Spring 2007

In this page our story highlights the amazing impact BTP has had in such a short time, from being a supposedly unknown renegade magazine to a journal which is recognised as being essential to ISKCON’s intellectual vitality (please see page 12).
In the Srimad-Bhagavatam, Srila Prabhupada states:

sp “The mass of people follow the example of a leader in society and imitate his behaviour. They accept as evidence whatever the leader accepts.
People in general are not very advanced in knowledge by which to discriminate between religion and irreligion. The innocent, unenlightened citizen is like an ignorant animal sleeping in peace with its head on the lap of its master, faithfully believing in the master’s protection.”
(Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.2.4-5)

ISKCON devotees, of course, will preach on the basis of this and other statements to point out how Godless society is, and therefore the general populace must accept Krishna consciousness for enlightenment. But the above statement today applies most accurately not to the Godless society outside ISKCON’s walls, but actually to ISKCON itself. For it is ISKCON which is claiming more than anyone else to be able to “discriminate between religion and irreligion”, but which is actually following the examples and imitating the behaviour of its unauthorised guru leaders by blindly accepting as evidence whatever its members are told, faithfully believing in the protection of these unauthorised, fallible gurus.

BTP has demonstrated, and continues to demonstrate with each issue, that ISKCON today is unable to discriminate between truth (religion) and illusion (irreligion). BTP continues to present mountains of documented evidence of how badly ISKCON has strayed from Srila Prabhupada’s instructions, as the original deviation of perpetrating the Great Guru Hoax has expanded into other deviations of commercialisation, secularisation, Hinduisation, demigod worship, offending Srila Prabhupada, lying, cheating etc, all mired in and based on mass contradiction.
And nothing we have stated has ever been refuted. On the contrary, as we saw from the statements of HH Prahladananda Swami in the last issue, and now His Grace Kripamoya prabhu in this issue (p. 12), our conclusions are being confirmed more and more.

If ISKCON itself is in illusion, then there is no point preaching, otherwise we run the risk of misleading everyone else. Unless we are firmly and completely established in the truth ourselves, there is no use to just going on ‘preaching’:

“Yes, you have got the right idea when you say that your preaching work shall be directed toward the children and the devotees and not so much to the Dallas public. We may thin the milk till it becomes useless, or we may boil it until it becomes thick and sweet, so now we have got enough followers, let us train them up perfectly in the philosophy and activities of Krsna Consciousness way of life. Unless all of my students become very much fixed up in their spiritual progress, what is the use of so many programs for expansion?”
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, June 20th, 1972)

Thus the issues raised by The Final Order and BTP are not simply “fault-finding”, but rather go to the very heart of what the Krishna consciousness movement is supposed to stand for, and as Professor Kim Knott states in her Foreword to The Final Order, “every devotee has a real stake in the matter”. These issues need to be settled before one can consider oneself as faithfully carrying on Srila Prabhupada’s mission.

Indeed, the IRM contends that a movement which claims to be following the teachings of Srila Prabhupada but which at the same time outlaws Srila Prabhupada as the Guru to whom one exclusively surrenders, is not actually Srila Prabhupada’s mission at all! ISKCON is supposed to be preaching the truth to others, and yet by its own admission its leaders do not have the foggiest idea of the truth themselves on the most fundamental of issues.

What is Srila Prabhupada’s position?

“Er, we are still ‘researching’ this, and have set up a ‘committee’ to examine the issue!”
(see BTP Issue 13, “GBC debates Srila Prabhupada’s position – 30 years on”).

Does a person have to get re-initiated if their guru falls?

“Er, we are still ‘researching’ this, and have set up a ‘committee’ to examine the issue!
(see BTP Issue 11, “GBC Resolutions 2006 fiasco”).

How are initiations supposed to go on?

“Er, we do not currently even have a position paper, good or bad, regarding this, since we had to ignominiously withdraw the paper we did have, since it was full of “lies”, and instead replace it with a statement of belief which simply said ‘we are gurus because we believe we are’”!
(see BTP Special Summary Issue, “GBC defeated by The Final Order”).

And so on and so on (see all previous BTP issues!). As Srila Prabhupada so wonderfully sums up:

“You cannot teach your own people, and you are going to teach others. “Physician heal thyself.” ”
(Srila Prabhupada Morning Walk, April 7th, 1975).