Saturday, September 17, 2011

A few mis-conceptions in ISKCON ys pd

Persons posing as ISKCON's gurus often propagate the following deviations:
* People often require "re-initiation" by an ecclesiastical "guru" when their former ecclesiastical "guru" deviates.
* Sadhana-bhaktas, neophyte Vaisnavas, may accept special instructions and special siddha-pranali "initiation" from an unauthorized, self-styled guru if he claims to be augmenting the teachings of the bona fide Vaisnava acarya.
* Vaisnava gurus or acaryas may be authorized by ecclesiastical arrangements (acarya boards, two-thirds-majority votes, and so forth) or appointed from among immature devotees.
more than one guru.

* The idea of "reinitiating" devotees who have already earnestly begun serving Srila Prabhupada.

* Vaisnava acaryas die or become "posthumous," like all mortal men, and thus become inaccessible or ineffective in the matter of initiating and guiding new disciples. 

Sincere students reject all these unauthorized ideas and never accept imitators as substitutes for the genuine Vaisnava 22.71, Purport) Sri Caitanya-caritamrta 1.35, Purport) Sri Caitanya-caritamrta 1.35, Purport) Sri Caitanya-caritamrta

"There is no possiblity that a first-class devotee will fall down..."

"A devotee must have only one initiating spiritual master, because in the scriptures acceptance of more than one is always forbidden."
"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."

"One should take initiation from a bona fide spiritual master coming in the disciplic succession, who is authorized by his predecessor spiritual master.  This is called diksa-vidhana.  Lord Krishna states in Bhagavad-gita, vyapasrita: one should accept a spiritual master.  By this process the entire world can be converted to Krishna consciousness." 

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