need to figure out guru issue”
Researching the Need for Reinitiation (*unpublished*)
[Appointment] Whereas the present ISKCON Law book 7.2.6 does not
specify whether reinitiation is required if one’s guru has
Whereas many believe this vital question has not been
definitively answered and is the cause of speculation.
Whereas the perceived lack of a definitive answer in this case
may be interfering with the carrying on of the disciplic
Be it resolved that: the GBC appoint a committee to research the
existing GBC papers and other evidence to come to a conclusion,
in line with guru, sadhu and sastra, concerning the necessity of
a disciple of a fallen guru accepting reinitiation.
This committee will consist of the SAC, plus Jayapataka
Maharaja, Bhakti Caru Swami, Dina Sarana Dasi, Bhakta Rupa Das,
Laxmimoni Dasi, Krsnadas Kaviraj Das, Prasanta Dasi.
This is yet another committee which has been set
up to “research” the truth about the guru system to be used in ISKCON.
If the GBC still needs to research things, then pray what is it they
have been following for the last
30 years? Was it correct? If yes, why are they researching now? If not,
then surely the honest thing to do would be to stop whatever they are
doing, and FIRST figure out everything correctly – what is the
position of the guru, what happens if he falls down and why is
reinitiation valid etc. – and THEN institute the system they have
determined is correct via their research. This is plain common sense and
has no connection with whether or you agree with the GBC or not. The GBC
themselves are saying they do not know, that they are unsure, so surely
they should be 100% sure of what they are doing before moving forward?
As Bhakti Caru Swami, a GBC-elected guru himself said:
|“After Harikesa fell down in 1998, in
1999 I proposed that it’s obvious that we are going in the wrong
direction. Now, when you go wrong, when you know you’re going in
the wrong direction, what do you do? You stop to find the right
way. So for the time-being, let’s stop giving initiation and
find out what is actually the problem and what is the solution
to this problem, whether we can find a solution and until then,
let us stop.”
(Bhakti Caru Swami, July 20th 2003, Toronto)
So the GBC effectively admit in the above
resolution that until now they have no idea what one should do if one’s
guru has fallen. Which begs the question as to how they would know if
the original initiation itself was bona fide? Which begs the question as
to how they would know if any of the initiations are actually bona fide?
In sum, by the GBC’s own admission they don’t
yet know what they are doing. And we couldn’t agree more.