Prabhupada is my diska guru
Date:19 Oct. 1999
Respected H.H. Bhakticharu Swami Maharaj,
Please accept my most humble obeisances at your lotus feet. Hare Krishna.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada, the spiritual Master of Hare Krishna Movement. Few months ago, a devotee from Mumbai, Juhu, Hare krishna Temple gave me a book, "Prabhupada's Order", A reply to "The Final Order" by the GBC. After reading this book, I became inquisitive to read the book, "The Final Order" by Sriman Krishna Kant Prabhu. After reading the book, "The Final Order", it was clear to me that the GBC failed to answer ''The Final
Order" in the book "Prabhupada's Order".
Srila Prabhupada empowered Sriman Krishnakant Prabhu to write such a fantastic book ”THE FINAL ORDER", which is like "THE ROD OF CHASTISEMENT" for the deviant disciples of Srila Prabhupada and "THE SAVIOUR" for the sincere disciples of Srila Prabhupada. I accept the book ''The Final Order" as the genuine book on Srila Prabhupada's instructions for initiation within ISKCON. By the grace of this book, I came to know that Your Holiness was the officiating priest (ritvik) of my initiation ceremony and was NEVER my initiating spiritual master. Actually the ocean of mercy, who opened my eyes which were blinded by the darkness of ignorance with the touchlight of knowledge - SRILA PRABHUPADA IS MY INITIATING SPIRITUAL MASTER (DIKSHA - GURU). Srila Prabhupada will be the initiator within ISKCON for as long as the society is extant. The paper "GBC Fail To Answer The Final Order" a reply to "Prabhupada's Order" - GBC- August 1998, crushed all the spurious arguments of the GBC rendered in "Prabhupada's Order".
The GBC members made a shocking attack on Srila Prabhupada in the book "Prabhupada's Order" by misrepresenting the private-letters of Srila Prabhupada to some of his deviant disciples and also by misrepresenting the conversation, lectures & purports of Srila Prabhupada. The book, "Rtvik Mayavada Sata Dusani- 100 Deviations of Rtvikism", a project inspired by H.H. Jayapataka Maharaj gave me a very bad picture of the GBC. In this book, the GBC Members have shamelessly and unauthorizedly promoted all their material defects as the qualifications of the great acharyas and mahajanas. Also, I personally spoke to many senior & junior devotees regarding the ritvik-system finally ordered by Srila Prabhupada.
I found that those who have sincerely studied the books of Srila Prabhupada are very much in favour of the ritvik system, but are unable to speak openly because the GBC has made our ISKCON, "THE ABATTOIR OF PRABHUPADANUGAS". What a tragedy!!. And those who are arrogant, fanatic, stupid, "CHAMCHAAS" and materially ambitious are NOT in favour of the ritvik-system because instead of following Srila Prabhupada, they follow his deviant disciples. Thus, the "anti-ritvik" people have achieved such rotten qualities.
I have written a big letter to H.G. Bhima Prabhu, Temple President, ISKCON Juhu, Mumbai, stating that "THE GBC MUST FOLLOW THE RITVIK SYSTEM FOR THE PROTECTION OF ISKCON." I have already forwarded a copy of this letter to the secretary of Your Holiness, H.G. Chaitanya Prabhu (Prof. Bhaumick ) at Calcutta. I have written the said big letter to H.G. Bhima Prabhu after studying the papers supporting the ritvik system, the papers opposing the ritvik system and personally speaking to many senior and junior devotees within ISKCON. Thus, after knowing all the "FACTS" I have written the said big letter to H.G. Bhima Prabhu. Please give me REPLY only after reading my said big letter to H.G. Bhima Prabhu, otherwise Your Holiness may underestimate my knowledge about ritvik system and may give me some advice.
Srila Prabhupada established a "ritvik representative of the acharya, for the purpose of performing initiation" system, wherby "the newly initiated devotees are disciples of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada." This particular system was established by Srila Prabhupada within ISKCON in "HIS LAST SIGNED DIRECTIVE ON THE MATTER, HIS FINAL ORDER ON INITIATION, ISSUED ON JULY 9TH 1977." The statements mentioned in this strong written evidence are confirmed in another strong written evidence, viz, "SRILA PRABHUPADA'S LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT". Please note the following statements from Srila Prabhupada's Declaration of Will, 4th June 1977:-
"The system of management will CONTINUE as it is now and there is no need of any change."
