Hrdayananda Goswami

aka Howard Resnick aka Acaryadeva aka Acaryapada aka Gurudeva


Hridayananda (Howard Resnick), is a self-appointed bogus GBC ISKCON "guru" clone (clown),
he perverts Srila Prabhupadas books, preaches bogus philosophy, stealing Prabhupadas disciples.

Hridayananda's Falldowns with Devamrita devi dasi

Hridayananda, born 1948 November 5, as Howard J. Resnick, received his rubber stamp guru certificate in Iskcons homosexual re-coronation ceremony and crowned himself Acaryadeva. He personally picked that name for himself in the days of the Zonal-Acarya nonsense with the misconception that the was one of the "acarya successors" of Srila Prabhupada. He forced his godbrothers to worship him in a simultanious guru-puja, declaring Prabhupada for dead.

He was living in Miami Beach, in a converted hotel that the temple had purchased. While living there, he developed an attachment to a woman. He pursued a very unhealthy relationship with her enough so that it certainly constituted a falldown and serious enough so that the GBC had to step in and put a stop to. Hridayananda did give the relationship up in due course, but not until he was essentially threatened by the GBC. Of course, the GBC did not announce that this was going on, but many devotees in leadership positions at the time knew many of the details. Likewise, we certainly can't assume that Hridayananda is not 'falling down' right now, just because the GBC aren't telling us that's the case.

Hridayananda wrote in the Eleventh Canto of his bogus "Srimad Bhagavatam" that the two worst pedophile Iskcon gurus and child molesters [Bhavananda and Kirtanananda] are his examples of acaryas to worship as new "successor-gurus", thus perverting Iskcon and Srila Prabhupadas pure philosophy.

Srila Prabhupad appointed Pradyumna Prabhu to finish translating Cantos 10, 11 and 12 of Srimad Bhagavatam but Hridayananda has stolen this service from Pradyumna and helped to kick him out of Iskcon. Hridayananda's unscrupulous usurpation of Pradyumna's sacred service marked only the start of his 28 year treachery GBC-teamwork trend of perverting Srila Prabhupada's books.

Hridayananda is a nonsense guru, false acarya and bogus Sannyasi, attracted to luxurious lifestyle and the tatas (tits) of women.
He lives like a playboy in Beverly Hills in expansive houses with swimming-pools, cars and servants. He is a cheater, liar and thief, he has destroyed many disciples' lives.

IRG South America Update
BY IRG - AMERICAS, USA, March 21, 1999 VNN3377

AMERICAS, Mar 21 (VNN) — Dear Prabhus, accept my humble obeisances, all glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I just called the Miami ISKCON temple and I was informed that Kesava Swami and Hridayananda Swami are going to Bangalore to fight the Ritviks. The Miami temple doesn't have enough money to pay the bills and yet this is the 3rd time in 3 months that Kesava Swami has been to India!

Hridayananda Swami has lost 100 disciples in Mexico to Govinda Maharaja, 6 temples in Brazil have closed. It seems also that Hridayananda Swami is bluffing regards having a Ph.D.. It appears that he only has a diploma from a side course at the university. He is also reported to have said that Hindi is a low class language. He is also very famous for insulting every country he goes to. He has said that South America mean Sudra America and the Mexicans are low class.

In Brazil he had built a home with a big swimming pool for $100,000 then he did not like the design so he gave it up and he has done the same in Alachua and California. In Miami he has had hours & hours of conversations with Devamrita dd. He left for some time and returned to a big party at Devamrita's place here in Alachua.

Another of Hridayananda Swami's pastimes was in Mayapura. Srila Prabhupada was walking down the stairs (at that time their were no women in the building) and this woman was walking up the stairs. So Prabhupada asked where she was going. So she said to Hridayananda Swami's room. Srila Prabhupada called for Hridayananda Swami and asked for an explanation. Hridayananda Swami said to Prabhupada that he didn't understand, Prabhupada replied that he may not understand, but it was still wrong and he should not do it!

Due to his mismanagement the Gaudiya Matha has taken over in South America (5 temples were lost in Colombia.) Hridayananda lives like a playboy in Beverly Hills with a car which costs $100,000. The Bharata Hill Skp (15 devotees & 4 vans) which traveled all over USA for 2 years (independently of the GBC) doing really well was closed down and all the top sankirtan devotees were sent to college! They were collecting for Hridayananda Swami's program at the GTU [Theological dep. at Berkley Univ.] which was a total failure since they were kicked out from there and told not to come back. He has destroyed many disciples' lives.

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Dear IRG,

If (according to Iskcon Law) all "pada" names have been discontinued, does the same apply to the name Acaryadeva? Hrdayananda Goswami personally picked that name for himself in the days of the Acarya nonsense with the misconception that the was one of the acarya successors of Srila Prabhupada. There are countless instances to prove that he was overwhelmed by such misconception but lets analyze two:

1) In 1979 during a visit to Mexico he became mad because a Mexican devotee named Jaibali dasa, who had first initiation from Srila Prabhupada, wanted to get second initiation from Satsvarupa Goswami. Hrdayananda Goswami stated that he wouldn't tolerate this and asked the then Swami Radha Krsna to tell Jaibali that Hrdayananda was the acarya for Latin America and the Spanish speaking world and that therefore Jaibali had to take second initiation from him or else he would have to leave his acarya zone because he wouldn't allow anyone to put in danger the faith of his other disciples.

Radha Krsna approached Jaibali who immediately told him that he was giving up the idea of taking second from Satsvarupa Goswami to avoid conflicts. This devotee at the end left ISKCON and took shelter in the Gaudiya Math as a saner option for him and currently lives in Tijuana assisting in their mission.

2) In July of 1978 Hrdayananda Goswami arrived in Los Angeles to attend the Rathayatra Festival. He summoned Radha Krsna to instruct him that from then on all of Srila Prabhupada's books published by the Spanish BBT had to include his picture because he was the new acarya for the Spanish speaking world.

Radha Krsna talked with Ramesvara and Satsvarupa Goswami about this and both concluded that this was a bogus idea that shouldn't be allowed. Radha Krsna informed of this to Hrdayananda who turned mad but didn't prevail and so Srila Prabhupada's books were saved from being desecreated. He still forced the Spanish BBT to pay huge sums for producing his Vyasa puja books and became inimical to the LA Spanish BBT operation forever.

Radha Krsna doesn't talk about these incidents much but if asked he can confirm them.                                                                                                  
So if Hrdayananda Goswami was overwhelmed by such misconception that he was a fabulous Acarya and gave himself that name, should the name "Acaryadeva" still be used in connection to him? Asked already about this he says that the term "Acaryadeva" and the term "Gurudeva" mean the same and quotes a statement of Srila Prabhupada to that effect. For him, then, his disciples are simply saying "gurueva." But, is it the same if we consider all the deviations and misconceptions that have ocurred in ISKCON during the last 21 years? Srila Prabhupada always wanted that his position as Founder-Acarya of ISKCON be undertood by all. The use of the name "acarya" or "acaryadeva" causes confusion as to where does ISKCON stand in terms of authority. Will Hrdayananda be ready to voluntarily give up that name for the sake of honesty and unity in the ISKCON institution?

Yours in service Bhakta Pipo
Orizaba, Mexico

Sheesh! Here we go again update!

From: Revati Roberts
Subject: Greetings
Thursday, November 26/27, 2008


I am quite disturbed by what I am reading on your website, You have NO idea what you are talking about and you need to check your facts. Your web site borders on Defamation of character, which is illegal!!!


Thanks Revati:

My statements have been quoted in: TIME magazine; The New York Times; San Francisco Chronicle; CBS television news; Rolling Stone Magazine; "Monkey On A Stick" book by John Hubner and Linsday Gruson (both writers for newspapers like the New York Times): Windle Turley Lawsuit (we won); Guruvastakam v Tamal lawsuit (we won); various IRM lawsuits (we are not losing these either); Various child molesting lawsuits including a new one -- recently being put together by other ex-child victims of Hrdayananda's molester messiah's cult; The FBI of Florida said my poison case was solid; Legal verified forensics experts said I was right -- that there are poison whispers on "the poison tapes" and that splicing occured on other important tapes; and so on and so forth. So go ahead, sue all of these people for defamation! Good luck there parnder!

