Kṛṣṇacandra Dāsa – Vṛndāvan: The false doctrine of the Rubberstamped Guru / Ācārya and the Rubberstamped ṛtvik Guru has no śāstric support or mandate by Śrīla Prabhupāda to show that they are bona fide systems of initiation. The Rubberstamped guru system was a fabrication of the eleven GBC men who Śrīla Prabhupāda trusted his movement to manage, who went on to betray him. The GBC, to this day, are promoting, enforcing and applying this very same heretical system to appoint initiating gurus who take disciples for their own instead of using the system that Śrīla Prabhupāda mandated in the July 9th document.
The ṛtvik ‘guru’ system is a fallacious response to this heretical system which has gained popularity as it seemingly offers a system that could take the place of the heretical Rubberstamped system of the errant GBC, however, it lacks any mandate from Śrīla Prabhupāda or basis in śāstra.
The failure of these systems to comply with the teaching and mandates of Śrīla Prabhupāda can leave one bewildered as to what system Śrīla Prabhupāda wanted for his Society?
Self Manifested Dīkṣā Guru
One position is that a śuddha bhakta disciple of Śrīla Prabhupāda or perhaps another nitya siddha will manifest, and begin to initiate new devotees and that up until that time all prospective devotees need to take śikṣā association of Śrīla Prabhupāda and his more advanced disciples.
Kaniṣṭha or Madhyama Dīkṣā Guru
The other argument is the one currently being employed by the GBC where a kaniṣṭha [who may or may not be able to follow all 4 regulative principles] or madhyama adhikāri disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda would be able, according to their inclination to be a dīkṣā guru, or by the desire of a prospective disciple, begin to take disciples after being approved by the GBC. That this would be a personal choice of both guru and/or disciple, however, by its very nature will mean that the disciple has not been properly trained to discriminate between a neophyte aspiring Vaiṣṇava and a nitya siddha Vaiṣṇava.
Any new devotee coming to ISKCON should be given instruction to take shelter of Śrīla Prabhupāda as the sole dīkṣā guru and in doing so would receive divya jñāna from him directly as was the case before the 11 GBC / ṛtvik representatives supplanted Śrīla Prabhupāda as the sole dīkṣā guru and spiritual and managerial authority of ISKCON and appointed themselves in his place.
What those original ṛtvik representatives did was to effectively sever the link between Śrīla Prabhupāda and his role in ISKCON and appoint themselves in both spiritual (as initiating spiritual masters) and managerial positions, as GBC members.
With Śrīla Prabhupāda effectively out of the way they set about inculcating their heretical and offensive authority into the inner core functioning of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s ISKCON.
By doing so they completely ignored that legal fact that Śrīla Prabhupāda established himself as the “supreme power” of his ISKCON Society as delineated below. The errant GBC purposefully changed the meaning of “Ultimate Managerial Authority” from one of managing Śrīla Prabhupāda’s ISKCON to one where they now call the shots on both managerial and spiritual matters and they claim that this now gives them “carte blanche” authority to change whatever they deem fit with Śrīla Prabhupāda’s Society and have, to all extents and purposes, made Śrīla Prabhupāda redundant.
He shall be the supreme power with respect to all matters of the Society, and that status shall not be occupied by or shared with any other individual, either during his lifetime, OR AFTER HIS DEATH.” (Certificate of Incorporation: Jan 12 1976)
The GBC and Rubberstamped Gurus have been trying their level best to supplant and change Śrīla Prabhupāda’s authority ever since he entered into Samādhi. Now Śrīla Prabhupāda is only to be considered as a preeminent śikṣā guru and the Rubberstamped gurus are now the dīkṣā gurus even though their actual spiritual status is unqualifiable by Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava standards and only by the standard that the errant GBC have established.
This is the real history of Post Samādhi ISKCON.
The GBC’s standard that; an aspiring Vaiṣṇava – is the new standard to qualify as a dīkṣā guru, or initiating spiritual master – ultimately negates Śrīla Prabhupāda’s teachings on accepting a bona fide spiritual master and that a Vaiṣṇava of the highest order is necessary in order to advance in one’s Kṛṣṇa consciousness.
They have intentionally lowered the standard to allow for the fact that their own level of realization rests on memory recall and their devotional ‘career’ and not on actual spiritual realization and surrender to Śrī Guru. The litmus test on their level of realizations is the extraordinary high rate of poor saddhana and falldown of their voted in members.
