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

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Faith, The Analytical Mind, & The Uttama Adhikari

Chapter 1: Sweet Tone and Other Considerations.   

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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”

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

 

Chapter 3: The Simple Truth

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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”

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Chapter 4: The Duty of a Vaisnava Writer

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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”

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Chapter 5: Truth-Sayers versus Preachers of Virtue

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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”

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Chapter 6: Incurable Optimism

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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”

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Chapter 7: A Devotee is not Blind 

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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”

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Chapter 8: Did Prabhupada Follow Blindly?

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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”

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Chapter 9: Faith and the Analytical Mind   

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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

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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”

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Chapter 11: The First-class Devotee

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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”

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Chapter 12: The Ritvik Heresy   

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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”

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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   

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Chapter 17: Who is a Maha-Bhagavata?    

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Chapter 18: Two Kinds of Madhyama Vaisnavas 

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Chapter 19: Self-Effulgence  

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Chapter 20: We Should All Know this Joy

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