firstname.lastname@example.org (michael tandy) wrote: > Pranamas. Jaya Prabhupada. Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to His DIvine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada! > I don't want to discuss this, but I feel duty-bound to do so, > as I feel you have offended many devotees with these posts. > Please don't my defensive statements as offensive. It's not my favorite activity either... > But it is very difficult now because so many >> devotees were disappointed by ISKCON after Prabhupada left the planet. > Things have to change in this world We are not supposed to be in this world. We're supposed to be serving Prabhupada and Krishna. For us things don't have to change. We do the same things: mangal aroti, chanting more than 16 rounds, following the four regulative principles (no intoxiciation, no illicit sex life, no meat eating and no gambling), we go on Hari-Nam Sankirtana, we distribute Srila Prabhupada's books, we cook, offer to Krishna and distribute as widely as possible sumptuous Krishna prasadam... These things never change. Our methods may change, that is another thing, but our business is always the same. These are the instructions of Srila Prabhupada, and if we want to advance in Krishna consciousness we have to please him by following them... > , but Srila Prabhupada's > teachings should help us to deal with change constructively. > Immature devotees cannot do this. Adjusting according to time and place is for parahamasas. Not ordinary devotees what to speak of immature devotees. >I was also dissatisfied with > some things that occured after Srila Prabhupada's departure, > and unlike many critics of his representatives, I was there before > he left his physical body as well. So I have first-hand > experience of both. But I know for a fact that Prabhupada did > not want us to leave ISKCON, even if staying meant difficulty, It is a fact and I also want to stay within ISKCON and keep preaching despite all the problems but ISKCON won't allow me to... (and I am not the only one as you well know. THOUSANDS of sincere devotees who want to serve Srila Prabhupada and Krishna have been thrown out of ISKCON because they "offended" some "paramahamsa" "acarya". Or because they couldn't accept the ISKCON policy [spearheaded by your Tamala Krishna Maharaja] of minimizing Srila Prabhupada. > for when will there not be difficulty in this material world? Yes, it is the nature of the place. > If we can cooperate in spite of a difficult situation, that is > proof of our assimilation of the Gita; and Srila Prabhupada very Unfortunately "we" haven't done that have we? As soon as Prabhupada left [and before he left as he said himself] his disciples were fighting... and they are still fighting... > clearly stated that our love for him would be evident by the > degree to which we cooperate with each other. Essentially, this > was his last instruction. Those who have followed it are making > great advancement and have weathered so many tests of maya. Who has followed it? I see very little cooperation in ISKCON... >Those > who haven't followed this instruction remain frustrated and > unhappy as a result--by leaving ISKCON, they essentially gave up > their service, at least to this order, and most of them have also > fallen from the high principles that Srila Prabhupada demanded of > his disciples. This in itself is very telling. Many of the ISKCON devotees in the temples have also fallen from the high standards Prabhupada required also BUT THEY STILL PRESENT THEMSELVES AS IF THEY WERE FOLLOWING... This is the most disgusting behavior. It is not only devotees outside the temples who become frustrated and unhappy. Many of the temple devotees are also VERY frustrated and unhappy. (BTW I am not frustrated and unhappy. I read Srila Prabhupada's books, I chant Hare Krishna, I cook and distribute prasadam and I preach... that's all, a very simple life. And I am always feeling spiritual pleasure. Krishna consciousness is a very real thing for me. Everything Srila Prabhupada says in his books works and is the absolute truth... I have faced many, many obstacles in my preeching but Krishna has always protected me. You may know that the devotees in Sri Sri Radha Kalachandji's temple "bashed me up" after the Tulasi Aroti one morning because I lead the Mangal Aroti and they considered I wasn't qualified to do such a thing... But there was no one else there when the curtain opened! "Devotees" have done so many things to me but I have faith in Krishna, so whatever Krishna wants I will do...) > > >> And the attitudes of many "highly placed" devotees are still much the >> same... << VERY OFFENSIVE EQUALIZATION OF GBC AND KRISHNA DELETED >> >Now there's no leader and a boat without a captain is rather >> unsteady. >> > You are fully entitled to your opinions about this, but > that is all they are. Thousands of people all over the > world disagree with you, and they happen to be pukka vaisnavas > who are very tangibly spreading love for Krsna. That is, it > is tangible to impartial people. If they are capable of spreading love of Krishna why don't they do it! All they do is travel around the world wasting huge amounts of money on air fares and they just give the Srimad Bhagavatam class to five or six [or one or two!] devotees in the ISKCON temples... Nobody outside ISKCON even knows their names! > >There is really no meaning to our love >> for Srila Prabhupada and Krishna unless we do something for them. >> Service, engaging our senses in the service of Krishna under the >> guidance of the spiritual master is most important. Srila Prabhupada wants us to distribute his books and preach to the fallen conditioned