Tuesday, August 23, 2016


"The Lord's arms are the productive fields for the great demigods and other leaders of the living entities who protect the general mass." SB 2.6.6

Srila Prabhupada elaborates. How those who are in positions of leadership are there by the Lord's Grace. Whatever powers they have are given to them by the Lord. If they simply acknowledge that alone, rather than consider that they alone are responsible for their abilities and position, they can perfect their life just by performing their duties in a consciousness of gratitude and appreciation.

"Simply by accepting the Lord as the supreme proprietor of everything, as He is actually so, one can achieve the highest perfection of life. Whatever a person may be in the estimation of the social order of things, if a person tries to reciprocate a feeling of love towards the Supreme Personality of Godhead and is satisfied with the blessings of the Lord, he will at once feel the highest peace of mind for which he is hankering life after life. Peace of mind, or in other words the healthy state of mind, can only be achieved when the mind is situated in the transcendental loving service of the Lord." SB 2.6.6 purport

This next section is especially interesting. Srila Prabhupada is talking about human society in general. He uses the example of a successful business man who engages his sons in the family business. If we can extrapolate to consider ISKCON society with Srila Prabhupada the founding acarya to be seen as the founding "father" whose disciples are spiritual sons and daughters then successive generations can been in a way that is more familiar to us. A family. There are friends of the family...as well as family members who are born into the family ...initiated into.

"The parts and parcels of the Lord are endowed with specific powers for rendering service unto the Lord, just as a big business magnate's sons are empowered with specific powers of administration. The obedient son of the father never goes against the will of the father and therefore passes life very peacefully in concurrence with the head of the family, the father. Similarly, the Lord being the father, all living beings should fully and satisfactorily discharge the duty and will of the father, as faithful sons. This very mentality will at once bring peace and prosperity to the human society." SB 2.6.6 purport

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