Hridayananda finally exposed - fallen from Sannyasa

An Open Letter to Hridayananda das


Oct 18, MEXICO (SUN) — The recent visit of Hridayananda das G. to Mexico City two weeks ago was a despicable insult to the sannyasa way of life. It created sorrow in our hearts. I can’t help but write and express my concern over his conduct during this short visit. From my humble position and harboring no desire to criticize maliciously, I cannot remain silent and leave his actions ignored. It is very sad to see how a spiritual Godbrother has fallen so grotesquely—one who is supposedly a sannyasi, a guru, and more than that, one who declared himself an acarya. He is making a mockery of his vows and post.

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,
just a mundane karmi with long hairs
Hridayananda did not dress as a monk of our Gaudiya Vaisnava line all the time he was in Mexico. He also did not chant his rounds, what to speak of Gayatri mantras. Also, everyone notice he did not wear the sacred tread! (ekavasa dvidvasatha sikhi yayńopavitam kamalandukaro vidvams-tridando yati tat-param: “Wearing one or two pieces of cloth, keeping a tuft of hair, and continuing to wear the sacred tread, and also with a waterpot in his hand, a learned sannyasi, who is the best of men, attains the Supreme Lord.” Padma Purana, Svarga Khanda Adi 13).

In spite of being announced as the main speaker of the event, he didn’t bother to attend the Ratha-yatra parade nor the festival site. Also, as I am a personal witness, he does not follow any sadhana at his “home”.

Instead of devotional robes, in Mexico he was seen all the time wearing only polo shirts, dockers, shorts and even vulgar baseball hats. He dressed as a karmi, and against Srila Prabhupada's direct instruction to him in Mayapur (when he almost hit him with the danda), all these years he has kept close association with women.

Maybe Hridayananda is thinking that he is above the rules of the sannyasa-asrama. Maybe he thinks: "The habit doesn't make the monk. I am an “acarya” and I can override the instructions given by my spiritual master and the stalwart acaryas of the Gaudiya Vaisnava Sampradaya”. Maybe he is thinking, "This mission is dynamic and in order to avoid social ostracism, it is better to evolve and embrace the lifestyle of the western culture.”

Last year I had the opportunity to listen from Hridayananda’s own mouth how he justified his “new approach to Krishna consciousness.” We heard about his preference not only for western clothes, but even his endorsement of gay marriage. A little before Srila Prabhupada went to New York, Bon Maharaja criticized Srila Prabhupada because he could not manage silverware properly. He responded, "I am not going America to learn. I am going there to teach! "

We, Srila Prabhupada's disciples, couldn’t care less for Hridayananda 's arguments. What we really care about are the instructions and legacy of the Sampradaya Acarya, Srila Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada criticized his Godbrothers because in the beginning of the 30's, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur sent them to Europe to spread Krishna Consciousness. Two years after, they came back to India dressed as Englishmen. This was a great disappointment to Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati. I imagine that the Vaisnava community at that time was also very disappointed with them.

I remember how much emphasis Srila Prabhupada put on his disciples presenting to the public as real devotees, with shaved heads, sikha and kunti-malas, and their bodies decorated with tilaka. But Hridayananda is so alienated that he is deliberately and stubbornly trampling upon this very relevant instruction—he, the so-called representative not only of Srila Vyasadeva, but of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the embodiment of renunciation and pure love of God for claiming back the fallen souls.

Caitanya Mahaprabhu is the perfect example of what a sannyasi really is. A true follower of Gauranga has given up the illusory happiness of the so-called “society, friendship and love” of the material world. Hridayananda used to always call this material life “excrement.” He took the renounced order of life to fully embrace the devotional life and thus abandoned everything that has even the slightest smell association of the worldly life that he left behind. He supposedly chose a particular external appearance, conduct and way of expression, to show to the common people that he is dedicated fully to the service of god. Srila Prabhupada always said that just by looking at the Vaisnava (with his shaved head, tilaka, sikha and devotional robes —orange or white—), and with the japa in his right hand), the common man will immediately purify his existence and in his mind the thought will arise: "Ah, here is a man of God!"

I remember back in the 70s, when Hridayananda was a dedicated sannyasi. In spite of the many complaints about his despotic and sarcastic ways, still he was trying his best to follow Srila Prabhupada's instructions. Because he was sincere, devotees tolerated his excesses and eccentricities. Those of us who were close to him knew that he was not pure, but he was pushing forward the mission of Srila Prabhupada.

Now, the majority devotees at one point in our devotional lives acknowledged that we couldn’t keep anymore the vows of brahmacari life. So we got married. We took a wife, have children, and work hard to support them. We adopted family life and applied ourselves sincerely to fulfill our responsibilities of the grhastha-asrama. We accepted this way of life, I repeat, because at one moment we realized we could not control our senses anymore. We had to be honest with ourselves and admit our weakness. This is more honest than pretending to be a renunciate. As Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati said: “It’s better to be a humble devotee than a charlatan leader.”

