Frequently Asked Questions
Why doesn’t the Prabhuji Mission make an effort to preach its vision on a large scale and attract new monastic disciples?
For Prabhuji, the retroprogressive process is an individual, solitary, personal, private, and intimate searching and not a collective endeavor through a social, organized, institutional, and communitarian religiosity. To that end, Prabhuji does not promote or support proselytizing or public preaching. Instead, he shares his personal experiences, learnings, and realizations solely through books and lectures available on the Internet, by which he does not try to persuade, convince, or make anyone change their perspective, philosophy, or religion.
His intention is to share his own experience with whoever seeker that may be interested. This attitude of Prabhuji is in perfect harmony with the scriptures since Kṛṣṇa does not demand or promote proselytizing or persuasive preaching on a large scale.
इदं ते नातपस्काय नाभक्ताय कदाचन ।
न चाशुश्रूषवे वाच्यं न च मां योऽभ्यसूयति ॥ १८-६७॥
Idaṁ te nātapaskāya
na cāśuśrūṣave vācyaṁ
na ca māṃ yo ’bhyasūyati
“This is never to be spoken by you to one who is devoid of austerities or devotion, nor to one who does not render service, nor to one who does not desire listen, nor to one who cavils at Me.” (Bhagavad Gita, 18.67)
न बुद्धिभेदं जनयेदज्ञानां कर्मसङ्गिनाम् ।
na buddhi-bhedaṃ janayed
“Let no wise-man unsettle the minds of ignorant-people, who are attached to action.” (Bhagavad Gita, 3.26)
Prabhuji Mission does not actively seek to attract new congregants or monastic disciples. The public is welcome, however, to participate in the Śrī Śrī Radha-Śyāmasundara Mandir Hindu religious rites, services, festivals, and programs, as well as to access and learn from the Mission’s archival repository of Prabhuji’s interfaith teachings that are largely available online.