Kṛṣṇacandra Dāsa – Vṛndāvan: The idea that to point out when the Emperor is naked or to call a thief a thief is wrong, is not a Vaiṣṇava Brāhmaṇa mentality. Śrīla Prabhupāda was a strong and powerful preacher of Vaisnavaism and he spoke out against such false apologetics. Vaiṣṇavas speak the truth no matter how unpalatable it may sound or how it affects ones sensibilities. This is especially so when dealing with the philosophy within our devotional community.
Lies, deceit and fraudulent behaviour must not be tolerated within our Vaiṣṇava society.
The onus is on the leaders of our society to make sure that our society is not only spiritually strong but that they themselves are also spiritually strong and worthy of their positions as Brāhmaṇa leaders. The leadership positions within our society demand that they be occupied by devotees of high spiritual and material calibre. This is the same as within any organization, community or society. If the police and Judiciary are corrupt then what hope is there for society?
The GBC have taken the positions as ultimate managerial authority and therefore they should be above reproach and spotless in character and spiritual aptitude and above all be loyal followers of His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Śrīla Prabhupāda. However they have relentlessly proved to be self interested, corrupt, morally bankrupt rascals of the first order.
To assume such positions and then go on to misuse and abuse their authority is certainly the most heinous of crimes against the society and the individuals therein.
They continue to misrepresent our founding Ācārya His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Śrīla Prabhupāda by installing, maintaining and promoting the heretical rubberstamped guru system which not only has no basis in Śrīla Prabhupāda’s teachings and instructions, it is in direct opposition to them.
Knowingly they commit such Vaiṣṇava / guru aparādha and by doing so are corrupting generation after generation of devotees who cannot progress past their lies and deceits. They will be cheated to their graves by these imposter gurus who don’t care for their so called disciples’ spiritual or material lives so long as they worship them, fawn after them, pay for them and support them in their lies and deceit.
The disciples on the other hand are also not so innocent. In one way who can blame them for they came to our society and for all they knew the smorgasbord of gurus which were offered to them were bona fide because the GBC has said so. They went on to become absorbed into one of many guru fan clubs when they swallowed the groupie mentality lifestyle without a second thought.
They were then taught to read Śrīla Prabhupāda books but to make sure they knew the part about how you must find a bona fide spiritual master and surrender unto them above and beyond all other philosophical points that lay within those pages. Once these neophytes swallowed this ‘hook, line and sinker’ they were taught to shift their focus away from Śrīla Prabhupāda and only listen to their guru Mahārāja as if he was God on earth.
Sure they were requested to read Śrīla Prabhupāda books by some devotees, but these novices were now so caught up in the guru fan club they lost all ability to reason. If they had ever wondered that the words contained in Śrīla Prabhupāda books were directly appealing to their intelligence and rational mind, this was now all lost in the sentimental world of the guru groupie.
However, it is not that simple really. The cheated want to be cheated.
The first times that a Heroin addict uses Heroin they usually get violently sick and vomit as their body rejects the drug but the ‘feeling’ that it brings with along with that nausea is one of numbness. Numbness, to not only physical pain but also emotional pain and it is the emotional numbness that the user desires the most and so they slip into the subculture of numbness at any cost and against the best advice and love of anyone and listen only to their fellow junkies.
The disciples of the cheating gurus are also the same – they want to be cheated; and so they invest all their hearts, mind and intelligence into their new found saviour and take shelter of their junkie like comrades.
And like Heroin, this new found friend, this saviour, this answer to all their problems… saps away all their money, their love, their loyalty and their spiritual life and flushes it down the drain.
If they had only read Śrīla Prabhupāda books and tried to understand the real purport of this great literature they could have saved themselves. In one way who can blame them for ISKCON provided these so called gurus as their only option.
Secular society provides Heroin by various means to the public however not everyone has to use Heroin to know that it is wrong. This knowledge exists outside of the Heroin subculture. The knowledge of the bogus guru also exists outside of the rubberstamped guru subculture in Śrīla Prabhupāda loyalists and in Śrīla Prabhupāda’s books and teachings.
