Some sources of sahajiya influence in ISKCON

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Puranjana Dasa – San Francisco:   It’s important to understand how ISKCON is being infiltrated and influenced by bogus siddhantas, and here are some of the sources of these deviated siddhantas.

Taken from GOSAI.COM

GC: The trail (of the idea there is no Kaliki Avatar) leads back to two infamous Gaudiya Matha personalities, Ananta Vasudeva and Sundarananda Vidyavinoda. Both these personalities were defectors from Gaudiya Matha in 1947 (approximately ten years after the departure of Sarasvati Thakura). After leaving Gaudiya Matha, Ananta Vasudeva went to Vrndavana where he sought out siddha-pranali diksa and Sundarananda Vidyavinoda returned to his family guru in Navadvipa.

Kanupriya Gosvami was formerly the family guru of Sundarananda Vidyavinoda with whom he reconnected. Sundarananda also introduced Fakir Mohan, a third Gaudiya Matha defector, to Kanupriya Gosvami from whom Fakir Mohan took diksa. Fakir Mohan had been a disciple of Ananta Vasudeva as well as a junior editor for Ananta Vasudeva under Sundarananda.

Is this the same Fakir Mohan (advertised as a disciple of Ananta Vasudeva) who has been invited to ISKCON temples? http://youtu.be/_WIEDf9mj9M Seems like — he is!

GC: Bhaktivedanta Swami Parbhupada has written the following condemnation of the infamous Vasudeva:
“One of your closest disciples, the jackal Vasudeva [srgala-vasudeva], has rejected your instructions [tomara upadesa tyaji]. His regrettable preference for infectious poison has resulted in an epidemic of worshipping and serving sahajiyas [sahajiya-seva]. Where are your instructions still being followed? As it is said: ‘punar musika bhava’ – everyone has ‘again become a mouse’ [‘punara-musika’ sab haila apani]. Today the lion’s food has been stolen by the jackal and everyone is reduced to tears as they are caught in Maya’s clutches.” (Viraha-astakam, ch 5)

That Kanupriya Gosvami may be at the root of numerous Sahajiya concepts that have crept there way into contemporary Vaisnavism is confirmed from the following statement of an ISKCON acaryain 1994.

[ … However … ] There is still plenty of nama-aparadha to be found and misconceptions have now become mainstream conceptions among many western Vaisnavas and particularly in ISKCON. Another ISKCON member further confirms the influence of Kanupriya Gosvami upon ISKCON with the following statement:

“From what I have heard from tapes and from the mouths of Fakir Mohan Prabhu and our Guru Maharaja, they did not meet so many times. Prabhu [Fakir Mohan] would sometimes bring books of his diksa-guru’s writings (Srila Kanupriya Gosvami) for our Guru Maharaja. Maharaja was very appreciative and they spoke a number of times about the prema-yugaand about the esoteric significance of Jagannath Puri Dham. Our Guru Maharaja requested him to be in charge of a vaishnava college that he wanted to start in Orissa. [Bhubaneshwar, India 2005]

Note: Fakir Mohan continues to the present day to act in the capacity of giving siksa to the residents of ISKCON, Bhubaneshwar

And Gaura Govinda maharaja was associated with some of these deviants.

GC: But the ISKCON section of Vaisnavas are not alone, as certain Indian born, second generation disciples of Bhaktisiddhanta [posing as Gaudiya Matha] are also championing the misconceptions of Kanupriya Gosvami by preaching that there will be no Kalki-avatara in this Kali-yuga.

Narayana Maharaja has been preaching that there is no Kalki avatar.

One such “acarya” (Narayana Maharaja) is quoted as saying: Srila Maharaja mentioned a few times that in this age of kali, Kalki-avatara doesn’t come… Not in this Kali-yuga. He won’t come. But if he comes; no harm. He will be raising his arms and chanting, “Haribol, Haribol” in Mahaprabhu’s sankirtana movement.
The argument is that Kalki-avatara is a lila-avatara and that there are no lila-avataras in Kali-yuga. To support this premise Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada’s purport to Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya-lila 6.99 is quoted. There Kalki-avatara is mentioned as the last of the twenty-five lila-avataras. The rationale has become — Kalki-avatara equals lila-avatara, equals no Kalki-avatara in this Kali-yuga! However, this simple reading of the purport and convenient conclusion is certainly something that only a thirty-two ounce brain (or less) could come up with.

What is missed in the reading is that Buddha, who also appeared in Kali-yuga is mentioned as alila-avatara (as were Parasurama, Narada, Prthu, the Four Kumaras and Vyasa in other yugas) yet the deeper study of Bhagavatam and Vaisnava literature in general confirms that Buddha as well as Kalki-avatara and the others mentioned here are actually avesa-avatars. In this regard we have already quoted Rupa Gosvami above.

