Totalitarianism & Vedic Totalism:
The Difference is Night and Day

January, 2018

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

Initiated Disciple: . . . people often confuse our allegiance to scriptural authority with totalitarianism. One professor told me that, if the Kåñëa consciousness movement ever became powerful, we would probably be intolerant towards all other religions.
Prabhupäda: That means he does not understand us.
Room Conversation, February, 1977 in Bhübaneçvara, India

“There are, and always have been, innumerable doctrines of a grand and sweeping nature which call for peace, disarmament, brotherhood, and harmony, but modern history has not found one which will work. Neither communism, socialism, capitalism, totalitarianism, democracy, nor whatever is really acceptable for the welfare of all.”
Räyäräma das, Back to Godhead, Issue #19, 1968

And of all plagues with which mankind are cursed,
ecclesiastic tyranny’s the worst.”
Daniel Defoe

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January 1, 2018   5 Comments

From Time Immemorial

December, 2017

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

First of a Two-Part Series

“So, this is not a new system that we are introducing or manufacturing by our concocted imagination, but it is authorized, coming down by disciplic succession from time immemorial. It may be that, in this country, it is being introduced for the last two or three years, but this system is the oldest system, oldest system . . .”
Platform Lecture, 7-29-68 in Montreal

“Gauòéya Vaiñëava means the followers of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. There are four Vaiñëava sampradäya originally . . . the four sampradäya is coming from time immemorial. So, we belong to the Brahmä sampradäya, the Gauòéya-sampradäya.”
Platform Lecture, 3-4-75 in Dallas

“It is perfect knowledge that was taught by Lord Kåñëa to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukñetra, and we receive information from it that, in previous ages, Çré Kåñëa also taught it to the sun-god Vivasvän, and it was handed down from time immemorial from Vivasvän by disciplic succession.”
Elevation to Kåñëa Consciousness, Chapter One

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THE TRUTH is Not an “ISKCON” Value

November, 2017

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

First of a Two-Part Series

“Relative truth is conditional and when the conditions fail, the relative truth disappears, but Absolute Truth does not exist on conditions. It is above all conditions. So, when we speak of Truth, we may take it for the Absolute Truth, and when we speak of approaching THE TRUTH by new ways, we may take it for granted what we want to approach THE TRUTH by the inductive way.”
Letter to Jawaharlal Nehru, 1-20-52

“As soon as the original purpose was scattered by the motives of the unscrupulous commentators, there arose the need to re-establish the disciplic succession. Five thousand years ago, it was detected by the Lord Himself that the disciplic succession was broken, and therefore He declared that the purpose of the Gétä appeared to be lost.”
Bhagavad-gétä, 4.2, purport

“. . . if circumstances become impossible, schools become impossible. . . There is another thing in connection with this. Religion is a more stable thing. Maybe it was organized in that way in order to exist, but schools cannot be organized in the same way.”
P. D. Ouspensky, The Fourth Way, Chapter 15.

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November 1, 2017   No Comments

On Removing the “ISKCON” Albatross

October, 2017

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

Part One of a Two-Part Series

“ . . . without hearing and following the instructions, the show of devotional service becomes an anachronism and, therefore, a sort of disturbance in the path of devotional service. Unless, therefore, devotional service is established on the principles of Çruti, Smriti, Puräëam, Païcharätra authorities, the make-show of devotional service should at once be rejected, and an unauthorized devotee should never be recognized as pure devotee.”
Çrémad-Bhägavatam (pre-1965), 1.2.12, purport

“Now has the G.B.C. become more than guru mahäräja? As if simply G.B.C. is meant for looking after pounds, shilling, pence. The G.B.C. does not look after spiritual life. That is a defect. All of our students will have to become guru, but they are not qualified. This is the difficulty.”
Letter to Älanäth, 11-10-75

It’s not what you thought
When you first began it.
You got what you want,
And you can hardly stand it,
Though, by now you know,
It’s not going to stop
’til you wise up.

Aimee Mann, theme song from the motion picture “Magnolia”

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October 1, 2017   1 Comment

A Continuing Carnival of Corruption

September, 2017

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

Part One of a Two-Part Series

“Now by the grace of Krishna, we have got sufficient properties all over the world, so there cannot be any diplomacy or conspiracy by any sane man. All these properties and opulences, whatever we have got, this will not go with me when I go away from this world. It will remain here. I am training some of my experienced disciples how to manage after my departure. So, if instead of taking the training, if in my lifetime you people say ‘I am the lord of all I survey,’ that is dangerous conspiracy.
Letter to Karändhar, 10-8-74

“ . . . since any leader can deviate, how will perfection come? First, the person in the center must be perfect, then his dictations will be correct. Otherwise, if the leaders are all imperfect men, what is the use of changing this or that? The corruption will continue.”
Dialectical Spiritualism, Critique of Marx

Corruption is part of us, all of us, the very heart of us.”
Jack Osborne, “Gorky Park”

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September 1, 2017   1 Comment

“Gaudiya Matha Finished”

August, 2017

by Kailäsa Candra däsa

First of a Two-part Series

“There is every evidence that they (the rascal sannyäsés) are influenced by some of my fourth-class godbrothers. . . . If there is opportunity, try to convince these rascal sannyäsés, who are misled by fourth-class men that, if they at all want to have a change of leadership, why do they not select a better leader than at present moment? What is the use of finding out a fourth-class leader who has no asset as their background?”
Letter to Hayagréva, 9-14-70

“Why this Gauòéya Maöha failed? Because they tried to become more than guru. He, before passing away, he gave all direction and never said that, ‘This man should be the next Äcärya.’ But these people, just after his passing away, they began to fight who shall be Äcärya. That is the failure. They never thought, ‘Why guru mahäräja gave us instruction so many things, why he did not say that this man should be Äcärya?’ They wanted to create artificially somebody Äcärya, and everything failed.

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August 1, 2017   6 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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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   3 Comments