serious and intense devotees. – SP expressed many times that as a perfect representative of his Guru and Krishna, it is his duty to train first class devotees in service attitude. SP always acknowledged his disciples as intelligent people who are receiving training in devotional service; most intelligent activity. SP said all intelligent men trained as a brahmana are first class. He always protested on popular Indian caste system. “Therefore I say that today the leaders are all fourth-class men. And that is why the whole world is in a chaotic condition. We require learned spiritual teachers—first-class men-to lead. My disciples are training to become first-class men. If people will take our advice, then everything will be all right. What is the use of fourth-class men leading a confused and chaotic society?” JSD, 6.5
These reflection show that SP had deep faith in scriptures and it wasn’t a namesake belief. I India if you strike a conversation with an average pious religious Indian who says, “I believe in God.” But while discussing seemingly impossible tasks of lord, he will say, “These are all stories, it doesn’t happen in reality…” Thus, normal believe that they believe in God but they don’t. But SP meant every word he said and lived it.
It can be observed here that he has personally cultivated the spiritual principles very deeply. He is non-envious and happy to see his disciples surpassing in execution of devotional service.
He thought big as well as small. While SP dreamt of spreading Krishna consciousness all around the world and opening centers in all the countries, he never compromised on smallest details of cooking, chanting, editing, etc.to be taught to his disciples for practicing Krishna Consciousness. He knew that the practice of these small details will empower his disciples to make it big.
The following article is an answer to the Open Book Exam (Canto 4.1-12), by Madhu Madhav Dasa