History of ISKCON Appointed Diksa Gurus 1978 – 2014

History of ISKCON Appointed Diksa Gurus 1978-2014
History of ISKCON Appointed Diksa Gurus 1978-2014

This is a history of GBC resolutions, gurus approved, gurus suspended, and other key events in ISKCON as specifically related to diksa and siksa gurus. Although compiled carefully over many years, and in consultation with many ISKCON members, some historians and some former members, there are undoubtedly a lot of errors and omissions in this document due to a lack of information. There are especially errors in terms of the specific years that some persons were approved or disapproved to act as diksa guru in ISKCON. Such errors are due to a lack of record-keeping on the part of any official ISKCON body. This is intended to be a public document, for the view of anyone interested in ISKCON history; it is not an internal document.

(Note: most GBC resolutions are here in a summary form; some are in the exact wording).

1978 – SADHU-SASTRA-GURU RESEARCH

“The Process for Carrying out Srila Prabhupada’s desires for Future Initiations” –a paper compiled by the GBC in consultation with higher authorities. This paper has a few references to sastra, and gives a general outline of the way in which the process of initiation would go on in ISKCON. It is more a summary of GBC policies than it is a scholarly paper. Some aspects of it—such as saying that disciples have a choice as to whom they take as guru—were not instituted. It explains that new gurus will be chosen by the group of existing gurus, in order for the process to have “spiritual characteristics.”
Pradyumna dasa, Prabhupada’s Sanskrit editor, writes a letter to the GBC explaining how there were many discrepancies in ISKCON’s guru system in relation to sastra and tradition (he did not reference very much sastra—mostly tradition and sadhus).
Result: Pradyumna dasa was removed from translating the Bhagavatam, and his letter ignored.

GBC RESOLUTIONS

•   March19 resolution: Starting in 1979, gurus would need a ¾ vote of GBC.
•   March 21 amendment: GBC committee of existing gurus would select new gurus once a year.
•   Zonal Acharya system.
•  For each zone, guru would be like Srila Prabhupada was to the world.
•  3 vyasasanas, Gurupuja was offered simultaneously.
•  Srila Prabhupada disciples should treat the eleven gurus almost like own spiritual master.
•   Gurus who fall or leave ISKCON lose their post and can come back as regular devotees.

GURUS APPOINTED AND SUSPENDED

Approved:

Bhagavan Das
Bhavananda Das
Hansadutta Swami
Harikesa Swami
Hridayananda Das Goswami
Jayapataka Swami
Jayatirtha Das
Kirtanananda Swami
Ramesvara Das
Satsvarupa Das Goswami
Tamala Krishna Goswami

EVENTS

•   Disciples had to take initiation from the guru of his or her zone; those who wanted a different guru had to relocate.
•   Each guru had his own seat in temples in his zone, there was another seat for visiting guru, and other Bhagavatam speakers used a third seat (sometimes a fourth seat was used for Bhagavatam speakers who were Prabhupada’s grand-disciples).
•   The local guru’s picture was permanently on the altar, and his pranam mantra was chanted in every kirtana (in the temple, on harinama, etc.) before Prabhupada’s pranama mantra, the name of the local guru was added to the premadvani prayers, each guru was given an honorific title which had to be used by everyone when addressing him, and all temple residents had to attend a simultaneous guru-puja daily to Prabhupada and the local guru.
•   At GBC meetings, the gurus sat on seats higher than that of the other GBC members. [Read More…]

THE STATIONARY EARTH

The stationary earth from 1893 published by Orlando Ferguson

Famous map of the stationary earth from 1893 published by Orlando Ferguson
Citing Four Hundred Passages in the Bible That Condemn
the Globe Theory or the spinning Earth Space Ball.

THE STATIONARY EARTH
and circling luminaries above

Description from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam

There are many things we do know as facts from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. As far as the earth is concerned the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam does not describe it as a ball spinning in space.

In the Bhāgavatam the earth is described stationary with the luminaries circling above. We can say that for an absolute fact. It is certainly not spinning or moving in any way. Because all the movements we see in the sky are explained in the Bhāgavatam as movements of the wheel of time [sisumara chakra, which has all stars fixed on it in the constellations and that whole thing is rotating in the sky] and the sun, moon and planets move with the sisumara chakra but have their own independent movements also.

The wheel of time, a gigantic wheel consisting of all the stars, constellations, etc, all fixed in their respective places is connected to the wheel of the chariot of the sun god. It has an axle that rotates once every twenty-four hours. That causes the whole wheel of time to rotate 360 degrees in 24 hours. And this is the rotation that scientists mistakenly presume is the earth rotating. That is what makes the sun and moon and stars rise and set every day.

The axle of the sun god’s chariot is resting on the top of Manasottara mountain, which is a huge ring of mountains circling the whole Bhu-mandala island complex. In 360 days the axle of the sun god’s chariot moves all the way around the 360 degrees of the Manasottara mountains. This movement accounts for the different rising and setting positions of the sun, moon and stars, and also accounts for the seasons. So these two movements of the wheel of time, sisumara-chakra, prove that the earth is stationary and everything else is moving around the earth. So that accounts for all the movements we see in the sky that the scientists presume are caused by the earth rotating.

Śiśumāra Chakra - wheel of time  Śiśumāra Chakra - wheel of time

Śiśumāra Chakrawheel of time

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Srila Prabhupada speaks out on false Gurus

Srila Prabhupada speaks out on false Gurus - The Cheater and the Cheated
Beautiful Painting of Srila Prabhupada

Srila Prabhupada speaks out on false Gurus

Cheaters and the cheated

We should be very careful before accepting a Guru

“The sastras enjoin that before we take a guru we study him carefully to find out whether we can surrender to him. We should not accept a guru suddenly, out of fanaticism. That is very dangerous.” 
(The Science of Self Realization, chapter 2, ‘Choosing a Spiritual Master’)

Ambition to be Guru is very dangerous

“Our mission is to serve (…).
Not that you take the place of the guru. That is nonsense, very dangerous. Then everything will be spoiled. As soon as you become ambitious to take the place of guru-gurusu nara-matih . That is the material disease.” 

(Srila Prabhupada Conversation, April 20, 1977)

“That is the difficulty. Everyone sees that “Some way or other, I become guru. Then so many persons will offer me respect. Somehow or other, create some situation. Then I become guru.”
This is going on. Not bona fide guru. (…)
They will drink, they will hunt after woman and have some attractive singing or dancing and become guru. What is meaning of guru, they do not know. Somehow or other become popular and become guru. This is going on.” 

(Srila Prabhupada Conversation, May 2nd, 1976)

One who is disobedient to the order of the Guru cannot be a Guru

“If you become disobedient to guru, then your business is finished.” 
(Srila Prabhupada’s Srimad-Bhagavatam Lecture, August 10th, 1974)

“Because that is offense. Guror avajna. First offense is guror avajna, defying the authority of guru. This is the first offense. So one who is offensive, how he can make advance in chanting? He cannot make. Then everything is finished in the beginning. Guroravajna. Everything is there. If one is disobeying the spiritual master, he cannot remain in the pure status of life. He cannot be siksa-guru or anything else. He is finished, immediately.” 
(Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-gita Lecture, July 4th, 1974)

“The devotee must therefore be very careful not to commit offenses against the spiritual master by disobeying his instructions. As soon as one is deviated from the instructions of the spiritual master, the uprooting of the bhakti-lata begins, and gradually all the leaves dry up.” 
(Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya-lila, 19.156, purport)

Beware of false, unauthorised Gurus

“By a false display of religious sentiments, they present a show of devotional service while indulging in all sorts of immoral activities. In this way they pass as spiritual masters and devotees of God. Such violators of religious principles have no respect for the authoritative acaryas, the holy teachers in the strict disciplic succession (…)
Instead, to mislead the people in general, they themselves become so-called acaryas, but do not even follow the principles of the acaryas.” 

(Sri Isopanisad, mantra 12, purport)

“One cannot become happy by accepting a false guru. A guru should be accepted as advised in Srimad Bhagavatam (11.3.21). Tasmad gurum prapadyeta jijnasuh sreya uttamam: One should approach a bona fide guru to inquire about the highest benefit of life. (…)
If one is able to obtain the dust of the lotus feet of such a guru, his life becomes successful. Otherwise he is baffled both in this life and in the next.” 

(Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.14.13, purport)

“The misguided conditioned soul also approaches so-called sadhus and svamiswho preach against the principles of the Vedas. He does not receive benefit from them, either in the present or in the future (…)
To get some material benefit, the conditioned soul approaches these pseudo sannyasis and yogis for cheap blessings, but he does not receive any benefit from them, either spiritual or material.” 

(Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.14.13, translation and purport)

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Ratha-yatra 2018 Jagannatha Puri live (July 14th)

Livestreams 2018 (click inside to watch):

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Recordings from Jagannatha Puri 2017:

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Prabhupāda: Jagannātha svāmī nayana-pathagāmī bhavatu me. (crowd repeats) Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare/ Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare. (crowd repeats) Thank you very much. Ladies and Gentlemen, I thank you very much for your kindly participating in this great Ratha-yatra festival. I have already explained what is this Ratha-yatra festival. It is in commemoration of a grand visit by Lord Kṛṣṇa along with His elder brother, Balarāma, and His younger sister, Subhadrā, in a solar eclipse ceremony at Kurukṣetra. This occasion is the subject matter of this Ratha-yatra festival. Apart from these historical references in the matter of Ratha-yatra festival, there is another spiritual meaning, that the Lord is situated in everyone’s heart, and this body is just like ratha, or car. He is sitting in everyone’s heart. It is stated in the Bhagavad-gītā, sarvasya cāhaṁ hṛdi sanniviṣṭaḥ: “I am sitting in everyone’s heart.” Mattaḥ smṛtir jñānam apohanaṁ ca: [Bg. 15.15] “I am giving everyone the intelligence as well as I am taking away the intelligence from everyone.” This double work is being done by the Supersoul. In one side He is helping how to realize self, how to realize God, and other side He is helping also to forget God. How is it that the Supreme Personality of Godhead, as paramātmā, is doing this double work? The sense is that if we want to forget God, God will help us in such a way that we’ll forget God life after life. But if we want to reestablish our relationship with God, from within He will help us in every way. [Read More…]

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura Tirobhava tithi (disappearance day)

A few gems from Srila Prabhupada about Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura.

After fulfilling his responsibility to produce a nice child, one should take sannyāsa and engage in the perfectional paramahaṁsa stage. paramahaṁsa refers to the most highly elevated perfectional stage of life. There are four stages within sannyāsa life, and paramahaṁsa is the highest order. The Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is called the paramahaṁsa-saṁhitā, the treatise for the highest class of human beings. The paramahaṁsa is free from envy. In other stages, even in the householder stage of life, there is competition and envy, but since the activities of the human being in the paramahaṁsa stage are completely engaged in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, or devotional service, there is no scope for envy. In the same order as Kardama Muni, about one hundred years ago, Ṭhākura Bhaktivinoda also wanted to beget a child who could preach the philosophy and teachings of Lord Caitanya to the fullest extent. By his prayers to the Lord he had as his child Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī Mahārāja, who at the present moment is preaching the philosophy of Lord Caitanya throughout the entire world through his bona fide disciples.
Books : Srimad-Bhagavatam : Canto 3: “The Status Quo” : SB 3.22: The Marriage of Kardama Muni and Devahuti : SB 3.22.19 : PURPORT [Read More…]

Sri Gadadhara Pandita tirobhava tithi [disappearance day]

 

Srila Prabhupada presents the glories of Sri Gadadhara Pandita

compiled by Yasoda nandana dasa

 

gadādhara-paṇḍitādi–prabhura nija-śakti
tāṅ’-sabāra caraṇe mora sahasra praṇati

SYNONYMS

gadādhara-paṇḍita-ādi—headed by Śrī Gadādhara Paṇḍita; prabhura—of the Supreme Lord; nija-śakti—internal potencies; tāṅ’-sabāra—of all of them; caraṇe—unto the lotus feet; mora—my; sahasra—thousands; praṇati—respectful obeisances.

TRANSLATION

I offer my respectful obeisances unto the internal potencies of the Lord, of whom Śrī Gadādhara Prabhu is the foremost.
Sri Caitanya-caritamrta – 1975 Edition : Cc. Adi-lila : Adi 1: The Spiritual Masters : Adi 1.41 [Read More…]

The Fake Earth – The Greatest Deception

The Fake Earth - The Greatest Deception of Mankind

Does the Earth Float in Space?

