An entertaining autobiography of Satsvarupa dasa Goswami, previously known as Srila Gurupada in the Hare Krishna Movement. Check out also the 2015 release of LOOKING BACK http://www.amazon.com/Looking-Back-Satsvarupa-dasa-Goswami/dp/0911233083/ About the author: The creative side of Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami's (SDG) is clearly visible in the expression of his poetry, writings and art. But his journey wasn't always imbued with artistic freeform expression and the lighthearted indulging of his creative impulse. Rather, his young adulthood and middle-aged years were marked by a heavily regimented life, one that carried the weight of both spiritual discipline and organizational responsibility. [PADA: Yep, Satsvarupa Das Goswami's creative "freeform expression" is -- that deviants are God's messiahs. Lets all worship deviants, real freeform creative entertainment indeed. His "light hearted" idea is -- that we all have to worship his deviant messiahs or be banned, beaten, or shot to death, as happens in SDG's realm. Wow, how entertaining and jolly! Yes, he has had a "heavily regimented life" of -- living in Howard Johnson motels, watching football, getting loaded on psychotropic drugs, and getting into sexual liaisons with a woman he forced into a divorce. He carried a heavy weight indeed, lets push forward the weight of the worship of deviants down everyone's throats, and cause mayhem, bankrupt ISKCON, create a mass exodus of the citizens of ISKCON, and ruin the good name of ISKCON in the process, wow! That is hard work!] His was a severe if also blissful path, full of dutiful action and devotional delight. [PADA: Yep branding anyone who does not worship SDG's sexual predator messiahs is poison, and getting them killed is "devotional delight." Delightful! He also has a "duty" to declare that anyone who does not worship deviants is envious poison, so he can get them beaten and maybe killed, and this duty has been given to him -- by the personality of Kali Yuga? Satan? Beelzebub?] As a serious student under Prabhupada's tutelage in bhakti since as early as 1966, he temporarily left the spontaneous world of improvisation of self-expression for the more structured life of a monk. [PADA: Right, making sexual predators into messiahs is "spontaneous and improvisational self expression." Agreed, this has nothing to do with the Vedas. It was all improvised ad hoc on the spot by folks like SDG.] Yet he did manage ISKCON Press in Boston for some time and became editor-in-chief for Prabhupada's Back to Godhead magazine, which gave him an outlet for his creative writing. [PADA: Where SDG wrote in 1986 that Kirtanananda is "like Jesus, Prahlad and Haridas Thakura."] By 1972, in recognition of his serious commitment to ISKCON, he was awarded sannyasa, which is a formal stage of life in the Vedic social order, indicating learning and renunciation. As a sannyasi, he would travel the world, sharing knowledge of Krishna Consciousness with others and helping his teacher manage the movement. Along these lines, he had two years earlier in 1970 become a Governing Body Commissioner (GBC), that is, a managerial authority in the movement, and for a brief period between January and July of 1974, he served as personal servant and secretary to Prabhupada himself. His first two books were Readings in Vedic Literature, which was a scholarly overview of the Vedic tradition with special attention to Vaishnavism, and, soon after his guru's departure, Srila Prabhupada-lilamrta, an exhaustive multivolume work on the life and times of his spiritual master. Numerous books would follow, even as he continued to help manage Prabhupada's movement and, eventually, he would initiate many disciples of his own. But in due course, exhaustion and poor health caused him to pull back from management and formal involvement as a leader of the movement. His books started to engage free-writing techniques, almost Kerouac-ian in nature, but, as always, he continued to keep Prabhupada and Lord Krishna as the main foci. His contribution is valued and well-read with Spanish, Italian, Russian and another 40 languages in translation both by GN Press and BBT publishers. Being the senior most disciple of Srila Prabhupada he continues to inspire his followers over the years. [PADA: An ex-gurukuli who was a victim of SDG's living guru's program says, SDG's writings are all useful only as "toilet paper." About sums up the feelings of his many victims. Even BV Puri Maharaja said, "No one DARES write about their passing stools, enemas and constipation, and then one page later, writes about the colors of the saris of the gopis, all in the same few pages of a book. This is the result of Narayana Maharaja's sahajiya preaching, and its worse than even the sahajiyas, they never write about their passing stools and the gopis all in the same book." Yep, the GBC still promotes SDGs' "worse than any of the sahajiyas" books and writings all over ISKCON. ys pd]
[PADA: Correct, "searching for a sadhu" in Rocana's "living guru" program is dangerous -- and gambling -- because most of his "living" messiahs have turned out to be cheaters, debauchees, deviants and / or sexual predators, despite being rubber stamped as acharyas by Rocana's guru factory. Instead of saying, "please accept Srila Prabhupada as your guru," Rocana's program says no, Srila Prabhupada cannot be your guru, that is the ritvik deviation. You need to walk throughout the globe on a search "looking for your living guru" -- and we are not going to help you -- by telling you who that is. Basically this process acts as a "road block" to accepting Srila Prabhupada as the guru of ISKCON -- while simultaneously sending the aspiring new ISKCON devotees on a needle in the haystack search for "the real Mc Coy living guru," who may or may not even exist -- at all -- anywhere. Of course thousands and thousands of people ran off to the Gaudiya Matha using Rocana's idea of "go out and find your own living guru." So in this way, Rocana's "find your own guru because its not Srila Prabhupada" process funnels many people over to other organizations and siphons almost all the manpower out of ISKCON. Rocana turned ISKCON into a ghost town by his policy of sending everyone away to look for their own guru, and telling them Srila Prabhupada is not their guru. As Srila Prabhupada says many, many times -- false gurus are the "cheaters and the cheated" situation. And thus the GBC and Rocana are promoting their cheating and false gurus -- so they can defraud the innocent masses by exploiting their religious sentiments. According to Srila Prabhupada, exploiting religious sentiments in the name of guru is one of the worst sinful activities in the universe. The punishment for this "promoting false gurus" crime is so severe, Srila Prabhupada says its better that these "veda vada rata" false guru promoters had never even heard of the Vedas, because even the ordinary man on the street is more pious than this lot. In other words, the Isopanisad says the average "karmi" citizen will go to a higher destination than these "veda vada rata" false guru program participants. Thus the first question is, why does the GBC and their allies like Rocana tell people they have to reject having Srila Prabhupada as their acharya -- and they instead have to start a wild goose chase search for one of the GBC's and Rocana's voted in and self-appointed "living acharyas" -- most often ending in frustration, futility, wasted time and wasted lives, and no small amount of public media "guru scandals" for ISKCON. Thus Rocana's living guru project is creating a huge mass exodus over to the Gaudiya Matha, and subsequent mass exodus altogether, producing empty temples etc. And now Rocana's GBC is spending $20m suing the few remaining people left in ISKCON, to have them removed from the Bangalore temples. In short, Rocana's policy has cheated tens of thousands of people out of worshiping Srila Prabhupada by presenting their fake "living gurus" to displace and replace Srila Prabhupada as ISKCON's acharya. And Rocana's process has indeed induced countless poor souls to worship fools and debauchees as their "eternal link with Krishna." At the same time, the numerous scandals from Rocana's living guru's project has created a terrible public media image of ISKCON -- which has burnt out and turned away maybe millions of people from the religion, all so that Rocana's program could prop up a few of their foolish friends into big golden Vyasa seats for a few months or years. So yes, Rocana and his allies like the GBC are very dangerous men, agreed, because they are steering people away from taking shelter of the eternal bona fide acharya, and they are replacing him with their "voted in" highly unqualified, temporary false messiahs. Srila Prabhupada says -- false gurus and their promoters are ALL destined for the most obnoxious regions of the universe, and these folks are also called "the most dangerous elements in human society" by Srila Prabhupada. So yes, shastra agrees, Rocana is a dangerous person for his promoting unqualified persons as God's successor gurus. Shastra is simply not very forgiving for these false messiahs and their promoters like Rocana.]
BY: ROCANA DASA
Nov 20, 2015 — CANADA (SUN) — Following the recent announcement of the GBC order expelling Murali Krsna das (ex-Swami) from ISKCON, we received a rebuttal statement from Murali Krsna, which he hoped to have published in the Sampradaya Sun. After making further inquiries on the matter, we have decided not to publish his parting words to the GBC, because they do not address the actual issues at the center of the dispute between he and the GBC. We also based this decision on the history of Murali Krsna's preaching, as we are aware of it, and on our own exchanges with him over the years.
[PADA: Murali Krishna is preaching the exact same thing that the GBC and Rocana are preaching, -- "we need a living guru" because Srila Prabhupada is the post-samadhi, posthumous, post mortem dead person. The GBC / Gaudiya Matha / Rocana have also said that our idea of continued worship of Srila Prabhupada is "the bogus Christian idea." That means Rocana also thinks Jesus is another dead and gone person. To sum; (A) Murali Krishna thinks the acharyas are dead and gone; (B) Rocana thinks the acharyas are dead and gone; (C) The GBC also thinks the acharyas are dead and gone; (D) The post 1936 Gaudiya Matha ALSO thought that acharyas are dead and gone, its a meeting of the anti-Christ's post mortem messiah's league! Yep, Jesus is dead, so we need to replace Jesus and worship Jesus' (alleged) living successors like -- Jim Jones, David Koresh, Charles Manson and other Jesus wanna-bes. And Rocana created the same identical false messiah problem in ISKCON with his false acharyas, and thereby Rocana introduced a criminal and sexual predator messiah's worship program into the society, to the peril of the citizens of that society. Yep, that makes the GBC and their cheer leaders like Rocana responsible for all the criminal mayhem that has ensues.]
*** Murali Krsna's history in ISKCON is comprised of a series of actions by the GBC against him, and his subsequent re-admittance into the fold.
[PADA: Correct, the GBC censures, monitors, suspends, removes and excommunicates even their own acharyas, what to speak of others? The problem is: they are not so good at enforcement of their contrived Papal bull statements.]
*** In the 2008 GBC Resolutions, we find that according to Resolution #313, Murali Krsna das was again suspended as a member of ISKCON. Two years later, we find in the 2010 GBC Resolutions that Resolution #304 again provides for the Reinstatement of Murali Krishna das. Three years later, according to the 2013 GBC Resolutions, Murli Krsna das' name was included on the Sannyasa waiting list, and he was scheduled for acceptance that same year.
[PADA: This simply means, they could not find a good enough reason to remove Murali Krishna because he is preaching the same exact "the messiah is a dead body -- so go worship our living conditioned souls" idea as Rocana and the GBC, i.e. Srila Prabhupada and Jesus are the posthumous, post-samadhi, post mortem dead folks.]
*** As we understand it, the perennial issue at the center of all these disputes with the GBC body has been Murli Krsna's preaching message. An enthusiastic supporter of H.H. Gour Govinda Swami, he has helped to proliferate certain notions about Gour Govinda, particularly with respect to how he should be understood in comparison to the person and instructions of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
[PADA: Many on the GBC's themselves have immortalized Gaura Govinda Maharaja by their constantly saying he is a pure devotee, acharya and so forth. GGM is one of the foremost people who has been preaching that worship of Srila Prabhupada is no longer possible because we need to worship "the living (GBC voted in) person" -- and thus GGM was himself voted in as guru -- at the 1986 recoronation of Bhavananda ceremony.] *** In 2006, I wrote an article addressing this issue (one of many that followed on the subject). For the sake of history, we re-present that article below: Searching for Sadhu? Danger Ahead By Rocana dasa, Sun Editor December 15, 2006
"Our regular Sun readers can't help but notice the many articles that have been submitted and approved by the Sun recently from those who have developed great attachment for Srila Gour Govinda Maharaja. We have particularly heard from Murali Krsna Swami and Bhagavat das.
In a recent article entitled "The List of 32", I offered my personal thoughts about how one should compare other advanced devotees to Srila Prabhupada. In my role as Sun Editor, I would now like to more directly address the subject of Gour Govinda Maharaja in response to recent articles, in an effort to clarify the Sun's editorial position on the matter (which is a work in progress).
[Note: Please also see the subsequent, and more detailed analysis entitled "Guru-parampara: The List of 32".]
[PADA: Rocana says that when it comes to gurus, we have to refer to the list of 32 acharyas mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita. Sounds great. That would mean we can take shelter of the 32, and that means Srila Prabhupada is -- the current link. Then he says, surprise, bait and switch, we cannot take shelter of the list of 32, they are all post mortem. We need worship the "living" GBC's voted in (unqualified) gurus instead of the 32. Rocana is one of the founding fathers and masterminds of the 1986 "Guru Reform" where the GBC instituted their infamous bogus guru voting process, and Rocana says he still wants MORE of his unqualified gurus to be voted in -- according to his recent "ISKCON constitution" wherein he wants to continue his bogus guru voting fraud idea.] *** As previously stated, I am personally not a follower or promoter of Gour Govinda Maharaja and I've never met him personally. I don't know him. [PADA: Gaura Govinda maharaja was voted in as guru -- in 1986 -- by the Rocana guru reformer program. Gaura Govinda maharaja says we need a live guru, and Srila Prabhupada cannot be the guru now, so Rocana is one of the primary followers of GGM, de facto. Rocana has never explained why he thinks acharyas often engage in bogus and illicit behavior and then they need to be "reformed"? Does Jesus need to be reformed, or does Satan need to be reformed?] *** I also don't know well the devotees who are speaking on Gour Govinda's behalf, and who are essentially part of his lineage or branch coming from Srila Prabhupada. [PADA: GGM has a concocted guru lineage which does not come from Srila Prabhupada. GGM concocted the whole idea that acharyas are voted in by the GBC, and he was among the first to be voted in. Gurus are not voted in -- in the lineage of Srila Prabhupada.]
*** Our understanding of Gour Govinda Swami is based in part on their testimonials. Given the fact that Gour Govinda Maharaja is now departed, we have no way of getting more direct evidence, except by listening to his lectures and reading his writings. As I understand it, his writings weren't extensive and his preaching effort was primarily in Orissa. I am still not clear as to why it is that the devotees want to convince everyone of his pure devotional status, although they haven't clearly said exactly how advanced he is according. They obviously feel that he's a maha-bhagavata, and perhaps they even a nitya-siddha, although the latter is more subtly suggested in their messages. [PADA: Correct, its well known that certain sectors of ISKCON are allowed to promote GGM as a pure devotee.] *** We know for certain that Gour Govinda Maharaja is no longer a "living guru". What is less clear, however, is the position his own matha now takes about that reality. The Sun recently reported an article on a Gour Govinda Swami 'Gaudiya Matha' in Bhubaneswar, which is under the direction of the "living guru", Narayana Maharaja. The matha's Mission Statement clearly indicates that the matha was established by Gour Govinda's disciples under the direction of Narayana Maharaja, but nowhere is it stated that Gour Govinda Swami himself asked his followers to take shelter of Narayana Maharaja. [PADA: One of Gaura Govinda Maharaja's conflicts with the GBC was that he said Srila Prabhupada's idea that we jeevas come from Vaikuntha is not correct. GGM said that Narayana Maharaja is correct to say we jeevas do not originate with Krishna, and at the same time GGM and Narayana Maharaja also agree with the GBC's concocted guru voting system. So they are aligned on some of these important issues. Anyway its natural that since GGM says we all need a living guru, his followers would immediately seek out another so-called live guru after GGM departed. GGM set up ISKCON and his own mission to be taken over by concocted "living gurus" like Narayan Maharaja.] *** The truth of how that dynamic has unfolded amongst the Gour Govinda family will undoubtedly become clearer with time. For now, we can only consider the fact that Gour Govinda Maharaja obviously put great emphasis on the need for a "living guru", and presumably deputed such a person to carry on his mission after his departure. [PADA: And Rocana promotes the same bogus living guru idea, with devastating consequences for ISKCON.]
