Kṛṣṇacandra Dāsa – Śrī Vṛndāvan Dham: The website that the GBC Executive officially announced Prabhavisnu Swami’s resignation is Krishna.ru [http://www.krishna.ru/] is the official ISKCON website for Russia. If you refer to Paragraph 4 you will note a very interesting claim by the GBC Executive Body…
Paragraph 4 – Russian Version:
That said, we wish to extend all compassion, help, and support to
Prabhavisnu Prabhu’s siksa and diksa disciples. Please know that you are not
without shelter. As ISKCON’s founder-acarya and preeminent diksa-guru, Srila
Prabhupada is freely giving each of you the opportunity to develop pure love
of God. That has not changed. His mercy and shelter are there for you in
every situation, his teachings still apply to you, and serving him in his
mission is still the gateway to pure bhakti. You also have the shelter of
the holy name. Please always keep your hearts open to the spiritual
protection and blessings you have been given.
Even though the Russian version differs quite drastically from the original version that was sent out on PAMHO and on the Official ISKCON website of Dandavats I wonder if the GBC EC approved this version. If they did then one would have to wonder what they meant by this statement?
“As ISKCON’s founder-acarya and preeminent diksa-guru, Śrīla Prabhupada is freely giving each of you the opportunity to develop pure love of God. That has not changed.”
If this is true then what has changed in the GBC that the Russian Community is given this instruction when the rest of ISKCON is given the understanding that Śrīla Prabhupāda is only the preeminent śikṣā guru of ISKCON?
Again if this is true what does ‘preeminent dīkṣā guru mean? Does it mean that Śrīla Prabhupāda is also accessible to devotees as their dīkṣā guru or initiating spiritual master? What kind of system would this be? Oh you can take your pic either have a suddha bhakta as your guru or a kannistha or less a mleccha guru whatever your desire after all it is your choice is it not? It would more accurately read Founder Acharya and Diksa Guru! All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
There is a problem when the GBC EC makes announcements and they are translated /edited or changed according to the target readers. It must be very confusing for the Russian devotional community if there is no continuity with regards to their official announcements and the rest of the International Society for Kṛṣṇa Consciousness.
However should we take this GBC EC announcement as an official statement by the GBC EC then what does this mean? Have they finally accepted that their Rubber Stamped Guru’s system is unbona fide and afforded Śrīla Prabhupāda his rightful place in the Society that he established.
These are important statements that I am sure will soon be addressed by the GBC EC.
I have sent an email to the GBC EC regarding this matter and will post their reply… If and when they do.
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