Our Glorious and Beautiful Cherubs (GBC)
BY: PRALAMBAHA DAS
Romapada Swami "appeared" while the Founder-Acharya was "born"
May 01, 2012 ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR (SUN)
Recently the exploitation of devotees by one gastronomicaly-inclined American ISKCON guru, GBC and connoiseur has spiced the pages of ISKCON's alternative websites. As we have seen from the many recent articles about GBC Romapada's penchant for chowing down on rare victuals and choice swami fodder, the exclusive lifestyle of the self-styled privileged class is an all-too-common affair in the high towers of ISKCON management. When disenfranchized third, fourth and blooper class members of the Society question the why? and the wherefore? of such licensed sense gratification, they are categorized as envious demons by an unrepentent gang of criminal politicians who are supported by obedient yes men lackeys.
It is no wonder that the elite self-ordained forces who consider their peers to be nothing more than rank and file underlings maintain their stoic wall of silence before the scrutiny of their Godbrothers and -sisters. The undeniable contention of the GBC is that any finger which points in their direction belongs to some envious black serpent who is not a Vaishnava, because Vaishnavas do not find fault. According to the GBC, their post is a carte blanc for indisputable priveleges because they alone represent the genuine standard of Vaishnavism. As proof of this heirarchical shamelessness, His Holiness Romapada's website to this day defiantly posts his personal Dietbook alongside his opinion that he "appeared", while Srila Prabhupada was "born."
At least another well known Brahmachary had the good conscience and decency to remove the offending pages about 'fine food & room service' from his website after a good drubbing in the alternative press. But that Prabhu is not a GBC, and the GBC can do no wrong.
We are told that we must be tolerant, because special rights of the elite are part and parcel of their territory. And so it is, Prabhus, that ISKCON gurus can glibly write farewell letters that say, "Adieu, Suckers, I'm off to a new life of sense gratification with my wonderful new girl friend in Bangkok." Or they assume that being a swami means that they can succeed in the business world. And so they dupe their poor disciples into mortgaging their lives for businesses that don't have the chance of a snowball in the hell known as Kumbhipaka of turning a dime in profit. Or they lie to the government about their phantasmagoria-land projects and bring shame upon the Society, yet still remain secure as GBCs. Or they establish worship of demi-gods alongside a credit card machine and then show their muscle by banning any rank and file bhaktas who voice an objection. And these disgraceful examples are only from the past few months! ISKCON's record for corruption in high places, of bending Bhagavat Dharma to suit its leaders, stands before the world as a generation of shame.
As it is said, "Power corrupts. And absolute power corrupts absolutely." That appears to be true even when the power is mostly self-imagined by minds of the mentally deranged. In America where Romapada is a GBC and Guru Extraordinaire, the once-great power of ISKCON has degenerated to less than a footnote in the story of contemporary religion. Devotees who could be spreading Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's movement by preaching to conditioned souls on the streets are stuck stringing garlands and shopping for the self-important. Or they have been tossed from the temple for refusing to acknowledge that water from the swami's footwash is not equal to Ganga-jal.
The fact that the GBC does not take errant members of its elite clique to task—people who are selected and not elected—is hard evidence that the gang we love to hate (but wish we didn't have to) share a similar mentality. They are birds of a feather, and not the flock of swans they pose themselves to be.
Leaving your conscience on the ground floor appears to be the first qualification for climbing aboard the GBC elevator. If most of ISKCON's Glorious and Beautiful Cherubs (GBC) were above board, then in order to protect individual reputations they would immediately eject corrupt colleagues, just as a doctor saws off a gangrenous limb to save the patient. In the real world it would be too much of a burden for honest men and women to have a crook in their midst, albeit a pleasantly sociable psychopath who has learned how to bow down on queue.
Keep in mind that the GBC has—much against the instructions of the Founder-Acharya—enforced willy-nilly ex-communications (as evidence of their institutional and Vatican-like mentality). As Srila Prabhupada once noted about one "well-wisher" in the Gaudiya Math, "A man is known by the company he keeps." And so it is that from the behavior of the individual, the activities and mentality of the group are discerned… despite the facade of their toothy grins that try to speak to the contrary. I mean, would you buy a used car from these people? We who actually believe in the absolute efficacy of Krishna consciousness will be fooled no longer!
He who fears that his secrets will see the light of day cannot dream of taking his fellow confederates and co-conspirators to task. The leaking of private affairs among the GBC has become so common that business as usual means giving the cold shoulder to any devotee who points out any dishonesty and exploitation of power for personal gain. Whenever the Cherubs do respond, it is only because they have painted themselves into a corner. And such responses are laced with the saccharine of pretended pithy precepts about how "erring is human and forgiveness is divine." The policy appears to run along the lines of "Though we may ex-communicate you, you must forgive us (and if we let you back in, we'll even let you drink our strawberry charanamrita)."
Through such methods as these the GBC insures that their flock of believers will be a continually recycled congregation of front door neophytes, because their amateurish schemes of keeping their rank and file subordinates convinced of their divinity cannot be tolerated for long by anyone with a teaspoon of intelligence. Hence the older devotees beat a fast retreat out the back door, only to be replaced by a new band of sitting ducks waddling in through the front portal. But what difference could that possibly make to Romapada, sitting upon his velvet pillow? It is business as usual, as long as the GBC members are getting their choice rations served at precisely the correct hour.
After all, as we learn from the website of ISKCON's favorite usurer, the Cherubs amongs us "appeared" while the Founder-Acharya was merely "born."
Eat, drink and be a guru