Bhakti Charu Swami Initiates Despite Promise

by Gauridas, 22 Nov. 1999

....Bhaktisidhanta Sarasvati Thakur warns against such duplicitousness

Bhakti Charu Swami Initiates Despite Promise

New Dwarka ~ Sunday: Bhakti Charu Swami performed an initiation ceremony in the temple room. Just a few months prior I had a talk with him in Srila Prabhupada's garden, his favorite place, here in LA. At that time Bhakti Charu said that Srila Prabhupada is the delivering guru to the devotees he initiates.

He said that the current guru system is ISKCON is in need of more reform and therefore he proposed to the GBC body to hold off on initiations until we can work it out. He said he was not initiating for this whole year. Then all of the sudden here he goes again (initiating). Isn't that a little, a lot?, duplictious? Bhaktisidhanta Sarasvati Thakur warns against such duplicitousness, especially for those in the renounced order.

I was so happy with the Maharaja before but now am disappointed again.

Will the GBC ever change? In private so many of them say so many things in agreement with the reformers but when it comes to action they fall back on their authoritarian positions and support a bogus guru system.

One point needs to be made clear. I do not say that we cannot be gurus; nor do most of my associates and friends. It's OK when you're qualified in your own temples. For ISKCON we have to follow the founder acharya Srila Prabhupada and initiate on his behalf. We are getting closer every year to Srila Prabhupada's desire in this regard. Still some of the stubborn leaders refuse any real reform that may hamper their profit distinction and/or adoration.

When are the modern day gurus going to stop living the lie?

When death grabs them? I hope not!

All glories to Srila Prabhupada!!!

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