Srila Prabhupadas Letter to Pradyumna
Letter to Pradyumna
Saturday, February 17, 1968
Los Angeles, Calif.
My Dear Pradyumna,
Please accept my blessings. I have received the transliteration of Brahma Samhita and also your letter of February 14, 1968. I am very much pleased with the nice job you have done.
Presently I am using one copy of the Gita Press version of Srimad-Bhagavatam in connection with my translating work, but in due course I may send it to you and you may transliterate the second and third cantos at that time. So if you can do this transliteration we have enough assignments. You may work together with Gaurasundara in this connection.
I am always praying to Krishna for your advancement in Krishna
Consciousness, all of you, sincere souls.
Hope you are all well.
Your ever well-wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
Open Letter to Hridayananda das Goswami Acaryadeva
by Urdhvaga das
Dear Hridayananda das Goswami Acaryadeva (the god amongst the
In your letter published on http://www.harekrsna.com/sun/editorials/04-09/editorials4340.htm you say: "never break a devotee", but why they kicked us all out the movement? Why we have been kicked out of our father's house?
Could it be of what you wrote in YOUR "Srimad Bhagavatam"?
You wrote in the Eleventh Canto of your bogus "Srimad Bhagavatam" that the two worst paedophile Iskcon gurus and child molesters [Bhavananda and Kirtanananda] are your examples of acaryas to worship as new "successor-gurus", thus perverting Iskcon and Srila Prabhupadas pure philosophy.
Srila Prabhupad appointed Pradyumna Prabhu to finish translating Cantos 10, 11 and 12 of Srimad Bhagavatam. But YOU Hridayananda das Goswami Acaryadeva (what an offensive title) have stolen this service from Pradyumna and helped to kick him out of Iskcon. Why did you break Pradyumna Prabhu and kicked him out?
Your unscrupulous usurpation of Pradyumna's sacred service marked only the start of your 33 year treachery GBC-teamwork trend of perverting Srila Prabhupada's books and kicking out devotees. You are the worst hypocrite amongst them all.
BY BY TARUN KRSNA DAS
EDITORIAL, Aug 13 (VNN) — Dear sannyasis, prabhus, matajis & didis,
Sorry. Koti dandavat pranams out to you all. We wanted to keep part one as short & to the point as possible, figuring it would only affect those who possessed the BBT's 11th Canto perplexed version. But we received some feedback, email & phone calls from those that did NOT own the perplexed 11th Canto edition yet still wanted to know more, asking us to please fill in the actual verse & some perplexed purport portions. Thus, this.
Side by side, in every installment we shall show what Srila Bhaktivedanta Svami, Srila Bhaktiraksaka Sridhar, Srila Bhaktipramoda Puri, Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayan, Srila Bhaktivallabha Tirtha & Srila Gaur Govinda Mhrjs as well as many other bonafide gurus spoke & wrote concerning this very same sloka & philosophical point, Plurality of Guru.
The verse & purport in question.
In Srimad-Bhagavatam (11.9.31) it is stated:
na hy ekasmad guror jnanam
su-sthiram syat su-puskalam
brahmaitad advitiyam vai
The BBT has translated this verse as follows:
Although the Absolute Truth is one without a second, the sages have described Him in different ways. Therefore, one may not be able to acquire very firm or complete knowledge from one spiritual master.
This verse is so important. It literally separates the men from the boys. Or in Sanskrt terms, the madhyamas from the kanisthas, id est, those who can see guru everywhere vs. those can only see guru in one form.
Gita Press translates this verse as follows:
Stable & comprehensive knowledge cannot be acquired from one preceptor.
This Brahma, without a second, has been variously sung by the Rsis.
su-sthiram = very steady, stable
su-puskalam = very complete, comprehensive
'Na hi' literally means never certainly. Its an emphatic negation double-blow combination found throughout Bhagavad-gita & all other Vedic texts. If the avadhuta brahmana, Dattatreya had wanted to soften his knockout punch, this being his last verse of this particular chapter, He would never have used this one-two knockout combination: na hi. Indeed these 2 have combined to become the well-known emphatically strong one word negation in Sanskrt's principle daughter language Hindi: nahi, meaning emphatic negation.
In Sri Guru & His Grace, Srila Sridhardev translates this sloka thus: "One certainly cannot get complete knowledge from only one guru." Precisely faithful to Sri Dattatreya's words.
To weaken Sri Dattatreya's emphasis by changing 'certainly never' to 'may not' which is even weaker than Gita Press's 'cannot' is asati, an unchaste signal or flag. Dear Houndpack, next time, if you 'cannot comprehend' the level of Srila Sridhardev, at least rise to the level of Gita Press.
Yet another thought: because Dattatreya is the combination of the 3 principle Deities of what is nowadays called Hinduism or Vedic Culture, this BBT houndpack's misinterpretation of His words clearly shows that their combined consciousness has not yet even entered into or reached the level of general Vedic Hinduism, so what to speak of their ability to write suddha-sattva Krsna conscious vaisnav purports!
Within this BBT houndpack perplex there are 5 paragraphs containing so many mistakes that we'll have to divide it into perplexed installments.
In addition, the first 3 paragraphs are comprised of quotes from the tikas or commentaries of 3 extremely important acharyas ALL OF WHOM HAD 3 OR MORE GURUS THEMSELVES.
The BBT houndpack's 1st paragraph claims the following:
Srila Sridhar Svami comments on this verse as follows. "The statement that one requires many spiritual masters certainly needs explanation, since practically all great saintly persons of the past did not take shelter of many spiritual masters, but rather accepted one. The words giyate bahudharsibhih, 'the Absolute Truth is glorified in many ways by the sages, ' indicate the personal & impersonal understandings of the Absolute Truth. In other words, some sages describe only the Lord's impersonal effulgence, which is without spiritual variety, whereas others describe the Lord's manifest form as the Personality of Godhead.
Thus, merely by hearing from many different authorities, one cannot actually learn the highest perfection of life. The proliferation of differing spiritual authorities is useful only to counteract the living entities' tendency to be grossly materialistic. Different spiritual philosophers create faith in the exitence of the soul & may be accepted at that level. But as will be clarified in later verses, the spiritual master who ultimately gives perfect knowledge is one."
At a glance there are at least 23 mistakes in this first of 5 paragraphs which the houndpack claims to be a faithful quote from Srila Sridhar Svami.
Both bahudha & rsibhih have been misinterpreted as meaning personalists & impersonalists. That is only 2. In Sanskrt there is a dual form to distinguish 2 from 3 or more. Bahudha indicates 3 or more. In addition, rsibhih is also carrying the 3 or more instrumental bahu-vacanam prefix. Sorry hounds! Again, no match.
This primary perplexed paragraph could also have us believe that because Srila Prabhupad repeated the 4 regulative principles & 'we're not this body' in almost every lecture he gave, that would make him a less significant guru, in their words: "a spiritual authority useful only to counteract our tendency to be grossly materialistic..., who creates faith in the existence of the soul..., who may be accepted at that level..." but not necessarily "the one who ultimately gives perfect knowledge."
If anything at all in this first paragraph were balanced or true, ANYTHING AT ALL, why would our beloved Srila Prabhupad have said the following:
In Feb 1936, at the newly established Bombay Gaudiya Math, on the appearance day, avirbhav of his gurudev, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur & in his presence, face to face, Abhay Charan das Aravinda (Srila Prabhupad) offered aloud his famous 'Universal Teacher' speech within which we find these 4th paragraph words:
"Gentlemen, the offering of such an homage as has been arranged this evening is not a sectarian concern, for when we speak of the fundamental principle of gurudev & acharyadev, we speak of something that is of universal application. There does not arise any question of discriminating my guru from yours or anyone else's. There's only one guru who appears in an infinity of forms to teach you, me & all others."
Just see. Prabhupad's conception of guru-tattva is so clear & pure.
Infinity as opposed to the houndpack's bahudha equaling 2.
Grammatically, mathematically & philosophically erroneous. A slight difference.
Kiba bahu-koti chandra jini vadana ujjvala... Bahu koti, not 2 million, but 3 million or more. But what's the use, this houndpack never shows up at sandhyaratrika anyway. Their too busy misinterpreting sastra.
Otherwise they'd know the meaning of bahu!!!