The most universally accepted scientific belief today is that the earth is a globe, spinning on its axis at a speed of approximately 1,000 miles per hour at the equator, while at the same time it is orbiting the sun at approximately 66,600 miles per hour. All of this is happening as the sun, in turn, is supposed to be hurtling through the Milky Way galaxy at approximately 500,000 miles per hour. The Milky Way galaxy, itself, is alleged to be racing through space at a speed ranging from 300,000 to 1,340,000 miles per hour. What most people are not told is that the purported spinning, orbiting, and speeding through space have never been proven. Astronomers and scientists have not proved that the Earth is moving. In fact, every scientific experiment that has ever been performed to determine the motion of the earth has proven that the earth is stationary. Yet, modern textbooks ignore the scientific proof that contradicts the myth of a spinning and orbiting globe, which is just a theory and concoction.
Religious schools have been hoodwinked into teaching heliocentrism, despite the clear teaching in the Holy Scriptures that the earth is not a sphere and does not move. And from our Earthly perspective, the planets and stars appear the same regardless of whether it’s the Copernican heliocentric view or the Tychonic geocentric view. For millions of years the same stars moving aroud the pole-star which is stationary and not moving. The deception is that the satanic elite have caused people to promote the heliocentric view based on the materialistic concept, to not involve a Creator in the explanation of the intelligent design of the universe.

   
Studio Photo – made with Photo-Shop / CGI-Computer Generated Image

The Fake Earth –
the Greatest Deception of Mankind

Devotee: Prabhupāda, when they said they went to the moon and they showed films of them landing and walking on the moon, was this all a bluff?
Prabhupāda: Yes, here they… All laboratory work, that’s all.
Devotee: They all made it up?
Prabhupāda: Yes.
Prabhupāda: “Just like twenty years ago I said, “This is all nonsense, moon-going.” And now they are coming: “Oh, it is hoax.”
So that is the difference. Twenty years before and “This is all childish waste of money.  [Read More…]

our request, Sri Krsna, please rescue us

we’ve tried our level best to be meek, bashful, modest and shy
But we can’t contain ourselves any longer and now we’ll tell you why
we painfully yearn for You Sri Krsna who we know as the most High
Jai Sri Krsna, Jai Sri Krsna, Sri Krsna ki Jai

we are a sullen lot of pitiful and wretched folks
And we are the butt end of a lot of society’s silly jokes
Because we only desire You Lord Krsna, not the mirror nor the smoke
Please come and rescue us, Sri Krsna, You’re our only hope

Unfortunately we are so fallen and are simply not qualified
For Your association, which makes us permanently cry
Always on the inside though, on the outside we stay dry
Please come and rescue us Sri Krsna, or witness our demise [Read More…]

The Rascal Editors Conversation: Context Defines the Order

The rascal editors (Jayadvaita), they are doing havoc, and they are being maintained by Rāmesvara and party

The Rascal Editors Conversation: Context Defines the Order

BY: VIDURA MAHATMA DAS
7 JULY, 2018

On June 22, 1977, in a discussion on unauthorized changes being made to his books, Srila Prabhupada ordered: “The next printing should be again to the original way.”

Of course, this statement, like any other instruction from Srila Prabhupada, should be understood according to its context.

The context begins when, in the conversation, Srila Prabhupada detects a faulty change made to verse 1.2.5 in the Srimad Bhagavatam by an editor.

A little background information on this verse: The Dehli Bhagavatam which Srila Prabhupada brought with him from India to America contains the word-for-word translation “Oh the sages”, which is addressing an assembly of sages. The same appears in the translation afterward. It’s not a mistake; it’s Srila Prabhupada’s wording style (equivalent to “O sages”). These words are addressing all the assembled munis or sages (“Munayaḥ is addressing all these munis”).

Srila Prabhupada wanted his Dehli Bhagavatam revised, which eventually led to the 1972 “American” printing of the Bhagavatam – authorized, distributed and lectured from by Srila Prabhupada.

In the 1972 edition, as well as later in the 1976 edition of the Bhagavatam, “Oh the sages” from the Dehli Bhagavatam was wrongly corrected in the word-for-word to “Of the sages”. Inconsistently, the translation that followed contained the correct translation (albeit different style): “O sages…”. The incorrect word-for-word translation “Of the sages” was what Srila Prabhupada was upset with since it deviated from the “addressing” nature of the verse and thus made no sense.

Overall, in the “Rascal Editors” conversation the discussion on unauthorized changes is of two types: unauthorized changes found in earlier editions of books (type 1), and unauthorized changes found in newer editions/reprintsof books (type 2). It is these two types of changes in the discussion which we highlight in order to show the gradual development from type 1 to type 2. We do so not to take away the importance of one type from the other, but as a guide to understanding the defining context within which the concluding order to “print again to the original way” was given.  [Read More…]

ISKCON GURU-TATTVA AND CURRENT GURU SYSTEM

Guru-Parampara

ISKCON GURU-TATTVA AND CURRENT GURU SYSTEM

(By Mathias Sabji)
(note: some quotes have additional note)

 

In addition to ISKCON’s current guru system not having any order from Srila Prabhupada to justify its existence, the GBC’s official “brain”, the “Sastric Advisory Council” (SAC), has said that the process by which it does authorise gurus, via voting them in, is not based on “guru, sadhu and sastra”:

“Our present system has institutionalized a process of senior devotees voting or offering no-objection to prospective gurus. But we do not find that this institutionalized blessing-seeking process is mentioned by guru, sadhu or sastra as the way that one is authorized to become a guru.” (Balancing the roles of the GBC and the disciple in Guru selection, SAC)

http://iskcon.us/sac/balancing-roles-gbc-disciple-guru-selection/

So from every angle, ISKCON’s current guru system is basically a big unauthorised hoax!

“Mundane votes (note: GBC 2/3 hand-vote) have no jurisdiction to elect a Vaisnava acarya. A Vaisnava acarya is self effulgent, and there is no need for any court judgement. A false acarya may try to override a Vaisnava by a High Court decision, but Bhaktivinode Thakura says that he is nothing but a disciple of Kali-yuga.” (CC (BBT 1975) Madhya 1.220)

NOTE: “A false acarya may try to override a Vaisnava by a High Court decision, but Bhaktivinode Thakura says that he is nothing but A DISCIPLE OF KALI-YUGA. ” !!!!!!

Srila Prabhupada: “There are many jealous people in the dress of Vaishnavas in this Krishna Consciousness movement, and they should be completely neglected. A false acarya may try to override a vaishnava by a high-court decision (note: 2/3 hand vote) but Bhaktivinoda Thakura says that he is nothing but a disciple of Kali-yuga.” (CC.Madhy., Ch.1, Text 218 / 220, purport)

The GBC’s most recent official handbook on initiation entitled.

“Gurus And Initiation In ISKCON” (to be referred to henceforward as GII) If we return once more to „GII“ we can see that the GBC is highly ambivalent towards the gurus it “authorises”.

Whilst acknowledging the rubber-stamping of sampradaya acaryas is bogus (GII, point 6, p.15), the GBC nevertheless, in effect, performs precisely this function every Gaura-Purnima at Mayapur, year after year.

We now have close to a hundred initiating gurus, all anointed with the “no objection” stamp of approval. All these gurus are being worshipped as “saksad hari” (“as good as God”) in accordance with the GBC’s own directives for disciples (GII, point 8, p.15).

These initiating acaryas are heralded as “current links” to a disciplic succession of maha-bhagavatas stretching back thousands of years to the Supreme Lord Himself:   [Read More…]

Questions for the B.L.I.S.S. Book Project Opponents

By: Makhancora dasa

 

The root cause of the “book changes “ controversy is that on the 22nd of June 1977 Srila Prabhupada spots a book change in the first (also known as original) edition of the Srimad-Bhagavatam. An exchange follows on the topic of “rascal editors “, where Srila Prabhupada claims that:

1. He cannot check the editorial work and they are editing without any authority:

“It is not possible for me to check, and they are doing all nonsense, freedom.”
(Conversation, “Rascal Editors,” and Morning Talk — June 22, 1977, Vrndavana)

2. That Hayagriva “has changed so many things“ in the original edition of Easy Journey to Other Planets:

“That Easy Journey, original, this (indistinct) Hayagriva has changed so many things.”
(Conversation, “Rascal Editors,” and Morning Talk — June 22, 1977, Vrndavana)

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Begging for Hanumanji’s Mercy

“Fighting you cannot stop. Many people, they are thinking how to stop war. That is impossible. It is nonsense proposal. It cannot be. Because the fighting spirit is there in everyone. That is a symptom of living entity. Even children, who has no politics, no enmity, they fight for five minutes; again they are friends. So the fighting spirit is there. Now, how it should be utilized? Our Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is there. We say, consciousness. We don’t say, “Stop fight” or “Do this, do that, do that,” no. Everything should be done in Kṛṣṇa consciousness. That is our propaganda. Nirbandha-kṛṣṇa-sambandhe. Whatever you do, it must have some relationship with the satisfaction of Kṛṣṇa. If Kṛṣṇa is satisfied, then you act. That is Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Kṛṣṇendriya tṛpti vāñchā tāra nāma prema [Cc. Ādi 4.165]. This is love. Just like you love somebody; for the sake of your beloved, you can do anything, and we do sometimes. Similarly, the same thing should be transferred to Kṛṣṇa. That’s all. Try to educate yourself how to love Kṛṣṇa and act for Kṛṣṇa only. This is the perfection of life.” (Srila Prabhupada class on Bhagavad-gita 2.6 73/08/06 in London)

