Sri Nam is Equal to Sri Krishna                   I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace A. C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who is very dear to Lord Krishna, having taken shelter at His lotus feet.   Our respectful obeisances are unto you,             O spiritual master, servant of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami.   You are kindly preaching the message of Lord Caitanya deva and delivering the Western countries, which are filled with impersonalism and voidism."      "O most munificent incarnation!   You are Krishna Himself appearing as Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu.   You have assumed the golden color of Srimati Radharani. and You are widely distributing pure love of Krishna.   We offer our respectful obeisances unto You."        "I offer my respectful obeisances unto Lord Krishna, who is the worshipable Deity for all brahmanas the well-wisher of the cows and the brahmanas and the benefactor of the whole world.   I offer my repeated obeyances to the Personality of Godhead, known as Krishna and Govinda."             Jaya Sri Krishna Chaitanya,   Prabhu Nityananda,   Sri Adwaita Gadadhara,   Shrivasadi-gaura Bhakta-vrinda,             Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna,   Krishna Krishna,   Hare Hare.   Hare Rama, Hare Rama,   Rama Rama,   Hare Hare!             Jai Srila Prabhupada!                   Jaya Sri Krishna Chaitanya,   Prabhu Nityananda,   Sri Adwaita Gadadhara,   Sri Adwaita Gadadhara,   Shrivasadi-gaura Bhakta-vrinda,            Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna,   Krishna Krishna,   Hare Hare.   Hare Rama, Hare Rama,   Rama Rama,   Hare Hare!
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 “ASPECTS”

of Vaisnava Theory & Practice

 

 

Audio is Work in Progress

 

Introduction:

 

Segment I: “Notes to The Reader” Part 1

Segment II: “Notes to The Reader” Part 2

Segment III: “The Writings on This Site Have a Central Purpose; To Foster Independent Thinking in the Reader, Within the Framework of the Philosophy of Krishna Consciousness”

Segment IV: “Virtually all Institutions in ISKCON, Foster Dependency in Their Members” 

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Preface:

 

Part 1: “There Were Many Reservations About Writing and Presenting These Works.  In the End it Was Decided to Do It”

Part 2: “The Singular Purpose for Writing This Work is to Generate an Open Discussion About Issues Confronting Our Society”

 

Chapter 1: Delaying Gratification   

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Part 1: “Inability to Delay Gratification”

Part 2: “To Grow in Spirit, Both as Individuals and an Organization, We Must Develop the Sattvic Qualification of Being Able to Delay Gratification”

 

Chapter 2: Responsibility

Part 1: “The difference between a happy human being and a miserable one, is that the happy person has accepted that life is full of problems”

 Part 2: “There is Another Aspect to Sidestepping Responsibility”

Part 3: “Srila Prabhupada Exemplified the Vyavasayatmik

 

Chapter 3: Dedication to Truth

Part 1: “The More Clearly We See the Reality of the World, the Better Equipped We Are to Deal with the World”

Part 2: “Srila Prabhupada Was Never Afraid to Change a Plan or Schedule if New Information Came to His Attention”

Part 3: “A life of Accepting Responsibility for Problem-Solving Entails a Life of Dedication to the Truth, and a Life of Dedication to Truth Entails a Willingness to Constantly Redraw One’s Maps”

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Chapter 4: Openness to Challenge

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Part 1: “Dedication to Reality Naturally Leads to Constant Self-Examination”

 Part 2: “Being Open to Challenge is a Healthy and Desirable Quality”

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Chapter 5: The Priceless Value of Criticism  

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Part 1: “In ISKCON the Word Criticism is

 

Chapter 6: Srila Prabhupada’s Warning and The Lessons of History.

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Part 1: Dovetailing Sense Gratification”.  

Part 2: “Things Once Again Become Disordered”.    

Part 3: “Upeksa Means Neglect.”

Part 4: “We Should Discriminate More.”

Part 5: “Consolidation of Power.”

Part 6: “Blind Following, And Death of the Spirit.”

Part 7: “Krishna’s Example: No Fear and Trembling.”

 Part 8: “No Stable Arrangement Has Yet Been Successful.”    

Part 9: “Be Must be Proactive.”

Part 10: “Mode of Goodness: Learning the Lessons of History”

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Chapter 7: Authoritarian and Humanitarian Dynamics: “Symptoms of Authoritarianism and Cultish Dynamics in Our Society.”

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Chapter 8: The Answers Lies Within

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Part 1: “Srila Prabhupada warned us That the Greatest Threat to ISKCON is From Within.”

Part 2: “Deeply Buried Irrational Motivation is Never Obvious to the Individual Harboring It.”   

Part 3: “Authoritarian Dynamics Should be Questioned.”

Part 4: “It is Easier to Determine Our Condition Than We Realize.

 

 

Chapter 9: The Conscience of ISKCON “I”

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Part 1: “It is Critical and Valid That Critical Feedback be the Backbone of an Organization”   

Part 2: “The Basic Tenets of Krishna-consciousness, to Rise Above ‘The Three Modes of Nature’”

 Part 3: “If ISKCON executives Are Resistant to Brahminical Influence, it Has to be a Symptom of the Mode of Ignorance, Not Passion.”

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Chapter 10: The Conscience of ISKCON “II”

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Part 1: “A Body Serving as a Conscience for ISKCON Will be Highly Effective for Upholding the Purity and the Integrity of our Institution”

Part 2: “Anarthas Caused by Bhakti”    

Part 3: “Maya Can Exploit the ISKCON Society for Years and Years”

 

Chapter 11: The Conscience of ISKCON “III”

 

Part 1:  “How Bad Should a Problem be Before we Address it?  How Much of our House Must be on Fire Before we Begin to Fight It?”

Part 2: “The Sacrifice One Makes for the Sake of the Many”

Part 3: “Management Means the Mode of Passion. One Cannot Help But be Influenced by It”

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Chapter 12: Congeniality and The Three Modes

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Part 1:  “In an authoritarian System Groupthink is Practiced Instead of Collegiality”      

Part 2 : “We Have to Give Up the Association of Rajo-guna and Tamo-guna. Then There is Question of Progress. Otherwise, it is Simply a Bluff.”

Part 3: “The Crux of the Problem Facing Us Was a Loss of Fellowship Among Srila Prabhupada’s Disciples”

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Chapter 13: Our Mission

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Part 1: “Krishna consciousness Movement is to Create a Class of Men Who Are Ideal, First-Class Men”   

Part 2: “Prabhupada’s Vision is Not an Impossible Dream” 

Part 3: “How do We Decide Who is an Intellectual?”

Part 4: “Ultimately, Envy or Hate Can be Rationalized”

Part 5: “First-class Civilization is That Which Associates With the Modes of Goodness”  

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Chapter 14: Dogma Verse Science

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Part 1: “Dogma Verses Science”

Part 2: “We Have Heard Repeatedly That This Path is a Science, But How Scientific Are We in Our Approach?”

Part 3: “In preaching Krishna Consciousness There Can be no Question of Compromise, But There is Tact”

Part 4: “The False Security of Running with the Herd”

Part 5: “We Should all Become Adept Philosopher-Scientists and Sift the Data Ourselves”

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Chapter 15: Censorship and Brahminical Society

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Part 1: “Censorship in the Form of Book Banning Without Adequate Dialogue is at Once Symptomatic of Four Negative Signs”

 Part 2: “Is ISKCON a Closed or an Open Society?”

Part 3: “With That Brief Definition, is ISKCON, in Srila Prabhupada’s Conception, intended to be a Closed or Open Society?”

Part 4: “According to Time, Place and Circumstance, There must be Latitude to Freely Discuss and Exchange Ideas”

Part 5: “What Does a Book Ban Implicitly and Explicitly Communicate to Us?”

Part 6: “What Sort of Societies Ban Books and Repress Free Speech?”

Part 7: “What About the Fate of Banned Books and Their Authors?”

Part 8: “Is There an Alternative to Banning Books?”

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Chapter 16: A Prediction

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Part 1: “Making a Prediction is Not Always a Mystical Affair”

Part 2: “Well, 1975 to 1996 (Now 2022), is a Good 20 (Now 47) Years, so Why Bring up the Unpleasant Past?”

Part 3: “We Should Orient Ourselves, to Attracting and Teaching the Best Quality Students”

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Chapter 17: Let’s Make ISKCON All It Can Be.

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Part 1: “Review of Previous Chapters”

Part 2: “ Srila Prabhupada Has Given us Many, Many Guidelines and Advice for Leaders in His Books and Letters”

Part 3: “Ultimately, Our Mission is to Gring Out the Best in People, and Offer It for the Lord’s Devotional Service. Let us Defy History and Avoid the Tragedy of all Great Religions”.

 

Audio is Work in Progress

 

Introduction: 

 

Part 1: “What is Sadhu and What is Truth” 

Part 2: “It is irrational to damn the source of an utterance rather than judge a thing on its merit”

Part 3: “When advancement of knowledge is applied in the servi

 

Preface: 

 

Part 1: “I have come to appreciate that the situation in our society is far worse than I thought when I wrote Our Mission (Raising our Spiritual Standards)”

Part 2: “I reject, categorically, all manifestations and permutations of bullying and intimidation”.

 

Chapter 01: The Healing Process

 

Part 1: “Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering”

Part 2: “My purpose is not to make ISKCON more pain free, but to assist the individual and thus the group organism to be healthier, happier, and more vitally alive”

 

Chapter 02: “Why Emphasize Dynamics?”

 

Part 1: “Studies prove that our childhood experiences influence us throughout life and Krishna consciousness supports this finding”

Part 2: “Authoritarianism makes our society unattractive and unlivable for member who realize that they are getting mentally hobbled by the dynamics”

Part 3: “Enlightened leadership welomes observations or suggestions from senior members of the society by soberly and empathetically hearing, considering, then investigating if necessary”

 

Chapter 03: Dysfunctional Authority; A Study

 

Part 1: “Our society has already proven itself prone to many forms of human flaws, from abuse of authority, to child abuse, to embezzling money, to highly placed leaders getting side-tracked, to murder and more”

Part 2: “Philip Zimbardo interest in determining the cause of the dehumanization that is so prevalent in prisons.”

Part 3: “The happenings within the mock prison were so unpleasant and potentially so dangerous that the entire experiment had to be brought to a premature end after six days rather than the scheduled fourteen”  

Part 4: “We have had in our society men who blatantly display virtually no Vaisnava symptoms in that they were impersonal, ruthless, political, duplicitous, and crazy-making to associate with and to serve”

 

Chapter 04: On Pondering Zimbardo’s Hell

 

Part 1: “Turning to the numbered points in the previous chapter we shall see how they have parallels within our everyday ISKCON”

Part 2: “We use the philosophy to opiate our intelligence”

Part 3: “The Peter Principle states that in any organization the tendency is for people to get promoted to the level of their incompetence”

Part 4: “The sad truth is that now the GBC hat is confused with the guru hat and the leaders think themselves absolute”

Part 5: “Unfortunately, our leaders are not in touch enough to pick up on the signs of depression on the faces of the devotees”

Part 06: “It only takes a few rotten people to create a rotten experience for scores of others”

 
 

Chapter 05: Dysfunctional Obedience; A Study

 

Part 01: “Obedience is a principle integral to military, social, and spiritual discipline. Yet in all cases it happens that conflict arises in the relationship between authority figures and their subordinates”

Part 02: “Here begins the response to the numbered sections above”

Part 3: “One must hear submissively from the spiritual master, “but one must also get a clear understanding from him. This means blind following is out of the question”

Part 4: “Most hierarchical setups reward personnel for blind obedience–being yes-men–as opposed to o

Part 1: “The biggest danger, that of losing oneself, can pass off in the world as quietly as if it were nothing”

Part 2: “When one acts in the jurisdiction of the “institution” (as a “surrendered soul”), then one tends not to take responsibility for one’s actions”

Part3: “If we mistakenly seek to be disempowered, considering it the real thing, then our every act of worship is another step on the path of alienation”

 

Chapter 07: Alienation Via Our Irrational Strivings

 

Part 1: “When we mistakenly think that the genuine experience of Krishna consciousness makes us powerless, we have entered the realm of self-estranged beings”

Part 2: “Alienation also happens in relationship to oneself, when one is subject to irrational passions”

Part 3: “The person bent on possessing others in the name of Krishna consciousness is obviously “the mundane person in the dress of a Vaisnava.”

