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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

SAND IN THE SWEET RICE (ALONG WITH VIRILE DROPS OF POISON)

A Critical Review of the
Çréla Prabhupäda “Lélämåta”

By Bhakta Çré Hari Vijayaräghavan

Edited by Kailäsa Candra däsa

“The words or songs of a person not fixed in Vaiñëava behavior, not strictly following the rules and regulations and chanting the Hare Kåñëa mantra, should not be accepted by pure devotees.”
Çrémad-Bhägavatam, 6.16.33, purport

The “Lélämåta”, a multi-volume book written by an initiated disciple of the name and title Satsvarüpa däsa Gosvämé (henceforward, SSd), supposedly glorifies his guru, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedänta Swämé Çréla Prabhupäda, in the form of a biography. While the focus of this article is a critical analysis of this Çréla PrabhupädaLélämåta” (henceforward, referred to as simply “Lélämåta”), we must first establish a solid foundation for the review in terms of prerequisite devotional topics. In light of paramparä teachings, it is required to consider just who are bhägavata bhaktas, and then we can better understand their pastimes. There is an etiquette here, and it is demonstrated by Vaiñëava composers of Vedäntic literatures. Under their guidance can this analysis be undertaken and appropriate, accurate conclusions thus drawn.

The Supreme Lord and His pastimes

In the famous verse, Bhagavad-gétä, 4.9, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Çré Kåñëa, instructed His dear devotee, Çré Arjuna, that, when His pastimes (which are all transcendental) are understood in truth, a conditioned soul gets liberation from the material entanglement. Conversely, He condemned those who misunderstand His activities as material to be ignorant fools and rascals (avajänanti mäm müdhä). Naturally, the first-named class of living entities are known as devotees (viñëu-bhaktaù småto daiva), while the latter are demons (äsuras tad-viparyayaù).

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August 11, 2014   2 Comments

Real Preaching Must be As It Is

By Bhakta Çré Hari Vijayaräghavan

“So, simply if you read and hear the activities–either read or hear, both of them are çravanamactivities of the Lord, you get liberation. Simply by reading.”
-Lecture on Çrémad-Bhägavatam, 2.1.5 in Los Angeles, 8-13-72

Vedas are called çruti, meaning knowledge that has come down by the hearing process. From the Supreme Personality of Godhead Çré Kåñëa through the eternal disciplic successions (evam paramparä-präptam), this transcendental knowledge has been coming down since time immemorial. As per the Vedic system, the transcendental knowledge that is received from the predecessor spiritual masters needs to be distributed as it is to suffering humanity for its spiritual welfare. The process simply requires sincere and submissive following in the footsteps of the predecessor Äcäryas (mahäjano yena gatah sa panthäh). Please note that all emphases in this article have been added.

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May 30, 2013   1 Comment

CREED

By Nélätimaïjulé

It is high time to express disapproval of what has now manifested and devolved into “ISKCON.” Beware: “ISKCON” today is not representing Çréla Prabhupäda’s teachings! It is not his original movement! If you are considering joining this movement, you need to read this article. If you are in that movement and are experiencing doubts, you also need to read it. No matter your involvement, please consider the following:

We have Çréla Prabhupäda’s true movement on the one hand, and then there is the deviation known as “ISKCON” on the other. Both are producing effects, and both causes will have to play out. However, they will not play out well together. Their effects are completely different entities. Çréla Prabhupäda’s Krishna Conscious movement remains pure. The other movement that is now being presented to the public is fabricated and watered down. To which do you belong?

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January 4, 2013   1 Comment

Vaishnava Foundation Reveals Core Issues

By Bhakta Çré Hari Vijayaräghavan

During the Vedic age, the teacher or guru taught his student (çiñya) what is illusion (mäyä) on one hand, and, on the other hand, what is reality (satyam param). The guru gives his çiñya a process to transcend illusion by taking shelter of ultimate reality; that is the essence of his äçrama. The çiñya learns, by practice, how to make that transitional process from illusion to reality by the mercy of the real guru, the bona fide spiritual master. Please note that all emphases have been added in this article.

The Bhägavata school accepts Çrémad Bhagavad-gétä as the essence of Vedic philosophy, for all the Sampradäya Äcäryas of this school have written elaborate commentaries (bhäñyas) on Bhagavad-gétä (as well as on Vedänta Sütra) in order to establish their authorised branches to propagate the essential conclusions of the teachings (siddhänta):

sarvopaniñado gävo dogdhä gopäla-nandanaù
pärtho vatsaù sudhér bhoktä dugdham gétämåtam mahat

“This Gétopaniñad, Bhagavad-gétä, the essence of all the Upaniñads, is just like a cow, and Lord Kåñëa, who is famous as a cowherd boy, is milking this cow. Arjuna is just like a calf, and learned scholars and pure devotees are to drink the nectarean milk of Bhagavad-gétä.”

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November 15, 2012   2 Comments

Vitiated G.B.C. Not Prabhupada’s Successor

By Ernest Dras

Following in the footsteps of our previous äcäryas, this article, along with its authors, stands in complete opposition to, and in uncompromising defiance of, the vitiated GBC and the fabricated so-called “ISKCON” it controls. Çréla Prabhupäda came to the West to spread Kåñëa consciousness on the order of his guru mahäräja; he did not come here with the approval of, or being monitored by, any commission of conditioned souls. He was Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta’s authorized successor. All spiritual masters are individuals, not governing bodies.

“We simply follow the predecessor’s instruction. That’s all. Our movement is very easy, because we haven’t got to manufacture something. We simply repeat the words and the instruction given by the predecessor. . . Very simple thing. We are receiving the transcendental knowledge through guru-paramparä succession.”
— Arrival address of June 20, 1975

Is there anyone who can, with çästric authority, explain where and how the GBC is directly integral to this line of disciplic succession? According to a recent Wikipedia entry (for his Divine Grace), it allegedly is. Wikipedia is considered by many researchers to be a (relatively) reliable source of information. Let us see what is now found there, when searching, by typing in Çréla Prabhupäda’s name:

Title: Founder-acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness
Period in office: 1966 – 1977
Predecessor: Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura
Successor: The Governing Body Commission

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April 20, 2012   5 Comments

Kalapurusha Website Launched!

About Kala Purusha Publications

KALA PURUSHA PUBLICATIONS was officially started with Venus exalted in lagna, along with a favorable muhurtha and other excellent astrological influences. There were delays and disappointments embedded in the chart. This publishing house is a unique contribution to the mystical section of humanity in that it transcends all mundane or dark objectives. The specific and unique standard of these publications is the transmission of occult knowledge that distinguishes reality from illusion for your personal benefit. The intentional price structure of all these publications is at the lower spectrum. This will alienate some people, but we cannot be concerned about that. In order to facilitate every occultist, whether rich or poor, the price of each book has been made reasonable. Rather than produce a sophisticated treatise, loaded with op. cits, et. als, ibids, and footnotes, these publications are short, simple, and direct. In many if not all cases, just one paragraph of knowledge contained within any given book-and all the books are loaded with these kinds of paragraphs–is alone worth the full cover price and much more.

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July 15, 2009   No Comments

Cheap gurus, cheap disciples, cheap initiations

“None of Srila Prabhupada’s disciples had reached the required purity and level of realization for him to grant them the power to initiate newcomers into the disciplic succession.”

The new shiksha theories, like Prominent Link and Rocana prabhu’s Sampradaya Acarya position paper, misrepresents the true historical facts. Srila Prabhupada never explicitly recognized his rittviks as shiksha-gurus, i.e., as having attained the status of guru. He never recognized his sannyasis, leading secretaries, or temple presidents, either, as siksha-gurus. He encouraged all of his leaders and all of his disciples in various ways, but such encouragement should not be misinterpreted to mean that he recognized anyone as guru or spiritual master.

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May 24, 2009   6 Comments

Guru Hyperinflation

“No board of conditioned souls can determine who is guru and institutionalize its decisions in such an unauthorized capacity–not according to parampara. “

The turn of the century saw the Second Transformation still in full force, as the “GBC” created buffer after buffer to act as an effective sentry, protecting its vested interests in the form of committees, subcommittees, seminars, showbottle appointments, and various position papers. This was exactly befitting the sophisticated campus politics everywhere present in their adaptation now functioning as a gold-plated collegial institution.

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May 23, 2009   No Comments

From the very best to the very worst

“Their immeasurable pride and audacity was not merely megalomania . All eleven of these men were absorbed in the delusion of self-apotheosis.”

In the spring of 1978 the great movement meant for the rejuvenation of pure spiritual life and realization amongst all of those who joined it was transformed into something else .

What was that something else? It was disconnected from the sampradaya (parampara) at that time with the eleven pretender mahabhagavats–and especially the Party Men who helped to implement the scheme at the pragmatic level–were key players in this initial transformation or change.

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May 17, 2009   No Comments