Thursday, September 11, 2014

Akshaya Patra Foundation Helps Jammu Kashmir Flood Victims

Helping the needy is not charity but our social responsibility! Akshaya Patra Foundation, Ahmedabad demonstrates this by supporting flood relief services in Jammu and Kashmir by providing 75,000 packets of food which comprised of over 3 lakh rotis prepared at the new centralised kitchen. From the shop level staff to the Managerial cadre everyone contributed their services to this cause.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Putting Srila Prabhupada in the Centre

Back To Prabhupada, Issue 41, Autumn 2013

All parties claim to want to put "Srila Prabhupada in the centre". This in turn is done by actually putting Srila Prabhupada in the centre. That Srila Prabhupada is put in the centre by actually putting Srila Prabhupada in the centre is such an obvious tautological truth that even those who are unable to do this are forced to agree. Thus, ISKCON leader HH Kadamba Kanana Swami ("KKS") agrees with the IRM that we must focus on Srila Prabhupada rather than ISKCON's multiple guru successors, otherwise ISKCON will not be successful:
"the relationship with Prabhupada must be at the core of our spiritual life. Otherwise this movement cannot be successful. We would become a conglomeration of different sectarian groups. Sometimes we can see this. When one spiritual master visits the temple there is a whole different group of devotees and then when another spiritual master comes there is another ISKCON. Each time the face of ISKCON changes. We are one family and we can only be one family if we all look at Prabhupada." (KKS, posted 23/9/2011)
KKS states this even though, for over 10 years, he has also been creating the same "another ISKCON" he condemns, by acting as yet another spiritual master in ISKCON with his own set of disciples.
Similarly, ISKCON leader HH Krishna Das Swami ("KDS") states the IRM position, that we should only focus on Srila Prabhupada as the guru of ISKCON, as there is no need to go and "find out" any guru other than Srila Prabhupada:
"'My guru fell down? My guru fell down?' Can there be worse thing, any worse thing than this, that guru falls down? What with the heart of the disciple? So, movement, because the Founder-Acarya of this movement was the purest of the purest, embodiment of purity, embodiment of surrender, embodiment of obedience, embodiment of faithfulness, and empowered by Lord Govinda Himself -- that is why this movement is continuing. [...] And how to become a pukka* guru, Prabhupada is there. You don't have to go to anywhere else. Pukka guru, Srila Prabhupada. Pukka disciple, Srila Prabhupada. No need of going anywhere to find out." (KDS, Lecture, 12/2/2012)


KDS states this even though, since 1987, KDS has been putting himself forward as a GBC-elected successor guru to Srila Prabhupada, whom one should "find out" and accept, having initiated over 400 disciples.
However, contradicting these statements by his guru colleagues, GBC-elected guru HH Bhakti Charu Swami ("BCS") shockingly claims that we can have Srila Prabhupada at the centre by actually putting BCS in the centre:
"They also made excellent arrangements to celebrate my birthday. On that day, they presented me with a surprise compilation of Vyasa-puja offerings containing over 300 offerings from many of you. Although my travel schedule has been hectic since then, I have been regularly reading the offerings and I am thoroughly enjoying them. The appreciation and gratitude that you have expressed through your offerings are very touching. I am also very happy that you all are able to read the offerings in the shared e-book and I would encourage all of you to do so because it will help to bring our family closer together with Srila Prabhupada at the centre."
(BCS Istagosthi, 25/9/2013)
BCS claims that his disciples will be able to "come closer together with Srila Prabhupada at the centre" through the act of participating in the basking of the glorification of BCS! This is done via reading a whole book of Vyasa-puja offerings dedicated to praising BCS, which are based on the false premise that BCS has succeeded Srila Prabhupada as ISKCON's diksa guru.
That BCS believes that putting himself in the centre is the equivalent of putting Srila Prabhupada in the centre, is evidence of the immense delusion which arises when one is motivated by the desire to take Srila Prabhupada's position and be worshipped as a "good as God" guru -- the desire for PAD (Profit, Adoration and Distinction). This desire is so strong that one will say absolutely anything, no matter how absurd, to try to justify it.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Motivated by Power, Not Philosophy

The GBC claim that allowing Srila Prabhupada to remain as ISKCON's diksa guru, which it calls "the posthumous rtvik initiation theory", must be banished for being a "dangerous" philosophy:

"The GBC hereby declares that the posthumous ritvik initiation theory is a dangerous philosophical deviation. It is therefore totally prohibited in ISKCON."
(GBC Resolution 1990-73)

