Kṛṣṇacandra Dāsa – Śrī Vṛndāvan Dham: Within the parameters of the state of ‘denial’ we also have the individual’s role in any decision making process. As jivatmas we have limited independence and therefore we have the facility of ‘choice’ in any given situation and the onus is on us to make the right or informed choice. As devotees we are requested to by Lord Kṛṣṇa and the previous Ācāryas to make the informed choice of accepting a bona fide spiritual master and to engage in his service to learn how to love and serve the Lord.
Yet how is it that so many devotees have made the wrong choice and have chosen a un-bona fide guru and go on to overlook his or her failings, weaknesses or criminality and continue to serve them with awe, respect and worship befitting a bona fide spiritual master?
Śrīla Prabhupāda had his first version of the Bhagavad Gītā published in 1972 and released to his disciples and the general public. His disciples poured through its pages to seek their guru’s words of wisdom and divine inspiration coming from profound realization and confirming that they had made the right choice of accepting His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda as their spiritual master.
Even though Śrīla Prabhupāda stated that ‘one must find a bona fide spiritual master’ they did not look elsewhere they looked to Śrīla Prabhupāda himself. This is a very important point to consider when choosing a bona fide spiritual master, then, today and well into the future.
BG 4.34 ( Srila Prabhupada’s original 1972 edition)
Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized soul can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the truth.
The path of spiritual realization is undoubtedly difficult. The Lord therefore advises us to approach a bona fide spiritual master in the line of disciplic succession from the Lord Himself. No one can be a bona fide spiritual master without following this principle of disciplic succession. The Lord is the original spiritual master, and a person in the disciplic succession can convey the message of the Lord as it is to his disciple. No one can be spiritually realized by manufacturing his own process, as is the fashion of the foolish pretenders. The Bhāgavatam says: dharmaṁ hi sākṣād-bhagavat-praṇītam-the path of religion is directly enunciated by the Lord. Therefore, mental speculation or dry arguments cannot help one progress in spiritual life. One has to approach a bona fide spiritual master to receive the knowledge. Such a spiritual master should be accepted in full surrender, and one should serve the spiritual master like a menial servant, without false prestige. Satisfaction of the self-realized spiritual master is the secret of advancement in spiritual life. Inquiries and submission constitute the proper combination for spiritual understanding. Unless there is submission and service, inquiries from the learned spiritual master will not be effective. One must be able to pass the test of the spiritual master, and when he sees the genuine desire of the disciple, he automatically blesses the disciple with genuine spiritual understanding. In this verse, both blind following and absurd inquiries are condemned. One should not only hear submissively from the spiritual master; but one must also get a clear understanding from him, in submission and service and inquiries. A bona fide spiritual master is by nature very kind toward the disciple. Therefore when the student is submissive and is always ready to render service, the reciprocation of knowledge and inquiries becomes perfect. [BG:4.34]
Śrīla Prabhupāda gave this instruction to his disciples and for any future disciples to follow; his intention was to educate them in order for them to understand the importance of finding a spiritual master who was qualified to take them back to Godhead. Of course anyone who read his book has free will and could chose to seek out a spiritual master from the mass of humanity as they saw fit however one would have to be blind not to understand that Śrīla Prabhupāda was in fact referring to himself when he made this statement.
Those who became his disciples whether in his presence [manifest] or in his absence [un-manifest] have understood that Śrīla Prabhupāda was referring to himself and have chosen to accept him as their spiritual master. To accept anyone else during Śrīla Prabhupāda’s manifest līlā would have been ridiculous to say the least as it is in his un-manifest līlā, for he is the eternal spiritual master and the specific spiritual master for our Hare Kṛṣṇa or ISKCON society.
Yet through improper guidance, newcomers have chosen men who are not only unqualified by śāstra but who have been institutionally appointed as bona fide gurus and have been hoisted onto the newcomers as their only option. Śrīla Prabhupāda is no longer an option for any devotee if they want to be considered a member of ISKCON and in actual fact these new gurus consider Śrīla Prabhupāda to be irrelevant in the modern context and that they are now the interpreters of śāstra and pose as Śrīla Prabhupāda’s replacement.
They shamelessly pose as divine representatives even though their own spiritual and moral standards are less than the majority of their disciples.
The most recent scenario is the fall down of Prabhavisnu Dāsa [ex swami] with a prostitute in Bangkok, Thailand. The ‘swami’ knew he was on a lesser spiritual platform than he expected his disciples to be and in most cases are and he knew this for decades as this was not his first visit to prostitutes. How many times has he been with Prostitutes over the decades while he was posing as an advanced Vaisnava?
