|27 Years of
Case Study of the Guru Hoax Founder
In this article we trace the sad history of Satsvarupa, once a leading
disciple of Srila Prabhupada who performed great service, but who later
became the founder of the great Guru hoaxes parts 1 and 2 (as described
in BTP 1) Recently he was forced to publicly admit to an illicit affair
with a married woman, yet, as we shall see, is so deluded he still feels
fit to act as a Guru.
This article proves what a disaster ISKCON's unauthorised Guru system
is, both for the disciples who waste their entire lives worshipping a
mundane person (rather than the bona fide representative of Krishna
Srila Prabhupada), and for the bogus Gurus themselves, who invariably
end up at the fag end of their days exposed as lying charlatans.
|Architect Of Great Guru Hoax Part 1
Straight after Srila Prabhupada's physical
departure Satsvarupa, who was one of the eleven devotees selected to act
only as ritviks (officiating priests initiating on Srila Prabhupada's
behalf), declared that he had actually been appointed as a fully fledged
initiating Guru to whom all worship and wealth must be directed.
Satsvarupa and the other ritviks thus all became 'zonal
acharyas', carving up the world between them. He publicly announced
this hoax in his capacity as editor in chief of ISKCON's worldwide
magazine, Back to Godhead:
"Srila Prabhupada selected eleven senior
disciples to act as initiating Gurus who could accept disciples
after his disappearance. In this way he insured the continuation of
(Satsvarupa dasa Goswami, Back to Godhead, 'Notes from
the Editor', #1301/02 1978)
The result of this initial deception was
unmitigated catastrophe, candidly summarized by one of the second wave
of unauthorised Guru successors, HH Jayadvaita Swami:
"FACT: ISKCON Gurus have usurped and
misused money, and diverted other ISKCON resources for their own
personal prestige and sense gratification. ISKCON Gurus have had
illicit sexual intercourse with both women and men, and possibly
children as well"
(Where the Ritvik People Are Right, Jayadvaita Swami, 1996)
Practically from the moment he founded the Guru
hoax, Satsvarupa began to develop all types of strange illnesses
including migraine, anxiety attacks and physical exhaustion. Some have
suggested his continually declining health is a direct reaction for his
offences to Srila Prabhupada.
Whatever the case, he is surely the only member of our disciplic
succession who has required professional psychiatric help.
|Architect Of Great Guru Hoax Part 2
Satsvarupa is very proud of the role he played
in assisting with the second phase of the great Guru hoax, where the
initial eleven hoaxers made way for dozens more, as he reveals in the
"I was one of the pioneer revolutionaries
in giving up the wrong "zonal Guru" system, allowing devotees to
choose bona fide ISKCON Gurus as they wished, recognizing that
others could become Guru and removing the heavy control of the
"zonal Guru" even over his Godbrothers."
(Satsvarupa dasa, June 2, 2004)
In reality Satsvarupa only became a
'revolutionary' once he saw that he could no longer hold back his many
ambitious Godbrothers from forcing their way into the elite Guru club.
Otherwise he had been very happy to be one of the only eleven 'Gurus'
for almost an entire decade.
In one letter to his followers, Satsvarupa
admits he is so mentally debilitated that he is "under the care of an
expert psychiatrist MD and an authorised counsellor who is helping me
with my anxiety issues." Which makes one wonder how such a person could
be spiritually qualified to lead anyone. After all, Srila Prabhupada
tells us that:
"If you chant Hare Krsna mantra without
any offense, then immediately the stage will be that you are freed
from all material anxieties. That is the test. How I am advancing in
chanting will be tested how far you are free from material
anxieties. That's all. Ceto darpana marjanam bhava maha davagni
[Cc. Antya 20.12].
The initiating (diksa) Guru is meant to
be completely liberated from all material anxiety, fully self realized,
and experiencing the transcendental, blissful association of the Supreme
Lord at every moment. Why would such a person require professional
counselling and psychiatric treatment? Later we learn that some of the
treatment he received from his female therapist was somewhat less than
Satsvarupa then started to display to the world
some of his art work on an ISKCON related web site. These ghastly,
nightmarish visions revealed a mind wracked with fear, doubt and
anxiety: Below is Srila Prabhupada's opinion on this type of art:
"This is not a good style of painting. It
is an artistic style for sense gratification only. I cannot
encourage this style it should be stopped immediately. Paintings
should be like the Deities, formal and worshipful. This type of
painting is sentimental and not authorised.
Paintings should be as our artists in New York are doing. Do not
introduce any new styles."
