Monday, July 27, 2015

Famous personalities who found blissful calmness

The Nation: The words Hare Krishna can tug at your heartstrings. Well, it did just that with a famous personality like John Lennon of The Beatles fame. Lennon was hugely associated with the Hare Krishna Movement in the late 1960s when this spiritual movement drew attention, like the Hippie culture. Some of the other prominent personalities who tried the Hare Krishna prescribed way of living are Steve Jobs, Allen Ginsberg (Author of Howl), Russell Brand (Comedian) and Kiwi model Vicky Overton.
But unlike with the Hippies, Hare Krishna devotees practiced austerities and lead lives that define spirituality as prescribed In the Bhagavad Gita. The movement has spread to all continents, and this year devotees celebrate the 50th anniversary of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), set up by Swami Shrila Prabhupada. Little Sri Lanka, too, is making big plans to celebrate the occasion on August 19.
The inner peace which Hare Krishna devotees experience is what attracted some of the famous personalities to this movement. Lennon began chanting the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra (Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare) and didn’t feel like stopping. Lennon said, “When I stopped chanting, it was like the lights went off”.
Lennon was once asked by a journalist where he got his strength from and he replied, “Hare Krishna”. His involvement with the movement led the way to the making of Radha Krishna Temple Album. With Lennon’s involvement with this spiritual movement, the album-comprising the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra, Govinda Prayers and other devotional songs- made it to the top 10 of the music charts in London.
How many of these personalities remained with the movement isn’t sure, but as for Hare Krishna devotees what’s certain is the return back to Krishna’s world in the spiritual sky. The Bhagavad Gita assures devotees liberation from material contamination and worldly suffering if they lead austere lives and chant the Maha Mantra many times daily.
The movement has gathered pace around the world and there are over 400 Hare Krishna temples around the world. But few and few devotees live in these temples and now mingle with ordinary folk.  Hare Krishna devotees are encouraged to find employment like other ordinary people in society. At present, one can even find Hare Krishna devotees in top business establishments. Middleburry College Professor Burke Rockford has said, “It’s possible there is a Hare Krishna devotee next door and you’ll not know”.
In this ‘era of quarrel’ the lifestyle prescribed for a Hare Krishna devotee guarantees a calm mind. The abstaining from non-vegetarian food, gambling, intoxication, causing bodily harm to a living being, lying and illicit sex provides the ideal platform to cultivate a steady mind. Bona fide spiritual masters affirm that Krishna consciousness is only possible when the mind is steady.
This steadying of the mind takes a long time through other methods. However, chanting the Maha Mantra is explained in the Bhagavad Gita as the quickest way to condition the mind and make an individual ready to enter the world of Krishna at the time of death.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Devotees Seriously Wounded in Chittagong Attack

Yesterday night was a terrible night for the devotees of the ISKCON TEMPLE at Potiya, Chittagong, Bangladesh. Its a holy land because it is the place where the intimate associates of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Vasudeva dutta and Mukunda dutta appeared. 

In this holy land a group of terrorists attacked the ISKCON TEMPLE devotees and brutally injured many devotees. Among of them a devotee named Jagadjiban Prabu struggling with potential death. Its a terrible moment for the devotees, please all of u pray for the devotees.

Meanwhile last update is the local police administration is now trying to catch the criminals who are involved in this incident. Some senior devotees of Iskcon Chittagong are trying heart and soul to handle the situation. Especially Lilaraj Gour das a senior devotee of Iskcon Pravortak Sri Krishna temple is investigating the whole situation and trying to take required steps for resolving the current situation of that temple

Monday, June 22, 2015

Mega Akshaya Patra kitchen knocks on Guinness door

The Hindu: The mega kitchen run by the Akshaya Patra Foundation at Rayapur in Hubballi supplies freshly cooked food to an about 1.32 lakh children from 789 schools spread across the district. The facility is now knocking on the doors of the Guinness Book of World Records for its reach out.
People in this kitchen cook 14 tonnes of rice and 6 to 7 tonnes of vegetables every day (apart from quintals of other ingredients).
The food is carried by 40 vehicles covering a distance of 3,000 km every day to cover the schools in four taluks of Dharwad district. About 380 employees, including hearing impaired, work in shifts to cook here.
“Right from the procurement to cleaning of food grains and vegetables, to cooking and finally delivering the food at the required temperature (60 degrees Celsius), standard procedures are used, which has resulted in the kitchen getting ISO 22000 certification,” Yagneshwara Dasa, Manager (Operations), Akshaya Patra Kitchen told The Hindu .
Set up 10 years ago at a cost of Rs. 11 crore, with 95 per cent donation from Infosys Foundation, the mega kitchen had undergone periodic upgrading. Seventy per cent of the cost of the meal is met by the State government.
The kitchen at Hubballi has already got a commendation of certificate for food safety by the Confederation of Indian Industry and National Award for Food Safety-2014. “Now we have applied for OHSAS (Occupation Health and Safety Assessment Series) and EMS (Environmental Management System),” said Mr. Yagneshwara Dasa.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Following Srila Prabhupada's Actual Teachings

ISKCON IRM: Back To Prabhupada, Issue 45, Autumn 2014

In the article on page 4, we highlighted how HH Bhakti Charu Swami ("BCS") had undertaken a series of seminars to promote the idea that "Founder-acarya" means that:
1) Srila Prabhupada is not the diksa guru.
2) Srila Prabhupada is the siksa guru of all devotees in ISKCON.
Point 1) has been defeated in the article on page 4. Point 2) however, is correct, but in order for it to be a reality, ISKCON devotees have to at the very least study and accept the teachings of Srila Prabhupada. Yet, as we shall show, in many cases it is difficult for them to do this when they have to instead accept the siksa of gurus such as BCS and others. All emphases have been added.

Basic parampara history

"Our line is not a diksa succession. Bhaktivinoda Thakura did not get diksa initiation from Srila Jagannatha Babaji Maharaja. [...] This line is a siksa line. [...] So it is purely a siksa."
(BCS Seminar, 17/7/14, "Srila Prabhupada-The Founder-acarya of ISKCON")
Here BCS quotes a common ISKCON teaching about the "siksa parampara" (we quoted another ISKCON guru preaching the same in BTP 35). Now let us see what Srila Prabhupada states:
"Viswanath Chakrabarty accepted Jagannath Das Babajee from whom Srila Bhaktivinode Thakore was initiated".
(Back To Godhead, Volume 3, Part 16, 20/3/60)
"Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura accepted Srila Jagannatha dasa Babaji, whoinitiated Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura".
(Cc., Adi-lila, 1, Spiritual Masters, Original 1975 Edition)
"Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura accepted Srila Jagannatha dasa Babaji, whoinitiated Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura"
(Cc., Adi-lila, 1, Spiritual Masters, Current "edited" edition)
Note, that, in contradiction to what BCS claims here, even the latest BBT "changed" edition of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta (in which they made the change we mention on page 3) states that Bhaktivinoda Thakura was initiated by Srila Jagannatha dasa Babaji.
Also, BCS claims that our parampara is purely a siksa line. Yet, at the very least, the recent links in the parampara are diksa links:
Srila Gaura-kisora dasa Babaji -> diksa -> Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura -> diksa -> Srila Prabhupada
(And even the GBC also add yet another diksa link to "their" parampara: Srila Prabhupada -> diksa -> GBC gurus.)
Thus, we clearly do not have purely a siksa line, and actually, Srila Prabhupada has never even taught that we have a "siksa parampara".

Basic GBC facts

"He (Srila Prabhupada) identified himself as a member of the GBC, member of the Government Body Commission. This is how he did it."
(BCS Seminar, 17/7/14, "Srila Prabhupada-The Founder-acarya of ISKCON")
"To give further importance, Prabhupada also appointed himself as a member of the GBC."
(BCS Lecture, 23/7/14)
If Srila Prabhupada had formally "appointed" himself as a member of the GBC, this should be stated in the GBC Resolutions. But such an act is not mentioned anywhere by Srila Prabhupada. Similarly, there is no record of Srila Prabhupada "identifying" himself as a member of the GBC. On the contrary, every time he mentioned "how he did it", he always identified himself as being distinct from the GBC:
"Just like in our institution, International Society for Krishna Consciousness, although I am the head, still, I have got so many assistants, the GBC members."
(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, 17/8/71)
"Just like in each temple we elect a president. Then we get GBC. Then above all, I am."
(Morning walk, 16/12/73)
"We have got about twenty GBCs for looking after the whole world affair, and above the GBC, I am there".
(Room Conversation, 28/6/76)

Basic diksa facts

"You see, in many ways you know, what the ritviks are saying the GBC is also saying. The only conflict, the only factor is that 'While the GBC is saying or ISKCON is saying that Srila Prabhupada is the most important, pre-eminent siksa-guru of all the devotees in ISKCON, they are saying that Prabhupada is the diksa-guru. The problem actually is that the consideration of diksa requires a person giving it. That's why there is the need for somebody to give the mantra and guide the individual on a daily basis [Unclear]. That's the only difference."
(BCS Seminar, 17/7/14, "Srila Prabhupada-The Founder-acarya of ISKCON")
BCS claims that Srila Prabhu-pada cannot give diksa because the diksa guru must:
1) Give the mantra.
2) Guide the individual on a daily basis.
Point 1) is still possible for Srila Prabhupada because Srila Prabhupada was not in any case physically present at many of his initiations. Rather, they were conducted on his behalf by representatives, and Srila Prabhupada was also able, in the case of brahmana initiations, to give the mantra via the use of a recorded tape, which can continue today:
"I also accept the following as twice-born brahmanas and their threads and mantra sheets are enclosed: [...] You should have a fire sacrifice and the second initiates should hear through the right ear the mantra on my recorded tape."
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, 13/11/75)
Similarly in the case of guiding an individual on a daily basis, Srila Prabhupada never met most of his disciples, and thus guided them via his teachings, as well as via his senior disciples such as temple presidents -- a process that can continue today. For Srila Prabhupada states that:
"Sometimes a diksa guru is not present always. Therefore one can take learning, instruction, from an advanced devotee. That is called the siksa guru." 
(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, 4/7/74)
Thus, Srila Prabhupada neither taught nor practised what BCS claims regarding diksa.


Though the GBC claims that they are at least happy for Srila Prabhupada to be the siksa guru of ISKCON, even if they will not allow him to be diksa guru, they are not even facilitating this. For their leaders frequently give their own teachings which deviate from Srila Prabhupada's teachings, and thus ISKCON members are being led away from Srila Prabhupada's teachings.

Monday, May 18, 2015

History: When Jayapataka Swami Evaded Arrest

Many of you dont know that Jayapataka Swami was supposted to get arrested in the year 2010 however he escaped india. Read below for the exclusive reports on Jayapataka Swami & Other ISKON Members

Calcutta, 10 august 2000

Indian Telegraph: The case of the Iskcon monk's suicide took a dramatic turn on Wednesday with the court ordering the police to arrest 8 monks of the order. One of them, the chief of Iskcon's Mayapur centre, is said to be absconding. Suresh das, 54, lodged in Presidency Jail after being charged with the rape of a woman, hanged himself in his separate cell last Thursday.
In his diary, he blamed his death on eight Iskcon monks who, he alleged, had hatched a "conspiracy" to ruin him. The damning entries in the diary prompted the jail authorities to lodge a complaint with the police. Subsequently cases of "abatement to suicide" and "conspiracy" were registered with the Hastings police station against the eight monks, seven of them based in Mayapur and one at Albert Road.
Hastings police station officer-in-charge Jayanta Das said : "The court has directed us to arrest the eight monks. We are now looking for them, but we have come to know that the head of the Mayapur office of Iskcon has already left the country." City police officials confirmed that their counterparts in Nadia had been asked to keep a watch on the 'wanted monks'. Documents pertaining to a dispute between the Mayapur and Calcutta offices of the order are also being examined, as the power struggle is said to have led to Das' death. Das belonging to an anti- Mayapur lobby was, apparently protesting the"illegal activities" of some of the monks the police said. Investigators are also trying to ascertain whether Das had been involved in the rape of a young woman at Iskcon's Gurusaday Road office. "We are waiting for the sample test report of the semen found on the clothes of the woman who was reportedly raped by Das," said an officer.
Meanwhile, Sattick Das vice-president of Iskcon, has alleged that the detective department of the city police has been "influenced by a powerful lobby close to the Mayapur ofice" to take over the case. "The case was originally being handled by the local police station. The detective department suddenly appeared on the scene and took charge of the investigations, after being influenced by the by a powerful lobby", Das said.

The acting chief metropolitan magistrate K.P. Dutta on Monday ordered the police to take necessary steps against eight persons attached to ISKCON, so that they cannot leave India. The eight are:
1. Jayapataka Swami,
2. Satadhanya Das,
3. Dayaram Das,
4. Bhadracharan Das,
5. Birchandra Das,
6. Krishnalata Das,
7. Basanti Das
8. Subrabhrata Das.