souls but ISKCON is now very inward looking. It's more of an internal thing and the book distribution has all but stopped [at least in English]. THIS IS THE MAIN PROBLEM... but "No one in this newsgroup is interested..." > According to Srila Prabhupada, that service must also be > cooperative, and without any hint of a separatist mentality. This "seperatist mentality" has been much misused in ISKCON. It means to do something separately from the service of the spiritual master and Krishna. In your estimation Srila Prabhupada is guilty of having a "separatist mentality" because he preached independently of the then "authorities", the Gaudiya Math. They may well have criticized him using the same arguments you are using against me. But Krishna is in our hearts. He knows what is our motivation. So what do you think Krishna thought of Srila Parbhupadaa's "separatist mentality"? > BTW, how do you propose to serve under the guidance of your guru > if who you allege as spiritual master isn't physically present? Prabhupada is personnaly present in his books. He said it so many times. I don't know if anything will get through your thick heads... > "Shelter International" is just me at the moment > Anyone else find this dubious? We have to start somewhere. Of course I'm not alone. Srila Prabhupada is hepling me, Krishna is helping me... >> As far as ISKCON you probably know better than me. > As a matter of fact, there are a LOT of people who probably > know ISKCON better than you. Who could possibly know ISKCON > better than the ISKCON devotees themselves? Sometimes if one is very close to something he can't see it at all. The eyelid is the closest thing to your eye and you can't see it at all! > You might want to > listen with an open mind to what they say. It's very reckless to > simply postulate they're all a mindless sheep, incapable of > considering any of the things you say. There is no consistency in what they say. I can go to your Tamala Krishna Maharaja and he will tell me his story, I can go to our Prabhuvishnu Maharaja in Australia and he will give me his story... They all have different stories... And there is no indication they have ever considered any of the things I have said... > I've heard and also > dismissed all of your ritvic theory years ago, and none of it > is based on indisputable grounds. - My presentation is not about ritvic. - What I have presented is Srila Prabhupada's not mine. Everything is completely supported by ample evidence from Prabhupada's letters and books. It can not be disputed. > Don't be so shallow. Don't be > enamored. It can only appeal to the mind, not the soul. I am tired of your shallow arguments which have absolutely no basis. They are formulated to support a system which props up unqualified people to the position of acaryas who only go on to "initiate" disciples and create havoc in their lives. You are trying to support this system for whatever personal reasons you may have but there is no grounds for supporting such a system... I am not interested in this argument as I have said before and discussing it with persons such as yourself is a useless exercise... I have presented the facts previously and as you have rightly noted elsewhere "Nobody in this newsgroup is interested". So I will go on chanting Hare Krishna, serving Srial Prabhupada and preaching. I recommend you do the same. There is no loss. Everything is auspicious. Every book distributed, ever plate of prasadam distributed... This is real tangable progress in our spiritual lives... But these nonsense discussions are just a waste of time... >> >> All glories to Srila Prabhupada! >> >> JAYA! Param vijayate SRI KRISHNA SANKIRTANA!!! Srila Prabhupada's transcendental BOOK DISTRIBUTION ki jaya! PRASADAM DISTRIBUTION ki jaya! HARI NAM SANKIRTANA ki jaya! PS: I would like to preach in ISKCON, I like the ISKCON devotees and miss them. I can never forget the Deities (Sri Sri Radha Londonisvara, Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda, Sri Sri Radha Balabha, Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha, Sri Sri Krishna Balarama, Sri Sri Radha Govadhanadari, Sri Sri Radha Shamasundra, Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda, Sri Sri Radha Gididhari, Sri Sri Radha Govinda, Sri Sri Radha Gopivalabha, Sri Sri Radha Saradbehari, Sri Sri Radha Kalachandaji, Sri Sri Radha Damodara, Sri Sri Rukmini Dwarkadesha, Sri Sri Radha Nila Madhava, Sri Sri Radha Rasabihari, Sri Sri Radha Govinda, Sri Sri Radha Madhava, Sri Sri Radha Partha Sarity, Sri Sri Krishna Balarama, Sri Sri Radha Shamasundra, Sri Sri Radha Paris Isvara, Sri Sri Gandhavika Gididhari... (and the Deities who I have served but due to my absolute wretchedness have forgotten Their names) I am still serving Them but in separating... PLEASE CHANT HARE KRISHNA AND BE HAPPY Your servant Madhudvisa dasa . (I apologize to anyone I have offended and beg forgiveness. I know that all the devotees [within ISKCON and outside] are great souls and I hanker for your association. I have been put in a position where I can't have your association... I am not alone there are thousands like me. I have the ability to speak and present my thoughts and [by Srila Prabhupada's and Krishna's mercy] I have been able to remain in Their service outside ISKCON. Many devotees cannot. They become overwhelmed by maya... So you may say, "Look at the rascal offenders..." But we are devotees, we have dedicated our lives to serving Srila Prabhupada and Krishna but we have been rejected by ISKCON. This is very unjust.) Thank you. Hare Krishna! Madhudvisa dasa (email@example.com) /sudarsana All glories to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada!