The Dharmadvaji

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by Narayana dasa

(Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada – diksa, Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja – siksa.)

In spite of my general lack of qualifications, I feel the urge to offer my perspective on a few points regarding the latest installment of ISKCON GBC’s typically polemic obfuscations and straw-clutching. I do so because I feel that an aspect of the bigger picture in which this to and fro correspondence exists has not been aired. No doubt there exists some dots with which start a ‘Connecting the Dots’ type puzzle, but not enough to reveal to the devotees at large the forebodin

g scenario, which having once been glimpsed might enable us to make an informed decision regarding our values and sadhana.

In the light of the fact that alongside the vaisnavas my understanding is extremely puny, I am somewhat embarrassed to be saying anything at all. However I’m bold enough to think that a few devotees might find my ‘Con

nect the Dots’ picture of some worth. I understand that this GBC allegation paper to which I refer is representing the opinion of the entire GBC body, which brings me to my next point.

From the outset, I wish to clarify just who should not bother to read this refutation. It is not for the ISKCON GBC. They are lost in their own Mayic agendas and are, at least for the time being, utterly incorrigible. Better they don’t live, or don’t die. Srila Prabhupada established the GBC as a managerial body with limited jurisdiction. He wanted his temples to be autonomous, and that the local devotees would elect a temple president, and when they saw fit, remove one. The GBC have replaced that directive of Srila Prabhupada’s with an authoritarian top down appointment procedure. Of still far higher impact is the fact that they have also assumed the portfolio of spiritual preceptorship. Glaring examples of this have been given by Srimati Syamarani dd. in her refutation.

Surrender, wholly to Sri Guru is the most auspicious thing. However, when that principle of complete surrender is misappropriated by any treasonous party, an extremely dangerous situation arises. The usurper does not have to work to establish this principle of unconditional surrender, it’s already in place. All that is required of this rascal is a slight of hand to replace the bona fide object of surrender. Anyway, back on track. My appeal is to those souls whose sukrti is rising, and to those whose hearts are not contaminated beyond repair.

Our sojourn in this Mayic world has been a long, hard road. Yes it’s all Maya, a dream-like condition, but for us baddha jivas the path towards reality has been awash with blood, sweat and tears. How many births in the whole g

amut of species, from the lowest to the highest – the microbes to the demigods? Unimaginable! Then, finally the human form on Planet Earth! And then how many births in this rare biological machine? How much karmic angst before somehow o

r other our sukrti thickens and facilitates that supremely magic threshold where a pure vaisnava graces our experience? I suggest that since leaving tatastha sakti, when we made that fateful decision to ‘enjoy’ Maya, there has never been a more profoundly significant situation for us.

Please hear this point dear fellow sojourners. At this crucial time, when, like the dawn, Sri Guru is illuminating our precincts, ushering in the appearance of Sri Krsna Himself who is likened to the Sun, the dharmadvaji lurks, and with hell-bent intent he strikes the inattentive jiva down, and drags him away! How? With shaven head and wearing Holy Vaisnava tilaka, he appears before the unsuspecting sadhaka and dissuades that soul from taking the association of a pure vaisnava! The pure vaisnava can give transcendental knowledge. He can give unalloyed prema-bhakti for Krsna. He can give realization of one’s siddha deha. He can give one entrance into full blown transcendental reality. But the sadhaka is being duped and talked out of it!

“Nah! Who’d wanna do that? Anyway, even if it’s true, it wouldn’t happen to me – I got things sussed!” is a not uncommon type of laissez faire response.

“Yet the individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists. The … mind simply has not come to a realization of the evil which has been introduced into our midst. It rejects even the assumption that human creatures could espouse a philosophy which must ultimately destroy all that is good and decent.” (FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, The Elks Magazine, August 1956.)

I thought I’d include that to help clarify the astonishment I hear when the ‘street level’ strategy of the dharmadvaji is revealed. Sober up, and listen up, I say, because it’s happening to thousands of unsuspecting souls as I write. This is the way it is supposed to be.