*** According to at least one group of his followers, that person is Narayana Maharaja. However, given the fact that Gour Govinda also preached the great importance of staying in ISKCON, it would be a clear contradiction in terms for him to simultaneously encourage his disciples to take shelter of Narayana Maharaja, who has been soundly banned from ISKCON. We invite all camps within the Gour Govinda branch to publicly state their understanding of their guru's position on this matter. [PADA: Under Rocana's living guru scheme, ISKCON has been the number one promoter of Narayana Maharaja. The entire NM outcropping developed by the top leaders all promoting NM in ISKCON.]
The Sun has recently published a series of articles submitted by Bhagavat das, the most recent of which appeared in today's edition. In these articles, Bhagavat das has described three miracles said to have been performed by Srila Prabhupada. He compares them to three similar miracles said to have been performed by Srila Gour Govinda.
Srila Prabhupada often spoken about miracles, and played them down. I think the most poignant philosophical point Srila Prabhupada made in regards to miracles is that if you just look around you, and you see the incredible miracles that are constantly being displayed by Lord Krsna. Even an ant is miraculous, what to speak of producing gold or curing someone from disease. Srila Prabhupada said the biggest miracle of all is what Sri Krsna Caitanya has done, which is to spread Krsna consciousness throughout the world, especially in the western countries. To transform a westerner into a Vaisnava brahman is something no one else could do. What kind of miracle is that, compared to curing someone of some disease, or making the rain come? Such miracles are insignificant compared to the potency of a Sampradaya Acarya, who Lord Krsna is personally caring for.
In my mind, Bhagavat das appears to be somewhat disingenuous in writing his miracle articles, in that he only mentions Srila Prabhupada's miracles in comparison to Gour Govinda Maharaja's miracles. In my mind, it seems that he's not so much promoting Srila Prabhupada as he is comparing and promoting Gour Govinda Swami. He knows that in this atmosphere of the devotee community, you'd better not leave out Srila Prabhupada. In other words, in order to get Gour Govinda Maharaja's miracles heard and hopefully appreciated, you've got to mention something about Srila Prabhupada. So it seems that he's not really trying to glorify Srila Prabhupada so much as he's taking the example of making this comparison in order to glorify Gour Govinda. After all, you never hear Srila Prabhupada talking about these miracles, claiming that he cured this person or that person. In fact, he always puts down miracles as a way of bogusly convincing or converting people.
When criticized for the 'miracles' articles by another writer, Bhagavat das responded in a predictable way. It always disturbs me when I see devotees use the argument, 'why can't you just be a sweet guy and not find fault… just hear the pastimes rather than making a critical remark about the intent in telling them'. I find this to be a really lame argument, In this case, we have Gour Govinda Maharaja on one hand saying you have to be qualified enough to tell who's a sadhu. In other words, you have to be critical and have to use this philosophy and teachings to make an analysis. It's not that you're just a big nectar sponge, and anything someone like Bhagavat das says you should just accept because it's pure unalloyed nectar. You're actually doing yourself a big disservice if something is stated doesn't seem to resonate with what you understand to be the philosophy as stated by Srila Prabhupada, and you don't challenge it.
Surrendering to Gour Govinda Swami
In the latest submission from Murali Krsna Swami, he brings up the age-old dilemma of how you recognize that someone is a bona fide guru. On one hand, you need a guru to give you the purification and knowledge in order to be able to recognize who a bona fide guru is. At the same time, to surrender to the guru one needs to have a certain amount of ability to appreciate who they are.
[PADA: This is a growing problem within the living guru-ites project. First of all, Gaura Govinda Maharaja was going to be their living guru, then he departed. Then, Narayana Maharaja was going to be their living guru, and he departed. Murali Krishna has yet to identify who is going to be the current living guru of his program, but we do know that he was trying to get "voted in" by the GBC as one of their gurus, so perhaps he would be a current live guru. It seems some of the biggest supporters of the living guru idea are people who -- want to be voted in as gurus themselves.]
*** Murali Krsna Swami's pre-qualifications in this matter are simply stated as being 'how badly do you want to surrender and serve Krsna?' But if you don't know anything about Krsna and need the guru to tell you about Krsna, let alone surrender and serve Krsna, how is it that you'd want to pay any price to get Krsna? It's all rather rhetorical. One has to always keep in mind when you're reading this kind of material that the person speaking, in this case Murali Krsna Swami, is emphasizing or paraphrasing what is then presented as instructions coming from Gour Govinda Swami's in an excerpt from his Srimad Bhagavatam lecture from 1993.