Claiming that it was the desire of GBC member HH Sivarama Swami ("SRS") to uphold the above-mentioned GBC resolution, ISKCON UK Headquarters Bhaktivedanta Manor ("BM") issued the following banning letter to anyone who accepted that Srila Prabhupada continues to act as ISKCON's diksa guru:

"It is the desire of the local ISKCON, UK Charity Board of Directors, chaired by His Holiness Sivarama Swami, that I strictly uphold the above mandate, and hence this letter. They have obliged me to ban all persons who advocate, assist, organise or help finance posthumous rtvik theories from coming to Bhaktivedanta Manor."
(Banning Letter issued by BM)

Thus, it is claimed that ISKCON is so concerned to protect the movement from deviant philosophies, that those who simply agree with them must not be allowed to even set foot in ISKCON's temples.

However, let us review how ISKCON deals with philosophies which are actually deviant.

Offending Krsna is welcome

Below is a report given by SRS:

"In July, a well-known Hindu organization launched a worldwide yatra on the grounds of Bhaktivedanta Manor. [...] On the stage were to be two yogis, a guru, a Sankaracarya, and myself -- compromising association! [...] the Sankaracarya [...] made philosophical points clearly targeted at his hosts -- namely, the ISKCON devotees and, more specifically, Their Lordships Radha-Gokulananda. [...] I felt that you, Srila Prabhupada, our Society, and of course Krsna had been grievously offended. [...] In Krsna's temple you (the Sankaracarya) have said that Krsna is a subordinate manifestation of Brahman."
(SRS, Vyasa-puja offering, 2002, emphases added)

Thus, in this instance, not only were those who have a deviant philosophy offensive to Lord Krsna allowed entry to an ISKCON temple; they were actually invited to actively broadcast those offensive philosophies in the temple!

Denying Radha is welcome

A guru named HH Chinna Jeeyar Swami ("CJS") teaches:

"there is no character called as "Radha" at all. [...] We can take Radha as a symbol [...] Hence Radha is not really a person. [...] The description you have seen must be from IS(K)CON books. They feel that Krsna is the origin to all the incarnations. [...] Yet, he is only one avatara among many."
(CJS's website, 'FAQs')

Thus, according to CJS:
a) Radha (Krsna's eternal consort) does not exist. b) Krsna is not the origin of all divine incarnations, but is just an incarnation Himself.
Thus, his position is completely deviant according to ISKCON. Indeed, CJS even admits this, stating that the positions he attacks are coming from "ISKCON books". Yet, not only is he not banned from ISKCON temples for having such deviant views, he was actually invited this year by ISKCON for a lecture tour of various North American ISKCON temples! 

Minimising Krsna is welcome

ISKCON leader HH Jayadvaita Swami explains:

"ISKCON has gone from being beyond Hinduism to being -- very much Hindu! [...] priests earn a livelihood doing weddings and hair cutting ceremonies, [...] Temples once the exclusive hold of Gaura-Nitai and Radha-Krsna now are dominated by murtis of demigods. In some quarters ISKCON has undergone considerable Indianisation."
(HH Jayadvaita Swami, ISKCON Studies Conference, Italy, 28/7/2007)

Thus, the GBC allows temples to be "dominated" by demigods, thereby marginalising the exclusive worship of Krsna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead -- even though this is against Gaudiya Vaisnava philosophy -- to appeal to the Hindu community.

Deviant initiation is welcome

The GBC claims that those who were initiated by Prabhavisnu Dasa ("PV"), who is a "fallen" ex-guru, are considered to be connected to Srila Prabhupada and able to continue to function spiritually by taking shelter of Srila Prabhupada:

"Those devotees initiated by Prabhavisnu Dasa continue to be connected to Srila Prabhupada and our entire Vaisnava parampara. [...] Thus, they are encouraged to take shelter of Srila Prabhupada and siksa gurus or other senior devotees as per their faith."
(GBC Resolution 311, 2012)

However, some of these initiations were conducted whilst PV was deviating sexually:

"he has admitted to a number of sexual fall-downs particularly in 2001 [...] experienced bouts of spiritual weakness for some years".
(Extracts from GBC Executive Committee statements, 13/1/2012 and 2/2/2012)

These devotees are, therefore, like the devotees who follow the GBC-prohibited "rtvik" position; accepting the spiritual shelter of Srila Prabhupada without having a GBC-certified "living" guru. Yet, the GBC still considers them to be connected to Srila Prabhupada. The only difference is that they once had an initiation ceremony via a person who may have been sexually deviant. The GBC therefore advocates that if one were to get initiated today directly by Srila Prabhupada (rtvik), one would not be connected to Srila Prabhupada, but those who got initiated by a sexual deviant are connected to Srila Prabhupada!