If Hridayananda continues insisting to dress as a karmi and support social tendencies of the “new global order,” you, dear readers, tell me -- what is the proof that this man has integrated completely the culture and philosophy propounded by our predecessors? Where is the conviction to follow in the footsteps of our Spiritual Master, Srila Prabhupada? Where is his proof to show the conditioned souls that he is not an ordinary person of the material world? Instead of preserving the traditions of our predecessor acaryas, who wore the simple and holy robes of Vaisnava monks, he has decided instead to clad himself in karmi clothes. Not even the Mayavadi swamis (not even the widows who lead the now worldwide Brahma-kumaris!), with all their impersonalism and desire to “fit in” with the western lifestyle, have ever give up the sannyasa habits and replaced them with modern clothing.

My Godbrother, Hridayananda das, let me give you some advice. If you feel ashamed to wear your sannyasi robes; if you don't observe strictly the rules and regulations of sannyasa-asrama, then do not speculate or try to distort our philosophy (sikhi yajnopaviti syat tridandi sa-kamandaluh sa pavitras ca kasayi gayatrin ca japet sada: “A tridandi sannyasi keeps his sikha as well as his sacred thread after renunciation. He carries also a kamandalu. He wears saffron cloth, and remaining fixed in purity, he chants the gayatri mantra and the japa of the holy name.” Skanda Purana, Suta-samhita)

Please choose one decent lady devotee and get married. Nobody is going to criticize you. On the contrary, although a little disappointed, devotees in general will applaud your honesty, your integrity. It’s a fact, your disciples have made an enormous emotional investment in you and would be tempted to rationalize your current behavior as a form of “bhakti.” But if you take the well-meaning advice I’m giving you, you can avoid further chaos and put an end to your disciples’ confusion.

Last November (2008) I visited the ISKCON community in Alachua. During my five-day visit there, I stayed at a friend’s house, the home of a young man who I convinced to move to Alachua to involve himself more directly in devotional service. I noticed this bhakta did not dress as a Vaisnava and he did not wear any tilaka. This bhakta was very regulated—he assisted mangala-aratika every day and chanted 16 rounds. But I always saw him wearing karmi clothes. Since we have a close relationship, I asked him what was the reason he ignored Srila Prabhupada’s instructions on the matter of dressing properly as a pucka Vaisnava? He responded, "Hridayananda advised me not to shave my head, not to keep sikha, and not to wear devotional clothes”. Then I got into a strong philosophical discussion with him. After a short time he recognized that he was wrong in following Hridayananda's advice. I returned to my hometown and afterwards I talked to him on several occasions. He told me that now he is very happy following Srila Prabhupada's instructions regarding not only dressing, but on all aspects of life.

The point I want to make here is that Hridayananda’s “sophisticated” attitude is creating a lot of confusion and anxiety amongst devotees in general, but especially neophytes. They see Hridayananda’s behavior as an example to follow. Please, Hridayananda das, stop behaving whimsically. This time your false ego has taken you too far, off the path of pure devotional service. Finish this nonsense. Do not create any more pain and fanaticism amongst the devotees in Latin America.

What we have been facing at ISKON for the last 32 years is very sad. All kinds of deviations and offenses against Srila Prabhupada have been taking place. It is not only Hridayananda—there are quite a few leaders that have developed the rare mystic power to be two persons at the same time. Hridayananda is very accomplished in displaying this rare mystic power. He presents himself as a guru, acarya, and accepts a level of worship deserved only for the highest class of devotees of the Lord. But on the other hand, he keeps a selfish private lifestyle. He has his own real estate properties. He has a fat bank account running into millions of dollars. He has a karmi job, wears karmi clothes, and has close association with members of the opposite sex. Caramba! Do you know what's funny? It requires a very rare mystic power to do this or one must be surrounded by a crowd of fools and sycophants. Yes-men who don’t have the courage to tell him he is deviated. Yes-men who cannot ascertain the truth: ".... The highest truth is reality distinguished from illusion for the welfare of all..." (Srimad- Bhagavatam, 1.1.2.)

Hridayananda, listen to me: I am your same age. I have known you for more than 30 years. We embraced the same spiritual path and we have the same glorious spiritual master. If you get married and act with responsibility, I guarantee you that you will make more progress than you are making right now. By doing so, you won't continue making a laughing stock of the sannyasa-asrama. I really apologize for speaking to you so frankly. I am not going to tell you that family life is easy, but it is more respectable than the one you are living now.

Your actions clearly demonstrate you are not on the level of spiritual realization you pretend to be, and you want others to believe you are. You make us understand that you are confused and going astray. You need to change you existential condition for one that does less damage not only to your person but, more importantly, to the mission of our gurudeva. You cannot keep afloat much longer on this weak, false platform where you are comfortably sitting right now. If you insist on continuing your theatrical performance, justifying your actions through word jugglery and quoting Srila Prabhupada, then the final result is going to be very painful. Because you are pretending to be a person you are not, you will fall down sooner than later. Srila Prabhupada always wanted his disciples, especially the ones holding high positions, to give the best example and follow his footsteps without deviating an inch. Srila Prabhupada asked them not to change a single word of what he said, otherwise “it would be chaos.” You have proven you are still attached to sense enjoyment. But sastra says: "One who restrains the senses and organs of action, but whose mind dwells on sense objects, certainly deludes himself and is called a pretender." [Bhagavad-gita 3.6]

Don’t be like
Guru Prasad Swami, who is doggedly attached to his institutional posts, although he is causing a lot of harm to Srila Prabhupada’s mission in Latin America. Of course, the final decision is yours, but don’t lie anymore to yourself and to your blind followers passing as a guru, as a pure representative of Srila Prabhupada, as a link to our sacred guru-parampara. This is a total illusion, a maya’s masterpiece. For the sake Srila Prabhupada's unblemished, irreproachable name, and for the love of him, I repeat my sincere request once more: Hridayananda das, please get married!

