The Hare Krishna Movement
The Hare Krishna Movement
The essential scripture for the movement, the famous 5,000-year-old Bhagavad Gita, spoken by Lord Krishna, God Himself, explains that religious principles, although beginningless, are revived periodically by Him or His authorized representative only, the purpose remaining the same, although due to time, culture and circumstances, the details emphasized may vary.
The final instruction of Lord Krishna in the Gita is that everyone should surrender unto Him only and make Him the ultimate goal of life. This is clearly stated and requires no “interpretation”. Unfortunately, the Gita is almost invariably mistranslated by unscrupulous persons with no actual knowledge of or devotion to Krsna, who consequently deviates the student’s attention to something else entirely.
A. C. Bhaktivedanta
The Hare Krishna Movements founder and acarya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the guru of ISKCON, has written elaborate English commentaries on Bhagavad-Gita and other sacred Vedic scriptures which have been translated into almost every language.
Prabhupada, being a bonafide “guru” directly in the line of Sri Chaitanya, does not distort the Gita’s clear message of devotional theism. He therefore wrote “Bhagavad-Gita as it is“. Hence his writings, which have astounded literary communities worldwide, are used as standard textbooks in numerous educational institutions.
Unfortunately after Prabhupada’s demise in 1977, some of his leading disciples, such as Jayadvaita Swami, have unauthorizedly changed and edited most of Srila Prabhupada’s original translations and books, thus perverting and misinterpreting the real meaning and rendering them useless. Therefore the readers might be warned to only read the original pre 1977 published books of Srila Prabhupada. Otherwise students might be mislead by bogus philosophy preached by Iskcons false successor gurus.
Regrettably, after the departure of Srila Prabhupada in 1977, the institution he founded, ISKCON, became embroiled in a phenomenal amount of negative publicity and scandals. This can be entirely traced to the fact that false gurus have taken over the movement posing as successors and spiritual leaders, although not qualified in the least. Religious propagandists in the garb of devotees, fakes and unqualified students rushed in to imitate their master, women-hater, homosexuals and paedophiles posing as spiritual leaders.
In order to properly understand where the movement went wrong, we therefore have to distinguish between the Founder and some of his over-ambitious disciples and secretaries who did not follow his orders and teachings. Please do not lump in Srila Prabhupada with his bogus successor-disciples!
The false Iskcon gurus who succeeded Prabhupada theoretically accepted the premise that to find God, the false ego must be defeated. And yet with few exceptions they had huge materialistic egos themselves. Religious scholars say that a crisis occurs when the spiritual leader of a religious movement dies. The success or failure of the movement depends upon how pure the new successor-disciples spread the teachings of the founder, or if they deviate from it.
To a large degree, the Krishna Consciousness Society is in shambles because too many new gurus did not want to spread Prabhupada’s teachings; they wanted TO BE Prabhupada. Cheap imitators. Because of that, the Hare Krishna movement degenerated into a number of competing cult members that have known murder, the abuse of women and child molestation, drug dealing, and swindles that would impress a Mafia don.
Iskcon leaders have heavily deviated after Prabhupada’s death. They grabbed for power, money and disciples. They were the inner club, heirs apparent to the assets of Prabhupadas movement. Disregarding his instructions, they put perverts, criminals and sexual deviants in charge of the movement.
What an opportunity! The “senile old man” was dead. Now we Westerners, who know better, can carve up the world for ourselves and control the millions of dollars in assets he left, plus control the thousands of followers who are flocking to him, and thereby earn many moremillions of dollars.
Unfortunately, when a bonafide spiritual master disappears, rogues and nondevotees take advantage and immediately begin to introduce unauthorized principles in the name of so-called swamis, yogis, philanthropists, welfare workers and so on….The real guru, the spiritual teacher who is a representative of the Lord, establishes these principles, but when he disappears, things once again become disordered through unqualified disciples and false successor gurus, not following the teachings properly.
The exploits of such false Iskcon gurus as Harikesha, Bhavananda, Hansadutta, Bhagavan, Jayatirtha, Kirtanananda, and Rameswara are legendary and extremely embarrassing. They are especially reprehensible because they were GBC-leaders and their GBC peers sanctioned and condoned their activities for many years at the expense of Srila Prabhupada’s reputation, assets, disciples and mission.
These immature and familiar Westerners with no proper training, failed to execute the orders of the founder Srila Prabhupada and deviated from his teachings. They thought that by imitating his external dress they could become like him. They had no idea who He was/is. Power-hungry for name, fame, glory and adoration they artificially posed as successors and took over the movement by politics, disregarding Srila Prabhupada’s instructions and last will..
For their own glorification they belittled Prabhupada in the “false biography” called the LILAMRITA – planting the seed, in which all events are carefully “laundered” to protect the guilty and to misrepresent Srila Prabhupada.
But this is the sad story of how the destructive metamorphosis happened; of how good became evil; of how false gurus claim to embody Krishna’s mercy but behave without mercy. And no power, as we will discover, corrupts as absolutely as fanatical religious power.
“Hare Krishna” is a cultural, philosophical and religious movement which is intended for the reformation and upliftment of the entire human society, but false Iskcon successor gurus have turned the movement into a perverted sect which has to be reformed itself first.
Since 1987, reformers in the movement have worked to purge ISKCON of the horrors committed by false successor gurus. For this reason the Iskcon Reform Group (IRG), respectively IRM Iskcon Revival Movement was formed. They hope to restore the spiritually powerful principles on which the movement was founded, but Iskcon leaders are so quick to ex-communicate and banish anyone who preaches contrary to their corrupted leadership and bogus philosophy.
Dissenters can still be banned, beaten, shot or otherwise intimidated as described in the book “Monkey On A Stick“. Until this mafia-ism halts, many devotees will prefer to stay away and/or remain anonymous. A class-action-law suit filed by Adridharana in Calcutta India, as well as by Windle Turley in Dallas, is presently under way to persecute and purge out the criminal elements in the movement. Many Hare Krishna Devotees are finally waking up. Although some devotees are still fearful of reprisals from Iskcons bogus GBC/Guru leadership, others are openly calling for a change of leadership, as well as rejecting their bogus isKcon gurus.
The recently surfacing of massive evidence that Prabhupada might have been poisoned to death, most likely by a coterie of his ambitious secretaries, who have been, since then, posing as his successor gurus, is to be further investigated.
The 408 page book “Someone Has Poisoned Me”, which documents extensive evidence of the poisoning, can be obtained for free (the publisher requests a donation of $5) from Vedic Village, P.O.B. 28, Efland, NC 27243 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 1-800-242-0115. A poison complaint has also been lodged with the Dallas trial lawyer WINDLE TURLEY, attorney for the plaintiffs of sexually abused Krishna Children.
The names of the child-abusers are given by the children.
We therefore like to request all devotees world-wide, who have been alienated from and abused in Iskcon, not only sexually, but in many different other ways also, such as being banned, beaten, shot at and kicked out of the movement, to file for a follow-up lawsuit to purge out all those criminal elements in the society, and end the bogus GBC/Guru leadership.
Please also see The Iskcon History Page: www.harekrsna.org/history.htm
Yours, in the service of Srila Prabhupada
Urdhvaga das (ACBSP)
Original story URL: http://iskcon.krishna.org/Articles/2000/07/00044.html
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