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The basic argument presented by the envious dressed as devotees is that because Srila Prabhupada has physically departed therefore we need a successor to continue the disciplic succession. This argument is totally bogus and is not at all supported by the Vedic literature.

TRANSLATION: This supreme science was thus received through the chain of disciplic succession, and the saintly kings understood it in that way. But in course of time the succession was broken, and therefore the science as it is appears to be lost.

PURPORT: It is clearly stated that the Gita was especially meant for the saintly kings because they were to execute its purpose in ruling over the citizens. Certainly Bhagavad-gita was never meant for the demonic persons, who would dissipate its value for no one's benefit and would devise all types of interpretations according to personal whims. As soon as the original purpose was scattered by the motives of the unscrupulous commentators, there arose the need to reestablish the disciplic succession. Five thousand years ago it was detected by the Lord Himself that the disciplic succession was broken, and therefore He declared that the purpose of the Gita appeared to be lost. In the same way, at the present moment also there are so many editions of the Gita (especially in English), but almost all of them are not according to authorized disciplic succession. There are innumerable interpretations rendered by different mundane scholars, but almost all of them do not accept the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna, although they make a good business on the words of Sri Krsna. This spirit is demonic, because demons do not believe in God but simply enjoy the property of the Supreme. Since there is a great need of an edition of the Gita in English, as it is received by the parampara (disciplic succession) system, an attempt is made herewith to fulfill this great want. Bhagavad-gita--accepted as it is--is a great boon to humanity; but if it is accepted as a treatise of philosophical speculations, it is simply a waste of time.

[Srila Prabhupada from Bhagavad-gita As It Is 4.2]

Note: So when the purpose of the Bhagavad-gita is scattered or lost by the motives of unscrupulous commentators then there is a need to reestablish the disciplic succession. If the knowledge from the current acarya Srila Prabhupada is still present in human society in the form of the original Bhagavad-gita As It Is, then where is the need for the Lord to send another spiritual master or successor to reestablish it? THIS IS THE ESSENTIAL POINT!!!

Rest assured the demons understand to some degree that Prabhupada is very much present in the form of his original books as the current link in disciplic succession, delivering the people of the world back home back to Godhead. That is why they work so determinedly to change these books and make Prabhupada's message lost to the world!

As soon as any of the disciples in the succession distort the knowledge, then it is lost. That is being explained. Sa kalena mahata. The time is very powerful. It changes. That is the... Time means it changes, kills the original position. You have got experience. You purchase one anything. It is very fresh, new. But time will kill it. It will become shabby. It will be useless at a time, in due course of time. So time is fighting. This material time, it is called kala. Kala means death. Or kala means the black snake. So black snake destroys. As soon as touches anything, it is destroyed. Similarly, kala... This kala is also another form of Krsna. So kalena mahata. Therefore it is called mahata. It is very powerful. It is not ordinary thing. Mahata. Its business is to destroy. Sa kalena iha nasta. So by due course of time... Because how the kala can destroy? As soon as kala sees that you are distorting, then it will be lost. So don't try to understand Bhagavad-gita from persons who are under the influence of kala--past, present, future. Don't try to understand Bhagavad-gita from so-called rascal philosophers, commentators, and... They will write Bhagavad-gita in a distorted way. Somebody will say, "There was no Krsna. There was no Mahabharata." Somebody says, "Krsna stressed on this point," "Krsna stressed on that point." Somebody will say, "Krsna stressed on karma, karma-kanda." Somebody will say on jnana, and somebody will say yoga. There are so many editions of Bhagavad-gita.

[Srila Prabhupada from a Bhagavad-gita 4.2, Bombay, March 22, 1974]

Note: Prabhupada's knowledge will not be lost to the world that can be clearly understood by reading the following articles. Article 1  - Article 2

My success is always there.

Hanuman: One thing he's saying, this gentleman, and I would like to know, is your successor named or your successor will...
Prabhupada: My success is always there. Yes. Just like the sun is there always. It may come before your vision or not. The sun is there. But if you are fortunate, you come before the sun. Otherwise you remain in darkness. Sun is open to everyone. Our Krsna consciousness movement--Krsna is open to everyone. But if you are fortunate, you come to the light. If you are unfortunate, do not. That is your choice.

[Srila Prabhupada Room Conversation with Sanskrit Professor, other Guests and Disciples, February 12, 1975, Mexico]

I will never die!

Reporter: Who will succeed you when you die?

Srila Prabhupada: I will never die!

Devotee’s: Jaya! Haribol!

Srila Prabhupada: I will live forever for my books and you will utilise.

[Interview, Berkley, 1975]

Here Srila Prabhupada is asked a question about his successor. Let us examine Srila Prabhupada’s minimum words, maximum solution answer. The question has two key words [1] succeed and [2] die. Srila Prabhupada answers point [2] with "I will never die" and how is that "I will live forever for my books" and point [1] is answered with "and you will utilise". The word utilise is also described in the dictionary as, "use for a purpose". Thus Srila Prabhupada instructs us to use his books for the purpose of continuing the disciplic succession, by distributing them and thus giving the fallen souls of the world the opportunity of receiving his shelter as diksa guru.

The ritvik system should continue to formalise such mass Harinama diksa. Such a system is perfectly harmonious with Srila Prabhupadas loud chanting and part of his transcendental plan to deliver the world.

Let us not be small minded and say that the ritvik system continuing in the acaryas physical absence is unprecedented and therefore not bona-fide. It must be unprecedented (to our limited perceptions) or else how can it complement the unprecedented achievements of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Never before has an acarya translated so many transcendental literature’s into all the languages of the world and distributed such knowledge so mercifully and indiscriminately, making himself available as the eternal perceptor to the fallen souls. Srila Prabhupada was specifically chosen to deliver the whole world and thus fulfil the prediction of the Lord and the previous acaryas.