A Response to Hridayananda das Goswami's
"Vaisnava Moral Theology and Homosexuality"
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 received his rubber stamp guru certificate in Iskcons homosexual re-coronation ceremony and crowned himself Acaryadeva. He preaches pro homosexual philosophy.
A Response to Hridayananda das Goswami's 'Vaisnava Moral Theology and Homosexuality' & Sex Life Srila Prabhupada Sanctioned
By Krishna-kirti das
22 January 2007
( Attention! The following is just the preface, the rest of the article is here or at the link below )
The two essays presented herein together form a critical response to the ideas presented in Hridayananda das Goswami's essay 'Vaisnava Moral Theology and Homosexuality,' published on the internet in February of 2005.
The essays that comprise this work are not a criticism of Goswami's character, nor do they insinuate that he had any ulterior motive in presenting them. I, the author of these essays, believe Goswami's character to be without fault and that he is devoid of any ill intention.
In writing these essays I have made every effort to avoid statements or language that suggests otherwise. However, because Goswami himself is an important leader in ISKCON and a spiritual master, some of his confidantes, well-wishers, and disciples could still be upset by the very act of publishing a work such as this and take offense with its author. The reaction could include demands for apology, for censorship, and for punitive measures.
In the midst of these troubled times, an ISKCON leadership that is anxious to maintain a modicum of peace is sometimes all too willing to satisfy the complainants. Although there are some cases where this response is justified, it would be against ISKCON's best interests to censure this work because dialectic is a necessary part of any strong and vibrant intellectual culture, and dialectic is not possible without giving voice to opposing ideas.
In his essay, which defends a notion that Goswami calls 'gay monogamy,' he has presented an idea that is as radical as it is compelling. If for the sake of 'peace' ideas that opposed it were to be censured, how could anyone be reasonably sureâ€”including Goswami himselfâ€”that the unopposed idea was without serious flaw or without substantial doubt? Just as no kshatriya worthy of being called one would ever want his valor to remain untested by battle, no serious intellectual worthy of his erudition would want his best ideas to remain unchallenged. Hridayananda Goswami is a serious intellectual, so it is in this spirit that these two essays are presented hereâ€”much as how Arjuna at the onset of a battle once saluted Bhishmadeva and Dronacharya each with an arrow shot into the ground before their feet.
The first essay presented here, 'A Response to Hridayananda Goswami's 'Vaisnava Moral Theology and Homosexuality',' is concerned with the role of Srila Prabhupada's authority in Goswami's approach to understanding moral issues with regard to homosexuality. The second essay, 'Sex Life Srila Prabhupada Sanctioned,' is concerned with Goswami's approach to reading Srila Prabhupada's statements. This second essay examines some of Srila Prabhupada's statements that Goswami says suggest him that Srila Prabhupada taught a greater ('ideal') and lesser ('real') version of the no-illicit-sex rule.
Many who read this essay will be interested to know that I am also Hridayananda das Goswami's disciple. A disciple challenging his spiritual master in public is generally an objectionable act. Yet in the history of the Vedic tradition, it has happened. Under exceptional circumstances, gurus and disciples have sometimes opposed each other. The fact that Goswami and I are related as guru and disciple will likely make some curious to find out more about why I have taken this extraordinary step. For now, it will be sufficient to consider that in ISKCON most devotees spend most of their time serving in the association of senior devotees other than their guru. From that association comes all kinds of different desires and convictions. I am no exception to this.
Prior to writing and publishing these essays, I had engaged in a protracted email correspondence with Goswami for the sake of trying to better understand his ideas, as he presented them in his essay. Another objective of the correspondence was to present to Goswami my own objections to his ideas. Having this correspondence was initially Goswami's suggestion. While the former discussion of his own views was fruitful, as I have alluded to in both of my essays, when I finally presented Goswami with my specific objections, he declined to discuss them.
At that time, in the last of our correspondence, I had declared to him my intention to make public those objectionsâ€”at least for the sake of providing an open opportunity for others to respond to them, if not Goswami himself. Anyone who reads this should not make the mistake of thinking this is merely a personal dispute between my guru and me. It is not. There are many devotees within ISKCON who shar many if not all the views presented herein. At the very least, I hope that I have clearly and concisely presented the most essential objections and issues that we all share.
I thank the devotees who have offered me encouragement and support along the way, and I offer them my humble obeisances. I offer my obeisances to my spiritual master, Hridayananda das Goswami. In presenting these essays, I have meant you no malice. But please understand: I would rather be an outcast and have my arguments given a thoughtful hearing instead of an insider whose arguments are never heard. I offer my obeisances at your feet. And finally, I offer my obeisances at the feet of my param-guru, Srila Prabhupada. Without you, where would we all be? Please have mercy on me. Hare Krishna.
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