Answer by Niranjana Swami
[Question]: Managers have to deal with some unpleasant things like problems and financial crisis or whatever, and then if they get more into spiritual life,
they are generally losing inspiration for dealing with these things. Why is it happening? It’s one way or the other way—why is it happening like that? Devotees in general, they don’t feel inspired to take up the responsibility to be involved in all these external engagements. Why is it so diffucult to find people who will take responsibility?
[Niranjana Swami]: Management is a headache. It can be a very big headache. But I’ll tell you why I’ve taken up such a responsibility for so many years. It’s because I see it in relationship to serving Srila Prabhupada’s mission; because I’m one hundred percent convinced that Srila Prabhupada wanted an institution. Institution means headaches. There’s just no way around it. I saw Prabhupada take those headaches. And I saw many other leaders, under Srila Prabhupada, taking those headaches. And, although it’s more than twenty-five years after Srila Prabhupada’s departure, I still see many of my godbrothers who take those headaches for one reason only—it’s a burden of love. That’s the only thing. It’s a burden of love for the spiritual master.
As we spoke about the other day, Srila Prabhupada’s vision for spreading Krsna Consciousness was through an institution. Where did he get that vision? From Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. And although Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura had given the instructions to form a GBC—to organize an institution—Srila Prabhupada made it clear in his books what happens after his departure.