Why Ritvik is Right according to pure devotional principals & appointed Gurus conform to teachings within the modes of nature:
By: gourahari dasa, Mayapur
Devotee comment: I also agree that ritvik initiating is questionable, but I have experience that it is possible to associate and follow Srila Prabhupada through his books, especially since no qualified Uttama Adhikari gurus seem to be available...Devotional service executed by a person who is envious, proud, violent and angry, and who is a separatist, is considered to be in the mode of darkness.
Lord Kapila, the Personality of Godhead, replied: O noble lady, there are multifarious paths of devotional service in terms of the different qualities of the executor..Devotional service executed by a person who is envious, proud, violent and angry, and who is a separatist, is considered to be in the mode of darkness.The worship of Deities in the temple by a separatist, with a motive for material enjoyment, fame and opulence, is devotion in the mode of passion.3.29.7-8
Gaurahari das: What we see practically are devotees who follow principals of devotional service according to their level of spiritual development within the modes of nature and have symptoms coresponding to this development. Practically Neophyte class need a living Guru in a physical body, even though they cannot recognize the qualities top most vaishnavas and are often lead to follow the less qualitified materially motivavated Vaishnavas who need their worship to fullfill their desire to be important devotees. They can sometimes help their neophyte followers and sometimes hinder them as well depending on such a Gurus real qualifications which seen by the intelligent, beyond what they may boast, Still their help is always insuficient. consult text 5 nectar of instruction purport.
Now we are going to discuss the deep grave purport of the vedic conclusion or the intricate principals of pure devotional service which is the concearn of those who are ardently seeking the real truth. This pure principal of following the order of the transcendental Acarya is taught in all the devotional scriptures in such examples God ordering Abraham to sacrifice his own son, Moses ordering his followers to look at the wooden serpent on his staff and they will be saved. Jesus ordering everyone to just believe in him and the preaching of his followers and they will be saved, Lord Shiva ordering his low class followers to attack the brahmins and urinate on their offensive sacrifices. Vamana deva instructing bali maharaja to disobey his Spiritual Master sucracharya, Parasharam Guru ordering him to kill his mother, Krishna instructing Arjuna to fight against his relatives, Krishna telling his father to stop Indras yearly sacrifice and worship a Hill instead and Srila Prabhupada instructing his disciples in a drafted letter only a few months before hid departure to continue to inititiate on his behalf which they had been doing already before that anyway. In all these examples this was a new revealation not nessarly condoned or mentioned as a Precedent in the previous scriptures. It is only in our recent Scriptures like Caitanya Caritamrita is this principal directly taught.
"Some of the disciples strictly accepted the orders of the ācārya, and others deviated, independently concocting their own opinions under the spell of daivī-māyā. The order of the spiritual master ( meaning trancendental Acarya) is the active principle(spiritual enthusiasm,inspiration of disciple) in spiritual life. Anyone who disobeys the order of the spiritual master immediately becomes useless( for empowered transcendentally service that is) .Adi 12.9-10
Ritvik initiation is only questionable when you only look from a traditional angle where often our acaryas have been initiated traditionally by authorized first class vaishnavas, especially around the time of lord caitanya. When God comes so many thousands of jesus and prabhupadas come from the spiritual world to participate. You can take diksha and shiksa from anyone of them because that kind of level of Guru is one and Krishna utilizes these authorized flutes that are dear to him in the appropiate fashion.
In the pastime form of the teachng of the story in Antya lila chapt 7, Vallaba bhata so called acarya the first class proud overly inteligent Brahmin traditionist rejected the authorized commentary of Sridar swami on bhagavatam. He did not like that the pure vaishnava Sridar Swami's, teachings and instructions were tailored according to the times place and circumstances and in this way differed from the tradional way in the past that the parampara instructed. This was a error of judgment on his part and the part of contempory brahminical personalities who have not achieved the platform of pure devotional service by serving the final order of the real Acarya,Srila Prabhupada. Bhaktivinode thakur in his essay on sadhu ninda said that, "a brahmin remains a neophyte due to his not being willing to serve the instruction of the pure vaishnava." He also commits sever mad elephant offense, sadhu ninda, if he publicly derides that instruction, teaching others not to follow it, even though in truth it is different than the Acarya himself, therefore the true life of the world. Most brahmins claiming to be diksha and shiksha disciples of Srila Prabhupada have done this in regards to Srila Prabhupadas ritvik instruction. Now the world of vaishnavism thinks in error that this was the correct path even though practically we have all seen such devesting results by Gurus apposing the order and initiating on their own behalf. It is a transcendental quality of of Krishna and the Acarya to act like a creative genius instructing appropriately according to the paticular time place and circumstance in their preaching field, like a expert doctor who knows how to prepare the proper medicine to cure a disease. The real conclusion of the scriptures is based on the traditions of the past but not limited by them because by the dynamic will of Krishna new revealtions and plans come through the via medium of the Acarya to redeme the conditioned souls. It has always been like this but those who are not yet pure vaishnavas or submissive to them even though they be brahmins they cannot undertand this pure devotional princincipal due to strong ulteriorcompetitive motive for temporary name, fame and wealth.
In the following statement, you can see this quality of creative genuius of the real Acarya to hold together his followers at the present time and in the future to continue to purify them even after his departure. He told them the revealation of the real path under the inspiration of Krishna based on the authority of the above pastime examples and direct sastra quotes.
"If I depart there is no cause for lamentation. I will always be with you through my books and orders. I will always remain with you in that way."
- Back To Godhead 13:1-2, December 1977
He is not speaking only from the traditional angle but from practical aspect knowing clearly the times circumstaces of kaliyuga influences making it very difficut to even recognize and accept a real top level vaishnava even if he appeared before us. Its a miracle that we can recognize Srila Prabhupada for that matter. Better to simply give up trying to out think Srila Prabhupada and just follow the ritvik order to become his disciple because he said so and wrote it so.Let the truly faithful leave the association of those who appose the ritvik order of Srila Prabhupada and develop new cells faithful non duplcitious worshipers of the real Acarya. Gradually by following the ritvik order one will get sufficiantly purifed to undertand Srila Prabhupada's real mind in the matter. We have done this practically in our humble devotional study group and the results are awesome and transcendental.