Harinamananda das (ACBSP)

In the picture above, he is cuddling up with a young lady in Brazil.
There is no way to explain that from a sannyasi point of view.

In the picture below, he is laying on a bed with two girls taking pictures of him.

Is it okay for a sannyasi and guru to be laying in a bed and playing around while accompanied by two women in a room?

In this picture Hridayananda is at the side of Srila Prabhupada
on his vyasasana, but still he is dressed in karmi clothes.

Dr. Howard J. Resnick, or His Holiness Hridayananda das Goswami?


Oct 21, MEXICO (SUN) — [Revised] Following are just a few of the many available pictures of Hridayananda das Goswami. In many of them you will see that he never wears a kanti mala. We recently posted a small collection of pictures taken on different occasions, that simply show his neck, without kantimala. A devotee here in Mexico told A devotee here in Mexico told me that during Hridayananda's recent visit, he once took his t-shirt off and it was evident that he wasn't wearing a kantimala or a sacread thread.

You will see another constant: his japamala is nowhere to be found. In some pictures we see the other devotees carrying their bead bags, but he never carries one. When he is at his house he is never with the japa beads either. He is talking to people, or playing an instrument, or eating, or whatever, but you never see him chanting or carrying a bead bag.

In almost all the pictures, you will see him dressed as karmi, even while some of the other devotees are dressed as Vaisnavas. If in other pictures you see other devotees also wearing karmi clothes, most likely it is because of his negative influence. He could always say, "Let's go for a walk, but with devotee dress." Even in his own home he is always dressed as a karmi, which would be unnecessary, except if he is into it.

Some pictures were taken at the university in Gainesville where he is teaching to undergraduate students. Srila Prabhupada said that a devotee could become a magistrate and go dressed with suit, tilak and sikha. Where are Hridayananda's at school?


Hridayananda stated in his response that he had to go to the hospital. The fact is that he had diarrhea, and he went to the hospital for outpatient consultation, as this was easier than getting an appointment at a doctor's office. So it wasn't a medical emergency, like being in the ER, or checking into a hospital bed for days. A devotee told me that Hridayananda's condition began previous to his arrival in Mexico, most likely caused by stress and anxiety, that is what the doctor said.

On the Thursday before the scheduled initiations that he didn't attend to on Friday, he stayed up late playing on his keyboard. On Saturday he received a group of devotees in the evening. He stayed with them until 11:30 pm and looked perfectly normal. But on Friday he didn't show up for the initiation ceremonies, and on Saturday and Sunday he never showed up for the Rathayatra. Nobody here thinks that he was really that sick that he could not attend any program for three days. He wasn't bedridden, and indeed he was able to conduct many normal activities during these three days. Even the people attending him think that he just didn't want to go to the festival and found the perfect excuse for not going, due to his discomfort.

It's also interesting to note that on Wednesday, he gave a class at the temple. The curtains were closed, and in the middle of the class they were opened. He turn to the Deities and said: "Oh, here is the Boss", referring to Sri Sri Radha Madan Gopal. The audience had a timid laugh, but the devotees who related this story to me were very uncomfortable that he finds a way of making a joke out of everything, including the Deities.



Lost in Translation

Oct 21, ALACHUA, FLORIDA, USA (SUN) — Regarding the article by Harinamananda titled Open letter to Hridayananda. I found some discrepancies when I looked at the original article in Spanish published as El Tambor Rugiente on October 7, 2009.

Guru riding horseFirst of all, the article had only one photo of Hrdayananda with a female disciple, Dushala dasi, who has been married to Manu Dasa ACBSP for +/- 30 years. This couple has been serving Gaura Nitai here in Alachua since the early seventies until the present, as they never left to go to other temples or engage in Maya. For many years mother Dushala went out to collect laksmi at the rest stops along highway I-75 in order to pay the mortgage for the Alachua Farm that now houses the beautiful temple, that services more than 500 Vaisnava families. In the Sampradaya Sun version many other photos were added for sensasionalism.

Second, some of the paragraphs were altered in translation. For example, Harinamananda not only criticizes Hrdyananda in the original Spanish version, but also other leaders in ISCKON and the GBC. Now why have these criticisms been excluded and images added in the English version? One example can be found in the paragraph that starts with, "What we have been facing at ISKCON for the last 32 years is very sad … It is not only Hridayananda—there are quite a few leaders that have developed the rare mystic power to be two persons at the same time”. In the original Spanish version, Harinamananda adds “and all of these (behavior) is authorized and blessed – overlooked for political reasons – by the governing pair called ISKCON & GBC." There are more examples that were excluded and lost in translation.