[PADA: 1993 is the same year that the GBC had suspended Tamal for promoting Narayana Maharaja in ISKCON, and Tamal was going to be removed from ISKCON by the other GBC for making the NM camp such a large off shoot deviation which was draining ISKCON men and assets away. GGM stood up at that GBC meeting and said we need to keep Tamal as the guru of ISKCON. Thus GGM always defended these GBC gurus, especially the most goonda-ized ones like Tamal. And by keeping Tamal the Narayan Maharaja program was once again validated and defended.]
*** Let's examine the actual sloka that Gour Govinda is lecturing on from Srimad Bhagavatam. First, we find that there's no purport to the sloka by Srila Prabhupada. Secondly, the content of the lecture has little or nothing to do with the message found in Srimad Bhagavatam. I always find it somewhat suspect when the message that's presented in a lecture has no real connection to the sloka or purport itself. This is something we have experienced many times in lectures given by ISKCON gurus.
We have to keep in mind that it is Gour Govinda Maharaja presenting this particular lecture, and his persona as a sannyasi and guru with a big following sets him well apart from others in the audience or the vicinity where he is appearing, externally at least, to be the most advanced. So when the whole message that he's giving is that you absolutely have to find the sadhu, the essence of your spiritual life is defined by your ability to contact and surrender to an advanced Vaisnava devotee, it's pretty obvious that Gour Govinda Maharaja is referring to himself. [PADA: Right, and this is the same complaint people have had about Rocana, he keeps saying there is a living guru, but he never gives the name of his living guru, its apparent to some folks at least that -- Rocana "refers to himself" when he says we need a living authority, and he has handily volunteered for the post.]
*** It's interesting to note that during the course of his lecture, Gour Govinda says: "How can you see a sadhu? You cannot see through your materialistic eyes. See a sadhu through the ears. You cannot see a sadhu through your eyes. You see through your ears."
So using his own words, I am essentially trying to understand his message through my ears, and I have a lot of questions. In this particular setting, who else would Gour Govinda be talking about but himself? In other words, 'here I am, I'm a pure devotee, once should surrender to me, and then your spiritual life will be great… and don't fault-find me…' In the lecture he states:
"So those who have developed reliance on their own material senses, they cannot recognize him. So they are blaspheming, calling ill names to such a pure devotee. Committing great aparadha. And as a result they suffer in hell. If someone has gotten the real mercy of Krishna, then he can recognize a sadhu, otherwise he will be put into a fix. A very dangerous situation. A great dilemma. "Is he really sadhu or not? Really sadhu or not?" Yes, he is in a fix, a great dilemma and this is a very dangerous situation."
Gour Govinda Maharaja considers this to be a very dangerous situation. In other words, looking for a guru is a dangerous proposal. If you don't happen to be able to recognize that someone is really advanced, then you could easily commit great aparadha to such a person, and basically you're going to suffer in hell because you made the wrong decision or you didn't have the eyes to see. Yet you'll be looking for a guru so you can have the eyes to see. In some respects, this is almost discouraging.
"Without recognizing and understanding him, if someone calls him ill names, blames him, and finds fault with him, such a person becomes a great offender. He commits a great offense. He cannot be delivered, life after life he will go to hell and suffer there."
[PADA: So what happens to GGM, when he is voted in as acharya at the recoronation of a known sexual predator posing as an acharya?]
*** First and foremost, there's no qualification here of what 'ill names, blames and faults" are, or to what degree they're actually expressed. Is it in their mind, is it something they said, or is it something they purposefully acted upon? Did they make a vendetta against the Vaisnava or pure devotee and speak ill of him, or just casually say a harsh or critical word against him? If what Gour Govinda is so broadly stating was actually the case, then Srila Prabhupada's Godbrothers, at least at a certain point during his ISKCON lila period, would all be going to hell and suffering there because they were all speaking ill of him and criticizing him.
If, on the other hand, a complete neophyte is seeing something external and making an "offense" by critically commenting upon it, then our philosophy does not dictate that he will "go to hell and suffer there" as a result. This seems quite over the top, and we have never heard Srila Prabhupada say this. This whole statement requires a great deal of clarification, not only about what Gour Govinda means by 'ill names and blaming and fault-finding', but to what degree, and who is actually fault-finding who? Gour Govinda Maharaja is insinuating that it's a maha-bhagavata he's talking about, and it's not much of a stretch to understand that he's talking about himself here. The message is that people had better not find fault with him.
On one hand, there's the whole idea that you can suffer in hell for fault-finding, while on the other hand you can suffer in hell if you don't see faults for what they are, and get enticed into getting involved with a sadhu that doesn't have the qualifications, even though externally he looks like he's advanced. Of course, we have plenty of examples of that in ISKCON. It would be interesting to hear from the followers of Gour Govinda Maharaja as to who they think, in their own group, is such an advanced devotee. Who do they think is the successor to Gour Govinda Swami? Apparently some think it's Narayana Maharaja, who's not even his disciple, what to speak of not being accepted by ISKCON, who Gour Govinda Maharaja pledges his allegiance to.