He like many other Swamis and Devotees choose to stop over in Bangkok, even though Malaysia and Singapore are also international transit stops, for the very same reason as Prabhavisnu Dāsa – to engage in illicit sex with prostitutes.
Such degraded behavior is most unbecoming of a normal moral human what to speak of a Sannyāsa Guru of our Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava tradition. To engage in such sordid activity means that the person is on a low standard of material life what to speak of religious life and one can only imagine what they actually gave to their disciples in the way of true spiritual enlightenment when they possessed none? You cannot give what you don’t have. You can only point the way and that is the role of a śikṣā guru not a dīkṣā guru. What way is the guru pointing to when they engage in illicit sex with prostitutes?
The Australian Yatra picked itself up from the shattered remains of the aftermath of Bhavananda and it will pick itself up again but this time they must do it from the real platform of spiritual realization which is via taking shelter of His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda.
The platform of the Rubberstamped guru fabrication that the GBC has installed to take the place of Śrīla Prabhupāda must be severely rebuked and rejected as it has never and will never provide any substance on which to base one’s spiritual or material life.
How many times will the devotees of ISKCON be cheated and betrayed by the lies and deceit of the GBC and the Temple Authorities who protect their positions as opposed to the truth. We are supposed to be a Brahminical movement who accepts the truth and acts in truth and yet our leaders are nothing but liars and criminals.
How long have the so called authorities of the Australian Yatra known that Prabhavisnu Dāsa was seeing prostitutes in Bangkok? I have known for well over ten years. How come no one spoke with him or preached to him? How come no one urged him or coerced him to be truthful and step down and get married? Where were his friends? Did he have any? How come after all these years as a devotee who is supposed to be practicing bhakti had he no friends who he could reveal his mind to? How come all these anarthas that are choking his devotional kripa were not removed from his heart? How could the man be so alone in such a so called personal movement?
The answer lies in the fact that our leaders are not true leaders. They lack even the most common decency of a run of the mill Christian who at least cares for others. Our leaders lack emotional and social maturity as they are too selfishly attached to what they can gain from their positions and disciples or followers.
Prabhavisnu Dāsa is in a unique position. He has been exposed for being a spiritual fraud yet all is not lost. The one good thing he could do with his life is to finally become honest and speak the truth for a change. He should speak with honesty about his falsity and how he was cheating everyone by accepting the position as a dīkṣā guru when he knew in his heart and by his intelligence that he was not qualified.
He should now stand up and be counted as a Prabhupāda Loyalist and join with us and in this way prove to himself and others that there was some sincerity in his heart to serve the pure devotee, his spiritual master, His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda.
The time of the FISKCON GBC and Rubberstamped Gurus is coming to an end. More and more will be exposed until we will come to a saturation point where even the neophytes will have to admit that the GBC and the Gurus are frauds and they should be rebuked and rejected.
This has to happen in order for the true purpose of Lord Caitanya’s Sankirtan Mission to again be revealed to the world and for devotees to have the fortitude to make the changes that are required to revert back to Śrīla Prabhupāda’s ISKCON society.
For three and a half decades the GBC have tirelessly pushed ahead with their liberalistic/pluralistic agenda to direct our Vaiṣṇava society into the lap of modern kali yuga urban based society and it is about time we made the 180 degree change to the rural based society that Śrīla Prabhupāda taught us to have.
The world situation speaks loudly of an imminent collapse of the secular urban capitalistic society along with environmental catastrophe and these GBCs and Gurus are more interested in having city based centers and sending out children and adults into karmi schooling and employment. The sooner we all wake up to this betrayal of our mission and Śrīla Prabhupāda’s direct orders and instructions on how his society should be managed and which direction it should be headed to, the better off we all will be in the future.
Devotees such as Prabhavisnu Dāsa can play a vital role in rectifying the damage that they have helped do to our glorious Vaiṣṇava society for they will have to face Śrīla Prabhupāda in the end and what will they say to him? The more that gurus step down from their illegal positions as pretenders to the role of a bona fide spiritual master and man up and take on the role of rectifiers, the sooner we can make all the changes that we need to do in order to change.
If they selfishly cling to their fraudulent roles as gurus or GBCs, they will continue to create havoc to their own lives and the lives of the sincere seekers of true spiritual enlightenment that they themselves can never give anyone. They must give this role over to His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda.