[PADA: It seems like -- more and more -- we find both in and out of ISKCON, people are saying that Srila Prabhupada is their actual guru. And thus, he should be offered the (food preparations) bhogha. That was our original argument in 1978, we cannot offer bhogha to conditioned souls. Nor should we place the photos of conditioned souls on the altars.
And since Srila Prabhupada is the ultimate guru of the ISKCON members, therefore we also offer the new disciples to him as well. That makes him the guru of the bhogha offerings, and the guru of the newcomers. This is of course what we Prabhupadanugas have said all along.
In other words, the so-called GBC guru is more or less an artificially concocted figurehead, and he is not a self realized soul, which is why even the ISKCON Disciples Course (IDC) teaches that the GBC guru might have to be replaced for deviations. So if he is, or potentially is, having to be replaced for deviations, then he is not a self realized soul. So it makes more and more sense, we should not offer the bhogha -- or the new disciples to defective beings.
What we are starting to see also more and more, is that ordinary even new bhakta types of people are coming to figure out that Srila Prabhupada is the person who should be their guru. They don't need to see a July 9th letter, they don't need to see the last Will, they just know automatically who is the guru by his self effulgent qualities. I also accepted Srila Prabhupada on the same principle and did not need to see some sort of legally written will or certification letter.
I knew he was the guru because he was giving people Krishna, self evidently. So the point is that Srila Prabhupada is sort of re-emerging more and more as the guru -- by default, de facto. This is a good sign of progress.
Meanwhile, some newer devotees apparently living near Mayapur said that Bhakti Vidya Purna swami (who was condemned by the Child Protection Office) is back and preaching in Mayapur. And they wrote to tell me how disgusting it is that the GBC gurus sort of allow this guy to float around. OK, so they are newer people, and even they are seeing that the GBC is like a dead body when it comes to managing things that need to be managed.
That means more people are waking up, that is a natural situation. Again this is good progress because if the GBC guru system is bogus, which guru should we accept instead?
The answer is more and more self evident.