The kind of broad statements offered above from the Maharaja's lecture, without detailed qualifications, just leave the listener to come to all sorts of conclusions. Obviously Gour Govinda wants his listeners to come to a certain conclusion, but we have to take into account the personalism involved in this scenario: who's the person speaking this? Are they a maha-bhagavata? And to what extent do you have to go to be condemned to hell and suffer life after life? This is assumed to be commentary on our siddhanta, but while our siddhanta says things like this in a particular, very detailed context, these comments are offered in a very broad, undefined context in the Gour Govinda lecture.
Let's also keep in mind that the circumstances, we're dealing with today are that we have had the appearance of a great Sampradaya Acarya in line with Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and a succession of recent Sampradaya Acarya's have expanded Lord Caitanya's teachings throughout the whole world. They've done so on the principle that Lord Caitanya is indiscriminately opening up the floodgates of love of God, and everyone who comes in contact with the maha-mantra or the bona fide teachings of Srila Prabhupada, or any of the Sampradaya Acaryas for that matter, are going to make tremendous spiritual advancement. Of course, that includes coming in contact with a pure devotee and hearing from him even when he is not personally present -- as is now the case with Gour Govinda Maharaja. [PADA: Rocana seems to be going around in a big circle here. He now says that we can hear from a pure devotee who is not physically present through his books, and vani. Meanwhile, he says that is the bogus Christian's idea, because we need to have a GBC guru voting process -- of making conditioned souls as messiahs, as he has detailed in his constitution, i.e. he still wants the current GBC's guru voting to continue.]
*** Gour Govinda Swami preaches a commonly heard theme, that there's always a pure devotee on the planet. [PADA: OK wait a minute, that is also what the GBC, Gaura Govinda Maharaja, Rocana, Gaudiya Matha et al. are ALSO preaching.]
*** If one is sincere enough and one wants Krsna strongly enough, then they'll find such a pure devotee. [PADA: Problem being, as soon as one discovers that Srila Prabhupada is the pure person they are seeking, they are immediately banned from ISKCON for being "a bogus ritvik" and Rocana says they are the worst form of deviants on the planet for not worshiping Rocana's live gurus. Anyone who finds the pure devotee is immediately purged out of ISKCON and banned from speaking on Rocana's pro-vapuh vada bodily worship program.]
*** Those who preach this theme often quote Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur as having stated this principle. But let's keep in mind that in the case of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur himself, he only really recognized two devotees who he considered to be qualified pure devotees, namely Jagannath das Babaji and Gaura Kishore das Babaji. There's no evidence that Srila Bhaktivinoda's enlightenment came from associating with them personally. Rather, his enlightenment came from contacting the previous Sampradaya Acaryas through their writings. [PADA: We really can not say Srila Bhaktivinode had to rely on writings to become realized, because he may have already been self-realized from birth. We would tend to assume he had already been Krishna conscious from birth and he was simply reading shastra to make it seem he needed the books, as a model for others. At the same time, Rocana says no one can become realized from reading the books, he says we all need to hear from his living lips person. At other times he says we can become realized by hearing from the book bhagavat, so he is trying his best to confuse people from the path to Krishna by giving them contrary instructions.] *** The principle that you'll always be able to find a pure devotee of their status could easily be referring to the teachings of the Sampradaya Acaryas, and the fact that if one looks hard enough, you can discover them. From what I understand, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur had to do a lot of research to find the teachings of the previous Acaryas.
So now we're getting back to the concept of Srila Prabhupada and his books, and how the movement is spread around the world based on his teachings. People are becoming devotees simply as a result of reading his books. [PADA: Ooops, but Rocana is foremost in saying people cannot become realized from the books, he says this is the bogus ritviks idea and we need to worship one of his debauchee messiah's lineage members, and hear from his living lips. Sulochana said some of Rocana's gurus have had their "living lips" on their disciples genitals, then they go and give a lecture class, and Rocana and his foolish party falls off their seats thinking they are hearing from the next messiah.]
*** And yes, there may be some nice devotees who are distributing the books and who are speaking on behalf of Srila Prabhupada and trying to train people in Krsna consciousness based on what he has stated, but at this point, who could say that there's anyone who's nearly as advanced as Srila Prabhupada? Of course, we do find people who make this claim, or insinuate it. The question is, are the followers of Gour Govinda Maharaja among that group? Are they actually claiming that Gour Govinda is on the same exalted spiritual level as Srila Prabhupada? And if not, precisely, philosophically, how do they define the comparative difference between the two. I for one would like to hear this clarification from people in Gour Govinda's branch. I would also like to hear from them whether it's universally accepted that Narayana Maharaja is now their "living guru", or is it just one of Gour Govinda's branches that advertises him as such? For those that do accept this position, we assume they have now gone to Narayana Maharaja for siksa, and are no longer focusing all their attention on Gour Govinda's teachings, since he is no longer here in person to instruct them.
And while we're asking for clarification, there's also the big mystery of Gour Govinda Swami's departure. We have heard a number of different and seemingly contradictory stories about the circumstances under which he passed away. One involves the GBC, who was apparently giving him a hard time based on what he was preaching. That story suggests that he left his body the night before a big confrontation with the GBC was set to occur, and that he left so he wouldn't be put in the position of having to criticize the Vaisnavas (the GBC). Of course, I can see after reading this lecture why the GBC would have a certain amount of concern about what he's said.
To get back to the main theme presented by both Bhagavat das and Murali Krsna Swami, they suggest that Lord Krsna gives the aspiring sincere devotee pure intelligence so that he can recognize and associate with advanced sadhus, and the big test is whether or not you're sincere enough, or you're basically dying to have Krsna, and therefore Krsna will reciprocate with you in this way. Philosophically, there's nothing intrinsically wrong with this message, but there is no clarification as to how a neophyte qualifies for this benediction of pure intelligence from Krsna and how they can have such an intense desire to have Krsna while at the same time not already having a guru - unless, of course, they have been properly instructed by reading the teachings of the Sampradaya Acarya. In other words, one can first read Srila Prabhupada's books, understand who is Krsna and who is a pure devotee, and on that basis go forth in the world searching for advanced devotees, or pray to Krsna (Caitya guru) to help them find the guru. [PADA: Again the problem is that as soon as someone is inspired to worship a pure devotee, then Rocana's program makes a bait and switch and he tosses that person one of his illicit sex messiahs to worship instead.]
Sri Krsna is Caitya guru, and He is controlling everything, including whether or not the neophyte searcher will be put into the association of a pure sadhu, then be able to recognize who that sadhu is. This dynamic is especially interesting nowadays, when there's so much competition amongst the supposedly "pure sadhus" who are out there trying to recruit disciples. So we have to assume according to Gour Govinda Maharaja, that all these people who've been initiated in ISKCON by gurus who later fell down, that they deserve to be cheated. They didn't have pure intelligence, and it was maya, not Krsna, who arranged this because these people are insincere. Yet even ISKCON now says that you have the pure devotee, Srila Prabhupada, as your 'safety net'. For the most part, people became initiated on the basis of the fact that they had faith in Srila Prabhupada, and if their guru falls down, most continue to have faith in Srila Prabhupada. And yes, it's a test, but I go back to my theme of the Sampradaya Acarya, and that you need to be connected to the Sampradaya through a Sampradaya Acarya, not just to a guru who happens to be somewhere on a branch. The question here is, is Gour Govinda Maharaja just a guru on a branch, or is he a maha-bhagavata, uttama-adhikari, nitya-siddha, or Sampradaya Acarya? According to what I hear in this lecture, he certainly thinks he's an uttama-adhikari.
According to Gour Govinda Maharaja, one must have a "living guru", and he's out there on the planet somewhere. This puts the aspirant in a dilemma, because all their efforts basically have to be in searching mode. This mindset is one of the reasons there's a huge phenomenon today of people coming to Krsna consciousness, hearing the rush-to-diksa rhetoric coming from ISKCON leaders, then going off on a constant pilgrimage, trying to find their living guru. All that time and effort could simply have been spent just studying and reading Srila Prabhupada's books, associating with local devotees, and rigidly applying the processes, as much as humanly possible. After years of having diligently followed that process, we can trust that Caitya Guru would have had plenty of opportunities to put the sincere aspirant in contact with a qualified guru -at least one qualified to the degree that the aspirant is deserving and desiring of.
[PADA: OK this (above) is the ritvik idea.]
*** Throughout my devotional career, I have heard innumerable lectures by ISKCON gurus similar to the one given by Gour Govinda Maharaja and mentioned in this article. In my mind, they were just self-promotion lectures. This particular lecture, frankly, doesn't seem much different. Gour Govinda Maharaja is a little more Indian-ized in the sense that he speaks very much like you'd hear a Gaudiya Matha preacher sound. Lectures such as this one seem to be well rehearsed, especially when the lecture has little to do with the sloka they've submitted in the context of a class. And of course, we assume it's likely that there are many persons in the audience who are looking to get initiated. And how can someone say these things unless they are a maha-bhagavat, genuine guru, which is like saying 'Here I am. Stop looking. Krsna sent you to me, and you've been given a great benediction. If you don't surrender to me then that's a form of aparadha, and you risk going to hell. And you're only seeing me through material eyes, so you'd better listen to my instructions now, and surrender to me.' In a sense, this is a subtle threat.
