Kṛṣṇacandra Dāsa – Śrī Vṛndāvan Dham: It is now well established that the GBC and their Gurus have deviated from the instructions of His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Śrīla Prabhupāda and established their own corporate organization in place of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s ISKCON. Therefore the organization that we believe to be Śrīla Prabhupāda’s ISKCON is not in fact ISKCON but is an entirely different organization than the one that Śrīla Prabhupāda founded in the sixties and seventies.
Their [the GBC’s] real motive for doing this is not disclosed but their methodology and techniques are typical of any infiltrative movement which seeks to co-opt or destroy another organization and not that of naïve but sincere seekers of the truth who are loyal to His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Śrīla Prabhupāda. We may naively and/or hopefully think that this could never happen to us, especially to us… to Śrīla Prabhupāda… but we simply have to face the stark fact that it has happened and it has happened to us…
Śrīla Prabhupāda established ISKCON as a Vaiṣṇava society under his direct authority as he specifically mandated when he incorporated our Society as a Religious Institution in the – “CERTIFICATION OF INCORPORATION OF
INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS OF CALIFORNIA, INC”
Where in Point 3 he states clearly – “He shall be the supreme authority 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 death.”
This cannot be stated more clearly or enough. When the GBC in 1978 took control of the society and imposed their supreme [oligarchic] authority over Śrīla Prabhupāda’s singular authority, the ISKCON that Śrīla Prabhupāda established ceased to exist. Of course it exists in his disciple’s hearts as it does to this very day, however, ISKCON as an institution is no longer present on earth today.
The GBC gave birth to FISKCON. After three and a half decades of relentless subjugation of Śrīla Prabhupāda, his ISKCON institution, his loyalist followers and the truth; we must now see our history from the perspective that Śrīla Prabhupāda’s ISKCON was infiltrated and co-opted by an undisclosed group of individuals who systematically changed everything that Śrīla Prabhupāda had decreed or implemented and in its place established their own highly specific ideology, emphasis and direction. They now occupy Śrīla Prabhupāda’s status as Ācārya’s/GBC/Gurus of ISKCON.
Who can deny that the GBC and Gurus have betrayed Śrīla Prabhupāda? How can they deny that many of them admit that they are not the delivering guru, only the facilitating guru? Who can deny that they have ignored Śrīla Prabhupāda’s D.O.M. in their new management system with its expansive corporate infrastructure? Who can deny that they have developed laws that favor them and their plans instead of the truth and the greater devotional community? Who can deny that they have changed the incorporation to West Bengal forming a private corporation to do away with Śrīla Prabhupāda’s original? Who can deny that they formed the BBTi to do away with Śrīla Prabhupāda’s BBT? Who can deny their religious syncretic secularization of Vaiṣṇava theology via merging it into modern secular humanistic academia? Who can deny their attempts to homogenize and impersonalize our Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava tradition with other religious traditions through the process of interfaith and new age preaching techniques? Who can deny that the leaders are behind most of the philosophical deviations and separatist movements within our international society? Who can deny that they are changing Śrīla Prabhupāda’s books for purely wicked reasons?
Who can deny that they changed the philosophy to meet their needs by using the interpretive method of reasoning as opposed to the ‘as it is’ method given to us by Śrīla Prabhupāda? Who can deny that our gurus and GBC are involved in mass misappropriation of funds and donations and/or business deals to increase their personal coffers to aid their personal plans and projects? Who can deny that the Institution is penniless while the sannyāsī gurus have all the wealth of our society, while claiming to be renounced? Who can deny that they changed our orientation to being urban as opposed to the rural system that Śrīla Prabhupāda had relentlessly directed us to achieve?
Who can deny that the majority of our influential oligarchic leaders are of Jewish extraction and orientation, who are a cohesive group and who are aggressively attached to their ethnicity?
Who can deny that so many members of the FISKCON society have used the power that that they derive from their positions within the institution to take advantage of their god brothers and sisters and ill-gotten disciples over the decades to facilitate their own lusty [sexual] desires and have openly degraded the Guru and Sannyāsī tradition to the point that is a mere mockery of its role and function in human society.
We have to accept the fact that ISKCON has been infiltrated by individuals or a group from an undisclosed agency for to believe otherwise would be foolish and irresponsible. To believe that Kali would not send his chelas to systematically infiltrate, corrupt and co-opt ISKCON would be naïve at best. We have to accept the fact that FISKCON is the brainchild of kali-yuga Kali and the leaders are either knowingly or unknowingly his chelas or agents.
With the departure of Śrīla Prabhupāda, the signs and symptoms of the kali-yuga entered into ISKCON and thus as is described below with the GBC openly refusing to allow Śrīla Prabhupāda’s purity to infuse their hearts and intellects – lust, greed, ambition and false purpose remained to fester in their hearts and overshadowed their desire, if any, to serve the pure devotee, His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Śrīla Prabhupāda.
SB: 1.13.3 – TRANSLATION
He saw that the direction of eternal time had changed, and this was very fearful. There were disruptions in the seasonal regularities. The people in general had become very greedy, angry and deceitful. And he saw that they were adopting foul means of livelihood.
When civilization is disconnected from the loving relation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, symptoms like changes of seasonal regulations, foul means of livelihood, greed, anger and fraudulence become rampant. The change of seasonal regulations refers to one season’s atmosphere becoming manifest in another season–for example the rainy season’s being transferred to autumn, or the fructification of fruits and flowers from one season in another season. A godless man is invariably greedy, angry and fraudulent. Such a man can earn his livelihood by any means, black or white. But Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira was astonished to experience even a slight change in the godly atmosphere of his kingdom, and at once he suspected the disappearance of the Lord. Foul means of livelihood implies deviation from one’s occupational duty. There are prescribed duties for everyone, such as the brāhmaṇa, kṣatriya, vaiśya and śūdra, but anyone who deviates from his prescribed duty and declares another’s duty to be his own is following a foul and improper duty. A man becomes too greedy for wealth and power when he has no higher objective in life and when he thinks that this earthly life of a few years is all in all. Ignorance is the cause for all these anomalies in human society, and to remove this ignorance, especially in this age of degradation, the powerful sun is there to distribute light in the shape of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam.
SB 1.14.4 – TRANSLATION
All ordinary transactions and dealings became polluted with cheating, even between friends. And in familial affairs, there was always misunderstanding between fathers, mothers and sons, between well-wishers, and between brothers. Even between husband and wife there was always strain and quarrel.
A conditioned living being is endowed with four principles of malpractice, namely errors, insanity, inability and cheating. These are signs of imperfection, and out of the four the propensity to cheat others is most prominent. And this cheating practice is there in the conditioned souls because the conditioned souls are primarily in the material world imbued with an unnatural desire to lord it over the material world. A living being in his pure state is not conditioned by the laws because in his pure state he is conscious that a living being is eternally subservient to the Supreme Being, and thus it is always good for him to remain subservient, instead of falsely trying to lord it over the property of the Supreme Lord. In the conditioned state the living being is not satisfied even if he actually becomes the lord of all that he surveys, which he never becomes, and therefore he becomes the victim of all kinds of cheating, even with his nearest and most intimate relations. In such an unsatisfactory state of affairs, there is no harmony, even between father and sons or between husband and wife. But all these contending difficulties can be mitigated by one process, and that is the devotional service of the Lord. The world of hypocrisy can be checked only by counteraction through devotional service to the Lord and nothing else. Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira, having observed the disparities, conjectured the disappearance of the Lord from the earth.
What do we have left of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s ISKCON? What is there in this FISKCON society that is what Śrīla Prabhupāda wanted? As soon as Śrīla Prabhupāda entered into Samadhi, the GBC severed the connection between themselves and the paramparā, thus making ISKCON a fraudulent society.
