For some devotees within ISKCON, what counts as evidence from Śrīla Prabhupāda’s statements depends on what their opinion is. If the śāstra supports what someone already believes Śrīla Prabhupāda meant, then it is acceptable. If not, then it is not accepted. Thus, what has actually happened is that by eliminating the other sources of information (direct śāstra and sādhu, other saintly persons like Rāmānuja, Madvhācārya, Jīva Gosvāmī, etc.) by saying “only Prabhupāda”, or only what he has quoted from śāstra or sādhu, and by ignoring the consistency criterion (aikya), Śrīla Prabhupāda’s teachings have become a grab-bag of useful statements for proving almost any idea one can think up, as Dr. Hopkins has observed. In this way, instead of us serving Śrīla Prabhupāda’s desires, we engage Śrīla Prabhupāda in serving ours.

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 A few of us know the true story. On his death bed His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami was asked to dispell his disciple’s confusion about the mechanics of parampara.*1 His Grace Satsvarupa dasa Maharaja asked “Is this Rtvik?” His Divine Grace replied “Yes”. Again His Grace Satsvarupa Maharaja askedContinue Reading

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The following is a thread of quotes and ideas which ties together several aspects of approaching a guru and taking initiation. It’s by no means complete, but if one insists on a different understanding it should be kept in mind that quotes given here should also be accommodated and notContinue Reading

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Dear Maharajas and Prabhus, Dandavat pranams. Jaya Srila Prabhupada. Please find below a report on yesterday’s meeting that was held in ISKCON, East of Kailash, New Delhi with Madhu Pandit Prabhu and his team . Your servant, Yudhistir Govinda Das —– Bhakti Vaibhava Maharaja (GBC Chairman), Gopal Krishna Maharaja, BhaktiContinue Reading

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