Srila Prabhupada Gives Everything


Back To Prabhupada, Issue 65, Vol 1, 2020

HH Kadamba Kanana Swami ("KKS") is a GBC-elected guru in ISKCON. He has written a book titled Guru and Disciple: Awakening Spiritual Vision which aims to validate the current ISKCON guru system of which he is a part – but as we shall see, he actually ends up defeating it! All the shaded quotes below are from this book. Emphases added.

Srila Prabhupada the diksa guru - 1

"Diksa is the process through which we are transferring transcendental knowledge, [...] The spiritual master [...] is transferring consciousness. Krsna is manifesting Himself in the pure consciousness of the spiritual master, and this comes through the spiritual master to the disciple." (p. 36)

KKS correctly explains the process of diksa and how the spiritual master transmits it, being the transfer of transcendental knowledge. As confirmed by Srila Prabhupada:

"In other words, the spiritual master awakens the sleeping living entity to his original consciousness so that he can worship Lord Visnu. This is the purpose of diksa, or initiation. Initiation means receiving the pure knowledge of spiritual consciousness."
(Cc., Madhya-lila, 9.61, purport)

KKS correctly explains that Srila Prabhupada transfers this transcendental knowledge:

"Prabhupada's books are the main substance in our lives. [...] So these transcendental books are our shelter, giving us relief from material existence." (p. 10-11)

Thus, according to KKS, Srila Prabhupada is the one who gives us this "diksa" or transcendental knowledge transfer, since Srila Prabhupada's "transcendental books are our shelter, giving us relief from material existence" and are "the main substance in our lives".

Srila Prabhupada the diksa guru - 2

"At the time of initiation, the disciple hands over his life to the spiritual master [...] when one takes shelter of the instructions of the spiritual master, then these instructions begin to flourish within one's heart and one is actually protected; then this knowledge becomes full of fruits." (p. 20, 22)

KKS explains how the initiating or diksa guru is the one in whose instructions one takes shelter. However, KKS also states about Srila Prabhupada that:

"We meet him (Srila Prabhupada) in everything he left – we meet him in his devotees, we meet him in his books, we meet him in his instructions and so on." (p. 8)

And, in the previous section, we quoted KKS stating that Srila Prabhupada's books are "the main substance in our lives" which give us "our shelter". Consequently, combining KKS's statements, he is admitting that, more than anyone else, "one takes shelter of the instructions" of Srila Prabhupada as the spiritual master. But, this is the spiritual master that KKS describes as being the one to whom the "disciple hands over his life" after being initiated by him. Thus, KKS provides from a different angle, yet a further proof that Srila Prabhupada should be the diksa guru who initiates us.

Srila Prabhupada gives everything

KKS also states that Srila Prabhupada provides everything that we need in order to practise Krsna consciousness:

"We trust him [Srila Prabhupada] [...] for his teachings and we know that in his teachings we will find our answers; we find the basis of our Krsna consciousness. This is where we return, to the safe connection with Krsna." (p. 8)

KKS also states that Srila Prabhupada provides everything that we need in order to sustain our Krsna consciousness:

"Prabhupada is not only our inspiration, not only the source of our faith but Prabhupada is also our anchor. Whenever we have a doubt, Prabhupada is the anchor, our saving grace. [...] He is the safe ground to which we always return." (p. 8)

In addition, KKS makes it clear that, despite not being physically present, it is Srila Prabhupada who is practically training us to advance in Krsna consciousness:

"We are being trained by the pure devotee, Srila Prabhupada, to gradually come to the point of selfless worship, which can only be dedicated to the Supreme Lord." (p. 12)

GBC gurus give nothing

Indeed, KKS states that physical presence is not important, as even he can supposedly continue to act as a guru after he departs:

"after the disappearance of the spiritual master, then the crux of our relationship is what we offer to the spiritual master because it is there that we are again strongly reconnecting and we can feel that connection coming to life. [...] Assist me whether I'm here or not and if you do that then I will be there." (p. 71)

Hence, similarly, KKS must accept that even though Srila Prabhupada is ‘not here', everyone in ISKCON can have a "connection coming to life" with Srila Prabhupada, through having already connected to him as one's diksa guru and the one who gives us everything in spiritual life, as KKS described earlier. This everything which Srila Prabhupada gives to everyone in ISKCON, according to KKS, is:

Diksa; Shelter; Instructions;
Teachings; Answers;
Basis of our Krsna consciousness;
Connection with Krsna; Inspiration;
Source of faith; Anchor;
Saving grace; Safe ground; Training.

Thus, having accepted that it is Srila Prabhupada, and not he and the GBC gurus, giving all this, KKS is making it clear that he and the GBC gurus are therefore not giving anything spiritually. Indeed, he accepts that even the books they write, such as this book, are not necessary:

"So many books are out there nowadays. Everyone has written books. [...] the Bhagavad-gita, the Nectar of Devotion, the Srimad-Bhagavatam and the Caitanya-caritamrta are our four main books which are like rice, dhal, sabji and chapati [...] But basically, our staple diet is rice, dhal, sabji and chapati." (p. 10)


Since KKS himself is acting as a GBC-elected guru, the book's intent when speaking about the guru is to refer specifically to himself and those who also act as "gurus" in ISKCON. However, whenever ISKCON's leaders attempt to oppose Srila Prabhupada's position as ISKCON's diksa guru, their attempts usually result in a huge self-defeat! And this book is no different, since it has proven that:

a) It is Srila Prabhupada who is the diksa guru giving everything;
b) While KKS and the GBC gurus give nothing!

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