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.

It is incumbent upon us to explore the root issues of what undergirds the fabricated, so-called “ISKCON” confederation: The belief it holds of its inevitable triumph. In order to discern whether or not its theocratic oligarchy has any right to call itself a godly movement, we must consider its formative concepts and logic. Should its biggest, high-profile players be accorded the status of god-men? Çréla Prabhupäda’s original movement had a different aim than what its perverted reflection now has, and this must be recognized in order not to be deluded by the greatest show-bottle on earth, the ISK-con game.

The eleven pretender äcäryas from back in the day were all rascals, and the governing board that empowered them in their zonal playgrounds was also rascal. All of them together—particularly since the zonals were themselves commissioners—formulated and founded a new religious sect. Its culture was and remains different from what Prabhupäda’s movement represented in the Sixties and the early to mid-Seventies. In order to unify our intention, aim, and sevä in Kåñëa consciousness, we cannot continue to ignore “ISKCON” for what it was back then and for what it is now: A great pretension.

If it is able to distract you from the Absolute Truth of genuine guru and genuine initiation, then it has succeeded in channeling the prakñepätmika-çakti by tearing you away from reality and into its own pretense. It will not stop there. It will go on to swallow you. It does so primarily through its most powerful representatives, the “ISKCON” god-men. Let us consider just what they are. First, however, let us delve into the root issues that they so conveniently bury, and we shall also see why they ignore them.

Truth Hurts: The Root Issues

“ . . . this movement is threatening the foundation of material civilization in the Western countries. That’s a fact. The foundation is threatened.”
Room Conversation, 11-2-76 in Våndävan

If the foundation is wrong, then it will not stay.”
Morning Walk, 9-30-75 in Bombay

Only when the tide recedes
Can you see who has been swimming naked.”
Warren Buffet

When Çréla Prabhupäda’s Kåñëa movement was first noticed by the Western intelligentsia, it was soon after analyzed by professors interested in it. They wanted to examine, in some depth, its roots and its potential. The basic issue underlying their study of his branch of the Gauòéya movement was whether or not it was actually rooted in Caitanya’s genuine teachings. If so, that was potentially the beginning of a trans-national world culture. If it was concluded by them that it was so rooted, then their study would center upon the long-range social and political effects that might result from this new counter-culture.

Of course, all of this relied upon the root teachings that were the foundation of the movement. These are the issue now. Prabhupäda, in the Sixties, insisted that his Kåñëa movement was the best solution for solving the world’s problems, and that it was the best trans-cosmic culture for making everyone happy. Of course, none of that could actually prove to be true if its foundation did not continue to be bona fide.

Its current manifestation–or, if you will, apparent manifestation at this time–has deviated from the Founder’s orders in a major way. Nevertheless, it superficially still appears to be a genuine trans-national religion representing Vedic and Vaiñëava culture. For its leaders, such appearances mean everything. As such, it behooves them to ignore the root issues which indicate otherwise, because actually confronting those could prove disastrous relative to the favorable Western media and collegiate intellectual class.

On the other hand, we must not ignore those root issues. We have no crying need—and certainly no spiritual or devotional need—to preserve the “ISKCON” counter-culture. There can be no lasting goodness in the world when there is no bedrock Truth upholding it. Truth is more important than institutions or ephemeral manifestations. We have no deep attachment to any of the beneficiaries of the current scam, despite whatever attractive qualities they may still possess. We want real authority, and real authority must be free from compromise, free from lies, free from deviation, and free from corruption.

We do not want the cheap guru/cheap disciple syndrome.

Corruption is everywhere when it comes to the fabricated, so-called “ISKCON” confederation. However, centering our attention upon that cultural milieu—in which Hinduization has now become quite prominent–proves ultimately a distraction. Perhaps, about two hundred people (comprising its upper echelons) now enjoy, and/or benefit substantially from, the current set-up. But what a price the rest of the devotee world must pay in order for them to live life in luxury that way! Indeed, indirectly, what a price the whole world is paying in order for a handful of people to enjoy like that!