In conclusion, Harinamanada das should look at how to improve his service to Srila Prabhupada instead of fabricating sensational stories to call attention to himself. Clearly, everyone else is a kanistha-adhikari as Harinamananda calls us in his original Spanish article, since he claims himself the guardian of Srila Prabhupada. "I impelled by a sense of responsibility and maintainer of the name of my spiritual master, His divine grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada." Now every sannyasi will be afraid to talk to their female disciples, let alone have their picture taken.


Ravanari dasa, 2009 Oct 23, USA: The following words, which help explain why Howie the Resneck has basically no one running to his defense, are taken verbatim from a GBC’s leaked notes scribed some six years back. Read it and weep:


“What about Hridayananada Maharaja? Two of my sannyasi Godbrothers were here… They say that HM is almost not in ISKCON anymore, and that his older disciples have taken shelter of other spiritual masters because he is wearing only karmi clothes and mixing Krishna consciousness with mundane religion. They say that there is some meeting of ISKCON leadership going on now in USA about him. One of my Godbrothers who came here said he talked to HM for six hours but could not get anywhere with him.

“I remember you said he is like a husband without a wife and they are saying that it will not be surprising if HM is getting together with a woman soon.

“Maharaja came here to see me. We had a nice talk for maybe two hours, He was trying to help Hridayananda Maharaja, but I guess he thinks it is hopeless because Hrd. M. won’t listen to anybody. He is not chanting his rounds anymore and he is not reading Shrila Prabhupada’s books.”

It looks like the Hridaya cover-up has been going on at the highest levels in ISKCON management for a long, long time. Thanks to Srila Prabhupada’s faithful Harinamananda Prabhu for bringing these perennial deviations to light. The devotees who have given their very lives to an institution they see as the sacred body of the real Acharyadeva himself deserve to be cheated no longer.

First the GBC must enforce their ruling that all Pada Squad names be no longer foisted on the innocent members. Remember that “Shrila Acharyadeva” took his self-congratulatory moniker along with Shrila Gurupada, “Shrila Harikirtan Thakur”, the two “Shrila Vishnupadas” and the other self-worshipping flock hankering after an easy life on the throne.

Second, the GBC must desist from sheltering deviants in their collective last gasp of good old boy cronyism. And, once having cut the umbilicus of parasites sucking the life out of the governing body that, after all, is not theirs but still belongs to the Founder-Acharyadeva, these entrusted deputies must return to their duties of pushing on Krishna consciousness as a family of love and trust.

Dear Sriman
Harinamananda Prabhu,
Hrdayananda Prabhu,
the GBC and All the Assembled Vaishnavas

Please accept my humble obeisances. All Glories ISKCON's Founder & Acharya, Our Lord and Master, Spiritual Master of the World, Jagat-Guru, Srila Prabhupada.

Harinamananda Prabhu, your article is well written, and clearly is written with a sober mind with devotion to Srila Prabhupad's mission. Thank You.

                                dosser or guru ?

It is with heavy heart that we must speak up in such ways about senior disciples of Srila Prabhupad. In times past we respected such god brothers for their many good qualities. And, such respect is still there, but, the issue at hand concerns departure from the standards that Srila Prabhupad established for us all to follow.

Last year I produced a video on Beware of Darkness (Beware of Maya) {Beware of Hrdayananda} regarding Hrdayananda's maya. The 100 min version is at which was a rebuttal to an internet video lecture by Hrdayananda das. I produced a shorter musical-video version (with George Harrison's song in back ground) at

However, I would like to add to your article in the following: That the real issue does not concern those who have stumbled and fallen on the path, the real concern is with the Governing Body Committee whose duty it is to keep up the standards and purity of Srila Prabhupad's mission. Srila Prabhupad is the Founder & Acharya of his ISKCON mission / ashrams. As such, Srila Prabhupad established standards that must be adhered to, some of which you pointed out very nicely in your article, the dress of the sannyasi, etc. If individuals fall from the standards and do not take the humble position themselves and set aside as so-called leaders, then it is the duty of the other leaders to remove them in order to keep the leadership pure and potent.

I made the video rebuttal last year because in Hrdayananda's lecture he not only expressed doubts regarding aspects of Srila Prabhupad's teachings, but he blatantly selectively rejected certain aspects of his spiritual master's teachings. Rather then simply presenting what he has heard from his guru maharaj, he listened to his own materially conditioned mind and selectively rejected those aspects of Srila Prabhupad's teachings that his conditioned mind did not agree with, and used so-called higher intellectual reasoning to justify his misdirected path. But, I also made the video because several years ago I had spent some time at the Atlanta Temple and several god-brothers and nephews complained, sharply, of Hrdayananda's behavior and off-color philosophic stance. Notably his not only wearing of non-Vaishnav dress, but in SB classes in the temple he had instructed that he wanted the entire temple to follow suit. He wanted that devotees at the temple no longer wear the dress that brought happiness to Srila Prabhupad, but to wear non-devotee street clothes, casual Western wear, in the temple (an idea that was rejected by senior Prabhupad devotees in Atlanta, even though Hrdayananda was their official GBC). He also lowered the standards of Deity worship at the temple, and this caused much pain to many devotees there. Therefore, when I heard his belittling of Srila Prabhupad, and selective rejection of Prabhupad's teachings in his internet video lecture, I was compelled to speak up, as you have done here.

