Kundali Off Line

BY ADRIDHARAN DAS

Jan 27,  2000   When someone has been defeated in a debate, they have two options. They can be a gentleman and concede, or they can try to change the subject in some way to avoid answering the other person's argument. The self acclaimed scholar Kundali opted for the latter approach when he wrote:

"I did not see whatever Adri wrote in response to my deconstructing ritivkism, because I was off line for several weeks."

This has to be the most pathetic excuse for not answering our points we have ever seen. Kundali then sets out to refute, not what we wrote- but:

"The gist of what I heard about Adri's tirade."

He then proceeds to attack a straw man distorted 'gist', instead of our actual position. And this man thinks he is a scholar! What sort of scholar would consistently set out to defeat things he has never read, and clearly knows little about. It seems he would rather launch into irrelevant and illogical ad hominem attacks than simply answer our points directly. If this is scholarship, then it is heavily tinged with passion and ignorance. It is strange that he should take this approach since he himself whinges:

" In no civil court of law can you make your case simply by leveling an accusation. You have to prove your case." " It did not even address the topic I put on the table." (Kundali das)

This is exactly what Kundali has done in his posting.

As for the question of whether or not Rupa Goswami supports the 'ritvik' concept, if Kundali had any idea what the 'ritvik' idea was then he would not even ask such a silly question. We assert that Srila Prabhupada is the diksa Guru for ISKCON (based on his final instructions on initiation). Rupa Goswami fully supports the notion that bona fide spiritual masters can initiate disciples. Indeed it is Kundali who has proposed his own idea - that Bona Fide diksa Gurus can *only* initiate based on considerations of time and space - as defined by Kundali Muni. It is this *restriction* on the activities of the Bona Fide diksa Guru that *Kundali* needs to support from the teachings of Srila Prabhupada.

So now Kundaliji is back on line, at least technologically, perhaps he would like to directly deal with the points we made. To make it easier we shall number them so everyone will see whether or not he actually answers us next time:

  1. Kundali wrote previously:
     

"But if one is not, one gets caught up in the ritvik (rit-twit) word jugglery and other foolish antics that they employ to try and squeeze their mental wranglings into the teachings of Srila Prabhupada, whereby they eke out meaning from the word "henceforth" that puts Srila Prabhupada at odds with the parampara conclusions of our great acarya, Srila Rupa Gosvami."

Had Kundali studied the ritvik position (as expressed in The Final Order and the No Change papers) he would not have written the above, since it is demonstrable nonsense. We clearly state that one could dispense with the word 'henceforward' (notice our 'scholar' cannot even get the word right) and our position is not altered or damaged one jot. Let us quote from the paper Kundali refuses to read:

"Furthermore the argument that the whole ritvik system 'hangs' on one word - henceforward - is untenable, since even if we take the word out of the letter, nothing has changed. One still has a system set up by Srila Prabhupada four months before his departure, with no subsequent instruction to terminate it. Without such a counter instruction, this letter would still remain intact as Srila Prabhupada's final instruction on initiation." 
(The Final Order (1996) page 3)

  1. Also Kundali has never actually shown how Srila Prabhupada's continued status as ISKCON's current link to the succession puts him or us 'at odds with the parampara conclusions' of Srila Rupa Gosvami. It seems that to Kundali's mind, unless Srila Rupa Goswami directly mentions something, then it must be bogus. Yet he did not directly mention the GBC, nor ISKCON, nor giving gayatri by magnetic tape, nor the BBT, nor pre-samadhi ritvik, nor Sanyasis giving marriage ceremony etc etc. For some peculiar reason Kundali singles out the ritvik system (which Srila Prabhupada personally installed) as something that must be stopped at all cost. Our question is:

    -On what basis has Kundali decided which instructions of Srila Prabhupada not mentioned by Srila Rupa Goswami we can follow, and which we cannot?-
  2. Kundali confirms his lack of understanding with the following:
     

"So, all the rit-twits have to do to make their views stick is stop citing Prabhupada quotes in a one-sided way, stop their twisted logic long enough to show me where ritvik guru is part of Srila Rupa Gosvami's teachings and the debate is over. So simple."


As anyone who had bothered to read our position papers would know, *We* have never proposed nor even used the term 'ritvik-guru'. So we have no idea what Kundali is talking about here. More fabrication from a mind too lazy, or prejudiced, to properly study the position he is supposed to be 'deconstructing'. The guru the IRM's 'No Change' position speaks of is the maha-bhagavata diksa Guru, as represented by Srila Prabhupada.

We make no mention of any type of 'ritvik-guru'- whatever that entity may be.

We hope Kundali prabhu will either have the decency to respond to what we actually say, or admit defeat. If he does neither then we shall know he truly is 'off line', at least as far as Srila Prabhupada's teachings are concerned.