Cooperation means we should cooperate with each other to achieve something. So, what is that we want to achieve? Very obvious, that we want to achieve Krsna, His love.
In order to do that we need cooperation because
“Sampradaya-vihina ye mantras
te nisphala matah”
Without joining ourselves into sampradaya, we cannot attain Krsna. We can attain but it is surely very difficult but when we join sampradaya, then it becomes so much easier because we get help from every angle. Sampradaya means there has to be 1 leader, 1 Guru, 1 Sanstha ke acharya, 1 personality of all these designations and that is Prabhupada. So in order to achieve our topmost goal, we have to cooperate.
It is not who is right or who is wrong, the principle of cooperation stays above who is right and who is wrong. One can cooperate according to his level of Krsna Consciousness, the more elevated a devotee, the more cooperation we can expect from him because he can understand things better.
Fighting means neophyte stage, fighting most likely happens in a neophyte stage.
So higher the level of Krsna Consciousness, the better we can cooperate with one another. Variety is the mother of enjoyment, variegatedness, but that variegatedness should be meant for pleasing devotees and Krishna. Otherwise it becomes difference of opinions and fighting. Common is Krishna.
“Mac – citta mad-gata-prāṇā
kathayantaś ca māṁ nityaṁ
tuṣyanti ca ramanti ca”
This particular sloka explains how devotees can cooperate with one another. Common is
“mac-cittā”, that their consciousness dwell in Krsna and that is common.
Common denominator has to be there in order to cooperate. When their consciousness dwell in Krsna, then it is very easy to cooperate with one another. Differences definitely will be there but differences should not make us become envious, develop ill feelings or fighting, we can respect differences. If one wants to do book distribution and another one wants to do congregational preaching or whatsoever, it should all be geared up to please Krsna. So we have to see that difference, unity in diversity and diversity in unity, we have to see. We have seen
jaya sri-krishna-chaitanya prabhu nityananda
sri-adwaita gadadhara shrivasadi-gaura-bhakta-vrinda.
Lord Chaitanya is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, He can do all the tricks, everything is within His power but
“udilo aruṇa pūraba-bhāge,
dwija-maṇi gorā amani jāge,
bhakata-samūha loiyā sāthe,
“tāthaī tāthaī bājalo khol,”
He took his whole army, he could do all by Himself. He did it by himself in Jarkhinda Jungle and South India but He didn’t relish mellow much longer.
“bhakata-samūha loiyā sāthe”
All devotees, entourage and one of the topmost quality of Krsna is that He is always surrounded by His devotees.
Krsna can enjoy by himself to full extent but that’s not the idea.
Along with His devotees.
“Aradhyo bhagavan vrajesa-tanayas
tad-dhama vrndavanam ramya kacid upasana
vraja-vadhu-vargena va kalpita”
Krsna along with devotees, Vrindavan and topmost worshippers are gopis and gopis have 2 camps, right wing and left wing but at the time of distress, they all become one. When in the rasa dance they recited Gopi Geet there were no different parties. Same gopis were in distress and they became one, “ Where is our Lord? Where is our beloved? ” and they were all lovingly, cooperatively searching for the Lord and that is cooperation in common denominator.
Same thing with Shat Goswamis , Rupa Goswami could do by himself, Sanatana Goswami could also do by himself but what to talk about Jiva Goswami and other Goswamis. These Shat Goswamis, not just 6 but Lokanath Goswami and so many others, Bhugarbha Goswami. Lord Chaitanya had a whole army, whole army was so tuned to Lord Chaitanya that their differences mitigated by looking at Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and this is unity.
So we have seen in ISKCON, upper level GBC, Gurus have so much cooperation, love, affection and so much serving each other. This is very much essential in the age of Kali-Kalah. In the age of Kali , shakti is only in unity, only in cooperation.
Prabhupada gives a very nice example about the sticks. Individual stick we can break very easily but the whole bundle becomes powerful. Every individual stick becomes powerful because of cooperation but individual stick can break very easily.
So there is a potency, Shakti, strength in unity and that’s what we are trying to achieve. There was a GBC slogan in ISKCON Leadership Sanga in Mayapur that all morning Bhagavatam lectures were geared up towards this point, unity in diversity. So we can unite with the common denominator, that is Krsna and Prabhupada and we can give up our differences for a higher cause and higher cause is that “I want to attain the love of Krsna; I want to please Prabhupada”.
If you fight at lower level or whatever level, then how Prabhupada would be pleased?
“Your love will be tested by how much you cooperate. Love, Trust and Cooperation after I leave this planet.” A very good statement. We want to please Prabhupada and Krsna, there has to be good love, trust and cooperation amongst his followers, very very essential.
Prabhupada says, “If ISKCON will break or finish then it has to be from within; without, nobody can move ISKCON.”
“Ghar foote ghar jaaye.” If house is broken then whole house will be on fire but house is within the house, if everybody has love, trust and cooperation then the house will remain intact. So family that worships together, stays together and if we are worshipping, loving together, it will automatically stay together. This is the principle, “Purity is the force.” The more pure we become, the more love, trust and cooperation we can achieve, that is we can see on higher level in ISKCON that there is so much love, trust and cooperation without any ill feelings, without any differences, without any mine and yours. This is to a certain extent achieved already. Now, we have to take it to the level downwards and it will come, it will come.
Love, trust, Cooperation ki Jai!!!