Eye-witnesses to GBC meetings said that Hrdayananda was propping up Tamal and Bhavananda (the child molester regime leaders); Hrdayananda even wrote in his Bhagavatam that he loves the two biggest (pedophile) gurus Bhavananada and Kirtanananda (their henchmen killed my associates and wanted to kill me); I have eye-witnessed Hrdayananda speaking alone with women (fobidden for a sannyasa); Hrdayananda was unable to answer my question to him why he was not following the will; and I could go on here for another fifty pages. You have to really ask me a specific question? Which specific factoids are you challenging? As for legal liablilty, I have been calling the GBC a child buggery messiahs cult often in writing, and sometimes way worse than that, since the early 1980s. The legal "statute of limit" time to sue me is well over due? Are you going to sue me -- 28 years after the fact? You seem to have no idea what you are talking about either factually or legally. thanks puranjana dasa

Hridayananda enjoys with women, wearing boxer-shorts, no sannyas dress, no kunti-mala, no neck-beads, no tilak,
no brahmin-thread, no dhotee, no chanting, no aratik, no shaving, just a mundane karmi with long hairs,



Hridayananda rejects Srila Prabhupada

Hrdayananda Goswami: "Prabhupada wasn't perfect"


Comments by Pragosa:







"Gentlemen, our knowledge is so poor, our senses are so imperfect, and our sources are so limited that it is not possible for us to have even the slightest knowledge of the absolute region without surrendering ourselves at the lotus feet of Sri Vyasadeva or his bona fide representative. Every moment we are being deceived by the knowledge of our direct perception. It is all the creation or concoction of the mind, which is always deceiving, changing, and flickering. We cannot know anything of the transcendental region by our limited, perverted method of observation and experiment. But all of us can lend our eager ears for the aural reception of the transcendental sound transmitted from that region to this through the unadulterated medium of Sri Gurudeva or Sri Vyasadeva. Therefore, gentlemen, we should surrender ourselves today at the feet of the representative of Sri Vyasadeva for the elimination of all our differences bred by our unsubmissive attitude. It is accordingly said in Sri Gita (4.34):"







Comments by Mahesvari devi dasi

Hrdayananda das Gosvami proctologist just called, he said he found his head.

Srila Prabhupadas Letter to Pradyumna

Letter to Pradyumna
Saturday, February 17, 1968
Los Angeles, Calif.

My Dear Pradyumna,

Please accept my blessings. I have received the transliteration of Brahma Samhita and also your letter of February 14, 1968. I am very much pleased with the nice job you have done.

Presently I am using one copy of the Gita Press version of Srimad-Bhagavatam in connection with my translating work, but in due course I may send it to you and you may transliterate the second and third cantos at that time. So if you can do this transliteration we have enough assignments. You may work together with Gaurasundara in this connection.

I am always praying to Krishna for your advancement in Krishna Consciousness, all of you, sincere souls.

Hope you are all well.
Your ever well-wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

Open Letter to Hridayananda

Open Letter to Hridayananda das Goswami Acaryadeva
by Urdhvaga das

Dear Hridayananda das Goswami Acaryadeva (the god amongst the acaryas) [sic].

In your letter published on you say: "never break a devotee", but why they kicked us all out the movement? Why we have been kicked out of our father's house?

Could it be of what you wrote in YOUR "Srimad Bhagavatam"?

You wrote in the Eleventh Canto of your bogus "Srimad Bhagavatam" that the two worst paedophile Iskcon gurus and child molesters [Bhavananda and Kirtanananda] are your examples of acaryas to worship as new "successor-gurus", thus perverting Iskcon and Srila Prabhupadas pure philosophy.

Srila Prabhupad appointed Pradyumna Prabhu to finish translating Cantos 10, 11 and 12 of Srimad Bhagavatam. But YOU Hridayananda das Goswami Acaryadeva (what an offensive title) have stolen this service from Pradyumna and helped to kick him out of Iskcon. Why did you break Pradyumna Prabhu and kicked him out?

Your unscrupulous usurpation of Pradyumna's sacred service marked only the start of your 33 year treachery GBC-teamwork trend of perverting Srila Prabhupada's books and kicking out devotees. You are the worst hypocrite amongst them all.

Urdhvaga das

Hrdayananda so called go-swami enjoying the embrace of women, falling from Sannyasa


The “Acharyadeva” has no Bhakti…
ISKCON’s False “Acharyadevas”

by Madhudvisa dasa   

You are trying to introduce people to a different Acharayadeva. And that is a great disaster. Because your “Acharyadeva” and all the other so-called “Acharyadevas” in ISKCON are presenting a different message to the message we are getting from the real Acharyadeva, Srila Prabhupada.

Dear Mataji

Hare Krishna! Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

I am very sorry to hear of your husband’s experiences leading him to temporarily lose faith in Srila Prabhuapda and the process of saddhana-bhakti he has taught us. That is the great disaster that all this politics and diplomacy.

So many devotees come to Krishna consciousness and leave disgusted with ISKCON and also disgusted with the “Ritviks” because in both camps there is so much politics and diplomacy. So many camps who all have their own separate interest and who are pushing that.

In ISKCON you and your husband are in the Hridyananda Maharaja camp. You call him the “Acrayadeva” but the real Acharaydeva is Srila Prabhupada and my interest is in helping people to come in contact with the real Acaryadeva, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

You are trying to introduce people to a different Acharayadeva. And that is a great disaster. Because your “Acharyadeva” and all the other so-called “Acharyadevas” in ISKCON are presenting a different message to the message we are getting from the real Acharyadeva, Srila Prabhupada.

Your husband’s whole presentation is based on trying to justify the rather bizarre point that if the “Acharyadeva” falls down that does not mean he was not properly authorized. If the “Acharyadeva” falls down he was never an “Acharyadeva” in the first place. Authorization is not the only qualification of the “Acharyadeva.” That is actually a correct point on the part of your husband and Krishna Kant is incorrect on this point. One can be properly authorized to do something but still he has independence. He can use that independence in any way he likes at any time. So someone properly authorized for example in the material world to act on behalf of some company and collect money on behalf of that company is authorized to do that. But that does not mean that at some point he can not misuse his independence and steal the money and keep it for himself instead of delivering it to the company he is supposedly representing.

We always have this independence to “fall down.” We can disobey the orders of Krishna, we can disobey the orders of the real “Acharyadeva.” That is our minute independence and we will always have it.

But a real “Acharyadeva” does not fall down… He has passed this point. He has no longer any attachement to the body or the things related to the body. He has no attachment to the subtle manifestations of sex life:profit addoration and distinction, he is passed the point of fall-down. How can one who is still on the bodily platform of life be the “Acharyadeva?” It is not at all possible.

So the point your husband has completely missed is that although one may have been properly authorized that is only part of the qualification. One has to also follow all the instructions of Srila Prabhupada and must also be simply repeating what he has heard from Srila Prabhupada, and most importantly, he needs to be “brahma nistham,” fixed on the spiritual platform.

Authorization does not guarantee that the person who is authorized will actually properly follow the instructions given by the person who has authorized him.

Prabhupada authorized so many of his devotees to do so many things and so many of them failed in some way and fell down. That fall down was not due to them being not properly authorized, but due to them not properly following Prabhupada’s instructions and due to them not being “brahma nistham,: self realized. It is not Prabhupada’s fault and it is not because they were not properly authorized.

This argument of Krishna Kant’s that Prabhupada’s disciples are not authorized to become diksa gurus is completely bogus. All of Prabhupada’s disciples are authorized to become the guru of the whole world. The order is open. But the qualification must be there. And that qualification is very sublime and very simple and so very rare. It is a topic one could write on for a long time. But it is a platform that actually has to be attained before allowing foolish disciples to falsely glorify one with elevated titles like “Acharyadeva.”

