Radhanath’s world: Where asana is bhakti and elementary math doesn’t workHanuman das
Radhanath Swami’s bhakti center in New Work recently published an advertisement, where you can pay 1500$ to learn bhakti. 😀 😀 😀 I see a couple of big programs with this advertisement:
As you can see teachers are very happy that they will earn 1500$ per student for something you can get for free in any other ISKCON temple. If somebody wants to learn about Krishna consciousness, he can join any ISKCON temple for a month or two and learn basic stuff about Krishna consciousness for free. You can attend Srimad Bhagavatam class for free in every ISKCON temple, you can participate in the morning program for free. You can also join ISKCON temple and be fully immersed in bhakti lifestyle practices.
Asana class cheating
Here is the exact list from their website on “what to expect” in this seminar:
Well, I have a big problem with first point “daily asana class”. Rest of the things could be called Krishna consciousness, except they should be free, but “asana” definitely doesn’t fall into the realm of bhakti.
Did you ever hear Srila Prabhupada saying that asanas, or various bodily postures are actually bhakti? You didn’t. Because that is Radhanath baba’s imagined philosophy. Krishna couldn’t care less if you can put your leg behind your neck or not. Not only that this process doesn’t work in this age, but even in other ages, asanas belong to mechanical process of hatha-yoga, and are not pleasing to Krishna. Only devotional service is pleasing to Krishna. And devotional service is pleasing to Krishna only if practiced exactly as given by previous acaryas. If you practice bhakti as given by fake guru Radhanath Swami, you will not achieve success. Here is the real truth about asanas and so called “fitness” yoga.
So if we infect the Māyāvādī quality, karmī quality, jñānī quality, yogī quality… I see some of the students, still they practice some yoga āsana. That quality is not yet… He’s not yet free. But this is nonsense. This is nonsense. We should, by promise, we should not associate with any of their qualities. That is… Asat-saṅga-tyāga-ei vaiṣṇava-ācāra, asat-eka strī-saṅgī kṛṣṇābhakta āra [Cc. Madhya 22.87]. Asat. Asat means bad element, bad association. So asat-saṅga. We have to give up asat. “So who is asat, Sir?” Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s speaking = asat-saṅga-tyāga ei vaiṣṇava-ācāra. Vaiṣṇava’s behavior, Vaiṣṇava’s character should be simply to give up the company of the asat….. https://prabhupadavani.org/transcriptions/730626sbmay/
And Prabhupada’s opinion about retarded fitness yoga is something you will never hear in “bhakti” center, because they make majority of their money by cheating people. Well, since I am not earning money by cheating people with yoga, I am free to give you real knowledge:
Devotee: Can hatha-yoga hinder or help Krsna consciousness, or is it…?
Prabhupada: Hinder. Yes. Because it is useless, simply wasting time. You cannot perform hatha-yoga in this age. You do not follow the rules and regulations. You are simply bluffed. Do you know what is the rules and regulations of hatha-yoga factually?
Devotee: Not actually.
Prabhupada: Yes. You have to select a secluded place. Hatha-yoga is not practiced in assembly of so many men. Just you go to a hatha-yoga class. There are hundreds of members practicing, and he is collecting money, five dollars per seat. And you are thinking, “I am practicing.” That is useless waste of time and money. Hatha-yoga is not practiced in that way. You have to practice in a secluded place, alone. Do you do that?
Devotee: Yes. Not… No. I guess I don’t.
Prabhupada: It is very difficult in this age. Then you have to restrain yourself in so many things. Complete free from sex life. You have to eat under certain direction, you have to… So many things there are. These rules are not followed. Simply they have got some bodily gymnastic sitting posture. They are thinking, “I am practicing.” No. That is one of the items. So all the items cannot be observed in this age. Therefore it is wasting.
Srila Prabhupada, Colombus, Ohio, 1969
Radhanath baba’s math
ok, 1500$ is a lot of 100 hours of bhakti, taking into consideration that you can get same thing for free in other temples. Worst of all, it’s not even 100 hours. Let’s do the math. Let’s see their offer from the same webpage:
So, there are 4 weekends, 8 days total. And time is from 7:30 am till 5:00 pm, which is 9.5 hours total. Now, look at the magic, 8 days x 9.5 hours equals 76 hours. BUT, I will be envious faultfinder and say that this is cheating, You can’t sell 100 hours and deliver 76 hours. Just because New Yorkers don’t know elementary math due to eating too much junk food, doesn’t mean you can cheat them.
When your guru is cheating baba, you become cheater disciple. Radhanath baba will cheat you by making you donate for “transcental hospitals”.
Every year, Radhanath baba will organise “transcendental” eye camps, and stupid disciples will follow, however, I will be a very rude and quote Prabhupada, and quoting Prabhupada is not very welcome in Radhanath baba’s cheating society:
“In Bhagavad-gita there is no such statement that you take care of the eyes of the people. There is no such statement. That is your manufactured idea.” (Room Conversation — January 8, 1977, Bombay)
Wait there is more:
Bhagavata: That he has opened the clinic.
Prabhupada: Daridra-narayana-seva. [laughs] We are not all these false things. Dr. Ghosh is also after daridra-narayana-seva. [break] We will collect medicine. Our… We shall pay for the expenditure. Our men will be engaged for bandaging. [laughs] Nonsense.
Bhagavata: And the preaching stops.
Prabhupada: Ah. They cannot understand what is the meaning of this Krsna consciousness. They are such dull-headed men. They have no brain to understand. They are coming down again. Just like the dog’s tail. Know, dog’s tail? You may, however grease it… [laughs] (Morning Walk — May 9, 1974, Bombay)
Radhanath baba will also try to convince you in his book Journey home that Ramesh baba is saint, while actually he is sahajiyas according to Prabhupada.
And maybe greatest cheating by Radhanath baba is feeding his disciples with poisonous Sacinandanana baba, sannyasi who travels for the last 10 years with his girlfriend. If you carefully study where Sacinandana baba is invited, it is only where Radhanath baba disciples run the show or have greatest influence namely:
- London (Radhanath disciple Jai Nitai is president of Soho temple, and London is full of Radhanath disciples aka rich stupid Indians), Sacinandana Swami often visits there, I already made article and video about it.
- New York “Bhakti” center, which run by Radhanath disciples, Sacinandana baba was there also, as documented in my video.
- Moscow – this is a city ran by Bhakti Vijnana Goswami, who is a disciple of Radhanath Swami, Sacinandana baba was also there recently for a “girlfriend” retreat.
As I always said, be careful when selecting a guru.
To sum up, you follow Radhanath baba, you end up like a “devotee” who practices asanas, donates for eye camps and hospitals, listens lectures by sannyasi with a girlfriend and pays 1500 $ to become bhakta. 😀 😀 😀 😀 Definitely not advisable.