Climbdown -1: Srila Prabhupada is the guru
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Back to Prabhupada, Issue 27, Spring 2010

By Krishnakant


The new ISKCON UK website profiles Srila Prabhupada as “Founder and Spiritual Master of ISKCON”, as depicted above. This means that they acknowledge that we are all disciples of Srila Prabhupada, since Srila Prabhupada says:

“Yes, I am the spiritual master of this institution, and all the members of the Society, they’re supposed to be my disciples. They follow the rules and regulations which I ask them to follow, and they are initiated by me spiritually.”
(Srila Prabhupada Interview, 3.12.1968)

By referring to Srila Prabhupada’s status as guru for ISKCON in the singular, this must mean diksha guru, just as Srila Prabhupada states above, because whilst there can be any number of siksha gurus, there can only be one diksha guru:

“A devotee must have only one initiating spiritual master because in the scriptures acceptance of more than one is always forbidden. There is no limit, however, to the number of instructing spiritual masters one may accept.”
(Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi 1:35, purport)

Please chant: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna, Krishna, Hare, Hare,
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama, Rama, Hare, Hare.
And be Happy!