The following sequence of references from Caitanya-caritamrita, explain how there were many branches that sprouted from Lord Caitanya’s tree. They show how some of these branches followed Lord Caitanya’s orders and instructions and therefore, the branch thrived and produced fruit. On the other hand, the branches who did not follow the orders and instructions of Lord Caitanya, dried up and withered away and did not produce any fruit.
Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu disappeared in 1533, and Chaitanya Caritamrta, was completed by Krishna das Kaviraja in 1581. Believe it or not, that is exactly 48 years after the disappearance of Lord Caitanya, (Lord Caitanya disappeared at the age of 48). Curious, that in less than one human generation, there were some branches of Lord Caitanya Tree, who did not follow the orders and instructions of Lord Caitanya, and they withered away, and they did not produce any fruit. Moreover, Krishnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami was aware of this, and he could write in Caitanya-caritamrta the identity of these deviant branches.
Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, Adi-lila 12.66,
“The Advaita acharya branch received the water supplied by the original gardener, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. In this way, the sub-branches were nourished, and their fruits and flowers grew luxuriantly.”
The branches of Advaita acharya nourished by the water (jala) supplied by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu are to be considered bona fide acharyas. As we have discussed hereinbefore, the representatives of Advaita acharya later divided into two groups—the bona fide branches of the acharya’s disciplic succession and the pretentious branches of Advaita acharya. Those who followed the principles of Caitanya Mahaprabhu flourished, whereas the others, who are mentioned below in the sixty-seventh verse, dried up.
Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, Adi-lila 12.67,
“After the disappearance of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, some of the branches, for unfortunate reasons, deviated from His path.”
If this could happen to some of Lord Caitanya branches, 48 year or less after his disappearance; why will anyone
question that it could not happen to Srila Prabhupada’s ISKCON.
Srila Prabhupada visions and missions for ISKCON are fixed, and can never be changed.
Not following the orders and instruction regarding the “guru” issue, and “the management of ISKCON’ issue, means only one thing. The GBC created an ISKCON that is, “In Name Only”, which is an aphorism that means “by description but not in reality”. Remember that it also happened to Srila Bhaktisiddanta Thakur’s Gaudiya Matha, in about the same time period.
Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, Adi-lila 2.68-69,
“Some branches did not accept the original trunk that vitalized and maintained the entire tree. When they thus became ungrateful, the original trunk was angry at them. Thus, Lord Caitanya did not sprinkle upon them the water of His mercy, and they gradually withered and died.”
Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, Adi-lila 12.70,
“A person without Krishna consciousness is no better than dry wood or a dead body. He is understood to be dead while living, and after death he is punishable by Yamaraja.”
In the Srimad-bhagavatam, Sixth Canto, Third Chapter, twenty-ninth verse, Yamaraja, the superintendent of death, tells his assistants what class of men they should bring before him. There he states,
“A person whose tongue never describes the qualities and holy name of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, whose heart never throbs as he remembers Krishna and His lotus feet, and whose head never bows in obeisances to the Supreme Lord must be brought before me for punishment.”
In other words, nondevotees are brought before Yamaraja for punishment, and thus material nature awards them various types of bodies. After death, which is dehantara, a change of body, nondevotees are brought before Yamaraja for justice. By the judgment of Yamaraja, material nature gives them bodies suitable for the reactions of their past activities. This is the process of transmigration of the self from one body to another.