The jailor of Presidency Jail lodged an FIR with Hastings Police Station on August 3 against the above persons after the death of an ISKCON activist, under trial prisoner Sureshwar Das.
In the FIR it was alleged that these persons abetted Sureshwar in committing suicide inside the Presidency Jail. Sureshwar was arrested by police on rape charge. The vice president of Iskcon has filed a petition praying for proper action.

Full Report:

Jayapataka Swami (JPS) is on the run from the Indian legal system. We have even produced evidence where JPS has admitted this fact. As reported, JPS is fleeing since he has been charged with abetting the suicide of Suresvara Das, a devotee against whom the JPS camp filed false rape charges. Now, however, in a sensational development solicitors acting for the family of the deceased have decided to take international action to bring this fugitive to justice. The solicitors have put together a package of material which will allow the immigration authorities of all countries to take the appropriate action. The package consists of a cover letter which sets out all the material enclosed. This cover letter, and a solicitor's letter which is the first item in the package, are reproduced below:

Dear Sirs, 

The enclosed materials give evidence pertaining to an Indian Citizen who we believe will make attempts to enter your country sometime in the future. He is currently on the run following the Indian Police having filed a case against him for abatement to suicide. This is a serious crime which carries a prison term of 7 years in our country. His name is Jayapataka Swami. Though he is one of 8 similarly charged, he is the only one who has fled the country. The enclosed materials are as follows:
1) A letter from ourselves, who are acting on behalf of the deceased, wherein we have set out the events relating to this matter. 
2) A copy of the Police Case which has been filed against this individual by the Calcutta Police, Hastings Branch. 
3) A copy of the court order that prevents him from leaving India. 

Unfortunately he had the presence of mind to abscond around the time the case was filed, and before the court order was procured. The court order was hand-written by the Judge, which is still quite common in the Calcutta High Court. The Court seal is clearly visible. A typed version has also been provided. We have also included a copy of relevant newspaper articles which state the same. 

4) A copy of his latest passport. 
5) A copy of his previous passport and his current US Green Card. 

(Jaya Pataka Swami aka John Gordon Erdman are the two passport names of the false Mayapur guru.)
We urge that you may enter this information on your airport computer systems, as we are unable to specify in advance exactly when he may seek to enter your country, as he is continually moving from country to country. He particularly uses countries as transit ports as he moves from one side of the globe to the other. We hope this information will be of interest to you, and that you will be minded to not facilitate this person's current evasion of the due process of Justice. 

If necessary you may contact me via mail, fax or phone at the following:
Thanking you in advance,
Yours faithfully,
Sandersons & Morgans (Acting on Behalf of the Family of the Deceased)
By partner C R Addy 
Advocates & Solicitors,
Royal Insurance Building
5,Netaji Subhas Road,
Calcutta 700001
FAX 91-33-248-2648
TEL.248-2644[4 Lines]

The following is a copy of item No. 1 
of the package as stated in cover letter above: 

Dear Sir,
This is to inform you that a criminal case has been started 
against eight accused persons. They are as follows :-
1. Jayapataka Swami
2. Satadhanya Dasa
3. Dayaram Dasa
4. Bhadra Charu Dasa
5. Birchandra Dasa
6. Krishna Lata Dasi
7. Basanti Devi Dasi
8. Subhabrata Dasa
The case being started on 03.08.2000 by the Hastings Police Station being Hastings Police Station case no. 293/2000 corresponding to the G.R. Case No. 2588/2000 under section 120B/306 of the Indian Penal Code in criminal conspiracy with each other in abetting in commission of suicide of Sureswara Dasa.
As the above named persons may avoid due process of law and fly away from India, and accordingly, on 07.08.2000 the Learned Chief Metropolitan Magistrate passed an order directing the Investigating Officer of the Hastings Police Station to take effective steps against the above accused persons and also to prevent them from leaving India. We understand that of the above eight accused persons only Jayapataka Swami has left the country after the case was started. A copy of the said order is enclosed.
Thanking you.
Yours faithfully,
Sandersons & Morgans 
By partner C.R. Addy

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Akshaya Patra Provides Emergency Meals & Builds Kitchen For Nepal Earthquake Survivors

