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A MESSAGE TO THE YOUTH OF INDIA By His Holiness Bhakti Vikasa Swami About Srila Prabhupada About Bhakti Vikasa Swami Preface Introduction A Message to the Youth of India Srila Prabhupada On India The Glories of Bharata-varsa India's Present Condition Causes of India's Downfall The Duty of Indians Looking to the Future Youth of India East and West Should Cooperate Hindus and Muslims Ten Points for Indira Gandhi References A MESSAGE TO THE YOUTH OF INDIA By His Holiness Bhakti Vikasa Swami All
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  A MESSAGE TO THE YOUTH OF INDIABy His Holiness Bhakti Vikasa Swami About Srila PrabhupadaAbout Bhakti Vikasa SwamiPrefaceIntroductionA Message to the Youth of IndiaSrila Prabhupada On India The Glories of Bharata-varsaIndia's Present ConditionCauses of India's Downfall The Duty of IndiansLooking to the Future Youth of IndiaEast and West Should CooperateHindus and Muslims Ten Points for Indira GandhiReferences  A MESSAGE TO THE YOUTH OF INDIABy His Holiness Bhakti Vikasa Swami All Rights Reserved by the Author and Publisher.Please buy this book to support the Publisher and Translator. This eBook is only for reading and to inspire you to purchase the book.http://www.bvks.com  About Srila Prabhupada  His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada appeared in thisworld in 1896 in Calcutta. He first met his spiritual master, SrilaBhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, in Calcutta in 1922. SrTlaBhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, a prominent religious scholar and the founder of sixty-four Gaudiya Mathas, liked this educated young man and convinced himto dedicate his life to teaching Vedic knowledge. SrTla Prabhupada becamehis student and, in 1933, his formally initiated disciple.At their first meeting,in 1922, SrTla Bhaktisiddhanta SarasvatI requested SrTla Prabhupada tobroadcast Vedic knowledge in English. In the years that followed, SrTlaPrabhupada wrote a commentary on the Bhagavad-gTta, assisted theGaudiya Matha in its work, and, in 1944, started Back to Godhead, an Englishfortnightly magazine. Single-handedly, SrTla Prabhupada edited it, typed themanuscripts, checked the galley proofs, and ev%i distributed the individualcopies. The magazine is now being continued by his disciples in the West.In1950 SrTla Prabhupada retired from married life, adopting the vanaprastha(retired) order to devote more time to his studies and writing. He travelled tothe holy city of Vrndavana, where he lived in humble circum¬stances in thehistoric temple of Radha-Damodara. There he engaged for several years indeep study and writing. He accepted the renounced order of life {sannyasa)in 1959* At Radha-Damodara, SrTla Prabhupada began work on his life'smasterpiece: a multivolume commen11tated translation of the eighteenthousand verse Snmad-Bhagavatam. He also wrote Easy Journey to OtherPlanets.After publishing three volumes of the Bhagavatam, SrTla Prabhupadawent to the United States, in September 1965, to fulfill the mission of hisspiritual master. Subsequently, His Divine Grace wrote more than fiftyvolumes of authoritative commentated translations and summary studies of the philosophical and religious classics of India.When he first arrived byfreighter in New York City, SrTla Prabhupada was practically penniless. Onlyafter almost a year of great difficulty did he establish the InternationalSociety for Krishna Consciousness, in July of 1966. Before he passed away onNovember 14, 1977 he had guided the Society and seen it grow to aworldwide confederation of more than one hundred dsramas, schools,temples, institutes, and farm communities. In 1972 His Divine Grace introduced the Vedic system of primary andsecondary education in the West by founding the gurukula school in Dallas, Texas. Since then his disciples have established similar schools throughoutthe United States and the rest of the world.Srila Prabhupada also inspired the  construction of several large international cultural centres in India.The centreat SrTdhama Mayapura is the site for a planned spiritual city, an ambitiousproject for which construction will extend over many years to come. InVrndavana are the magnificent Krsna-Balarama Temple and InternationalGuesthouse, gurukula school, and Srila Prabhupada Memorial andMuseum.There is also a major cultural and educational centre inBombay.Other centres are planned in a dozen important locations on theIndian subcontinent.Srila Prabhupada's most significant contribution,however, is his books. Highly respected by scholars for in their authority,depth, and clarity, they are used as textbooks in numerous college courses.His writings have been translated into over 60 languages. The BhaktivedantaBook Trust, established in 1972 to publish the works of His Divine Grace, hasthus become the world's largest publisher of books in the field of Indianreligion and philosophy.In just twelve years, in spite of his advanced age,Srila Prabhupada circled the globe fourteen times on lecture tours that tookhim to six continents. In spite of such a vigourous schedule, SrTlaPrabhupada continued to write prolifically. His writings constitute a veritablelibrary of Vedic philosophy, religion, literature, and culture. About Bhakti Vikasa Swami  