Dissecting the July 9th directiveHanuman das
Interesting exchange with a devotee from India about rtviks philosophy and the future of ISKCON.
Dear Hanuman Prabhu
All Glories To Śrīla Prabhupāda
First of all, I wish to introduce myself. My name is X, I am 18 years old and I live in Bangalore, India. This email is sent by me to seek Your association and understand a few things, which I have mentioned in this mail.
As You can see from my name, I am, so far, not an initiated devotee within any of the ISKCONs, either the one run by “Gestapo” GBC or the ṛtviks (MPD). But I have been visiting the ṛtvik temple (mainly because it’s the more well-known ISKCON in Bangalore) for the past 8 months, and that’s where I first got the chance to know about Prabhupāda and His Hare Kṛṣṇa Movement (all because of Prabhupāda’s causeless mercy). Since then, Prabhupāda certainly has helped me to understand the purpose of life and the original teachings of the great Ācāryas of the Gauḍīya Vaisnava paramparā.
You may be surprised that how is it that just within 8 months of me associating with Prabhupāda and His movement I could actually differentiate between the two “movements”, let alone calling the “bonafide” ISKCON “Gestapo”. The main reason is Your website (lastingimpression.info). I was shocked to know how much deviation has been going on from Prabhupāda’s original teachings. How would Prabhupāda feel after seeing all this nonsense going on in the pristine movement which, once upon a time was led by prominent and great devotees such as the Śaḍ gosvāmīs, Narottama Dāsa Ṭhākura, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura, Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī Mahārāja and many great Vaiṣṇavas? The way things are turning out certainly turn the idea of Kṛṣṇa consciousness upside down. Certainly Prabhupāda would have expected His disciples to act in a mature manner, adhering to the injunctions of the Śāstras and living a very Kṛṣṇa conscious life, other than doing all unwanted, nonsense things which are against the scriptural injunctions (as is happening now).
Prabhu, now that I have been visiting the ṛtvik temple, there is a very important question that I have. I’ve been told in the temple about the 9th July directive of Śrīla Prabhupāda regarding initiation (letter on behalf of Śrīla Prabhupāda to all temple presidents dated 9th July 1977) and they say that it is the reason they split up from the actual ISKCON. I wish to know Your stance regarding this Prabhu.
Prabhu, please note that I know and understand that You are also very much against the ṛtviks, for they too seem to deviate (maybe not to that extent as that of the actual ISKCON, but nevertheless, still) from Prabhupāda’s original teachings. I don’t want to be fanatic in this regard and I would like to look at this situation from a neutral point of view and hence practice Kṛṣṇa consciousness without deviating from the original teachings of the Ācāryas.
Kindly help me with this Prabhu so that I may actually understand and practice Kṛṣṇa consciousness in its right spirit. I ask of this now because even though I’m in contact with Prabhupāda’s movement only for 8 months (that too only because of His mercy on me), I wish to be engaged in service to Prabhupāda in the right spirit, and I somehow feel You would help me in this regard.
I sincerely look forward to have Your association.
Hare Krishna prabhu,
please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
9th July 1977 is directive is the letter where Srila Prabhupada authorizes 11 of his senior disciples to help him with initiations. Srila Prabhupada was seriously ill, and this letter was supposed to eliminate the big queue of initiation candidates.
Both Gestapo ISKCON and rtviks misused this letter to push their own agenda.
ISKCON leaders used this letter to enthrone 11 fake acharyas to be worshipped on the same level as Srila Prabhupada. Krishna dismantled them after some time. The purest of the pure blooped pretty quickly and one of them even got decapitated. After that, they established licensed puppy Gestapo gurus who must sign a gag-order before they can initiate. And if they ever dare to say the truth, their puppy guru license will be revoked. And they are living a comfortable life provided that they constantly preach that we should not criticize devotees. And “devotees” in this context are the GBC members and puppy gurus themselves. This cheating goes to this very day. We don’t find anywhere in the scriptures that guru has to be “approved” by the corrupt administrative Body. Srila Prabhupada also never presented such a concept. The same goes for signing the gag-order. Anybody who signs a document that prevents him to speak openly is not a real guru.
