Fake quote by Prabhupada’s enemy used in ISKCONHanuman das
I am sorry, I am going to criticise various senior devotees. You better close this page right now. You have been warned. According to the new ISKCON theology, criticising anybody is very bad. In the original Prabhupada’s teachings, criticising devotees is not ok, but cheaters should be exposed. But according to the new ISKCON dogma, criticising anybody for anything is bad. And of course, to convince their retarded followers that this is really true, senior cheaters often quote like this:
To bring a person from the clutches of maya is very, very hard. If lust or any other attachment is present in that person’s heart it will go away very soon, if he is chanting and remembering and listening to Hari-katha. Be very careful. Don’t criticize devotees or non-devotees. First look at your own condition, and try to purify yourself. Is there any lust in you? Is there any kutinati (deceit) in you, or not? Be worried for that; don’t worry for others. Sri Guru and Lord Sri Krsna are responsible for others. You cannot do anything to help them, so you have no right to criticize. (Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati)
After reading this, you are supposed to shut up and not criticise anybody for anything. Actually, after reading this quote, you should not even criticise sannyasis with female secretaries, mushroom eater-Jedi gurus, and so on. Every single one of them is “pure”, and if you don’t see that, you are “envious”. Since I’ve been doing ISKCON cleanup work, I have seen this quote being used against me many times.
I was very much intrigued by this quote since I know that Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati is lion guru who is tearing apart all kinds of deviant people all the time. Here is one real quote, something that Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati really said regarding exposing deviations and criticising nonsense people:
A chanter of Hari-kirtana is necessarily the uncompromising enemy of worldliness and hypocrisy. It is his constant function to dispel all misconceptions by preaching the truth in its most unambiguous form, without any consideration of person, place, or time. The form to be adopted is that which is least likely to be misunderstood. It is his bounden duty to clearly and frankly oppose any person who tries to deceive and harm himself and others by misrepresenting the truth, whether due to malice or genuine misunderstanding.
This will be possible if the chanter of kirtana is always prepared to submit to being trodden upon by thoughtless people, if such discomfort will enable him to benefit his persecutors by chanting of the truth in the most unambiguous manner.
If he is unwilling or afraid of considerations of self-respect or personal discomfort to chant kirtana under all circumstances, he is unfit to be a preacher of the absolute truth.
Humility implies perfect submission to the truth and no sympathy for untruth. Those who entertain any partiality for untruth are unfit to chant Hari-kirtana. Any clinging to untruth is opposed to the principle of humility born of absolute submission to the truth. (Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur, Harmonist 26.249-50 (Apr 1929))
So, these two quotes are really almost completely opposite to each other, so, with help of some Prabhupada disciples, I started the adventure of finding the source of the first fake quote which is usually used by deviants.
It turns out that this quote was actually written by Narayana Swami, who is a disciple of Srila Prabhupada’s Godbrother Kesava Swami. Narayana Swami published a letter in 2005, which says:
As you can see, quote used by ISKCON devotees was actually written by an enemy of Prabhupada.
Although he said that we should not criticize anybody, Narayana Swami criticized Prabhupada by saying the public lecture that Prabhupada translated Bhagavad-gita in the wrong way:
If you don’t know history, educate yourself: