Article by Upendranath Dasa
Analysis of Srila Prabhupada’s “Direction of Management”, the DOM
In Bombay, when Srila Prabhupada was negotiating to buy the Juhu property, there was a conversation that is relevant in our discussion.
“I’m an old man, and now our Society has become too big for me to manage personally. If I’ve committed some offense, it’s that I’ve taken on too many disciples.”
That’s your compassion, Srila Prabhupada,” Pradyumna says. “You’re too compassionate to let others suffer.”
“It is my Guru Maharaja who is taking care. In addition, he is under the guidance of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Let us go to hell, if necessary, but let others be saved. That is the Vaishnava attitude.”
Srila Prabhupada is certainly referring to power full preachers.
One of these original 11 unauthorized gurus, Satvarupa Goswami, wrote the following after Srila Prabhupada had departed. This was written in 1979. He was refereeing to the illness Srila Prabhupada had in August of 1974. This shows that these 11 were aware of the implications of their activity and their callous nature.
“Prabhupada explained that his illness was due to the sins of the ISKCON leaders, eighty percent, (80%), of whom were not strictly following the rules and regulations, he said. Even in Vrndavana, some of the devotees weren’t regularly rising at four A.M. Since Prabhupada was speaking little, he had only briefly mentioned this because of his illness. But brief as it was, it crushed his disciples. As for who was guilty, each disciple would have to say for himself. But in a mood of “Oh, God, what have we done?” all the disciples in Vrndavana immediately became very attentive to the rules and regulations.
In the morning Bhagavatam class, the devotees who lectured regularly discussed the subject as explained in Srila Prabhupada ‘s books: At the time of initiation Krishna absolves the initiate of all karmic reactions due for past sinful acts.
The spiritual master, however, as the representative of Krishna, also shares in removing the disciple’s karma. Krishna, being infinite, can never be affected by such karma, whereas the spiritual master, although completely pure, is finite. The spiritual master, therefore, partially suffers the reactions for a disciple’s sins, sometimes becoming ill. Jiva Gosvami warns that a spiritual master should not take too many disciples, because of the danger of accepting an overload of karma. Not only does the spiritual master accept the previous karma of the disciples, but if the disciples commit sins after initiation, then for those also the spiritual master may sometimes become ill.
Prabhupäda said that his “misdeed” was accepting so many disciples, but he had no choice for spreading Krishna consciousness. The spiritual master sometimes suffers, he said, so that the disciples may know, “Due to our sinful activities, our spiritual master is suffering,” and this always had a sobering effect on any would-be offender. But now, for the first time, Prabhupäda was specifically blaming his disciples for a serious illness. By neglecting their spiritual master’s most basic instructions, they were causing him great distress.
They understood that their spiritual master was no ordinary malaria victim, and they knew they had to correct their mistakes and pray to Krishna that Prabhupäda would get better. “
This guru has left ISKCON, resigned his GBC and guru positions, gave up and disappointed his disciples, and gave up the sannaysa ashram and married one of his disciples.
I have just written about a few examples, of what happened, because Srila Prabhupada DOM was not followed, what to speak of implemented. Yep! Everything became RUINED, and those leaders who did not follow his order and instruction became USELESS!
Hence, we must tax our brains, in order to determine, how Srila Prabhupada DOM can be implemented, according to the principle of “time, place and circumstance”.; it is 2023, and the Internet is the means.