Our conclusion is supported by previous acaryas, such as Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and our siksa-guru Srila B.R. Sridhara Deva Gosvami, that Kalki-avatara will appear at the end of this Kali-yuga — if one doesn’t want to be here when that happens then one should give up all connection with Kanupriya Gosvami and those influenced by his misconceptions.

OK good, except Sridhara Maharaja has also said that acharyas go mad after money, women and followers, which is a deviation. In any case, why has ISKCON allowed Gaura Govinda Maharaja to be their acharya, knowing he is associated with these deviants? Why has ISKCON allowed Narayana Maharaja to be their siksha guru knowing he is associated with these deviants? Why has ISKCON allowed Sridhara Maharaja to be their shiksha guru knowing he supports the idea that acharyas are deviants, and he is the founder father of making Ananta Vasudeva the acharya in the first place? ys pd


 

Siksha on the Sly

BY: KRISHNA DEVI DASI

I would like to address the “Stay within ISKCON” instruction given by Gour Govinda Swami. Almost immediately after the disappearance of Gour Govinda Swami, there was a political upheaval in ISKCON Bhubaneswar, with the Oriyan disciples pushing the Western disciples out and assuming responsibility for all areas of temple management.

Madhavananda and Bhaktarupa prabhus took guidance from Dr. Fakir Mohan Das, a Vaishnava friend of Gour Govinda Swami. Eventually, this relationship became more formal, with the little group of Western Gour Govinda disciples in Bhubaneswar hearing Bhagavatam class daily and taking siksha from Fakir Mohan Das, formerly of the Gaudiya Mission.

Something happened a few years ago, and they stopped publicly supporting Fakir Mohan prabhu. By then however, Fakir Mohan prabhu had been introduced to many ISKCON leaders and devotees.

I see that Fakir Mohan Das has lectured in ISKCON temples, including Amsterdam. You can read more about Fakir Mohan Das from Bhaktarupa prabhu here. There are also several YouTube videos of Fakir Mohan Das. My point being that even some of Gour Govinda Swami’s followers go outside ISKCON, despite their external allegiance to the ISKCON GBC. If ISKCON devotees bring outside influences into the institution, then what does “Stay with ISKCON” mean?

It was known amongst the intimate disciples of Gour Govinda Swami that he himself took siksha from Oriyan babajis and saints. Otherwise, where did he get the things he preaches? Not from our Srila Prabhupada! And why do Gour Govinda and Narayana Maharaja’s teachings so closely resemble each other? Again, it’s the babaji connection. Narayana Maharaja likes to say that Gour Govinda Swami secretly took siksha from himself, but there is no proof or witnesses to such events.

Gour Govinda Swami preached “stay within ISKCON”, but what does that really mean? It appears that the idea is to publicly affiliate yourself with your spiritual master’s math, but privately take siksha from wherever it comes, even outside your institution.

Bhakti Prajnan Kesava Maharaja, Narayana Maharaja’s guru and our Srila Prabhupada’s sannyasa guru, was very strict about discussing rasa tattva or permitting disciples to read raganuga literatures. So where does Narayana Maharaja get such knowledge?

From outside the institution of his spiritual master. At an earlier point in Narayana Maharaja’s life, he left the math of Bhakti Prajnan Kesava Maharaja and went to Radha Kunda to take shelter of the babas there. He talked privately about this with his early ISKCON followers like Tamal Krishna Goswami, Giriraj Swami, Sivarama Swami, etc.

Although Narayana Maharaja may disagree with the babajis publicly, privately he took their siksha for rasa tattva and raganuga sadhana. In fact, some of Narayana Maharaja’s writings are directly plagiarized from the commentaries of Sri Ananda Gopal Gosvami and Sri Ananta Dasa Babaji, renowned Radha Kunda babajis.

There continues to be crossover between Narayana Maharaja’s devotees and the siddha pranali lines, with Premananda das (BV Tirtha Maharaja now) giving siddha pranali diksha or directing devotees to raganuga gurus in the babaji line for siddha pranali diksha. It is an open secret that a few advanced Indian disciples in Narayana Maharaja’s camp are getting siddha pranali.

Narayana Maharaja, on the other hand, preaches that if he is not permitted to preach and canvass in ISKCON temples, then ISKCON devotees should leave their gurus and come to his camp. To solve the dilemma of “stay within ISKCON”, he states that he himself “is ISKCON” and the “real successor” of our Srila Prabhupada.

To address our Western attachment to “honesty”, Narayana Maharaja’s camp preaches: “Krsna is very tricky. Therefore, raganuga devotees are also very tricky.” Or, “If you have greed for raganuga bhakti, you will do whatever necessary to obtain your goal, prema-bhakti.” So it’s considered a sign of advancement that a devotee will be a powerful devotee in his math, but slip away for siksha from a babaji or saint on the sly.

The point being: “Stay within ISKCON” or “Stay within your guru maharaja’s math” is a public stance meant to preserve a connection for a variety of reasons. The downside of this is that Srila Prabhupada’s teachings in ISKCON are being weakened by the introduction of outside elements from caste Goswami or babaji lines.