of Nescience and that of
Transcendental Knowledge Side by Side
Hare Krishna Joe Prabhu.
Thank you for your quotes on Hitler. The opening words to the quotes sound like a person on the defence trying to protect their own sentiment. They are not balanced.
In my view there are general quotes from Prabhupada in which Hilter is mentioned along with others and called a demon etc. and there are specific quotes in which Prabhupada addresses the false propaganda made about Hitler made by the British. These quotes have always been more relevant to me because they expose the mental myth i have had indoctrinated into my mind about Hitler being the devil incarnate. Prabhupada clearly says:
"Ah, yes. So these English people, they were very expert in making propaganda. They killed Hitler by propaganda. I don't think Hitler was so bad man."
[Srila Prabhupada, Room Conversation -- June 17, 1976, Toronto]
Srila Prabhupada: No, no. Hitler knew it [the atom bomb]. . . . No, no. He knew it, everything, but he did not like to do it. He said. He said. He was gentleman. But these people are not gentlemen. He knew it perfectly well. He said that “I can smash the whole world, but I do not use that weapon.” The Germans already discovered. But out of humanity they did not use it. And all the, your American, other countries, they have stolen from German ideas. And all the, your American, other countries, they have stolen from German ideas.
[Srila Prabhupada, Morning Walk — November 20, 1975, Bombay]
So the devil incarnate is thoroughly evil with no good qualities at all. This is not the case with Hitler. So i have accepted Prabhupada's statements about Hitler and rejected indoctrination.
In regards to your book distribution, it is great seva you are doing prabhu but as Sulocana Prabhuji says:
Note: You may ask: "How can distributing transcendental literature not be good?" Obviously, if someone reads a book, and, coming to the temple, sees hypocrites, who do not understand or follow the philosophy they are distributing, then the book distribution becomes counterproductive. If the newcomer is really intelligent, he may read the book and be able follow the instructions on his own. Generally, however, people will simply be repulsed by the hypocrisy. They will then often neglect the book or sometimes even throw it away. Why should Krsna send any sincere souls to ISKCON when ISKCON is not ready for them? So, as Prabhupada says above, if we cannot properly represent the truth, then better to stop all preaching and first become the proper example.
In my view any distribution of Prabhupada's books needs to have some information about the true situation of APA-Iskcon [outside the real Iskcon sampradaya] along with it, as Sulocana Prabhu says:
1) It must be revealed to the world exactly who Srila Prabhupada is and how he has nothing whatsoever to do with the corruption going on amongst ISKCON's leaders today. That is what the media likes to print and so that is what people generally think is the real Hare Krsna movement. But Prabhupada's motive was pure. This is clearly evident when you see how he dealt with people in their strengths and weaknesses on a practical, day-today basis. In other words, unlike the new "gurus," he practiced what he preached. When this is seen, it will become next to impossible for persons who do not possess true spiritual realization and purity to "fool the innocent public." Of course, many persons will continue to lump Srila Prabhupada in with these bogus gurus, but at least the sincere seekers will be able to understand who is who.
If we are selling books or performing sankirtana and at the same time not informing people of the truth then we can be indirectly sending them to spiritual slaughter.
Isopanisad mantra 11 says:
Only one who can learn the process of nescience and that of transcendental knowledge side by side can transcend the influence of repeated birth and death and enjoy the full blessings of immortality.
So if we are distributing Prabhupada's books but not making people aware of the deadly dangerous vast pot hole of nescience in the form of APA-Iskcon today we are misguided in our efforts.
That is why i have compiled Transcend The Matrix Freedom from Illusion for mass distribution along with Srila Prabhupada Lilamrta As It Is. Unfortunately Maya is keeping these extremely valuable books from being distributed by bewildering the mind of those who desire to distribute Prabhupada's original words and see his mission spread.
I hope this meets you well.
Love Mukunda dasa.