Krishnakant, editor IRM: We have seen in the past two issues of BTP (#19 & 20) the enacting of The Great Guru Hoax, Part 3, whereby ISKCON’s gurus have effectively conceded the IRM’s position that Srila Prabhupada is the real spiritual master (Guru) of ISKCON who initiates us as his disciples, yet continue to claim Srila Prabhupada’s disciples as their own. Below we see a familiar ISKCON guru shamelessly engaging in this hoax:
“How do we develop our link with Srila Prabhupada? The spiritual link is established through service and faith. […] Then we will come to the point of understanding that Prabhupada created an institution and through that institution Prabhupada is present. The spiritual master is present in 2 ways: through his vapuh, his physical form and through his vani, his instructions. Now Prabhupada’s vapuh may not be present but Prabhupada is present through his vani. And that vani has got a very tangible shape in the form of ISKCON.”
(Bhakti Charu Swami Disciples’ meeting, London June 21st, 2008)
Above we can see HH Bhakti Charu Swami (“BCS”) clearly adopting the IRM’s position that:
1) Our link with Srila Prabhupada is established by serving him, having faith in him and following his teachings and instructions.
2) Srila Prabhupada is the spiritual master and he is tangibly present in his instructions and in the institution of ISKCON.
But despite adopting the IRM’s position, as we see below BCS is still happy to continue claiming that HE is the “spiritual master”, and that Srila Prabhupada’s disciples actually belong to him!:
“What is the point in being your spiritual master if I do not free you from the bondage of Maya and lead you to your ultimate spiritual destination?”
(BCS Letter to disciple, July 25th, 2008)
Yet in typical bait-and-switch fashion, BCS has previously admitted that he is incapable of leading anyone to the ultimate spiritual destination, as only Srila Prabhupada can do this. *
“I cannot lead you to Krsna. “ (BCS Istagosthi, March 28th, 2006)
“Srila Prabhupada will take you to Krsna.” (BCS, Durban disciples meeting, reported on April 7th, 2006)
“Srila Prabhupada, as the pre-eminent acarya, takes you to Krsna and engages you in His service.”
(BCS Istagosthi, Text PAMHO:13658994, June 10th, 2007)
* see also BCS’s 13-point ritvik manifesto in BTP18 for further evidence of this hoax.
And here we see another shameless example:
“Dear Lokanatha Maharaja […] Now that you have awarded me sannyasa on behalf of Srila Prabhupada I am begging for the privilege to also have a drop of that taste and become a dancing puppet in Prabhupada’s hands.”
(Janananda Goswami’s “Vyasa-puja” offering to Lokanatha Swami, July 25th, 2008)
Here, HH Janananda Goswami (“JG”) claims that HH Lokanatha Swami is not the guru who initiated him into the sannyasa (renounced) order of life, but rather Lokanatha Swami (“LOK”) was simply acting “on behalf of Srila Prabhupada”. This “on behalf of Srila Prabhupada” claim reminds one of a representative system of initiations called “ritvik”, which Srila Prabhupada ordered was the system to be followed in ISKCON:
”…continue to become ritvik and act on my behalf.”
(Letter of July 31st, 1977, recording Srila Prabhupada conversation of July 19th, 1977).
Yet both JG and LOK are happy to continue acting “on behalf of Srila Prabhupada” by claiming his disciples as their own!
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