However, this proposition that a kaniṣṭha or madhyama adhikārī aspiring Vaiṣṇava may perform the role of dīkṣā guru or initiating spiritual master is easily understood to be defunct by the undeniable fact that during Śrīla Prabhupāda’s manifest līlā he had many thousands of loyal and dedicated disciples who loved him dearly and engaged in the Saṅkīrtana yajña with full gusto and dedication, however, Śrīla Prabhupāda did not name any one of them, whether they be kaniṣṭha, madhyama or uttama, to perform this role after he entered into Samādhi nor did he mandate a process in which one could do so after his physical departure. To think that we can change such a vital aspect of the role and function of a dīkṣā guru or initiating spiritual master simply because we want to be a guru is possibly the most heinous form of Vaiṣṇava aparādha or Guru aparādha one can commit.
Śrīla Prabhupāda – The Senior Most Vaiṣṇava
The other position is that Śrīla Prabhupāda as the Ācārya established a system that has been delineated in the July 9th Document to be used in his absence. That Śrīla Prabhupāda is the initiating guru and senior most Vaiṣṇava and that his representatives act under the mandate given in the July 9th document to maintain (manage) the initiation process as it was done in Śrīla Prabhupāda’s absence in his manifest līlā.
It is beyond doubt that disciples of his, both now and in the future, will become pure and the possibility that Kṛṣṇa will send another nitya siddha to help us, is a distinct and real possibility. However, the idea that the Lord will send another Ācārya like Śrīla Prabhupāda is like receiving a post dated cheque with regards to the initiation process.
The Ācārya Knows What Is To Be Done
Whether or not Śrīla Prabhupāda’s disciples become śuddha bhaktas or whether we accept the ‘post dated cheque/ theory of Kṛṣṇa sending another Ācārya close on the heels of Śrīla Prabhupāda, the fact remains that it is more than likely they would also do the same thing as Śrīla Prabhupāda and leave an initiation system for the future, otherwise their mission would never be complete.
A complete mission would be to establish a perpetual initiation system for the fallen conditioned souls of the Kali-yuga otherwise the pandemonium that occurred after Śrīla Prabhupāda passed would occur again and again. History would repeat itself in a never ending misery of envious jīva baddhas full of kāma and lobha, lusting and coveting Śrīla Prabhupāda’s divine position as the sole dīkṣā guru of ISKCON.
As an Ācārya, Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Saraswati Mahārāja, Śrīla Prabhupāda’s dīkṣā guru, did not leave a system nor did he appoint any one of his disciples, no matter what adhikārī they were, as initiating gurus or Ācāryas and his disciples did the same thing as the original eleven have done in ISKCON. Also as an Ācārya and śuddha bhakta, Śrīla Prabhupāda never named a successor nor did he make an announcement giving his ISKCON society a post dated cheque that we must wait until a śuddha bhakta is revealed before the initiation process can begin again.
In other words he did not leave his life and soul’s mission hanging… He would never have allowed history, a history that he was very much aware of and a part of, to repeat itself.
If Śrīla Prabhupāda wanted devotees to wait until another pure devotee manifested or for one of his direct disciples to become pure or he wanted that any of his kaniṣṭha and madhyama adhikārī disciples could begin to initiate in his absence, then he would have pounded this process into his lectures, his official documents and his books; like Śrīla Prabhupāda did with every single vital aspect of his teachings, but he never did.
The July 9th Document is the final official order with regards to the initiation process and if it had been allowed to be in place since his departure, as with the Direction of Management, the ISKCON that we are serving would be an entirely different Society than the dysfunctional liberal / capitalistic corporate society that we have today.
Śrīla Prabhupāda Is Everything We Need
The living guru / rubberstamped guru / ṛtvik guru – heretical ideologies have ruined our society and destroyed devotees’ devotional lives for well over three decades. We must cast them off from our consciousness like an anartha and learn to take full unalloyed shelter of His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Śrīla Prabhupāda and no other.
Following is a very nice example in a video from The Āchārya Series – Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 1.14.44 (Disk 19), in which we can see for ourselves as Śrīla Prabhupāda shows how he will live on in the mediums that he has left for us.