Prabhupada warned – “Maya will try to defeat us as soon as she sees that a living soul is leaving her grip.”

So Maya needs an agent; front men to do the job. Enter the dharmadvaji – the righteous pretender. The dharmadvaji relies, for his part on stealth, and on the part of his victims, stupidity.

In this Kaliyuga, the people in general are stupid … very stupid. In the hope of finding some solace in this world they flock around Sai Baba, or Rajneesh, or Kripalu, or Ron Hubbard, or Obama, or Bob Dylan, or Jim Jones, or John Lennon, or JayZ, or the Queen. The list goes on ad infinitum; but we get the picture. They will even kowtow to the damned dharmadvaji. Like a rakshasa shape shifter (I believe Srila Prabhupada said that this Earth planet is run by rakshasas), the dharmadvaji shifts into the shape of a Vaisnava. Shaved head, tilaka, danda and maybe the very impressive wooden sandals.

That this is the case is confirmed by our Srila Prabhupada when he said -

“Regarding the poisonous effect in our Society, it is a fact and I know where from this poison tree has sprung up and how it affected practically the whole Society in a very dangerous form … I have tried to give you all Krsna Consciousness, now it is your duty to develop it. If you remain strong on the spiritual platform then your progress will not be checked or blocked … It is a fact however that the great sinister movement is within our Society … so all of you may try to save the Society from this dangerous position.” Letter to Hansaduta, 2nd September 1970.

“… the great sinister movement within our Society …” refers to the only major sinister movement on this Earth. The one overlorded by the rakshasa/illuminati fraternity.

And what is the “… poisonous effect in our Society …” what is it that has “... affected practically the whole Society in a very dangerous form …”?

The infiltrator, agents for the rakshasa/illuminati fraternity. The Trojan Horse stooges and their sycophants – cognizant or otherwise. And their agenda? To subjugate or neutralize, in one way or another, their perceived opposition. Why? Because that is what demons do. They ruin all good and wholesome things.

We hear from Bhagavad gita, 16th chapter – ” … the demoniac, who are lost to themselves, and who have no intelligence, engage in unbeneficial, horrible works meant to destroy the World.”

In this case, Srila Prabhupada’s ISKCON. I do not refer here to land and buildings nor the social milieu. I speak of pure bhakti, the soul’s very essence, for the dissemination of which Srila Prabhupada founded ISKCON.

This ‘implanting’ is a common ploy for the illuminati fraternity. Many an organization which started out as well-intended has been derailed, neutered or eaten out from within by these Global predators.

Srila Prabhupada said “… it is a fact …” The founder/acarya says it is a fact. Shall we take notice?

On occasions, I have broached this subject (the contents of the above quote from Srila Prabhupada) with some of my Godbrothers, and alarmingly, they really haven’t a clue what is being spoken of here. May I share with you the ominous perspective which I think I see?

ISKCON is a victim. Please be mindful that in this instance we are noting Srila Prabhupada’s analysis here, not mine. Another relatively modern example is Greenpeace. Others include Christianity, national governments, the news media, the medical profession, the entertainment industry, energy companies, educational institutions, food production, law enforcement, the military etc. Have look at Monsanto, one of the demons’ main food control arms, and note what is doing in India at present. It paid off the Indian government and is now wreaking havoc with cotton and food production.

In his book The International Jew, which is an edited compilation of articles he wrote for his newspaper The Dearborn Independent during the early 1920’s, my Godbrother Ambarisa prabhu’s great grandfather Henry Ford SR wrote an expozay on the insidious, international demonic agenda. In that book of erudite research he often referred to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which is a very enlightening testimony to the megalomaniacs’ global agenda and a must read for those wanting a handle on the bigger World picture and it’s conspiratorial nature. The “Protocols” was banned in some countries at different times. Banning an item is a sure symptom of paranoia, and is tantamount to confirming the accuracy of the banned item. I recall that Godbrother Kundali prabhu’s Our Mission series of books were banned by the GBC. Talk about shining a light into dark places!

