Ambitious Neophytes Usurped Śrīla Prabhupāda’s ISKCON Society

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Kṛṣṇacandra Dāsa – Śrī Vṛndāvan Dham: When we look at the devotees who were the senior GBC at the time of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s entrance into Samādhi perhaps we think that they were very experienced and mature devotees, we never think of them as being young and inexperienced. Yet how old were they when Śrīla Prabhupāda left and how long had they been in the movement before they took over the management of the society that His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda established?

You have to think about this for a moment and imagine a devotee ‘now’ of no more than an average of 8 years in ISKCON with little or no experience of the ‘outside world’ what to speak of spiritual development who believes that they are sufficiently realized to be able to assume the position of not only a managing director of an international society with thousands of devotees but also the role and function of an initiating spiritual master and begin to take disciples.

It is also preposterous to think that His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda would have ‘bequeathed’ his glorious and vital ISKCON society to young ‘wet behind the ears’ ambitious disciples to do with as they deemed fit.

The truth is that Śrīla Prabhupāda didn’t. These neophytes who were anywhere from eleven years down to six years in the movement were declaring themselves Ācāryas and bona fide spiritual masters and gave themselves ‘pada’ honorifics and began a disciple acquisition program to see who could get the most amount of disciples and receive the most amount of worship. Every one of these original Zonal Ācāryas / Bona fide Spiritual Masters have since fallen down in disgrace.

Riding on the wave of inspiration from His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda these young bucks or lion cubs took all they could get from Śrīla Prabhupāda’s society, forcing out any who stood up to them in any way and rewrote history to ‘make believe’ that Śrīla Prabhupāda gave them ISKCON to operate as they thought fit.

Although relatively unspoken they based their ‘hostile take-over’ on the false premise that Śrīla Prabhupāda was dead and was now relegated to the annals of history as a ‘past’ Vaiṣṇava Ācārya and that they or anyone they appointed was now to be the rule maker and dictate how Kṛṣṇa consciousness should be preached and what should be emphasized and more importantly who should be accepted as the leaders of the society.

Thirty five years on, due to their inability to prove to anyone that they were able to maintain even a mediocre spiritual standard, they lowered the standard of what is to be considered spiritual advancement to ‘anyone’ whom the institution ‘appointed’ into positions of authority and leadership regardless of whether or not they were following all the regulated principles of religious life.

This is the result of allowing neophytes and rascals to take the lead of our Vaiṣṇava society.

The GBC was clearly comprised of young inexperienced ambitious and ill intentioned individuals who betrayed His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda’s trust and took over ISKCON in a hostile manner. To this day their legacy of deceit and corruption stands as the hallmark of their tenure as so called leaders of our glorious Vaiṣṇava society.

A society that now stands for low spiritual standard, corrupted ambition and a complete turnaround from the original rural based intention that Śrīla Prabhupāda had for establishing his International Society for Kṛṣṇa consciousness which engages sincere souls in the attainment of pure devotional service.

Now should one follow the new devolved standard of Kṛṣṇa consciousness that is promoted by these errant rascal GBC and Rubber Stamped Gurus, one can only hope to achieve hell as ones destination for supporting those whose aim is to offend the pure devotee and maha bhagavata, His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda.

The truth has to be known no matter how unpalatable it may be to hear, for ISKCON has been under the spell of māyā and kali for 35 years and the only way to rid ourselves of the GBC’s indifferent and offensive rule is to go public with any knowledge we may have to help educate the general devotee on the real history of our society.

These people have to be rebuked and charged with criminal offenses should they be found to be committing crimes.

To remain quiet and not report their crimes and fraudulent behavior is to aid in the attempted destruction of our glorious Vaiṣṇava society, the heart and soul of His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda and the only salvation for mankind in this age of Kali…

Be blessed by Kṛṣṇa. Just as you have already understood the benefits of this Kṛṣṇa Consciousness Movement, try to realize and assimilate it more and more and distribute it to the suffering humanity. Our movement is the greatest gift to the human race. They may not immediately appreciate it, but time will come and history will give evidence that this movement saved the human society from being fallen into barbarianism.

[Letter to: Jayasri 13 November, 1969]