Boishnob apradh

Boishnob apradh

“Vaisnava aparadha” is the most misused term in ISKCON.

Question

Hare Krishna prabhu,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

As I understand, vaishnav aparadh remains vaishnav aparadh even when a vaishnav who is getting criticized is deviating. In nectar of Instruction it’s said, that we should mentally respect even sahajayas who don’t follow 4 regs.
So I think that this is a very safe position to have, if one is a neophyte devotee. Neophyte devotee doesn’t have so much faith and knowledge to be involved in the ‘war’.
But an advanced devotee can afford himself to commit vaishnav apparadh and suffer consequences, because for him his personal spiritual elevation is not so important as service to Krishna.

If this attitude is arising genuinely from the desire to protect the movement and not from envy or personal dissatisfaction, then it’s very good. But still promoting this selflessness is very dangerous, because a neophyte devotee will certainly misuse it.

My point is, that avoidance of “fault-finding” etc may come not from being retarded, but from natural concern about your spiritual advancement. Of course you can understand that following a deviant you will not advance much, but it’s not like you have to either criticize someone or follow him.

So I think that neophyte devotees (like myself) shouldn’t try to criticize anyone without perfectly developing their faith. They also shouldn’t follow blindly. Not criticizing doesn’t mean obeying.

What do you think about it?

Thank you.

Reply

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

If we are speaking about Vaisnava aparadha, then we must understand first what is Vaisnava and what is aparadha.

Aparadha means an insult, and in the context of a guru, Vaisnava is somebody who is strictly following his own guru.

So, if I make a video or article how Sacinandana Swami travels with a young, unmarried woman for the last 10 years, that is not aparadha. The truth is never offensive.

If you read Bhagavad-gita, you will find Srila Prabhupada says: “Apaiśunam means that one should not find fault with others or correct them unnecessarily. Of course, to call a thief a thief is not faultfinding, but to call an honest person a thief is very much offensive for one who is making advancement in spiritual life.”

There is always a chance of making a mistake and accusing an honest person about some mischief. But that chance is very slim if you publish evidence. On the other hand, if we don’t have the website which is fighting against cheaters, then we are factually allowing cheaters to thrive within ISKCON. And that is not what Srila Prabhupada wanted. Srila Prabhupada didn’t want ISKCON to be a society of leaders who cheat others, leaders who are doing nonsense and at the same time using Gestapo methods to protect their deviations. So, my website is not unnecessary criticism, it is very much necessary.

As far as neophyte devotees are concerned, they are in greatest danger to be cheated. They should not write articles about deviations because they are not experienced, but they should read such articles so that they can understand the truth.

ys Hanuman das


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