Romapada, Do Not Imitate
BY: RAMARAJA DASA
Apr 22, 2012 USA (SUN) Samprasna das's article, "Is The Guru Services Committee Inept?, clearly points out the disease in some of the ISKCON leaders today -- that of deliberately minimizing Srila Prabhupada, and instead becoming inFATuated with themselves.
Either persons like Romapada Swami forget who they got all their devotional fruits from, or under illusion they actually believe they are God's grace to all of us regulars. Romapada should be ashamed. How else would anyone know, besides himself, of his little tidbits of pre-ISKCON history? He did not "appear" in this world, like did that divine personality who saved him. Like everyone else, he was thrown into this world by his previous karma, and Srila Prabhupada came along and made his good fortune by connecting him to devotional service.
Lord Krishna says, "all living entities are born into delusion, overcome by the desires of desire and hate (Bhagavad-gita 7.27). How pompous, resentful, and maybe downright envious, to minimize the position and Divine Grace of one's own Spiritual Master, especially an Acarya of Srila Prabhupada's stature, and to try and fool innocent persons that it is actually Romapada who descended to liberate the conditioned souls. It is something like, after the teacher leaves the room, the arrogant student sits in the teacher's seat and pretends to know something and have the credentials of the actual master.
How foolish for anyone who was personally saved by Srila Prabhupada, to try and undermine him and present themselves and their own nonsense ideas born out of their materially ambitious minds as something substantial. Most devotees I know would be very fearful of committing guru aparadha such as this.
Romapada's whole movement to try and centralize the management of ISKCON under the total dictation of an unregulated, unmonitored, and unaccountable GBC may be further proof of this man's envy and resentment of his own Spiritual Master. This is his whole "strategic plan". Like the famous sticker on the bottle says, "Beware of cheap imitations!"