The Gopi Bhava Club

Jagannatha dasa, the BBT Sanskrit editor has just returned from Vrndavana. This afternoon he reported to Srila Prabhupada. Just a week ago Prabhupada received news that Jagannatha and Nitai dasa were no longer working on his books. Jagannatha informed Prabhupada Nitai is now the head pujari in Vrndavana.

Jagannatha had a question to ask. He wanted to know whether siddha-pranali was bona fide. (Although this is a very elevated form of spiritual practice, there is a concocted initiation rite going on under the same name being given by bogus sadhus and babajis in the Vrndavana area. In it a person is told what his name and original spiritual form is in Goloka Vrndavana. The initiate then practices being a gopi, a peacock, etc., while still remaining habituated to material impulses. Thus the ritual is a mockery of the authentic process or worse.)

Prabhupada’s anger flared up at the very mention of it. He demanded to know why Jagannatha and Nitai had been associating with the “nonsense babajis who proclaim such things.” “Their siddha-deha,” he said, “is smoking beedis and keeping three or four women. And our men are becoming polluted by such things. This is very dangerous.” read more