 

Jai Sri Hanumanji,
What a pure and righteous soul
You are the greatest devotee of Sri Rama
That the world will ever know

Your intelligence and Your prowess
Can hardly be explained
Like when You arrived in Sri Lanka
Without the assistance of a plane
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Modern Blasphemy: Earth Is Not a Globe

Modern Blasphemy: Earth Is Not a Globe

Modern Blasphemy: Earth Is Not a Globe, Part Two
BY: MAYESVARA DASA

May 19, 2016 — IRELAND (SUN) —
Response to Rajasekhara

(1.1) A DISPARITY BETWEEN VEDIC AND MODERN CONCEPTS OF THE EARTH

The following is a response to Rajasekhara dasa’s articles: “Flat Earth Theory – Completely Flattened” and “Whose Version Should You Believe?“. Part One of “Modern Blasphemy” can be found here.

In this article we will look at the statements of Srila Prabhupada on the flat-Earth issue. In the above two articles, Rajasekhara dasa presents a number of quotations in which Srila Prabhupada states that the shape of the Earth is round and globe-shaped. There are other available conversations in which Srila Prabhupada seemingly rejects the idea of the flat-Earth concept. Certainly, from many of the available conversations and purports, Srila Prabhupada spoke as if he naturally assumed that Earth was a globe. Rajasekhara dasa wants to take certain quotations from Srila Prabhupada as infallible proof that the Earth is indeed a globe in space, and any idea to the contrary is offensive to Srila Prabhupada, heretical, and anathema.

However, Rajasekhara dasa’s immovable position does not take into consideration that the whole question of the Earth’s shape and location became a serious issue and source of contention in July 1977 when Srila Prabhupada was for the first time presented with maps of the Vedic cosmos based on the Srimad Bhagavatam’s cosmology. We shall look at some of these conversations presently; and as we shall see, by July 1977, it became very evident to everyone involved in the research for the Planetarium (Srila Prabhupada included) that a major disparity exists between the modern conception of the Earth as a globe in space, and Sukadeva Goswami’s description of Bharata-varsha’s shape and location on the Bhu-mandala (where our Earth is situated). According to Sukadeva Goswami, Bharata-varsha is one of the nine sections of Jambudwipa, the central island of Bhu-mandala (the great circular horizontal plane that crosses the universe dividing the universe into higher and lower sections). There is no description by Sukadeva Goswami of Bharata-varsha being a globe in space. Srila Prabhupada instructed his disciples to investigate this disparity and a conclusion was not reached. In September 1977 Srila Prabhupada entered Samadhi. The discussion continues…  [Read More…]

BLISS (Purujit and Makanchora) say: “Tamal Wrote the July 9th Letter.”

BLISS - Purujit and Makanchora - say that Tamal Wrote the July 9th Letter

When the master dictates a letter to his secretary (and afterwards signs the letter
with HIS signature) does the secretary suddenly become the author, owner or master?

BLISS (Purujit and Makanchora) say: “Tamal Wrote the July 9th Letter.”

Vidura Mahatma das
2 July, 2018

Talk about true colors! After announcing their program to change Srila Prabhupada’s books, specifically the 1972 Gita, Purujit and Makanchora from the Bhaktivedanta Lives in Sound Society (BLISS) are now preaching that Tamal wrote the July 9th Letter [as if on his own authority]! Isn’t this the same thing that all the ISKCON  “guru”, “living guru” advocates preach? Why are Purujit and Makanchora quoting ISKCON gurus? Is there anything they actually disagree with coming from either the GBC or BBTi?

[click to read article on Purujit’s book changes]

Makanchora: The exact fundamental basis [of our editing the books] is that Prabhupada wants his books back to the original way. Original is what Prabhupada says, not Hayagriva. The other part [of our basis] is that Hayagriva changed Prabhupadas words.

Note:  The rascal editors conversation does NOT justify “editing” the Gita. Srila Prabhupada says in the conversation to print the books back to the “original way”. The 1972 edition is the original form from the original manuscript, and Srila Prabhupada even confirms this in his preface to the 1972 edition. Whatever editing work Hayagriva did leading up to the 1972 Gita was approved by Srila Prabhupada and Srila Prabhupada never gave any instruction to go back and revise that work, save and except a few known corrections which nobody is disputing. Srila Prabhupada was very happy with the 1972 Gita. He lectured from it for the later 5 years, personally read from it, and had it distributed to hundreds of thousands of souls all over the world. It is a severe offense to try to go back and change or “edit” this 1972 Gita as Purujit and Makanchora have.

