The Direction ISKCON is Taking

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Oct 11, 2017 — MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) —

Thoughts on GBC, central management, temple authorities, mentor systems, and the direction of preaching coming from the pure representative the pure empowered devotee.

In this time of ISKCON, the position of Guru has been diminished to someone who comes and gives classes, occasionally some retreats, or social media events. Communications take place to disciples through e mails, and such Gurus have little or no influence on the services that the disciples carry out.

The direction set for the mission, who carries it out, what tactics and strategies are employed, who should be preached to, who is initiated, who they have to please to get initiation, the understanding of guru-tattva, and practically the whole direction of the movement, is now out of the influence of the pure devotee Guru, and in the hands of administrators who may or may not have the spiritual potency and surrender to fully understand Srila Prabhupada's intentions, being as Prabhupada's intentions are pure and only his pure representative will understand them, both internally and externally.

This is unprecedented in the history of Vaisnavism, that Sad Guru plays such a diminished role in the life of his disciples, and the pure Gurus have very little ability to influence the direction of preaching of his disciples, and that centralised GBCs, and local management have taken off the hands of the pure Guru representative of Krishna, His all important role in directing and pushing his disciples to preach the mission as he feels Prabhupada would want.

Our concern is that actually ISKCON is becoming a huge structural administrative organisation in the hands of administrators who have pushed the Guru's position to the sidelines, and who now set the agenda. Judging by the results, it does not look good: book distribution in decline, western preaching in decline, scientific preaching in decline, simply living high thinking projects in decline, opening of centres and preaching centres in decline, indigenous populations and counter-culture followers ignored, artists and intellectuals ignored, deep thinkers and philosophers ignored.

It seems that intelligent preaching is now not the goal, but financial security for one or a few projects, a small small world of security for some and what few would call success, but it's far from it, as now the goal is mainly centred around the Indian population, kind of comfort zones for the few, ok, but 0.5 out of 10 on a scale. This is particularly prevalent in Europe and USA, but not in Eastern Europe where Gurus direct preaching and disciples, it seems.

I say wake up, you empowered Gurus take your disciples and engage them in the projects and direction you know Srila Prabhupada wanted. Push the local management and centralised GBC who have lost the plot, vision and tattva of the Guru's position. Take back your rights of initiation, who and when, take back your influence on how they should be engaged, and put ISKCON back on track. It's in your hands, for you are to be the bona fide representative, you have the power to inspire, you know the Mission of your Guru well. Kindly carry it out, in cooperation with management and GBC, but give your all important direction -- one of knowledge and detachment and continuous preaching to all the jivas, not just the few.

Below we remember what exactly our mission is by studying the words of this sacred song, by Srinivas Acarya, and reflect on which direction ISKCON is taking.


Śrī Śrī Ṣaḍ-gosvāmy-aṣṭaka

I offer my respectful obeisances unto the six Gosvāmīs, namely Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī, Śrī Sanātana Gosvāmī, Śrī Raghunātha Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī, Śrī Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī, Śrī Jīva Gosvāmī, and Śrī Gopāla Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī, who are always engaged in chanting the holy name of Kṛṣṇa and dancing. They are just like the ocean of love of God, and they are popular both with the gentle and with the ruffians, because they are not envious of anyone. Whatever they do, they are all-pleasing to everyone, and they are fully blessed by Lord Caitanya. Thus they are engaged in missionary activities meant to deliver all the conditioned souls in the material universe.

I offer my respectful obeisances unto the six Gosvāmīs, who are very expert in scrutinizingly studying all the revealed scriptures with the aim of establishing eternal religious principles for the benefit of all human beings. Thus they are honored all over the three worlds and they are worth taking shelter of because they are absorbed in the mood of the gopis and are engaged in the transcendental loving service of Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa.

I offer my respectful obeisances unto the six Gosvāmīs, who are very much enriched in understanding of Lord Caitanya and who are thus expert in narrating His transcendental qualities. They can purify all conditioned souls from the reactions of their sinful activities by pouring upon them transcendental songs about Govinda. As such, they are very expert in increasing the limits of the ocean of transcendental bliss, and they are the saviors of the living entities from the devouring mouth of liberation.

I offer my respectful obeisances unto the six Gosvāmīs, who kicked off all association of aristocracy as insignificant. In order to deliver the poor conditioned souls, they accepted loincloths, treating themselves as mendicants, but they are always merged in the ecstatic ocean of the gopis' love for Kṛṣṇa and bathe always and repeatedly in the waves of that ocean.

I offer my respectful obeisances unto the six Gosvāmīs, who were always engaged in worshiping Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa in the transcendental land of Vṛndāvana where there are beautiful trees full of fruits and flowers which have under their roots all valuable jewels. The Gosvāmīs are perfectly competent to bestow upon the living entities the greatest boon of the goal of life.

I offer my respectful obeisances unto the six Gosvāmīs, who were engaged in chanting the holy names of the Lord and bowing down in a scheduled measurement. In this way they utilized their valuable lives and in executing these devotional activities they conquered over eating and sleeping and were always meek and humble enchanted by remembering the transcendental qualities of the Lord.

I offer my respectful obeisances unto the six Gosvāmīs, who were sometimes on the bank of the Rādhā-kunda lake or the shores of the Yamuna and sometimes at Vaṁśīvaṭa. There they appeared just like madmen in the full ecstasy of love for Kṛṣṇa, exhibiting different transcendental symptoms in their bodies, and they were merged in the ecstasy of Kṛṣṇa consciousness.

I offer my respectful obeisances unto the six Gosvāmīs, who were chanting very loudly everywhere in Vṛndāvana, shouting, "Queen of Vṛndāvana, Rādhārāṇī! O Lalita! O son of Nanda Mahārāja! Where are you all now? Are you just on the hill of Govardhana, or are you under the trees on the bank of the Yamunā? Where are you?" These were their moods in executing Kṛṣṇa consciousness.


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