Krishna Consciousness Undermines Ecclesiology

A Hinge Moment in Time

(Which Narration Will Prevail?)

Seventh of a Ten-Part Series

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

“The pure devotees of the Lord, like Brahmä and persons in the chain of disciplic succession, do not do anything to instruct their subordinates without acting accordingly themselves.”
Çrémad-Bhägavatam, 2.9.40, purport

“Yet his spiritual master himself had asked for a governing board to succeed him at the head of his institution. Çréla Prabhupäda took this request to heart. . . He would establish such a board, oversee its development, and have it ready to act as his successor at the head of ISKCON. . . By thus establishing the G.B.C. and leaving it as his chosen successor at the head of ISKCON, Çréla Prabhupäda insured that the order of Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura would continue to work efficaciously in the world and bear fruit.”
Ravindra Svarüpa däsa Adhikäré, SPFAI,1“Reasons for Prabhupäda’s Founding of ISKCON”

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August 11, 2015   2 Comments

Krishna Consciousness Undermines Ecclesiology

Has the G.B.C. Now Spoiled Everything?

(Sometimes the Dragon Wins)

Part Five of a Ten-Part Series

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

“I set up the G.B.C. with hope that I shall get relief from administration of the mission, but, on the contrary, I have become the center of receiving so many complaints. So it is not a relief for me; rather, it is becoming . . . troublesome.
Letter to T.K.G., 8-14-71

“I am glad that you have admitted about the G.B.C. members not very appropriately discharging their duty. . .We are now growing in volume all over the world, dealing with public money. . . it is time for G.B.C. members to be very, very careful, so that people may not point out any black spot in the behavior of our Society.”
Letter to T.K.G., 9-1-71

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May 12, 2015   1 Comment

Krishna Consciousness Undermines Ecclesiology

Only a Radical Approach Can Be Effective

(Solving the Problem Requires First Recognizing It)

Part Four of a Ten-Part Series

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

“Lord Caitanya Mahäprabhu has forecast that this Hare Kåñëa mantra will be heard in every nook and cranny of the globe. He is God, so it will happen; that is a fact. . . if we take advantage, then we may take the credit. But if we do not, someone else will.”
Letter to Karandhära, 11-4-70

“One may make a show of devotional service like the präkåta-sahajiyäs, or one may try to support his philosophy by joining some caste or identifying himself with a certain dynasty, claiming a monopoly on spiritual advancement. Thus, with the support of family tradition, one may become a pseudo guru, or so-called spiritual master.”
Caitanya-caritämåta, Madhya, 19.160, purport

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Krishna Consciousness Undermines Ecclesiology

(The Illusion of Institutional Initiation)

Pressure From Above and Below

Part Three of a Ten-Part Series

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

“ . . . in all spheres of devotional service, freedom is the main pivot. Without freedom, there is no execution of devotional service. The freedom surrendered to the Lord does not mean that the devotee becomes dependent in every respect. To surrender unto the Lord through the transparent medium of the spiritual master is to attain complete freedom of life.
Çrémad-Bhägavatam, 1.6.37, purport

“. . . jail life is inauspicious, and free life is auspicious, but it depends on the choice whether we prefer free life or jail life. . . It is the choice of the person who is relatively concerned with either jail or freedom.”
Letter to Upendra, 7-5-69

Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.”
Prometheus, “The Masque of Pandora”

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Krishna Consciousness Undermines Ecclesiology

Return to Part One

(Exposing the Illusion of Institutional Initiation)

Ten-Part Series

Part Two: Confronting the Root Causes

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

Real philosophy and real ethics must be realized personally. The Commission and its hacks bring you their self-motivated version of philosophy, but it boils down ultimately to nothing more than institutional dogma. It is opinion, and, worse yet, it is the opinion of others that does not actually have your realization, empowerment, and happiness as its objective. It tells you that its loyal members are on the right side, and its philosophy is the right one. Both of these assertions are untrue, but they can only shape you if you let them.

Assembling a set of beliefs in order to remain in the good graces of the cult, of the Commission, of the collective, of the institution, and/or of the organized religion is to sacrifice your spiritual birthright for that which is not. “ISKCON” is nothing more than a corporate pretext used as a vehicle to fulfill the dark agenda of its power node, the discredited G.B.C. The set of beliefs espoused by “ISKCON” are mostly of the nature of dogma, and its hierarchy, in terms of spiritual advancement, is a fraud.

