VERY RELEVANT TESTIMONY FROM CYAVANA SWAMI
On September 6, 2017, Nityananda das received an email reply to questions he had put to Cyavana Swami, an very early Srila Prabhupada disciple who manages a preaching and gardening facility in Williston, Florida called Camp Garuda. The reply was:
“Yes, I have stated this many times….. some understand it, but most don’t and it usually causes some to become agitated. Most devotees never really understood who Srila Prabhupada is. The initiation means to begin on the path of Bhakti, each one must figure out how to take that first step. Srila Prabhupada made it perfectly clear to me that we are not his only disciples. His instruction was,”I have given you everything, don’t change anything… I will have millions of disciples.” These are the most important instructions Srila Prabhupada ever gave us for the future of his Movement.
“In my discussions with Prabhupada the subject of adding to and changing the books and philosophy came up frequently, but the question of what to do regarding initiations after he was no longer with us was very difficult to ask, it was almost unthinkable at the time that he would not always be with us. Myself and Brahmananda Swami were in Srila Prabhupada’s room one morning in Nairobi, Kenya in 1975, at first he seemed surprised at the question, as if he had already made it very clear.
We were performing initiations his behalf all over the world for some years, so he said to simply continue as he had been training us, “on my behalf ” was not just for then, it is for always. His answer was clear and simple.
“I am encouraged, especially over the past few years, by the many devotees who are clearly understanding this and Srila Prabhupada’s unique and exalted position in our Sampradaya. If someone wants to add to or change a book they can do so in their own name, and of course we must have “instructor gurus” and teachers to guide disciples on the path, but only Srila Prabhupada will fulfill the promise to take us all home, that is certain. I share this with you as a friend. As far as the general population devotees, let them think whatever they want, at least they have a start, many here including me are inspired by your work.”
(1). “I have given you everything, don’t change anything… I will have millions of disciples.”
(2). “We were performing initiations on his behalf all over the world for some years, so he said to simply continue as he had been training us, “on my behalf ” was not just for then, it is for always.”
Satyahit das confirmed that Cyavana Swami has been consistently stating these memories for many years.