The GBC have submitted their affidavit-in-opposition to the IRM petition, which itself was posted in full in our court update No.2 The GBC were supposed to have submitted their affidavit by the 16th April, after which we were given 2 weeks to reply. Due to the GBC affidavit being submitted late, the next court hearing to hear their affidavit-in-opposition and our reply to this, will be on June 12th.
"The Guru Parampara tradition and system is that initiations (diksas) are granted by a spiritual master during his natural lifetime to disciples.After the physical departure or demise of such a guru, one of more of his disciples in turn are authorised to give initiations to new disciples and thus become spiritual masters. This system is authorised not only by sastras but by all Acharyas. For example, the "gaudiya math" was established by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati Thakur, but after his physical demise Tridandi B.V. Puri Goswami Maharaj, who is an initiated disciple of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati Thakur, is at present an initiating acharya of Sree Krishna Chaitanya Mission. This is the standard system of Vaishnava line of Lord Sri Krishna Chaitanya mahaprabhu. In this connection, I shall rely on various certificates given by the old and established Vaisnava Institutions, copies whereof are collectively annexed hereto and marked with the letter "A"."
(Paragraph 10, GBC Affidavit-in-opposition)
"On the contrary, I respectfully submit that what has been presented by the plaintiffs, as the Posthumous Ritvik Doctrine is in utter contradiction with all other established Vedic, vaishnava and Indian religious and philosophical systems and has therefore been rejected and declared a dangerous philosophical deviation by the GBC body."
(GBC affidavit-in-opposition, paragraph 24, emphasis added)
Madhu Pandit Das
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|Sree Sree Gaur Gadadharaya Namah|
Founder-Acharya : Tridandi Swami Srimad Rasananda Bon Maharaj
Sree Sree Gaur Gadadhara Ashram
Sree Mayapur, P.O. - Sree Mayapur, Dist. : Nadia,
Pin - 741313
To Whom It May Concern
The Sree Sree Gaur Gadadhar Ashram is a member of the Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya-Saraswata Vaisnava Disciplic Succession also known as Guru-Parampara.
We are coming in the disciplic line of Lord Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
It is our Guru Parampara tradition and system that initiations (diksas) are granted by a spiritual master during his natural lifetime to disciples.
After the physical departure or demise of the spiritual master one or more of his disciples in turn are then authorized to give initiations to new disciples and thus become spiritual masters. This is the system authorized by sastra and our previous Acharyas. For example, the Gaudiya matha was established by by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupada. In our institution the founder is Sri Srimad Rasananda Bon Maharaj who is an initiated disciple of Om Visnupada Srila Bhakti Hriday Bon Maharaj. Sri Srimad Rasananda Bon Maharaj is the initiating Acharya on behalf of our institution. This is the standard system of our spiritual line.
There is no precedence of any other system and particularly no system whereby a guru continues to accept disciples by accepting them after his physical demise through a ritvik representative. This system doesn't exist in our Disciplic Succession. The whole concept of disciplic succession is that one generation of disciples succeed the previous generation of disciples and in this way perpetually keep the disciplic succession current.
Our institution doesn't agree to any system whereby a former spiritual master is said to be the diksa guru (initiating spiritual master) of a disciple except those disciples who are initiated during the physical presence of the spiritual master in the manner approved by him.
(Sign of Sri Srimad Rasananda Bon Maharaj)
Sri Srimad Rasananda Bon Maharaj
Sree Sree Gaur Gadadhar Ashram,
Sridham Mayapur, Nadia,