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The purpose of the parampara is to keep the force of bhakti alive in the world and to find ways to attract people to the practices and ideals of true spirituality. If strategies from the past are getting in the way of this objective, they need to be renovated or disbanded to increase the receptivity of the public.
Regard for Siva and regard for Krishna are not at odds with one another. If we read and study the Bhagavatam we can find so much room to understand, accommodate, and appreciate Lord Siva.
Those who see the spiritual form of the deity in their souls’ eyes carry that impression as far as possible to the mind and then frame an emblem for continual study of the higher feeling, are by no means idolatrous.
The book is a must for artists and lovers of art, and for all who want to fully appreciate the visual beauty of Krishna Consciousness. It evinces a beautiful foray into an aspect of the Krishna movement that is rarely explored—its art.
Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada’s 1936 homage to his beloved gurudeva.
Even after an aspirant to spiritual life has attained the company of devotees and hears the Bhagavatam in their association, he must still be careful to hear it in the proper manner. Otherwise he will not get the full result of this powerful devotional activity.