In a previous article we exposed the real truth about Bhakti Caru Swami's supposed desire to 'keep Srila Prabhupada in the centre'. While he may SPEAK about keeping Srila Prabhupada in the centre, when it comes to ACTING he ensures that HE is very much in the centre. Following our revelations previously, he has now been stung into releasing the following message on his 'BCS Istaghosti' COM:

"Guru Maharaja's reply to the Vyasa Puja offerings
Text COM3611362 (80 lines)
Date: Tue, 10 Oct 2000 09:00 +0630
From: Bhakti Caru Swami <Bhakti.Caru.Swami@pamho.net>
To: BCS Istagosthi

Please accept my blessings. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Thank you very much for your Vyasa-puja offering. I was very happy to read it. As you know, for the last few years I have not been celebrating my Vyasa-puja . This year, however, I promised the devotees of Mayapur that I would be there for that occasion. As usual, they made quite an elaborate arrangement. I was not able to stop them from doing this, but I made it a point to turn it into a "Srila Prabhupada Memorial Festival".

The name of the person this letter was written to is omitted, and it was apparently written a week ago. Thus the purpose of posting this letter now is clearly to try and counter our expose of his actions.

He tries to show how magnanimous he is that he attempted to turn his 'Vyasa-Puja' into a 'Srila Prabhupada Memorial Festival'. But if he had not decided to actually HAVE the Vyasa-Puja Festival to begin with, then the question of him needing to turn into something else would not even have arisen in the first place. So what is the value in creating the problem, and then making some gesture to try and rectify it! Take the next part of his letter as a case in point:

"After this, the devotees were supposed to have my foot bathing ceremony as well as my guru puja. But instead, I decided to show the 9th capsule of 'Abhay Charan'."

This is simply just another meaningless gesture, since even on other non-Vyasa-Puja days he has Guru-Puja and foot bathing anyway, as was reported in a previous article. Thus it is neither any real sacrifice nor does it actually solve the problem.

Finally we note in the beginning of his letter he claims that he only had Vyasa-Puja since he had promised his disciples to attend.

In other words, celebrating his Vyasa-Puja is either going to assist his disciples to come closer to Srila Prabhupada or it isn't.

If it IS, then he should always be having them.
And if it isn't - then he should NEVER be having Vyasa-Pujas.

Instead he cancels them for a few years as a grandstanding gesture, but then decides he needs some worship again. This charade fools no one. He also claims he could not 'stop' his disciples from making an 'elaborate arrangement' for himself.

He has to have Vyasa-puja for the 'benefit' of his disciples, and he is unable to 'stop' them worshipping him opulently. By this logic he is behaving as the servant of his disciples. As Srila Prabhupada states:

"He's most dangerous. He's most dangerous. He is opportunist. He's finding out customer, something here...According to the customer he is giving something, as the customers will be pleased. So he is not guru. He's a servant. He wants to serve the so-called disciples so that he may be satisfied and pay him something. He's servant. He's not guru. Guru is the master. You cannot disobey guru. But if you become a servant, you want to please the disciple by flattering him to get his money, then you are not guru, you are servant. Just like a servant pleases the master. He's not guru. He's servant. So our position should be servant, yes, but servant of the Supreme. So guru means heavy. You cannot utilize him for satisfying your whims. That is not guru."
(Srila Prabhupada Conversations: Answers to a Questionnaire from Bhavan's Journal, June 28, 1976, Vrindavan).

How about this for a novel suggestion - why not stop the 'substitute Guru's' Vyasa-Puja festival altogether - then EVERYDAY would automatically become a "Srila Prabhupada Festival" - just as it was when Srila Prabhupada was here. This is why the IRM stance is known as 'No Change'. Keep things as they were in 1977, and Srila Prabhupada will automatically be everyone's focus just as he was then. Rather BCS's plan is to FIRST REPLACE Srila Prabhupada with himself, and THEN offer some of the worship which is directed to him back to Srila Prabhupada as a grand gesture. What is not realised is that had he not FIRST decided to replace Srila Prabhupada with himself, then all the worship and offerings would automatically be going to Srila Prabhupada anyway!

As we said in a previous article:


BCS's charade fools no one.