I shall first of all become very rich man; then I shall preach

Krishna Obliged Me to Come With Only Seven Dollars [AUDIO]

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Prabhupāda: Thank you very much. Everything all right?
Devotees: Jaya.
Prabhupāda: Hare Kṛṣṇa. (chuckles) Ārādhito yadi haris tapasā tataḥ kim [Nārada-pañcarātra]. Govindam ādi-puruṣa is known as Hari. Hari means “who takes away all your miseries.” That is Hari. Hara. Hara means taking away. Harate. So just like thief also takes away, but he takes away the valuable things, material consideration, sometimes Kṛṣṇa also takes away your material valuables just to show you special favor. [Read More…]


The Failure of Gaudiya Matha / Iskcon

The Failure of Gaudiya Matha / Iskcon

The Failure of Gaudiya Matha / Iskcon
Compiled by: Prabhupadanugas

Srila Prabhupada explains why Gaudia Math / ISKCON failed after he left:

“Why this Gaudiya Matha failed? Because they tried to become more than guru.”

In the following quotes, we find Srila Prabhupada’s clear condemnation of acarya/guru by GBC appointment/no objection. And Srila Prabhupada’s clear instruction that the ‘appointment of gurusnot be followed within ISKCON. Unfortunately, by the quotes we are left to conclude that all the diksa-gurus appointed by the GBC and the GBC themselves are being disobedient to Srila Prabhupada. Thus, their eventual gross falldown is practically unavoidable, because their initial assumption of “diksa-guruship by GBC appointment” is in itself the falldown of disregarding the order of one’s spiritual master, the 3rd offence against the Holy Name:

As Srila Prabhupada stated in a letter to Rupanuga P. on 28th April 1974:

“In the latter days of my Guru Maharaja he was very disgusted. Actually, he left this world earlier, otherwise he would have continued to live for more years. Still he requested his disciples to form a strong Governing body for preaching the cult of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He never recommended anyone to be acarya of the Gaudiya Math. But Sridhara Maharaja is responsible for disobeying this order of Guru Maharaja, and he and others who are already dead unnecessarily thought that there must be one acarya.

“If Guru Maharaja could have seen someone who was qualified at that time to be acarya, he would have mentioned, because on the night before he passed away he talked of so many things, but never mentioned an acarya. His idea was acarya was NOT to be nominated amongst the governing body. He said openly you make a GBC and conduct the mission. So his idea was amongst the members of GBC who would come out successful and self-effulgent acarya would be automatically selected. So Sridhara Maharaja and his two associate gentlemen unauthorizedly selected one acarya and later it proved a failure. The result is now everyone is claiming to be acarya even though they may be kanistha adhikari with no ability to preach. In some of the camps, the acarya is being changed three times a year. THEREFORE, WE MAY NOT COMMIT THE SAME MISTAKE IN OUR ISKCON CAMP. Actually amongst my Godbrothers no one is qualified to become acarya. So it is better not to mix with my Godbrothers very intimately because instead of inspiring our students and disciples they may sometimes pollute them. This attempt was made previously by them, especially Madhava Maharaja and Tirtha Maharaja and Bon Maharaja but somehow or other I saved the situation. This is going on. We shall be very careful about them and not mix with them. This is my instruction to you all. They cannot help us in our movement, but they are very competent to harm our natural progress. So we must be very careful about them.” [Read More…]

Purujit and Makhancora Display Signs of Defeat


OCTOBER 12, 2018

In the Rascal Editor’s conversation, specifically when Srila Prabhupada gives the order that the next printing should be again to the original way, it is very clear that the discussion is on unauthorized changes made to reprints of books. That is not to say that no reference – direct or indirect – is made to original printings of books in the discussion, but there is no denying the fact that when Srila Prabhupada does give the order, it is within the context of reprinted editions of books.

The simple logic and context of this order has been broken down in a very detailed way in my article titled The Rascal Editors Conversation: Context Defines the Order. There is no fancy use of word jugglery or a false display of logic. Even a simple order can and should be explained in a very detailed, logical manner to shield it from false interpretations. Srila Prabhupada utilized the basic principles of logic to explain Lord Krishna’s clear and simple instructions in the Bhagavad-gita. This is not word jugglery, but a necessary defense against word jugglery and bogus interpretations.

After 3 months of silence, Purujit and Makhancora have come back with yet more word jugglery and rhetorical evasion, this time rejecting the notion that the order given by Srila Prabhupada should be understood according to its context. They have titled their reply: “CONTEXT DOES NOT DEFINE THE ORDER; SRILA PRABHUPADA’S SELF-EVIDENT ORDER TO EDIT OUT CHANGES IN HIS BOOKS.”

Makhancora wants to isolate Srila Prabhupada’s order and interpret it however he wants. He wants to discard the real self-evident aspect of the discussion – the context – because it clearly stands in the way of his false interpretation.

Makhancora cites the following quote in his reply: [Read More…]

Real Peace




Prabhupada; Front and Center

follow follow follow, this we shall always do
but who is the leader ? the escapees from the zoo ?
are we doing a baboon waltz, lost in the sauce ?
are the convicts in the prison who we have accepted as the boss ?

well not everyone has sold out to the creatures of the night
a few rare souls are following Sri Krsna’s most recent Acolyte
His cent percent mahatma who clearly is still here
His Name is Srila Prabhupada, and He will NEVER disappear

yes He is the one continuously visible in our minds eye
and He is our only Chief and Who we are trying to satisfy
because the only way to please The Master of all our senses
is to please His Representative Whose Instructions He dispenses

so then here is a question that sometimes gets asked
how do we please Srila Prabhupada, while belonging to the lowest caste ? [Read More…]

All you need is Bluff



Ravanari Das: Gaudiya Math means preaching the parampara message of the Gaudiya sampradaya

“How the Gaudiya Math was Destroyed”


USA (SUN) — Scandals have rocked every government, religious body or social club, and undeniably that includes ISKCON. Even in the Bhagavat we find many scandals. Of this Srila Prabhupada said in a lecture spoken on 1 Nov. 1976 in Vrindavana:

“Here, everywhere you’ll find duhkhalayam ashaashvatam. Just like I was reading last night that Brihashpati’s wife is kidnapped by Chandra. The Brihashpati is the spiritual master of the demigods, and his wife was kidnapped by Chandra. He is also one of the demigods. Just see: the sex and lusty desires are so strong, even in the higher planetary system. And that is the cause. That is the cause. Here it is said, lingam vyapohet kushalo ‘ham-aakhyam. This false ego is the cause of our miserable condition in this material world.

Material world is miserable, duhkhalayam ashaashvatam [B.G. 8.15], this material world. One ant is living, say for one day, and I am living for hundred years, and Brahmaa is living for millions of years. That does not mean any one of us is free is from the miserable condition of this material world. Nobody. Therefore this material world is called duhkhalayam ashaashvatam.”

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Sri Guru Parampara – the Succession of bona fide Gurus in the Sri Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya-Sampradaya

by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Maharaja

Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana writes in Sri Prameya-ratnavali (1.7):


jayadharman kramad vayam

vyasatirthams ca samstumah
tato laksmipatim sriman
madhavendras ca bhaktitah

tac-chisyan srisvaradvaita
nityanandan jagad-gurum
devam isvara-sisyam
sri-caitanyam ca bhajamahe

yena nistaritam jagat

With great devotion we glorify the succession of spiritual masters in the Gaudiya Vaishnava sampradaya. A list of their names follows:
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Damaghosa Das: Make money, buy land and move out of the hellish city life–that is first class

Prabhupada: In India also, British period, they used to, that, but Indian people are little clever. They would come from the village to the city alone, not with family. They earn money and send to the family. And whenever they like, they go away. They’re not dependent. And if you bring family, you have to work. That system is still going on. The village men, they come but they do not bring their family. Family remains in the village. He earns, he lives some way or other and sends money there, and the wife who is intelligent. He (she) accumulates the money and when there is enough money he (she) purchases land, investment. So… In after few years, when they have got enough land, they do not come back. They produce their own necessities. Very nice. Hare Krishna. As soon as they are self-sufficient from the land they no more work. That’s a good idea. Remain in the village with family. (Room Conversation — January 4, 1977, Bombay : 770104rc.bom)   [Read More…]

Vaishnava Calendar October 2018

Vaishnava Calendar: October 2018





Can I Trade For That Original One?

“This scholar’s reply was: I know you people from ISKCON, I know you have changed Swami Prabhupada’s Gita after his demise, so how can I use such a book?”


Recently I met one nice young gentleman and presented Srila Prabhupada’s books to him. I went through my whole presentation and explained how it’s the original, unedited pure wisdom.

He then all of a sudden, without saying anything at all, just turned and went to his car, reached into it and pulled out a BBTI Bhagavad-Gita and walked back to me. He said, “Can I trade for that original one?” I, a bit nervous about what was going on, replied, “I don’t distribute those books.

They are completely different, why do you want to trade me for that one, what’s wrong with it… what happened?” In a very irritated mood, and slightly angry he told me, “Look this one’s been revised, I’ll show you in the front of the book, look right here” and he immediately opened right to the front of the book and pointed to the big bold faced words “REVISED“.

He continued to say, “I don’t want anything that’s been changed, I want the original stuff.” With a totally disgusted look on his face he told me, “I bought this book off somebody thinking I was getting the pure stuff and it turns out it isn’t, it’s been revised! Is there any chance I can get that one instead?”
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Room Conversation with Anna Conan Doyle

“And what is that work? If one, one works for three months on the field, he can get his whole years’ food.”

Prabhupada, August 10, 1973, Paris: For livelihood, one has to work. That is material world. So you work. And what is that work? If one, one works for three months on the field, he can get his whole years’ food. That is economically fact. How many mounds of grains we can produce per acre? Do you know that?

We know, in our Indian calculation, we can produce at least ten mounds of grain per bigha. So if one has got ten bighas of land, he can produce hundred mounds of grains. So how much you can eat daily. Just compute it. Utmost two pounds. Utmost. So if you eat two pounds grains per day. In a month, sixty pounds. And eighty-two pounds makes one mound. You are getting one thousand mounds. One thousand mounds. Then? Ten bighas of land…
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Sounds from the Stomping Grounds

bang bang bang, do you hear the door being tapped
by the stalker of material life, waiting patiently to attack
hidden like a tiger, crouching skillfully, leading His faithful pack
in the form of the all-time number 1 hit that never requires a plaque

Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

clack clack clack, yup, you’re right, He hasn’t gone away
because the Benediction Moon for 10,000 years wants to stay and play
so before you are forced to become tired, old, and gray
accept the blessing now, and jump wildly into the fray [Read More…]

Four Don’ts and One Do: Srila Prabhupada Letter Melbourne 1975

Srila Prabhupada's letter Melbourne 1975, click for PDF

I’m also attaching here a letter from Srila Prabhupada, thanking the Australian devotees for their service & daksine.

This was written in Melbourne during Prabhupada’s last visit to Australia in 1976. Srila Prabhupada used to come after the Mayapur/Vrndavan festival each year and then continue on to USA, however due to his failing health in 1977 he did not visit that year. [Read More…]

These people are not living in Rādhā-kuṇḍa. They are living in Nāraka-kuṇḍa.

Note: these severe offenders who have pretended to be Diksa guru by replacing Srila Prabhupada and his Ritvik System as per July 9th 1977 instruction are not getting away – their offenses are increased thousand times in holy dhama. SRI ISOPANISAD CONFIRMS THAT THESE PSEUDO RELIGIONISTS ARE HEADING TOWARD THE MOST OBNOXIOUS PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE AFTER THE COMPLETION OF THEIR SPIRITUAL MASTER BUSINESS, WHICH THEY CONDUCT SIMPLY FOR SENSE GRATIFICATION.

If you discuss on the philosophy of Upaniṣad and Vedānta, they’ll not attend. I have seen it. In Rādhā-kuṇḍa, sometime in 1934, my Guru Mahārāja was living, and he was discussing Upaniṣad. He was discussing Upaniṣad regularly. And the bābājīs… There are many bābājīs in Rādhā-kuṇḍa. First of all, they came, that “Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura has come, such a learned scholar and the establisher of Gauḍīya Maṭha.” So out of curiosity they came. And when they saw that he was discussing Upaniṣad, gradually they stopped coming. So my Guru Mahārāja recommended that “These people are not living in Rādhā-kuṇḍa. They are living in Nāraka-kuṇḍa.” I have heard it personally. [Read More…]

Srimad-Bhagavatam Lecture, Vrindavana

“If you go for begging something for Krishna, “No, we are not interested in religious affairs. No. We are secular.” Nobody will pay.”

Prabhupada, Vrindavana, October 20, 1972: […] Isavasyam idam sarvam. Everything belongs to Krishna. Krishna also says, bhoktaram yajna-tapasam sarva-loka-mahesvaram [Bg. 5.29]. He’s the proprietor. How Krishna’s money you can spend for your sense gratification? That is sinful activities.

If you take government money, government treasury, and spend it for sense gratification, immediately you become criminal. Immediately. Ma grdhah kasya svid dhanam. You cannot touch. Human civilization… Now, at the present moment, they’re less than animal, They are getting money by hook and crook and amassing money. But not spending for Krishna. If you go for begging something for Krishna, “No, we are not interested in religious affairs. No. We are secular.”

Nobody will pay. Now, if you go to somebody that “We are going to open a lunatic asylum and hospital for the drunkards,” then they’ll pay money. Yes. In USA, there is a big hospital for curing, curing drunkards priests. (laughter) Yes. Drunkard priests. Because they have to execute priesthood, but they are drunkard. So they want to be cured.
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Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhupada avirbhava tithi [appearance day]

tāṅra madhye rūpa-sanātana–baḍa śākhā
anupama, jīva, rājendrādi upaśākhā


tāṅra—within that; madhye—in the midst of; rūpa-sanātana—the branch known as Rūpa-Sanātana; baḍa śākhā—the big branch; anupama—of the name Anupama; jīva—of the name Jīva; rājendra-ādi—and Rājendra and others; upaśākhā—their subbranches.


Among these branches, Rūpa and Sanātana were principal. Anupama, Jīva Gosvāmī and others, headed by Rājendra, were their subbranches. [Read More…]

Srila Jiva Goswami’s temple is my heart and soul

Saturday, March 18, 1967, San Francisco, Calif. : My Dear Nripen Babu, please accept my humble dandabats and blessings of Sri Sri Radha Damodara Thakura Dev. I am in due receipt of your kind letter of March 11, 1967 and have noted the contents very carefully.

I am very sorry to learn that things in the Temple Srila Jiva Goswami has deteriorated so much. Please therefore immediately go to Vrindaban and make things alright. Stay in the temple for sometime as co-servant and do things as already planned by you.

I am very much surprised to note that indulgence in liquor within the temple is going on. Of course I had personal experience that indulgence in Ganja was freely going on and now it has deteriorated to the utmost degree. Please do the needful immediately otherwise things will deteriorate to many more things.

I think Governor Visvanatha Das is already aware of the condition of the temple. Many people at Vrindaban has complained against the Gosain of Radha Damodara Temple and consequently the Governor withdrew his promise to pay yearly Rs 500.- for Kirtana in the Temple on Janmastami day. He publicly promised this in the temple while meeting was going on Janmastami day organized by me.
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