Born of British parents in England in 1957. Giving up his studies at an earlyage, he joined ISKCON in 1975.Bhakti Vikasa Swami is an initiated disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.He first came toIndia in 1976 and has since travelled extensively in Bangladesh,Burma,Thailand, Malaysia and other parts of the world.Bhakti Vikasa Swaminowpreaches mostly in India.Travelling throughout the country, he lectures inEnglish, Hindi and Bengali,specializing in reaching the educated youth.Healso continues to write books and magazine articles.Other books he haswritten include Brahmacarya in Krsna Consciousness, A Beginner's Guide toKrsna Consciousness and Vaishnava Shikha O Sadhana(Bengali).AcknowledgementsGrateful thanks to all who helped in the publication of this book, prominentamong who are:Krsna Klrti dasa, Paramatma dasa, Mahamani Krsna dasa andfamily, R.S. Mani and other devotees of Dubai, Shailesh Thakker, ManishGandhi, Bhakta Rukesh, Jagadish dasa, Ajai Dave and Nitin Prabhu. Preface  It may pertinently be asked, How is it that this Bhakti Vikasa Swami, aforeigner, has the audacity to comment about India and Indians? Not onlydoes he comment, but he does so very strongly, and gives instructionsalso! In reply, I submit that I have been following traditional Indian culture forover eighteen years (more than half my life). I have travelled throughoutmost of India, mixed with all kinds of people at all levels of society, andlearned two Indian languages.Having visited many other countries also, andobserved the people of different lands, I am convinced that the srcinal Indianculture is the best the world has ever known. Furthermore, India's spiritualmessage is vitally needed in today's troubled world.It is thus regrettable that  in this hour of need, when Indians should be distributing their cultural wealth,they are instead giving it up themselves. If my words seem harsh, it is not outof antagonism, but from a hope that India will revive her lost glory and standas a leader among nations.As a sannyasT, it is my duty to instruct. Moreover,the topics in this book are either based on or are direct quotes from theteachings of His Divine Grace_ A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, theFounder-Acarya of ISKCON. Admittedly, I am a very insignificant soul, but myspiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, is a great world acarya. Whatever he saysshould be taken seriously.I therefore request the readers not to be disturbedby the strong statements, but to try to perceive the truth in them. I amconfident that, if received properly, this book can do much good for India. Ipray to Lord Sri Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, that He blessme, and the readers of this book, and the land of India, and all the people of the universe. If He so desires, this book can help contribute to the ongoing re-awakening of the world's oldest and greatest civilization.Orh Tat Sat BhaktiVikasa Swami Baroda, 6th October, 1993 Introduction   This book is in two parts. The first brings together most of the points thatSrlla Prabhupada taught about India as A Message to the Youth of India, anessay by Bhakti Vikasa Swami. The second is a selection of quotes aboutIndia from Srlla Prabhupada's extensive writings, conversations andlectures.Srlla Prabhupada not only travelled all over the world spreadingKrsna consciousness, but also wrote numerous books covering all majortopics of spiritual knowledge. One of those topics, the importance of India, isthe subject of this book.Srlla Prabhupada founded the International Societyfor Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in New York City in 1966. In the early70's, having firmly established Krsna consciousness in the West, he startedconcentrating his attention on India. Prabhupada said, My spiritual masterwanted me to preach in the Western countries. Now that I have done that, Iwant to preach in India. However, in the 70's most Indians did not takeISKCON very seriously. Suspecting the bhakti of the Westerners to be apassing fashion, they adopted a wait and see attitude. But the years havegone by, the foreign devotees have stayed, and acceptance has grown. ManyIndians are now initiated disciples of Western born ISKCON devotees.Educated Indians, many of whom were apathetic to sanatana-dharma, areagain taking pride in their own culture. Like it or not, religion has come to theforefront of national life. A kind of Hindu re¬awakening is going on.Onereason for this is the inspiration generated by the continued interest of outsiders in Indian culture. The foreign members of ISKCON have particularlyimpressed Indians. Srila Prabhupada's ISKCON follows the original Vedicculture—not the cheap imitation versions marketed by pseudo-swamis.ISKCON's authenticity is based on implicit faith in sastra (especiallyBhagavad-gTta and Srlmad-Bhagavatam); renunciation of meat-eating,gambling, intoxication and illicit sex; austerity and dedication (for instance,ISKCON members rise by 4.00 a.m. daily) and Vedic lifestyle (Indian-styledress, food etc.).Srila Prabhupada often expressed Lord Caitanya's desire thatIndians take up Krsna consciousness seriously. He had great hope thatISKCON would help India reverse her disastrous fall into materialism and
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