About Future Initiations

On September 6, 2017, Nityananda das received an email reply to questions he had put to Cyavana Swami, an very early Srila Prabhupada disciple who manages a preaching and gardening facility in Williston, Florida called Camp Garuda. The reply was:

“Yes, I have stated this many times….. some understand it, but most don’t and it usually causes some to become agitated. Most devotees never really understood who Srila Prabhupada is. The initiation means to begin on the path of Bhakti, each one must figure out how to take that first step. Srila Prabhupada made it perfectly clear to me that we are not his only disciples. His instruction was,”I have given you everything, don’t change anything… I will have millions of disciples.” These are the most important instructions Srila Prabhupada ever gave us for the future of his Movement. [Read More…]

Unauthorized Gurus and Spiritual Advancement

nama om visnu padaya krsna presthaya bhutale
srimate bhaktivedanta swamin iti namine

namaste sarasvate deve gauravani pracarine
nirvisesa sunyavadi pascatya desa tarine

” I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who is very dear to Lord Krsna, having taken shelter at His lotus feet.”

“Our respectful obeisances are unto you, o spiritual master, servant of Sarasvati Goswami. You are kindly preaching the message of Lord Caitanya-deva and delivering the Western countries, which are filled with impersonalism and voidism.”

 

Unauthorized Gurus and Spiritual Advancement
By the Prabhupada Anugas
September 18, 2017

Srila Prabhupada: Well, first of all, thing is if the spiritual master is not bona fide, how his mantra can be bona fide? Srila Prabhupada lecture, Surat, Gujarat, India, December 23, 1970

There are two basic issues which must be discussed and analyzed.

1) Anyone benefiting from the chanting of Hari nama. and

2) Making advancement under an unauthorized guru. [Read More…]

The secret of success

“Following the order of the bona fide spiritual master is the only duty of the disciple, and this completely faithful execution of the order of the bona fide spiritual master is the secret of success.”

(Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.9.8, purport)

“Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti also advises that if we want to be successful in our attempt to go back to Godhead, we must very seriously act according to the instruction of the spiritual master. That is the way of perfection. There need be no anxiety over attaining perfection because if one follows the instruction given by the spiritual master he is sure to attain perfection. Our only concern should be how to execute the order of the spiritual master.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 4.8.71, purport)

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BG4.42 Genuine spiritual master in disciplic succession from eternal time – what does this mean?

Hare Krishna …. in The Bhagavad Gita, 4, 42 at the end of the meaning Srila Prabhupada says that a genuine spiritual master is in disciplic succession from eternal time, and does not depart at all from the instructions of the Supreme Lord, such as they were given millions of years ago to the sun god, from whom the instructions of the Bhagavad-gītā have descended into the earthly kingdom.
Do you know what this means?
Haripada dasa

 

Answers:

Hare Krishna …. I have asked that question to many devotees of The Bhagavad Gita, 4, 42 which says that the guru is in disciplic succession from eternal time, I share my personal investigation …
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SRILA PRABHUPADA WAS POISONED: WHAT NOW?

                We have compiled some interesting comments and questions from (and answers to) those who watched the films from the Truth Committee regarding the evidence and logical conclusions about Srila Prabhupada having been poisoned with cadmium at levels about 250 times above the normal average person. The response has been generally very positive and that the evidence has largely spoken for itself, and that the scientific proof from hair tests and audio forensics is conclusively convincing. Of course, there are those who have blocked minds or strong emotional hostility, and they invariably have not even understood what the evidence is, and they appear to have no desire to look at it openly. However, judging from the aftermath and responses, it seems the facts and evidence that Srila Prabhupada was indeed poisoned is profoundly changing the way devotees look upon many things, and especially as to what has happened since Srila Prabhupada physically departed forty years ago.

The truth will do whatever it will do. No one has created an agenda to push from manufactured or contrived allegations. The evidence speaks for itself. We should always remember that Srila Prabhupada himself stated three times that he also thought he had been poisoned. And now modern science has confirmed that his statements are accurate and prophetic. What else would we expect from Srila Prabhupada? To say something we should not take seriously, as Tamal suggested?

(1). Gopalacharya das: “So I have watched it. Now, my question is, what is the next step? Will there be some case files against those who are alleged to be the murderers? If there is no follow up by legally charging those people the movie will remain just a conspiratorial documentary that many will disbelieve. Please let me known if there is going to be any legal action taken against those who conspired.” [Read More…]

CANDIDATES FOR PUNISHMENT

(by Mahesh Raja)

 

SB 6.1.43       The History of the Life of Ajamila

The candidates for punishment are those who are confirmed by these many witnesses to have deviated from their prescribed regulative duties. EVERYONE ENGAGED IN FRUITIVE ACTIVITIES IS SUITABLE TO BE SUBJECTED TO PUNISHMENT ACCORDING TO HIS SINFUL ACTS.