Part 4: “Another ploy by which we sidestep the responsibility to discriminate is by implying: 

Chapter 08: The Prime Symptoms of An Alienated Culture

 
 

Chapter 09: Prabhupada’s Answers to Alienation

 

Part 1: “Devotees need to know what Prabhupada’s conception of structure, mood, and management was like. Then they can decide for themselves if what ISKCON is currently doing, is in line with his spirit and intent, or a sham”

Part 2: “It is clear that Srila Prabhupada  did not favor ‘ksatriya style’ management from his GBC men; their role is clearly brahminical. But where is such function going on after fifty years?”

 

Chapter 10: A Diagnosis of Dysfunctional Philosophizing      

 

Part 1: “Rather than Srila Prabhupada’s mission, the real mission becomes keeping power and the bureaucratic structure intact”

Part 2: “ISKCON is made up of people. For the leaders, the barometer of ISKCON’s bodily and mental health is ascertained by the honest feedback they get from the devotees, especially the older more experienced devotees”

Part 3: “The Vedic system is that brahmanas are scholarly and insightful and the administrators consult them”

Part 4: “ISKCON is a society rife with problems of every variety and the rank and file devotee would like to see energy directed to solving them”

Part 5: “How can an “ordinary” devotee sift through all this verbiage from a leader in the movement who is fortified with titles such as guru, GBC and sannyasi?”

 

Chapter 11: A Further Diagnosis

 

Part 1: “We want to know if bureaucratic alienation has taken hold of ISKCON institutions”

Part 2: “Interesting. I wrote a whole book saying that everything is not perfect in ISKCON and it was the GBC executive body itself that gave ultimatums to punish me for speaking up, with no discussion and probably before reading the book”

 

Chapter 12: Causality Report: Victims Of Friendly Fire

 

Part 1: “The author of ‘Aspects of Vaisnava Theory & Practice”, is not alone in his perception of the society, in his analysis that ISKCON is a fully alienated bureaucratic organization, and his concern for its future”

Part 2: “It is not GBC approval that makes a devotee a qualified acarya. It is his sincere desire to please Srila Prabhupada and Krishna, and such an acarya does not have to be approved by anyone, he is self-effulgent”

Part 3: “There are devotees worldwide who care about and love ISKCON, whose resistance to alienation is strong; they are too attached to having a clear conscience, thus they cannot allow themselves to succumb to the crazy-making dysfunctional extremes that ISKCON has come to represent”

Part 4: “GBC officer Atreya Rsi, who got self-estranged and then caught himself, but too late to fit in once he woke up”

 
 
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Chapter 13: ISKCON, When It Went Wrong

 

Part 1: “We must preach. Our service to the parampara must go on. Free from doubt and delusion, we must perform welfare activities–teach people to distinguish between reality and illusion”

Part 2: “Returning now to the subject of “B” Swami, here was his account of incidents leading up to his case being made a global issue in the society back in 1985”      

Part 3: “Fanaticism as a disguise is easy to see through”

 

Chapter 14: He Cannot Make Any Comment, these are Facts

 

Part 1: “My aim is not to defend myself, for I have nothing to defend. I am practicing to live my life in the open and whoever wants to denigrate me is most welcome to have a go”

Part 2: “We are meant to distinguish reality from illusion for the benefit of all, as mandated in our scriptures, and the preacher is supposed to find the ways and means to communicate that”

Part 3: “One GBC man, no doubt fearing the repulsion of the majority of the body, said privately that ‘Every word of Kundali’s book is true’” 

 

Chapter 15: An Knock’em Dead Lecture

 

Chapter 16: Listen, Little Prabhu

 

Afterword

 

 

Audio is Work in Progress

 

Chapter 1: Sweet Tone and Other Considerations.   

 

Part 1, “If I Become Involved in Someone’s Likes and Dislikes, I Cannot Possibly Write the Simple Truth.”

Part 2, “We Have a Serious Problem. The Thing to do is Make a Stark Assessment of it, and Establish the Solution and Then Apply It”

Part 3, “Attacking Our Problem at its Root Means Drastic Changes for Those Who Have Vested Interest in Keeping the Way They Are”

 

Chapter 2: “The Rude Truth. Who Are the People Who Need to Hear This Message?”