Rtviks evolved as a reaction to all atrocities performed ISKCON Acarya wannabes. Those are devotees who saw something terribly wrong in the GBC Gestapo charade. And they were mostly right in recognizing that ISKCON is a crazy censorship organization full of brainless, blind followers who have nothing to do with Srila Prabhupada’s vision of Krishna conscious society. Although rtviks correctly recognized the problem, their mitigation strategy was wrong, bringing another deviation.
I am very skeptical regarding the rtvik interpretation of 9th July directive. My reasoning is very simple. Srila Prabhupada was not some mystic who preached cryptic, hard-to-understand philosophy. On the contrary, Srila Prabhupada was very straightforward, very down to earth preacher. His instructions were always very simple, very clearly explained and very easy to understand. His teachings are also very logical because he explained the Krishna consciousness perfectly. Srila Prabhupada very rarely changed anything in the practices of Vaisnava traditions. But, when he did change something, he always explained the reasoning behind it.
For example, Srila Prabhupada did unusual things that were not previously present in our sampradaya. He allowed women to live in the temples. That is something never seen before. But Srila Prabhupada didn’t just sign a directive instructing his disciple to implement this, he actually explained why he did it:
American boys and girls in our Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement preach together, less intelligent men criticize that they are mingling without restriction. In Europe and America boys and girls mingle unrestrictedly and have equal rights; therefore it is not possible to completely separate the men from the women. However, we are thoroughly instructing both men and women how to preach, and actually they are preaching wonderfully. Of course, we very strictly prohibit illicit sex. Boys and girls who are not married are not allowed to sleep together or live together, and there are separate arrangements for boys and girls in every temple. Gṛhasthas live outside the temple, for in the temple we do not allow even husband and wife to live together. The results of this are wonderful. Both men and women are preaching the gospel of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu and Lord Kṛṣṇa with redoubled strength. (CC aid 7.38p)
Similarly, if Srila Prabhupada wanted to change the initiation system, he would surely give an extensive explanation of such a big change. But, he didn’t. Srila Prabhupada wrote extensively in his books about the diksa initiation system, and how parampara works. And he never explained the idea that he will remain diksa guru. If he really wanted to change the sampradaya in such a significant way, he would surely dedicate at least a few paragraphs in his letters, lectures or books to explain the reasoning behind this change.
So, rtviks are simply cheaters with hippy-new age-Christan bija who imagine themselves to be the only ones who “deeply understand” Prabhupada. But there is no need to “deeply understand” Prabhupada because Prabhupada very nicely explained all the changes he made in his movement when he introduced it in the west. And rtvik-change is unfortunately not one of these changes because it is not explained anywhere.
Therefore, rtviks are forced to convert Srila Prabhupada into a mystical saint who spoke cryptically to sound spiritual. And now we need somebody to “decipher” Srila Prabhupada’s teachings. But there is nothing to decipher, Srila Prabhupada’s instructions are very clear.
Similarly. criminals from the Gestapo GBC mafia syndicate don’t have any arguments for their gag-order puppy licensed guru system.
Once you go above and beyond Gestapo licensed guru system and above the rtvik New age Christianity nonsense, you will find out that real Krishna consciousness is very natural and very beautiful. Whoever dedicated his life in preaching Srila Prabhupada’s message is naturally qualified to initiate disciples. And he doesn’t need “approval” from corporate jet-flying sannyasis with girlfriends and luxury apartments. And in case Srila Prabhupada disciple deviates from the pure Krishna consciousness, his peers, his Godbrothers will start writing articles and giving lectures to protest against this deviation. This is a very simple system that worked fine for hundreds of years. This beautiful and natural Krishna consciousness waits to be re-established and this task will fall on the next generation of Srila Prabhupada followers. Current ISKCON gurus will hopefully leave the stage soon and take their Gestapo legacy with them. But people leading the revolution need to read Srila Prabhupada’s books, they need to be sincerely dedicated to his mission and then, Srila Prabhupada and Krishna will no doubt empower them to re-establish Krishna consciousness. Whoever remains an ISKCON member will surely not be empowered to instigate the change. Because by becoming ISKCON member you are actually certifying your stupidity. There, the revolution will most probably come from independently thoughtful people who chewed by and kicked out by ISKCON. And they will need to start initiating. I don’t see any other way. And ISKCON will either disintegrate or remain a powerless sahajiya organization like Christianity.
ys Hanuman das