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

It’s Not On Prabhupada

June, 2017

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

“Thus, the so-called sannyäsés try to construct another home in the name of the sannyäsa-äçrama and glide down into all sorts of luxury at the expense of others. So, all these varëas and äçramas have now become so many transcendental frauds.”
Light of the Bhägavat, Verse 32

World monarchy has failed ever since kings began to satisfy their personal senses with the taxes accumulated from the citizens.”
Çrémad-Bhägavatam, 4.12.10, purport

“The baseness so commonly charged to religion’s account (is) not chargeable at all to religion proper but rather to religion’s wicked practical partner, the spirit of corporate dominion. And the bigotries are . . . in turn chargeable to religion’s wicked intellectual partner, the spirit of dogmatic dominion.
William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience

Transcendental fraud is vikarmic, and there is nothing transcendental about it, although it sometimes seems to be more than what it actually is in the eyes of blockheads. It has victimized countless innocent people in the name of devotional life, and that is but part of the pitiless intrigues of the mäyä contaminating what only appears to be the Kåñëa consciousness movement. False religious systems prosper in Kali-yuga. Within them, we find misinterpretation of scripture, the sacred books being re-written, static mottos along with worn clichés, hypocritical priests, jealous sannyäsés, and many other ludicrous manifestations propped up by professional ecclesiastics posing as men of spiritual life.

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June 1, 2017   6 Comments

Tinker Tailor Compromise Enabler

(“Why compromise? My Guru Mahäräja never made any compromise.”)

May, 2017

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

Don’t make compromise. This principle must be observed. Then you’ll remain strong. As soon as you make compromise, then it is finished.”
Room Conversation, 7-2-74, Melbourne

“As soon as there is a little deficiency, we must repair it or it will create a big hole, and the ship will drown.”
Letter to Rüpänuga, 4-28-74

Devotee: The big animals also prey on the small animals.
Prabhupäda: Yes. Mutual praising society, that’s all. “I praise you, and you praise me. I say you are very big; you say I am very big.” That’s all. And compromise, “I don’t criticize you; you don’t criticize me.”
Morning Walk, 10-21-75, Johannesburg

Remaining baffled by time-worn “ISKCON” astral clichés, substituting for solutions to real problems, the bewildered devotee is unable to catch hold of real answers. The roots of those problems plaguing “ISKCON” (and its splinter groups) are hidden in plain sight. Solutions to them are still available, although, in most cases, they might be a bit hard to swallow. Nevertheless, first you must ask the right questions, and, in order to do that, recognize and confront the root issues.

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May 1, 2017   2 Comments

The Self-Serving Rationalizations of “ISKCON” and Rittvik

April, 2017

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

In the name of persuasion, “ISKCON” employed (and certainly still employs) argumentum ad hominem, argumentum ad baculum, and reductio ad absurdum as weapons for spreading its movement, along with its untenable propositions. Imitating its elder brother—but mostly in a different way–Rittvik attempts to bamboozle people into joining its factions by only what appears to be persuasive tactics.

While one Left Coast rittvik specializes in argumentum ad hominem, on the whole, Rittvik polemicists are masters at bad logic, with most of that centering around reductio ad absurdum. Rittvik promulgates the absurd proposition that you can be genuinely and institutionally initiated by a non-manifest spiritual master. This is anti-Vedic, and none of the Vaiñënava lines still functioning today has ever employed such an unauthorized concoction.

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April 2, 2017   1 Comment

When Tyranny is Disguised as Absolute Truth

March, 2017

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

Prabhupäda: He has taken these ideas from the Vedic literature.
Hayagréva: When this form degenerates, it becomes a tyranny.
Prabhupäda: Yes.
Dialectical Spiritualism, Critique of Plato

“. . . so-called dharmas, they are simply cheating, because that will not benefit anybody, the followers or the dictators.”
Platform Lecture in Bombay, 11-11-74

“The totalitarian mass leaders base their propaganda on the correct psychological assumption that . . . one could make people believe the most fantastic statements one day and trust that, if the next day they were given irrefutable proof of their falsehood, they would take refuge in cynicism . . . they would protest that they had known all along that the statement was a lie and would admire the leaders for their superior tactical cleverness.”
Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

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11 video discourses by Kailasa Candra dasa

June 29, 2016   1 Comment

From Self Service to Fully Serving

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

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