 

Chapter 3: The Simple Truth

 

Part 1: “The People These Our Mission Books Are For, May Not be Born Yet”

Part 2: “We Must be Unhesitating to Shine the Candle of Enlightenment in all Directions”

 

Chapter 4: The Duty of a Vaisnava Writer

 

Part 1: “These Times Have Seen the Emergence of a New American Beed, the Truth-Teller as Hero”

Part 2: “Careful Analysis of the Vaisnava Character Reveals that a Hard-head and a Soft-heart is the Standard”

Part 3: “I Write Because I Believe in the Power of Open Debate to Sort Things Out, and to Make Things Better”

 

 

Chapter 5: Truth-Sayers versus Preachers of Virtue

 

Part 1: “The Devil’s-Advocate Can Save the Group from Itself”

Part 2: “The Practice of Virtue is Meant to Have Us Deceive No One and Not Be Deceived by Anyone”

Part 3: “When Srila Prabhupada Says Nothing Should be Accepted Blindly, He is Telling us to be Hard-headed Realists”

 

Chapter 6: Incurable Optimism

 

Part 1: “Some May Say the Situation in ISKCON is Too Far Gone. The Society Cannot be Pulled Back from the Brink. We are Doomed to Accept Dysfunctional Dynamics or Go Away”

Part 2: “Keep in Mind That Tests of Courage are Opportunities to Rehearse in Preparation to Face the Ultimate Test of Courage, Death”  

6 Part 3: “ISKCON has Become Many Things Srila Prabhupada did not Want—Power-driven, Anti-intellectual, Bureaucratic, Authoritarian, Averse to Independent Thoughtfulness, Unethical, and Indifferent to Transgressions of Human Dignity—Thus Unattractive to Intelligent People”

 

Chapter 7: A Devotee is not Blind 

 

Part 1: “Our Philosophy is That a Spiritual Authority Removes Our Doubts with Logic and Reason and Ultimately with Philosophy, Sastra. This is the Path of Rational or Open-eyed Faith”

Part 2: “There Must be Some Blind Following, a Small Degree, for Exceptional Circumstances”

Part 3: “Unless A Vaisnava is Able to Discriminate, They Are To be Considered to be in the Neophyte Stage”

 

Chapter 8: Did Prabhupada Follow Blindly?

 

Part 1: “Sastra is Our Eyes, Srila Prabhupada Taught”

Part 2: “What Kind of Society Needs to Silence the Opposition? If They Truly Have all the Answers, They Should be Fearless of the Opposition”

Part 3: “Promoters of Guru, Guru, and Guru Instead of Guru, Sastra, and Sadhu; as Pramana, or of Blind Following Are Swindlers”

 

 

Chapter 9: Faith and the Analytical Mind   

 

Part 1: “A Misconception in Spiritual Life: That Having Faith and Developing an Analytical Mind are Opposed to Each Other’    93

Part 2: “Today, Through Out the World, Being Soft-headed is Spreading as the Authentic Orientation for Taking up Krishna Consciousness”    .

 

Chapter 10: Logic and Reason are Our Tools

 

Part 1: “Asammoha, Freedom from Doubt and Delusion Can be Achieved When One is Not Hesitant and When he Understands the Transcendental Philosophy”          

Part 2: “The Fully Perfected Devotee, if He Desires to Preach Pure Devotional Service, Must Voluntarily Give up the Highest Stage and Come Down to the Platform of Reason”

Part 3: “Let There be no Doubt That in Bhakti-yoga, Faith and Analytical or Rational Thinking Go Together”

 

Chapter 11: The First-class Devotee

 

Part 1: “When One is Lazy Intellectually, or Overly Eager to Pass as a First-class Vaisnava, One is Prone to Make a Show About Emotional Experiences, Bhava, to Impress Others”

Part 2: “When a Pure Vaisnava Speaks on Srimad-Bhagavatam and Another Pure Vaisnava Hears Srimad-Bhagavatam from Such a Realized Soul, Both of Them Live in the Transcendental World”

Part 3: “People, in the Name of Following the Teachings of Lord Caitanya, Mistake a Soft Head for a Soft Heart”

Part 4: “Faith and the Analytical Mind are Inseparable From Each Other”  

Part 5: “Many Are Swayed by a Dogmatic Presentation”

 

Chapter 12: The Ritvik Heresy   

 

Part 1: “I Shall Request Them All to Become Spiritual Master”

Part 2: “We Have to Look Closely to See if Ritvik Philosophy Serves Something Other Than the Truth”

Part 3: “The Illusion and Misunderstanding of Our Philosophy”

 

 

 

Chapter 13: “Who will Decide?  Who will Decide?”

