The Politics of “ISKCON” Inevitability

August, 2018

Part One of a Two-Part Series

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

“. . . there are many rascals in the name of Vaiñëavas. Be careful of them.”
Letter to Niraïjan, 11-21-72

The aim of ISKCON is not to found a new religious sect . . .”
Letter to Sir Roland Michener

You will be hollow. We shall squeeze you empty.
And then we shall fill you with ourselves.”
George Orwell, “1984”

Someone may be honored as a man of God in this degraded age, but his being so honored does not automatically make it so. People are easily deluded and misguided in Kali-yuga. If you think that this does not go on in the name of Kåñëa–or in what appears to be the Kåñëa consciousness movement–guess again. The fresh princes of “ISKCON” cut quite the profile, no doubt, but that does not mean that they are actually men of God. They are not as reliable or as honest or as loving as they superficially may appear to be.

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August 1, 2018   1 Comment

The “ISKCON” Paradox

July, 2018

First of a Two-Part Series

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

“. . . it is admitted that all the statements in the Bible are not directly spoken by Jesus. Some of them are staged through the mouth of Jesus Christ . . . there are many passages in the Gospel which are later on set up to be spoken by Lord Jesus Christ, but actually they were manufactured by different devotees.”
Letter to Satsvarüpa, 10-31-69

“Knowledge revealed therein (Vedas, Mahäbhärata, Rämayäëa, Småti çästras) may appear in the beginning to be unbelievable. This is due to our nonsensical paradox that we want to verify everything by accommodating in our tiny brain.”
Caitanya-caritämåta, Ädi-Lélä, Summary Study of Chapter Five, 1967

Charlie don’t surf!”
Lt. Col. Kilgore,
“Apocalypse Now”

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July 1, 2018   No Comments

The Next Black Swan

June, 2018

First of a Two-Part Series

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

“These things must be cleared up or there may be danger of split within our ranks. Try to keep the whole situation in unified condition. But if Siddha Svarüpa and his disciples are living there separately and peacefully, I have no objection, so long there is no controversy or ill feelings between their camp and yours.”
Letter to Madhudvéña, 12-29-72

“Çréla Prabhupäda wanted us to do everything in complete cooperation, and thus I am inclined to have full cooperation in this great attempt of preaching in the foreign countries. All the camps of our various camps may at least cooperate . . .”
Letter to Mädhava Maharäj, 8-1-66

Realities are determined by whoever determines them.”
Timothy Leary, “Quark of the Decade”

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June 1, 2018   1 Comment

Tear Off All the Wallpaper!

May, 2018

First of a Two-Part Series

By Kailäsa Candra däsa

“Ävaraëätmikä-çakti means she is covering the reality, just as when the cloud covers the sunshine, and we cannot see. For a few days now, it’s been cloudy. We cannot see the sun, but that does not mean there is no sun in the sky.”
Platform Lecture, 9-26-73 in Bombay, India

“Suppose if I tear away your coat.
Does it mean that you are killed?
Room Conversation with a professor, 6-4-74, in Geneva

At the moment my eyes were opened,
They might just as well’ve been closed.”
Procol Harum, “A Whiter Shade of Pale”

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May 1, 2018   3 Comments

The Titanic Taproots – The Finale
The Kirtanananda Swami expose

April, 2018

First of a Three-Part Series

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

At the end of 1977, Kértanänanda, unlike the ten other rittviks, decided that he would unilaterally become an initiating spiritual master. Whether or not he considered that his appointment as a rittvik (in July) augured an indirect recognition (that he would then become dékñä-guru after November 14th) is not an important consideration. Although he was present at the May 28th meeting in Prabhupäda’s quarters (where His Divine Grace stated “regular guru, that’s all”), it was clear in Kértanänanda’s mind that he would not act as one (a guru under vidhé sädhana regulations) after Prabhupäda left.

Kértanänanda had a different idea: He was going to imitate Prabhupäda, although His Divine Grace never authorized, empowered, or recognized any of his leading secretaries as either an uttama-adhikäré or his successor. Indeed, not only would Kértanänanda reject the concept of regular guru (a.k.a., monitor guru or madhyama-adhikäré) as being applicable to him, he would also reject anything that reined in the worship if it was placed upon him by the Governing Body Commission. At the fag end of December, 1977, a mere five weeks after Prabhupäda’s departure, Kértanänanda began initiating his own disciples.

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April 1, 2018   2 Comments

The Titanic Taproots

March, 2018

First of a Three-Part Series

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

“If one always follows the orders of the spiritual master, there is no question of falling down. As soon as a foolish disciple tries to overtake his spiritual master and becomes ambitious to occupy his post, he immediately falls down.”
Çrémad-Bhägavatam, 5.12.14, purport

“So, these two things are always side by side—Maya and Kåñëa. Kåñëa is service, and Maya is sense gratification. So every moment we are prone to be subjugated by either of them. Our duty is therefore to be very, very careful. The poison is personal ambition.”
Letter to Satyabhäma, 11-1-70

“Srila Prabhupada . . . considered them to be uttama-adhikari, all highly-advanced devotees worthy to be accepted as spiritual masters. Critics may doubt whether our ISKCON acharyas are actually liberated. Do they know their rasa with Krishna, and will they be able to instruct their disciples similarly? But such questions bring one dangerously near the precipice of spiritual calamity.”
T.K.G., Servant of the Servant, original edition, 1984

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Totalitarianism & Vedic Totalism:
The Difference is Night and Day

February, 2018

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

Part Three of a Four-Part Series

Secular state: Don’t talk of God. This is the present situation of the world, atheist class. Don’t talk of God, but they do not know that they have not much improved by don’t talk of God. The situation is becoming grimmer and grimmer, but they have no eyes to see.”
Platform Lecture, 4-18-72 in Hong Kong

Secularism is a bogus thing . . . an indulgence, ‘Whatever you like, you can do. Whatever religion you follow, that’s all.'” No, that is not good. The state should be responsible for the spiritual progress of the citizens.”
Room conversation, 12-12-70 in Indore, India

If God’s on our side, He’ll stop the next war.”
Bob Dylan, “When God’s on Our Side”

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Totalitarianism & Vedic Totalism:
The Difference is Night and Day

January, 2018

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

Initiated Disciple: . . . people often confuse our allegiance to scriptural authority with totalitarianism. One professor told me that, if the Kåñëa consciousness movement ever became powerful, we would probably be intolerant towards all other religions.
Prabhupäda: That means he does not understand us.
Room Conversation, February, 1977 in Bhübaneçvara, India

“There are, and always have been, innumerable doctrines of a grand and sweeping nature which call for peace, disarmament, brotherhood, and harmony, but modern history has not found one which will work. Neither communism, socialism, capitalism, totalitarianism, democracy, nor whatever is really acceptable for the welfare of all.”
Räyäräma das, Back to Godhead, Issue #19, 1968

And of all plagues with which mankind are cursed,
ecclesiastic tyranny’s the worst.”
Daniel Defoe

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January 1, 2018   5 Comments

From Time Immemorial

December, 2017

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

First of a Two-Part Series

“So, this is not a new system that we are introducing or manufacturing by our concocted imagination, but it is authorized, coming down by disciplic succession from time immemorial. It may be that, in this country, it is being introduced for the last two or three years, but this system is the oldest system, oldest system . . .”
Platform Lecture, 7-29-68 in Montreal

“Gauòéya Vaiñëava means the followers of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. There are four Vaiñëava sampradäya originally . . . the four sampradäya is coming from time immemorial. So, we belong to the Brahmä sampradäya, the Gauòéya-sampradäya.”
Platform Lecture, 3-4-75 in Dallas

“It is perfect knowledge that was taught by Lord Kåñëa to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukñetra, and we receive information from it that, in previous ages, Çré Kåñëa also taught it to the sun-god Vivasvän, and it was handed down from time immemorial from Vivasvän by disciplic succession.”
Elevation to Kåñëa Consciousness, Chapter One

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THE TRUTH is Not an “ISKCON” Value

November, 2017

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

First of a Two-Part Series

“Relative truth is conditional and when the conditions fail, the relative truth disappears, but Absolute Truth does not exist on conditions. It is above all conditions. So, when we speak of Truth, we may take it for the Absolute Truth, and when we speak of approaching THE TRUTH by new ways, we may take it for granted what we want to approach THE TRUTH by the inductive way.”
Letter to Jawaharlal Nehru, 1-20-52

“As soon as the original purpose was scattered by the motives of the unscrupulous commentators, there arose the need to re-establish the disciplic succession. Five thousand years ago, it was detected by the Lord Himself that the disciplic succession was broken, and therefore He declared that the purpose of the Gétä appeared to be lost.”
Bhagavad-gétä, 4.2, purport

“. . . if circumstances become impossible, schools become impossible. . . There is another thing in connection with this. Religion is a more stable thing. Maybe it was organized in that way in order to exist, but schools cannot be organized in the same way.”
P. D. Ouspensky, The Fourth Way, Chapter 15.

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