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

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Rasing Our Spiritual Standards

Introduction:

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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:

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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”

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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”

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Chapter 2: Responsibility     

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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 Vyavasayatmika Buddhi Quality When He Came to the West to Preach Krishna Consciousness”

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Chapter 3: Dedication to Truth

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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 Used Negatively. It Invariably Means an Unfavorable Comment or Judgment of a Person or an Action. Fault-Finding”

Part 2“Hearing Criticism, Just Hearing it Out, Does Not Mean That it is True”

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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

 

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”

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”.

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