a) If their position as "good as God" gurus is threatened, the GBC will spring into immediate action, claiming that such threats constitute a "dangerous" philosophy, and issue serious sanctions.
b) However, if Krsna's position as God, along with that of His eternal consort Srimati Radharani is attacked, the GBC will actually promote such proponents.
c) If minimising Krsna's position through encouraging demigod worship will financially benefit ISKCON temples, it is done.
d) Even connection to, and spiritual shelter of, Srila Prabhupada without having a "living" GBC guru, is accepted -- just as long as there was a role at one time for such a person to provide a ceremony, even if he was a sexual deviant at the time!

Thus, as long as their own position is not under immediate threat, all manner of actual philosophical deviations will be tolerated by the GBC. This double standard demonstrates that the GBC is motivated not by a concern for philosophy, but only by a desire for holding on to power.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Srila Prabhupada v/s Bhakti Charu Swami

We document below GBC-elected guru hoaxer, HH Bhakti Charu Swami ("BCS"), claiming that Srila Prabhupada's teachings on education are a mistake. Therefore, not content with having replaced Srila Prabhupada as ISKCON's diksa guru, the hoaxers now also wish to supersede his teachings. All emphases below have been added.

Srila Prabhupada on schools

Srila Prabhupada condemned schools as slaughterhouses:

"I have seen intelligent boys, they go to school and he is spoiled. [...] Simply slaughterhouse, this so-called school is called slaughterhouse. Yes, slaughterhouse."
(Srila Prabhupada Conversation, 9/7/73)

"The modern educational system without any knowledge of Bhagavan, I may tell you frankly, not only in India, everywhere, they are practically slaughterhouse."
(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, 20/11/71)

BCS says mistake - 1

However, BCS claims that condemning such schools as "slaughterhouses" was a "mistake":

"The outside world is the world of my. The other schools are the slaughterhouses. These were the expressions that we used. Everybody outside is a damned karmi. That was the way, that was a mistake."
(BCS Lecture, 5/8/2013)

Srila Prabhupada on gurukula

Having condemned schools as slaughterhouses, Srila Prabhupada established an alternative "gurukula" system of education, in which material education was disregarded:

Jyotirmayi: "You were saying that the children should learn these three, geography and these things, and I wanted to know if they should also learn what they call biology, that is how the body is working, what are the bones and blood and..." [...] Prabhupada: "Simply waste of time, simply waste of time. [...] But this biology and this "logy," they are useless. There is no necessity. [...] You follow that, brahmacari gurukula, that I've already explained. That should be done. Don't bring any new thing, imported ideas. That will not be helpful. It will be encumbrance. [...] Biologists, chemists, physicists, and mathematicians there are hundreds and thousands. We are not going to waste our time that Gurukula should produce a great grammarian, a great geologist, biologist, don't want that. There are many other educational institutions."
(Room Conversation, 31/7/1976)

This was done deliberately because gurukulas were only meant to produce Krsna conscious children, rather than persons qualified to get salaried jobs:

"And this material education...Of course, we are going to open the gurukula. Our aim is not how to make the students a big grammarian. No. That is not our purpose. How to make him fully Krsna conscious. That is the aim of this gurukula. In the gurukula description there is nothing, such thing as how to make the student a big grammarian or... [...] There is no question of economic problem, that one has to become learned to get some service in some big school or college and get some big salary. This is not our aim. Our only aim is how to mold the life of the children to become Krsna conscious."
(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, 31/3/1976)

BCS says mistake - 2

However, BCS states that Srila Prabhupada's establishing such gurukulas where material education was disregarded, was a "mistake", and therefore his disciple will be establishing schools that will not repeat this "mistake" made by Srila Prabhupada's gurukulas:

"You see, our...Naveen Krsna (BCS disciple) is now trying to establish the schools in India. [...] We are not going to disregard material education. That is the mistake we actually made in our gurukula system. In our gurukula system we completely disregarded the material side."
(BCS Lecture, 5/8/2013)

The cover-up

Thus, in summary we can see that BCS condemns Srila Prabhupada's essential teachings regarding education as being one big "mistake". However, in this same lecture where he disagrees with Srila Prabhupada's teachings, BCS claims he is communicating Srila Prabhupada's teachings:

"the spiritual master considers that it is his responsibility to bring up, train his disciples. [...] And how do we train you up? We train you up by communicating Srila Prabhupada's teachings to you and engaging you properly in ISKCON."
(BCS Lecture, 5/8/2013)