But, speak up to who? I received mostly thanks and encouragement from those videos, but, there was some criticism. The criticism was why I published such a rebuttal openly in the public, rather then approach the GBC more discretely and privately? I agree, normally that would be the etiquette. However, the reason for my not doing so was that there is no longer any real GBC to approach. Not for me. Why I say this is because over the past 10+ years I have approached my GBC godbrothers with a number of issues - at times Begging them to discuss with me, and over and over, without fail, they have refused to do so. The end result has been I have no GBC to go to in order to lodge formal complaints. Since Hrdayananda's video lecture was posted on the internet for public view, I decided to post my rebuttal to his view also on the internet for public view.

Yet, I did get 'some' response from the GBC after posting those videos. They transcribed both Hrdayananda's lecture and my rebuttal. Of this I was informed, but, I never heard any more from the GBC. Nothing. My video was my formal complaint, and I was contacted about it, but i was never kept informed of what action the GBC had taken regarding that complaint. Actions speak louder then words, and the actions, at least publicly, is that the GBC took no real action. Hrdayananda remained a member of the GBC, and a guru, and continues to carry on, it seems, with no reprimand.

This is why I say the real issue is not about those who have stumbled on the path, but, the real issue is the GBC's failure to carryout their most important duty to Srila Prabhupad, to keep his mission pure, to keep up the high standard that he had set and put into place.

<<<<< The government's business is to control these things, and citizens must be happy in every way. Even Maharaja Yudhisthira's time, there was no excessive heat or cold; neither there was prominence of disease or pestilence, famine. These things were absent. Because Yudhisthira Maharaja himself was very pious, and he conducted his government in such a way that people were also pious. Yad yad acarati sresthah lokas tad anuvartate. If the leaders are perfect, then the citizens will be perfect. If the leaders are rascals... Just like in your country, now your president is caught up. Just see. Such an exalted post is occupied by a person who is subjected to so many criticisms. Why? "The Caesar's wife must be above suspicion." There is a... The king or the president, why he should be under suspicion? And if he is under suspicion, then immediately he should resign, "Oh, people are now suspecting." But this these rascals will not resign. You see? Just see how much our leaders are polluted. He has been charged with so many things. Why he? Everyone is. He is weak; therefore he has been caught up. That's all. He is not so perfect diplomat. Otherwise he would have not been caught up. So the leaders must be perfect. Therefore, according to Vedic civilization, at least three persons in the society... The first: the priest or the spiritual master, who are engaged in teaching people about religiosity, he must be perfect, above suspicion. Similarly, public leader, he must be also above suspicion. A brahmana... Brahmana means priest also. He must be above suspicion. And the king must be above suspicion. Then things will go on. But there is no such restriction. Nowadays it is the days of vote. Any rascal, if he gets vote somehow or other, then he acquires the exalted post. That is also written in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, that in the Kali-yuga there will be no consideration who is fit to occupy the exalted post of presidentship or royal throne. Simply somehow or other, by hook and crook, he'll occupy the seat. Therefore people are suffering. >>> Ref. VedaBase => Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.15.37 -- Los Angeles, December 15, 1973 >>>>

That is the point. The GBC's duty is to be very strict when dealing with their own members, leaders of our society. When there is weakness in a leader, the other leaders, as a body, must take quick and strong decisive action. That is needed.

It is not a recent thing that this is lacking in the GBC. From the beginning, when Srila Prabhupad left, they have been weak in taking action to keep the post of leadership pure. After Srila Prabhupad's disappearance the GBC voted in the 11 Rtviks as the 11 New Acharyas and a Zonal Acharya system was created. When several of the New Acharyas, who were also GBC, had fall downs, and became weak, the GBC tried to Hide their fall downs from their disciples so that their disciples would not lose faith in their new gurus. Even when one was having illicit sex and taking LSD, they tried to hide it, and did not remove that person from his leadership post. Thus, they compromised Srila Prabhupad's mission, severely.

>>>>So when there is a political, less strong political situation, not very strong government, at that time a class of men take advantage. Just like in Calcutta. Because the government was very lenient, not very strong, a demonic class of men took advantage of it and they began to create atrocities and fearfulness in Calcutta city. We have seen, practically people are not going out after evening, they are always staying in the fearful state. Nobody knows whether he will come back home again when he goes out of his home on the street. People are so much disturbed. So in the absence of strong king, these people take advantage and create disturbances. That is always there. So that happened. >>> Ref. VedaBase => Room Conversation Including Discussion on SB 4.13.48 to SB 4.14.11 -- Jaipur, January 18, 1972

Rather, when one of the leaders had fall down the proper course of action would have been to remove them, at least temporarily, Immediately. No hesitation. But, the problem was these men were now considered "Acharya's" and the concern was that their disciples may lose their faith.... What non-sense. If so-called "Acharya" is fallen, then he is no longer Acharya. That was all past history, but, still this same idea remain prevalent in the way the GBC manages, even to today with Hrdayananda. The GBC are too weak and do not take strong action. As Srila Prabhupad points out, when the leadership is weak, then dishonest men will take over.