STONEHAM, MA: At the request of the Prime Minister of India, Akshaya Patra is participating in India’s efforts to provide emergency aid to neighboring Nepal, which suffered a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25. Akshaya Patra, with the support of the TATA Foundation, is building a field kitchen facility in Nepal to sustain emergency meal distribution efforts.
On April 29, Akshaya Patra prepared 100,000 meals of pooris, chana, makhana, pickles, biscuits, and cakes for survivors of the earthquake.   In addition, Akshaya Patra has sent 220 lbs of shakkar pari, 882 lbs of roasted chickpeas, and 220 lbs of individually packed units of jaggery, 4409 lbs of puffed rice.
The meals were prepared in Akshaya Patra’s mechanized kitchen facility in Jaipur, Rajasthan, and shipped in Akshaya Patra’s meal distribution vehicles to Delhi.  The meals were then air-lifted from Delhi to the relief site in Nepal.  With the support of the TATA Foundation, Akshaya Patra will begin building a field kitchen to continue to provide meals to survivors of the earthquake. The proposed kitchen will be able to produce 10,000 meals in each preparation cycle with a total daily capacity of 100,000 meals.
Akshaya Patra’s Jaipur kitchen is one of 22 mechanized kitchen facilities that provide daily school meals to more than 1.4 million children in government schools across India.  Akshaya Patra’s founders used their own knowledge of engineering to design immense mechanized kitchen facilities capable of preparing meals for 100,000 children or more every day.  Akshaya Patra’s custom chapatti machines can bake 60,000 chapattis per hour and easy-tilt cauldrons can produce 1,200 liters of rice or sambar in just two hours.
These technological innovations optimize quality and minimize cost, time and labor to ensure that the meals prepared are safe, fresh, and nutritious. All of Akshaya Patra’s kitchens meet the highest standards of safety and efficiency, and ten of Akshaya Patra’s kitchens have already been certified as FSMS ISO 22000:2005 compliant, which means they meet the standards of the International Food Safety Management System (FSMS).  The International Organization for Standardization established the ISO 22000 certification to ensure the safety of the global food supply chain.
Akshaya Patra has provided aid relief after natural disasters.  In 2012, Akshaya Patra prepared 50,000 meals for survivors of floods in the Bhatta Basti, Shastri Nagar, and Jahawar Nagar areas of Rajasthan.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Founder-Acarya Position Destroys ISKCON GBC Myths

ISKCON IRM : Back To Prabhupada, Issue 45, Autumn 2014

HH Bhakti Charu Swami ("BCS") has presented a number of myths commonly used by ISKCON's leaders against the IRM:
"And that is the difference we are having with some other group in ISKCON, I mean a group which kind of splintered away from ISKCON. They are saying that Prabhupada is going to be the diksa guru. No one is qualified to give diksa. I mean we have problem with that concept because there is no such precedence, there is no such scriptural evidence, it never happened in the past, it's not mentioned in the scriptures that after one's disappearance one will continue to give diksa. It doesn't happen that way and Srila Prabhupada didn't himself say anything about that."
(BCS Seminar, 7/4/14, "Srila Prabhupada's Position in ISKCON")

These myths can be analysed in light of the GBC having now unwittingly accepted that Srila Prabhupada's position as Founder-Acarya also means that he is ?ISKCON's diksa guru (as proven by the IRM's "Founder-Acarya" book sent along with BTP 43).
Srila Prabhupada never said
MYTH: Srila Prabhupada did not explicitly say that he would give diksa after his departure.
Founder-Acarya Answer:
It was established by Srila Prabhupada from the very beginning of ISKCON in 1966 that he would be its Founder-Acarya. And he stated that he would always occupy this position in ISKCON, which meant even after he departed. Thus, through establishing himself as the only Acarya of ISKCON, he did explicitly state that he would be ISKCON's Acarya and diksa guru even after he departed. Seen in this light, the July 9th, 1977 directive setting up a rtvik initiation system merely becomes the practical arrangement that would ensure that his position as the Acarya of ISKCON (Founder-Acarya) continued to be fulfilled.

Scripture never says
MYTH: Scripture does not state that the diksa guru can initiate after he departs.
Founder-Acarya Answer: Having established in the previous point that Srila Prabhupada did establish himself as ISKCON's diksa guru, this myth can easily be answered through applying the principle of guru, sadhu and sastra. This principle states that the teaching of the guru will always follow scripture (sastra):
"Sadhu, sastra. And guru? Guru means who follows the sastra and sadhu. So there are three, the same."
(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, 30/11/76)

Thus, we know that Srila Prabhupada establishing himself as the Acarya, and therefore diksa guru, of ISKCON, is already in line with scripture.
No precedence
MYTH: The lack of a historical precedent for an action means that it is not bona fide.
Founder-Acarya Answer: We already know that an Acarya sets precedents, otherwise there never could be any precedents that one could compare subsequent actions against, and therefore, this objection is self-defeating. Thus, this objection is not applicable to the Acarya, Srila Prabhupada. And, we have already established that as the Founder-Acarya, Srila Prabhupada did establish himself as ISKCON's diksa guru. In addition, BCS himself explains that it was this same false objection of "no precedence" that caused the Gaudiya Matha to deviate from following the orders of their Acarya, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura:
"And in order to hold the institution together we need the head of the institution who will stand against the onslaught of time or who will remain over a period of time even after his disappearance. And to hold it together there is a need of concept of collective management. Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura quite clearly indicated that to his disciples but unfortunately they could not understand that because there was no such precedence in the past."
(BCS Seminar, 7/4/14, "Srila Prabhupada's Position in ISKCON")

And, ironically, ISKCON leaders today are making exactly the same mistake -- rejecting the orders of their Acarya, Srila Prabhupada, due to the same false "no precedence" objection.
Other gurus
MYTH: Due to Srila Prabhupada's special position as Founder-Acarya, other Acaryas, or diksa gurus, can also exist in ISKCON.
Founder-Acarya Answer: The website of ISKCON Mumbai, one of the largest ISKCON temples in the world, states this myth as follows:
"Although the International Society for Krishna Consciousness has many spiritual masters, or acaryas, Srila Prabhupada, its founder-Acharya, holds a permanent position of special esteem".
But it has been established that Srila Prabhupada alone is the Acarya of ISKCON (Founder-Acarya = Founder and Acarya) and that no one can ever take his position:
"It is declared that His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is the Founder-Acharya of ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness). He is the supreme authority in all matters of the society. His position cannot be occupied by anyone else, and his name and title must appear on all documents, letterheads, publications, and buildings of the Society. [...] Approved: A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, Founder-Acharya".
(Topmost Urgency, Amendments to registration documents, 22/7/74, emphasis added)

And, since Acarya in the context of the "Founder-Acarya" title means diksa guru, it is not possible for ISKCON to ever have any diksa gurus (Acaryas) other than Srila Prabhupada.

Not qualified

MYTH: Having no successor diksa gurus means claiming that no one can ever be qualified to be a diksa guru in ISKCON.
Founder-Acarya Answer: The IRM has never claimed this. Rather we state that all qualified devotees can serve as perfect siksa gurus under the Founder-Acarya, Srila Prabhupada. See the article on page 3 for more information.


Simply accepting Srila Prabhupada's position as ISKCON's Founder-Acarya, and what that actually means, alone defeats all objections against his remaining as ISKCON's diksa guru.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Srila Prabhupada's Guru Order

