We Should Practice What we Preach
BY: RAMA DAS
Jul 04, 2012 INDIA (SUN) If you allow fallen gurus to be worshipped you will become a sahajiya movement (if not already). The PV dasa is a fallen fellow. Why try to prop up a fallen fellow and why try to perpetuate a system that allows fallen fellows (e.g., gurus and ex-sannyasis and those known to be fallen and still in saffron) to take positions? Why allow the PV dasa to be worshipped by his so-called ex-disciples again?
You will be making one of the greatest mistakes in the history of the Vaisnavas and tantamount to the breakup of the Gaudiya Matha.
What a tangled web we weave when we first practice to deceive. The web of deceit is now too large. You have embarked on a path that is of almost no return. Unless something is done very quickly, there is no use perpetuating the bricks and mortar for a few.
All for one (the one being the few bogus gurus and swamis who harvest unlimited laxmi from the unsuspecting aspirants on the path of bhakti) and none for all (the all being the unsuspecting aspirants).
The swamis should walk barefoot, with danda, waterpot and whatever sastra they can carry, and depend on the Lord.
"A sannyasi should always walk barefoot..." (Purport of Srila Prabhupada Cc Adi-lila 7.59)
There are berries in the forest they can live on and chant Hare Krsna 24 hours a day, and if someone comes to them for instruction they will be more than ready to give instruction on enlightenment, because by austerity one gains great spiritual merit.
"Then later you asked one Indian sannyasi what were the berries on a certain tree. He replied that they were edible and sages used to live in the forest and simply exist on these berries. You said that our men should be able to do like this-chant all day, eat some berries, and once a week go to the village and beg a few capatis. Immediately some devotees responded, "But Prabhupada, we have to preach, and. …" "That's all right," you said. "But we should be able to chant all day Hare Krsna, eat a few berries, and once a week go to the village and beg a few capatis... "
(From a Vyasa-puja offering to Srila Prabhupada by Mrgendra dasa/Dhruva dasa, Memphis 1983)
You cannot ask someone to stop taking sweets if you do not first stop eating sweets yourself. If they cannot follow the basic rules then get rid of them, at no matter what risk, as the movement will never go on. It is like a crab going sideways, no forward movement.
We should practice what we preach. Then let's see. The leaders, or so-called leaders, should be above reproach.
You may think that this seems harsh, however ISKCON in its current form needs to do some spring cleaning, which most probably has not been done since Srila Prabhupada has left this world.
PS. I am not Rtvik, not GBC and not Gaudiya Matha. Just sick of the whole mess!!!