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   No 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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March 1, 2018   No Comments

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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January 28, 2018   No Comments

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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November 25, 2017   No Comments

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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November 1, 2017   No Comments

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