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Is Puru Right?
By Nitai Charan das

All glory to Srila Prabhupada!

I just read through the latest article by Puru das published on VNN titled "Dvesa (Enmity): The Enemy of Bhakti". It seems that every few months or so Puru das publishes another of these lengthy sermons that always end up saying the same thing. According to Puru das's logic, Narayana Maharaja is a pure devotee and a genuine Guru and the things he says are instructions coming from Krishna Himself, so everyone should follow the instructions given by Narayana Maharaja. But the logic employed by Puru das in this new article is wrong, just as in his previous articles.

According to Puru das:

Puru says, "If I am too busy pretending to be sad-guru without the qualification then perhaps I have no time or inclination to take sadhu-sanga and hear from those with superior adhikara or realization than myself. "

Puru das thinks that those Gurus who don't like to associate with Narayana Maharaja are merely pretenders. Small minded pretenders who don't have the vision to see that Narayana Maharaja is presenting a higher understanding of Krishna Consciousness than what they themselves have understood.

But is this statement of Puru's right? Maybe there are some valid reasons why some senior devotees have openly come out and said that they don't like to associate with Narayana Maharaja. Many senior devotees simply do not agree with Narayana Maharaja's version of Gaudiya Vaisnava philosophy.

It's not just the GBC that is saying Narayana Maharaja's preaching is not in line with the teachings of the previous Acharyas. Outside of ISKCON there are several Acharyas of different branches of the Gaudiya Sampradaya who also disagree with Narayana Maharaja's philosophy. The Spiritual Masters of Imilitala Gaudiya Math, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Sri Narasingha Caitanya Matha and other Gaudiya Missions also disagree with Narayana Maharaja on many serious issues.

Puru das's logic just doesn't hold up. His long articles full of (mis)quotes are really only a form of propaganda. The aim of his propaganda is, as always, to get people to join up as a follower of Narayana Maharaja. And VNN is the main vehicle on the internet for distributing this propaganda.

I have avoided VNN for a couple of years or so. Many devotees may think VNN simply publishes news items "without fear or favour" but this is not the case. The editorial policy of VNN is controlled by people who are in one particular group: the followers of Narayan Maharaja and his associates.

Have you ever seen any article on VNN that openly challenges Narayana Maharaja's ideas? A couple of articles have been published which question the correctness of Narayana Maharaja's ideas. But have you ever seen any article on VNN openly challenging Narayana Maharaja's philosophy? VNN doesn't publish articles like that.

You will find plenty of articles attacking the GBC and plenty of stories putting forward serious allegations and rumours about senior devotees of ISKCON. Many articles were published on VNN a year or so ago making the claim that Srila Prabhupda was poisoned by some of his senior disciples. But do you see articles on VNN that critically examine Narayana Maharaja's behavior. For instance, has VNN ever published any articles that look at Narayana Maharaja's tendency to say things that are false and untrue?

Narayana Maharaja has made many claims about his supposedly intimate relationship with Srila Prabhupada, Srila Sridhar Maharaja, and Srila Puri Maharaja. But the most senior disciples of Srila Prabhupada, Srila Sridhar Maharaja, and Srila Puri Maharaja consider these claims to be false and misleading.

Narayana Maharaja is a disciple of Sripad Keshava Maharaja, and he had some connection with Srila Prabhupada. Indeed Srila Prabhupada had some affection for Narayana Maharaja. But Srila Prabhupada also had a great deal of affection for disciples such as Harikesa, Kirtanananda and Bhavananada. The fact that Harikesa was the recipient of His affection doesn't automatically mean that everything Harikesa says and does is Divine. We all need to use some discrimination and check to see if the Gurus we are following are genuine Gurus. And when I examine what Narayana Maharaja has said I find that he is saying things that are false and misleading, simply for the purpose of collecting followers for himself from amongst the devotees serving at the temples of Srila Prabhupada, Srila Sridhar Maharaja, Srila Puri Maharaja and elsewhere. Consequently, I find it is impossible to have any faith in him.

A pure devotee may want to gather devotees from different places around himself so he can communicate the teachings he received from his own Spiritual Master to them. But the pure devotee will not have any personal desire to acquire followers, money, or lady-love for himself. Yet we find that Narayana Maharaja's followers such as Puru das are openly making propaganda that devotees should leave a Guru in good standing and go to Narayana Maharaja if the Spiritual Master himself doesn't agree to become a follower of Narayana Maharaja. And Narayana Maharaja is giving his initiation to people who accept this sort of propaganda. Surely this type of bogus preaching, which aims to disturb the faith of the disciples and get them to join up as members of Narayana Maharaja's sect, is an offence at the feet of Sri Hari, Guru and the Vaisnavas.

Your servant, Nitai Charan das

© CHAKRA 25-July-2001

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