KCD’s Monthly Podcast – July 2024

Podcast transcription:

On and For the Record

(A Review of Doktorski’s Eleven Naked Emperors)

First of a Multi-part Series

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

HARIÙ OÀ NAMAÙ

Concerning the history of the Western Hare Kåñëa movement, in order to put the puzzle together, some basic components and building blocks must be secured and assimilated from the outset. There is only one accurate narrative in connection to Çréla Prabhupäda’s Hare Kåñëa movement of Kåñëa consciousness. As opposed to this, there are numerous false narratives, and you need to confront and overcome all of them.

They are all illusory, and one of the qualities of such mäyikä narratives is kñaro-bhävaù: Endlessly mutable.1 If there was the right narrative and only one wrong one, that would make the task much easier, but such is not the case. There are at least a dozen false narratives floating in the ether and on the astral plane as to what went down and why in relation to the Western branch of Kåñëa consciousness, which Prabhupäda attempted to establish in the Sixties and the Seventies.

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July 1, 2024   No Comments

KCD’s Monthly Podcast – June 2024

Podcast transcription:

The Story of “ISKCON”

(Institutional Elitism Replaces Zonal Megalomania)

Second of a Two-Part Series

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

HARIÙ OÀ NAMAÙ

A root illegitimacy haunts “ISKCON,” and that specter has forced it to rely upon a warped narrative, mixed with stupid slogans, in order to bind its acolytes. It is confident that most of them will not confront its illegitimacy. Knowing the Story of “ISKCON”–understanding where it is going and where it may go up the road—requires personal intelligence transcending the mode of ignorance via confrontation within yourself.

Intelligence must be in the mode of ignorance in order to believe that institution’s fanatical bromides. “ISKCON is One” or “ISKCON is the Hare Kåñëa movement” are two examples of such hackneyed slogans. Thesetrite mottos cover reality. Even if there was some sliver of truth to them (and that only during the brief period that Prabhupäda’s institution ran well and was bona fide), they have no legitimacy now.

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June 1, 2024   1 Comment

KCD’s Monthly Podcast – May 2024

Podcast transcription:

Ever-Changing “ISKCON” Paradigms:(Institutional Elitism Replaces Zonal Megalomania)

First of a Two-Part Series

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

HARIÙ OÀ NAMAÙ

When His Divine Grace Çréla Prabhupäda left physical manifestation in late 1977, what was his wish for the management of his branch of the Hare Kåñëa movement? It seems only logical that something strongly akin to the managerial style and form that he first inaugurated in the mid-Sixties should remain how he wanted management to be continued. For the eleven years he was here, despite the formation of the Governing Body Commission in the early Seventies (an expansion), his management paradigm did not ACTUALLY change in either essence or its practical day-to-day implementation.

His management paradigm was prescriptive. The prescription was the rite: It included the äcära, vicära, and pracära which he authorized for his disciples. It was meant to purify his initiated disciples, including those who he recognized as managers or sannyäsés. It was meant for each and every one of his disciples to become a perfect Vaiñëava, which would mean that they were meant to become gurus in their own right via the rite:

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May 1, 2024   1 Comment

KCD’s Monthly Podcast – April 2024

Podcast transcription:

Hinduism, Sahajiyäism, “ISKCON,” & You

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

HARIÙ OÀ NAMAÙ

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us . . .”1

Many of you recognize this quotation, of course, as it is one of the most famous excerpts from a well-known author from his most famous novel. However, Charles Dickens did not possess a monopoly on the concept of best and worst, although, from the material perspective, it was in effect at his time. You could argue that the same is true today, but I am not very concerned about that; I am concerned about it, but in a different way. I wrote on this dichotomy in my 2009 book (entitled: Beyond Institutional Gurus, Initiations, and Party Men), in both the Introduction as well as on the back cover. Here is one of those excerpts:

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April 1, 2024   1 Comment

KCD’s Monthly Podcast – March 2024

Podcast transcription:

Body of Lies

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

HARIÙ OÀ NAMAÙ

Who are the most dangerous elements in human society? How do they escape punishment for their actions from the nation-states in which they function? Are they envious? Are they demoniac? What is their destination after death? What is the essence of their business?

In the material universe, the default is disobedience. The defaults here are all negative, and the Parameçvara has ultimately designed every material universe to be a place of punishment. Tremendous effort must be made in order to transcend its clutches. Rationalism is helpful in the beginning, but mukti is only attained by revelation. You have to strive in order to actuate the Absolute. That is the only real positive alternative, because the Absolute is transcendental to the mahat-tattva.

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March 1, 2024   1 Comment

KCD’s Monthly Podcast – February 2024

Podcast transcription:

What Kind of AnswersCan You Ever ExpectFrom “ISKCON”?

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

HARIÙ OÀ NAMAÙ

Since the mid-Seventies, recognizing and realizing the long-running deceptions and pretensions of “ISKCON” is integral to the process of overcoming them within your higher intelligence. Due to a combination of the time factor and human mortality, some of those deviations (still a minority, however) have merged into oblivion, but most are still ongoing. Indeed, in living memory, there is a “ISKCON” narrative that requires our astute analysis, which, in order for it to be effective, must be free from the negative impact of mistaken knowledge.

That will be presented to you in this month’s podcast. There are important facts, ongoing as well as merged into the history, that you need to know. “ISKCON” promotes a simple but wrong narrative, one shot through with mistaken knowledge, but you should be far more interested in the Absolute Truth than anything it has to offer.

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February 1, 2024   2 Comments

KCD’s Monthly Podcast – January 2024

Podcast transcription:

Dupes Defend the Indefensible

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

HARIÙ OÀ NAMAÙ

The current manifestation of what only superficially appears to be the Hare Kåñëa movement is a version that exacerbates illusion over transcendental Reality. It covers Reality. This version is supposed to be a conduit to enlightenment, and externally it appears to be so. However, it it not; instead, it brings darkness. It is far darker than do realize the vast majority of people connected to it, formerly connected to it, or even mildly interested in it.

When founded in the Western world for the first time–in the mid-Sixties by a genuine Vaiñëava guru from India–it was originally meant to encourage individual freedom, culminating in liberation from the cycle of saàsära, birth and death. It no longer serves this purpose either on the material or spiritual planes. If you allow yourself to become entangled in it (or, worse yet, invultuated by its astral seeds), in due course, this manifestation produces strife in your life, especially if you have the intestinal fortitude to expose it.

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January 1, 2024   1 Comment

KCD’s Monthly Podcast – December 2023

Podcast transcription:

The Poison Tree: Now & Then

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

HARIÙ OÀ NAMAÙ

We find the following excerpt from a letter to Hansadutta, dated 9-2-70:

“Regarding the poisonous effect in our Society, it is a fact, and I know where from this poison tree has sprung up and how it affected practically the whole Society in a very dangerous form. . . I think in the . . . paramparä system that the poison administered to our Society will not act if some of our students are as good as Prahläda Mahäräja. I have therefore given the administrative power to the Governing Body Commission. . . You are also one of the members of the G.B.C., so you can think over very deeply how to save the situation. It is a fact, however, that the great sinister movement is within our Society.”

The context of what was going down at that time was a localized insurrection within the movement by four of its most prominent leaders. The G.B.C. had just been formed by Prabhupäda in order to, as he put it, save the situation. The four insurrectionists were saying that Prabhupäda was God, that he was displeased with his disciples, and they were proposing a centralizedsolution to the problem.

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December 1, 2023   3 Comments

KCD’s Monthly Podcast – November 2023

Podcast transcription:

Glaring Flaws in the Old Guard Narrative

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

HARIÙ OÀ NAMAÙ

In the early Eighties, just before The Second Transformation went down in the fabricated, so-called “ISKCON” confederation, a popular game was invented. It today serves as an analogy to our theme. This game centered around many four-sided wooden sticks, which we shall call blocks. Those blocks create what is, in the beginning, a solid Jenga tower.

Each participant in the game has to remove a block from below and place it on the top level until the structure eventually collapses due to lack of solid underpinning. When one block is pulled which collapses the tower, that contestant loses the game.

There was a box office hit in 2015 called “The Big Short,” and one scene in it featured a Jenga tower. This scene illustrated how some banks and investment houses were on the verge of collapse due to propping up a faulty derivatives scheme. With but a few valuable bundles or blocks of mortgages, each derivative had hidden within it many worthless and shaky sub-prime mortgages bundled together.

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November 1, 2023   2 Comments

KCD’s Monthly Podcast – October 2023

Podcast transcription:

A Kaleidoscope of Cult Corruption

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

HARIÙ OÀ NAMAÙ

Consider this excerpt from a letter to Nathan Baruch, 8-7-68:

“The spiritual master must be bona fide representative of Krishna, by disciplic succession, receiving orders from the superior, and the disciple must agree to abide by the orders of the spiritual master. This is the simple method of spiritual advancement; if you remember this principle it will be very nice.”

This excerpt is from a letter written to a prospective disciple very early in Prabhupäda’s movement, just as it was taking off in the important summer of 1968. In other words, he stated the chief principle right from the beginning: “The spiritual master must be bona fide representative of Krishna, by disciplic succession, receiving orders from the superior . . . ”

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October 1, 2023   1 Comment