Śrīmad Bhāgavatam Class Canto 1 Chapter 14 Text 44 New York
Without Kṛṣṇa there is no other existence. That the devotee can see. Therefore, whenever he see stone even, he sees Kṛṣṇa. Here the atheist will say that you are worshipping stone. But they are not worshipping stone, they’re worshipping Kṛṣṇa. Because they know that there is no, nothing else except Kṛṣṇa.
Premāñjana-cchurita-bhakti-vilocanena. That state we have to arrive. How you can say stone is not Kṛṣṇa? Kṛṣṇa says you have to understand Kṛṣṇa as Kṛṣṇa says. But Kṛṣṇa says in the Bhagavad Gītā, “bhūmir āpo nalo vayuj kham mano buddhir eva ca bhinnā prakṛtir aṣṭadhā” They are Mine. Just like I am speaking and it is being recorded, and we’ll replay it, the same sound will come and you’ll know that here is our spiritual master. But I’m not there, the sound is now different from me. Bhinnā means separated. But the, as soon as the record is played, everyone will know here is Bhaktivendanta Swami. If you know, so that requires education… [break] That Kṛṣṇa. So ye yathā mām the more you engage yourself in Kṛṣṇa’s service, the more you can realize Kṛṣṇa.
This is a very important point that Śrīla Prabhupāda is making.
“and we’ll replay it, the same sound will come and you’ll know that here is our spiritual master”
Śrīla Prabhupāda then goes on to explain.
“But then as soon as the record is played, everyone will know here is Bhaktivedanta Swami.”
The Devotee Bhāgavata Does Not Die
This is not very difficult to understand. The Books that he tirelessly wrote in which he gave himself to us in the form of the word; the tapes that we have so we can listen to him speak to us; the videos and pictures of him that we have to see him and hear his voice in order for us to learn from him – all of them directly represent him. In this way they are non-different from him.
The only occasion that they differ is when we cast our mundane understanding on His Divine Grace and believe that His Divine Grace is dead and gone so he cannot impart divya jñāna… That Śrīla Prabhupāda cannot impart divya jñāna through his purports or his spoken or written word? That Śrīla Prabhupāda’s books, lectures and tapes were only empowered when he was alive? Does this go up to point when His Divine Grace was manifest, regarding his geographic positional appearances, say, when he left in a car or was across the other side of the country or world? Or even when he left the room…?
This idea can even stretch to the idea that perhaps even Kṛṣṇa Himself cannot impart divya jñāna in His form as the Book Bhāgavata and that He only functions to impart divya jñāna if His message is delivered by a living nitya siddha guru. That would make private reading or discussion groups on Kṛṣṇa kathā, without the presence of a śuddha bhakta, more or less futile.
Śrīla Prabhupāda, as the nitya siddha devotee, established ISKCON in order for the fallen conditioned souls to return back to Godhead. He has left himself as Devotee Bhāgavata in the form of his books, tapes, videos, lectures, conversations and his mūrti. Kṛṣṇa has left Himself in the form of His Mūrtis and as the Book Bhāgavata. Combined they represent divya jñāna. Śrīla Prabhupāda as the external manifestation of caitya guru represents divya jñāna to deliver us.
“So there is nothing to be said new. Whatever I have to speak, I have spoken in my books. Now you try to understand it and continue your endeavour. Whether I am present or not present it doesn’t matter.” (Śrīla Prabhupāda, arrival conversation, May 17th, 1977, Vṛndāvan)
Śrīla Prabhupāda’s books contain both the Lord as the Book Bhāgavata and Śrīla Prabhupāda himself as the devotee Bhāgavata and in these pages one can find divya jñānam or transcendental/divine knowledge which is all that we require in order to attain vijñānam, or realized knowledge, by practicing the instructions given therein.
“The devotee Bhāgavata is a direct representative of Bhagavān, the Personality of Godhead. So by pleasing the devotee Bhāgavata one can receive the benefit of the Book Bhāgavata.” [Śrīmad Bhāgavatam Canto 1: Chapter Two, Text 18]
The incongruous idea that Śrīla Prabhupāda is dead and so there is no way in which anyone can obtain divya jñānam from him is explained below:
Devotee: Śrīla Prabhupāda when you’re not present with us, how is it possible to receive instructions? For example in questions that may arise…
Śrīla Prabhupāda: Well the questions are answ…answers are there in my books.
(Śrīla Prabhupāda, morning walk, Los Angeles, 13/5/73)
Śrīla Prabhupāda gives us everything we require in order to carry on without his physical presence. We have no need of seeking out a living dīkṣā guru to impart divya jñānam, as below Śrīla Prabhupāda explains that all our questions will be answered if we make a careful study of his books.
