Hare Krishna, Dandavat, PAMHO

Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Ādi 9.41

bhārata-bhūmite haila manuṣya janma yāra

janma sārthaka karikara para-upakāra

"One who has taken his birth as a human being in the land of India [Bhārata-varṣa] should make his life successful and work for the benefit of all other people.

So Caitanya Mahāprabhu said that "Take this responsibility of preaching Kṛṣṇa consciousness all over the world, those who are Indians."This is the mission of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. He has advised every Indian... Bhārata-bhūmite haila manuṣya-janma. Every human being born in India, they should take up this cult of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. They can take it. Because by birth they have got the right because this Bhāgavatam is produced in India, Bhagavad-gītā is produced in India. That is the glory of India. So the sons of India, those who are Indians, those who are proud of becoming Indian, they should take up this mission. Janma sārthaka kari'. First of all make your life successful by understanding what is Bhagavad-gītā and what is Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. Janma sārthaka. If you are yourself unsuccessful in the mission of your life, you cannot preach anything. Therefore Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu says janma sārthaka kari': "After making your life successful." That means by understanding the value of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam and Bhagavad-gītā, you preach this knowledge all over the world."

In the light of the above excerpt from Chaitanya Charitamrita, I want to ask whether it is the duty of every intelligent Indian to preach Krishna Consciousness to the whole world(especially foreign countries) ??

Why most of the Indian Vaishnavas feels reluctant to leave India and preach KC to foreign countries ?

What problem one faces when he preaches in foreign countries ?? Does issues like non availability of pure vegetarian food(vaishnava food) or language difference or cultural difference acts as barrier in preaching abroad ?

How can an Indian Diplomat stationed in Indian Embassies abroad preach Krishna Consciousness in foreign countries ?? 


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  • E-Counselor

    Hare KRsna Prabhuji,


    To preach, one has to reach a level of purity and surrender that the lord speaks through the preacher, especially if the audience is completely alien to anything related to Krsna. How many of us Indians can claim to be be so spiritually advanced, pure and surrendered? Just being born Indian does not give us the qualification to preach. Indian or non Indian, is again bodily conciousness. If we are unable to get over the bodily consciousness of race, caste, country and origins, how can we preach?

     Apart from Srila Prabhupada, other Gaudiya Math devotees had also travelled to the west and preached at around the same time as SP. But they did not meet with the kind of success Srila Prabhupada did. It could be because Srila Prabhupada was following the direct instructions of his guru maharaj and was in amazing state of surrender when he landed at Boston (pls read the The Jaladuta Diary for details).

    Problems faced while preaching abroad - actually no problem. Srila Prabhupada was strong on his principles and went to the west to say na dhanam, na janam, na sundarim....., 4 regulative principles - any materialist will ask (and a lot of people still ask), then why live? Still he was strong on his philosophy and completely convinced, therefore he could get a set of faithful followers who could transform spirituality for the modern world.

    Regarding Indian Diplomat - it is very personal. Depends on the level of spirituality of the diplomat, the ideology of the party which is ruling in Delhi, and his personal convictions. It is said that a true spiritualist is always preaching, seldom he opens his mouth to preach. It is not necessary to give discourses on Gita or Bhagawatam to preach, one can preach with one's behaviour and lifestyle more than anything else.


    Your servant,


    • Haribol!!! Mataji dandavat

      Very well explained.

      Though Sri Krsna is present in heart of each entity (as Parmatma) including human beings whether indian,African, European,Arabian or so on, but person fortunate to take birth in India should try to take lead in spreading KC because HE wanted that each one to taste nectar of love.

      Jai Sri Damodar

      your insignificant servant

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