Srila Prabhuapda gives the example that you can glorify any ordinary man and call him a great man and if he hears this enough he will believe it. He will think, “Yes. I am a great man and everyone should worship me…” You can call one man a King, and every time you see him bow down to him and glorify him and praise him and ignore his obvious defects and pretend he is something he is not at all. And if you get your friends to do this also very soon that ordinary man will be convinced he is the “Acharyadeva.” That is how ISKCON goes on. There is another story, you know it, about the Emperors New Clothes. One expert tailor was appointed by the King to prepare some very fine new clothes for the King. The tailor was very qualified, the best in the country, and he was preparing the clothes very expertly from the most costly materials. The problem was somehow the King could not see the clothes. But everyone was so convinced about the qualifications of the tailor that they thought the cloths were so fine and so beautiful and somehow it was their defect that they could not see the clothes. Everyone was too embarrassed to admit they could not see the fine new cloths that obviously the King could see and all his other advanced ministers could see.

So the day came and finally the new cloths were finished and finally the King was able to wear his new cloths in public. Of course all the people were too embarrassed to admit they could not see the Kings new cloths and actually they were seeing a naked man there. Everyone was commenting on how beautiful the King’s new cloths were.

That is of course until one young boy, who had no idea about this politics and diplomacy and could not care less what the people thought of him exclaimed, “The King has no clothes…” Some others caught on and the people could realize that actually the King had no cloths on. It was not their fault that they could not see the cloths. Actually there were no cloths…

So, at least for the most part, the ISKCON guru system is like this. These “Acharyadevas” are surrounded by so many foolish followers who accept their “Acharyadeva” as a paramahamsa, a topmost pure devotee who they believe is capable of delivering them back home back to Godhead. And they are encouraged by all the other followers of the “Acharyadeva” who surround them and reassure them of the qualities of the “Acharyadeva…” And, like the King with no clothes, when surrounded by so many big ministers and subjects glorifying his new cloths, actually believes that he is wearing some fine new cloths, when in reality he is standing there stark naked for everyone to see, the ISKCON “Acharyadevas” actually believe they are pure devotees, paramahamsas, the topmost liberated persons, that everyone should offer them respect, that everyone should surrender to them and server them… Even though they have no taste for chanting Hare Krishna and are still full of material desires and are not seeing Krishna at every moment. And they actually know this also… It is a type of madness. And it has driven a lot of the “Acharyadevas” to madness and mental breakdowns leaving their followers lost bewildered and broken-hearted.

So ISKCON needs someone like the young boy who called out, “The King has no clothes…”  We need to call out quite loudly in ISKCON that “The Acharyadevas have no bhakti….” We are supposed to be teaching people how to develop love for Krishna. That is the whole point of Krishna consciousness. So if we do not love Krishna. If the whole purpose of our life is not serving Krishna, by serving Krishna’s pure devotee, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, then we are not at all qualified to be called the “Acharyadeva…”

So you are part of a great scam. And I know when you are surrounded by all those people saying “Look at the King’s fine clothes, it is hard to call out, “The King has no clothes.” But that is what you have to do. Otherwise your spiritual life and the spiritual life of your “Acharayadeva” and all his other followers is doomed.

We have to be honest. The last time I saw your “Acharyadeva” was when he visited us at ITV in Topanga Canyon maybe a year ago. Nrsimhananda Prabhu invited him for a “Japa walk.” He arrived without any devotional clothing, without any neck beads, without any tilok, without any bead bag, without any chanting beads, without even a clicker that some devotees use to chant. We went on a walk in the Topanga State Park and we were chanting Japa but the “Acharyadeva” did not mummer even one mantra: “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare… Not even once. Then he came back to the house and accepted a breakfast of cheerios and talked prajalpa. Nothing connected with Krishna at all.

These are not the activities of the “Acharyadeva.” So I am sorry that I am the one bearing the news. But “The Acharayadeva has no bhakti.” And I have given a hint in my previous email as to the most likely reason for this lack of bhakti in the “Acharyadeva.” It is offenses to Srila Prabhupada and to the Vaisnavas.

