Srila Prabhupada, His Movement & You

Counterfeits Spoil the Integrity of the Genuine, Authorised Sampradaya

Singapore, 1 December 1993

Dear Rahugana das:

Please accept my most humble obeisances.

On the morning of November 21st, Sunday, when you were supposed to meet me, while I was waiting for you, I wrote down the following points which I wanted to present to you for your consideration in order to impress upon you the importance and necessity of worshipping Srila Prabhupada as the Sampradaya Acharya. Please bear with me and let me know what you think. Perhaps we can meet in the States.

Why There Must be a Sampradaya Acharya, and Why He Must be Prabhupada?

There is no history of any acharya before who has done so much in so short a time as Srila Prabhupada has done.

The original acharya was Brahma, next Narada, then Vyasadeva, who recorded all the Vedic wisdom—therefore, Vyasapuja. We worship the person (guru) who perfectly represents the written conclusions of Vyasadeva. Without Vyasa’s writings, there would be no knowledge of Vedas in the present-day world. Next came Madhvacharya, then Lord Chaitanya and the six Goswamis, without whom we would have no Sankirtan movement, no science of devotional service ( Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu ). The six Goswamis excavated the places of lila in Vrindaban, so it is by their mercy we are in Vrindaban. Then came the modern-day acharya, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, who pioneered Krishna consciousness towards the western world by publishing in English language and sending books to McGill University, Emerson and Tolstoy. His son, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta, further pioneered modern-day preaching by utilizing auto, press and foreign missionaries, and at last the attempt initiated by Thakur Bhaktivinoda and Srila Bhaktisiddhanta bore fruit completely in the personality of Srila Prabhupada, who synthesized the whole VEDIC CULTURE by writing, speaking and demonstrating all the VAISHNAVA CONCLUSIONS so PERFECTLY that all the people of the world are able to assimilate them and practice them in daily life almost instantly. There is no history of any Vaishnava acharya who in so short a time was able to BROADCAST and convert so many people to the worship of Krishna throughout the whole world community.

There is no preacher today who would have any standing had the door not been opened up for him by Srila Prabhupada, just as no one would have any access to Vedic knowledge had Vyasadeva not recorded them five thousand years ago.

The conclusion is: anyone who preaches Krishna consciousness today must present himself as the servant and representative of the SAMPRADAYA ACHARYA, Srila Prabhupada, because failing to do so, one becomes an INGRATE and makes the greatest offense, namely disregarding the Acharya, which Krishna says “is My
very Self.”

This one adjustment in the Sampradaya—to recognize, worship and honor Srila Prabhupada as the Sampradaya Acharya—has the potential to correct the greatest number of problems facing the Vaishnava community world-wide today. It can immediately unite all contending parties and demonstrate to the non-devotional world the power and efficacy of bhakti-yoga. Without establishing this principle of ACHARYA WORSHIP in our Sampradaya, all these so-called gurus must be seen as the worst kind of offenders, pretenders and religious charlatans, because their activities, although apparently Vaishnava, holy and pure, aim at nothing more than improving personal FAME, FORTUNE and SENSE GRATIFICATION (gross or subtle). Just as one who prints and passes counterfeit money causes the greatest damage to the economy and welfare of the society. Although counterfeit money may be very expertly produced, it has no value, because it is not backed by the authority of the government.

Unless one is a government agent, it is almost impossible for the ordinary citizen to detect counterfeit money, because it may be identical in all respects—paper, engraving, color, printing. The only difference is in the authority behind the currency notes. It is also the case with gurus and preachers. They are either authorised by the Sampradaya Acharya or they are not. Therefore Prabhupada says, “Don’t just follow any rascal. Follow the acharyas. Their commentaries are there.” Then one has the YARDSTICK whereby which he can actually measure the spiritual status and substance of a person. Without this, one is sure to be misguided.

As counterfeit money introduced into the economy destroys the value of genuine money, similarly unauthorized preachers allowed to pose as bona fide devotees wreck the unity and purity of the Sampradaya. That is what is happening today. The Gaudiya Vaishnava Sampradaya is in SHAMBLES, all because we do not insist on everyone, especially the leaders, being authorized by the Sampradaya Acharya. Why do we not insist on this qualification (credential)? Because everyone is aspiring to take the post of the acharya himself. The last such aspirant, Kirtanananda, is now on the way out. The most recent aspirants, Gour Govinda and Govinda Maharaja are on the way in. So this ASPIRING and EXPIRING will go on. But if we want real shelter and progress in spiritual life, all that we require to do is either take shelter of the Sampradaya Acharya, Srila Prabhupada (tried, tested and proven, undisputable) or any sincere devotee who perfectly understands this point and thus serves the SAMPRADAYA ACHARYA as his representative.

Guru parampara is a strict hierarchy, even more precise than the chain of command in a military organization. No one can preach Krishna consciousness and simultaneously keep himself and his followers aloof from submission and service to the SAMPRADAYA ACHARYA (like a loose cannon on deck), however erudite he may be.

But this is precisely the situation that exists in the world today. Dozens of so-called gurus all rounding up disciples, like cowboys rustling wild horses on the range. “If everyone just initiates, then there will only be a contradictory result. As long as it goes on, there will only be failure.”—Srila Prabhupada, Phalgun Krishna Panchami

This is not what Srila Prabhupada wanted. Nor is it Vedic culture. Nor will it awaken Krishna consciousness. We take it as our personal service to Srila Prabhupada to address this problem and to preach on the basis of this vision and understanding. We have spoken with senior devotees, especially Puri Maharaja, and he has confirmed this essential point and encouraged us to broadcast it to the best of our ability, within and without ISKCON.

The rittvik question is automatically addressed and resolved by establishing this all-embracing Sampradaya Acharya conception.

The heart’s function is the most fundamental of all organs in that it pumps blood to all parts of the body, thereby keeping it strong and healthy. Similarly, the SAMPRADAYA ACHARYA is the heart of the Vaishnava community. His commentaries on the standard Vaishnava texts (siddhanta ) are the life blood of the devotees of the Sampradaya. Thus all must worship and represent the Acharya in their preaching.

Those who neglect the SAMPRADAYA ACHARYA are in a diseased condition of spiritual life, just as any part or organ of the body not receiving regular circulation of fresh blood supply from the heart must inevitably become diseased and lose its power to function.

We must not simply take from the Sampradaya Acharya. We must also give, just as blood gives life and nourishment to all parts of the body but it also must be served by infusion of prana, as it circulates through the lungs. In this way the whole body remains fit and strong. Those who take advantage of the Sampradaya Acharya but do not give proper respect and worship to the Acharya are committing guru avajña and sadhu ninda, the two most dangerous kinds of Vaishnava aparadha. In other words, unauthorized preachers—those utilizing the assets and gifts of the Sampradaya Acharya but failing to honor and worship him—are just like PIRATES or DACOITS. Such persons, although exhibiting a wealth of Vedic knowledge and culture, cannot help us, because their assets are all like stolen treasures, illegally obtained.

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22 Responses to Srila Prabhupada, His Movement & You

  1. I shall be including sections of this very intelligent, but flawed, commentary in an upcoming article that will be posted on one of our websites. As I told you in 1988, I would read the book that you gave me. I have read, more than once, both of your books, as well as this article. You are close. The quote from Vaikunthanatha, as potent as it appears to be, is still evidence not conclusive proof. Indeed, and somewhat ironically, you have prominently posted in another section of your website, that famous letter you received from His Divine Grace wherein he said that his movement may have gurus given the title of Bhaktivedanta (for their advanced learning and realization in the supreme science) by 1975. This was not realized, however, as we all know. Instead, eleven men–yourself one of them–went, in your own words to me back in the Eighties “way too far.” Nevertheless, misuse of a great science does not render it useless. The rittvik process (and I spell this word exactly as you do, so we have something in common there) in relation to Srila Prabhupada ended on November 15, 1977; the last genuinely initiated disciple of Prabhupada was Mahapurana das, an African-American devotee, at (again, somewhat ironically, although Nityananda prabhu was already in Mississippi by that time) the New Orleans yatra just hours before Prabhupada departed us in manifest form. The real issue here is not rittvik; the real issue is “regular guru, that’s all.” What did that mean? I ask this rhetorically, as I am confident that I know what it means. Similarly, as was revealed in your presence at Topanga Canyon in early December of 1980, the eleven men named on July 9-10, 1977 where not to create any kind of exclusive monopoly based upon their having been given the renewal of the service of rittvik, which had been suspended for a period of time before that summer. I think that you would agree that close is not good enough here. We may put together the pieces of the puzzle in a different chronological order–and that is to be expected–but, when it is finished, all the pieces fit together in one way and one way only. There is one perfect way, and we both agree that the vitiated GBC has not established, nor does it represent, that way. Yet, there arguments have some power to them, especially in terms of pragmatic considerations–Western pragmatism, that is. Indeed, I pick up no dearth of pragmatism in your presentations both in your books and on your website. The issue is not pragmatism itself, as Prabhupada was very results oriented. The issue is the difference between Western pragmatism and Vedic or Vaishnava pragmatism. There is one essential difference between them, and a hint of what that is can be found in Nityananda prabhu’s favorite slogan: Satyam eva jayate.
    One other thing to keep in mind. Kindly do not misread anything personal into this, because it is not intended for any specific initiated devotee (1966-1977) of Prabhupada. We both agree that the GBCs of Prabhupada and his guru deviated in egregious ways. What was the ultimate result thirty years after the first such deviation? Or, rather, how did Lord Chaitanya choose to rectify that situation? It wasn’t via any kind of rittvik arrangement, was it.
    So, I am being stimulated to some extent by what I am reading on your website and in reviewing your books (I have both of them) once again. In due course, it should produce an article that goes into detail on all of these spiritual raw nerve topics. Obviously, I had very little association with His Divine Grace in comparison to your good self; I was only alone with him once for about four minutes. So, you are very blessed, and I admire your spiritual good fortune. It empowers you to carry on, no doubt. Still, you and I have another thing in common that is certainly rare amongst Prabhupada’s actually initiated disciples, viz., neither of us was preached to before coming to the temple and deciding to surrender. I have read your historical account, it was impressive, and I could relate to it. Mine was different, obviously, but the principle was the same. As such, we each stand for something and push something independent of mass opinion and negativity of the enforced conformity. Your version of rittvik–and there are quite a number of them–is different from the others, and that is to be expected, also.
    Once I produce the above-mentioned article (for the first time, I am seriously considering employing the A & A format in doing so), would you like me to notify you of its posting along with a hyperlink? I shall not be offended if you answer this specific query in the negative nor shall I be offended if I do not hear from you at all. We are all meant to reach the stage of sthita-prajna, in which it is certain that His Divine Grace would order us to become diksa-guru, not rittvik. Until then, we are meant to preach to newcomers, stress Prabhupada as their siksa-guru, and keep them in the process at the level of sadhu-sanga. It is an impetus to get very sincere and serious and reach the stage of mahimni sve mahiyate, i.e., drsta evatmanisvare. If we could not or cannot reach even this stage, which is prior to bhava, then what was the meaning of Srila Prabhupada coming here in the first place and training us to become gurus? And he certainly wanted this, as you well know, and as evidenced, if not indeed proved, by his letter to you in 1975.
    Hoping that this meets you and your good wife in good health and cheerful mood, I beg to remain . . .
    Your eternal servant,