“So utilize whatever time you find to make a thorough study of my books. Then all your questions will be answered.” (Śrīla Prabhupāda, letter to Upendra, 7/1/76)
The Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava Continues By Śikṣā
We on the other hand can, if we are desirous, represent the Lord and our spiritual master Śrīla Prabhupāda in the role of a śikṣā guru. When we do, the dīkṣā guru and the śikṣā guru are considered to be one in the way of delivering divya jñāna to other fallen conditioned souls. The perfection of one’s life is to please the spiritual master and in that way please Lord Kṛṣṇa. It is only after pleasing the Lord that He will reveal Himself to us in due course of time.
We please the Lord by pleasing His ambassador, His nitya siddha devotee, Śrīla Prabhupāda; who was sent by the Lord Himself for the specific purpose of providing us with not only divya jñāna but to teach us how to understand such high subject matter and to establish a fool proof system and society (House) in order to enable us to render devotional service to the Lord by adhering to the instructions and mandates that he has provided for us to follow. That is if, we in fact believe this…
Was Śrīla Prabhupāda A Nitya Baddha Devotee
Do we in fact believe that Śrīla Prabhupāda was sent by Kṛṣṇa Himself or was he, like us, simply a nitya baddha jīva, who, by performing rāgānugā saddhana bhakti and study of the śāstra, became either a madhyama or uttama adhikārī devotee who – appointed himself as a dīkṣā guru and began to take disciples and went on to establish a worldwide organization that he called ISKCON.
Now that he is dead and gone, we have open slather to take his place as initiating spiritual masters, dīkṣā gurus, and establish our own independent programs to promote ourselves as bona fide spiritual masters, begin taking our own disciples and promoting our own books, programs and projects independent of mother ISKCON.
All this; while ISKCON as an institution rots in spiritual / financial bankruptcy and corporate bureaucratic decay while the independent Guru Franchises expand exponentially like an unchecked viral infection dividing up Śrīla Prabhupāda’s international Vaiṣṇava Society.
However if we do in fact believe that Śrīla Prabhupāda is a shaktiavesa avatar who was sent by Kṛṣṇa to continue the paramparā then who are we to challenged his authority or to interpret his instructions or change his teachings and books? Who are we to imitate his role and function and put ourselves in his stead and begin to take disciples in his presence?
Who are we to keep the disciples and the money; the resources; and properties gained via the use of his good name, everything he has taught us and his beloved ISKCON society, to increase our personal wealth fame and worship?
The idea that has been acculturated into our movement is the idea that we need to act like Śrīla Prabhupāda and make disciples of our own in order to be seen as advanced Vaiṣṇavas and Kṛṣṇa conscious and in doing so we miss the point of our own salvation. Śrīla Prabhupāda is more than capable of making disciples and imparting divya jñāna.
The Rubberstamped Guru’s Delusions Of Grandeur
The most ironic belief, that lies purposefully unchecked by the so called Rubberstamped Gurus, is held by their disciples who believe that their gurus are also nitya siddha devotees sent by Lord Kṛṣṇa to aid Śrīla Prabhupāda in his mission. The discreet imagining of their neophyte disciples is not only left unchecked, it is many times promoted by their imitating dīkṣā guru, who liberally uses various posturing, expressive facial contortions and declarations of visions and dreams depicting their actualized visions of Kṛṣṇa līlā serves to encourage this neophyte mentality.
Terminology Misunderstandings And Misdirection
The problem is a misunderstanding of terms. Spiritual Master, Ācārya, dīkṣā guru, śikṣā guru are terms that are largely misunderstood within our movement. A father is a spiritual master but that does not mean that the father can impart divya jñāna if he has only jñāna. Should he be able to recall śāstra in the form of Bhāgavata Dharma he is considered a śikṣā guru.
The Spiritual Master
The spiritual master is a term to describe one who imparts knowledge, jñāna up to the point of and including divya jñāna. A śikṣā guru may or may not have realized spiritual knowledge or is in the state of bhava or prema but is able to impart divya jñāna after taking shelter and serving a pure devotee of the Lord or in other words a dīkṣā guru, and in so doing teaches others to become Kṛṣṇa conscious by following the orders of the dīkṣā guru spiritual master.
The Ācārya is one who teaches by example, according to his level of consciousness. In the highest sense this is an empowered nitya siddha who has descended in the paramparā in order to teach, by his example, the path back to Godhead, Bhāgavata dharma in the role of dīkṣā guru. They are a śuddha bhakta who has divine or transcendental knowledge and imparts it to seekers of the absolute truth because he has himself seen the absolute truth.
The Liberated Devotee
There are nitya siddha devotees on earth who do not impart this knowledge and/or take disciples and who are in the process of liberating themselves and may be on the platform of bhava or prema, however, they are only desirous of the obtainment of liberation from material bondage in order to be with Kṛṣṇa, while others are given the role of an Ācārya by the Lord and who engages in the preaching mission of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu, the Saṅkīrtana Movement; who for us is His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Śrīla Prabhupāda.
Śrīla Prabhupāda Mission Continued By Śikṣā Gurus
There is another consideration when attempting to understand the paramparā system. Śrīla Prabhupāda is the most recent Ācārya to be manifest on earth in the kali-yuga history of mankind. His role has only just begun and will take time to be properly and fully understood and manifest to us. The paramparā system is continued by the śikṣā process and does not require a living dīkṣā guru at all times in order to continue the process of paramparā. Our Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava system is propagated by the śikṣā process and not necessarily by the process of dīkṣā.
This is made obvious by the fact that Śrīla Prabhupāda left his books and tapes etc to be able to assist in the process of the obtainment of divya jñāna, along with his many sincere disciples who, acting as śikṣā guru, distribute his teachings in the form of his books and follow his instructions and assist in creating an environment both practical and spiritual that is conducive to the performance of rāgānugā saddhana bhakti.
Why Do We Desire The Responsibility of Disciples
The other mentality, that we need to have disciples no matter what level of Kṛṣṇa consciousness we may be at, also needs to be rejected as the śuddha bhakta His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Śrīla Prabhupāda is present. There is the idea in our society that if someone wants to be guru then why stop them? Or let the prospective disciple decide if they want to take spiritual initiation from someone of their choice therefore if people are requesting to be made a disciple of a particular person then no one should interfere with this process.
This is a rather simplistic understanding. This is not a mundane career or pseudo religious process we are involved in, this is a process that is coming from the Supreme Lord Himself and not something that can be negotiated. Śrīla Prabhupāda has given us the way back to Godhead and all we “need” to do is do just that. Treat this material world as a toilet, do our business and get out.
If The Śuddha Bhakta Is Present Why Settle For Second Best
The dīkṣā guru gives the highest understanding of Kṛṣṇa consciousness, Bhāgavata Dharma, and all the Ācāryas agree that one must seek a guru who is on the highest standing. Yet if necessary one may take a guru of a lower spiritual realization however if the spiritual master is not in the state of bhava or prema then the disciple cannot proceed further than the level of consciousness of the spiritual master.
Śrīla Prabhupāda is present and so he is offering himself as that personality who is on the highest platform to take shelter of. There is no possibility of a higher personality or a more connected nitya siddha – the sincere śikṣā guru / spiritual master need only assist others to take shelter of Śrīla Prabhupāda and help each other to understand his teachings and instructions found in his books.
There is no need to pose as a dīkṣā guru and repeat what Śrīla Prabhupāda has given or has accomplished in establishing his ISKCON Society and begin to make one’s own disciples. The system that Śrīla Prabhupāda has left behind in the July 9th Document more than amply provides for a perfect system to officialise the initiation process.
It must be understood that if Śrīla Prabhupāda had wanted that the role of an initiating spiritual master can be occupied by devotees of lesser standing, such as kaniṣṭha or madhyama adhikārī; he would have nominated one of his more advanced disciples to act as his successor or in the role of dīkṣā guru. BUT HE DIDN’T. We simply have to accept this and move on. We cannot try and manipulate our way around this undeniable fact and historic event.
The one who gives divya jñāna and takes disciples must be a śuddha bhakta of the Lord. He must have what he is giving. To negotiate this process down to a ‘pointing the way’ to the śuddha bhakta or to instruct a person on how to engage in the devotional process by referring to, or repeating the words of, the Book Bhāgavata or the Devotee Bhāgavata, is the activity of a śikṣā guru, not an initiating spiritual master / dīkṣā guru.
The Lord Is Pleased When We Please The Ācārya
The only way to please the Lord is to follow the instructions of the nitya siddha Ācārya who has come in the disciplic succession, there is no other way. Even if one is an erudite scholar possessing full remembrance of the śāstric injunctions, if they do not please the Ācārya then they will never be able to please the Lord.
The simple rule of thumb is to please the devotees by pleasing Śrīla Prabhupāda by understanding his teachings and following his instructions and engaging one’s life in doing the duties that Śrīla Prabhupāda has prescribed and if we are very fortunate and sincere then by His own sweet will, the Lord will reveal Himself to us.
The uttama adhikārī, who has had darśana of the Lord, is only interested in the further obtainment of Kṛṣṇa prema, however, if due to the will of the Lord, he is needed to preach, then he comes down to the madhyama platform in order to preach, otherwise he is steeped in Kṛṣṇa prema and cares little for anything else.
Śrīla Prabhupāda’s mission is to give the fallen conditioned souls, baddha jīvas of the Kali yuga, the opportunity to go back to Godhead. So we need to listen to that message, we need to follow the instructions and duties that he has given us and do our business here and get back to Kṛṣṇa.
To Take Disciples When One Is Unqualified Is Cheating
The fact that the rubberstamped heretical gurus of ISKCON are operating their own independent Guru Franchise businesses within the framework of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s ISKCON Society is the most traitorous form of Guru aparādha and must be stopped immediately.
There is nothing stopping a person or aspiring Vaiṣṇava, or a Vaiṣṇava in fact, from establishing their own independent movement and initiating their own disciples and attempting to create a ‘better’ or different Society. But in the wake of Śrīla Prabhupāda surely this idea is folly?
The Lord has sanctioned Śrīla Prabhupāda’s ISKCON and not the FISKCON of the GBC, Rubberstamped Guru Franchise Businesses or the ṛtvik Gurus and why would one think that the Lord would sanction another separate endeavour as an affiliate of ISKCON?
The only feasible and honourable solution would be to cleanse the ISKCON that has been established by His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Śrīla Prabhupāda by eradicating the bogus and heretical ideologies that have been acculturated into our Vaiṣṇava Society by greedy, ambitious and ignorant devotees who have only served to serve themselves by paying lips service to and by using the pure devotee and dīkṣā guru of ISKCON His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Śrīla Prabhupāda as a launch pad for their independent business endeavours.
To not follow the orders of the Spiritual Master / Ācārya / dīkṣā guru is nothing less than Vaiṣṇava aparādha.
We have to choose – do we engage in aparādha by following and/supporting the various heretical sects that have been acculturated into our Vaiṣṇava society or do we follow Śrīla Prabhupāda. It is as simple as that. There is no room for compromise, negotiation or dispute resolution in our ISKCON society against Śrīla Prabhupāda or the Lord, there is only room for following the orders and instructions of the śuddha bhakta His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Śrīla Prabhupāda.
The only honourable thing to do would be for the devotees, innocent or guilty of betraying His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Śrīla Prabhupāda, to step down from their positions as an imitating spiritual masters and formally apologise to their disciples and admit that they obtained their positions by committing Vaiṣṇava apardha and that they were the most unqualified of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s disciples.
Then they would necessarily assist their former disciples in the role of a śikṣā guru to take shelter of Śrīla Prabhupāda and correct their misunderstandings and offensive understanding of the eminent position, role and function of His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Śrīla Prabhupāda.
Simultaneously they must assist the GBC in righting the wrong that they have done over the past three decades by reorganizing the institutions infrastructure and rules and regulations to bring them in line with the instructions and mandates of Śrīla Prabhupāda. The most prominent of these would be to reinstall the Direction of Management mandate by Śrīla Prabhupāda so that ISKCON would be managed properly.
Then it would be most seriously incumbent on them to seek ways in which to gain Śrīla Prabhupāda’s forgiveness after which they should prepare for the consequences that will be brought upon them by their sustained abuse and crimes against not only Śrīla Prabhupāda but against the thousands of early disciples whose spiritual lives they helped destroy, what to speak of the offenses that their disciples have also perpetrated against the loyal followers of Śrīla Prabhupāda over the decades.
The pure devotee, His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Śrīla Prabhupāda, will probably forgive them but how can they expect that the Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa to forgive their great offence against His divine representative and his loyal followers???
The hope is that at least one of them will have the courage and integrity or fearlessness, to begin this process.