SRILA PRABHUPADA GURU-TATTVA

June 4, 2016 in Hari Nama Dasa by Laksman dasa

Submitted by: Harinam Das



It is widely known that Srila Prabhupada instituted a ritvik or representative (proxy) initiation system throughout ISKCON as early as 1971 in order to meet the growing need to initiate his disciples worldwide.
However what is not widely known is that he instructed his disciples to continue initiating new disciples on his behalf even after his physical disappearance. He called those disciples who performed the initiation ceremonies ritvik representatives of the acharya (officiating acharyas). Below are quotes directly from Srila Prabhupada for the evidence of these intructions as well as explanations, philosophical insights, and historical background. Harinama dasa (07-17-04)

I. DIRECT EVIDENCE FOR CONTINUANCE OF THE RITVIK SYSTEM AFTER PHYSICAL DISAPPEARANCE
A. Srila Prabhupada’s May 28, 1977 ISKCON Governing Board Commission (GBC) meeting.
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Satsvarupa: By the votes of the present GBC. Then our next question concerns initiations in the future, particularly at that time when you’re no longer with us. We want to know how first and second initiation would be conducted.
Prabhupada: Yes. I shall recommend some of you. After this is settled up, I shall recommend some of you to act as officiating acaryas.
[Srila Prabhupada clearly did not state “diksa-guru” nor “acarya” which is a direct repudiation of the successor diksa-guru accepting their own disciples senario in ISKCON.]
Tamala Krsna: Is that called ritvik-acarya?
Prabhupada: Ritvik, yes.
[Srila Prabhupada equates “officiating acarya” with “ritvik” which is the second direct repudiation of the successor diksa-guru senario in ISKCON.]
Satsvarupa: Then what is the relationship of that person who gives the initiation and the…
Prabhupada: He’s guru. He’s guru.

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Srila Prabhupada re: The Speed of the Mind – Prabhupada 0102

April 10, 2016 in Hari Nama Dasa by Laksman dasa

Submitted by: Hasti Gopala Dasa

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REFUTATION OF VEDAVYAS’S “REBUTTAL OF THE RITVIK PHILOSOPHY”

January 3, 2014 in Hari Nama Dasa, Narasimha Dasa by KHD

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REFUTATION OF VEDAVYAS’S “REBUTTAL OF THE RITVIK PHILOSOPHY”

The author misunderstands the subject of his rebuttal of “Prabhupada Siddhanta” as so-called ritvik philosophy, when actually Srila Prabhupada himself in his July 9, 1977 letter to all GBC and temple presidents in ISKCON worldwide is the basis for the so-called ritvik philosophy vis-à-vis initiating new diciples on his behalf. So the author’s own lack of understanding and/or ignorance of the ritvik subject matter disqualifies his entire rebuttal as mere strawman arguments missing the real point. However, the author’s thinking is so distorted from vaissnava philosophy that I will point out his own mistatements delusions of the collective.

Contrary to Vedavyas’s belief, the parampara is a line of uttama adhikaris exclusively that cannot be rubber stamped, voted in, or self appointed.. Anyone less than uttama adhikari is insufficient in knowledge and guisdance and thus not complete and subject to maya. Think on this as much as you can for it is an absolute truth regarding how Krishna tattva descends in this material world from the beginning of creation to the end. mahajana yena gatah sa pantha Read the rest of this entry →