For many of Prabhupad's disciples, this is what we have seen occur in our Guru's Mission, his ISKCON mission. This claim of our is not based on sentiment, it is not based on bitterness, it is not based on animosity, it is based on Vedic insight. When leadership is weak, the whole mission is spoiled.

For many years the GBC argued that they were only doing with Srila Prabhupad himself had done in the past. When a GBC had a fall down, many times Prabhupad did not remove them right away, but kept them in their post and tried to help them. BUT, many years ago I wrote to the GBC and pointed out the different situation. When Srila Prabhupad was physically present he was our top most authority. He was our Leader. We were his sons, and he was the father. So, when a son went a little astray, the father kept him in his post and tried to help him. Yet, the Leadership of ISKCON remained absolutely spotless and pure, because Srila Prabhupad was our Leadership. But, in Prabhupad's absence the GBC became our leadership. Thus, when one of them fall down, it compromises the leadership. Their becomes a black spot. The leadership becomes impure. Thus, in Prabhupad's absence the GBC need to be very strict with one another.

I was told that before Srila Prabhupad departed that he instructed the GBC in this way. That he said that in his presence he had been lenient, but that in his absence the GBC must be very strict with one another. Srila Prabhupad was very strict with himself, and thus our leadership under him was pure. But, if the GBC are not strict with one another, then they become impure and weak. And, this, has been ISKCON's number one problem for the past 32 years. A weak leadership, and as Srila Prabhupad points out, when the leadership is weak, rascals take over.

The GBC should have stripped Hrdayananda of his post years ago, but at the very least last year. But, they took no real action. I recall back many years ago just before Harikesh had left ISKCON, he had been suffering from mental distress. So, the GBC published a letter stating that Harikesh was taking time off for recovery due to his mental stress, psychological disorders. Yet, the GBC wrote that the CAUSE of his mental disease was that he had performed Too much Devotional Service.... Yes, that is what the Official GBC letter stated. They wrote that Harikesh suffered a mental breakdown due to having performed too much Devotional Service. I wrote the GBC conference and admonished them. I pointed out the philosophic faults in their logic. Where in Shastra does it state that the result of performing too much devotional service to Krishna is that one will suffer a mental breakdown? What sort of non-sense philosophy was the GBC teaching? Bogus. What? We should all STOP serving Krsna IMMEDIATELY else, we also could suffer mental diseases. Rather, Shastra states that the result of performing Devotional Service is one will become free of all anxiety. One will attain the highest peace and serenity, where the mind becomes steady and unwavering in the face of great happiness and great distress. So, I begged that the GBC immediately re-write a new letter and publish it immediately to rectify their faulty and bogus philosophy, that great devotional service can result in one suffering mental breakdown. That is bogus. I then pointed out that shastra clearly states that mental disease can be the direct result of Guru-Aparadh. That if one offends his guru, this can lead to mental disorders. Therefore I asked that the GBC make a formal investigation to see if possibly Harikesh had committed guru-aparad, as the REAL CAUSE of his mental breakdown, rather then propounding the false idea that his breakdown was caused by performing too much devotional service. In conclusion I warned the GBC that they were taking improper action based on faulty conclusions, that rather then trying to appease Harikesh, they should try to find the real, actual, root cause of his suffering, and only when that direct cause is found can they really help him. Otherwise, I warned that if they do not address the real cause of his suffering, then he will soon commit even more gross offenses.

At the time, the GBC rejected my advice, and I was seen as a fallen fault finder. Once sannyasi wrote me and told me that I was the one who was committing great offense by even considering that Harikesh had made any offense. Then, a few months later Harikesh openly blasphemed Srila Prabhupad and totally fell down. That same sannyasi then wrote and apologized to me, saying that he could then see I was actually right. He even asked me to consider becoming a GBC, saying the GBC was lacking such insight as I made.

Yet, when Satsvarup had a major fall down several years ago, the GBC made a similar statement saying that Satsvarup was long suffering mental disorders. Reference to his great service was made, but not indication as to what was the real cause of such mental suffering? How can it be that devotees who render great service to Krishna can wind up suffering mental breakdowns and psychological disorders? Are these the end-results of performing great service to Krishna? Is this the end-result of Bhakti Yoga? NO. Just the OPPOSITE. Rather, those symptoms can come from those who commit Vaishnav Aparad, especially Guru-Aparad. Then, we need to examine, what offenses could these men have made that caused them to suffer such mental disorders?

One devotee who is quite well off financially and has a nice home where he has had as guest a number of Iskcon 'guru's' in recent years told me that every 'guru' who stayed in his home he found were taking prescription medication for mental depression. They were all seeing psychiatrists or seeking professional help for depression or other mental disorders.

This needs to be investigated, for if it is true, then it behooves the members of Prabhupad's mission to find out the Real Cause of this widespread mental disorders among ISKCON's leaders. Is the real cause that these men have performed Too Much Devotional Service to Krishna, or have they committed Vaishnav Aparad? If we consider Shastra any guide in this topic, then it will become obvious what direction our investigation should take.