Please recall that this is the same Srila Sridhar Svami of the Visnu Svami Rudra-sampradaya over whose Srimad Bhagavatam commentary Sri Vallabhacarya & Sriman Mahaprabhu has a slight dispute causing the Latter, God Himself to declare: "I think anyone who rejects Svami is a prostitute."
The BBT houndpack must be misinterpreting Srila Sridhar Svami's purport, which we shall further prove in future installments, because their misconception of guru-tattva obviously differs from Prabhupad's, whose sannyas name just also happens to be Svami. So who is engaged in prostitution HERE?
Similarly, in Sri Guru & His Grace, chapter 11, entitled: The Land of Gurus, Srila Sridhardev explicates this very same sloka as follows:
"'One certainly cannot get complete knowledge from only one guru.' In the highest stage of devotion, we must see that guru is everywhere. In the land of Krsna, all are gurus; our transformation should be towards that. Everything in the spiritual world, the entire environment is our guru and we are servants. To enter into Vaikuntha or Goloka means that on all sides we must see guru & pay our respects. There is gradation of course, but all are guru."
"There are different classes of guru. All Vaisnavas are considered gurus. If the spiritual master gives even one letter to the disciple, what is contained there is infinite. The knowledge given by the spiritual master is infinite. To know & understand it fully, however different sources are necessary."
"In the highest position one can read devotion to Krsna from everywhere. If we can attain the proper vision, then everything will supply us inspiration toward the performance of our duties. Whenever Mahaprabhu saw a forest, he saw it as Vrndavan. Whenever He saw a river, he saw it as Yamuna. Whenever He saw a hill, He saw it as Govardhan. In that highest stage, wherever we cast our glance, it will remind us of/about our Lord. They will teach us, they will press us to engage ourselves in service to Krsna. That is the duty of guru.
Wherever we cast our glance, whatever we come in contact with will only excite us, 'Do your duty.' That is guru. Our guru is whoever helps give us impetus for the service of Krsna, whoever helps us to look toward the center. So, because every atom in Vaikuntha & Goloka will encourage us towards our duty, they are all our gurus. Gurus will be very amply supplied when we can raise ourselves to a higher level."
Srila Sridhardev goes on to say so many wonderful positive things about guru-tattva unlike our BBT perplexers. The difference is astounding, for those who are willing to be astounded. For the rest, remain kanistha as long as possible. Hold on. Hold out. Why advance?
ps Just as the acronym NASA used to mean National Aeronautics & Space Administration, but since 1986 has been changed to mean: N eed A nother S even A stronauts, similarly, since 1982, the meaning of BBT has been changed to: B aloney B ook T rust.
pps The BBT devotees have a chance to rectify themselves if they listen to at least SOME of Sripad Tripurari Svami's advice. And act accordingly. If.
ppps Sri Hrdayananda Mhrj is now offering help to Raghunath concerning the gurukula court case. Very nice. He also recently went to visit & speak with Srila Narayan Mhrj, who is one bonafide holder of the Bhaktivedanta title having received it even earlier from the same source Srila AC Bhaktivedanta Svami did: Srila Bhaktiprajnana Kesava Mhrj & Srila Bhaktiraksaka Sridhar Mhrj. If the BBT wants their 'Bhaktivedanta' title back, they know from whom to get it.
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Purport or Perplex? Part I
BY BY TARUN KRSNA DAS
EDITORIAL, Jul 23 (VNN) — Polarity in this sense means diametric opposition. Apart from the fact that Srila Prabhupad appointed Pradyumna Prabhu to finish translating Cantos 10, 11 and 12 of Srimad Bhagavatam with the help, when needed, of Srila Bhaktiraksaka Sridhardev Gosvami, others' unscrupulous usurpation of Pradyumna's sacred service marked only the start of their 20 year treachery teamwork trend.
We're not just name calling here. There's teeth in our bite, and I don't just mean dentures. Rabies-free, so don't worry. These are our godbrothers, family. But injustices have been done. We must react.
They've once again forced our hand.
Please allow your attention to zoom over to the spotless Purana, Srimad Bhagavatam canto 11, chapter 9, verse 31. If you have the BBT version, continue. Notice the spotless, the verse. Now notice the spot, what's written below.
What is written below under the heading of purport is an exact contradiction to the verse. I wonder why? Hmm.
Some have suggested that instead of a purport we rename this 11.9.31 commentary a PERPLEX. Seven letters, same amount of ink. The P, R and second P may remain as is, undisturbed. Only four letters need be replaced.
