We All Want Prabhupada!


Back To Prabhupada, Issue 37, Autumn 2012

One of the chief disciples of HH Gour Govinda Swami, an ISKCON guru who left his body over 16 years ago, is Madhavananda Dasa who has published Gour Govinda Swami's biography. Madhavananda Dasa explains in an interview how he came to accept GGS as his guru:

"I prayed to Prabhupada, 'Please, I know now I need a guru, but I need someone like you. I just can't accept anyone else'".
(MD interview, 25/8/2012)

This sentiment is typical of most ISKCON devotees. They want Srila Prabhupada as their guru, rather than the default rtviks pretending to be diksa gurus that the GBC offers. Hence, the GBC needs to concoct the lie that Srila Prabhupada is unavailable due to his not being physically present, and therefore "you will need to accept one of us instead!". This illustrates just how crucial the "diksa guru physicality" myth, debunked in the last article, is to the whole guru hoax program. One may argue that devotees want someone like Srila Prabhupada who is also physically present. But, many of Srila Prabhupada's disciples never met him, and they wanted, and still want, Srila Prabhupada. And, as just admitted by Kripamoya Dasa, most ISKCON gurus hardly interact physically with their disciples anyway. So, the lack of physical presence does not prevent anyone from accepting Srila Prabhupada as their diksa guru.

They simply need to be informed that he is still available.

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