Did you know that chanting on japa was introduced by Vasco da Gama, Caitanya Mahaprabhu picked it up from him? Read on.
Srila Prabhupada writes:
The difficulty is sometimes things are interpreted in a manner dovetailing one’s own sense gratification. I have got this personal experience in my Guru Maharaja’s institution. Different Godbrothers took the words of Guru Maharaja in different interpretations for sense gratification and the whole mission disrupted. (Letter to Tamala Krishna, Oct 18, 1969)
You don’t want to criticise anybody? You don’t want to be “envious offender” like Hanuman? Ok, then you will have to live in a movement taken over by weirdos and various other kinds of perverts. Furthermore, you will have to believe that all the weirdos and perverts are actually pure devotee. And you will also have to believe that such weirdos and perverts will take you back to Godhead. When Srila Prabhupada is represented by rascals and deviants, and you remain silent, you also get implicated in the sinful reaction.
We should be very cautious not to waste a single moment without Kṛṣṇa consciousness. So we have got so many activities. If we have no activities, then we can polish the floor of the Temple. That is not very difficult. If I am illiterate, I have no interest in reading books, I have no interest in chanting or I cannot do it constantly, then take something and mop over the temple and cleanse the temple. That is also service. It is not that one who is engaged in the Deity worship, he is better engaged, and one who is polishing the floor, he is less engaged. No. Both of them will get equal benefit. Kṛṣṇa consciousness is so nice. So find out some business for Kṛṣṇa. Don’t waste time. That is the perfection of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. (Lecture on SB 1.16.6 — Los Angeles, January 3, 1974:
Remember ISKCON initiation ceremonies? They usually look full of life, full of colours, full of flowers, full of prasadam. Above all, Deities are present and devotees are present.
Remember the outrage when first Hridayananda das Goswami became member of the GBC body and GBC for Brazil, as concluded in the mid-term GBC meeting?
Well, it seems things started improving since he took reins of Brazil after being empowered by the GBC body in October last year. Here, we see that he is setting up preaching in a proper way according to standard of chastity and shyness and prescribed by Prabhupada. In this article, we analyze newest facebook post by his disciple Giridhari das, who manages ISKCON center called “Pandava paradise”:
Only way to fight nonsense is to publicly oppose it. And you can publicly opposite it only if you are well grounded in reading Prabhupada’s books, in this way, you will be able to recognize nonsense.
It is duty of every follower of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada to keep his teachings intact and pure. However, today, in Prabhupada’s own society, fighting deviant philosophy is pronounced criminal activity. It is taught to be “offensive”. This is so because corrupt leaders of Prabhupada’s society established such social norms. It is “not good” to fight nonsense and be straight forward, because that might “offend” fake gurus and their followers.
What can I say, while this is not most philosophically potent video which I ever saw, it is clearly one of the most funny ones, sent to me by devotees from Russia, who are sharing it in a more underground way, because it is “illegal” in ISKCON to make fun of people who claim that we will conquer the world with jeans and lasagna instead of dhoti and sweet rice. It is especially illegal if jeans and lasagna tattva is preached by somebody who is guru-list “guru”. If somebody is on the guru-list, then you are supposed to believe in lasagna and jeans, and don’t make funny videos about it.
Today marks the start of the International Krishna West festival in Brazil which caused Prabhupada’s spy network to activate. More details on the festival, you can see here All three Krishna West acaryas: Hridayananda das Goswami, Candramukha Swami and Dhanvantari Swami appeared in their brand new Krishna West uniforms which they will use to convert the whole western world to Krishna consciousness.
Introduction by Hanuman das
Another article by my friend from Brazil, well researched, it goes to show that Brazil is testing grounds for preaching divorce, also known in Srila Prabhupada’s books as cat and dog level.
Prabhupada: Whatever Kṛṣṇa has kindly sent, let me be satisfied with this. They do not want more than that. Similarly, “Kṛṣṇa has sent me this woman as my wife, oh, let me be satisfied with that.” That is Kṛṣṇa consciousness, that He’s pleased to send me such foodstuff, He’s pleased to send me such wife, He’s pleased to give me strength for so much defense.” So the whole question is solved there. But because we have got high intelligence, we are going to surpass the intelligence of Kṛṣṇa. “Oh, Kṛṣṇa has given me this wife? Why not search out another nice wife?” That means I am going to surpass the intelligence of Kṛṣṇa. “Oh, Kṛṣṇa has sent this prasādam. Oh, this is all vegetables. Why not take some animal food and liquor?” Kṛṣṇa does not send you liquor. You have manufactured. Kṛṣṇa has sent you this fruit, He has sent you the grains, Kṛṣṇa has sent you the milk. You should be satisfied. (Morning Walk at Stow Lake — March 27, 1968, San Francisco)
I can understand that divorce because they can’t follow the proper standard, but to preach cat and dog level is whole another level of rascaldom.
This article is written by one of ISKCON devotees in Brazil, who has to watch all the nonsense happening in his country. Of course, according to ISKCON’s “Silent sheep non offender” theory, he was supposed to stay quiet about all the nonsense happening there, but he couldn’t.
Brazil is under direct supervision of the GBC Executive committee consisting of:
- Bhakti Caru Swami
- Madhusevita das
- Bhaktivaibhava Swami
All those people are responsible for this craziness that is happening in Brasil.
Once upon a time, great “acarya” appeared, he promised us that he will “save” ISKCON’s western mission and bring us millions of new followers, and the project Krishna West was born. He pleaded to the GBC body to allow him to test his new project and everybody will witness how powerful it is. We just need to replace dhotis with Jeans, and we need to replace sweet rice with muffins. If you are rich, you can also replace harmonium with piano, and for poorer folks, synthesizer will do. If we do that, millions will join our movement.
I am gradually losing hope that ISKCON will ever get back to right track. Worst of all, GBC Executive committee is in charge for Brazil. If they manage everything else as they are managing Brazil, we are in big trouble. Maybe only thing left to do is making jokes.
So, let’s analyse my sins from the past half year and the whole background. Major point of contention with the temple board is that I didn’t relay my grievances through “proper channels”, namely local authorities and the GBC, but rather, I did it publicly.