Therefore, not content with attacking Srila Prabhupada's teachings, BCS also tries to hide his actions by blatantly lying about what he is teaching. He has to engage in such lying because otherwise he would be exposing himself as a rascal and demon for rejecting Srila Prabhupada's teachings:

"A siksa-guru who instructs against the instruction of spiritual, he is not a siksa-guru. He is a demon. [...] siksa-guru does not mean he is speaking something against the teachings of the diksa-guru. He is not a siksa-guru. He is a rascal."
(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, 4/7/1974)


We therefore have two opposing visions. A spiritual vision of education offered by Srila Prabhupada. And an opposing vision which states Srila Prabhupada's vision is a mistake, offered by BCS. This is not an isolated example of BCS attacking Srila Prabhupada and his teachings, but is part of a wider trend. For instance, we highlight more examples of these attacks in the Sixth chapter of our book 100 Contradictions, where BCS offends Srila Prabhupada by stating that Srila Prabhupada was only able to preach once he had renounced his household life; that the mentality of Srila Prabhupada being "dead and gone" is fine; that Srila Prabhupada's instructions were "vague"; that Srila Prabhupada was a "mere member of the GBC of ISKCON"; that Srila Prabhupada did not know the disciplic succession; and so on.

One therefore has to choose to follow either Srila Prabhupada or BCS. One cannot follow both.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Fixed Guru versus a Flip-Flop Guru

IRM: On August 3, 2013, the GBC Executive Committee announced the resignation of yet another one of its "as good as God" gurus:

"reports were brought to our attention alleging inappropriate behavior on the part of Mahanidhi Swami on both a personal and philosophical level. The GBC began an investigation of those and found some of the allegations to be true, including inappropriate interactions with a female disciple. Although the extent of those problems is not clear, we found there was definitely behavior not befitting someone in the renounced order of life. It was during this investigation that Mahanidhi Swami chose to resign."
("A Letter to All Devotees of ISKCON", Executive Committee of the ISKCON Governing Body Commission (GBC), 3/8/2013)

The letter then went on to justify how its gurus can become deviants by quoting from GBC resolution 303 from 2013, which states that it is possible for them to deviate at any time:

"Yet it should be clearly understood that if such diksa or siksa gurus deviate from strictly following, they may fall down from their position."

Thus, the GBC admits that the gurus it is providing are actually defined as being "flip-flop" gurus. That is, they can flip to becoming deviants at any time. In contrast, as we see below, Srila Prabhupada specifically asks us to seek out a guru who is not a flip-flop guru, but a fixed guru -- one who will never become a deviant. All emphases have been added.

The authorized guru

"The spiritual master must never be carried away by an accumulation of wealth or a large number of followers. A bonafide spiritual master will never become like that. But sometimes, if a spiritual master is not properly authorized, and only on his own initiative becomes a spiritual master, he may be carried away by an accumulation of wealth and large numbers of disciples."
(Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 14)

Srila Prabhupada makes it clear that the authorised guru will never become deviated. Therefore, by stating that their gurus are personalities who may become deviated, the GBC is also admitting that their gurus are unauthorised.

The fixed guru

"The bonafide spiritual master always engages in unalloyed devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. By this test he is known to be a direct manifestation of the Lord and a genuine representative of Sri Nityananda Prabhu."
(Cc., Adi-lila, 1.46)

"The prime symptom of one who has become a spiritual master in disciplic succession is that he is one hundred percent fixed in bhakti-yoga."
(Krsna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vol. 2, Chapter 32)

"If someone is one hundred percent engaged in the service of the Lord, he is to be understood as liberated."
(SB, 3.33.10)

"A Spiritual Master is always liberated."
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, 21/6/1970)

"God is always God, guru is always guru."
(The Science of Self Realisation, Chapter 2)

In contrast with the GBC guru who may flip from being a "guru" to becoming a deviant, the bona fide guru will always remain fixed as a guru. And, in the next section, Srila Prabhupada states that it is this fixed, bona fide guru, whom we must accept.