(Srila Prabhupada letter to Madhudvisa, 8 December 1973)
More alarm bells sounded when Satsvarupa sent
the following letter to his disciples regarding a bizarre lecture he had
delivered three days before:
"I think my main point and theme was
empathy. I want you to love me despite my faults, as detailed a
disciple should do in the Nectar of Devotion verse I read. By
playing this song "My Funny Valentine", I pledged that I want to see
you with a loving heart despite your faults just as we know Gaura
Nitai loves us despite our faults… I spoke of changes in myself and
in ISKCON, in a positive way, my use of creative innovation and that
I am doing that in the way I write and paint… to demonstrate this
kind of innovation I played a Coltrane composition intending you to
see it as bhajana as pure and even superior to most bhajana music…"
(Letter to Disciples, Satsvarupa dasa Goswami, 20/8/2003)
Above we see Satsvarupa admits to:
Playing a mundane pop song to his hapless disciples: 'My Funny
Comparing the mundane love song to injunctions in the Nectar of Devotion
and the divine love of Krishna's incarnations, Gaura Nitai;
3) Playing mundane jazz music; again to his 'initiated' disciples;
4) Claiming this completely mundane, sense gratificatory music was
'superior to most bhajan music'. It should not really be
necessary to point out how incompatible the above behaviour is with that
of bona fide Vaishnava Gurus in our line. But inspite of all this he
carried on accepting good as God worship.
In light of Satsvarupa Maharaja's obvious mental
and spiritual breakdown, we issued the following warning in a previous article (over and above the usual warning that none of the current 80
ISKCON Gurus are authorised to initiate):
"Obviously he (Satsvarupa) needs help,
and fast. Our prescription is that he publicly admits he was never
authorised to do what he is doing, that he renounce his disciples
and give them back to the person on whose behalf he was meant to be
initiating all along Srila Prabhupada. At least his disciples can
never say we did not warn them."
Needless to say the warning was not heeded.
|Satsvarupa's Affair is Exposed
Predictably, just as the Riviera Guru Harikesha
(highlighted in BTP 2) became attached to his female therapist, the same
thing happened to Satsvarupa. Just as with Harikesha, the truth was
hidden for as long as possible.
In a letter to his hapless followers (sent on May 10, 2004) Satsvarupa
admits that he has been 'physically initmate' with his married female
therapist and also explains what finally prompted him to publicly admit
to an affair that had taken place a full year and a half previously:
"An anonymous letter was sent to the
Sannyasa Minister, who began an investigation. Dissatisfied with the
pace of the inquiry, the anonymous author posted his story on the
So Satsvarupa's public admittance was entirely
due to his being exposed by an 'anonymous' writer, not because
Satsvarpua thought he should come clean. He rationalizes his cover up in
the following way:
"We did not see the need for it
(revealing the affair publicly) since the relationship had been
completely closed. My disciples and many others could suffer because
of just one incident. To broadcast it all over would simply cause
more harm than good. Those who theorize about the truth and say that
anything other than broadcasting is a "cover up" have a technical
and theoretical definition of truth, which is not necessarily
In other words, had he told his disciple's that
he had been physically involved with a married woman they might have
lost faith in him, so better to cover it up. Obviously it did not occur
to Satsvarupa (or his GBC cohorts who aided and abetted the cover up)
that once the story got out the whole thing would look even worse, since
then his disciples would realize that not only did he have the illicit
affair, but that he had boldly continued posturing as a bona fide Guru
and sannyasi whilst keeping them totally in the dark.
According to Satsvarupa we are meant to see this as being more
absolutely truthful than simply telling the truth. No wonder he needs
counselling. One would have thought that at the very least Satsvarupa
would have stopped 'initiating' new disciples once he had had the
illicit affair with a married woman, but apparently not:
"I actually declared an event that would
be the very last initiation. Since then because I am soft hearted, a
few people have "snuck in." These devotees were highly recommended
and in some cases had been waiting for years."
Perhaps now that the cat was wholly out of the
bag, Satsvarupa would not carry on the charade any longer. In answer to
the following question from his followers: 'Are you still our Guru?'
Satsvarupa's answer is quite unequivocal:
"Yes. I am happy to be Guru of the family
After the IRM exposed the whole story in a previous article, the GBC tried to pressurize Satsvarupa into
allowing his 'disciples' to seek shelter elsewhere. Satsvarupa was
initially not too happy about his diminished status: "When I first read
this order, I felt a bit angry." But then, no doubt realizing he had
absolutely no choice, he firstly points out that Srila Prabhupada is
everyone's siksa (instructing) Guru and then generously concedes
"So if some of you who I have initiated
have lost faith in me because of my fall… I hereby bless you to
choose another ISKCON Guru and approach him and ask him to become
your siksa Guru."
So his poor, bewildered followers are apparently
still his initiated (diksa) disciples, despite all his nonsense,
but they are now 'allowed' to get siksa (instruction) from Srila
Prabhupada or the other bogus ISKCON Gurus if they really want to. In
other words essentially nothing has changed since this was always the
case. In this way the Guru hoax nightmare continues year after year, and
Satsvarupa clings to his false status for as long as he can.