Category — The Transcendental Torchlight – Kailasa Candra das

Descent Into G.B.C. Dystopia

June, 2019

(Make Your Ever-lovin’ Brother Happy.)

First of a Four-Part Series

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

“ . . . we have created these G.B.C. So, they should be very responsible men. Otherwise, they will be punished. They will be punished to become a çüdra. Although Yamaräja is a G.B.C., but he made a little mistake. He was punished to become a çüdra. So, those who are G.B.C.s, they should be very, very careful to administer the business of ISKCON. Otherwise, they will be punished. As the post is very great, similarly, the punishment is also very great.”
Platform Lecture, 6-4-74 in Geneva

“Then collect the opinions of each and every G.B.C. member, and, if the majority supports the idea, then it should be taken as a fact for being carried out in our society. The majority vote and my opinion should be taken. When the majority opinion is present, my opinion will be yes or no. In most cases, it will be yes unless it is grievously against our principles.”
Letter to Bhagavän, 8-20-71

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June 1, 2019   4 Comments

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

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

11 video discourses by Kailasa Candra dasa

June 29, 2016   1 Comment

Blinded by the Night

Rittviks Their Own Worst Enemies

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

When the ambitious and audacious leaders of what was still considered by most to be the Hare Kåñëa movement instituted something entirely new just months after Çréla Prabhupäda departed, a somewhat covert, liberal element underlying that change was an integral part of it. Since all eleven pretender mahäbhägavats had been radicals and/or hippies during the Sixties, their innate tendency to try something unprecedented–and their intrinsic attraction to new experiences–was then put on full display. What remained of the movement went into unknown territory, convenient only for the misleaders.

It was advertised as opening a path to unbounded possibilities, culminating in a devotional manifestation of utopian bliss. Although there are a few differences between the current leaders of “ISKCON” and those from that (thankfully brief) zonal äcärya era, deeper psychological distinctions between all of these men are minimal—if there are any at all.

All Emphases Added for Your Edification and Realization

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December 11, 2015   3 Comments

Source Code: The Emergence of Rittvikvāda

There Never Was a Rittvik Dispensation

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

Never ascribe to conspiracy
what can be adequately explained by incompetence.”

Napoleon Bonaparte

The devotees and/or fanatics who have affiliated themselves with various Rittvik factions throughout America, Europe, and India would have you believe that His Divine Grace Çréla Prabhupäda intended their particular rittvik-in-absentia movement as a new bhakti dispensation, to be adopted by his organization after his departure from physical manifestation in late 1977. There is scant evidence for this contention, and whatever evidence there is for it is either weak or very weak. On the other hand, there is—both cumulatively and specifically–strong logical and traditional evidence that he never intended any such system to be institutionalized for his branch of the Gauòéya sampradäya. This article will present examples of that stronger and bona fide evidence.

All Emphases Added for Your Edification and Realization.

Rittvik did not emerge as some kind of conspiracy. Instead, it was and remains little more than a cent-per-cent reaction to the oppressive “ISKCON” imposition. The extreme inequality represented and fostered by the eleven pretender mahabhägavats throughout the late Seventies and most of the Eighties was also not the result of a conspiracy. Instead, it was the inevitable result of their aggrandizement and misuse of institutional power (for years), combined with their policies, especially in terms of their control of the governing body. Everything had been rigged for well over a decade previous to the emergence of the unauthorized Äcärya Board in the spring of 1978.

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November 26, 2015   3 Comments

Krishna Consciousness Undermines Ecclesiology

Liberation From the Church of “ISKCON”

Last of a Ten-Part Series

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

Prabhupäda: He doesn’t want any improvement. He wants to keep it . . . just like professional church, temple.
Disciple: They’re more attached to the external form that they already have.
Prabhupäda: No, no, that is which we call Churchianity. Christianity, Churchianity.
Morning walk, 2-28-73 in Jakarta, Indonesia

“Those who are attracted to . . . cheating religious groups are themselves deceitful. Their show of spirituality is abominable; they have no desire for either liberation or devotion and surrender.“
Renunciation Through Wisdom, “The Deluded Thinkers”

Ecclesiastical establishments tend to great ignorance and corruption,
all of which facilitate the execution of mischievous projects.”
U. S. President James Madison

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October 20, 2015   No Comments

Krishna Consciousness Undermines Ecclesiology

A Hinge Moment in Time

(Which Narration Will Prevail?)

Seventh of a Ten-Part Series

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

“The pure devotees of the Lord, like Brahmä and persons in the chain of disciplic succession, do not do anything to instruct their subordinates without acting accordingly themselves.”
Çrémad-Bhägavatam, 2.9.40, purport

“Yet his spiritual master himself had asked for a governing board to succeed him at the head of his institution. Çréla Prabhupäda took this request to heart. . . He would establish such a board, oversee its development, and have it ready to act as his successor at the head of ISKCON. . . By thus establishing the G.B.C. and leaving it as his chosen successor at the head of ISKCON, Çréla Prabhupäda insured that the order of Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura would continue to work efficaciously in the world and bear fruit.”
Ravindra Svarüpa däsa Adhikäré, SPFAI,1“Reasons for Prabhupäda’s Founding of ISKCON”

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August 11, 2015   2 Comments

Krishna Consciousness Undermines Ecclesiology

Has the G.B.C. Now Spoiled Everything?

(Sometimes the Dragon Wins)

Part Five of a Ten-Part Series

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

“I set up the G.B.C. with hope that I shall get relief from administration of the mission, but, on the contrary, I have become the center of receiving so many complaints. So it is not a relief for me; rather, it is becoming . . . troublesome.
Letter to T.K.G., 8-14-71

“I am glad that you have admitted about the G.B.C. members not very appropriately discharging their duty. . .We are now growing in volume all over the world, dealing with public money. . . 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

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May 12, 2015   1 Comment

Krishna Consciousness Undermines Ecclesiology

Only a Radical Approach Can Be Effective

(Solving the Problem Requires First Recognizing It)

Part Four of a Ten-Part Series

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

“Lord Caitanya Mahäprabhu has forecast that this Hare Kåñëa mantra will be heard in every nook and cranny of the globe. He is God, so it will happen; that is a fact. . . if we take advantage, then we may take the credit. But if we do not, someone else will.”
Letter to Karandhära, 11-4-70

“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. Thus, with the support of family tradition, one may become a pseudo guru, or so-called spiritual master.”
Caitanya-caritämåta, Madhya, 19.160, purport

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April 11, 2015   No Comments