Approach fixed guru

"In order to learn the transcendental science, one must approach the bona fide spiritual master in disciplic succession, who is fixed in the Absolute Truth."
(Mundaka Upanisad, 1.2.12 [cited in numerous places by Srila Prabhupada])

"The guru must be situated on the topmost platform of devotional service. There are three classes of devotees, and the guru must be accepted from the topmost class".
(Cc., Madhya-lila, 24.330)

"There is no possibility that a first-class devotee will fall down."
(Cc., Madhya-lila, 22.71)

"The conclusion is that one cannot become a spiritual master unless he is a pure devotee of the Lord. [...] One should therefore take shelter of a bona fide spiritual master."
(SB, 4.29.51)

"The pure devotee is always free from the clutches of maya and her influence."
(SB, 5.3.14)

Non-cheater guru

"That is the business of spiritual master. He gives the right information; therefore he is respected so much, because he does not cheat. [...] Ordinary human being, he'll cheat you, or he'll give some information, he's cheating. But a guru, real guru, he'll not cheat you. [...] He does not cheat. That is the test of guru."
(Srila Prabhupada Conversation, 22/6/1976)

Prabhupada: "[...] So the imperfect person is prone to become a cheater. So we should not take knowledge from the cheaters. What do you think?" Svarupa Damodara: "We should take knowledge from Krsna." Prabhupada: "Yes." Svarupa Damodara: "And Prabhupada." Prabhupada: "Yes. Prabhupada is giving you the same knowledge, that's all. There is no question of cheating. I have received this knowledge from Krsna, and you take this. That's all. My business is finished."
(Morning Walk, 12/7/1975) 
Srila Prabhupada states that the whole purpose of accepting him as the spiritual master is that, unlike an ordinary human being, he will never cheat the disciple. Whereas, the GBC are stating at the outset that their gurus can go on to become cheaters! 


We are offered two starkly different visions of guru. Srila Prabhupada tells us to accept a guru who is authorised, always 100% fixed in Krsna consciousness, who will never deviate or cheat. The GBC, however, offers unauthorised gurus who may flip to become deviants and cheat. The fixed guru whom Srila Prabhupada tells us to accept is available to everyone today; his name is Srila Prabhupada. We should therefore follow Srila Prabhupada's advice and accept only him as the spiritual master and reject the flip-flop gurus.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sriman Madhu Pandit Dasa Vyasa puja offering to Srila Prabhupada