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January 6, 2015   3 Comments

Other Considerations

(The Natal Chart of Siddhänta Sarasvaté)

Last of a Two-Part Series

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

“A sincere student should not neglect the discussion of such conclusions, considering them controversial, for such discussions strengthen the mind.”
Caitanya-caritämåta, Adi, 2.117, purport

Part Two of this series may, upon a superficial reading, be considered a bit controversial. It may spawn inimical energy directed at the person of your author. Nevertheless, as aforementioned (at the end of Part One), His Divine Grace Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Gosvämé Maharaj Prabhupäda did not shy away from controversy. He made many enemies in India, and he would have had made almost none of them if he had avoided confronting and taking action on a variety of controversial subjects. [Read more →]

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A Natal Reading of the Sidereal Chart of His Divine Grace Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Prabhupāda

(Along with Other Considerations)

First of a Two-Part Series

By Kailäsa Candra däsa

natal chart

Lagna is Gemini, ruled by Mercury, who is combust in the eighth house. There are three major planets in quadrants, viz., the Moon is conjunct retrograde Jupiter in the fourth in Virgo, and Mars is in Pisces in the tenth. Rähu and Ketu are in the eleventh and fifth, respectively. The eighth house is loaded, as all of the rest of the planets (four) are found there. Three of them (Mercury, Venus, and Saturn) are combust. Obviously, this means that the blazing Sun is in Capricorn in the eighth.

The time adjustment indicated by our software is minus 5:43:11, as the birth took place east of London, before the world was divided into the various international zones recognized today. It took place on February 6, 1874, at 3:28 p.m. in Jagannätha Puré, Orissa, India. The ayanäàça utilized by your astrologer (for all calculations) is 20:12:23. There is controversy surrounding the ayanäàça, and this topic will be discussed in some detail, especially in Part Two. [Read more →]

November 12, 2014   1 Comment


Last of a Four-Part Series

A Critical Review of SPFAI

By Kailäsa Candra däsa

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A Critical Review of the
Çréla Prabhupäda “Lélämåta”

By Bhakta Çré Hari Vijayaräghavan

Edited by Kailäsa Candra däsa

“The words or songs of a person not fixed in Vaiñëava behavior, not strictly following the rules and regulations and chanting the Hare Kåñëa mantra, should not be accepted by pure devotees.”
Çrémad-Bhägavatam, 6.16.33, purport

The “Lélämåta”, a multi-volume book written by an initiated disciple of the name and title Satsvarüpa däsa Gosvämé (henceforward, SSd), supposedly glorifies his guru, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedänta Swämé Çréla Prabhupäda, in the form of a biography. While the focus of this article is a critical analysis of this Çréla PrabhupädaLélämåta” (henceforward, referred to as simply “Lélämåta”), we must first establish a solid foundation for the review in terms of prerequisite devotional topics. In light of paramparä teachings, it is required to consider just who are bhägavata bhaktas, and then we can better understand their pastimes. There is an etiquette here, and it is demonstrated by Vaiñëava composers of Vedäntic literatures. Under their guidance can this analysis be undertaken and appropriate, accurate conclusions thus drawn.

The Supreme Lord and His pastimes

In the famous verse, Bhagavad-gétä, 4.9, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Çré Kåñëa, instructed His dear devotee, Çré Arjuna, that, when His pastimes (which are all transcendental) are understood in truth, a conditioned soul gets liberation from the material entanglement. Conversely, He condemned those who misunderstand His activities as material to be ignorant fools and rascals (avajänanti mäm müdhä). Naturally, the first-named class of living entities are known as devotees (viñëu-bhaktaù småto daiva), while the latter are demons (äsuras tad-viparyayaù).


August 11, 2014   2 Comments


Part Three of a Four-Part Series

A Critical Analysis of SPFAI

By Kailäsa Candra däsa

“Çré Jéva Gosvämé advises that one not accept a spiritual master in terms of hereditary or customary social and ecclesiastical conventions. One should simply try to find a genuinely qualified spiritual master for actual advancement in spiritual understanding.”
Caitanya-caritämåta, Ädi, 1.35, purport

Prabhupäda: That means this G.B.C.’s failure. I wanted the G.B.C. They are themselves fallen, victim. Not very well carried out. This G.B.C. was meant for vigilance . . . “
-Room Conversation, 1-3-75, Bombay

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but, in the end, there it is.”
-Winston Churchill

This is a continuing review of a recent G.B.C.-sanctioned composition compiled by one of its prominent members. The title of the book analyzed here is Çréla Prabhupäda Founder-Äcärya of ISKCON (hereinafter referred to as SPFAI). As the saying goes, you can’t always judge a book by its cover–-or, for that matter, by the title on that cover. The gist of this work is that the honorific “Founder-Äcärya” (in general) and the phrase “Founder-Äcärya of ISKCON” (in particular) connotes something far more extensive than the reality of the self-evident meaning of that phrase, viz., that Çréla Prabhupäda was a Founder-Äcärya of a spiritual organization, which he called, as per its acronym, ISKCON.

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