It’s their movement now, granted, but that apa-sampradäya is simply a branch that is no longer connected to the Gauòéya guru-paramparä. It will function for some time longer, sure, but as the root issues become more and more clarified, more and more people will recognize that “ISKCON” is a dying institution. It will degenerate to the point that a stark realization will become apparent: Real authority has not been present in it since the late Seventies. This needs to be known, and it is becoming known.

Its lies must be exposed, certainly. Still, most of the lies are tactics incorporated into the cult’s overall strategy. Most of the lies, including the half-truths (which are their most potent manifestations), are superficial. By instead focusing upon the root issues, we automatically confront the big lie which keeps the superstructure afloat. There is no need to focus on all of the other lies, scandals, slanders, rumors, and innuendos.

As far as compromise is concerned, confronting the root issues automatically solves that problem, because the truth about the root issues is free from compromise. “ISKCON” is in no position, at the current time, to petition for adjustments. It must make very deep and abiding admissions and amends before adjustments can even be considered. Confronting the root issue and no compromise go well together, like black and white swans.

Then we come to deviation as the final hurdle. “ISKCON” deviated in a very, very big way in the spring of 1978. It never returned to square one after that. Confronting the root issues means confronting that deviation—or, if you will, those deviations. Down-line deviations of either superficial or meaningless import, especially recent ones, should not be allowed to dominate our focus, because they will only prove to be distractions. The material energy bases its entrapment of the conditions souls on constant misdirection, or, as T. S. Eliot so aptly put it, “distracted from distraction by distraction.”

The deviation is the root issue. The root issue always remains guru and disciple, as in genuine guru and genuine disciple. Their relationship entails initiation or, to be more specific, initiations (in the plural). Were The Magnificent Eleven genuine gurus? This is the root issue. Answer: Most definitely they were not. Then, if you accept that truth, how could any of their initiations actually have been bona fide? Answer: Most definitely they were not. Then, if you accept such obvious and basic logic—which is cent-per-cent in accord with guru, sädhu, and çästra—you must ask yourself: Did the governing body of the cult (its power node) actually uproot the massive deviation?

This answer is just as self-evident as the previous ones. Indeed, the Governing Body Commission is fully responsible for implementing the colossal hoax in the very beginning, and it did nothing to uproot it. Instead, it covered it over by implementing transformations. Once one major mistake became known, it covered that over by making two more, and once they became known, it covered them over by making four more, ad nauseum. The Äcärya Board is no more. The Magnificent Eleven are no more–but a few of them are still initiating. At least one of them, authorized by the G.B.C. to do so, is still accepting uttama-adhikäré worship. The post-1977 “initiated” disciples—some of them, anyway—are still active in “ISKCON.” Indeed, a number of them are influential in the cult.

The Absolute Truth will prevail, but it currently appears to be in distant second place when it comes to the counter-culture that “ISKCON” continues to push via its Third Transformation. Such a flowery Hinduization program: Nice but dead. We want real authority. It is not to be found in “ISKCON.” Nevertheless, if you want to overcome its imposition—particularly if it still influences you internally—then simply return to the root issues. Demand nothing less than the real answers. You want to put the pieces of the puzzle together? If so, you must prove that to the Paramätmä. History is being destroyed, but we must not let that happen. Some realizations will hurt in the beginning, but that is known as tapasya. . . and that is wanted.

Utterly Unreliable

We do not depend upon anyone other than Krishna.”
Letter to Hansadutta, 10-15-74

Leading Secretary: . . . he has no money. He’s simply at his job. He gets so much money.
Prabhupäda: And he’s working somewhere?
Leading Secretary: Yes, he’s working. He’s on Oxford Street, very near.
Prabhupäda: And he says that he’s M.A., Ph.D.? . . .
Leading Secretary: Yes, he’s a graduate. . . but still not so influential.
Prabhupäda: Neither you are. Is he reliable?

“You’re using the wrong wrench there, Bub.”
Woody Grant, “Nebraska”

“ISKCON” finds itself locked into The Law of Diminishing Returns. There’s a point of no return, and that organization and its diehards reached that point long ago. Interestingly enough, this viewpoint is also held by them in relation to those who have left their camp and taken to different ways of prosecuting Kåñëa consciousness. Once a china bowl drops to the floor and smashes, no matter how expert a renovator may be in attempting to reassemble it, the artifact can never be put back together as good as it once was.

