KCd’s monthly missives – August 2020

August 1, 2020   1 Comment

KCd’s monthly missives – July 2020

July 1, 2020   2 Comments

Extinction Looms for Those Old Enablers

March, 2020

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

“At the present moment in our ISKCON, campus politics and diplomacy has entered. Some of my beloved students, on whom I counted very, very much, have been involved in this matter influenced by Maya.”
Letter to Satsvarüpa, 7-27-70

Yes, I told you that the light goes up and down.
Don’t you notice how the wheel goes ’round?
And you’d better pick yourself up from the ground
Before they bring the curtain down.
Cream, “Badge”

The Governing Body Commission soon drifted after its creation in 1970, soon becoming a cynosure of pseudo-devotional degradation. As its power node, it converted the ISKCON movement into a kind of devotional facsimile. The G.B.C., even while bona fide (although that slipped away rather quickly) increased its hegemony. Those all-powerful G.B.C. dinosaurs have faded over time. What they stood for and imposed via their my-way-or-the-highway attitude will soon become extinct, and that is wanted. The stench of campus politics, party spirit, and circling the wagons remains, however.

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March 1, 2020   1 Comment

On Bad Logic and Useful Idiots

February, 2020

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

Leading secretary: … sometimes you find an idiot, he can look at a column of figures and he can compute the sum in his head very easily, but he can’t even understand how to tie his shoes. And many of these scholars are like that. They’re actually idiots, but they have one talent for Sanskrit or for history, and because of that they can get along…
Prabhupäda: Çüdra. Unless he gets that post, he’ll starve. He has got some talent in some particular subject, but he must get some service.
Room Conversation, 7-9-73 in London

Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns . . .”
Henry Kissinger

In order to warp the cult’s sordid history by applying an anodyne, intellectual emphasis on “balance,” you become the useful idiot of the fabricated, so-called “ISKCON” confederation. The post-1977 legacy of “ISKCON” is harsh, and delineating that fact without compromise is also necessarily harsh. Applying such bad logic (in the name of balance and so-called fairness) when considering or describing its deviations is both counterproductive and a distraction.

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February 1, 2020   7 Comments

Seven Big “ISKCON” Lies

Januar, 2020

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

“Everyone should adore our members as honest. If we do something which is deteriorating to the popular sentiments of the public in favor of our movement, that is not good. . . These dishonest methods must be stopped.”
Letter to Rüpänuga, 1-9-75

If you tell a big enough lie
and tell it frequently enough,
it will be believed.”
Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

Big lies buttress the regimes that utilize them. Especially when there is some kind of gang element present within its hierarchy, this is also the case in religious organizations. Whenever crisis management is required, the regime circles the wagons in a quasi-fascist mode, especially at the top ranks. Unless and until exposed, big lies have previously worked to assist it. However, when exposed, the impact reverses, and a big lie works against the institution, often creating a crisis.

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January 1, 2020   3 Comments

Atheism Awaits the Sahajiyas

December, 2019

by Kailasa Candra dasa

“A devotee who is satisfied only with his own sense gratification certainly falls down from the service of Kåñëa. Being attracted by material happiness, he later joins the präkåta-sahajiyäs, who are considered to be non-devotees.”
Antya Lélä, 20.55, purport

“Don’t try to do anything artificially. That is sahajiyä, which means a class of men that take everything very cheap.”
Letter to Himaväté, 6-15-72

By denying scientific principles, one may maintain any paradox.”
Galileo

The inherent disease of humanity is atheism. To misunderstand Kåñëa consciousness—and yet to consider oneself a great devotee–is to risk becoming either a fanatic or a sentimentalist. Kåñëa consciousness is the science of the Absolute. It should best be understood in that light. This is what His Divine Grace Çréla Prabhupäda presented. Due to complacency and carelessness, to deny the science (or to misunderstand it) is to soon qualify as a sahajiyä. The fabricated, so-called “ISKCON” confederation is loaded with these kinds of cheap gurus and cheap disciples.

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December 1, 2019   1 Comment

The Grand Inquisitor Revisited

November, 2019

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

“Yesterday, Janärdana took me to a nice church here called Notre Dame . . . with colorful figures and windows, decorated with nicely painted pictures about the Crucifixion of Lord Jesus Christ. Everything was grotesque.”
Letter to Aniruddha, 7-7-68

In order to allegedly correct his error, has the fabricated, so-called “ISKCON” confederation created an alternative to what Prabhupäda actually wanted? Now, this question is not entirely new. My answer will include interesting explanations for all of you, but the question itself has been raised before, even in a previous century.

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November 1, 2019   1 Comment

Descent Into G.B.C. Dystopia

September, 2019

Fourth of a Four-Part Series

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

This is not some sectarian faith, but it is eternal truth.”
Letter to Mr. Nyamiaka, 11-10-75

“. . . you must be very careful to make sure that my name is registered there as the Founder-Äcärya and that I am to be the ultimate authority.”
Letter to Kuruçreñöha, 12-28-74

I guess every form of refuge has its price.
The Eagles, “You Can’t Hide Your Lyin’ Eyes”

It is incumbent upon all Vaiñëava commentators to present valid arguments against the popularity claptrap pushed by the fabricated, so-called “ISKCON” confederation. This entails presenting a counterpoint to its institutionalism. We all require a much larger scope, a universal vision, an outlook no longer moored within a limited time-frame that facilitates covering over the glaring contradictions of “ISKCON.”

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September 1, 2019   2 Comments

Descent Into G.B.C. Dystopia

August, 2019

Third of a Four-Part Series

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

Please be careful not to change the ideas.”
Letter to Kirtänänanda, 2-10-67

“ . . . by nature, the people of India have a hankering for spiritual advancement, and, therefore, the present situation is a natural result of the clash between two opposite ideals.”
Letter to Mr. Kair, 7-8-69

The past is never past. It is always present.
And you better reckon with it in your daily experience.
Or it will get you. It will get you really bad.”
Bruce Springsteen

The relationship between ideas and ideals in Kåñëa consciousness is integrally connected. The relationship between the past and the present is similarly interrelated. That principle also applies within the Western bhakti movement, both in its previous and present iteration. As far as the scope of eternity is concerned, the clash of civilizations in the world at this time has no lasting relevance. Conversely, the clashes between Western sahajiyä groups—all of which are suppressing Çréla Prabhupäda’s branch of Lord Caitanya’s Hare Kåñëa movement of Kåñëa consciousness—has significant import. The fact that conditioned souls in the ordinary mix do not recognize this has no bearing on its impact.

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August 1, 2019   No Comments

Descent Into G.B.C. Dystopia

July, 2019

Second of a Four-Part Series

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

“People have respect for our movement. Now it is time for G.B.C. members to be very, very careful so that people may not point out any black spot in the behavior of our Society.”
Letter to T.K.G., 9-1-71

“Again, I am so much burdened by this administrative work that I feel great difficulty. I was very anxious to return to my Los Angeles home to sit down for translating work. But if you all, my right-hand men, are doing things without consulting me and making such big big changes within our Society without getting my opinion and the opinion of all the G.B.C. members, then what can I do?
Letter to Rüpänuga, 4-4-72

Cui Bono:“Who Benefits?”
Cicero

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July 1, 2019   No Comments