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By Iksvaku das
If you read this article's headline and immediately, with great anticipation hoped to find some new expose' about what else could be found wrong with ISKCON, this letter is specifically written for you. However, if you are sincerely reading this article to see where I'm coming from this letter is also written for you and please read on.
Before we talk about problems, we should first define ISKCON. ISKCON is a society of International size, which is promoting everything that has to do with establishing love of God, or God Consciousness, very specifically Krishna. By definition that would mean anyone who is truly helping to solve the real problems of this world is a member of ISKCON. However, there are times when we do not act in a manner prescribed as what furthers the cause of our loving God and we should not think that we can blame God for that or that we are acting as a representative of what love of God or ISKCON is when we do. To put this in terms enabling us to understand the ill effects of our acts that are against the furtherance of God’s purest love let us look at ourselves as agents acting on behalf of a nation.
Being born in the U. S. consider me (for definitions sake) a U. S. agent who is given specific instructions regarding my assignment to defeat my enemies plot to plunder my nation and destroy it at all costs. My leader has instructed me to learn the ways of our enemy and to do everything I can to thwart my enemies attempts to destroy my nation. If, rather than abide by my countries instruction I break all my country's laws, undermining my leaders, commit abominable acts hoping not only to degrade the image of my nation, but to secretly join forces with my previous enemy would I not be deemed a mutinous traitor. Can I still be considered a member of the nation I was representing just because I was born there? Can it be said that I acted on my nations behalf when I committed abominable acts against my nations instructions? Any time we act on behalf of maya we are in effect furthering the cause of our enemy. Are we not?
The Society of Krishna, which is constantly promoting Love of God, does not have any problems. Anyone reading this who thinks promoting love of God is not the activities of the members in good standing who are strictly abiding by the teachings of His Divine Grace, Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, has a real serious problem: aparadha. Guru aparadha is one thing but today we have a new phenomena. I'll call it guru slaughter. At the time Srimad Bhagavatam was spoken by Sukhadeva Goswami to Mahraj Pariksit the sages who heard Suta Goswami's instructions considered it difficult to accept that cow slaughter could become as prominent as practiced today. How much more difficult it would be for them to see what's happening to one of the most pure Vaisnava's to have set foot on this planet. Some of his own disciples are putting him on the 'chopping block' of the meat-eating society's courtrooms, hoping to expose his teachings to the world as unfit for mankind.
How dare anyone exalt themselves as a soul pure enough to judge the deeds, purports, or intentions of a shakti vesh avatar, when they say, "He didn't give us enough," or "He gave us more than we could handle," or "he shouldn't have put me in such a position," etc. Whoever takes Srila Prabhupada to court gives the judge the right to judge Srila Prabhupada's teachings. When a disciple of His Divine Grace goes to the Judges of the Land in whose courtrooms are found no justice and hopes to condemn the most innocent, their guru, they are committing the most serious aparadha.
How dare I say there is no justice in the courthouses of the lands? When the judges inhumanely partake in the consumption of slaughtered flesh of innocent souls believed to be edible and they pass judgments on other's lesser crimes, I rightly say there is no justice in their courtrooms. When a court does not acknowledge the crime of lying lawyers (as they persuade their clients to say they're innocent when they are not etc. ) but allows it as everyday practice of law; I rightly say there is no justice. If you think this is not common practice in the courts you are just as blind as their justice is admitted to be. Blindness in not by any means a virtue. They do not know that.
How dare any disciple take the pure, self realized soul Srila Prabhupada is, who has brought them the greatest mercy and given them the opportunity to become delivered from the pangs of birth, death, old age and disease altogether and make Him a public spectacle in the eyes of the world. By this untaught act you are committing yourself to an eternal place where mercy may never again show herself. You do remember the meaning of nitya baddha don't you: oh eternally bound one?
Taking the teachings of some of the greatest saints this planet has seen, as given by a pure spiritual master (Srila Prabhupada), defying those teachings with ones deeds, blaming your guru for the deeds you do, and then taking his establishment to court with the hope of slowing, or even ending the furtherance of His Divine efforts to establish pure love of God in the land, you commit the greatest abomination I believe anyone could ever commit. Anyone who attempts to stop the ISKCON institution or the furtherance of the precepts established by His Divine Grace, Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada needs to seriously consider the effects their activities will have on their future well being, spiritually and materially.
My only hope in writing this is that you who have committed these abominations will wake up and turn your course towards Krishna's mercy once again. Ask yourself, "How pure is my sadhana? Am I becoming pure? Why not? Do I still believe in devotional service? How can I really serve Krishna?"
You cannot hope to please God and stop Srila Prabhupada's mission at the same time. ISKCON is Srila Prabhupada's institution. It always has been and always will be. The books Srila Prabhupada has written will last for the next 10,000 years and nothing you try to do will ever keep that from happening no matter how powerful you think you are. Krishna is God. You are fallen. Get up! Give someone a book again. Remember why you are here. You'll be glad you did. You might even be forgiven, if that's possible.
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