On Removing the “ISKCON” Albatross

October, 2017

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

Part One of a Two-Part Series

“ . . . without hearing and following the instructions, the show of devotional service becomes an anachronism and, therefore, a sort of disturbance in the path of devotional service. Unless, therefore, devotional service is established on the principles of Çruti, Smriti, Puräëam, Païcharätra authorities, the make-show of devotional service should at once be rejected, and an unauthorized devotee should never be recognized as pure devotee.”
Çrémad-Bhägavatam (pre-1965), 1.2.12, purport

“Now has the G.B.C. become more than guru mahäräja? As if simply G.B.C. is meant for looking after pounds, shilling, pence. The G.B.C. does not look after spiritual life. That is a defect. All of our students will have to become guru, but they are not qualified. This is the difficulty.”
Letter to Älanäth, 11-10-75

It’s not what you thought
When you first began it.
You got what you want,
And you can hardly stand it,
Though, by now you know,
It’s not going to stop
’til you wise up.

Aimee Mann, theme song from the motion picture “Magnolia”

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October 1, 2017   1 Comment

A Continuing Carnival of Corruption

September, 2017

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

Part One of a Two-Part Series

“Now by the grace of Krishna, we have got sufficient properties all over the world, so there cannot be any diplomacy or conspiracy by any sane man. All these properties and opulences, whatever we have got, this will not go with me when I go away from this world. It will remain here. I am training some of my experienced disciples how to manage after my departure. So, if instead of taking the training, if in my lifetime you people say ‘I am the lord of all I survey,’ that is dangerous conspiracy.
Letter to Karändhar, 10-8-74

“ . . . since any leader can deviate, how will perfection come? First, the person in the center must be perfect, then his dictations will be correct. Otherwise, if the leaders are all imperfect men, what is the use of changing this or that? The corruption will continue.”
Dialectical Spiritualism, Critique of Marx

Corruption is part of us, all of us, the very heart of us.”
Jack Osborne, “Gorky Park”

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September 1, 2017   1 Comment

“Gaudiya Matha Finished”

August, 2017

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

First of a Two-part Series

“There is every evidence that they (the rascal sannyäsés) are influenced by some of my fourth-class godbrothers. . . . If there is opportunity, try to convince these rascal sannyäsés, who are misled by fourth-class men that, if they at all want to have a change of leadership, why do they not select a better leader than at present moment? What is the use of finding out a fourth-class leader who has no asset as their background?”
Letter to Hayagréva, 9-14-70

“Why this Gauòéya Maöha failed? Because they tried to become more than guru. He, before passing away, he gave all direction and never said that, ‘This man should be the next Äcärya.’ But these people, just after his passing away, they began to fight who shall be Äcärya. That is the failure. They never thought, ‘Why guru mahäräja gave us instruction so many things, why he did not say that this man should be Äcärya?’ They wanted to create artificially somebody Äcärya, and everything failed.

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August 1, 2017   6 Comments

Back to Godhead or Back to Bone Tomahawk?

July, 2017

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

“Such (demoniac) people are considered the enemies of the world, because ultimately they will invent or create something which will bring destruction to all. Indirectly, this verse anticipates the invention of nuclear weapons, of which the whole world is today very proud. At any moment war may take place, and these atomic weapons may create havoc. Such things are created solely for the destruction of the world . . .”
Bhagavad-gétä, 16.9, purport

“So, we are simply equipping with arms and finding out to whom we’ll fight. That is going on. So, everyone is manufacturing the atomic weapons. So, there must be some fight, so that all the nations will be ruined.”
Room Conversation with professors in Toronto, 6-18-76

You make my heart sing.”
The Troggs
“Wild Thing”

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July 1, 2017   No Comments

It’s Not On Prabhupada

June, 2017

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

“Thus, the so-called sannyäsés try to construct another home in the name of the sannyäsa-äçrama and glide down into all sorts of luxury at the expense of others. So, all these varëas and äçramas have now become so many transcendental frauds.”
Light of the Bhägavat, Verse 32

World monarchy has failed ever since kings began to satisfy their personal senses with the taxes accumulated from the citizens.”
Çrémad-Bhägavatam, 4.12.10, purport

“The baseness so commonly charged to religion’s account (is) not chargeable at all to religion proper but rather to religion’s wicked practical partner, the spirit of corporate dominion. And the bigotries are . . . in turn chargeable to religion’s wicked intellectual partner, the spirit of dogmatic dominion.
William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience

Transcendental fraud is vikarmic, and there is nothing transcendental about it, although it sometimes seems to be more than what it actually is in the eyes of blockheads. It has victimized countless innocent people in the name of devotional life, and that is but part of the pitiless intrigues of the mäyä contaminating what only appears to be the Kåñëa consciousness movement. False religious systems prosper in Kali-yuga. Within them, we find misinterpretation of scripture, the sacred books being re-written, static mottos along with worn clichés, hypocritical priests, jealous sannyäsés, and many other ludicrous manifestations propped up by professional ecclesiastics posing as men of spiritual life.