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Part 1: “The Primary Sense Organ in Spiritual Life is the Ear, Hearing”

art 2: “The Neophyte, is to Find a Guru on the Basis of Sastra and Not on the Basis of Social or Institutional Convention”

Part 3: “It Was Assumed That to be Guru One Must Imitate Srila Prabhupada”

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Chapter 14: The Distinction Between Conditioned and Liberated

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Part 1. “In Counterpoint to ISKCON’s Rubber-Stamp-a-Guru-Program the Ritviks Elect Themselves to Decide Who is Not Guru by Their Vote”

Part 2: “There Are Various Levels of Devotees and Gurus and Al of Them Have One Common Symptom; Their Conduct is Exemplary and They Do Not Deviate from the Parampara”

Part 3: “Our Guiding Principle, Is That We Follow the Footsteps of the Mahajanas; We Do Not Concoct

Part 4: “There are Various Levels of Devotees and Gurus and All of Them Have One Common Symptom; Their Conduct is Exemplary and They do not Deviate from the Parampara”

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Chapter 15: Initiation is Always on Behalf of the Parampara 

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Part 1: “With Respect to the Guru Issue, We Have Seen That the Consistent Demeanor of Srila Prabhupada is His Insistence on the Principle of Parampara”

Part 2: “Ritvik Philosophy is Nonsense. It Should be Rejected. And Rubberstamping is Also Nonsense. That Too Should be Rejected. Both are Beyond Krishna’s Teachings

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Chapter 16: Three Kinds of Eligibility For Pure Devotional Service   

Chapter 17: Who is a Maha-Bhagavata?    

Chapter 18: Two Kinds of Madhyama Vaisnavas  

Chapter 19: Self-Effulgence  

Chapter 20: We Should All Know this Joy

 Work in Progress

 
 

Chapter 01: Why Study the Three Modes of Material Nature?   

 

Segment 01: Introduction to Why Study the Three Modes of Material Nature?   

Segment 02: Unwanted Creepers Part 1

Segment 03: Unwanted Creepers Part 2

Segment 04: Responsibility, This Is No Exaggeration.

Segment 05: Be a Victor Not a Victim.

Chapter 02: What Are The Three Modes?

 

Segment 06: Ignorance Is No Excuse

Segment 07: Putting This Knowledge to Work

Segment 08: Three Features of The Modes

Segment 09: Something Exceptional

Segment 10: The Danger of The Mode of Goodness

Segment 11: Accept What’s Favorable

 

Chapter 3: Which Mode Is Preferred?

 

Segment 12: Judge by The Results

Segment 13: But Devotees Are Above the Modes

Segment 14: Symptoms of One Above the Modes.

Segment 15: The Better Part of Valor

 

Chapter 4: Devotional Service In Knowledge Is Best

 

Segment 16: Introduction to Devotional Service In Knowledge Is Best

Segment 17: Do not Just Throw Yourself on The Track

Segment 18: We Should Always Take the Long View

Segment 19: Misconceptions About Love

Segment 20: Love Is Work (Service)

Segment 21: Sentimental Means Poor Discrimination

Segment 22: Bhakti-Yoga Is a Science

Segment 23: Mercy Abounds .          

Segment 24: The Only Qualification

Segment 25: Simply Become Bold for Krishna

Segment 26: Soft-Hearted Does Not Mean Mushy

Segment 27: Krishna Is All-Sweet

Segment 28: Discrimination: Seeing Through the Shastra

 
 

Chapter 5: Freedom from the Modes or Pure Bhakti?

 

Segment 29: Symptoms of One Transcendentally Situated

Segment 30: First Be Free of The Modes

Segment 31: Do We Have a Choice?

Segment 32: Who Can Be Spiritual Master?

Segment 33: Who Can Be a Disciple?

Segment 34: A Word of Caution

Segment 35: Fanatic Disciples: What Mode Are They In?

Segment 36: The Accelerated Process

 

Chapter 6: Bhakti Mixed With The Three Modes Of Nature

 

Segment 37: A Popular Misconception

Segment 38: Mixed Devotional Service Is Not Good Enough

Segment 39: No Substitute For Pure Devotional Service

Segment 40: Dare to Discriminate?  But of Course

Segment 41: Dare to Question?  Why Not?

Segment 42: Become a Responsible Follower

Segment 43: What About the Mercy of The Lord?

Segment 44: Mixed Devotional Service

Segment 45: Bhakti in The Mode of Ignorance

Segment 46: Bhakti in The Mode of Passion

Segment 47: Bhakti in The Mode of Goodness

 

Chapter 7: Mixed Devotional Service

 

Segment 48: Introduction to Mixed Devotional Service

Segment 49: Fault-Finding Versus Discrimination

Segment 50: It is Not All About Getting Glory

Segment 51: A Devotee Is a Mahatma, Not a Duratma

Segment 52: The Varieties of Devotee Dealings

Segment 53: The Highest Principle

Segment 54: The Sentimental Paradigm

Segment 55: We Should Be Self-Critical

Segment 56: The Personal Ambition Syndrome

Segment 57: The Downline Syndrome

Segment 58: Killing a Sacred Cow

Segment 59: What Pleases Prabhupada Most

Segment 60: I am Doing This for Prabhupada

Segment 61: A Question of Loyalty  

Segment 62: New Vrindavana

 Work in Progress

“F O R U M”

 

Where Users can Post Comments About Vaisnava Issues or Topics and Reply to Other Users’ Postings

Segment 01: “The Tragedy of all Great Religions”

Segment 02: “Rationalization: The Counterfeit of Reason”

Segment 03: “Authoritarian Religion”

Segment 04: “Sheep Nature and Human Nature”

Segment 05: “The Double Standard”

Segment 06: “Sin and the Response to It”

Segment 07: “The Main Qualification for Getting Ahead”

Segment 08: “Humanitarian Religion”

Segment 09: “The True Heroes of the Human Race”

Segment 10: “A Social Order that Develops Reason; Varnasrama Society

Segment 11: “The Authoritarian/Masochistic Character”

Segment 12: “The Result”

Segment 13: “Conclusion”

Segment 14: “ISKCON Book Banning!  Are we Going to do the Needful?

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Part 1: “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend with my life< your right to say it.”

Part 2: “Srila Prabhupada has something to say about ‘Blind Faith’” 

Part 3: “An author should not accept responsibility for others’ feelings.  An author should accept responsibility for his own feelings.  And an author should expect that on this site, others will do likewise

Part 4: “A Person of Integrity”.

 

 

Segment 1: What is Bhakti? 

Segment 2: Objectivity/Subjectivity.

Segment 3: Faith/Doubt.       

Segment 4: The True Basis of Reality.  

Segment 5: Matter is Not the True Basis of Reality, but Consciousness; and Consciousness Implies Being          

Segment 6: How Does Bhakti Propose to do What Conventional Science Can Only Infer?

Segment 7: Are the Laws of the Science of Bhakti Certain?           

Segment 8: Certainty/Uncertainty.

 

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Segment 01: The DOM Part 1

Segment 02: The DOM Part 2

Segment 03: The DOM Part 3

Segment 04: Removal of Temple Presidents

Segment 05: Elections of GBCs

Segment 06: Srila Prabhupada on Relationship Between The GBC And Temple Management

Segment 07: Srila Prabhupada on Temple President Is Elected

Segment 08: Srila Prabhupada on Removal Of Temple President

Segment 09: Srila Prabhupada On Management In General, Part 1

Segment 10: Srila Prabhupada On Management In General, Part 2

Segment 11: Srila Prabhupada On Management In General, Part 3

Segment 12: Concluding Commentary Part 1

Segment 13: Concluding Commentary Part 2

Segment 14: Concluding Commentary Part 3 .

 

 

Part 1: “Free or Should I Say “Easy” Tickets to Vaikuntha?”

Part 2: “Srila Prabhupada Gave Many Warnings For Us to be Aware Of.”

Part 3:  “Hence, Some Questions Naturally Come to Mind.”