“Kirtanananda may be eager to address in the Harvard university but recently he has lost his link on account of disobedience. You sing every day morning that by the mercy of the Spiritual master one can please the Lord and one who has not pleased the spiritual master cannot have any access in the realm of Krishna Consciousness. Very recently Kirtanananda has developed a different consciousness of Maya which is called misuse of one’s minute independence offered by Krishna. By misuse of one’s independence one at once becomes a victim of Maya and thus he loses all importance in Krishna Consciousness. So it is my definite opinion that his lecture anywhere now will bear no spiritual sequence. He must rectify his mistake before he can play in our Society any important role. By lips he says that he is a surrendered soul but by action he is thinking differently.”[Friday, October 6, 1967 – Letter to Satsvarupa]
They were no longer authorized by the guru, sādhu and śāstra of our Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava paramparā and so everything they did after that date was for their own personal benefit, having abandoned Śrīla Prabhupāda. By illegally appointing themselves as initiating spiritual masters or dīkṣā gurus they severed the link of their followers and ill gotten disciples from the paramparā and Śrīla Prabhupāda and so both they and their disciples are fast tracking it to hell.
72-12-14.Letter: Tusta Krsna
As for your next question, can only a few pure devotees deliver others, anyone, if he is a pure devotee he can deliver others, he can become spiritual master. But unless he on that platform he should not attempt it. Then both of them will to go to hell, like blind men leading the blind.
By intentionally creating the position of a dīkṣā guru in place of Śrīla Prabhupāda and intentionally appointing unqualified people into the position of guru they have completed the link to Kali and diverted the destination of the seeker of the absolute truth to engage them in the service of Kali instead of engaging them in devotional service to Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa.
We have to remember that only one who has seen the truth, that is liberated from material conditioning, that is on the brahmā bhuta platform, can engage in devotional service or bhakti yoga. It is not possible to engage others in devotional service when you yourself are not engaged in devotional service. You can point the way as a bona fide śikṣā guru when you are following Śrīla Prabhupāda instructions, teachings and by your personal example but you cannot engage another in pure devotional service unless you are likewise engaged.
Once the link is severed from the paramapara, whatever you do cannot bear any spiritual sequence as Śrīla Prabhupāda explained above. Even though one may be chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa or engaging others in Hari Nama Sankirtan, if one is committing the above offence to His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Śrīla Prabhupāda then all ones activities are useless and in actual fact they are offensive to the pure devotee of the Lord.
One cannot commit sinful activities on the strength of the Holy Name and expect to get away with it. There is a price to pay and that price, as Śrīla Prabhupāda describes above, is HELL. If you are pretending to be a guru then you and your disciples will go to hell. What is so difficult to understand about that?
We must not be sentimental about this and convince ourselves that ‘they’, the GBC and Gurus mean well or that because they dress and act like an ISKCON devotee and have been doing so for decades that they are okay, that they are good and we should not disturb them. What is ‘good’? What does it mean to be a good devotee? It means to follow Śrīla Prabhupāda and not these demoniac people whose only interest is to make a mockery of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s ISKCON society.
If one is an offender of the Holy Name and Śrīla Prabhupāda, how can we ignore this fact? To become Kṛṣṇa conscious we must rid ourselves of ignorance by allowing our hearts, minds and intellects to be governed by Śrīla Prabhupāda and the paramparā, not these Kali-chelas and their policies and programs.
Here in Śrī Vṛndāvan Dham, the Kali-chelas of FISKCON have done as much as humanly possible to turn our glorious Vaiṣṇava Society and hope for mankind into an amoral, greedy, violent sect. It is impossible to remember what our glorious society was like when under the auspices of Śrīla Prabhupāda. They pretend to be sincere souls but they are relentlessly engaging in mundane activities of business and sexual impropriety with the sanction of the GBC and have been ‘seemingly’ getting away with it for years.