When I said Tamal is not our authority, Srila Prabhupada is, Makanchora replied that the July 9th letter was Tamal’s authority, as if to say the ritviks are also taking Tamal’s authority. What nonsense!

Makanchora: Tamal says “go over ALL the books”. Prabhupada doesnt exclude the Gita…he doesn’t protest Tamals proposal. Tamal wrote the July 9th letter, by the way.

Note: Unfortunately, Makanchora does not even know the definition of a secretary. The secretary works on behalf of someone to forward their orders and wishes. The July 9th letter was signed and approved by Srila Prabhupada. The letter conveyed Srila Prabhupada’s wishes, only typed by a secretary, Tamal. It cannot be said that the order actually came from Tamal. The order came from Srila Prabhupada. It is not Tamal’s authority, it is Srila Prabhupada’s authority. Bogus gurus try to put the authority on Tamal so as to discard the ritvik order and Srila Prabhupada’s rightful position as initiating spiritual master. Purujit and Makanchora have adopted the same mentality as these bogus gurus. Birds of a feather flock together.  [Read More…]

WHO CAN TRANSLATE?

We dont allow any literature which is not given by liberated soul

Srila Prabhupada: ….Therefore we are presenting Bhagavad-gita as it is. We do not change. We have no power to change. Then where is the authority of Bhagavad-gita? I am a third-class man, and if I change the statements in the Bhagavad-gita, then where is the authority of Bhagavad-gita? That is going on. [Lecture – October 22, 1972, Vrindavana, India]

WHO CAN TRANSLATE?

BY: VIDURA MAHATMA DAS
1 JULY, 2018

Recently I’ve taken part in discussion online with various devotees on whether there is any harm in reading or using Hrdayananda’s translation of the 11th and 12th cantos of the Srimad Bhagavatam. The rationale for using his translations was that technically, translation work itself does not necessitate a liberated, self-realized soul, whereas purports or commentary does require such qualification. Therefore, there is no harm in reading just the translated verses of the 11th and 12th cantos of the Bhagatavam, ignoring the purports of the non-liberated, non-self-realized Hrdayananda. Another side to this rationale was that the translation itself is always truth or fact, irrespective of who it is being translated by. While these arguments may sound appealing, after some research I found that they were lacking a crucial consideration which Srila Prabhupada set in place for who can translate and who can’t. That consideration is that one must be a devotee within our parampara or line of thinking in order to translate. Additionally, we should receive topics of the Lord and His activities by such devotees. Those that usurp the position of the spiritual master and themselves pose as spiritual masters, as well as anyone who supports such actions, can no longer be considered devotees in our parampara; Nor should we hear or accept their attempts to translate vedic literature, nor should we reproduce their unauthorized work for others, especially when the very books we are quoting from contain commentaries by such conditioned souls, which is a category of its own (see We don’t allow any literature which is not given by liberated soul). Herein I have presented the results of my research on the subject from Srila Prabhupada’s teachings.  [Read More…]

Vaishnava Calendar July 2018

Vaishnava Calendar: July 2018

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NARAKA – an account of punishment for sinful living entities in 28 hells

  

If you ever wondered where you going after death, just look at the pictures.

– PUNISHMENT IN 28 NARAKA HELLS –
An account of punishment for sinful living entities

Naraka (Sanskrit: नरक) meaning Hell, is a place of punishment for sinful living entities, where sinners are punished and tormented after death.

In many scriptures we find details about various hells and sufferings therein. The Śrīmad Bhāgavatam Purāṇa describes different hells called Naraka. Naraka, as a whole, is known by many names conveying that it is the realm of Yama called Yamaloka or Mṛtyuloka – the realm of Death.

Naraka-Loka – the hellish planets

Naraka or Naraka-loka is also the abode of Yama, the god of Death. After death, the messengers of Yama called Yamadūtas bring all beings to the court of Yamarāja, where he weighs the virtues and the vices of the living beings and accordingly passes the appropriate judgement.

Yama-rāja, as Lord of Justice, is also called Dharma-rāja. Yama sends the virtuous to Svarga-loka, the heavenly planets, to enjoy the luxuries of paradise. He also assesses the vices of the sinful and accords judgement, assigning them to appropriate hells as punishment commensurate with the severity and nature of their sins.

  

The hellish planets are ruled by Yamarāja, the son of the sun-god. He resides in Pitṛloka with his personal assistants, performing his duty according to the rules and regulations laid down by the Supreme Lord. At the time of death, when the heart stops beating, the living entity, namely the soul, along with the subtle material body consisting of mind, intelligence and false ego, is dragged out by the subtle creatures, the Yamadūtas, the servants of the lord of death, from his gross material body consisting of earth, water, fire, air and ether.  [Read More…]

Burning Bhaktivedanta College Books

Burning the Bhaktivedanta College Books

Burning the Bhaktivedanta College Books (DP Dasa)

BY: DP DASA

I burned these books to ashes because they blaspheme His Divine Grace Ac Bhaktivedanta Swami Shrila Prabhupada and the Shrimad Bhagavatam. I received these books from Bhaktivedanta College as study material in courses which I paid thousands of dollars for.

Because of cult mind control I allowed myself to be cheated by Bhaktivedanta College and Krishna House
. But from now on, I will not accept the association of anyone who believes that Shrila Prabhupada was an ordinary man, or that any of his teachings are wrong, irrelevant, or outdated.

I am ready to accept any consequences that come from this decision even up to the point of death. I will not criticize any devotee by name even if he deserves it, but I will clearly distinguish between lies and the truth by the power of guru, sadhu, and sastra.

I am very fallen and hardly able to follow the basics Krishna Consciousness. But this is my determination, and I pray to Nashringhadeva for protection.

Virāṭ-rūpa or Viśva-rūpa or Lokapuruṣa – the Cosmic Form of the Lord

Virāṭ-rūpa or Viśva-rūpa - the Lords Cosmic Form

In the material world the Lord is designated as virāṭ, hiraṇyagarbha and kāraṇa.
But beyond these three designations, the Lord is ultimately in the fourth dimension
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Virāṭ-rūpa or Viśva-rūpa – the Lords Cosmic Form

The description of the Virāṭ-rūpa (virāṭ-puruṣa), the cosmic form of the Lord, is given in the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, Canto 2, Chapter 1, Text 34-39.

The description of the gigantic form of the Personality of Godhead made in the Eleventh Chapter of the Bhagavad-gītā is further explained here in the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. The description in the Bhagavad-gītā (11.30) runs as follows: “O Viṣṇu, I see You devouring all people in Your blazing mouths and covering all the universe by Your immeasurable rays. Scorching the worlds, You are manifest.” In that way, Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is the postgraduate study for the student of the Bhagavad-gītā. Both of them are the science of Kṛṣṇa, the Absolute Truth, and so they are interdependent.

Persons who are unable to pin their faith on the personal feature of the Absolute are given a chance to associate with His virāṭ-rūpa, or the cosmic impersonal feature of the Lord. Those who want to see the Lord with their present material eyes or with the material senses are advised to meditate on the gigantic external feature called the virāṭ-rūpa. One should hear of the universal position of the virāṭ form of the Lord as described in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. That will help one save himself from material conditional life and gradually elevate him to the path of liberation so that he can go back home, back to Godhead[Read More…]

Srila Prabhupada explains the snana-yatra festival of Lord Jagannatha

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Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Lectures : Adi-lila: Lectures : Adi 7: Lectures : Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila 7.3 — Mayapur, March 3, 1974 : 740303CC.MAY : [I offer my obeisances to Sri Krsna Caitanya, Prabhu Nityananda, Sri Advaita, Gadadhara, Srivasa and all others in the line of d : You cannot understand Kṛṣṇa without the mercy of these Pañca-tattva. Therefore Kṛṣṇa, although He came personally, He taught the teachings of Bhagavad-gītā and asked people, sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja [Bg. 18.66]. But because we are mūḍhas, we misunderstood Kṛṣṇa. We could not take the last instruction of Kṛṣṇa. Therefore Kṛṣṇa again came as Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu to teach us how to approach Kṛṣṇa. If we read the life of Caitanya Mahāprabhu, His acceptance of sannyāsa order, His preaching all over India, His chanting and dancing, His living at Jagannath Purī, His activities, His meeting with the devotees, His Guṇḍicā-mārjana, His Ratha-yātrā kīrtana—if we study all these activities of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, immediately you understand Kṛṣṇa..

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