Others prefer it be retitled PIROUETTE. Half a pirouette that is, a half turn, leaving their backs to the crowd, us. PEJORATION was also mentioned.
Still others exclaim: "Why not just call it exactly what it is: an ASASTRIC SPIN!" Hound has many meanings: any dog, a particular dog breed, a mean, despicable person, an addict, a devotee. Take your pick. I chose the last. In any case, Howie and His Hounds have managed to perplex or spin the exact opposite of what the verse portends.
Spun how many degrees, you ask? 180 degrees qualifying it either as a semi-somersault, hemi-cartwheel or half ganor. Olympic judges would hardly be impressed by any of the above 3 stunts, so what to speak of vaisnavas who know!!!
These spinners may or may not be directly implicated in Prabhupad's poisoning; that remains to be seen. But they have certainly managed to poison their/our guru's books by writing perplexes instead of purports.
Those missing gray matter may purchase. Bonafide bhaktas and Berkeley buyers beware.
The Atithi brahmana is giving essential pre-CC advice here to get us ready for Adi-lila. Indeed, Adi 1.1 is the contra positive of Bhag 11.9.31.
What the atithi brahmana posits in a negation, Krsnadas Kaviraj negates by positing: vande gurun. Gurun is the plural form, indicating 3 or more. Adi implies Atithi. Not Atithi implies not Adi. In other words, 11.9.31 is a kind of visa or permission to enter into CC Adi 1.1. No visa, no entrance.
For clarity on plurality, 11.9.31 go to Srila Sridhar Mhrj's book, Sri Guru and His Grace and/or go to any genuine guru such as Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayan Mhrj or Srila Bhaktivallabha Tirtha Mhrj. For polarity and hilarity stick with the hound pack. They'll leave you howling.
ps Sripad Hrdayananda Mhrj, whom I respectfully herein refered to as Howie, recently visited and spoke with Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayan Mhrj during his tour in Los Angeles. Hopefully better interbranch and intermission relations shall come of it.
pps The reason why we chose to use the name Howie is 3-fold, exactly matching his 3 initiations by His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktivedanta Svami Prabhupad.
1) In 1979, he went along with removing Pradyumna Prabhu from his service of completing Srimad Bhagavatam, Prabhupad's direct order.
2) In March 1982, he went along with the GBC, which went against Srila Bhaktiraksaka Sridhar Mhrj, a move which automatically and immediately cut off all ISKCON sannyasis, including himself, from their sannyas mantra connection. Our ISKCON sannyas mantra comes originally from
Srila Sanatan Gosvami through
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur through
Srila Bhaktiraksaka Sridhardev Gosvami through
Srila Bhaktiprajnana Kesava Gosvami through
Srila Bhaktivedanta Svami Prabhupad down to us.
In addition, Srila Prabhupad said we should go to him for guidance on philosophy. Prabhupad himself accepted him as his own siksa-guru, saying "what to speak of the benefit you can get." This level of association Howie was demanding ISKCON devotees should avoid. Just see.
3) In March 1995, he again went along with the Kadamba-coaxed GBC, which went against Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayan Mhrj, speaking against him both in Mayapur and Vrndavan, giving his standard gangland speech, frightening the weak, amusing the strong.
He, Howie is one of my favorite godbrothers. I look up to him in many ways. He's very intelligent and very gifted. I admire the fact he went back to school and got his PhD in Sanskrt and is using it for academic preaching. Yet, if after receiving such a prestigious title, one remains shaky or outright erroneous in his conception of jiva-tattva, guru-tattva and nam-tattva and continues to advise himself and others to avoid sadhusanga..., some rectification need occur.
In Amerika, 3 strikes and your out. Hrdayananda's 3 strikes demote him back to his pre-initiation days and name, Howie, like the Buddhist guru in CC. Heads up! Watch out for flying thalis. He can bat again, though.
If he wants those 3 strikes removed, if he wants his sannyas name back, in my book he'll have to make amends with at least these 3 persons, namely: Sriman Pradyumna Prabhu, Srila Bhaktiraksaka Sridhardev and Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayan Mhrj. Humility is the key.
Hare Krsna. Good health and best wishes to you all.
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