Part 4: “Let’s Look at the Definition of the Word’s “Evil” and “Wicked”.

Part 5: “What is More Evil or More Wicked?  Physical Life Mas Murder or Spritual Life Mas Murder?”

 

 

 

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Segment 01: A Note to the Reader. 

Segment 02: Objection 1

Segment 03: Refutation of Objection 1 References from Sastra which are from Sruti.

Segment 04: Refutation of Objection 1 References from the Puranas, Part 1. 

Segment 05: Refutation of Objection 1 References from the Puranas, Part 2.

Segment 06: Refutation of Objection 1 References from the Puranas, Part 3

Segment 07: Refutation of Objection 1 “References from the Other Scripture”   

 Segment 08: Refutation of Objection 1 “Ananta-Samhita”  

Segment 09: Refutation of Objection 2 “Some of the Scriptures That You Quote Have Never Been Heard Of”.  

 Segment 10: Refutation of Objection 3 “Many of your scriptural quotes are not to be found in the said books”    

 Segment 11: Refutation of Objection 4 “Those quotes that you use which can be found are conveniently interpreted by you to promote the cause of your own sect”    

Segment 12: Refutation of Objection 5   

Segment 13: Refutation of Objection 6, “It is the opinion of learned scholars such as Trivikrama Pandit-acarya that Madhva was the incarnation of Mukhya Prana (Vayu)”    

Segment 14: Objection 7.   

Segment 15: Refutation of Objection 7  

Segment 16: Objection 8  

Segment 17: Refutation of Objection 8, Part 1 

Segment 18: Refutation of Objection 8, Part 2 

Segment 19: Refutation of Objection 8, Part 3  

Segment 20: Refutation of Objection 8, Part 4  

 Segment 21: Conclusion.   

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Canto 1 “Creation” 

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Canto 3 “The Status Quo” 

Canto 4 “The Creation of the Fourth Order” 

Canto 5 “The Creative Impetus” 

Canto 6 “Prescribed Duties for Mankind” 

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Caitanya-caritamrta: By Srila Krishna-dasa Kaviraja.

 
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TLC: Teaching of Lord Caitanya

 

 

BB&D: Beyond Birth & Death

EJTOP: Easy Journey to Other Planets

 

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“Brahma-samhita”, By Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada

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“Caitanya-bhagavata”, By Srila Vrindavana Dasa Thakura

 

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“Jaiva-dharma”, By Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur

 

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“Brhad-Bhagavatamrta”, By Srila Sanatana Goswami

 

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ou VOWED & PROMISED to him, that you would follow these orders and instruction, when he Accepted you as his Disciple.

Understand that you can not say you are a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, if you are not following these orders and instructions.  Disciple means you follow his Discipline.

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Sri Nam is Equal to Sri Krishna                   I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace A. C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who is very dear to Lord Krishna, having taken shelter at His lotus feet.   Our respectful obeisances are unto you,             O spiritual master, servant of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami.   You are kindly preaching the message of Lord Caitanya deva and delivering the Western countries, which are filled with impersonalism and voidism."      "O most munificent incarnation!   You are Krishna Himself appearing as Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu.   You have assumed the golden color of Srimati Radharani. and You are widely distributing pure love of Krishna.   We offer our respectful obeisances unto You."        "I offer my respectful obeisances unto Lord Krishna, who is the worshipable Deity for all brahmanas the well-wisher of the cows and the brahmanas and the benefactor of the whole world.   I offer my repeated obeyances to the Personality of Godhead, known as Krishna and Govinda."             Jaya Sri Krishna Chaitanya,   Prabhu Nityananda,   Sri Adwaita Gadadhara,   Shrivasadi-gaura Bhakta-vrinda,             Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna,   Krishna Krishna,   Hare Hare.   Hare Rama, Hare Rama,   Rama Rama,   Hare Hare!             Jai Srila Prabhupada!                   Jaya Sri Krishna Chaitanya,   Prabhu Nityananda,   Sri Adwaita Gadadhara,   Sri Adwaita Gadadhara,   Shrivasadi-gaura Bhakta-vrinda,            Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna,   Krishna Krishna,   Hare Hare.   Hare Rama, Hare Rama,   Rama Rama,   Hare Hare!