Reform certainly will not do it. Trying to apply reform to “ISKCON” is like trying to turn a bolt with the wrong wrench. Its real energy is based upon a belief that it is the paradigm for spreading genuine Kåñëa consciousness. All the “ISKCON” leaders believe it will triumph, and that there will be no further uttama-adhikäré emerging to dismantle it. That’s a very pessimistic view, obviously, but, worse than that, since the G.B.C. has allowed corruption to penetrate its movement in a very major way, the matrix is flawed and degenerated. It entered the path of deviation in early 1972 and never recovered. It plunged headfirst into utter unreliability in the spring of 1978, almost exactly six years later. The politics of inevitability does not apply to that governing body:

“He (Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasväté) said openly you make a G.B.C. and conduct the mission. So his idea was amongst the members of G.B.C. who would come out successful and self-effulgent äcärya would be automatically selected.”
Letter to Rüpänuga, 4-28-74

“The purpose of the Governing Body Commission is to act as the instrument for the execution of the Will of His Divine Grace. And further, 1. The G.B.C. oversees all operations and management of ISKCON, as it receives direction from Çréla Prabhupäda and His Divine Grace has the final approval in all matters.”
Direction of Management, formative document of the G.B.C.

The G.B.C. was an instrument, a tool. Sometimes, tools break or become warped. In those cases, they are no longer useful. The G.B.C. was always subordinate to the uttama-adhikäré founder of The Society. This was by design. Pure devotion is actually the monopoly of the pure devotee, not a management tool—and particularly, not one gone bad.

From the letter to Rüpänuga, who was an original commissioner and still a G.B.C. at that time (1974), Prabhupäda indicates that the G.B.C. is a time-serving entity. When the next mahäbhägavat emerges, it recognizes him, selects him to lead, and subordinates itself and the institution to him for the foreseeable future. G.B.C. was and is not so important. Once the real Äcärya emerges, it becomes even less important than it once was. It was (past tense) only important, of course, while it remained (past tense) bona fide.

It is the Äcärya who leads his institution and his flock as the emblem of the perfect and pure power of inevitability. Political entities must always be there, but, in Kåñëa consciousness, they are only valuable if they are honest and pure. Such has not been the case for decades relative to “ISKCON” and its power node, the vitiated G.B.C. The whole conglomeration has proven itself utterly unreliable.

If you rely upon it, you are depending upon that which is not. That will not prove helpful to your spiritual life, and you will experience massive disillusionment in due course of time—if you haven’t experienced it already.

Questions and Answers

Q: When they must have known that Prabhupäda did not authorize them to imitate uttama-adhikäré, why did the eleven zonals still forge ahead as pretender mahäbhägavats?

A: There are many reasons why they did this. Your author, in herein listing thirty of them, does not claim the list to be exhaustive. They pretended to be mahäbhägavats because:

1) They thought they could pull it off;

2) They envied Prabhupäda and wanted the glory and worship he was given;

3) As the “best men,” they thought that whatever they chose to do had to be best;

4) They were rubber-stamped (appointed) as mahäbhägavats by the G.B.C.;

5) Swämi B. R. Çrédhar told them that they had to act as uttama-adhikärés;

6) They correctly presumed that they would receive very little resistance;

7) They wanted to stick it to the other “best men” who were not appointed;

8) They wanted to drive out the dissidents who found fault in them previously;

9) They wanted the tremendous enjoyment the post offered, the best of all worlds;

10) They thought that there was no way anyone or anything could stop them;

11) Kértanänanda had already forced the hand of the other ten in December of 1977;

12) The Scholar rationalized it, allegedly from çästra;

13) Many of them were already sahajiyäs, so why not put the pedal to the metal?

