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With a Case for the Reconstitution of Srila Prabhupada’s “Mission”.

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We Must Follow Srila Prabhupada’s Orders & Instructions.

After Srila Prabhupada disappearance. The state of affairs of the ISKCON institution, declined in a very serious way.  The references (from Srila Prabhupada, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura, Krishnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami, and Srila Jiva Gosvami), sited in this Treatise, were used as evidence in the prosecution of charges, that the leaders of ISKCON, (GBCs, Sannaysis, Gurus, and Temple-presidents), did not follow Srila Prabhupada’s instructions and orders, in regards to the two most important issues of,

Ø  Instructions & Orders on Guru-tattva.  This transgression, made its appearance after Srila Prabhupada’s disappearance.

Ø  Instructions & Orders on how ISKCON should be managed. These transgressions existed before and after Srila Prabhupada’s disappearance.

With a careful investigation, one can easily determine that many other instructions and orders were also not followed by Srila Prabhupada’s disciples, especially the Leaders.  It is not the scope of this Treatise to prosecute these; except those that pertain to Srila Prabhupada expressed mission for the Krishna-consciousness movement, which will be explained at the end of the Treatise.

 The leaders of ISKCON, before and after Srila Prabhupada’s disappearance, all became “Useless”, and thus they at the time “Ruined” ISKCON.  These two “cancers”, if you will, overwhelmed the whole body of ISKCON in a viral manner after Srila Prabhupada’s disappearance.  Around 5 decades of gradual decay, these sicknesses have rendered ISKCON as no longer representing Srila Prabhupada and his missions. 

This Treatise has demonstrated what Srila Prabhupada desired in regards to the two issues just mentioned, and thus gave instructions and orders, in his written and spoken words, to that extent.

Srila Prabhupada also made it very clear what would happen if his orders and instructions are followed.  Conversely, he also made it very clear what would happen if his orders and instructions are not followed.  

Srila Prabhupada said that the GBC who disobeyed and discarded, his orders and instructions; would be punished severely, to the extent that they would become Sudra again.  Five decades of ISKCON Leader’s History is testimony to this fact.

It is very clear that Srila Prabhupada’s disciples and leaders became “Useless” in the due course of their participation in ISKCON.  Hence, because of this “useless” nature of the GBCs, Sannaysis, Gurus, and Temple-presidents; ISKCON became “Ruined.” This is the conclusion that is supported by the written or spoken words of Srila Prabhupada, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura, Krishnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami, and Srila Jiva Gosvami.

If ISKCON cannot correct their current guru system and renounce it in favor of a guru system that is in accordance with Srila Prabhupada’s instructions and orders, it will lose their only chance or opportunity to renovate the “Ruined” ISKCON. 

This reconstruction of ISKCON will also require that the management of ISKCON be reformed so that it reflects Srila Prabhupada’s “Direction of Management”, “The Urgency Letter”, “The Art of Management Letter”, and his last will and testament.

Not following the orders and instruction of one’s spiritual master, was also the reason, that “Ruined” Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Gosvami Maharaja Prabhupada’s Gaudiya Matha. What happened to the Gaudiya Math was described by Srila Prabhupada himself.  In the case of the Gaudiya Matha, it’s “ruin” came about mostly due to “Factionalisms[1]“.

Vaisnavas have the duty and right to decide whom to accept as a Siksa-guru(s) and/or Diksa-guru.

Under no circumstance, should someone else, dictate or tell you who your guru can be or should be. 

You should not accept a spiritual master by terms of hereditary or customary social and ecclesiastical conventions. 

This personal decision must be made on the bases of verifiable criteria.  Srila Prabhupada and the past-acharyas of the Gaudiya Vaisnava Sampradaya have left us such siddhanta, that states “that under no circumstance”, should someone else, dictate or tell you who your guru can be, or should be. 

These references presented in this Treatise have significantly refuted the current popular belief that someone else, or some ecclesiastical body, can by vote, determine for you who is a qualified guru, also known as,

Rubber Stamping”. 

This kind of system takes the choice away from you.  It is unauthorized, moreover, you will not be able to find such belief, or system, in the history of the Gaudiya Vaisnava Sampradaya, in its philosophy or siddhanta. 

