Aspects of Vaisnava Theory & Practice
Making a "Case" for the Reconstitution of Srila Prabhupada's "Mission"

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Varieties Of Dysfunctional Experience

Introduction: 

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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 service of the Lord, the whole process becomes absolute

Part 4: “This book is for people concerned with groups and with what can go wrong with organizations and groups”

Foreword

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Preface: 

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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”.

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Chapter 01: The Healing Process

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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”

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Chapter 02: “Why Emphasize Dynamics?”

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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”

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Chapter 03: Dysfunctional Authority; A Study

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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”

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Chapter 04: On Pondering Zimbardo’s Hell

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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”

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Chapter 05: Dysfunctional Obedience; A Study

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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 open-eyed obedience or competence”

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Chapter 06: Alienation as Self-Estrangement

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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”

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Chapter 07: Alienation Via Our Irrational Strivings

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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

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Chapter 09: Prabhupada’s Answers to Alienation

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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?”

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Chapter 10: A Diagnosis of Dysfunctional Philosophizing      

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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?”

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Chapter 11: A Further Diagnosis

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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”

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Chapter 12: Causality Report: Victims Of Friendly Fire

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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

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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”

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

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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

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Chapter 16: Listen, Little Prabhu

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Afterword

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