Sure we can overlook the problems and the fact that our leaders are spiritually bankrupt as is the coffers of our international society but at some time we will have to face Śrīla Prabhupāda or the Yamaduttas and what shall we say to them? That we stood by and let these greedy, selfish and self interested reprobates win?
Why do we let them destroy Śrīla Prabhupāda’s good name and his hard endeavor to give us a society in which we can become conscious of Kṛṣṇa? Why do we choose to believe their claims of innocence and statements of denial just because they say so? Why do we defer to their assumed authority simply due to their mundanely contrived positional power at the expense of the blatantly obvious? Why are we so eager to accept lies and deceit at the expense of the truth and ethical behavior? Why do we place mundane acquaintance on a higher platform than honest devotional friendships based on shared spiritual experience and look for reasons to forgive them and at the same time cover for their sinful ways and in the end vilify their antagonists?
Sure the FISKCONites are a powerful few. A few that will stoop to violence, murder, bribery, corruption, sexual assault and so on to get what they want. What about what we want? What about why we came to Kṛṣṇa consciousness?
If we allow these people to ruin our society more than they have already, what do we expect to happen? Do we really believe that Kṛṣṇa will send someone or arrange things so that we are saved? That it is His plan and so we have to sit on our hands and turn a blind eye and Kṛṣṇa will do all the work for us?
Do we think that the various Governments and secular authorities will stand by and watch our movement corrupt, cheat and lie their way through life while extracting money from their people by these frauds in guise of Sannayasi Gurus?
What will their disciples do if and when we are systematically investigated by the various bodies with the statutory duty to make sure that the people of their respective societies are not being duped and their money taken under false pretense?
The GBC would have us believe that their new laws will protect them from their members going to the police or to the various Taxation departments but in actual fact they know better. They know that very soon the ISKCON society will be held accountable for their sins, misdeeds and crimes. They knowingly allow our society and its members to enter into the jaws of māyā while they grab whatever they can in the meantime.
Do you seriously think that they don’t know this? That after all this time they are innocent?
My dear friends, they know full well what they are doing for they actively seek to protect each other and their plans at all cost as they are Kali chelas of the first order – make no mistake. We fool ourselves in thinking that all is well and good, that they are trying their level best to control such a large movement and so we should honor and respect them.
However, they and their followers will be known in history as the vilest of people who tried their level best to destroy our glorious Kṛṣṇa consciousness society. The question is where will you stand? How will you be judged? Kṛṣṇa in the form of eternal time, kala, is marching forward into your future and voraciously consuming each and every second of your life and with each and every second passed, you will be judged for knowingly allowing these reprobates to subjugate this glorious Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu and commit heinous offences against the Lord’s General, His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Śrīla Prabhupāda.
Please look into your past and see how much you have tried to stop this great injustice and then look into your future and see what you can do to work to stop the advance of these kali-chelas and their plans and then pray that Śrīla Prabhupāda will give you the strength and intelligence to act appropriately and make a stand against these reprobates who threaten to destroy what good there is in this world in the form of Lord Caitanya’s Sankirtan Movement.
To affect real and lasting change we have to fight these people now, not wait for some post dated cheque of help from future generations or when Kṛṣṇa comes as Kalki… We can’t simply say “oh we tried many times but now we have chant Hare Kṛṣṇa and be happy while this goes on all around us.” We have to fight. We have to fight now. Combined we can win this battle. We will always have to fight as dust is always coming into our homes and onto our altars making us clean and clean, time and time again. So too we have to clean our hearts, our minds, our intellects our families, our communities and our glorious Vaiṣṇava society.
This is the Kali yuga. This is Kali’s time and so long as we fail to fight, he will always win. Sure we have a huge task ahead of us, sure it won’t be easy but it has to be done and it is we, those who have been a part of the problem, who now must become the solution.