Srila Prabhupada said, “… it is a fact …” The founder/acarya says it is a fact. Shall we take notice?

I ought to quote here from the last sentence in the puny and sad allegation from the GBC “… we must follow Prabhupada with absolute sincerity.” How to reconcile this GBC statement with their performance to date?

So here’s a good start for the ISKCON members – “… so all of you may try to save the Society from this dangerous position.” There’s no way the dharmadvaji/GBC fraternity would be willing, as it would be like the cops investigating themselves. This proposal portends a major exercise! Any takers?

And so, has the Society been saved from this dangerous position? “ … I know where this poison tree has sprung up … ” Do we know? Srila Prabhupada’s disciples and their children and now their children – do we know? Why not? So, is the “… dangerous position …” and the “… dangerous form …” still in place? Alive and well, I suggest.

This “… poisonous effect in our Society …” is entrenched. It has become institutionalized. It is the norm. I propose that it is this all-pervasive sense of normality that is in jeopardy when the ‘kan-guru’ chants – “Don’t rock the boat!”, “Co-operate for Prabhupada!”, “Be chaste to ISKCON!”, “ISKCON is Prabhupada’s body!” [ The dharmadvajis poisoned Srila Prabhupada’s body, so if it holds true that ISKCON is Srila Prabhupada’s body, then by inference we can understand the poisoning includes ISKCON.]

Srila Prabhupada outlined what it would take to thwart the effects of these sinister infiltrators.

“IF you remain strong on the spiritual platform then your progress will not be checked or blocked.” “… so ALL of you may try to SAVE the Society from this dangerous position.”

So, let’s follow Srila Prabhupada’s directive here. “IF you remain strong.”

There are fundamental principles, which, if applied, will cultivate strength on the spiritual platform. However, for the purpose of this analysis, and to stick with the theme at hand, I will mention one. SADHU SANGA. And in particular here, this points to the absolute necessity of discerning the maha-bhagavata suddha vaisnava from the hypocritically devout. Both Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, and Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Prabhupada on the pretenders. The wolves in sheepskin.

Here is some pertinent advice from our Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura -

“There are two types of dharmadvajis – the hypocrites and the fools, or the cheaters and the cheated. Such hypocrisy in jnana-kanda and karma-kanda is also condemned. In devotional service, this hypocrisy ruins everything. Better, associate with sense enjoyers, for in this whole world there is no worse association than the dharmadvaji. The deceitful dharmadvajis accept the signs of dharma with a desire to cheat the world, and to fulfill their crooked desires they cheat the foolish by helping them in their rascal-dom. Some of them become gurus and others become disciples, and by trickery, they accumulate wealth, women, false-prestige, and material assets. If one gives up the association of crooked hypocrites, then he can honestly engage in devotional service.” [Emphasis mine]

So Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura is telling here that the ‘disciple’ of the dharmadvaji is also a dharmadvaji. He further explains that such rascals simply prospect for wealth, women, false-prestige and material assets, and that there is NO WORSE ASSOCIATION IN THE WORLD! He encourages us to give up the association of crooked hypocrites, then we can honestly engage in devotional service. The dharmadvaji will do ANYTHING to maintain control over unsuspecting jivas. One thing he CANNOT imbibe, WILL NOT imbibe and will NEVER preach properly and thoroughly is GURU-TATTVA. Sri Guru-tattva is the garlic and the cross for these draculas.

Am I sounding too heavy? Am I yelling “FIRE!” too loudly? We must connect the dots here. It behooves us to stop pussy-footing around – if the shoe fits WEAR IT! There is way too much at stake. What do we contemplate and aspire for? Transcendental reality, or fancymental duality?

Srila Prabhupada and our whole guru-varga to the present global Vaisnava acarya, om visnupada paramahamsa parivrajakacarya astotarasata yugacarya Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Goswami Maharaja, come from the eternal transcendental abode of love and affection. They have a common mission—to take us with them, back to that blissful realm. Period. No politics, no envy, no malice, no ulterior motives, no ducking, diving accusing and denying! No sucking up ‘disciples’ adulations and coveting other’s ‘disciples’. No flagrantly gross activities with the subsequent lying and cover-ups. No threats and bans. No misappropriation of Sri Guru’s property. No Swiss bank accounts and luxury apartments. No authoritarianism.

If Sri Guru’s mission sounds too good to be true, maybe it’s because many misdirected souls, while taking their experience under the dharmadvajis to be normality, have become desensitized to so much abominable cheating, therefore perceiving cheating to be truth and vice versa. Of course our false egos don’t want to be wrong. One problem is however, that the longer we live a lie, the more tenacious the lie becomes. We’d rather die than eat humble pie!

The Truth is on the table here. There is nothing more important—there is nothing bigger or better. Of course what that means to us depends largely, nay, entirely on who we allow to describe it for us. The alternative to the truth is a gigantic theatre. A bizarre freak show where we mix with fellow dreamers and strut our stuff in vain. Pull the plug on the ‘righteous’ pretenders. Don’t allow them to highjack you, jiva – not in the final hour of your dream. The devastating result of worshipping the dharmadvaji or associating with those who do worship him, is that one’s bhakti creeper is uprooted and trampled, and one’s sukrti, which has been such a long time in the making, is erased.

Once again, Srila Prabhupada’s warning – “Maya will try to defeat us as soon as she sees that a living soul is leaving her grip.”

From what quarter will Maya strike? From many quarters, but the one I’ve just mentioned is hands down the most devastating. To blaspheme the pure vaisnavas, or to associate with those who blaspheme; and/or to dissuade the aspiring sadhaka from hearing from the pure vaisnavas, or to associate with those who dissuade so. From this quarter comes the great shredder of all good fortune.

Some persons say that everything is in Prabhupada’s books (Meaning that there is no need to seek any other spiritual input from anywhere else.) So, in his books, how many times has our dear Srila Prabhupada written that one should hear from a pure vaisnava?

The following is but one of many.

Bhaktya bhagavatam grahyam na buddhya na ca tikaya.

“One has to understand Srimad Bhagavatam through the process of devotional service and by hearing the recitation of a pure devotee”. (Madhya-lila, Ch. 22, text 131, Purport).

And, as Srila Prabhupada advised in his famous commentary on chanting Hare Krsna —

“When the mantra is chanted by a pure devotee of the Lord, it has the greatest effect on hearers, and therefore this chanting should be heard from the lips of a pure devotee of the Lord, so that immediate effects can be achieved. As far as possible, chanting from the lips of non-devotees should be avoided, just as one would avoid milk touched by the lips of a serpent because it has poisonous effects.” [serpent/rakshasa? No pun intended here]

This hearing the recitation from a pure devotee means LIVE hearing. Sabda-brahma is only partially conveyed via the recorded medium. The recorded audio can impart meanings, concepts and might instill enthusiasm, but does not deliver that supremely magical transcendental sound vibration, sabda-brahma.

Srila Narottama dasa Thakura composed ‘Sri Guru Carana Padma’.

“The lotus feet of Sri Gurudeva are the treasure-house of Sri, unalloyed prema-bhakti for Krsna.”

Oh, fellow jivas! This prayer is exclusively for addressing Sri Guru. It should never be sung to a baddha-jiva who doesn’t have unalloyed prema-bhakti for Krsna, what to speak of the dharmadvaji described by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura!

I understand that when someone praises or criticizes a person, a kind of psychic bridge is established between the two parties. If the person being addressed has bad habits, the very tendency that he is being criticized for, plus any other weaknesses he might have, are transferred back to the criticizer via that psychic bridge.

The prayer goes on – “Sri guru-carane rati, ei se uttama gati” – “No aspiration beyond his words should enter, because his instructions bring one to the highest goal – rati, attachment for his lotus feet.”

