by Krishna Kant
29, 2000 — A letter was sent by Niscala dasi to VNN claiming that
we did not answer her questions, and therefore we must be cheating. We
apologise if Niscala prabhu did not receive a response, we have been
upgrading our web site and relocating our head office so it is possible
her correspondence got mislaid. Every month we have hundreds of
correspondents to deal with, and GBC papers to answer etc, but still we
should have dealt with her letter sooner than this. Sorry.
Niscala dasi has inadvertently
employed above a classic 'straw man' argument. If she were to go back
and carefully re-read the paper 'GBC Heresies' she will see
that we do not use these quotes as direct evidence for the ritvik
position. Rather we use them to show that Srila Prabhupada's physical
presence is not required in order to give instructions - and in this
way these quotes simply eliminate one of the most common objections to
the ritvik position. So often the GBC claim that the guru must be
physically present in order to act, yet these quotes prove the
opposite. That is our only point in using them, as is clear from the
paper in question. Proof of the actual ritvik system is in legal
documents such as the July 9th directive
and Srila Prabhupada’s Final Will.
Of course the issue of whether or
not Srila Prabhupada authorised his disciples to be Diksa Gurus has
been covered extensively in 'The Final Order'
and our other many papers. In summary Srila Prabhupada states:
Please refer to the paper - 'Best Not To Accept Disciples' - where this
issued is covered in depth. The paper is on our web-site. If after
reading this paper you still have questions please let us know.
In trying to understand Srila Prabhupada's teachings we are instructed to not 'jump over' to the previous acaryas. Instead one must understand Srila Prabhupada's instructions from Srila Prabhupada himself. If you have any quotes from *Srila Prabhupada* where he speaks of the bona-fide spiritual master in the disciplic succession falling down - we would love to see them. We have many to the contrary. The fact that you have had to resort to try and quote others rather than Srila Prabhupada would indicate that you do not have any supporting quotes from our immediate authority. This fact alone should be troubling to you.
We are not interested in
instituting the ritvik system as some method to make the 'pretenders
into honest people’. We are doing it simply because that is what
Srila Prabhupada ordered. To carry out the instructions of the Guru has
to be our first priority - without which there is no question of
Finally we would like to end by agreeing with the following statement by Niscala prabhu:
We are glad that you agree that if
one does not reply with logic and sastra then it is a sign of cheating.
As you will see from the latest exchange between Kundali and the IRM, Kundali has made
it clear he cannot be bothered to reply to our points, and instead
simply explains why he does not need to reply. We hope you are honest
enough to apply your standards of cheating to 'Kundali', and
either demand he replies to our specific points, or reject him as a
We are sorry once more that we did
not answer your questions earlier, and if you still have any doubts
please write to us through our address:
or through the website as before.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada