Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Narayan Maharaja vs Ananta Das Babaji

[PADA: A number of ISKCON devotees, including a few leaders, have been associating with "Ananta das babaji" for "rasika discussions." However, we have also heard that he is one of the "babajis" who is critical of the Gaudiya Vaishnavas guru lineage. 

This is an interesting exchange from the Narayana Maharaja folks, where they are discussing Ananta das babaji. And this seems to be the main problem everyone is having with Ananta das babaji, he attacks the Gaudiya line and its acharyas. 

Meanwhile I am not so sure what Ananta das' lineage is? Anyway this is not an endorsement of NM, but its sort of what we have said all along, the GBC is taking on all sorts of dubious "outside advisors" and this is simply another example. ys pd]   

Syamarani dasi: He also wants to know what you think of Ananta das Pandita. The one at Radha Kunda.

Srila Gurudeva: Ananta dasa Pandita. I only know that there is an Ananta dasa Babaji. He lives in Radha Kunda and he has published some books. I know only this. What has your Prabhupada spoken about Ananta Dasa?

Syamarani dasi: I don’t know what he said about him. But he rejects sahajiyas…

Gurudeva: I know that Ananta dasa Babaji tells that Mayapura is not the real Mayapura. He says that Pracina Navadvipa (Old Navadvipa, Sriman Mahaprabhu’s birthplace) is on the western side of the Ganges; he says that is the real Mayapura. [Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, with the help of Srila Jagannatha dasa Babaji Maharaja, found and established Mahaprabhu’s birthplace on the eastern bank]. So you can understand what type of person he is. 

[Then, after a few words describing Ananta das Babaji’s physical appearance and apparel:] What does he want to know about him?

Syamarani dasi: He wants to know what you think of his lineage and publications. It seems you have answered.

Srila Gurudeva: There are so many things to say about him. I know that his intelligence is misguided. Even though he cannot understand whether Mayapura is here or there, he makes propaganda against Gaudiya Vaisnavas, like Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura and others. He is hankering for so many disciples and yet he preaches against Gaudiya Vaisnavism. If any ISKCON member goes to him, he will say, “Oh, come on come on, I will give you babaji vesa.” And if you go, he will give you babaji vesa. [With affectionate sarcasm] Do you want? I will recommend you.

If your Prabhupada were here, he would have fully…what is the word?

Syamarani dasi: Condemned him?

Srila Gurudeva: Condemned him. And then he would have done his sraddha ceremony. Do you know the meaning of Sradha ceremony?
Syamarani dasi: The ceremony after death.
Gurudeva: Ah, yes. Your Prabhupada would surely have done this. What more can I say?

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