"The executive directors who have herein been designated are appointed for life. In the event of the DEATH or failure to act for any reason of any said directors (my comments: the event which can obviously happen after the disappearance of Srila Prabhupada) a SUCCESSOR DIRECTOR OR DIRECTORS may be appointed by the remaining directors provided the new director is MY INITIATED DISCIPLE following strictly all the rules and regulations of the International Society For Krishna Consciousness as detailed in MY BOOKS, and provided that there are never less that three (3) or more than five (5) executive directors acting at one time."
"I have made this WILL this 4th day of June, 1977, IN POSSESSION OF FULL SENSE AND SOUND MIND, WITHOUT ANY PERSUATIONS, FORCE OR COMPULSION FROM ANYBODY."
The above mentioned statements of the said will clearly proves that Srila Prabhupada wanted the ritvik system to continue even after his disappearance, because in possession of full sense & sound mind, Srila Prabhupada mentioned the words- " MY INITIATED DISCIPLE" instead of "disciple of my disciple". Since, such statements are mentioned in the Last Will & Testament, the ritvik system should continue till the Society is extant. In the same Will, Srila Prabhupada gave importance to HIS BOOKS. So let us see what Srila Prabhupada speaks about his books:-
(a) Reporter: What will happen to the movement in the United States when you die?
Srila Prabhupada: I WILL NEVER DIE.
Devotees: Jaya! Haribol! (Applaud)
Srila Prabhupada: I WILL LIVE FROM MY BOOKS AND YOU WILL UTILISE. (SP Press Conference, 16/7/75, San Francisco)
(b) These are not ordinary books. It is recorded chanting. ANYONE WHO READS, HE IS HEARING. (SP letter to Rupanuga - 19/10/74)
(c) The eternal bond between disciple and spiritual master begins from the first day he HEARS. (SP letter to Jadurani - 4/9/72).
(d) Devotee: Srila Prabhupada WHEN YOUR'RE NOT PRESENT WITH US, how is it possible to receive instructions? For example in question that may arise….. Srila Prabhupada: Well the questions are answ…. Answers are there in my books. (SP Morning walk , 13/5/73, Los Angeles)
(e) So utilise whatever time you find to make a thorough study of MY BOOKS. Then ALL your questions will be answered. (SP letter to Upendra, 7/1/76)
(f) In my books the Philosophy of Krsna Consciousness is explained FULLY, so if there is anything which you do not understand, then you simply have to read again and again. By reading daily THE KNOWLEDGE WILL BE REVEALED TO YOU and by this process your spiritual life will develop. (SP letter to Bahurupa, 22/11/74)
(g) Paramahamsa: My question is : a pure devotee, when he comments on Bhagavad-Gita, SOMEONE WHO NEVER SEES HIM PHYSICALLY, but he just comes in contact with the commentary, explanation, is this the SAME THING?
Srila Prabhupada: YES. You can associate with Krsna by reading Bhagavad-Gita. And these saintly persons, they have given their explanations, comments. So where is the difficulty? (SP morning walk , 11/6/74, Paris)
(h) After 80 years, no one can be expected to live long. My life is almost ended. So you have to carry on, and THESE BOOKS WILL DO EVERYTHING. (SP Room Conversation, 18/2/76)
In his books, Srila Prabhupada specifically set out how THE INITIATIONS would be carried out in the institution of ISKCON. Please see page numbers 7 & 8 of " NO CHANGE IN ISKCON PARADIGM" by H.G. Adridharan Prabhu & H.G. Madhupandit Prabhu.
PLEASE NOTE THAT, I AM NOT COMMITING " MARYADA VYATIKRAMA" BY CONSIDERING MY SELF, "THE JUNIOR GODBROTHER" OF YOUR HOLINESS, BECAUSE I STRICTLY FOLLOW THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTION OF SRILA PRABHUPADA, OUR GURU MAHARAJ:- SRILA PRABHUPADA SIKSAMRITA (Page No. 1896):-
"To answer your last point, one who teaches can be treated as spiritual master. It is not that after we became initiated we become perfect. No. It requires teaching. So if we take instruction from them, ALL SENIOR GODBROTHERS MAY BE TREATED AS GURU, there is no harm. Actually, you have only one spiritual master, who initiates you, just as you have only one father. But every Vaisnava should be treated as a Prabhu, master, higher than me, and in this sense, if I learn from him, he may be regarded as guru. It is not that I disobey my real spiritual master and call someone else as spiritual master. That is wrong. IT IS ONLY THAT I CAN CALL SPIRITUAL MASTER SOMEONE WHO IS TEACHING ME PURELY WHAT MY INITIATING SPIRITUAL MASTER HAS TAUGHT.
Do you get the sense" (SP letter to Galim das, November 20th , 1971)
Srila Prabhupada wanted one big happy family built on love and trust. That's why he established the ritvik system with him in the centre. That's why he spent days and nights writing the law books for the next ten thousand years. Please note the following instruction of Srila Prabhupada:- "I wish that each and every Branch shall keep their independent identity and co-operate keeping the Acharya (Srila Prabhupada) in centre. On this principle we can open any number of Branches all over the world. The Ramakrishna Mission works on this principle and thus as organization they have done wonderfully". (SP letter to kirtanananda - 11/2/67),
Thus Srila Prabhupada wanted all his first class disciples, even of future generations to act as officiating-acharyas (ritviks). This way the teachings of Srila Prabhupada will remain as it is, otherwise there is always the chances of interpolation in the pure teachings due to conditioned souls acting as maha bhagavatas due to the influence of the age of kali.
E.g. The present unauthorized M.A.S.S. have rendered the following interpolation in Bhagavad-Gita As it is.:-
ORIGINAL BY SRILA PRABHUPADA.
(Bg. 4.34 purport):- In complete Edition. "…..Therefore, mental speculation or dry arguments cannot help one progress in spiritual life. One has to approach a bonafide spiritual master to receive the knowledge."
INTERPOLATION (in Capitals) :- in Revised and Enlarged Second Edition.
"….Therefore, mental speculation or dry arguments cannot help LEAD ONE TO THE RIGHT PATH. NOR BY INDEPENDENT STUDY OF BOOKS OF KNOWLEDGE CAN ONE PROGRESS IN SPIRITUAL LIFE. One has to approach a bona fide spiritual master to receive the knowledge."
This misinterpretation is an insult to Srila Prabhupada's books.
Srila Prabhupada said, "THESE ARE NOT ORDINARY BOOKS. IT IS RECORDED CHANTING. ANYONE WHO READS, HE IS HEARING. (SP letter to Rupanuga 19/10/74). So, here we come to know the unauthorized action of the unauthorized gurus. By looking at the record, it is crystal clear that all the unauthorized gurus within ISKCON are subject to the four frailties common to all conditioned souls: imperfect senses, a tendency to make mistakes, a tendency to fall into illusion and a PROPENSITY TO HEAT.They all became "THE SHAMS" after consulting a person, who was addressed a "DEAD MAN" by Srila Prabhupada. The same "DEAD MAN" made them the "THE SHAMS".
Thus, all the "LIVING GURUS", within ISKCON are actually the "DEAD GURUS". "SRILA PRABHUPADA ALONE IS OUR LIVING GURU"Thus all the unauthorized initating gurus must stop acting as initiating gurus. For the protection of ISKCON they must act as officiating acharyas (ritviks) to please Srila Prabhupada.Otherwise they have to please YAMARAJ by taking the punishment from him. Please note that , "THE BOGUS RE-INITIATION SYSTEM" which is extremely against Guru, Sadhu, and sastra is very much noted by YAMARAJ. It is note worthy that the GBC members who are the excellent "GOD LOVING ACTORS" are not even "GOD FEARING".
I had a great respect for the GBC of ISKCON, considering them as the powerful disciples of Srila Prabhupada, but today when I found them influenced by an envious temperament and dissatisfied because of an attitude of sense gratification, I got a heavy shock.
Please note that the spiritual leaders of other bonafide sampradayas, viz, Sri Govindacharya, H.H. Rangapriya Swami and Sri LaxmiTatachar strongly support Srila Prabhupada's decision for ritvik representatives. Please note the following conversation with Sri LaxmiTatachar, who belongs to Sri Ramanuja Sampradaya.:-
ISKCON DEVOTEE: In the Bhagavad Gita, Srila Prabhupada gives the guru parampara-Brahma, Narada, Vyasa and so on till Srila Prabhupada. In the ritvik system, who comes after Srila Prabhupada?