In this regard, no one can refute the words that Srila Prabhupada spoke or wrote on this subject.

Whatever you have heard that does not correlate with Srila Prabhupada words is simply wrong or false.

Srila Prabhupada is absolutely authorized, because he will never contradict his guru, the Gaudiya Vaisnava Sastra, the previous acharyas in the Gaudiya Vaisnava Sampradaya Parampara, and Krishna. 

Is any Srila Prabhupada disciple, disciple of his disciple, or any other human being for that matter, willing to argue against, refute, disprove, contest, rebut, counter, repudiate, negate, or contradict, the words Srila Prabhupada spoke or wrote on this subject matter?  

The answer to this question is, “a no-brainer”, NO! 

There is plenty of instructions, on how one qualifies to be guru, that is clear.  Srila Prabhupada disciples cannot claim ignorance.  The fact is that Prabhupada stated clearly that a guru is not selected, rubber stamped, by some organization or committee. What is stranger is that many Srila Prabhupada disciples did not protest, and they cooperated completely.  My only opinion in that regard is that they had not read Srila Prabhupada ’s books, nor was this knowledge taught.  Ignorance in this regard is no excuse.

 Srila Prabhupada, citing Srila Jiva Gosvami, writes in Caitanya-caritamrita, Adi.1.35. Purports

“It is imperative that a serious person accept a bona fide spiritual master in terms of the sastric injunction.

 Sri Jiva Gosvami advises that one not accept a spiritual master in terms of hereditary or customary social and ecclesiastical conventions. 

One should simply try to find a genuinely qualified spiritual master for actual advancement in spiritual understanding.”

Guru is a manifestation, of qualities, and it cannot be faked.  Actually, there is no such thing as an unqualified-guru.  If a devotee is not qualified then there is no question of being a guru, he is simply a Vaisnava who is not qualified to be guru.  This instruction of Srila Prabhupada, and also of Srila Jiva Goswami is grossly being ignored by ISKCON to this date.  ISKCON is doing the opposite of this advice.  So how can these leaders say, that they represent Srila Prabhupada, and the ISKCON they “ruined”, is the institution that represents his expressed missions for the Krishna-consciousness movement?  The only thing that ISKCON has accomplished, is the institutionalization of “guru”, which is against sastra.

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.”

PURPORT

“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 ISKON 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.

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.”

PURPORT:

“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.

Krishna conscious devotees, however, are not subject to be judged by Yamaraja. For devotees there is an open road, as confirmed in the Bhagavad-gita. After giving up the body, a devotee never again has to accept another material body, for in a spiritual body he goes back home, back to Godhead. The punishments of Yamaraja are meant for persons who are not Krishna conscious.”

Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, Adi-lila 12.71,

“Not only the misguided descendants of Advaita acharya but anyone who is against the cult of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu should be considered an atheist subject to be punished by Yamaraja”.

Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, Adi-lila 12.72,

“Be he a learned scholar, a great ascetic, a successful householder or a famous sannyasi, one who is against the cult of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is destined to suffer the punishment meted out by Yamaraja.”

Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, Adi-lila 12.73

“The descendants of Advaita acharya who accepted the path of Sri Acyutananda were all great devotees”.

PURPORT:

“In this connection, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, in his Amrta-pravaha-bhasya, gives this short note:

‘Sri Advaita acharya is one of the important trunks of the bhakti-kalpataru, or desire tree of devotional service. Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, as a gardener, poured water on the root of the bhakti tree and thus nourished all its trunks and branches. But nevertheless, under the spell of maya, the most unfortunate condition of a living entity, some of the branches, not accepting the gardener who poured water on them, considered the trunk the only cause of the great bhakti-kalpataru. In other words, the branches or descendants of Advaita acharya who considered Advaita acharya the original cause of the devotional creeper, and who thus neglected or disobeyed the instructions of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, deprived themselves of the effect of being watered and thus dried up and died. It is further to be understood that not only the misguided descendants of Advaita acharya but anyone who has no connection with Caitanya Mahaprabhu—even if he is independently a great sannyasi, learned scholar or ascetic—is like a dead branch of a tree.'”