Don’t partake of this convoluted travesty. Srila Prabhupada often told us about the nature of this world. He said it is comprised of cheaters and the cheated. So are we safe from being cheated when we sing Sri Guru carana padma to our gurudeva? I suggest that it depends entirely on who we address this prayer to. We could be supremely safe, or it could be that we are being cheated … big time! Cheated beyond our wildest conception.

One giveaway symptom of the righteous pretender—the hypocritically devout dharmadvaji—is the insidious strategy of establishing in the minds (mind control in common speak) of the ‘common’ devotees, the idea that the vertical lines separating the various Vaisnava groups or sangas, have significance. Actually, the lines that matter are the horizontal ones which demarcate the adhikaras, or sraddha in bhakti. Progressing from less than kanistha right up to uttama, is, in part, the dynamic of our sadhana. To exchange with the devotees according to their adhikara or sraddha in bhakti is most essential. The shaven headed control freak will promote the vertical borders, for it shifts the general focus from the horizontal ones which, if studied, would expose his lack of adhikara. At the same time the strategy just mentioned tends to bolster up the borders between the sangas thereby minimizing the potential asset leakage (disciple escape). The pretender makes out that he is giving God, but actually he is preventing connection with God. He is an atheist! We now have an organized religion.

The following is a quote from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura on organized religion –

“The church (spiritual institution, organized religion) that has the best chance of survival in this damned world is that of atheism under the convenient guise of theism. The churches (temples) have always proved the staunchest upholders of the grossest form of worldliness from which even the worst of non-ecclesiastical criminals are found to recoil.”.

An interesting note here is in regard to the madhyama-adhikari. The middle class devotee can appreciate his fellow devotee friends in terms of their qualifications, and thereby does not commit the offense of worshipping the dharmadvaji, nor does he commit the offence of neglecting the uttama devotee. Also from the madhyama platform he does not often fall down, although his advancement will be checked if he fails to take guidance from an uttama-maha-bhagavat Vaisnava.

With regard to the variously qualified Vaisnavas, the righteous pretenders and the kanistha devotees, are not equipped to distinguish who is who. Their situation might have the appearance of being ‘in order’, but they blunder through a veritable mine field of offences. If our sukrti does not enable us to associate with an actual transcendentally situated Vaisnava, then God help us!

Take heart though! When sukrti is thick enough we will be inspired from within to hear from a pure Vaisnava. If we get banned from some organized religion as a result of our sukrti thickening, then that might further confirm our being on track. Often the administrators of an organized religion will confirm for you if you are approaching an actual pure vaisnava…they’ll ban you! If there exists one favourable act of theirs, this is it!

While being very mindful of the ulterior motives which often accompany criticism, we can’t afford to cower behind the excuse of potential offense and not sift the data. If the shoe fits …

The following quote By Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, from Sri Gaudiya Patrika might shed some light.

“When a disciple humbly asks his spiritual master to instruct him on how to identify a Vaisnava, the spiritual master, desiring the welfare of his disciple and of the whole world, explains that those who exhibit unholy behaviour are non-Vaisnavas. He thus points out how to identify true Vaisnavas through antithesis.

With the motive of encouraging one to accept the shelter of the lotus feet of a true Vaisnava by abandoning false, so-called preachers of religion, one neither risks committing blasphemy of saints (sadhu-ninda) nor vaisnava-aparadha (offence to Vaisnavas). In such cases, even criticism directed at a specific person is free from fault. These are all examples of criticizing with the proper motive.”

Love and affection, or fear and rejection? There is a difference, a world of difference. It is like night and day WHEN we can HEAR from the lips of a pure vaisnava. Do we want to become Krsna conscious, conscious of Krsna and to share more of Krsna’s consciousness? To pray to Krsna for proper guidance is most appropriate. He is so kind. He will answer our prayers, and arrange that we meet a sweet and honest guru; a pure Vaisnava whom we can love and trust. Otherwise we become enveloped in the debilitating, cloying gray soup of unbridled speculation.

