“Moving Forward”

A Treatise; Making a “Case” for the Reconstitution of Srila Prabhupada’s “Mission”

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Segment 07.1

Consequences of Not Following the Instructions & Orders of One’s Spiritual Master. Part 1.

To “not” follow the orders or instructions of one’s spiritual master is one of the 10 offenses to the Holy Name that is called the “mad elephant offense.”. 

Srimad-bhagavatam 5.1.5 Purport by Srila Prabhupada:

“According to Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura, there are two kinds of impediments to devotional service. The first is an offense at the lotus feet of a Vaisnava. This is called vaisnava-aparadha. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu warned His devotees not to commit vaisnava-aparadha, which He described as the mad elephant offense. When a mad elephant enters a beautiful garden, it destroys everything, leaving a barren field. Similarly, the power of vaisnava-aparadha is so great that even an advanced devotee becomes almost devoid of his spiritual assets if he commits it. Since Krishna consciousness is eternal, it cannot be destroyed altogether, but advancement may be checked for the time being.”

Caitanya-caritamrita-Madya, 19.156, Purport by Srila Prabhupada:

“… Offenses against the holy name are explained in Adi-lila, Chapter Eight, verse 24. Giving up the regulative principles and living according to one’s whims is compared to a mad elephant, which by force uproots the bhakti-lata and breaks it to pieces. In this way the bhakti-lata shrivels up. Such an offense is especially created when one disobeys the instructions of the spiritual master. This is called guru-avajna. The devotee must therefore be very careful not to commit offenses against the spiritual master by disobeying his instructions. As soon as one is deviated from the instructions of the spiritual master, the uprooting of the bhakti-lata begins, and gradually all the leaves dry up.”

One can say that over the period of almost 5 decades, of not following the above 2 major orders; there has been sufficient time for the “gradual drying up” of the “bhakti-lata” of those Srila Prabhupada disciples who dishonored these two instructions & orders.

I the writer of this Treatise, will not project any judgement on any particular disciple of Srila Prabhupada because I have been guilty myself; it will project the opinion, or judgement, if you will; of Srila Prabhupada and the past-acharyas, in regards to not following the orders and instructions of one’s spiritual master. This Treatise will only present the facts, for they are what they are.  We cannot go back in time and rectify our actions in the past.  If we know what the facts are, then it may be possible to live the rest of our life; in correcting ourselves, and thus, leave the past behind, and “Move Forward” with our service to our beloved Srila Prabhupada.  I have confidences that Srila Prabhupada will be pleased.

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur said,

“Scrutinizing the past, present, and future; is action in the mode of goodness.”

An aphorism that is applicable is,

“At every moment in time you are making decisions of all kinds; from insignificant to significant, and everything in between.  Hence, the decisions that you make at every moment in time, will mould your destiny.”

You cannot blame anyone for your condition in life.  You are the master of your destiny.  You have free-will.  Hence, it would be grand if all of you Srila Prabhupada disciples, who have not passed on to your next life, to use this free-will and make proper decisions, and come back and surrender to your spiritual master again, and follow his orders; all of them.  You did it once before, and you can do it again.

The First Issue that will be discussed in “Section 01”, is the fact that Srila Prabhupada did not order a particular disciple to become a Diksa-guru what to speak of the next acharya. Nevertheless, just after his passing away, 11 GBCs colluded, conspired, plotted, schemed, and made plans, without authority, to occupy the post of Diksa-guru.  This Treatise will present conclusive evidence in this regard.  Of these 11, 8 of them have been exposed to have committed wicket and evil acts, while one of them, is competing to be the next acharya, and his disciples claim openly, that he is an eternal associate of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu; and the remaining one, has removed himself from any connection to ISKCON, and pretends, that nothing had happened, in between his rounds of tennis with his women disciples, at his mansion in sunny Southern California.  

Nevertheless, this Treatise will layout the facts in regards to what will be referred to, as the “Guru Issue”; with the intent of clarifying exactly what Srila Prabhupada and other Past acharyas, have ordered, instructed, and advised, and which ISKCON leaders have absolutely neglected.

The Second Issue that will be discussed in “Section 02”, is concerned with, “The Management of ISKCON”.  Srila Prabhupada’s mission is not managed in the manner that Srila Prabhupada instructed.  In general, instead of a democratic, decentralized institution, which Srila Prabhupada wanted, ISKCON has been transformed in to a centralized, authoritarian, and totalitarian organization.

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