THE NEW MEANING OF FOUNDER-ACARYA: AN “ISKCON” DOGMA OF MASS LIBERATION

Last of a Four-Part Series

A Critical Review of SPFAI

By Kailäsa Candra däsa

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August 11, 2014   2 Comments

SAND IN THE SWEET RICE (ALONG WITH VIRILE DROPS OF POISON)

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).

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THE NEW MEANING OF FOUNDER ACARYA: AN “ISKCON” DOGMA OF MASS LIBERATION

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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July 14, 2014   1 Comment

THE NEW MEANING OF FOUNDER-ACARYA: AN “ISKCON” DOGMA OF MASS LIBERATION

 Part Two 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

“. . . the normative guru-disciple relationship would be perpetuated within the unified institution under the direction of the G.B.C. In such an organization, many gurus would be able to act with concerted force, operating together with other leaders and managers in collegial accord.”
-SPFAI, Our Central Challenge (third sub-header)

“When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead,
And the White Knight is talking backwards,
And the Red Queen’s on her head . . .“
Jefferson Airplane, “White Rabbit”

This continuing review is of the latest G.B.C.-sanctioned literary composition by one of its prominent (now former) members. The title of the book being 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 analysis 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., Çréla Prabhupäda as a Founder-Äcärya. [Read more →]

May 31, 2014   3 Comments

THE NEW MEANING OF FOUNDER-ACARYA: AN “ISKCON” DOGMA OF MASS LIBERATION

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.”
-Caitanya-caritämåta,
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   2 Comments

FOUR DEVIANT FACTIONS (II)

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   1 Comment

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   1 Comment

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 succeed. 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