Dear Srila Prabhupada,
Please accept my respectful obeisances. All glories to Your Divine Grace.
Yet another year has passed under the transcendental shower of your causeless mercy. The transcendental shower that cools the scorching heat of miseries of this material world where there is the danger at every step. It is only by your mercy that over the last sixteen years we, the devotees of ISKCON Bangalore, have survived the material forces that have attempted to break the faith of thousands of your followers on this planet - that Your Divine Grace can be accepted as everyone’s direct sad-guru - both Primary Siksha and Siksha guru. It is easier to survive the attack of atheists than the guruvadis in ISKCON, who twist your direct orders and preach that Your Divine Grace cannot be a guru for anyone on this planet anymore after 1977. According to them, Srila Prabhupada, you are ‘no longer with us’, having physically ‘departed’ in 1977. Therefore it is only to them that the jivas have to surrender to as disciples, and not to Your Divine Grace. It is nothing but the twisted philosophy of ‘kill guru and become guru’. Your Divine Grace has used this very phrase while referring to ambitious neophyte disciples. This is especially so when you have explicitly ordered that those initiated in ISKCON will always be the disciples of Your Divine Grace.
This faith of thousands of devotees that: Your Divine Grace actually receives their direct surrender from them; Your Divine Grace actually guides sincere seekers in advancing in spiritual life, in the wonderful association of your other servants, in an organization Your Divine Grace designed. This truth is proven today by your lilas at ISKCON Bangalore for the last fifteen years. Thousands of lives are transformed every day, by the association of your books and your deity form in the temples of our group over the past fifteen years. The intense and foremost attachment and commitment to Your Divine Grace, of all the devotees, is the proof of this.
Srila Prabhupada, you have nicely explained the prakata and aprakata form of the Lord. The visible and invisible. In CC Madhya 13.155 purport
“Krishna has two kinds of presence—prakata and aprakata, manifest and unmanifest. These are identical for the sincere devotee. Even if Krishna is not physically present, the devotee’s constant absorption in the affairs of Krishna makes Him always present.”
Srila Prabhupada, when Your Divine Grace were asked by a reporter, “what will happen to the movement when Your Divine Grace die?” Your Divine Grace replied, “I will never die”.
Thus, wherever Your Divine Grace is sought after as the guru and worshipped and followed, Your Divine grace, even today in the aprakata (invisible) form, continue your aprakata lila with such disciples and inspire them to advance in Krishna Consciousness as much as Your Divine Grace were doing during your prakata lila. This is the understanding from your reply to the reporter – ‘I will never die’.
Your Divine Grace also established your deity forms in your temples even when present on the planet. In these forms, Your Divine Grace is prakta, giving opportunity for rendering personal service of dressing, offering bhoga, worshipping etc. All these are in no way, different from your lila on this planet before November 14th 1977. From your teachings it is clear that there is no difference. To think that on that day, Nov 14th 1977, some significant change happened and you are no longer ‘present’ with us after that date as a ‘living guru’ anymore, is absurd and false. It was this falsehood that led to so called new ‘living gurus’ being propped up in 1978 and thereafter continuing till date. And this turned out to be the biggest disaster which has practically destroyed the movement- so carefully built and nurtured by Your Divine Grace.
The Hare Krishna Movement is your transcendental creation and it transcendentally belongs to Your Divine Grace. It is your house in this world, where your service to the guru-parampara is conducted eternally, through your disciples. Your Divine Grace has expressed your transcendental ownership of ISKCON by clearly mandating through written instructions, that the words ‘Founder-Acharya’ shall always be written below, wherever ‘ISKCON’ is mentioned. Your mandate through this instruction is crystal clear. It is your transcendental vision to prevent future generations of ambitious neophytes from assuming that since Your Divine Grace is no longer physically present, it is time for the next person to fill your shoes, in ‘parampara’, and take over as the Acharya or spiritual successor. Promoting Your Divine Grace as the purva acarya, directly or indirectly, in ISKCON, is an act of constant offence as it means Your Divine Grace can be approached only through another current link as present guru.
On 18/2/76 Your Divine Grace said in a room conversation,
“After 80 years no one can be expected to live long. My life is almost ended. So you have to carry on, and these books will do everything.”
So it is very clear that Your Divine Grace will continue to influence thousands of souls by being directly connected to them as their spiritual master. Your transcendental vision in setting up the ISKCON organization was to facilitate and give service to all your disciples for all future generations as long as ISKCON exists to become instruments in training and strengthening every spiritual aspirant’s direct connection with Your Divine Grace as their spiritual master, both diksha and siksha guru and thus continue your parampara.
On this occasion Srila Prabhupada, I would also like to meditate on your glory of taking so many hardships for the preaching mission in this world and setting the example for future generation of disciples - the standard of hard work to spread Krishna consciousness. Srila Prabhupada, your life has demonstrated how one can express his love for his guru. To develop that love for one’s guru, one has to sacrifice one’s comfort for guru’s mission and vision. This means to take pains for his pleasure of expanding his spiritual mission on this earth. There is a tendency to think that perfection means that everything will go smoothly in this world and there will be no hardship. This principle of working hard by taking pains even for fulfilling the Lord’s mission, is nicely explained by Your Divine Grace in this following purport.
“In executing penance, one must be determined to return home, back to Godhead, and must decide to undergo all types of tribulations for that end. Even for material prosperity, name and fame, one has to undergo severe types of penance; otherwise no one can become an important figure in this material world. Why, then, are there severe types of penance for the perfection of devotional service? An easygoing life and attainment of perfection in transcendental realization cannot go together. The Lord is more clever than any living entity; therefore He wants to see how painstaking the devotee is in devotional service. The order is received from the Lord, either directly or through the bona fide spiritual master, and to execute that order, however painstaking, is the severe type of penance. One who follows the principle rigidly is sure to achieve success in attaining the Lord's mercy.”
- SB 2.9.24 purport
Anyone who reads this purport will come out of the false idea that the perfection of devotional service is one of comfort to the senses, body and mind, without any disturbance from any quarter. Your Divine Grace, as the Acarya, has taught us by your own example how to be well grounded by emotional acceptance of the reality that troubles and pains are very much part of devotional service and it is very natural. And devotees have to take up such austerities if any significant progress is to be made against maya’s plans to keep the jivas within her clutches. Situations that demand austerity in devotional service are great opportunities to purify our self-centered mentality.
Your Divine Grace wrote to your disciple on 27th July 1970:
