Am I a demon or a Vaishnava? - Part 2


Back to Prabhupada, Issue 27, Spring 2010

By Krishnakant

Continuing our theme highlighting the absurd and contradictory pronouncements from the GBC and their elected gurus regarding the canonizing of their gurus as great saints (please see back page of BTP 25), we highlight below some more crazy double-think:

1991: Guru in GBC rehab

“Whereas, in pursuance of Resolution 90-69 wherein Bhakti Tirtha Swami was placed on probation from the GBC Body and given a program of rectification for the 1990-91 year, which was in the mood of rehabilitating him as a GBC member in good standing through association with the holy dhams and senior ISKCON vaisnavas who reside there; and whereas he unfortunately failed to comply with these specific terms of rectification. Therefore, the GBC Body, with deep regret, is compelled by its rules to hereby suspend Bhakti Tirtha Swami as a member of the GBC. It is the GBC’s primary concern to see Bhakti Tirtha Swami reinstated as a member in good standing, and in order to achieve this, a program of rectification is given as follows:
He must cooperate with the GBC’s assigned to the areas in which he is preaching. For maintaining international standards, he must encourage his disciples to bring the procedures in his zone for the honoring and worshiping of guru into conformity with those prescribed in the Laws of ISKCON.”

(GBC Resolution no. 37, 1991)

1998: Guru still in GBC rehab

“Bhakti Tirtha Swami will work with the Communications Ministry with present and future books to see if certain editing is necessary to enhance his books for the devotee community. It is recommended that he adhere more closely to the standard sannyasi dress code, at least while in ISKCON temples. The sannyasa minister must approach him to discuss this and decide what standard is suitable, including the use of a cane. It is recommended that he try to increase the sastric content in his classes and preaching.”
(GBC Appraisal Recommendations, 1998)

2003: Guru is a nonsense cheater and murderer

“Many devotees around the world are being spiritually murdered by believing BTS’s [Bhakti Tirtha Swami’s] bizarre assertations [...] With motherships from Atlantis, the world controlled by a Skull and Bones Society, etc., etc., BTS has a history of talking and publishing imaginative nonsense that disqualifies him from being an acarya. He should talk according to guru sadhu and sastra or take a mothership and fly off to another dimension. This nonsense must stop. It is simply cheating.”
(HH Bhakti Vikas Swami, PAMHO Text, August 19th, 2003)

2010: Actually, guru was a pure devotee from the spiritual world all along!

“So in this way we can see that Krishna actually sent Srila Prabhupada to accomplish that mission. And in order to assist Srila Prabhupada Sri Krishna also sent many devotees. And undoubtedly HH Bhakti Tirtha Maharaj is one of them. [...] Srila Prabhupada himself admitted that quite a few times that many of his disciples are not just ordinary living entities, sadhaka bhaktas, they are his eternal associates. Just as he came from the spiritual sky these devotees also came from the spiritual sky. [...] Prabhupada considered him to be a very, very special devotee and he was a very special devotee. [...] How do we recognize Bhakti Tirtha Maharaja’s advanced situation as a pure devotee? [...] We hear of the dancing of Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His associates and we could get a glimpse of that when Maharaj danced.”
(HH Bhakti Charu Swami, February 22nd, 2010, Public lecture on HH Bhakti Tirtha Swami at ISKCON world headquarters Mayapur, West Bengal, India)

Please chant: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna, Krishna, Hare, Hare,
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama, Rama, Hare, Hare.
And be Happy!