PADA: One of the prominent Radha Kunda Babajis named Ananta Das Babaji has departed. These Radha Kunda lineage folks attacked Srila Saraswati in the 1930s as "not part of a bona fide parampara." And some of these Babajis taught what Srila Prabhupada considered as not bona fide, namely siddha pranali; You'll get your spiritual body designated and named by the guru. These people also do not think we originated in Krishna's leela or sport, and they do not recognize the Srila Prabhupada guru lineage -- and so on. Srila Prabhupada warned us not to get involved with them when we went to Vrndavana in 1971.
Except! Various GBC's gurus have been associated with Ananta Das Babaji's program over the years, probably to boost their own position. It does seem like ISKCON is spawning its own competition. The big leaders go and take the association of different outside authorities whom they often advertise as the GBC's or ISKCON's shiksha gurus, and this creates an exodus of manpower from the ISKCON society. Never mind this creates a giant hodge podge imbroglio of various mixed up apa-siddhantas from various camps, creating all sorts of conflicting concepts and chains of guru authority.
What seems to be happening from PADA's point of view is, there are gradually fewer and fewer "living sadhus" for the GBC's people to promote -- as the senior Gaudiya Matha folks have already departed like Sridhara Maharaja, BV and BP Puri etc. and so have others like Narayan Maharaja, and then again various Babajis and so on -- keep departing.
The upshot is -- that this again brings people back to reading and studying the works of Srila Prabhupada, since none of these other people has even come close to producing the amount of information he has. Thus Srila Prabhupada is sort of re-emerging by default. Anyway, we wish Ananta Das Babaji well on his path, may he get the blessings of Krishna. He certainly cut a better external profile than many of the GBC's bogus acharyas. No wonder so many people are leaving the GBC ship and joining so many other camps, most other camps at least try to make a credible public profile for their gurus.
Oddly, Ananta Das Babaji was cremated and not placed in a samadhi whole like other acharyas. Do these people know that samadhis are only meant for divine beings and their guru was not of that calibre? Or what? Anyway, if anyone has more details send to email@example.com. ys pd