14) They had created the Äcärya Board as a buffer to protect the scam within the G.B.C.;

15) They had disciples waiting for them, ready to accept whatever they said they were;

16) They thought that Prabhupäda also imitated uttama-adhikäré, so they should try also;

17) Since it was so brazen and irrational, it had to be supernatural and other-worldly;

18) By exercising power within their own zones, they would not impinge upon one another;

19) They were attracted to the post’s power, profit, adoration, and distinction;

20) They were already considered uttama-adhikärés by some godbrothers and godsisters;

21) How could Prabhupäda be genuine if he did not create uttama-adhikärés?

22) The temples would turn into museums if there were not living gurus in them;

22) Devotees will not worship regular gurus but need uttama-adhikärés;

23) Eleven pure heartbeats are eleven times better than one pure heartbeat no longer beating;

24) They could parlay their appointment as rittviks into appointment as initiating gurus;

25) No need to explain the concoction; simply tell the others that this is the way it is now;

26) They could not foresee that it could easily all come crashing down;

27) They thought Swämi Näräyan envious when he warned about their big temple seats;

28) Whatever the G.B.C. decided about guru worship was automatically authorized;

29) After Prabhupäda left the scene, a new dispensation was the crying need of the day;

30) Sometimes, the dragon wins.

Q:What do you mean by the politics of “ISKCON” inevitability?

A: There are many understandings to be gleaned from this phrase, all of them interrelated. You see, the “ISKCON” leaders needed to stamp out individuality and rational deliberation. They needed to stamp out ideas that went counter to what they imposed. Especially, they needed to stamp out the ideas that were authorized—and easily proven to be authorized—by guru (meaning Çréla Prabhupäda), çästra, and sädhu.

This means they needed to also stamp out any and all facts, especially historical facts, that threatened their zonal scam. Similarly, later, then threatened the collegiate institutionalism which followed it. They needed to create the illusion of inevitability. They need to cower as many devotees as possible with the prospect that they will be condemned—both in this life and the next—when “ISKCON” triumphalism emerges.

They needed to replace genuine intelligence–especially higher intelligence (prajïä)–with emotion. Of course, bhakti-yoga entails emotion, but that was not what they were worried about. Many or most of them were expert at imitating that emotion, but they didn’t want the followers and disciples to imitate it. As such, they invultuated them with mundane emotion in the name of bhakti emotion, in order to cover over their intelligences. On the whole, they were successful in the strategy, especially in the first years of their imposition.

That there must be politics in all of this is a no-brainer. You establish a myth, and then cover over all reason, all genuine intelligence, all common sense, and all historical accuracy and facts that could possibly oppose it (or worse, expose it). The movement was run as a quasi-Vaiñëava operation through a combination of crypto-Talmudism and post-modern Machiavellian principles. Diabolical? Of course, but the politics of “ISKCON” inevitability, supposedly non-different from eternal triumph, can never be divine.

You Can Doubt Even That

“Doubt is one of the important functions of intelligence; blind acceptance of something does not give evidence of intelligence. Therefore, the word saàçaya is very important; in order to cultivate intelligence, one should be doubtful in the beginning.”
Çrémad-Bhägavatam, 3.26.30, purport

You will be always in doubt. You have to go to a spiritual master and don’t bother and waste my time in that way. You have got so many doubts. If you want to clear your doubts, then you have to surrender somewhere. You will keep yourself as you are, and I am meant for clearing your doubts?”
Platform Lecture on Bhagavad-gétä, 2.24 on 11-28-72 in Hyderabad, India

“The bhakta does not doubt, for he says, saàçayätmä: The man who doubts is doomed. Science feeds on doubt, for it says that doubt leads to true knowledge.”
O. B. L. Kapoor, “Bhakti: The Perfect Science”

It takes honesty within oneself to remove any demon of doubt concerning the fabricated, so-called “ISKCON” gerontocracy. The “wise old men” leading that organization know a thing or two about how to provoke negative emotions in anyone who dares to doubt them. They also know how to manipulate doubt in any such bhakta who begins to realize the facts concerning their illicit takeover of the Hare Kåñëa movement.

Whenever someone who is (or was) attached to “the best men”—if they consider him important or valuable enough to keep within the confines of their cult—begins to vacillate, that underling is subjected various occult, psychic and verbal devices. These provoke particular negative emotions and feelings in his subtle bodies. The emotions of choice are, of course, guilt and fear.

To buttress their efficacy, doubt is also often utilized, although doubt is not an emotion. The all-pervading influence of doubt is not all that difficult to recognize, as long as you want to recognize it. Those leaders know the art of utilizing and invoking it.

You should ask yourself: Why do they want to take that risk? It is risky to provoke doubt, because, after all, doubt is a feature of intelligence. Those who have extricated themselves from “ISKCON” first of all had to confront within themselves considerable doubt about its authenticity, about its legitimacy. That was a painful process, no doubt (pun intended), but that was also the proper utilization of doubt. Why do the “ISKCON” leaders play with fire by manipulating doubt in those they wish to bring around to their control?

The answer is not difficult to discern: Triggering intense doubt will result in that “wayward” disciple doubting anything and everything. Mal-interpretation of Çréla Prabhupäda’s words (and current and past events) will create turmoil within the minds of those unfortunates, due to bewilderment of memory. As far as this dark tactic is concerned, the more doubt the better. Thus, the foolish chela, unable to discriminate what is right and what is wrong through knowledge, unable to understand what is what, surrenders to his malicious malefactors, i.e., the dragon wins!

The fact is that you can doubt anything. You can even doubt that! Bewilderment is there ever-waiting in this universe; unless you struggle against it, it’s always pulling downward (jagat). In the universe, the default is darkness. The default is ignorance. The default is sinful activity and demoniac propensity. The default is atheism. The default is doubt. You have to struggle against all of these things in order to transcend the downward tug, which will attempt to degrade you to the lowest possible position.

When you utilize your intelligence in the right way, with fine discrimination and good memory, then doubt becomes a most valuable servant. It becomes so for a brief time, because, if you are seeking out the Absolute Truth, all doubts must be resolved—the sooner, the better. Once that resolution takes place, you can no longer doubt it. There are many apparent contradictions in human life. Would you like them resolved? Resolve them by your service attitude actuated as genuine sevä.

Always begin by asking: “Why?” An example of this would be: “Why was that new system implemented? Who benefited from it?” This will start you on the path of putting the pieces of the puzzle together. They can be put together. You can become completely free from the myriad tactics of bamboozlement employed by “ISKCON” mis-leaders, but only if you want to be. There is no doubt about it.

Proceed to Part Two


1 Torben Nielsen { 08.05.18 at 14:59 }

Jay, very nice.

“Simply go on sincerely working for this movement. Nobody can defeat you. Take all strategic point, fighting with maya, and become victorious. From any point of view, come on. We shall fight with maya. It is a great declaration of fight with maya. Not with maya. Our fight is with the demons. Maya is servant, maidservant of Krsna. She can withdraw by the order. But she cannot withdraw because people are demons. So this European opposition, American opposition is that the demons are now feeling the pressure. That is recognition that “Now it is a fight. We have to defend.”
Nanda-kumara: The outcome of the battle is already decided. Just like in Bhagavad-gita, we’ve already won. We just have to keep, keep fighting.
Prabhupada: They are now feeling the pressure of the opposite party. So fight is fight. When there is fight, my Guru Maharaja used to say, “Some of our soldiers will die. It doesn’t matter.” You don’t expect that not a single soldier of your party will not die. No, some of them will die. Still fight must go on. Fight cannot be stopped. So fight like brave soldiers, Krsna will help you. Don’t make any compromise. No truce with these demons. Fight must be. ”

Room conversation. February 3, 1977, Bhuvanesvara

2 Fay Box { 11.07.18 at 13:58 }

Very informative I must study further Hare Krishna!

3 Fay Box { 11.07.18 at 14:37 }

Just the other day I had tell my daughter who wanted to visited the ISKCON TEMPLE not to go. And softy and quickly break it down to her what they did to Prabhupada. She was shocked. I just told her to pray (japa) and listen to his tapes. How sad. You see the trickling effects it has today I don’t have a place to send my children or grand children to. Hare Krishna. I will in touch. Mother Fay

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