ISKCON IRM: Back To Prabhupada, Issue 45, Autumn 2014

Srila Prabhupada has repeatedly asked all his disciples to "become guru". The GBC, not surprisingly, has taken this order to refer to diksa guru, thus allowing them to fulfil their desires to declare themselves diksa guru successors to Srila Prabhupada, with most of the GBC members occupying such a position in ISKCON. In a room conversation on 30/5/76, Srila Prabhu-pada specifically explains what the order for everyone in ISKCON to "become guru" actually means. All quotes in the shaded boxes are taken from this morning walk, with all underlining added.
Become guru
Srila Prabhupada begins by explaining that he wants all his disciples to become guru, and that he is training everyone to take up such a role even after he departs:
"But after all, every one of you should become guru. [...] I am training you all to become guru in the future. Now the Krsna consciousness movement, the properties and everything, I will not take with me. They will remain where they are."
Lord Caitanya's order
Srila Prabhupada explains however, that to become guru requires that one is first ordered to do so, otherwise becoming guru will be artificial:
"Guru is accepted by etiquette, not by artificial attempt. Amara ajnaya guru hana [Cc. Madhya 7.128]: "Follow My order and become guru." Not that you become guru. amara ajnaya guru hana tara' ei desa yare dekha, tare kaha 'krsna'-upadesa" [Cc. Madhya 7.128] Hmm? You have to follow the parampara system, order. That is guru. Not that I declare myself as guru. No. That is not guru. [...] The Caitanya-caritamrta statement, amara: one can become guru by the superior order."
And to establish the point that one must actually be ordered by one's superior in order to become guru, Srila Prabhupada repeats Lord Caitanya's order to "become guru" in the Caitanya-caritamrta.
Thus, in summary, Srila Prabhupada has so far spoken of wanting all his disciples to become guru, even after he departs, but makes it clear, by quoting Lord Caitanya's order to "become guru", that they should first be ordered to do so.
The question that then rem-ains, is what type of guru does Srila Prabhupada actually order his disciples to become? As the conversation proceeds, Srila Prabhupada is directly asked this question, and Srila Prabhupada gives a direct answer, as the next section will show.
Only siksa guru order
Gopala Krsna: "Srila Prabhupada, I am just trying to clarify -- I don't want to offend anyone -- but no disciple of yours should call himself diksa-guru or siksa-guru. Am I right?"
Prabhupada: "Well, everyone is engaged to become siksa-guru, but one should become perfect. The attempt is -- what is called? -- probationer. When probationer period is finished, then he is naturally, automatically, bona fide guru. Not in the probationer period. That is immature attempt. That will failure. Amara ajnaya [Cc. Madhya 7.128], Caitanya Mahaprabhu said: "By My order." So all my disciples are expected to become siksa-guru on my order, not by his own order. That is meaning I am giving sannyasa, I am sending you to different places, so this means that you have to carry out the order of the guru very strictly; then you become mature. Otherwise it will be artificial attempt, and that kind of guru will not help."
Having heard Srila Prabhupada's warning that no one should attempt to become guru without first being ordered to do so, Gopal Krishna concludes that no disciple should ever become either siksa or diksa guru, and seeks confirmation from Srila Prabhupada for this conclusion. Srila Prabhupada clarifies in response only that all his disciples are authorised to act as siksa guru. He then again quotes Lord Caitanya's instruction that one must first be ordered to become guru, and states that this means that all his disciples are ordered to become siksa guru, due to having received an order to do so from Srila Prabhupada.
This explanation from Srila Prabhupada means that:

1) Srila Prabhupada has applied Lord Caitanya's instruction that one should become guru on the basis of an order, by ordering his disciples to become siksa guru.
2) If Srila Prabhupada had wanted his disciples to act as diksa gurus, he would also have needed to give such an order. But Srila Prabhupada never gave such a corresponding diksa guru order.
Qualified siksa gurus
In the quotation provided in the last section, Srila Prabhupada also explains that all those who are acting as siksa gurus are doing so in the "probationer period", and he wants that they finish this siksa guru probationer period by becoming perfect bona fide siksa gurus. Indeed, he states that even the sannyasis, who are supposed to be the most advanced members of the Society, are similarly meant to "mature" from this probationer siksa guru period, and become perfect siksa gurus.
This defeats the common false argument used against the IRM that keeping Srila Prabhupada as ISKCON's diksa guru means that he did not create, or could not create, any qualified gurus. For the reality is that Srila Prabhupada simply wanted such perfect bona fide gurus to continue acting as siksa gurus under ISKCON's diksa guru, Srila Prabhupada. For, as we have just seen, Srila Prabhupada only ordered siksa gurus, not diksa gurus. 


Srila Prabhupada has given various orders, wherein he mentions:
1) Lord Caitanya's order to "become guru" from Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya 7:128, when ordering his disciples to become guru. 2) That his disciples should in the future go on to become bona fide gurus. 3) That he wants all his disciples to become qualified to take up the role of guru.
The GBC has falsely been relying on claiming that such orders refer to diksa gurus as the authority for their diksa guru successor program. For example, in their paper, Prabhupada's Order, they quote dozens of such orders as supposed evidence that Srila Prabhupada ordered diksa guru successors. Indeed, as we detailed in BTP 27 and BTP 39, the BBT has even changed a purport for Lord Caitanya's order to "become guru" in the Caitanya-caritamrta, in the hope that it can still be put forward as supposed evidence for an order to become diksa guru.
However, all such orders are herein directly clarified by Srila Prabhupada to only be orders for all his disciples to become siksa gurus, and therefore, the GBC's successor guru hoax program is defeated.

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