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

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Inspiration for the Writing of this Treatise.

One may ask,  

“Why is there a need for such a Treatise?”

I simply cannot come to the end of my life without making, and proving these accusations. I was a member of that group of Srila Prabhupada disciples, who were living in Vrindavana, and who attempted to initiate the reform of ISKCON in the first half of the 1990’s., Ultimately, labeled “controversial” devotees, we were literally “kicked-out” of ISKCON, banned, and not allowed to preach in ISKCON temples or sell our books; which were very popular amongst the devotees who came to Vrindavana.  They may have kicked me out of ISKCON, but they will never be able to kick-out the ISKCON in me.   I have determined that being a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, it is my duty to write this Treatise, and establish this Web-Site.  It is my personal service to my Spiritual Master and I will continue to do so, until my last breath.

In the ISKCON institution, there is simply a whole lot of “ignorance”, “unawareness”, “inexperience”, “unfamiliarity”, and “obliviousness” to our Gaudiya Vaisnava philosophy.  This mindset, has caused several types of malignancies, or cancers, if you will, to fester within Srila Prabhupada’s, mission.  And I have been a personal witness to much of this since 1972.  History has shown that while Srila Prabhupada was physically present, these malignancies took root.  Moreover, after his departure, these cancers, went viral.  For over 4 decades, Srila Prabhupada disciples have been arguing one way or another, about these two issues; and there has been no progress, no reconciliation, and no overall cooperation, nor organization of any kind amongst Srila Prabhupada disciples and followers.  Therefore, there has been no rectification.  These complaints, by some disciples, are filled with all kinds of “unpalatable” detailed atrocious accusations; which upon careful investigation and research, they will be found to be true.  Moreover, all this argument has mostly been ignored by the leaders of ISKCON; choosing not to rectify those that are factual and true.  As a consequence, there has been a lot of litigation, infighting, dissension, dissent, disputes, discord, strife, with many small organized dissenting groups, especially in politics.

These cancers took root, just like the cancers that infect the human body.  First there is one cell somewhere in the body that becomes cancerous, and through time, multiplies as it is fed, eventually engulfing the entire body, and causing pain and misery, and eventually death. 

Similarly, in ISKCON, these cancers took root amongst two distinct groups of Srila Prabhupada disciples; and by 1972 they had manifested in a serious manner.  These two groups are,

A large majority, of the rank-and-file population of Srila Prabhupada disciples.

An even larger majority, of the Leaders and Administrators of ISKCON, i.e., GBC’s, Gurus, Sannyasis, and Temple Presidents and officers. 

While Srila Prabhupada disciples of group number 1 were infected with these cancers, they inflicted harm to the ISKCON institution, and themselves. 

Those in group 2, inflicted harm to the ISKCON institution and its members, and to themselves to a seriously higher degree, as will be explained, shortly, by Srila Prabhupada himself in a profound purport to Srimad-bhagavatam 1.13.15.

Nevertheless, collectively, this affliction of cancers caused a majority of Srila Prabhupada disciples to become Useless, and thus causing ISKCON to become Ruined.

When did Srila Prabhupada’s, ISKCON, start to unravel, so to speak? 

This seems to be not possible, if one is purely sentimental and thinks that this could not happen while Srila Prabhupada was physically present.  However, a careful study of Srila Prabhupada’s purports, lectures, conversations, and letters reveals that this unraveling started while Srila Prabhupada was present. Moreover, I personally witnessed the details, that caused this unraveling.

For example, 7 years after Srila Prabhupada formed ISKCON, and 5 years before his disappearance, Srila Prabhupada wrote a letter, in 1972, which clearly indicates that there were many problems in ISKCON, and most important, Srila Prabhupada blamed the leaders.

Letter to: Karandhara, Bombay, 22 December, 1972 Los Angeles,

“… Forget this centralizing and bureaucracy. … I am little observing now, especially in your country, that our men are losing their enthusiasm for spreading on our programs of Krishna Consciousness movement. Otherwise, why so many letters of problems are coming, dissatisfied?  That is not a very good sign.  The whole problem is they are not following the regulative principles, which I can detect.  Without this, enthusiasm will be lacking. … So, I do not think the leaders are themselves following, nor they are seeing the others are following strictly.  That must be rectified at once. …”

Therefore, your patients, is summoned, for this Treatise requires many basics, to be presented in a bold manner; in order that it can be considered authoritative, factual, truthful, and supported by the Gaudiya Vaisnava Siddhanta, and “GSSd”.. 

In the following Sections of this Treatise, all that will be discussed is the “truth”, also it is “bold” and the writer of this Treatise will be “courageous” in preaching it. 

Those who find this preaching unpalatable, do so because of three reasons.

The first reason is that they are more or less innocent, due to ignorance and a poor fund of knowledge; because they do not read and & or study carefully Srila Prabhupada’s books, and do not read or listen to his lectures.  Therefore, they somehow have come to believe that the leaders of ISKCON are infallible; incapable of making mistakes or being wrong. They also accept that position or status in ISKCON, is synonymous to being spiritually advanced. This is laziness or apathy, or both, par-excellence[1], which is action in the mode of ignorance.  The idiom “is a bump-on-a-log[2]” maybe appropriate for some in this group.

The second reason is that they know it is true, however, they are doing nothing to correct the deviations, and they are actively cooperating with those who are guilty.  This cooperation with the leaders of ISKCON has many complex reasons.  Economics is usually the major one, which is in the mode of passion.  They are definitely apathetic and lazy, because they are not willing to do the hard work required to break the economic ties, which is action in the mode of ignorance.  Their willingness to cooperate with those guilty of the deviations, for the satisfaction of their personal vested interest, is certainly action in the mode of passion as well.

The third reason is that they are guilty of the deviations mentioned, and hope and wish that they are not discovered, and also hope and wish that they can prolong their deviation until they die.  These individuals obviously have a “personal vested interest, par-excellent.  They have become victims to what Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura called “subtle sex life”, which is “profit”, “adoration”, and “distinction”. These individuals, are causing extreme action in the mode of passion and ignorance. For them, their deception is the basis for accumulating wealth and having a lot of money in a bank account. It is common knowledge that a vested interested few, live in mansions and have bank accounts in the millions.  These individuals are heavily under the influence of the mode of passion and ignorance.

Hence, I call upon the aphorism,

“If the shoe fits, then you must wear it.”

I, the writer of this Treatise, have what is known as “personal experience[3]”.  The personal experience I have, is my personal association, and dealings, with many leaders of ISKCON, Temple’s presidents & officers and leaders, GBC’s, Sannaysis, and Gurus; in addition, a little bit of personal association with Srila Prabhupada, as well.   

This personal experience, with the leaders of ISKCON, took place during the following periods of time, as a member of the corresponding ISKCON communities:

  • From August of 1971 to December of 1974, at the Los Angeles Temple.
  • From December of 1974 until June of 1974, at the Bombay, (Mumbai) Temple.
  • From August 1974 through 1979, at the Los Angeles Temple.
  • From June 1993 to December 2001 at the Krishna & Balarama Mandir in Vrindavan India.

What I experienced, and what I have intimate knowledge of, in regards to ISKCON leadership and the management of Srila Prabhupada’s mission, is actually very interesting, as you will see.  After you become knowledgeable of this “personal experience”; you will easily understand the motivation to write this Treatise.

At first, I thought that this personal experience with the Leaders of ISKCON, would be written in my planned autobiography; which I want to write for my children, grand & great-grandchildren, and so on. 

I am making some serious accusations in this Treatise, and this caused me to think the following thought,

“Hey! Not only am I making accusations, I am also a personal witness to these facts!”

During, my history in ISKCON, from the first day, until now, I always had a sense, and understanding, that “things just did not add-up”.  And as these piled up, they did so, to the point of creating many “Aha”, “Oh my God” and “Oh Shit”, moments; you know, those moments when that proverbial “light bulb” in your head lights up.

So, I kind of thought, that if I sprinkle this personal experience, in the appropriate Segments of this Treatise, it just may illuminate the subject matter being presented for your consideration.   Treatises are usually philosophical and serious in nature.  So why not add some “spice” to this one.  Just to let you know, this “spice”, my personal experience with the leaders of ISKCON, at all levels, is analogous to the spice “hot chili peppers”, verses just plain and simple “salt and pepper”.

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[1]  Par-excellence: better or more than all others of the same kind.
[2]  The phrase like a bump on a log usually describes someone who is greatly inactive. This inactivity may be due to being shy, being lazy or being stupid.
[3]  Personal experience: Personal experience of a human being is the moment-to-moment experience and sensory awareness of internal and external events or a sum of experiences forming an empirical unity such as a period of life

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