Dandavats Sriman Jonathan,
i have been making inquiries in regard to Srila Prabhupada`s directions for ISKCON Diety Puja. So far i have been quite disappointed with my correspondence with people in position~?~ as2how they seem to have never been personally instructed by Him and also have never heard from anyone that was~?~
I suspect they (“people in position”) are also quite disappointed with you, as I am.
In my opinion you should not be making inquiries into the matter of Deity Puja, nor should anyone respond to your inquiries.
Instruction about Deity Puja is for initiated devotees who get such instruction after receiving gayatri mantra. Without the mantra, received from a guru in a bonafide disciplic succession, there can be no Deity worship.
Therefore, I do not see that it is of any concern to you who, after more than 40 years of associating with devotees has never even mustered the faith to take Hari Nama diksha, much less mantra diksha.
“Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.”
Better you not be a fool and leave such intimate matters as Deity Puja to those who are actually qualified to offer that puja.
At present you are not even qualified to cook for a Deity, enter Their kitchen, Deity room, or chant Their Holy names.
Mother Yashoda knows how to properly offer aroti to Sri Krishna. If you want to get the answer to your question from someone “in position”, why not ask her? You can’t ask, because first you have to become a member of her family, Krishna gotra, and that you do not want to do. You do not want to be a devotee, you only want to talk about devotees.
Chant Hare Krishna in the association of devotees. Then, when you have sufficient faith to seek and receive initiation from a Vaishnava guru, do that. Then you may make further inquiries. Until then, leave matters of philosophy, siddhanta, Deity worship and other higher discussions to those who are actually qualified to engage in such discussions.
I pray this finds you well in health and spirits.
From: “hi. jonathan”
Subject: Srila Prabhupada, Goura Arati
Date: March 13, 2016
To: Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math
Aloha Swami B.K. Giri ;
Actually i must confess as i didn’t actually remember you directly.
i have been making inquiries in regard to Srila Prabhupada`s directions for ISKCON Diety Puja.
So far i have been quite disappointed with my correspondence with people in position~?~
as2how they seem to have never been personally instructed by Him and also have never heard from anyone that was~?~
Yesterday as i was searching some Google results, somehow your web page came up and i noticed the posting for your DE. So i sent my wish and also was hoping you could shed some light on this issue of Srila Prabhupada`s orders for ISKCON Diety Puja~?~
As you may hear Him giving DEscription on this recording.
Could you tell me if you ever received directions from Him or from anyone who did~?~