M O V I N G F O R W A R D
In the following references, please pay attention to the bold & underlined portions,
Srimad-bhagavatam 1.13.15 Purport:
This is our position. Anything… If you are walking on the street, if you kill an ant by walking, you will be punished. This is nature’s law. We are in such a dangerous position. In every movement there is punishment. Now, if you believe the sastras, that is different thing. If you do not believe, then do anything you like. But from sastra we can understand the laws of nature, or God, is very, very strict, very, very strict. So-Manduka Muni also chastised Yamaraja, that,
“In my childhood, without any knowledge I did something and for which you have given me so great punishment. So, you are not fit for becoming a brahmana or ksatriya. You become sudra.”
So, he was cursed to become sudra. Therefore, Yamaraja took his birth as Vidura and was born in the womb of a sudra mother. This is the history of Vidura’s birth. So Vidura was Yamaraja. Not only he was Yamaraja, ordinary, but he is one of the great authorities. There are twelve authorities mentioned in the sastra, (the 12 Mahajanas). One of them is Yamaraja. …
Yamaraja is one of the GBC of Krishna. Yes. As we have got twelve GBC’s, similarly Krishna has got GBC’s. …
That twelve men are authorized to preach Krishna consciousness. So, we have to follow. Sri Caitanya-caritamrita-Madhya-lila 17.186,
“Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu continued, ‘Dry arguments are inconclusive. A great Personality whose opinion does not differ from others is not considered a great sage. Simply by studying the Vedas, which are variegated, one cannot come to the right path by which religious principles are understood. The solid truth of religious principles is hidden in the heart of an unadulterated, self-realized person. Consequently, as the sastras confirm, one should accept whatever progressive path the mahajanas advocate.’”
Therefore, we have created these GBC. So, they should be very responsible men. Otherwise, they will be punished. They will be punished to become a sudra.
Although Yamaraja is a GBC (of Krishna), but he made a little mistake. He was punished to become a sudra. So those who are GBC’s, (in ISKCON), they should be very, very careful to administer the business of ISKCON. Otherwise, they will be punished. As the post is very great, similarly, the punishment is also very great.
Letter to: Kulasekhara, (Colin Jury), Digvijaya, (Dick Withey), Tirthapada, (Tim Austin), Los Angeles, 31 July, 1969,
So, this initiation means the preliminary chance for preparing oneself to achieve this highest perfection. I am very glad that you are already interested in the Krishna Consciousness Movement, and you will please chant at least 16 rounds daily, observing the rules and regulations. The four principal rules are that you will refrain from,
- Meat-eating or partaking of fish or eggs.
- Illicit sexual connections.
- Intoxication (including cigareties, coffee and tea).
- In addition to these rules there are ten offenses to chanting the Maha Mantra which should be avoided. These rules are as follows; please take special note of number 3:
- Blaspheming the Lord’s devotee.
- Considering the Lord and the demi-gods on the same level.
- Neglecting the orders of the spiritual master.
- Minimizing the authority of the Scriptures.
- Interpreting the Holy Name of God.
- Committing sin on the strength of chanting.
- Instructing the glories of the Lord’s Name to the unfaithful.
- Comparing the Holy Name with material piety.
- Inattention while chanting the Holy Name.
- Attachment to material things while engaged in the practice of chanting.
Srimad-bhagavatam Canto 1, Introduction, Srila Prabhupada said:
“The Lord taught the Gosvami about devotional service, comparing it to a creeper, and advised him to protect the bhakti creeper most carefully against the mad elephant offense against the pure devotees.”
Sri Caitanya-caritamrita-Madhya-lila-lila 19.156,
“If the devotee commits an offense at the feet of a Vaisnava while cultivating the creeper of devotional service in the material world, his offense is compared to a mad elephant that uproots the creeper and breaks it. In this way the leaves of the creeper are dried up.”
One’s devotional attitude increases in the association of a Vaisnava: By his personal example, Naratama dasa Thakura stresses that a devotee must always remember to please his predecessor acharyas. The Gosvamis are represented by one’s spiritual master. One cannot be an acharya (spiritual master) without following strictly in the disciplic succession of the acharyas. One who is actually serious about advancing in devotional service should desire only to satisfy the previous acharyas.
One should always think of oneself as a servant of the servant of the acharyas, and thinking this, one should live in the society of Vaisnavas [Sri Caitanya-caritamrita-Madhya-lila 13.8]. However, if one thinks that he has become very mature and can live separate from the association of Vaisnavas and thus gives up all the regulative principles due to offending a Vaisnava, one’s position becomes very dangerous. 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.
Srimad-bhagavatam 5.1.5 Purport:
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.”
Srimad-bhagavatam 5.10.24 Purport:
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has said that by offending a Vaisnava, one finishes all his spiritual activities. Offending a Vaisnava is considered the mad elephant offense. A mad elephant can destroy an entire garden which has been developed with great labor. One may attain the topmost platform of devotional service, but somehow or other if he offends a Vaisnava, the whole structure collapses.
Sri Caitanya-caritamrita-Madhya-lila-lila 10.156, Purport:
“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‘”
From the above references, it can be understood that Srila Prabhupada left us plenty of information that explains clearly the consequences of not following, or discounting, and disregarding his orders and instructions. Moreover, it can be understood that these warnings are applicable to both the regular disciple, and the disciples who were charged with leading the Krishna consciousness movement.
In this regard you should note that ISKCON is suffering with many litigations, and has several factions that have separated from ISKCON. Moreover, please scrutinize, until you understand, what Srila Prabhupada wrote, in the Srimad-bhagavatam 1.13.15 Purport, in regards to the consequences to the GBC themselves, when they do not follow the orders of Srila Prabhupada.
 Sudra—a member of the fourth social order, laborer class, in the traditional Vedic social system. He is meant to render service to the three higher classes, namely the brahmanas, the ksatriyas, and the vaisyas.
 Six Gosvamis—they were deputed to go to Vrndavana to excavate the present places of pilgrimage. The present city of Vrndavana and the importance of Vrajabhumi were thus disclosed by the will of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. See also: Rupa Gosvami, Sanatana Gosvami, Jiva Gvami, Gopala Bhatta Gosvami, Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami and Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami.