When somebody complains about your guru, your duty as disciple is to defend your guru. Therefore, if you accept nonsense guru, you will have to defend nonsense. But, it seems yoga baba Prahladananda doesn’t have any disciples, because nobody is trying to defend him. Well, actually, somebody is trying to defend him, sort of. Here is an email I received today, together with my reply.
This video is dedicated to A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, greatest yogi that ever lived, who saved us from Kali-yuga nonsense.
Human life is meant for being elevated to the highest platform of good character and controlling the senses, controlling the mind, remain very clean. Then you can make progress and your life can become successful. So because they are not accustomed already to follow this, therefore so many rascals and dangerous yogīs are advertising that “There is no need of control. You can join this yoga system and give me money. I shall give you mantra, and you become God.” Be careful of these dogs. (SB 6.1.55, Praris, Aug 11 1975)
What is love, let’s hear it from Radhanath baba first:
Every organism has some system of defending itself against a disease. That system is called immune system.
Similarly, every society has some kind of immune system against those who are trying to damage the society. For criminals, we have police and justice system, which of course has many flaws, but it somewhat works in normal countries.
For the government officials, there is also immune system, which is called journalists, social media and so on. If some government official makes a mistake, journalists will create public pressure and that official might even be forced to step down. If he doesn’t step down, the the whole ruling party might get implicated. More recent example is australian deputy prime minister, who was forced to resign because he had an affair with his female secretary. I am sure many ISKCON sannyasis can learn a lot from his example.
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”:
Do you remember varna asrama? Well, if you are reading Prabhupada’s books, you surely remember that word, since something regarding varna-asrama is mentioned every 10 to 15 pages in Prabhupada’s books.
But the interesting thing is to notice the astounding difference how various Prabhupada’s disciple approach this topic.
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.
Hopefully inspired by my post from yesterday, Jai das decided to write an email to Anuttama das, ISKCON’s public relations officer. It’s a nice letter, and we need more of such letters. This is how you mount pressure. This is how you become relevant.
This letter is not offensive and it was written according to proper etiquette.
In the last two and half years, I’ve been fighting sannyasis with girlfriends without much public support. Many people like to visit my website, they shared many articles with their friends, but they did so in private messages. My website became very ypopular, with thousands of people visiting it every month. But, free ride is over.
This is a story how GBC jeopardized Prabhupada’s mission by putting less-than-ideal people on leadership positions.
I was always wondering how it is possible that I was banned from coming to a local temple just because I don’t believe Ramesh baba is divine and because I couldn’t accept sannyasis with female secretaries. Well, little did I know, that this is standard practice in ISKCON, nonsense is always protected, especially if nonsense is done by “pure devotees”, and those who point out things which are very wrong are called “offenders”. Actually, I am lucky that I wasn’t killed. (more…)
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.
When deviations and mistakes are exposed in the Hare Krishna movement, that is a first step in fixing the problem. Thanks to my website, all of the sudden, doing mistakes has become very expensive. You can be a sannyasi with a girlfriend and Ramesh follower, but everybody will know about this nonsense. Actually, it is not everybody, but many people will know.