Yet the disciple makes a choice to choose only the ‘truths’ that support his or her addiction. The duty of an aspiring ‘anything’ is to learn how to do something properly. If the onus is on the disciple to enquire about what is a bona fide spiritual master, then they must read and try to understand not only Śrīla Prabhupāda’s books and lectures, but they must also understand more about the Society that he created. The Heroin junkies only teach each other how to taste that the Heroin is good enough quality and how to get their kits together so they can use, how to protect themselves from the law and do gooders but at what price? The price is death. Only death awaits the junkie who does not escape the clutches of their addiction.
The path to the absolute truth is not as cheap as an institutionally contrived supermarket of dīkṣā gurus which sells ‘knock offs’ or pirated versions. If you are in the market for a guru or for spiritual life then it is best to purchase a ‘branded’ company rather than a ‘knock off’. The knock off, for one, has no guarantee because it cannot deliver what the branded company product delivers.
The Rubberstamped Guru Business Franchises are cheap imitations of the spiritual process and all those who follow them will be cheated in the most heinous way known to mankind. The betrayal of the sincere seeker of the absolute truth Śrī Kṛṣṇa Himself is one of the most heinous crimes that one can commit.
Yet this GBC and every single one of the Rubberstamped gurus and other so called leaders of ISKCON have, over the last 3 decades, turned the tables on the Vaiṣṇava society that Śrīla Prabhupāda created and turned a minority subculture of ambitious religious reprobates into the mainstream culture of the society.
The newer devotees and the ignorant devotees of ISKCON have never taken the time to look at the history of the movement to see how, when and why this takeover occurred. They accept the status quo as if it is gospel truth. Yet there exists a huge body of disenfranchised members existing in the very same community that the Rubberstamped exist. This section of the community, not only speaks but it shouts out the truth about the disciples’ so called gurus and informs them of the history of the GBC’s lies and deceit.
Yet these disciples of the false gurus (putanas) self-righteously parade around as if they have the truth in their hands as if their guru is the righteous one and that their guru is as good as God and Śrīla Prabhupāda. If anyone protests this and tries to point out Śrīla Prabhupāda’s preeminent position they scream back at them – Fie on you! You are an aparadhe!
While the loyal followers of Śrīla Prabhupāda have to tread very carefully when speaking with the followers of such rascal gurus lest they become the target of their wrath. How quickly do the cheated cry foul when their precious and offensive guru is questioned in any way.
The institution supports the disciples of these putanas with the full force of their law yet they are very quick to vilify, censor or ban anyone who shows them up as cheaters. The GBC and Rubberstamped Gurus don’t have to say a word, for these loyal followers of the bogus gurus and GBC will defend them with terror and threats and at times with violence.
Little do these poor unfortunate wretches know that the Mother land, India, is full to the gullet with similar gurus who are pretending to be śuddha bhaktas and God’s representative on earth, who all take disciples and get worshipped and without fail will clean out their disciples’ bank accounts if given half the chance. All of these disciples believe their guru is God on earth or God’s divine representative.
These false gurus are a dime a dozen…
The cheaters and the cheated…
Yet the Lord sends His divine representative His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Śrīla Prabhupāda and along with him comes the full authority of the Lord Himself. To falsely claim to represent the Lord and not recognize the authority of Śrīla Prabhupāda, his teachings and his instructions is a direct affront to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
It is time that these disciples are confronted with the truth. For too long have the loyalist followers of Śrīla Prabhupāda hidden in the shadows, fearful of the wrath of the GBC and the violence of the bogus guru disciples who so vehemently defend their traitorous guru’s lies and deceit.
They are every single last one of them – fallible and so they are not pure devotees. They do not and cannot represent Kṛṣṇa in the capacity of a dīkṣā guru. They are cheaters. We as a movement have to stop being so apathetic and spineless. So long as we allow this lie and deceit to continue, more generations of devotees will have their spiritual lives ruined. This has gone on for over three decades and it has to stop.