Editorial follow-up


Back To Prabhupada, Issue 42, Winter 2013/14

In last issue's Editorial, "The IRM Way", we highlighted the following simple formula:

Allegation – Evidence = Allegation.
Allegation + Evidence = Fact.

Therefore, whenever one hears pronouncements, whether it is from politicians, establishment "scientists" or persons claiming to be spiritual leaders, one should always apply this formula to see if they are actually speaking the truth. Consider the following declarations made by GBC-elected guru hoaxer Sankarshan Dasa ("SAD"). On 24/10/13, SAD was asked by a follower to explain: "who is a bona fide diksa (initiating) guru in ISKCON". SAD replied with the following allegations:

"Srila Prabhupada said that his disciples would be the next gurus after him the line of disciplic succession."
"He directly ordered them to become gurus."
"Srila Prabhupada's disciples who are following Srila Prabhupada's mandate to make disciples are not self-made gurus because they are acting as gurus in accordance with the order that they have received from Srila Prabhupada."

Please note that in all of these 3 cases, SAD alleges some statement that Srila Prabhupada supposedly made, but refuses to quote Srila Prabhupada actually stating it! These glaring omissions from SAD should immediately raise our suspicions that some cheating may be going on. Because one would expect SAD to just produce these so-called orders from Srila Prabhupada that he claims exist, especially as it would take him no more time and space to quote them as it does to allege them!

On further investigation, the reason for such glaring omissions becomes obvious. It is because, in fact, Srila Prabhupada never stated what SAD alleges! Indeed, SAD only became a guru almost a quarter of a century after Srila Prabhupada departed, due to only then finally managing to convince the GBC to give him the requisite number of "no objection" votes to become a guru. Therefore, if SAD was actually "directly ordered" to be guru and he is "acting in accordance" with this order as he claims, then Srila Prabhupada would have had to issue the following order to SAD:

"You can only become a guru if and when the GBC gives you the correct number of votes to do so, otherwise you can never become guru."

And anyone can verify for themselves that Srila Prabhupada never gave this "direct order" to SAD.

Thus, applying the formula above, we can immediately note that SAD is not able to elevate his allegations into facts through furnishing the appropriate evidence. Instead, SAD is hoping that we will just take his word that the allegations he makes are true.

Unfortunately, throughout history, unscrupulous leaders have been able to mislead and fool followers because the latter are not trained to distinguish between allegations and facts via the existence of evidence. And, unfortunately, ISKCON -- which is supposed to be providing an alternative to such illusion and ignorance -- is also engaging in the same cheating activities. Misleaders such as SAD make false allegations, and blind followers swallow whatever rubbish they spout. They are deliberately not being trained in even the basics of Krsna consciousness, such as verifying all claims by reference to authority, which in ISKCON is Srila Prabhupada's recorded teachings.

However, through its educational activities, the IRM is continuing to thwart such cheating.

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