 

701224SB-SURAT – December 24, 1970

Just like this great philosopher, Dr. Urquhart, he asked, “Who is the witness?” But in the Vedic scriptures we find that God Himself is witness. Not only that—there are other witnesses. That is stated here. It is said here, the Yamadūtas said: THE FIRST WITNESS IS THE SUN, SŪRYA. How can you conceal yourself from the vigilance of the sun? That you cannot.

So sūrya. THEN AGNI—FIRE IS ALSO WITNESS. Sūrya, agni, kham—the SKY IS WITNESS. How you can hide yourself from the sky? Sūrya, agni, kham, marut—THE AIR IS WITNESS. Deva, soma—the soma, THE MOON, IS ALSO WITNESS. You can say, “All right, the sun is witness. At night I shall steal.” But the moon is witness—soma.

SANDHYĀ—SANDHYĀ, THE, I MEAN TO SAY, THE JUNCTION BETWEEN DAY AND NIGHT. That is called ārāt(?). In the morning prātaḥ-sandhya, dvitīya-sandhyā, tri-sandhyā. According to Vedic injunction we have got three junctions: one in the morning, praśamaḥ-sandhyā; therefore we have to chant the Gāyatrī mantra tri-sandhyā, thrice—in the morning, at noon and in the evening. Sandhyā ahanī diśaḥ. AND ALL DIRECTIONS—THERE ARE TEN DIRECTIONS—THEY ARE ALSO WITNESS. [Read More…]

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Parallels

Parallels between what is happening in the material world and what is happening in the devotee world suggest a sinister conspiracy

 

Nothing is as it seems. Lies are accepted as the truth and truth speakers are treated as criminals, or shunned as heretics. Enmity is fostered while real crimes are hidden. We could be talking about present day ISKCON, or we could be talking about present day USA. The parallels are eerie. In fact the parallels are so pronounced that it is almost as though the events are following some sort of master plan. Is it possible that some sort of Sinister Movement is controlling events both ISKCON and the material world ? This article will examine the parallel events and explore the possibility that there are actual demons working behind the scenes in an effort to create the maximum discord while minimizing genuine spiritual pursuits.

Before we examine the parallel events, what did Srila Prabhupada say about the present existence of actual demons? We all know that there were shape-changing demons 5000 years ago when Krsna was displaying His pastimes, but are there still such demons? While it makes sense that such beings would be more likely to prosper in our modern times, compared to when Krsna was personally present, it is actually irrelevant whether the demons inhabit bodies with human DNA or have shape-changing bodies. The Bhagavad-Gita, Chapter 16 gives a complete in-depth analysis of the demonic mentality that is very prevalent today. We can conclude that yes, there are certainly demons walking the Earth today. [Read More…]

Dandavats hypocrites against distribution of Original Srimad-Bhagavatams

Dandavats hypocrites against distribution of KBI's Original Srimad-Bhagavatams

(Originally posted Jun 2, 2017)
(Updated Sept 18, 2017: comments by Praghosa Prabhu and Hansadutta Prabhu)

 

Recently there was a post on Dandavats with a letter by the BBT Communications Team trying to justify their attempts to stop the distribution of the newly printed Original Srimad-Bhagavatams that Jitarati Prabhu has printed. I read the article with some interest, just to hear their argument and justification, for trying to stop the distribution of this fine set. But what was more interesting to me was the nice comment posted by Padmapani Prabhu (at the bottom of this article).

Mahasringa Das (MD) defeating nonsense
statements posted on Dandavats exposing their lies

Dandavats: “Recently, the BBT trustees became aware that Jitarati Prabhu, through his company Pristine International, printed sets of Srila Prabhupada’s Srimad-Bhagavatam in New Delhi without consulting with or being authorized or licensed by the BBT. This is a serious legal matter, and his printing also has ramifications for the worldwide distribution of Srila Prabhupada’s books; and so the BBT trustees who discovered Jitarati Prabhu’s printing have delayed the release of the books.

MD: Last December a BBT member saw the ‘only Prabhupada’ Srimad Bhagavatam sets at a printer and became so envious of their superior quality they started a bogus law suit. They knew Jitarati prabhu was authorized by KBI to print them and didn’t need to ‘consult’ BBT.

Dandavats: Jitarati Prabhu stated in a public memo that his independent printing of Srimad-Bhagavatam is his way of preserving an older edition of the text. He also expressed concern that the books he printed might now be destroyed by the BBT.

