Thema: 27 - Big Breakthrough For Krishna In Singapore
Datum: 14.07.00 11:33:19 (MEZ) - Mitteleurop. Sommerzeit
From: Adri@cwcom.net (Adridharan das)
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Newsletter of the Iskcon Revival Movement (IRM)
Issue 27

Message from Adridharana Dasa, Temple President ISKCON Calcutta

1. Big Breakthrough For Krishna In Singapore
2. Bhakti Caru Swami Contradicts GBC
3. Singapore Blessed By Lord Jagannatha


1. Big Breakthrough For Krishna In Singapore

The history of Krishna Consciousness in Singapore has been fraught with
immense difficulty. Even whilst Srila Prabhupada was on the planet, the
authorities were very hostile. They refused to register the society, and
Singapore was the only country to have refused Srila Prabhupada entry into
the country. Even communist Russia did not refuse Srila Prabhupada entry.
This extremely difficult back-drop was not helped by the fiasco that ensued
after Srila Prabhupada's departure. A huge mess developed due to all the
different warring Guru factions that developed such as the Indian Maha-Visnu
Swami's group, Tamal Krishna Goswami's group, Hamsaduta's group, Lokanatha
Swami's group etc. The local Indians who are wealthy and pious, however got
fed up with different groups all coming to collect. Thus to make progress
has been very difficult. However in the last 3 years, an amazing turnaround
started to happen. This began with the Singapore temple becoming the first
temple to join the IRM way back in 1997, well before the more famous temples
such as Bangalore or even Calcutta. The temple store even began selling
copies of the Final Order. Under the leadership of Sundar Gopal prabhu, the
yatra is now benefiting from the unity and spiritual mercy that flows from
having re-instated Srila Prabhupada as the sole Diksa Guru. This has
culminated in the devotees in Singapore being recently given the
never-before obtained opportunity of presenting Lord Krishna to the public.
The Asian Civilisation Museum which is famous throughout South East Asia,
and which presents periodic showcases portraying Asian culture, most
recently embarked on a 4-month exhibition on Lord Krishna entitled "Krishna
- The Blue God". Organised by the museum and the National Heritage Board of
Singapore, a subsidiary government body established to enhance cultural
activities within the island, the exhibition has become a popular hit
amongst cultural enthusiasts. Most notably, the devotees were invited to
perform a 15-minute kirtan in front of an estimated audience of 200 people
as part of the opening of the Krishna exhibition on 21 June 2000. It was the
devotees' ecstatic Harinama which officially opened the exhibition. The
exhibition features the various pastimes of Lord Krishna. The local Hare
Krishna Temple and Srila Prabhupada are prominently featured in the
exhibition. The Deities of Sri Sri Radha Madana Mohan are also featured. And
that's not all! Devotees have been invited to present lectures on Lord
Krishna to the Singaporean public over the 4-month period. Plays,
story-telling for children, etc. are also to be conducted upon the invitation
of the organisers. We have already been confirmed for presentations at the
Museum on 13 and 17 August. This would expose children from over 200
schools, both primary and secondary, to the philosophy and pastimes of the
Lord. No bigger opportunity has been presented for the preaching of
Bhagavata Dharma in Singapore in the last 23 years.

More amazing surprises have followed. Just recently, the principal local
Chinese Newspaper, the Lianhe Zhaobao which has a readership of over 1
million, featured a page article on the local Hare Krishna temple and
mentioned the contribution of Srila Prabhupada to the flowering of Krishna
Consciousness all over the world. This was the first time ever that a
Chinese newspaper in Singapore has covered the activities of Krishna
Consciousness in such a positive way. Very favourable publicity has
therefore been gained on a scale never before envisaged in Singapore.

