Ideal Society

Try to develop your Kṛṣṇa consciousness by following the process of Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī, Śrī Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī, Śrī Sanātana Gosvāmī, and others, especially Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura and Śrīla Bhakisiddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī Ṭhākura. Always try to honor all devotees without considering caste or creed, and think that we are all in Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s family. Try, also, to respect devotees, not blindly, but according to their quality of bhakti. After so many years you are coming to the stage of madhyama-adhikārī, so try to realize all this.

I have heard somewhere that human beings are called ‘social animals.’ Without society we cannot live. We will have to choose a society or we will have to make a society, so we should try to make a society in which we can chant, remember Kṛṣṇa, and be happy. What is the meaning of preaching? It is only to make a very good society everywhere, so that everyone can be happy forever. For that purpose, such a society should be developed here, and for this society, training is required. If this society is Kṛṣṇa conscious, it will help everyone, and everyone will be happy.

Do not think only of yourself but of your children, because they will also be members of the society. Train them in the principles and teachings of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. The school we have begun here should expand, and all children should be trained here. A committee will be required to meet and try to solve any problems that arise. If there is good will and everyone honors each other, all problems may disappear and the children will be very well trained and happy.

Whether one is junior or senior, everyone should be honored according to their position in bhakti. Those who are senior disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda should be honored, and they should have so much affection and love for their juniors. In this way a very ideal society can be made. Your Prabhupāda, my Svāmījī, also wanted this, and he tried for this. Some devotees, however, due to false ego, wanted to control by intelligence and not by love and affection, and therefore, they could not be successful. The process for achieving success has nothing to do with controlling. It has to do with love and affection, viśva-prema, universal love. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu has that universal love, and we all must follow Him. If any problem comes, try to reconcile it. You should think, “It is due to my past karma,” or “Kṛṣṇa wants to test me and to operate on me.” These two things. We must not be angry and upset with disturbing occurrences. A school should be established for the purpose of teaching this.
[Aside from the school] meetings and classes may be held fortnightly, weekly, or on the occasion of any festival, for association and for developing love and affection for each other. Some-times one prabhu can give class, sometimes another. Everyone can benefit from these classes. There should be harmony; this is most essential. By harmony you will be successful.

Excerpted from the Gaudiya Vedanta Publication “Secret Truths of the Bhāgavatam”
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