No One Can Defend the Guru Hoax!


Back To Prabhupada, Issue 70, Vol 3, 2021

A hoax by its very nature is based not on evidence but fraud, and therefore is easy to expose if one takes an evidence-based approach. Hence, we have been able to publish hundreds of unanswered articles, magazines and books documenting the guru hoax. One glaring proof that a hoax is in operation is when even supporters of the hoax are forced to admit there is a hoax going on, 'unwittingly'! Thus, the guru hoax is so blatant, even compared to other hoaxes, that even when its supporters make an attempt to explain it, they simply are unable to do so without agreeing with the IRM! The latest "victim" of this phenomenon is GBC voted-in guru, HH Kavichandra Swami ("KCS"). Statements in the shaded boxes are from an interview KCS gave dated 11/7/21. All emphases added.


Referring to what happened after Srila Prabhupada physically departed, KCS states:

"there's one paragraph or one sentence that says when the acarya leaves there will be chaos, and, you know, I'm reading that, but then I thought, well, we never could have predicted what kind of chaos would happen"

The sentence that KCS refers to is this:

"The acarya, the authorized representative of the Supreme Lord, establishes these principles, but when he disappears, things once again become disordered."
(SB, 4.28.48, purport)

And what was this chaos or disorder that KCS refers to happening when Srila Prabhupada departed? 11 persons authorised by Srila Prabhupada to be rtviks claimed they were actually diksa gurus. And the passage from the Bhagavatam quoted above, which KCS refers to, also explains why this chaos occurs:

"Unfortunately, when the acarya disappears, rogues and nondevotees take advantage and immediately begin to introduce unauthorized principles in the name of so-called svamis, yogis, philanthropists, welfare workers and so on."

Thus, by describing the chaos that happened straight after Srila Prabhupada physically disappeared, by referencing the above statement, KCS is also 'unwittingly' accepting that what happened was unauthorised. I.e. that "so-called svamis", such as the original rtviks, began to introduce "unauthorised principles", such as claiming that rtviks can change into diksa gurus.

Million-dollar bhaktas

KCS also goes on to describe this rtvik-cum-diksa guru chaos in more detail:

"because we had a Society and a lot of people suddenly had tremendous power [...] nowadays would be considered new bhaktas, you know, someone's been a devotee for 7 years, 8 years, all of a sudden they have hundreds of disciples, millions of dollars. [...] Everybody was floundering and Prabhupada was gone and nobody knew what to do."

Thus, KCS is stating that those who had only been devotees for a few years, the rtvik-cum-diksa gurus, suddenly had "tremendous power", as well as "hundreds of disciples" and "millions of dollars" that go with such power. This is thus describing neophytes taking over ISKCON for their own prestige and enrichment rather than something authorised. Therefore, the consequence of KCS's "explanation", in this and the previous section, of what happened after Srila Prabhupada physically departed, is that he is unwittingly admitting that the 11 rtviks unauthorisedly hijacked the movement by claiming to be diksa gurus. He also states that the situation was one of ignorance with no one knowing what should be done, rather than Srila Prabhupada having ordered rtviks to turn into diksa gurus.

This means there was a guru hoax, and thus the rtviks should have instead remained as the rtviks they were authorised to be.

Guru expansion hoax

Next, KCS addresses how the guru expansion – which grew from the initial rtvik-cum-diksa guru hoax he just described in the previous sections, and which created the GBC guru system we have now in ISKCON – came about:

"temple presidents complaining about – not the GBC – about the new gurus [...] many were deviating in many different ways, [...] spiritually falling down, just leaving and, you know, it was devastating."

KCS echoes the point made by one of the guru hoax founders, HH Hridayananda Dasa Goswami, whom we quoted in the previous article – that this guru expansion was due to the rtvik-cum-diksa gurus falling down. It was thus a reaction to such falldowns and others wanting to become gurus as well, rather than a reaction to any orders from Srila Prabhupada actually authorising such a guru expansion (for such orders do not exist). But unauthorisedly adding more gurus as a "solution" to a smaller number of gurus deviating, simply increases the number of gurus who can now deviate. Which is exactly what happened! Following the initial rtvik-cum-diksa gurus externally falling down, at least over 30 new gurus who were added after them have also fallen down. Such falldowns themselves prove that the current GBC guru authorisation system is unauthorised, because such falldowns could only occur if the system of guru authorisation was actually unauthorised:

"if a spiritual master is not properly authorized and only on his own initiative becomes a spiritual master, he may be carried away by an accumulation of wealth and large numbers of disciples."
(The Nectar of Devotion, Ch. 14)

This means all GBC gurus are unauthorised, whether they have visibly fallen down or not, because they were all authorised via the same unauthorised GBC system.

Rubber-stamped guru

Interviewer: "the critics say that 'Oh, you can't rubber-stamp a guru.'"
KCS: "Yeah, that's true."

KCS states that it is true that one cannot rubber-stamp a guru. But the GBC system is to effectively rubber-stamp a guru because only if the GBC gives its "stamp" of approval, can one act as a guru. Otherwise, without this GBC stamp, no one can act as a diksa guru in ISKCON. KCS himself received this stamp:

"That the following devotees are authorized by the GBC Body to initiate disciple. Bhakti Caru Swami, Kavicandra Swami..."
(GBC Resolution No. 82, March 1987)


Like so many before him, in trying to explain and justify ISKCON's guru system, KCS has merely shown how it is actually unauthorised! Both the original guru hoax of the rtvik-cum-diksa guru system, and the current GBC guru system that was expanded from it.


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