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Title: No of Disciples, Institution invite, Trust formation
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2004-12-26 19:12:35
Q1. Please can you let me know how many disciples both Indian and Western do you currently have.
Reply by Swami Gaurangapada:
I am the servant of all living entities what to speak of becoming the Guru of the devotees. In the core of my heart, I always consider myself the servant to help souls to achieve pure love of God. I am presently regularly guiding about 100 devotees worldwide and have given Mantrarajas and Mahamantra Initiation (Mahadiksha on various levels) to around 1000 devotees worldwide.
Q2. If some religious institution invited you to join them or become their leader, would you be interested?
Reply by Swami Gaurangapada:
If any institution desires to work with me in spreading the Holy Names, I am ready to help them in any way I can, provided they understand and publicly support the importance of the regular japa chanting of Nityananda Gauranga Names and Pastimes and the holy process of Mahadiksha in the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas along with the chanting of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra and provided they are not offensive to any Vaishnavas in their thoughts, word and deed. But I will personally do not desire to join or be officially connected to another religious institution or organization or association or society even if I am offered a big post in the biggest religious institution in the world.
I do not have any ambitions to be a leader of any institution. I want to remain as a humble preacher of the most merciful Holy Names of Nityananda, Gauranga and Hare Krishna. I have only one ambition in life which is to see with my eyes before dying that Lords Nityananda Gauranga and Their Holy Names and Pastimes are very widely known, worshiped and chanted in this world.
Q3. Have you formed some Trust or Society, etc yet of your movement?
Reply by Swami Gaurangapada:
Even a very small Trust or Society involves management. As per Jaiva Dharma, a sannyasi should never get entangled in management but always be immersed in lekhana (writing Holy books for the benefit of the world), shravana (hearing), kirtana (chanting), and prachara (preaching). And plus a Trust or Institution or temple structures leads to other problems which I am fully aware of including the entry of deceitful people in the garb of devotees who have ulterior motives which destroys the whole sanga.
Also I do not believe in hoarding donations or accumulating them. As per Shrila Prabhupada's instructions, I immediately use the meagre personal donations I receive in spreading the Holy Names through the internet (Holy eBooks, Audio eBooks, Websites etc.) or to translate and print paper books or pamphlets on Nityananda Gauranga without holding back anything. In this way I always remain dependant on Lord Nityananda Prabhu. I do not want to construct an empire nor to accumulate wealth nor to have huge temple structures. Due to Lord Nityananda's causeless mercy, I have widely and successfully preached the Holy Names of Nityananda, Gauranga and Hare Krishna with hardly any money, resources, structures, institutions or even followers. The power of spreading the Holy Names is given by the Holy Names Themselves and not by some material arrangements.
Lord Gauranga did not build any Institutions or Trusts nor did he construct any temple structures. He was still the most successful in spreading His own Holy Names. So I also want to humbly follow in His footsteps and prove to the world that His Holy Names can surely be spread without the compulsory need of beaureaucratic institutions or sectarian considerations or huge temple structures. More important is the temple of the offenseless Holy Names of Nityananda, Gauranga and Hare Krishna in the hearts of the people. The Ray of Vishnu Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada and Shrila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada did establish lots of big temple structures according to the desire of Lord Nityaananda as exceptional cases since they were very powerful personalities.
In my case, I prefer that devotees start Holy Name Preaching Centers on the internet and in their homes if they want to preach the Holy Names and if required rent a hall to have a big gathering weekly or monthly or whenever required to hold Nityananda Gauranga Naama Katha festivals and attract the souls. The chanting and preaching of the Holy Names of Nityananda, Gauranga and Hare Krishna is much more important than building temples in Kali Yuga. When Lord Gauranga was asked by the people of Navadvipa about how to achieve perfection in life, He did not ask to them to do Deity worship at Home or to establish temples and maintain or attend elaborate Deity worship in temples nor did He instruct Them to build big temples. Instead He gave a very simple instruction. He told them to gather together in their homes and to sing and chant His Holy Names in kirtana daily by clapping the hands or with karatals and mridangas if available. This is the only simple formula required for spiritual perfection in Kali Yuga. Some state that unless you ask or request for donations and funds, very few people spontaneously desire to give in Kali Yuga. That is their opinion and they are free to canvass for funds but I do not desire to ask anyone for funds unless required for a very important service to the Lord.
Regarding the tax exemption being difficult without a Trust, I am also not so keen on accepting huge donations from people who are non-devotees because such kind of money is not conducive to nama bhajana (chanting) and even prachara (preaching) in the long run. I want people to first become devotees, factually understand Lords Nityananda-Gauranga and Their Holy Names and Their paramount importance in Kali Yuga and then help and support to spread the Holy Names of Nityananda, Gauranga and Hare Krishna all over the world according to their capacity.
If I can make one devotee to chant the Holy Names of Nityananda, Gauranga and Hare Krishna regularly or if I can make Lords Nityananda Gauranga widely known in this world, that is infinitely more important to me than getting a donation of millions of dollars from a person who is unwilling to chant the Holy Names of Nityananda, Gauranga and Hare Krishna. Other may have their own opinion on this but I have the right to have mine and to implement it. And anyway devotees do not ask for tax exemption but give their support and resources because of their genuine love and desire to spread the Holy Names of Nityananda, Gauranga and Hare Krishna not for saving some tax.
Daaso'smi, Swami Gaurangapada.