What is most amazing is that the greatest preaching opportunity has come
about at exactly the same time as the society has suffered the worst
publicity in its history, and Singapore was very badly hit, being one of the
first countries in the world to carry news of the Turley child abuse
law-suit. This is just another example of what we have been highlighting in our
newsletters of how while many parts of ISKCON are now reeling, the IRM is
actually flourishing under the most adverse of circumstances. All these
events have come about purely due to Srila Prabhupada's mercy, with success
resulting due to a very basic and simple formula - strict obedience to Srila
Prabhupada's will and the placing of His Divine Grace at the centre of our
devotional lives. Had this been strictly followed, ISKCON would have saved
itself from the pandemonium of the last 23 years. The situation however can
still be rectified. All success would follow as a result. Our improved
position in Singapore is a classic case in point. For so many years, nothing
substantial had been achieved in the public propagation of Krishna
Consciousness within Singapore. Yet, out of nowhere, a potent opportunity
has emerged.


2. Bhakti Caru Swami Contradicts GBC

Recently HH Bhakti Caru Swami has been saying some very strange things,
which makes us anxious for the state of his mental health. We will show that
Maharaja:

a) Contradicts the GBC
b) Contradicts Himself
c) Acts Without Integrity
d) Offends Srila Prabhupada
e) Glorifies A Fallen Guru


a) Bhakti Caru Swami Contradicts the GBC

Firstly in regards to Srila Prabhupada's orders for how initiations should
continue in ISKCON after his departure, Bhakti Caru Swami recently stated:

"I must also admit that Srila Prabhupada did not say anything very clearly
about how the initiation system in ISKCON should be after his disappearance
from this planet."
(Day 3, LA Seminar, 'Questions and Answers', Published on June 11)

This is a most bizarre statement. Please note Maharaja states that Srila
Prabhupada did not say ANYTHING very clearly on the subject of initiations
after his departure. Thus Maharaja is accusing Srila Prabhupada of
effectively not giving ANY guidance to the society on this most important of
subjects, or if he did he did not do it 'very clearly'. One can
appreciate just how outrageous this statement is by noting that even though
the GBC and the IRM may differ as to *WHAT* Srila Prabhupada's instructions
may have been, neither of us would dare to say that Srila Prabhupada was
*unclear* or that he simply forgot to say *anything*. Thus Maharaja's
position is in opposition to practically everyone on this planet. At least
this is one thing in which Maharaja can claim some uniqueness for himself.
The GBC, in complete opposition to Maharaja, state that Srila Prabhupada's
instructions in ordering Gurus to initiate after he left are *very clear*:

"Here Srila Prabhupada *clearly* answers questions 3 and 4 above, which the
GBC body had put to him. He says that he will nominate certain persons to
act as officiating-acharyas, and that they will act as gurus, but that as a
"formality", they will do so on behalf of Srila Prabhupada in his presence,
because it is Vaishnava etiquette that one does not accept disciples in the
presence of one's own spiritual master. [...] Once again, if we simply
accept Prabhupada's instructions, without interpretation, it is *very clear*
what he really wanted.
(Prabhupada's Order, Official GBC Reply To The Final Order)

"But there never has been any doubt that Srila Prabhupada *clearly* ordered
his followers to carry on the parampara as regular gurus."
('Ritvik Catechism', Questions and Answers on Ritvik by the GBC)

The actual reality as everyone knows is that Srila Prabhupada was *very
clear* in what he wanted. He sent out a written and signed directive to the
whole movement. This may not be how the GBC state that Srila Prabhupada was
'very clear', but at least they agree Srila Prabhupada was clear.

b) Bhakti Caru Swami Contradicts Himself

What makes this state of affairs even more bizarre is that as well
contradicting the GBC, Bhakti Caru Swami is also contradicting *himself*.
For less than 5 years ago, Maharaja was also emphatic that Srila Prabhupada
*did* clearly appoint his disciples to become Gurus after his departure:

"When Srila Prabhupada spoke about who will initiate after His Divine Grace
leaves this planet, he named some of his disciples, but he suggested that
they should not initiate while he was present on this planet. As long as he
was present they could initiate on his behalf. And that point Tamal Krishna
Gosvami asked Srila Prabhuapda: "So, will they be like ritvik?" Srila
Prabhupada answered: "Yes, like ritvik". When Prabhupada was present in
Vrndavana, he was not able to give initiation to so many devotees all over
the world who were waiting, so there was a need for giving them initiation.
So Prabhupada suggested that different devotees in different areas could
give them initiation. As long as he was present, they could give initiation
on his behalf, but after he had left the planet they would become their
disciples."
(Recorded September, 1995, in Malaga, Spain, and Printed in 'Spiritual
Connections' Vol 13 Jan-April '96)

*NOW* Maharaja tells us that Srila Prabhupada did not say *anything very
clearly* on the subject. Thus Maharaja is guilty of not only contradicting
the GBC and contradicting himself, but also of mis-leading his disciples by
giving them contradictory advice. The Guru is supposed to lead the disciple
*out* of darkness. But if he simply leads him into more darkness with
contradictory and confusing instructions, what is the value of such a Guru?

We would humbly submit therefore that the only person who is unclear is not
Srila Prabhupada, but Maharaja himself - who can not even agree with the
GBC, whilst also telling his disciples to *follow* the GBC; and who can not
even agree with *himself*, first telling his disciples one thing, and then
telling them the complete opposite later.

c) Bhakti Caru Swami Acts Without Integrity

Maharaja makes an admission that the ritviks do have good points:

"There is plenty of things to do, life is short, and we don't have enough
time to render service, and the good points that they (ritviks) are making,
yes, we accept that."
(Day 3, LA Seminar, 'Questions and Answers', Published on June 11)

"Very good point. I will say that the ritviks do have some points."
(Day 3, LA Seminar, 'Questions and Answers', Published on June 11)

Now please note that as well as conceding that the Ritviks have 'good
points', Maharaja has also admitted that Srila Prabhupada did not even say
'anything very clearly' on the subject of how initiations would go on. So he
is conceding that not only does the IRM position have merit, but that also
there is NOTHING VERY CLEAR from Srila Prabhupada to support the argument
that the IRM is wrong. Yet even after having conceded all this, he voted
with the GBC to expel us from ISKCON!
At least the GBC in general do not claim that we have any good points, and
they also say that Srila Prabhupada *very clearly* set his disciples up as
Gurus. Thus one can at least understand how they were misguided to expel us.
But what is Maharaja's excuse for such harsh behaviour? Thus to still expel
us whilst thinking in his own mind that we had good points and that Srila
Prabhupada did not in any case say *anything very clearly* on the subject,
shows that Maharaja has acted not only harshly, but also without a shred of
decency.

d) Bhakti Caru Swami Offends Srila Prabhupada

Maharaja next makes a most offensive comment against Srila Prabhupada. He
states:

"But if instead we feel that, "Now Srila Prabhupada is dead and gone; now I
am the guru. So what Srila Prabhupada was to his disciples, to my disciples
I am just that." That mentality would have been fine if we were not a part
of a world-wide institution like ISKCON. But since I am a part of ISKCON and
ISKCON has been established by Srila Prabhupada, then I have to act within
ISKCON under the authority of Srila Prabhupada. This fact we have to
recognize."
(Day 3, LA Seminar, 'Questions and Answers', Published on June 11)

Maharaja clearly states that the mentality that "Now Srila Prabhupada is
dead and gone; now I am the Guru. So what Srila Prabhupada was to his
disciples, to my disciples I am just that" would be FINE - if we were not
part of a world institution. Such a mentality is NOT FINE under ANY
circumstances! Even if ISKCON was to collapse tomorrow for any reason, does
Maharaja think that any sincere disciple of Srila Prabhupada's could even
ENTERTAIN the possibility that 'Srila Prabhupada is dead and gone'. This is
a most offensive mentality, and we are shocked that Maharaja is preaching
that this mentality is only to be kept in check because we happen to belong
to a word-wide institution. Please compare these remarks of Maharaja with
what Srila Prabhupada teaches:

"So my Guru Maharaja will be very, very much pleased with you ... it is not
that he is dead and gone. That is not spiritual understanding ... he is
seeing. I never feel that I am alone."
(Lecture, 2/3/75)