The “Acharyadeva” has to come to terms with this and admit these offenses and beg forgiveness from Srila Prabhupada and the Vaisnavas. Srila Prabhupada and the Vaisnavas will, of course, easily forgive the “Acharyadeva” for his offences, that is the nature of the Vaisnavas. But he has to admit the offenses and humbly beg forgiveness for them.

If you do not know the offenses I am speaking of you can ask the “Acharyadeva.” He will let you know.

He and his ten other co-conspirators took over Prabhupada’s movement, claiming they were 11 “Acharyadevas…”  But look what happened….

They were not qualified. And they are still not qualified…

I am sorry to say, but you better listen or your spiritual lives will be destroyed, just like the Acharyadeva has destroyed the spiritual lives of thousands of others who have surrendered to him in the past, he has a lot of blood on his hands… “The Acharyadeva has no bhakti…”

Why? That question you should ask him…

This is a very important email and could make the difference between a disaster and the spiritual world for you.

Please take shelter of Srila Prabhupada. Please actually follow the system of saddhana bhakti, Krishna consciousness, that Srila Prabhuapda has taught us. Please rise before 4:00 AM in the morning, offer Mangal Aroti to Srila Prabhupada and Lord Caitanya, please chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra every day, please strictly follow the four regulative principles: no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication. And please be engaged in serving Srila Prabhuapda and Krishna 24 hours a day. Chant Hare Krishna constantly and read Srila Prabhupada’s books constantly. Make serving Srila Prabhupada and Krishna your whole life’s activity. Do not do anything else.

You can not tell who is the real Acharyadeva unless you are quite spiritually advanced yourself. That is the problem. There are 3 stages of advancement in Krishna consciousness. kanistha, madhyam and uttama. Only when one reaches the madhyam platform can he actually distinguish the real “Acharyadeva” from the unlimited number of imitation “Acharyadevas”.

So it is a little difficult. To advance in Krishna consciousness you need the guru and to work out who is actually the guru you need to be advanced in Krishna consciousness. So what to do? The obvious answer is that we know Srila Prabhupada is the qualified guru so we have no choice but to take shelter of him and follow his instructions and advance to at least the madhyam platform so we can see who is qualified and who is not qualified. And if Srila Prabhupada helps us advance to the madhyam platform then if we stick with Srila Prabhupada and accept him as the “Acharyadeva” he will also help us advance to the platform of uttama-adhikari. If we actually surrender to him and follow his instructions and serve him and hear from him submissively. Then if we are actually on that very rarely achieved platform of uttama-adhikari, then we have the qualification of the “Acharyadeva.” Otherwise we are simply like the King with no clothes. Everyone can see the King has no clothes actually, they are simply too embarrassed to say it.

So in conclusion your husband’s debate with Krishna Kant is pointless. Yes. There are so many faults in Krishna Kant’s “Final Order,” but your husband’s faulty logic is that “Krishna Kant’s paper is faulty therefore my “Acharyadeva” is pure….” It is very a very foolish, sentimental and not at all logical premise to make. It is a great mistake and a great logical flaw on the part of your husband…

Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!
Your servant
Madhudvisa das

please also read:

spanish expose - mexico
Hridayananda melt down
Hridayananda's Tough Love
Hridayananda fall down from sannyasa
Hridayananda's Falldowns with Devamrita devi dasi
Hridayananda Aparadhi to the Sannyasa Order

Hridayananda's Sex - Drugs - and Cocaine Party
Hridayananda rejects Srila Prabhupada
Hridayananda advocates homosex philosophy
A Response to Hridayananda's Homosexual Philosophy
Hridayananda rejected by his disciple Krishna-Kirti Das
Hrdayananda's bogus Srimad Bhagavatam
Srila Prabhupada on homosexuality
Krishna-kirti's letter to the GBC  [doc]
Krishna-kirti pdf article here
Hridayananda -- Out of Character
Hridayananda exposed by Payonidhi Prabhu
Hridayananda playing Ping-Pong with his disciple Chandramukha
Photo Gallery of Hridayananda


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