But, that is a whole other issue, as my original intent was to show how the GBC have not taken strong action in dealing with those who occupy leadership positions. In the case of Satsvarup. He publicly admitted to having sexual relations with his own female disciple, a woman married to Satsvarup's own god-brother. This is same as a father having sex with his own daughter. It is materially as well as spiritually despicable. The GBC originally asked Satsvarup to take leave of the Sannyas ashram and to wear grhasta ashram white clothing. Satsvarup took the belligerent attitude and refused. Where is Vaishnav Humility? Where is Satsvarup's respect for ashram of Sannyas? What did the GBC do? They backed off. They then published a letter stating, in the OFFICIAL GBC view, Satsvarup was now a Retired Sannyasi.

Retired Sannyasi? What a JOKE. Again, more Bogus Philosophy from a WEAK and Totally ASARA, USELESS so-called GBC. This weak and useless GBC just created a new ashram, called Retired Sannyas. First there is Brahmacarya, Student life, then Grhasta, married life, then Vanaprastha, Retired life, then Sannyas, Renounced order of life. Now, the GBC created a new 5th Ashram, totally outside of Guru, Sadhu Sashtra, that they call Retired Sannyas. What the Hell is Retired Sannyas??? Well, a sannyasi renounces all sex life and all association with women. So, what does a "retired" sannyasi do? He has sex with his own spiritual daughter? He "Retires" from Renounciation? What the Hell? This is the Bogus Philosophy of a WEAK and Bogus leadership. This is the mindset of the so-called current GBC.

This was not just a single fluke on the part of the GBC. They have purported one Bogus idea and concept after another after another all concerning the fall downs and faults of the 'Gurus', from the days of the Zonal Acharyas, to Harikesha's fall down, to Satsvarup's mental disorders and fall downs, to how they deal with Hrdayananda. Is Hrdayananda's condition the result of too much devotional service, or from having committed Vaishnav Aparad. What does Shastra point to?

The GBC are all WEAK. The GBC has not been strong, either in actions or in their philosophic prowess, for over 30 years. They have refused to discuss with me the Rtvik issue for years, because their philosophic basis is as weak as their actions to keep up the standards of leadership.

They took no action last year to remove Hrdayananda from his post as GBC because they are weak. I have had to leave Prabhupad's temples because I find no shelter there. It is painful, and I long for better, but for now, I have started my own preaching center and try to make others devotees and take their association. I wished i could do this as part of ISKCON, under a strong and powerful and pure GBC. But, in light of current situation, i am forced to do the needful on my own.

One last point. If Hrdayananda were only a GBC, and not a 'guru' (especially and not one of the original 11) more then likely the GBC would have removed him from his post as GBC. It appears that the GBC have taken a destructive over lenient position because Hrdayananda is a 'guru'.

That is a whole other issue, but, one that demands to be discussed in this connection. One solution I have long put forth that would solve this is that those who take on disciples, who become guru, need to do so in their Own Ashrams, and not within ISKCON. In his own ashram Hrdayananda can dress how he likes, and those who consider him their guru are free to fall-low him to their hearts content. And, the GBC would have no jurisdiction over independent ashrams. But, in ISKCON there is Srila Prabhupad's Standards, and there is the GBC authority (if there weren't so weak) to administer Prabhupad's standards. Thus, in Srila Prabhupad's ISKCON the Leaders can insist on an acceptable dress code. I have seen many temples establish minimum dress codes, such as no one being allowed to lead kirtans in blue jeans and T-shirt. GBC can establish that shastric codes be followed for those who belong to Sannyas ashram, 4 regs, moral, social standards are clearly defined, as well as dress. Just like temples will not allow someone to dress Radha Krsna Deities while wearing kacki shorts and golf shirts, a similar dress code can be established for Sannyasi's and GBCs. Those who do not adhere, OUT. Removed from their post, stripped of their titles. Simple. We need STRONG LEADERSHIP, not fallen, corrupt and weak.

And, who says who is guru? By vote of the GBC? What is that based on? What instruction by Srila Prabhupad is this process based on? Where did Srila Prabhupad ever say that GBC shall caste Vote to rubber-stamp who is to be accepted as Guru? Where did Srila Prabhupad teach that this was to be the system for his ISKCON mission? It is mental concoction by the GBC, only. There is the July 9th 1977 letter where Srila Prabhupad names 11 RTVIK Acharyas, then he says the GBC can add to that number in the future. But, that letter concerned only Rtviks. There was no mention of diksha guru.

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta taught that guru is not to be selected by popular voting process. And Srila Prabhupad upheld this idea. That is is bogus to hold election and select who is considered guru via vote. This is NOT traditional. This is not the system taught by Mahaprabhu, or the 6 gosvamis, nor any other guru since then. There is no evidence, no proof this was sanctioned or taught by Srila Prabhupad, rather, just the opposite, he spoke out against such idea. Only Rtviks Srila Prabhupad said the GBC can select more. But, 'Guru' by rubber-stamped vote of the GBC, this is a totally BOGUS idea.

Who says Hrdayananda or Satsvarup, or Radhanath, any of them are Guru? They may proclaim themselves, and others may accept or reject. That is individual discretion. In the 1970's when I joined ISKCON Srila Prabhupad had a few choice words to say about some other 'gurus'. BOGUS, CHEATER and the CHEATED, I shall kick on their face. If the so-called 'guru' was bogus, in Srila Prabhupad's view, he had no issue is calling a spade a spade. He even openly stated that NONE of his Godbrothers were qualified to give initiations. He even called his own godbrothers bogus.

My point is ISKCON should not Officially sanction Anyone as being Guru. No one. Those who take disciples and want to be guru, let them do so, we encourage them, but not in ISKCON, let them establish their own ashrams and act as guru in those ashrams, with cooperation from ISKCON, that is all right, but, no rubber-stamping. The only thing GBC should do is when someone is fallen or philosophically not Vaishanv, then they GBC has duty to speak up and preach, such and such is Bogus, not qualified to take disciples, and then delineate the reasons. But, they have NO Authority to go around rubber-stamping this person or that person as being a Guru.

When Satsvarup committed the disgusting fall down of having sex with his own spiritual daughter the GBC should have warned one and all, this act is deplorable and disqualifies such a person from being a guru. And they should have directed members of ISKCON to no longer seek his shelter or that instructions from one who is so fallen. Instead, this WEAK and USELESS GBC instructed Satsvarup's 'disciples' to continue to seek his shelter. Such Bogus misdirection of a fallen and useless leadership institution. Not only should fallen persons as Satsvarup and Hrdayananda no longer be followed, no longer be seen as Authority to be followed, but by their continuous bogus and weak (mis) advice the current GBC's advice and leadership should also be questioned and rejected when needed.

What is needed is a STRONG Leadership, a new GBC should be formed via process of election from among the Temple Presidents and Srila Prabhupad had originally instructed in his Direction Of Management.

All right, I have to end here.
Thank you Harinamananda for your sincerity and devotion to Srila Prabhupad, and your sincere desire to see his mission somehow get back on proper track.

Aspiring to become your most humble and worthy servant,
Ameyatma das,
servant of Ameyatma-Krishna.

Prabhupada: Yes. I shall choose some guru. I shall say, "Now you become acarya. You become authorized." I am waiting for that. You become all acarya. I retire completely. But the training must be complete.
Tamala Krsna: The process of purification must be there.
Prabhupada: Oh, yes, must be there. Caitanya Mahaprabhu wants that. Amara ajnaya guru hana. "You become guru." (laughs) But be qualified. Little thing, strictly follower...
Tamala Krsna: Not rubber stamp.
Prabhupada: Then you'll not be effective. You can cheat, but it will not be effective. Just see our Gaudiya Matha. Everyone wanted to become guru, and a small temple and "guru." What kind of guru? No publication, no preaching, simply bring some foodstuff... My Guru Maharaja used to say, "Joint mess," a place for eating and sleeping. Amar amar ara takana (?)(Bengali): "Joint mess." He said this. >>> Ref. VedaBase => Room Conversation -- April 22, 1977, Bombay

Where are the VARNASHRAM DHARMA based Villages that Srila Prabhupad instructed we construct? Where are the Varnashram Colleges? Where are the students, first class citizens, he said we were to train in those colleges. In 1974 Srila Prabhupad said he wanted such College in EVERY ONE of his temples. Where are they? In my service he instructed that he wanted Diorama exhibits also in EVERY ONE of his temples. Where are they (in 1985 Ramesvar cut off funding, and in America that funding never resumed, even though I formally asked BBT and GBC in 1990, it never came about), where is the REAL preaching that SP wanted? In many temples in America there are no NEW Western devotees being made. A majority of the temples, they IMPORT brahmacaris from India to run the temple, who collect donations from the Hindus to run the temple, but, where are NEW Western Bhakta's? Where is the REAL Preaching? They are not making new devotees, they have just found means and ways of making Joint-Mess, maintain the temples so they have place to eat and sleep. For the most part, no effective preaching. Just like Gaudiya Math. For publication, all changed books, not even Srila Prabhupad's originals. These are Rubber-Stamped Gurus, Srila Prabhupad said such guru will not be effective. Just see... Asara, Useless - WEAK - so-called GBC leadership.

Hridayananda aka Howard Resnick aka Acaryadeva aka Acaryapada aka Gurudeva

From Pada: Hridayananda (Howard Resnick), born 1948 November 5, 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 personally picked that name for himself in the days of the Zonal-Acarya nonsense with the misconception that he 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.


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Hridayananda melt down
Hridayananda's Tough Love
Hridayananda's Falldowns with Devamrita devi dasi
Hridayananda exposed by Payonidhi Prabhu
Hridayananda Aparadhi to the Sannyasa Order

Hridayananda's Sex - Drugs - and Cocaine Party
Hridayananda advocates homosex philosophy
A Response to Hridayananda's Homosexual Philosophy
Hridayananda rejected by his disciple Krishna-Kirti Das
Hrdayananda's bogus Srimad Bhagavatam
Hridayananda rejects Srila Prabhupada

Srila Prabhupada on homosexuality
IRG South America Update
Krishna-kirti's letter to the GBC  [doc]
Krishna-kirti pdf article here
Hridayananda -- Out of Character
Photo Gallery of Hridayananda

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