SRI LAXMITATACHAR:- Srila Prabhupada himself. Only the ritvik system continues and Srila Prabhupada is the guru.
ISKCON DEVOTEE:- When that happens, is the parampara not stopping?
SRI LAXMITATACHAR:- No. What can be done? Srila Prabhupada has not
appointed an acharya. The parampara continues through a chain of ritviks.
Please note that Sri LaxmiTatachar was also approached by H.G. Basu Ghosh Prabhu (Anti-ritvik person) in connection with the vidvat goshti. Now please note the concluding part of the report by Sri LaxmiTatachar. The report is already forwarded to the GBC. Please note the following:- "Besides the very concept of Ritvik has special significance here. In the olden days there would be a Yajamana who could engage Ritvik. Adhvaryus etc., for the performance of sacrifice. These people after performing the sacrifice would get some dakshina. But the net result of the sacrifice would go to the Yajaman himself, as he was mainly responsible for the performance. The ritiviks were entitled only to initiate disciples into the Hare Krishna Movement. But the disciples thus initiated by these representatives are always considered to be the disciples of Srila Prabhupada only. Since he is he Yajamana who has engaged these ritviks for the performance of initiation.
Again I have to stress that the letter makes it amply clear that the disciples thus initiated by the representatives of Srila Prabhupada are only the disciples of Srila Prabhupada only, not of the representatives. I ALSO WANT TO CONFIRM THAT THIS SYSTEM CAN CONTINUE PERPETUALLY EVEN IN THE PHYSICAL ABSENCE OF SRILA PRABHUPADAJI AS IT HAS CONTINUED IN RAMANUJA'S TRADITION."
Maharaj, now you are making a T.V. serial on Srila Prabhupada. Do you know the following instructions of Srila Prabhupada in this matter. Please see the istructions:- "All programs must go on but it is a fact that this book distribution program is very, very, important. It is real preaching work but I think this program for TV and Radio is NOT so important. There are so many TV programs, SOMEONE WILL SEE US ON TV AND THEN RIGHT AFTER THEY WILL SEE SOME OTHER NONSENSE AND THEY WILL FORGET. Therefore, it is better for them to read my books" (SP letter to Rupanuga, 14th February 1973). Maharaj, you are giving the biggest disservice to Srila Prabhupada by making this T.V. serial. THERE ARE MANY SCENES IN YOUR T.V. SERIAL WHICH ARE NOT AUTHENTIC.
Your holiness is a very good preacher. Please, preach everyone from Srila Prabhupada's books and please don’t do anything which is out of Srila Prabhupada's teachings.
I am still having very deep respect for Your Holiness. Your Holiness is very kind hearted, soft hearted and very learned disciple of Srila Prabhupada. So, I humbly request Your Holiness to follow the following instruction of our beloved Guru Maharaj- Srila Prabhupada:- "So better remain a foolish person perpetually to be directed by Guru Maharaj. That is PERFECTION. And as soon as he learns that Guru Maharaj is dead, Now I so advanced that I can kill my Guru and I become guru. Then he is FINISHED." (SP conversation, 16th August 1976, Mumbai.)
My apologies for any offensive statement made by me in this letter, but what to do, you GBC members hurted us by becoming the disciple thieves of Srila Prabhupada. It is always my duty to humbly request my senior God Brother, who was an officiating priest of my initiation, to strictly follow the instructions of our Gurudev Srila Prabhupada.
Lastly, I pray to the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna to give proper intelligence to all of you GBC members to re-establish and follow the ritvik-system within ISKCON, otherwise our Alma-mater will always remain the Hot Bed of Politics. I have taken a Vow in front of the Lord, that I will bring back the ritvik system within ISKCON, my Alma mater. Srila Prabhupada gave me Sri Krishna and it is my duty to see harmony in his institution, so that his desire to elevate the fallen souls for another ten thousand years gets fulfilled. Srila Prabhupada is a Mahabhagavat and he alone can do this job. Those who occupied his post have broken the heart of many innocent devotees. Due to this, Srila Prabhupada is very hurted. Now, I don’t want to see His Divine Grace in this Shocking State.
So, even if I die, I will take another birth, to keep my vow.
Sri Krishna Chaitanya Das
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