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Summer 2005

Over the past 7 issues of BTP, we have consistently demonstrated how the great Guru hoax perpetrated on ISKCON following the physical departure of Srila Prabhupada in 1977 has wreaked havoc on the spiritual lives of thousands of devotees. These devotees should only have ever been initiated, via the representational ritvik system, as disciples of Srila Prabhupada - just as he had ordered in writing on July 9th, 1977.

Instead, the GBC foisted on the movement an unauthorised system of electing Gurus amongst themselves. The result of this illegal system has been a combination of both comedy and tragedy, as hapless devotees are forced to choose a conditioned soul as their eternal spiritual master who could at any moment fall into gross moral or spiritual deviancy - and often has.

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Ironically, this fact as we have repeatedly cited, was admitted almost a decade ago by one of these selfsame elected Gurus, HH Jayadvaita Swami, who wrote:

FACT: The ISKCON GBC has supported even fallen gurus and tried to paper over their falldowns.
FACT: ISKCON gurus have usurped and misused money, and diverted other ISKCON resources for their own personal prestige and sense gratification.
FACT: ISKCON gurus have had illicit sexual intercourse with both women and men, and possibly children as well."
(HH Jayadvaita Swami, Where the Ritvik People are Right, 1996)

With this sort of track-record, selecting a GBC-elected Guru as your worshipable spiritual master is akin to playing Russian roulette - the most dangerous form of gambling. For as Srila Prabhupada states:

"It is illegal to become a spiritual master if one is unable to deliver the disciple."
(Srimad-Bhagavatam, 2.8.7 purport)

And now it seems that the GBC Gurus themselves agree that following some of their Guru colleagues would be akin to taking a gamble with one's spiritual life:

1) Guru Sivarama Swami attacks Guru Jayapataka Swami

"(Jayapataka Swami) is a sick person…obsessed…makes lying or duplicitous behaviour fully reconcilable with service to Prabhupada."
(HH Sivarama Swami, quoted in BTP 5)

2) Guru Bhakti Vikash Swami attacks Guru Bhakti Tirtha Swami

"BTS (Bhakti Tirtha Swami) has a history of talking and publishing imaginative nonsense that disqualifies him from being an acarya. He should talk according to guru sadhu and sastra or take a mothership and fly off to another dimension. This nonsense must stop. It is simply cheating. […]
Many devotees around the world are being spiritually murdered by believing BTS's bizarre assertations (in his widely distributed book Spiritual Warrior I), for instance about "motherships" coming from "the fallen continents of Atlantis and Mu"; Skull and Bones society controlling the world by conducting human sacrifices; that the world was formerly ruled from Africa (not, as sastra and Srila Prabhupada state, from India), etc."
(Bhakti Vikash Swami, August 19th and 23rd, 2003)

3) Guru Bhakti Tirtha Swami attacks Guru Bhakti Vikash Swami

"HH Bhakti Vikasa Maharaj is weakening the faith of devotees in the structure Srila Prabhupada has set up. Maharaj last year sent in very offensive letters to the GBC saying that I was crazy and worst. They were very upset with his offensive tone…Few days ago here in CIS H.H. B.B. Govinda Maharaj explained to one EC Committee member of the GBC that Maharaj had told some of his devotees that he was not a bona fide Guru. The other day in Croatia one Sannyasi told a group of us how Maharaj made attacking comments about HH Sacinandana Swami…The leaders in Croatia are writing a letter to the EC and to HH Bhakti Vikasa Swami with complaints about his visit to Croatia, his calling me a demon, his demanding to them not to let me initiate there for he was arranging for me to be rejected as a Guru…There are reports about his visit also to Slovenia, where he tells devotees in the darshan to accept him as he is a bona fide Guru and not me. Imagine I am even the GBC of Croatia so I have obviously gone out of my way to try to tolerate Maharaj's non vaisnava behavior, but he practically destroyed the whole festival in croatia and the leaders and Sacinandana Swami wanted to let him know how disturbed they are."
(Bhakti Tirtha Swami Letter, September 1st, 2003)

4) Guru Danavir Goswami attacks Guru Hridayananda Das Goswami

Danavir Goswami's views on Hridayananda Das Goswami's paper The Moral Thesis, 2005:

"How lamentable it is that "Vaisnavas" are joining the group of mundane scholars who oppose the pure devotee's writings because, unbeknownst to them, the subject matter is transcendental to their understanding. […]
A good friend of mine wondered out loud whether to credit such ludicrous statements to poor research, inanity, intelligence stolen by illusion (mayaya-pahrta-jnana) and/or an attempt to beguile. […]
The Moral Thesis has not accurately understood these (Krishna's) pastimes. […] disobeying the instructions of the founder-acarya in the guise of magnanimity.
[…] ISKCON accepts its founder-acarya as a prominent mahajana and agrees to follow his conclusions without wrangling new interpretations to suit the current social trends-but The Moral Thesis dares to differ. […]
Yet, moral reasoning which contradicts scripture and guru and sadhu is useless […] Those who wander off into the realm of mundane wrangling and speculation (mano dharma) forgetting the simplicity of accepting the words of the spiritual master as one's life and soul also lose their status as advanced devotees."

To worship a GBC manufactured Guru who is one day lauded as a great saint and the next day pilloried as a fake, really is gambling with your soul, as Srila Prabhupada's quote from the Srimad Bhagavatam (2.8.7) above demonstrates. Or, ironically, as one of these GBC-manufactured Gurus, HH Jayadvaita Swami, states:

"One might perhaps be forgiven for thinking that for all the laws and resolutions the role of guru is still a perplexity even for the GBC."
(HH Jayadvaita Swami, Where the Ritvik People are Right, 1996)

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