MD: Where is this public memo? BBT lawyers submitted a 30 point accusation and 3 of the points said that the books should be turned over to BBT or be destroyed so wouldn’t any Prabhupada disciple be ‘concerned’?

Dandavats: First, please note that Jitarati Prabhu’s edition and the BBT’s edition of Srimad-Bhagavatam are practically identical. There is no question of “preserving” some earlier edition of the Srimad-Bhagavatam. In fact, the BBT not only preserves Srila Prabhupada’s books, but it also publishes earlier editions of them when needed. For example, it regularly prints the first edition of Bhagavad-gita As It Is for those who prefer it.

MD: Hold the phone folks! Jitarati prabhu published everything Srila Prabhupada wrote on the Srimad Bhagavatam including the Krsna Book in 10 volumes. BBT published 12 Cantos of the Srimad Bhagavatam including a conditioned souls comments and even had the audacity to say the set was done by Srila Prabhupada.

Dandavats: The BBT trustees have not proposed that the books Jitarati Prabhu printed be destroyed. Rather, the trustees discussed ideas with Jitarati Prabhu about how to move forward. Because he hasn’t liked the proposals, the matter is now before the court.

MD: This is a lie which will be proved when people see what was presented to the court. Lie two is that Bhima gave Jitarati a proposal that he take out the 50,000 pages that KBI printed the book and replace it with a BBT printed it, ship all the books to America, sign a wrongful confession that he didn’t have permission from KBI to print, pay them $1000,000 and swear he’ll never publish another book in his life
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Bans are a far reaching, blessing in disguise.

In the world of duality, encompassing happiness and distress, a ban is defined in the Cambridge dictionary as, “to forbid something, especially officially,” and, is universally perceived as something horrible that invokes lamentation in us. A ban can be even more excruciating when we feel it is unrighteously enforced upon us or some other persons, unprovoked and unlawfully. This vikarma, (unauthorized or sinful work, performed against the injunctions of revealed scriptures), known as a ban, is a betrayal against The Supreme Lord Sri Krsna, His inferior energy known as the material creation, and His marginal energy, the aspiring servants of a bona-fide servant. Anyway it is looked at it is a transgression directly aimed at Him and Him alone, since everything is His. But, it is not a new tactic, as it has been used as policy throughout the annals of history. Yes, this type of behavior surfaces at different times, at different places and on different planets with varying consequences to the initiators. [Read More…]

A SPIRITUAL CRUISE with H.H. Bhakti Charu Swami!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF SRILA PRABHUPADA

(by Ishan das)

INTRODUCTION

In 1968, while accompanying Srila Prabhupada on his morning walk, on John Lennon’s estate, His Divine Grace turned to me and asked: “Are you always thinking of Krishna?” At that time we only had MacMillans abridged version of Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-gita As It Is, and The Teachings of Lord Caitanya. I didn’t have an understanding of Krishna like we have today. I said, “I don’t know very much about Krishna, Srila Prabhupada, but I always try to remember you.” Srila Prabhupada said: “You can always think of me as always thinking of Krishna.”

We are all meant to be Prabhupadanugas. The concept of “following in the footsteps” of the pure devotee is the essence of the path of Krishna conscious development. To follow in the footsteps of the residents of Vrindavan is the process of following, in one’s heart, the feelings of love for Krishna as they are displayed by Krishna’s eternal associates. For most of us, following in the footsteps of the residents of Vrindavan may be many lifetimes in the future. But the point is that to be a Prabhupadanuga means to meditate on Srila Prabhupada’s heartfelt devotional feelings and to cultivate them through our own sadhana. Shravanam kirtanam. The forms are prescribed. And the devotional content is imbibed from the pure devotee. Therefore shravanam, hearing, is the first prescription. One who hears nicely can chant nicely. [Read More…]

Do what you can for Srila Prabhupada

(compiled by Padmapani dasa)

Over the years I’ve received numerous messages from readers expressing their dismay that they didn’t have a chance to see and serve Srila Prabhupada while he was physically present on the planet. My reply has always been that Srila Prabhupada is not limited by time and space like an ordinary conditioned soul and he can reciprocate with anyone who sincerely prays to him and follows his instructions to the best of one’s individual capacity. Srila Prabhupada has made this abundantly clear in his books and letters which have been quoted on this website many times.

“As far as my blessing is concerned, it does not require my physical presence. If you are chanting Hare Krishna there, and following my instructions, reading the books, taking only Krishna prasadam etc., then there is no question of your not receiving the blessings of Lord Chaitanya, whose mission I am humbly trying to push on.”

(Srila Prabhupada Letter, June 30, 1974)

Prabhupada has assured us that he is present in his pictures and words, so there is no reason to feel that one has missed the chance to have a relationship with Srila Prabhupada. He is still with us. We simply have to invite Prabhupada into our hearts and worship him with love and devotion. Someone may think or say that “I’m not a big devotee,” or “I’m not talented,” or “I don’t fully understand the philosophy,” or “I’m too sick or old,” or whatever; but there are no material impediments to devotional service. [Read More…]

God has kept me in this way

Just like sometimes foolish persons, they say that “Krsna, God, has kept me in this way. According to His desire, I am now in this position because nothing can happen without His desire.” This argument they say. That is another rascaldom. So Prahlada Maharaja clears, therefore, that baddhah sva-karmabhih: “It is not desired by You. I have created this situation.”

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Bhakti Marga Swami to bless dogs at Fuji Park on Saturday

…We have refused to serve God, and you voluntarily accept to serve dog. Now in India, they are also learning. (chuckles) And formerly, dog keeping, dog there was in the neighborhood. But they were not allowed to enter the room or house. Now, they are keeping dogs just like the Western people keep. They are making dog show and so on, so on.
Rāmeśvara: Dog show.
Prabhupāda: They are learning how serve the dog. And they are giving up God.
Ambarīṣa: Yeah, there are a lot of people here that worship their pets.
Prabhupāda: Yes.

https://prabhupadabooks.com/conversations/1976/jun/with_reporter/los_angeles/june/03/1976

 

(By Teri Vance, September 1, 2017)

Driving home last night, I drove past a man dressed in orange robes walking along Highway 50. It’s not often you see such a thing, so I did a little social media research to find out it was Bhaktimarga Swami, a Canadian-born Hare Krishna monk, who’s walking across America.

I saw he was scheduled to stop by the Dayton Senior Center on Friday so I swung by to find out more of his story.

I found him sitting at a table with a group of women, all sharing in conversation. I asked if I could sit with them and listen.

I learned Swami entered the monastery in 1973 at 20 years old, and he remained there until 1996. While he grew spiritually, he said, he started to feel like he was missing out on connecting with people.

“I was cut off from the world,” he said. “I missed the whole disco period.” [Read More…]

On the Way to Krsna, Chapter 5, “Steering Toward the Supreme”

“All these devotees are undoubtedly magnanimous souls, but he who is situated in knowledge of Me I consider verily to dwell in Me. Being engaged in My transcendental service, he attains Me.” (Bg. 7.18)

Here Krsna is saying that all the men who come to Him–whether they be distressed, in need of money, curious, etc.–are welcomed, but out of them the person who is in knowledge is very dear to Him. The others are welcomed because it is understood that in course of time, if they continue on the path to God, they will become as good as the man of knowledge. Generally, however, it so happens that when one goes to church for profit, and the money doesn’t come, he concludes that approaching God is nonsense, and he gives up all connection with church. That is the danger of approaching God with ulterior motives. For instance, during World War II it was reported that many wives of the German soldiers went to church to pray for their husbands’ safe return, but when they found they had been killed in battle, they became atheistic. Thus we want God to become our order-supplier, and when He does not supply our order, we say that there is no God. That is the effect of praying for material things.

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Killing Foods

Institute for Responsible Technology – Spilling the BeansJEFFREY M. SMITH

Genetically Modified Foods Unsafe? Evidence that Links GM Foods to Allergic Responses Mounts

Genetically Modified Foods Unsafe? Evidence that Links GM Foods to Allergic Responses Mounts

 

Doctors Warn: Avoid Genetically Modified Food

On May 19th, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) called on “Physicians to educate their patients, the medical community, and the public to avoid GM (genetically modified) foods when possible and provide educational materials concerning GM foods and health risks.”[1] They called for a moratorium on GM foods, long-term independent studies, and labeling. AAEM’s position paper stated, “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food,” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. They conclude, “There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation,” as defined by recognized scientific criteria. “The strength of association and consistency between GM foods and disease is confirmed in several animal studies.”

…GM corn and cotton are engineered to produce their own built-in pesticide in every cell. When bugs bite the plant, the poison splits open their stomach and kills them. Biotech companies claim that the pesticide, called Bt—produced from soil bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis—has a history of safe use, since organic farmers and others use Bt bacteria spray for natural insect control. Genetic engineers insert Bt genes into corn and cotton, so the plants do the killing.
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The Material Concoction That Infiltrated ISKCON

(BY: VIDURA MAHATMA DAS)

SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 — LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

The idea that one must approach or take shelter of a “living” guru is undoubtedly one of the biggest and most damaging of lies within the Krishna consciousness movement. This lie was started by a few deviated disciples after Srila Prabhupada’s disappearance in order to support their claim that Srila Prabhupada had appointed them to begin accepting disciples of their own and thereby become full-fledged diksa gurus.

If you take away the need for a living guru lie, what is left unclouded in the minds of so many bewildered people is the July 9th 1977 Directive issued by Srila Prabhupada (via his secretary) wherein Srila Prabhupada’s ongoing acceptance of disciples even after his disappearance is expressed in legal form. Moreover, the hundreds of quotes by Srila Prabhupada which the ritviks have continually presented over the years may also become unclouded to the minds of thousands of bewildered people. As of right now, Srila Prabhupada’s ritvik order – a clear and simple issue – seems like a big gray area to most people at best, if not outright rejected as a deviant philosophy itself. Could things be any more topsy-turvy? “The intelligence of those who are irresolute is many-branched.” (Bg 2.41)

The living guru lie has become so deeply infiltrated within the society and its members that it is hard to not find traces of its influence even amongst persons apparently separate from ISKCON or in some other camp. The strange and insubstantial emphasis on the physical body (vapu) of the spiritual master over the actual instructions (vani) of the spiritual master has spread its influence far and wide.

Below we present just a few quotes from Srila Prabhupada which focus on material ideas versus actual spiritual life. This small compilation of quotes and notes may serve as a reminder of the truth and help in countering the detrimental living guru lie – a cause that any truthful devotees are humbly encouraged to contribute to. [Read More…]

Mahesh Raja: FAULT FINDING

Note: Often you come across someone In ISKCON circles who does not agree with Srila Prabhupada’s strict Ritvik Order of July 9th 1977 trying to JUSTIFY their own set of low level standards. SUPERFICIALLY, sometimes they may EVEN CLAIM to be followers of Ritvik July 9th 1977 Order. They have USUALLY got friends, relatives within the ISKCON circles who are bogus gurus or people in BIG positions screwing HUGE amount of money OR——- they are ALSO in THAT group who are VERY MUCH INTERESTED in BIG POSITIONS,MONEY, POWER, CONTROL, MANIPULATION,FREE DEVOTEE SLAVES, BOGUS ANTI RITVIK GURUSHIP.
It is about PROTECTING their VESTED INTEREST. So——— THESE are some of the arguments that they sometimes put forward:

They say,

1) ANYBODY WHO CHANTS OR EVEN HEARS HARE KRISHNA IS BENEFITTED AND MAKES ADVANCEMENT IN SPIRITUAL LIFE, even meat-eaters, animal-killers, drug addicts, animals, etc WHAT TO SPEAK OF THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN MISLED TO FOLLOW BOGUS GURUS.

2) You are FAULT FINDING Prabhu (…means you have just hit them with their OWN SO LOW standards –that they now want to GAG YOU from speaking the TRUTH).

Note: “Anybody who chants Hare Krishna is benefitted”: Can ANYONE chant Hare Krishna? Rather then accept someone’s JUSTIFIED MENTAL SPECULATION who is seeking after some GAIN from the ISKCON system, let us hear FROM Srila Prabhupada: [Read More…]

What I learned from Srila Prabhupada’s disappearance pastimes

Some of the Things I Learned from Srila Prabhupada’s Departure Pastimes

I’ve believed that Srila Prabhupada was poisoned by his caretakers for some years now, but recent new evidence has made the fact of his poisoning indisputable. Srila Prabhupada is the acarya and everything he did was a lesson for us to use to grow spiritually. His disappearance pastimes are no exception. Here are a few of the things I’ve learned from this pastime:

  • The poisoners were people who were very close to him and had done a huge amount of valuable service. Yet the desire for profit, adoration and distinction was so strong that they were able to commit the heinous act of murder and compound the crime by lying that they were appointed as pure devotees. I have not done nearly as much for Srila Prabhupada as the poisoners, so I have to assume that I’m also capable, under the right circumstances to be as overwhelmed by the illusory energy. This is a very clear lesson that I need to get serious about developing love for Krsna, which is the only protection from the Illusory Energy.
  • There is no limit to Prabhupada’s ability to forgive: Hansadutta Prabhu was one of the 11 who committed the Big Lie (telling his godbrothers that Srila Prabhupada had appointed him as a pure devotee diksa guru). But he apologized and I have to assume the apology was accepted by Srila Prabhupada because Hansadutta is still able to remember Krsna and is still doing devotional service. I’ve also made blunders, and I now have the confidence that Srila Prabhupada, while he might sometimes be disappointed with me, will always forgive me and welcome me back. [Read More…]

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