“Kindly keep me informed of your activities at least twice in a week, otherwise I become very much anxious and due to my blood pressure sometimes do not eat, do not sleep. I am just trying to organize a worldwide movement not for any personal ambition but to execute superior orders, and by the grace of Krsna we are getting good encouragement. So I request my students to co-operate fully.”
So this is Acarya - one who sets standards by his own example. Your Divine Grace never taught an easy going life. You spent sleepless nights in the anxieties of organizing this world-wide movement for Lord Chaitanya. Your Divine Grace promised to take us back to Godhead - but instructed us all to lead a life of struggle for spiritual advancement and hard work to preach Lord Chaitanya’s mission. Dedication and commitment to fulfill the order of one’s guru, even if it means fighting formidable forces against all odds. Even if it means going to courts.
Your Divine Grace never settled to rest in material comforts or in the glory of your success while preaching in this world till your last breath. Preaching or practicing devotional service with such material ideas is just sense gratification and is just another deep anartha. Preaching mission in this world of maya means always dealing with opposing forces that are bound to attack, starting with our own body and mind.
While we are asked to take pains to preach the glories of the Holy Name, Your Divine Grace has also armed us with enough ammunition to give us real empowerment and transcendental happiness for the soul, by teaching us the art of associating with the Holy Name by chanting and hearing the sound incarnation of the Lord, “kali-kāle nāma-rūpe kṛṣṇa-avatāra”. Srila Prabhupada, you have talked and talked and talked about the glories of the Holy Name - of how to chant, how to hear, how to be attentive and the theology of the Holy Name in your books. So many transcendental secrets of the Holy Names are hidden in simple lines of your several purports. Each one of them opens the door to the spiritual world. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu named Haridas Thakur the Nama-acarya. Your Divine Grace has extended the mission of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, all over the world and has spread the Nama which is today dancing on the tongues of millions of jivas. Your Divine Grace is the true Ambassador, like Haridas Thakur, of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who is the very personification of Hare Krishna maha-mantra. What a spiritual wonder you have created on this earth. Now there is no stopping of this sankirtana. How close and dear you are to the Holy Name is understandable from the degree of empowerment with which Your Divine Grace spread the Holy name all over the world in such a short span. kṛṣṇa-śakti vinā nahe tāra pravartana – (CC Antya 7.11)
We are all so fortunate to be born at a time to even hear about this Hare Krishna movement.
Srila Prabhupada we all know that Your Divine Grace is in our midst, guiding and protecting us. In spite of not being surrendered enough to perfectly receive and follow all your instructions, Srila Prabhupada, you are still protecting me. I know that any complexity in your mission that is not solvable, is due to our lack of clearly hearing your directions; lack of clearly understanding your instructions; lack of enough determination to follow.
For years together, following your teachings, I prayed to the Supersoul, for practical guidance in preaching and have received tremendous reciprocation by repeated application of Krishna’s words in Bhagavad-gita “mat citta sarva durgani, mat prasadat tarisyasi”. But, for some reason, some big preaching projects that have been conceived and started off in the recent times, by your mercy, have stagnated for years, faced by one hurdle or the other inspite of increased prayer and dependence on the Lord in my heart. I understood that Krishna wanted to teach me something important and until I learn this, He would not permit or sanction the progress of these projects. After a lot of soul searching, the realization dawned on me that there is a small - but significant difference - in praying, surrendering and depending on guru and praying and surrendering and depending directly on the Supersoul, Krishna. Krishna wants me to learn that first dependence is on his pure devotee - and then on Him. I have to move to the next phase of increased faith in Srila Prabhupada as the true power of attorney holder of Krishna. First things first. That is the true purport of “yasya prasādād bhagavat-prasādo yasyāprasādān na gatiḥ kuto 'pi”. Though I sing this every morning, yet I prayed to the Lord directly everyday all these years. After this finer realization, I am now training myself to always pray to Your Divine Grace first, for granting of devotional service and strength to overcome all obstacles in your preaching mission and then only to the Lord. And I find increased spiritual energy to serve Your Divine Grace. After that I have started to see that things are changing for good in these stagnated projects in the last few months.
Srila Prabhupada, you have preached that we always pray and surrender to the Lord in the heart. But now I know that the Lord is more pleased when we surrender and pray to His pure devotees first. The very same Lord is more eager to reciprocate with mercy of all kinds when a devotee surrenders and prays to Your Divine Grace, for that is the right culture of devotion for a disciple. One thing I am sure from my own realization - Your Divine Grace is by the side of anyone who wants to serve your mission without simply thinking of his own peace and bliss at the material level. And your teachings direct us to experience the transcendental peace and bliss that comes from simply knowing and feeling the sense of one’s eternal belonging to the eternal guru and the eternal Lord as their eternal servant, and becoming indifferent to material ups and downs. Thank you Srila Prabhupada and your dear Lord Krishna for the intense merciful grind you are putting me through to learn these finer nuances of devotional service. Thank you, Srila Prabhupada for the daily dose of “divyagyan hrde prakashita” and hardships that make me think and learn different lessons. Thank you Srila Prabhupada for making my daily life transcendentally blissful in spite of trials and tribulations from the material energy.
Based on this realization, on this auspicious day of this year’s Vyasa puja, I pray that if it so pleases Your Divine Grace, kindly put an end to this legal battle as soon as possible, and remove all the obstacles, and sanction us all in the coming five years the devotional service of completing the construction of a world’s largest monumental temple for your dear Lordships at Vrindavan dham to expand the glories of Vrindavan dham, which, Your Divine Grace has already put on world map.
Again I pray, if it pleases Your Divine Grace, in the coming five years, sanction us all, the service of completing the construction of an equally monumental complex of the Krishna Lila Park at Vaikunta Hill, Bangalore South, to make it the Vaikunta Embassy on this earth from where the Holy Name will be distributed to millions of souls by inspiring them through depiction of the wonderful lilas of Lord Krishna.
Again I pray, give me the knowledge and spiritual skills and strength to do the service of chanting and hearing the Maha-mantra better and better without offenses and also to serve and share such knowledge of improved japa with all devotees who have dedicated their lives to spread the Holy Name as your unalloyed servants.
Srila Prabhupada, you created a Hare Krishna explosion in 1966 on this earth - the tremors of which continue to be felt even today. Please create more such explosions, which results in creating transcendental employment of loving devotional service to the Lord for thousands of souls.
Anticipating and always in great hope for such new transcendental explosions,

Your fallen servant who begs at your lotus feet to be held always by your divine mercy,

Madhu Pandit Dasa

Thursday, August 14, 2014

HC records statements in contempt plea against ISKCON Bangalore's Secretary

Justice K L Manjunath
Deccan Herald: The High Court on Wednesday recorded statements of evidence against two advocates and the secretary of Iskcon, Bangalore, in a criminal contempt petition for making reckless allegation of bias against a High Court judge in 2009.

A division bench comprising Justice N Kumar and Justice Rathnakala began the trial by recording statements of Registrar General of High Court and two advocates S A Srinivasan and  Shekhar Shetty.

The bench had framed charges against the secretary of Iskcon, Jaya Chaitanya Dasa, and two advocates, Ramesh Babu and S A Maruthi Prasad in the case. Dasa has been charged with filing an affidavit seeking recusal of Justice K L Manjunath from hearing the plea related to the dispute between Iskcon, Mumbai and Iskcon, Bangalore. 

Jaya Chaitanya Dasa
The advocates have been charged with approaching Srinivasan and Shetty, who were colleagues of Justice Manjunath prior to his appointment as the judge. The advocates wanted Justice Manjunath’s colleagues to appear on behalf of Iskcon, Bangalore, so that the judge, Justice Manjunath, would become ‘disabled from hearing the plea over the dispute.’

The High Court, in 2009, had initiated suo motu criminal proceedings against them.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Contempt case against ISKCON Bangalore's Secretary Faces Trial

Deccan HeraldThe High Court on Wednesday framed charges against Jai Chaitanya Das, secretary, The International Society for Krishna Conscious (Iskcon) and two advocates Ramesh Babu and S A Maruthi Prasad for criminal contempt of court in connection with a 2009 case.

The division bench comprising Justices N Kumar and Indrakala posted the matter for trial which will begin from August 13.

When the bench read out the charges against the accused, the trio pleaded not guilty and the court continued with framing of the charges. Accordingly, the prosecution would examine the Registrar General and two advocates Shekhar Shetty and S V Srinivasan. 

In 2009, during the hearing of a Regular First Appeal (RFA) between Iskcon, Bangalore and Iskcon Mumbai in the ownership controversy, Jai Chaitanya Das charged Justice K L Manjunath of being biased.

 On July 7, 2010 and July 10, 2009, Justice Manjunath’s office received a courier containing photographs of him receiving a portrait of Lord Krishna at Iskcon premises in the City. A question was raised as to how the judge can hear the matter when he was close to the Iskcon movement. During the hearing, the bench sought clarification from both the parties on how these photos were sent in the name of the parties in the case. 

Meanwhile, two advocates who were associated with Justice Manjunath during his practising years posted letters to their one-time associate, noting that the counsels appearing for Iskcon were indulging in bench hunting.

Accordingly, counsel Shekhar Shetty, senior to Justice Manjunath, and S V Srinivasan were approached by advocates Ramesh Babu and S A Maruthi Prasad to appear for one of the parties. 

The court, during the hearing, observed that Bangalore Iskcon had made several attempts to change the bench that was hearing the RFA. 

The matter was placed before the Chief Justice on 7 August, 2009 for further proceedings in the matter wherein the then Chief Justice, on August 13, 2009, directed its registry to initiate suo motu criminal contempt proceedings against secretary of Bangalore Iskcon and the advocates for their alleged involvement in scandalising the judiciary and a High Court judge. 

The division bench headed by  Justice N Kumar framed the charges against the three respondents. 

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