Saturday, August 3, 2013
The 50th is Coming - A Reminder
It’s speeding down upon us. The days are rushing by, turning into weeks and months. It’s only a year and a half away, but there’s still time.
2015 and 1016 mark the 50th anniversaries of Srila Prabhupada's arrival in America and the formation of ISKCON respectively. These anniversaries are ideal opportunities for devotees to speak about Srila Prabhupada, the Movement he created and demonstrate the impact it has made. The media and the public are inclined to take notice for anniversaries. It’s a time to re-introduce ourselves afresh to the public. It’s time for devotees, individually and collectively, to formulate projects as an offering to Srila Prabhupada and have them ready to go for these two years. Imagine if there are a thousand or five thousand projects (small or large; kirtanas, festivals, books, music, dance, films, seminars), presenting Krishna Consciousness, the Vedic culture and Srila Prabhupada, all reaching the public during this time. They could certainly make a concerted impact on the culture.
A year and a half is not very long. Now is the time to begin to prepare an offering for this singular occasion. Maybe devotees are planning things already. One thing that would be helpful is to have a site where devotees can communicate about The 50th to share ideas, offer assistance or suggestions, and promote events.