Part One of a Four-Part Series

A Critical Review 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.”
Ädi, 1.35, purport

“The spiritual master is not God. Only God is God.”
-Quest for Enlightenment, An Introduction

“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.”
-Caitanya-caritämåta, Madhya, 19.160, purport

This review is of the latest G.B.C.-sanctioned literary composition, penned by, arguably, its leading member. The title of the book in question is Srila Prabhupäda Founder-Äcärya of ISKCON (hereinafter referred to as SPFAI or SPFAI by RSA). 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 the treatise is that the honorific “Founder-Äcärya” (in general) and the short and similar phrase “Founder-Äcärya of ISKCON” (in particular) connotes something far more extensive than has been considered for the last forty-five years, since the corporate organization came to be known as ISKCON.

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April 18, 2014   1 Comment


The Die is Cast (1975)

Part Six of Benefic and Malefic Spheres and Patterns of Influence

By Kailäsa Candra däsa

“Actually, we are not a religious institution. We are presenting a cultural program, making men of good
character. Therefore, it is a cultural institution.”
-Letter to Citsukhänanda, 10-12-71

Our so-called religion is unique in the world, simply because we stand solidly on philosophy, and, because we are strong in that way, no one can refute or defeat us. So, we are wiping out sentimental religion wherever we penetrate . . .”
-Letter to Jagadéça, 2-5-72

“Religion is flawed, but only because man is flawed.”
-Cardinal Strauss, Angels and Demons

There are twenty dharma çästras in the Vedic compendium, and all of them are bona fide ways and means to attain higher standards of living after removal of the human coil. The number of people who actually become qualified to follow any one of these Vedic lines is another question entirely. Life in Kali-yuga is full of strife, brutal, and it is short. People are lazy in self-realization, unlucky, often misguided, and highly argumentative. Real religion aims to rectify this condition, but deviant off-shoots only make things worse.

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January 9, 2014   2 Comments

The quote we were looking for

The quote we were looking for in ‘ISKCON” Gurus, Initiations, and Party Men‘ is found:

“Our Godbrother, professor Sannyal, he was a very nice man. He was doing very nicely as long as our spiritual master was present. But just after his departure, he became a party man, and he created havoc. But guru maharaj saved him, that he died very soon after his activities. There is possibility. Because in our mission, my spiritual master never designated anybody as acarya. He left advice that you should combinedly work, and whoever is acarya he will come out. But this man wanted to post one of his pet fellows on to the acarya post, and the result was that the whole missionary activities were disturbed. He did not follow the instructions, and there was havoc. That havoc is posible.”
-Caitanya Caritamrita Lecture 4/19/67
Courtesy Adan Rodriguez

December 1, 2013   No Comments

Four Deviant Factions (I)

ISKCON Crises and Mission Creep (1967-74)

Part Five of Benefic and Malefic Spheres and Patterns of Influence

By Kailäsa Candra däsa

“There is immense possibility of spreading this Krishna Consciousness Movement all over the Western world, if it is administered properly.”
-Letter to Satya Pal, 8-31-69

“If only the intelligent class of men understand our Krishna philosophy, then our mission is successful. . . Many fanatic spiritual movements have come and gone, but, without the flawless philosophy of Krishna, they cannot stand.”
-Letter to Lalét Kumär, 11-27-71

“Those who want to be cheated do not take the solution even when it is at hand but prefer to be cheated.”
-Letter to Sudäma, 1-1-74

As per the current organizational manifestations apparently linked to His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedänta Swämé Prabhupäda, consideration of their patterns can only produce a murky outline as to how they might conflict or amalgamate over time in an indeterminate future. Such consideration cannot be limited to only the fabricated, so-called “ISKCON.” That cult is the big kahuna, no doubt, but the other factions (which are, indirectly, its off-shoots) must be understood, along with “ISKCON,” in order to produce a more accurate focus. Generically, there now are (including “ISKCON”) four of them. In all likelihood, these four deviated factions will figure into the future outcome, thus making that manifestation likely a malefic one.

All emphases added for your edification and realization.

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November 21, 2013   No Comments

Bad Boys Burn the Mission

Part Four of Benefic and Malefic Spheres and Patterns of Influence

By Kailäsa Candra däsa

The West values passion and the domineering spirit, often taking them as indications of personal strength, but the Vedic perspective views them as weaknesses of heart. To lord it over material nature is considered progressive in the West, especially when efforts impelled by passion succeeds. Buddhi-yoga in Kåñëa consciousness cannot be maintained with such an attitude and mentality. Passion leads to increasing the propensity to lord it over, conducive to inextricable entanglement in Nature’s complexities.

Becoming attached to matter and the possession of matter is intrinsic to the modes of passion and binds one to saàsara. All the major problems of material existence are due to the lower modes, but the West only recognizes problems caused by the modes of ignorance, which works to destroy what is, in most cases, unnecessarily created when everything appears to flourish in passion.

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November 16, 2013   No Comments

A Gap in Time

Part Three of Benefic and Malefic Spheres and Patterns of Influence

By Kailäsa Candra däsa

“You will understand from the informations (sic) that this Krishna consciousness movement is a major revolutionary renaissance specifically delineating (a) social and religious conception of life based on authorized Vedic culture.”
-Letter to Çré Dhruva, 4-7-70

“ . . . but in the Western part of the world, it is a folly to be wise, and ignorance is bliss. This whole material civilization is gross ignorance, and therefore you cannot expect very intelligent persons in this part of the world.”
-Letter to Hansadutta, 6-8-69

The West is the best;
Just get here, and we’ll do the rest.
The Doors, “The End”

Perceptive men always see through fixed power; conversely, ordinary men always change their minds. The Western mentality is one of constant change, creating everything new, although, from the spiritual perspective, despite some nifty inventions here and there, there is nothing new under the sun. Western man generally has a condescending attitude toward the East, but the real question is whether or not there is an East anymore to even look down upon, viz., Western culture has so strongly pervaded and influenced every nation-state on the face of the earth.

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November 1, 2013   No Comments

Benefic and Malefic Spheres and Patterns of Influence

Second of a Multi-part Series

By Kailäsa Candra däsa

“Persons in the mode of passion arrange to be worshiped by subordinates and let them wash their feet and offer riches. Such arrangements artificially made by the performance of penances are considered to be in the mode of passion. The results are temporary; they can be continued for some time, but they are not permanent.”
-Bhagavad-gétä, 17.18, purport

“. . . although the authorized path of bhakti is the only means of attaining the ultimate goal of life, it is full of thorns.  Especially in this age of Kali, the age of argumentation and quarrel, it is covered with millions of thorns. . . This illusory world is always ruled by those who are envious of Viñëu, for they are the majority.”
-Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Prabhupäda, excerpt from Acaryera Asamordhva Mahattava, published in the Gauòéya, 6.28

“You can follow the action, which gets you good pictures.  You can follow your instincts, which will probably get you in trouble.  Or you can follow the money, which nine times out of ten will get you closer to the truth.”
-Jake Giddes, The Two Jakes

Both individually and collectively, the idea of or desire for a universal brotherhood of man is, in and of itself, a benefic influence, as long as it adheres to the highest quality of international fraternity in goodness.  All too often, organized religion weaves another pattern.  Most churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, synods, sects, and cults give occasional lip service to the concept of universal brotherhood, but their rigid hierarchies and arcane processes do nothing to actually promote such an outcome.

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July 24, 2013   1 Comment

Benefic and Malefic Spheres and Patterns of Influence

First of a Multi-part Series

By Kailäsa Candra däsa

“There are many devotees who assume themselves to be in Kåñëa consciousness and devotional service but, at heart, do not accept the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Kåñëa, as the Absolute Truth.  For them, the fruit of devotional service—going back to Godhead—will never be tasted. . . Perpetually, their real knowledge will remain under delusion, and gradually they will regress to the darkest region of creation.”
-Bhagavad-gétä, 9.12, purport

In sidereal science, a malefic, depending upon its position, can sometimes work in a mostly positive way for the horoscope.  Conversely, in the spiritual science of Kåñëa  consciousness, malefic spheres and patterns of influence harm the disciplic succession.  They work to break its siddhänta, process, momentum, and, ultimately, its viability in human society. Conversely, benefic spheres of influence are helpful. This is confirmed near the very beginning of the Bhägavat Puräëa:

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July 8, 2013   3 Comments

The Corruption of Self-Serving Myths

Deception Under Lies the Cult of “ISKCON”

 Second of a Two-Part Series

 By Kailäsa Candra däsa

Para-Legal is Not Parä-Bhakti

I do not know what I can do in these legal matters. . . I think that perennial watch-dog is playing some mischief.”
-Letter to Upendra, May 29, 1969

“Power is preserved . . . not by obscure language nor by arrogating to themselves more knowledge than they make appear . . .”
-Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan

This instrument of priest-craft has been made an instrument of deceit, hypocrisy, and mischief in the hands of lawyer-craft.”
-Jeremy Bentham, Swear not at all!

It all seemed to start with “ultimate managerial authority” in the Will.  That then morphed—or was morphed by the opposition–into emphasizing, wrongly, “henceforward” and “my initiated disciples.” Such legalese was already creeping into the movement even before the Will came to light.  Let us not forget that the Will was not dictated by His Divine Grace; it was created by others. To our knowledge, the only change he requested be made to it was generic, e.g., he questioned why Guru Kåpä prabhu (then Swämé) was not listed as one of the temple trustees.

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June 15, 2013   4 Comments

Real Preaching Must be As It Is

By Bhakta Çré Hari Vijayaräghavan

“So, simply if you read and hear the activities–either read or hear, both of them are çravanamactivities of the Lord, you get liberation. Simply by reading.”
-Lecture on Çrémad-Bhägavatam, 2.1.5 in Los Angeles, 8-13-72

Vedas are called çruti, meaning knowledge that has come down by the hearing process. From the Supreme Personality of Godhead Çré Kåñëa through the eternal disciplic successions (evam paramparä-präptam), this transcendental knowledge has been coming down since time immemorial. As per the Vedic system, the transcendental knowledge that is received from the predecessor spiritual masters needs to be distributed as it is to suffering humanity for its spiritual welfare. The process simply requires sincere and submissive following in the footsteps of the predecessor Äcäryas (mahäjano yena gatah sa panthäh). Please note that all emphases in this article have been added.

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May 30, 2013   1 Comment