The only conclusion you can come to is you either have to accept the fact that Gour Govinda Swami is an uttama-adhikari maha-bhagavat, and if you don't, then at best you missed out on a golden opportunity. At worst, you're an aparadhi and you're going to hell for a good, long stretch of suffering. It seems that Murali Krsna Swami and Bhagavat dasa have decided that they're not going to take the risk, and they're going to accept Gour Govinda Swami as being such a highly advanced Vaisnava." [PADA: Right, anyone who says Srila Prabhupada's jeeva tattva is bogus, anyone who says we need to keep the Tamal and Narayana Maharaja program, anyone who is voted in at Bhavananda's recoronation, anyone who supports and gets voted in to a sexual predator guru lineage, is pure. Really? ys pd]
[PADA: Lots of good instruction here, but notice, we were originally on the Vaikuntha planets and we fell to here. This defeats the Gaura Govinda Maharaja / Narayana Maharaja / Gaudiya Matha idea that we were never with Krishna. We were with Krishna, and we fell from that platform. ys pd]
[PADA: This is getting interesting. The mass of devotees are finally catching on, -- that the entire GBC is responsible for creating most (or all) the deviations of ISKCON, especially folks like Anuttama. Goody. So if the Global GBC is responsible for making hundreds and hundreds of deviations, then they are not acharyas, plain and simple. What are we are left with then? Who will be the acharya of ISKCON since they are not? And it seems, Srila Prabhupada will win that title, and is winning that title, by default. That means our idea is winning -- albeit -- without them admitting our idea is winning. As for our "living guru" GBC guru defenders like Ajit Krishna and Torben Nielsen, we hope they finally get to the point of realizing, theirs and Rocana's ping pong swami / sexyasi / bogus acharya's / foolish living messiah's program is not going forward, its collapsing. We are not going to worship the people who are creating Krishna West as our living gurus! Sorry! Ours is the idea that is -- moving ahead. ys pd]
Agra/Mathura: President Pranab Mukherjee, clearly at pains to reiterate his anxieties on rising intolerance in the country, especially after Dadri, on Wednesday spoke about Chaitanya's arrival in Vrindavan some 500 years ago and wondered if tolerance and "acceptance of dissent" are on the wane in India, a country, he said, has "amazed" the world in the past with its unity in diversity. "People should learn from Sri Chaitanya," he said. Addressing a gathering of more than a thousand people, including ascetics, scholars and Krishna devotees, at a function organized to celebrate the 500th year of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's advent in Vrindavan's Parmeshwari Devi Dhanuka Saraswati Vidya Mandir, Mukherjee said there are seven major religions being practised in India, more than 100 languages are spoken here and over 1,600 dialects are used in the country — an excellent example of unity in diversity.
"Living with diversity, finding unity in diversity has been practised in India for centuries. This has amazed people across the globe — how India, in one system of administration, in one Constitution, in one way of legal jurisprudence and functioning, has managed to remain united," he said.
The President laid emphasis on civilizational values as the reason for the country living together with 128 crore people, the second largest population in the world, representing almost all major religions of the world.
"All three major ethnic groups, Dravidians, Caucasians and Mongoloids, live in one piece of land. In the whole of north-eastern India, you will find concentration of Mongoloid people. The whole of south India, you will find Dravidian people and in north and north-west, (there are) people belonging to Caucasians group. All these major ethnic groups live in one state. It has been possible because of our cultural values, civilizational values, which have been taught to us over centuries and which has descended on us and we have nurtured it, which is a part of life and therefore it is no cliche to us," the President added.
Ever since the Dadri lynching and subsequent events, Mukherjee has been repeatedly appealing for tolerance and pluralism.
Citing teachings of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, a revered monk and a reformer in medieval India, he said that people should learn the lesson of love, service, humanity and communal harmony from the saint who devoted his life to society. The event was also attended by UP governor Ram Naik, Mathura MP Hema Malini, leader of UP Congress legislative party Pradeep Mathur.
Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, who was also expected to attend the programme, left Vrindavan soon after welcoming the President at the helipad. A souvenir highlighting Radha Tattva, a Vedic concept defined by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, was also released on the occasion.
Source: Times Of India Dated: Nov 18, 2015 ===========================
Vrindavan (Uttar Pradesh), Nov. 18 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee, who attended the celebrations of the 500th year of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s advent in Vrindavan today, said that the great saint was one of the greatest exponents of the Bhakti movement.
The celebrations were organised by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Brij Vrindavan Arrival 500th Anniversary Mahotsav, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu preached love, equality, humanity and harmony. He urged the people to adopt this message of the great saint and recharge the society.
President Mukherjee said Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was one of the greatest saints of the Bhakti movement.
“He was responsible for the popularity of Vaishnavism in Bengal through his Kirtans, which were unparalleled in lyricism and beauty. Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu preached and spread loving devotional service and congregational chanting through personal demonstration. He propagated the cult of devotion by personally practicing it,” he said.
The President said living with diversity and finding unity in diversity has been practised in India over centuries.
“Many people wonder how it is possible for India to accommodate so much diversity within one system of administration, one Constitution and one legal jurisprudence,” he said.
The President said the answer lies in our civilisational values.
“India’s unity has been possible because of our cultural and civilisational values. We have inherited these over centuries and have nurtured it. It is now a part of our life,” he added.
President Mukherjee said Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s teachings continue to have great relevance in the contemporary world.
Hema Malini, the local MP, was the most unabashedly devotional in her remarks. She began with “Radhe Radhe!” She also started her talk with a verse from Chaitanya Chandramrita. She was the only speaker other than the hosts to recite a Sanskrit verse:
ānanda-līlā-maya-vigrahāya hemābha-divya-cchavi-sundarāya tasmai mahā-prema-rasa-pradāya caitanya-candrāya namo namas te
I offer my obeisances unto Sri Chaitanya Chandra, whose body is the embodiment of an ecstatic pastime, whose beauty is divinely beautiful, a picture of golden light, and who is the giver of the highest taste of supreme love of God. (Caitanya-candramrtam)
Hema remarked that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s visit had set into motion the growth and development of Vrindavan-Mathura and that she was committed to the advance of the people of the district, especially in preserving and spreading the cultural contributions of the region. She also remarked that she has a special feeling for Radha Raman since Gopal Bhatta heralded from Srirangam, where she herself was born.