Presently, on this planet Earth, the demons (the rakshasa/illuminati fraternity) are coming down the home straight with global tyranny as their goal. This event is but the latest in the same-old ongoing agenda that the demonically inclined never seem to tire of. It is polarizing the populace. In due course, the game plan will become obvious to even the most slothful TV addicted, fluoride drinking, vaccinated, state-schooled meat-head. However, the ill-intended ones don’t/cannot figure Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s mission into their equation. I believe that transcendental intervention is mostly, maybe entirely under their radar.

There will be trying times ahead. We cannot afford to be divided and conquered. On whose side will we stand and be counted … the divine or the demoniac? My take on the scenario is this … and it might sound overly simplistic, it might sound overly heavy … IT DEPENDS ON WHOSE FEET WE WORSHIP!

Personally, I am not an exemplary sadhaka. Having said that, I’ve seen, in my day, a lot of fraud and hypocrisy wearing a devotional guise, and I would like to think that a little something I have said here, the nature of which has been gleaned over the years (usually the hard way), might be of some merit. You decide.

We are all in this together. We are all supposed to be heading for the ‘Big Show’—transcendental reality. Can we see just who has this reality to give? Or are we ‘content’ in the gray soup?

Vaisnava dasa anu dasa

Narayana dasa

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8 Responses to “The Dharmadvaji”

  1. Radhakanta dasa says:

    I read after so many days – great perspective of how maya comes in the guise of devotee vaisnava and how vigilant one has to be

  2. is this the bold and beautiful, the golden girls, peyton place, home and away, neighbours, no its the same old rift blowing around in the wind like a dirty pair of old socks. Only time in my life I liked to clean socks was when they were from the holy feet of sri narayana maharaja, even the sweat smelt like nectar, as for the rest, might go back to neighbours.

  3. Sadananda das says:

    Good to see someone with the nerve to lay it down as it is.
    Hare Krsna
    Jai Gurudeva

  4. Jaya Sri says:

    You should publish this on FaceBook.

  5. gaura govinda das says:

    This is truly the essence of what is wrong with the great ecclesiastical institutions. They are run by those you have put a value on material conceptions that is over and above the spiritual. This stems from the innate fear of the spirit soul to admit that he has a spiritual form. We have become so accustomed to our material body and minds that we can not conceive of having a spiritual body. Indeed we have such a great fear of this that we will do everything in our power to avoid facing our true selves. Being attached to our body and mind causes us to dictate our desires toward the material. The overlaying of this material conception in the realm of spirituality manifests in what we see in all so-called spiritual movements. The result is absolute failure in the true sense of the word. Spiritual life must bring the aspiring soul out of the material conceptions. This can only be done by one who is free from its influences. That soul is very rare. His ability to transform the conditioned soul is rather like magic. It is not understood by the mentalists, false logicians, scientists and professional wranglers. Thus he is rarely appreciated. What happens in the minds of the materialist is that he imposes his limitations on the liberated soul and thus he finds fault where there is none. One must pray very earnestly for real guidance. This will protect one from the distractions of the false gurus. Good luck.

  6. Sudarsana Das Vanachari says:

    A very well thought out piece. Thank you Prabhu!

    p.s. It was nice to see you in 2008 (Murwillumbah) after such a long spell.

  7. sanatanadas NZ says:

    Harikrsna Narayan iam glad that you have exposed this element within Iskcon.Srila Gurudeva warned us all in Murwillumbah in 2006 ” Beware the demons are every were”
    “Raksasis learn mystic powers by which they can travel in outer space without machines. In some parts of India there are still such mystical witches, who can sit on a stick and use it to fly from one place to another in a very short time. This art was known to Putana. Assuming the feature of a very beautiful woman, she entered Nanda Maharaja’s abode, Gokula.”

    Srimad-Bhagavatam 10:6:4

    The criticism of Srila Gurudeva by some Iskcon members is not out of ignorance but out of design.

  8. BV Damodara says:

    Some really great quotes and ideas in that article,
    Thanks Prabhu


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