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June 1, 2017   6 Comments

Tinker Tailor Compromise Enabler

(“Why compromise? My Guru Mahäräja never made any compromise.”)

May, 2017

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

Don’t make compromise. This principle must be observed. Then you’ll remain strong. As soon as you make compromise, then it is finished.”
Room Conversation, 7-2-74, Melbourne

“As soon as there is a little deficiency, we must repair it or it will create a big hole, and the ship will drown.”
Letter to Rüpänuga, 4-28-74

Devotee: The big animals also prey on the small animals.
Prabhupäda: Yes. Mutual praising society, that’s all. “I praise you, and you praise me. I say you are very big; you say I am very big.” That’s all. And compromise, “I don’t criticize you; you don’t criticize me.”
Morning Walk, 10-21-75, Johannesburg

Remaining baffled by time-worn “ISKCON” astral clichés, substituting for solutions to real problems, the bewildered devotee is unable to catch hold of real answers. The roots of those problems plaguing “ISKCON” (and its splinter groups) are hidden in plain sight. Solutions to them are still available, although, in most cases, they might be a bit hard to swallow. Nevertheless, first you must ask the right questions, and, in order to do that, recognize and confront the root issues.

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May 1, 2017   2 Comments

The Self-Serving Rationalizations of “ISKCON” and Rittvik

April, 2017

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

In the name of persuasion, “ISKCON” employed (and certainly still employs) argumentum ad hominem, argumentum ad baculum, and reductio ad absurdum as weapons for spreading its movement, along with its untenable propositions. Imitating its elder brother—but mostly in a different way–Rittvik attempts to bamboozle people into joining its factions by only what appears to be persuasive tactics.

While one Left Coast rittvik specializes in argumentum ad hominem, on the whole, Rittvik polemicists are masters at bad logic, with most of that centering around reductio ad absurdum. Rittvik promulgates the absurd proposition that you can be genuinely and institutionally initiated by a non-manifest spiritual master. This is anti-Vedic, and none of the Vaiñënava lines still functioning today has ever employed such an unauthorized concoction.

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April 2, 2017   1 Comment

When Tyranny is Disguised as Absolute Truth

March, 2017

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

Prabhupäda: He has taken these ideas from the Vedic literature.
Hayagréva: When this form degenerates, it becomes a tyranny.
Prabhupäda: Yes.
Dialectical Spiritualism, Critique of Plato

“. . . so-called dharmas, they are simply cheating, because that will not benefit anybody, the followers or the dictators.”
Platform Lecture in Bombay, 11-11-74

“The totalitarian mass leaders base their propaganda on the correct psychological assumption that . . . one could make people believe the most fantastic statements one day and trust that, if the next day they were given irrefutable proof of their falsehood, they would take refuge in cynicism . . . they would protest that they had known all along that the statement was a lie and would admire the leaders for their superior tactical cleverness.”
Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

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11 video discourses by Kailasa Candra dasa

June 29, 2016   1 Comment

From Self Service to Fully Serving

Overcoming the Obstacle that is “ISKCON”

by Gokulänanda

The Western world is relatively new to the teachings of Kåñëa Consciousness. When these teachings were brought from India just over fifty years ago by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedänta Swämi Prabhupäda, they were potent and unadulterated. However, after he left physical manifestation, so-called “ISKCON” allowed his teachings to be watered down or even changed, in the stubborn hope that it would draw more followers. By doing so, they were catering to a materially-minded Western society, thereby creating the opposite effect to what they had hoped. It has proven to be an enormous obstacle, but it can–and will–be overcome by those who take necessary steps to advance spiritually and expose the fraudulent ways of so-called “ISKCON.”

The leaders of so-called “ISKCON” have made wrong and sometimes outrageous decisions that have greatly altered Çréla Prabhupäda’s original message and method for spreading his movement. Post-1978, they made changes to the books. They concocted and instituted a “No Objection Certificate,” altering the way in which a guru is to be recognized. They lead as a group rather than centering around a single Äcärya. These examples are just the tip of the iceberg. All of these alterations must be terminated, and the movement must return to its original processes and methods in order to have a functioning, effective institution that creates an opportunity for tangible spiritual advancement.

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April 1, 2016   2 Comments