The “In Name Only” ISKCON, that exists today, is not connected with Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s watering, and therefore is like a dead branch of a tree.  Another way of saying this is,

“The branch of ISKCON, which once produced wonderful fruit and juice from these fruits, has no more juice, and therefore, it is like a dried Prune.”

This analysis by Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura, supporting the statements of Sri Krishnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami, depicts the position of the present so-called Hindu religion, which, being predominantly conducted by the Mayavada philosophy, has become a hodgepodge institution of various concocted ideas. Mayavadis greatly fear the Krishna consciousness movement and accuse it of spoiling the Hindu religion because it accepts people from all parts of the world, and all religious sects, and scientifically engages them in the daiva-varnasrama-dharma

We find no such word as “Hindu” in the Vedic literature. The word most probably came from Afghanistan, a predominantly Muslim country, and originally referred to a pass in Afghanistan known as Hindukush, which is still a part of a trade route between India and various Muslim countries. Hence, they called the people who lived on the other side of the Hindukush Pass; Hindus.

The actual Vedic system of religion is called “Varnasrama-dharma”, as confirmed in the Visnu Purana:

Sri Caitanya-caritamrita-Madhya-lila 8.58 (Visnu Purana 3.8.9),

“Ramananda Raya continued,

“‘My dear son of Kunti, whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer in sacrifice, whatever you give in charity, and whatever austerities you perform, all the results of such activities should be offered to Me, Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.’”

The Vedic literature recommends that a human being follow the principles of varnasrama-dharma. Accepting the process of varnasrama-dharma will make a person’s life successful because this will connect him with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is the goal of human life. Therefore, the Krishna consciousness movement is meant for all of humanity. Although human society has different sections or subdivisions, all human beings belong to one species, and therefore we accept that they all have the ability to understand their constitutional position in connection with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Visnu. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu confirms in Caitanya-caritamrita-Madhya-lila 20.108,

 “Every living entity is an eternal part, an eternal servant, of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.”

Every living entity who attains the human form of life can understand the importance of his position and thus become eligible to become a devotee of Lord Krishna. We take it for granted, therefore, that all humanity should be educated in Krishna consciousness. Indeed, in all parts of the world, in every country where we preach the sankirtana movement, we find that people very easily accept the Hari Krishna maha-mantra without hesitation. The visible effect of this chanting is that the members of the Hari Krishna movement, regardless of their backgrounds, all give up the four principles of sinful life and come to an elevated standard of devotion.

Although posing as great scholars, ascetics, householders and swamis, the so-called followers of the Hindu religion are all useless, dried-up branches of the Vedic Science. They are impotent; they cannot do anything to spread the Vedic culture for the benefit of human society. The essence of the Vedic culture is the message of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

One should simply instruct everyone he meets regarding the principles of Krishna-katha, as expressed in Bhagavad-gita As It Is and Srimad-bhagavatam. One who has no interest in Krishna-katha, or the cult of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, is like dry, useless wood with no living force. The ISKCON branch, is now part of the disconnected branches of the so-called Hindu religion and therefore, because it was not authorized; it is drying up and dying.   

Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, Adi-lila 12.74,

“By the mercy of Advaita acharya, the devotees who strictly followed the path of Caitanya Mahaprabhu attained the shelter of Lord Caitanya’s lotus feet without difficulty.”

Srila Prabhupada ISKCON is a boni-fide branch of Lord Caitanya tree.  However, after his departure, when his leading disciples concocted a bogus guru system, these men created a new branch.

Please understand that Srila Prabhupada’s ISKCON branch still exists in his spoken and written words; hence it can be reconstituted, just like Srila Prabhupada reconstituted his guru’s Gaudiya Math.

Before I make proposals of solutions, and suggestions that need to be taken into consideration in the reconstitution of Srila Prabhupada mission, I would like to give you a presentation from another angle of vision.  Did Srila Prabhupada ever say “My Mission Is”?  The answer is Yes!.  Moreover, as you will see, they are significant, and will define the reconstitution of his mission.

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FOOT NOTE;

[1] Factionalism —A group or clique within a larger group, party, organization, or the like.  It is characterized by party strife, intrigue, dissension, squabble, clash, discord, disunity, disagreement, fighting,  quarrel,  friction, animosity, controversy, rivalry, conflict, dispute,  bickering, and hostility.

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