Please note how Srila Prabhupada used the exact same phrase - "Dead and
Gone". Srila Prabhupada does not state that to have the understanding that
the Guru is 'dead and gone' is FINE except when one just happens to be in a
world institution. Rather he states that to have such an understanding at
all would not be a 'spiritual understanding'. It is bad enough that Maharaja
does not have this spiritual understanding himself, but to teach it in a
'seminar' to his 'disciples' is shameful.

e) Bhakti Caru Swami Glorifies A Fallen Guru

Having offended Srila Prabhupada, Bhakti Caru Swami however is more than
happy to glorify fallen devotees. Recently Suhotra Swami asked to be given a
leave of absence from his duties as a Guru, because amongst other things, by
his *own admission*, over a long period of time he has:

"deep-rooted attachment";
his mind "is not only unstable in the usual sense (cancala), but also
deformed"
he now needs "psychological counselling", and a "program of rehabilitation".

He got 'carried away' being absorbed in mundane 'videos and novels' so that
his "sadhana deteriorated", and which was all
"a waste of time".
(Excerpts from a letter from Suhotra Swami To Disciples, 19 June 2000)

However Bhakti Caru Swami's assessment of Suhotra Swami is that he is to be
glorified, for as he said recently in North Carolina, USA, before giving
class:

"I feel a little embarrassed to give the class in front of two very very
exalted vaisnavas who are very learned as well as exalted with their
realizations (His Holiness Bir Krishna Maharaja and His Holiness Suhotra
Maharaja)."

Please note whilst Maharaja thinks it is "fine" to think that Srila
Prabhupada is "dead and gone" if one is outside a world institution, Suhotra
meanwhile is "very, very exalted", and "very learned and exalted" in his
"realisations". All this makes us wonder how one will ever be able to trust
Maharaja's judgement ever again, when he is not even able to detect such
deep maya in his godbrothers? We expect gullible disciples to make such
mistakes, but not supposedly 'self-realised' Gurus.

When one adds the above to Maharaja having been recently exposed doctoring
the translation of Srila Prabhupada's books to support his Guru
position, (please see newsletter No. 20) we have a catalogue of behaviour
that is not at all consistent with one who is supposed to be acting as a
self-realised Guru full of love and obedience to Srila Prabhupada. We
present the above information not to humiliate or embarrass Maharaja, but as
a public service to his disciples and well-wishers, who need to be made
aware of Maharaja's state of consciousness.



3. Singapore Blessed By Lord Jagannatha

On the 9th July 2000, more than 500 devotees gathered to celebrate Lord
Jagannatha's Palanquin Festival (Palki Yatra) in Singapore. In conjunction
with the Ratha Yatra Festival period, devotees brought Their Lordships Sri
Sri Jagannatha-Baladeva-Subhadra on a beautiful palanquin around the large
goshala (cow farm) of a devotee and well-wisher, Mr Kodi. The festival cum
retreat saw many devotees from Singapore, Malaysia, Burma, India and
Bangladesh participate in an ecstatic kirtan for the pleasure of Their
Lordships. A grand arati was performed and sumptuous prasadam distributed.
The celebrations also involved devotees gathering at a festival site to
perform dramas depicting the pastimes of Lord Caitanya.

*STOP PRESS*

Just as we were about to send this newsletter out, the devotees in Singapore
received a call from the Government's National Heritage Board that the
country's biggest Television Station, TCS, Television Corporation of
Singapore, would be coming to our temple this coming Saturday on 22/7/2000
to do a show on what a Krishna temple is like. This has been sparked by the
exhibit at the Asian Civilisation Museum. The aim of the show is to expose
the Chinese people to 'Krsna - The Blue God'.
As well as being huge publicity for our Society, this is also another
massive breakthrough, since never before in the history of Singapore have we
received such television exposure.

The news about the burgeoning success of the Singapore yatra simply
reiterates the fact that only by Srila Prabhupada's mercy is anything and
everything great possible within the Krishna Consciousness Movement. And
this mercy will flow in abundance providing we faithfully execute Srila
Prabhupada's instructions and keep him in the centre as the Guru for the
movement.


Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter, and please keep your
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Your Servant, Adridharan das

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