ISKCON Devotees Forbidden To Understand Srila Prabhupada?

August 23, 2016 in Articles, Madhudvisa Dasa by Laksman dasa

ISKCON Devotees Forbidden
To Understand Srila Prabhupada?

BY MADHUDVISA DASA January 23, 1999 VNN2901

TORIAL, Jan 23, 1999 (VNN) — “Here is the remedy for eliminating all inauspicious things within the heart which are considered to be obstacles in the path of self-realization.

The remedy is the association of the Bhagavatas. There are two types of Bhagavatas, namely the book Bhagavata and the devotee Bhagavata. Both the Bhagavatas are competent remedies, and both of them or either of them can be good enough to eliminate the obstacles. A devotee Bhagavata is as good as the book Bhagavata because the devotee Bhagavata leads his life in terms of the book Bhagavata and the book Bhagavata is full of information about the Personality of Godhead and His pure devotees, who are also Bhagavatas.

Bhagavata book and person are identical.” (SB 1.2.18 P)

Note: The “Ministry for the Protection of ISKCON” have presented a paper to counteract Krishna Kanta’s “Final Order” called “Prabhupada’s Order”. They have given many quotes from Srila Prabhupada to show he wants his disciples to become qualified gurus, however, in the process of doing this they also attempt to establish Srila Prabhupada is no longer available, he is not a living guru and ISKCON devotees must not try to understand Srila Prabhupada or his books directly. They must see everything through their GBC approved “living guru.”

Unfortunately ISKCON have not given us a very representative selection of quotes from Srila Prabhupada on the guru issue and in many cases they have trimmed the quotes to remove sections which don’t agree with their philosophy. It’s not a very honest presentation at all. The most shocking aspect of the paper is this statement:

“Here Srila Prabhupada specifically mentions the issue of surrendering to the current link in the chain of disciplic succession. He instructs his disciples that, ‘even if you read some books, you cannot understand unless you understand it from me. This is called parampara’. He clearly explains the principal of parampara, and even explicitly states that simply to read books is not enough (a corner stone of ritvik-theory), but rather THE DISCIPLE MUST UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING THROUGH HIS OWN SPIRITUAL MASTER, AND NOT ATTEMPT TO INDEPENDENTLY UNDERSTAND THE PREVIOUS ACHARYAS.”

Note: It’s important to note the author considers Srila Prabhupada a “previous acharya” and the “bona fide” ISKCON gurus the “current acharyas”. So it’s a very heavy statement indeed–An ISKCON devotee must not attempt to independently understand Srila Prabhupada or his books!

It’s already general ISKCON policy to preach that hearing Srila Prabhupada’s classes is not very useful, they say it’s far better to hear classes from a “living guru.” ISKCON don’t consider Srila Prabhupada is a “living guru,” however, Srila Prabhupada had no intention of dying.

Reporter (2): What will happen to the movement in the United States when you die?

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