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  3. Suvarna says:

    Thank you for this book Hansadutta Prabhu. Very wonderful writing. I am very grateful. Thank you. Your servant Suvarna

  4. Suvarna says:

    is this book available to purchase?

  5. I have no motre copies for saler, you can download the whole text from Nama Hatta, or write to…… perhaps they have a copy,
    Thank you nfor appriociating my realizations. I do not write for money, or noteriety. I have written according to my experience and heart felt love for Prabhupada

    Your humble servant,
    I shaould have done better,
    But I fell. failed and am very repentant about that, and still working to get up and do the right thing.

    • tarunkrishna das says:

      Haribol ji, may i say Hansdutta ji at least you have said you made mistakes , been open about what went wrong for you, not many from that time have or ever will, bless you ji ,..haribol

    • Nilesh Dalal says:

      Hare Krishna prabhuji,
      Please consider to reprint your book not for fame or for glory but to help other innocent jivas from following the bogus gurus. I just discovered your website. But there are others where this message has to be reached. Please help to redirect Prabhupada’s vision in it’s true direction. Senior true devotees like yourself is our only link to the truth.
      Hari Bol.

    • dhaval moradiya says:

      hare krishna
      i want to purchasse of this book …

  6. Martin says:

    Hare Krishna. Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

    For many years I have been searching for the audio of the so-called appointment tape of May 28, 1977. Do you have the audio file, and if so, could you please email it to me or post it to YouTube? I have read the transcript and understand that Srila Prabhupada appointed ritviks, but I would like to hear the audio for myself.

  7. William Regular says:

    Hare Krishna!!
    Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!!

    Thank you very much for your profound realizations. i really felt indebted.. it gives me more light since you personally advice me to read first before i come to visit any ISKCON temple. i will write you someday in regards of this book.
    Again, thank you very much Hansadutta Prabhu

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  9. Lou says:

    Dear Hansadutta Das,
    I remember you in Berkely in 1976 or so. I used to frequent the temple there often. I have not been to an ISKCON temple since then although I occasionally try to keep up on ISKCON news. I am a devotee of Avatar Meher Baba. I have no qualifications to judge but the letter you’ve shared seems to clearly spell out Srila Prabhupada’s wishes. It makes it very clear: “The newly initiated devotees are disciples of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada …” It is truly a shame that ISKCON has been divided all these years and I pray your efforts are helpful. Congratulations on your honesty and sincere work.

  10. Probir saha says:

    Jay radha!! I love “krishna” but i love you too.,’prabhupada’

  11. Vishnujana says:

    Hansadutta please accept my humble obeisances as a older Godbrother. I would like to talk to you about the ritvik system and where do you stand with post 1977 ISKCON. I would also like to know if you yourself know about the poisoning of our Spiritual Master A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada by your Godbrothers (perhaps you were aware but did not do anything) as well as your Godbrothers and the heinous acts they have done such as kirtananda and bhakti thirtha and many others. Please write back to me as soon as possible. If you truly following Srila Prabhupada you would allow for us to start a conversation to help this poor lost soul find some happiness. You are one of the last Ritvik Representative of Srila Prabhupada who was chosen by HIM. do not let this go to waste. Rise up Hansadutta and fight for Srila Prabhupada if you are sincere. Do not become clouded by illusion like arjuna at the battle of kurusetra with his family members. Just because they are your Godbrothers does not make it right to let them destroy Prabhupada ISKCON and take so many to hell with them. there are many scattered sects of the ritvik camp around the world with some truly devoted to Prabhupada and others for some materialistic purposes. Are we to let our faith become like the christian faith which is scattered from protestant to catholic to coptic orthodox to Pentecostal? Why do you sit and do nothing? Become a true ritvik and defend Prabhupada order and stop this second poisoning which is being done to Prabhupada Books. They are new devotees that are coming in this movement and many are lost because of the so many ritvik camps as well that they do not want to associate with ISKCON example my self and few friends. All I ask of you from my self is to write back to me so we may talk with my friends on your place and what we can do. Hare Krsna Jai Prabhupada.

    • Vishnujana says:

      Srila Prabhupada: Keu bole je keu poison kore diyeche. Hoy to tai.
      Translation: Someone says that I’ve been poisoned. It’s possible.

      Balaram Mishra (?): Hmm?

      Kaviraja: Kya farma rahe hain?
      Translation: What is he saying?

      Srila Prabhupada: Koi bolta hai je koi mujhko poison kiya gaya hai.
      Translation: Someone says that someone has given poison.

      Kaviraja: Kisko?
      Translation: To whom?

      Srila Prabhupada: Mujhko.
      Translation: To me.

      Kaviraja: Kaun bolta hai?
      Translation: Who said?

      Srila Prabhupada: Ye sab friends.
      Translation: These all friends.

      Bhakticharu: Ke boleche, Srila Prabhupada?
      Translation: Who said, Srila Prabhupada?

      Srila Prabhupada: Ke boleche.
      Translation: They all say.

      Tamal Krishna: Krishna das?

      Kaviraja: Ao ko kaun poison dega? Kis liye dega?
      Translation: Who would give you poison? Why would anyone do that?

      Tamal Krishna: Who said that, Srila Prabhupada?

      Srila Prabhupada: I do not know, but it is said.

      Exchange 1 – Mixture of English, Hindi and Bengali (9/11/77)

      Jagadisha: Srila Prabhupada, can you tell us why you want to go on the parikrama? (travelling to visiting holy places)
      Prabhupada: …good paddy.
      Tamala Krsna: This seems like suicide, Srila Prabhupada, this program. It seems to some of us like it’s suicidal.
      Prabhupada: And this is also suicidal.
      Tamala Krsna: Hm. Prabhupada said, “And this is also suicide.” Now you have to choose which suicide.
      Prabhupada: The Ravana (A great demon) will kill and Rama (God) will kill. Better to be killed by Rama. Eh? That Marica–if he does not go to mislead Sita, he’ll be killed by Ravana; and if he goes to be killed by Rama, then it is better.
      [Room Con. Nov. 10, 1977, Vrndavana, India]

      Prabhupada: All right. You take Babaji Maharaja. That will be my going. (“devotees” laugh)
      Krsna dasa Babaji: Jaya. (laughter)
      Tamala Krsna: Yes, the bullock cart will go tomorrow
      Prabhupada: Yes.
      Tamala Krsna: To Govardhana.
      Prabhupada: Yes, other devotees can go. I cannot go.
      Tamala Krsna: No, they’ll go on your behalf, but you will go one day. That we promise you. (“devotees” laugh)
      “Devotee ?”: (under breath) Sati (other “devotees” laugh)
      Prabhupada: All right.
      Tamala Krsna: Our greatest pleasure will be to take you on tirtha-yatra, Srila Prabhupada. We wanted so much to go with you on that.
      Prabhupada: Thank you very much.

      (Vrindavana, India – 10th November 1977)

      here is the conversation of his final days. You were there werent you? therefore if you knew of this publicly repent and work to fight against your “Godbrothers” and if you sincerely and honestly did not know then research and hear what they did to our Guru Maharaj and understand what you must do.

  12. Krishna Tungal says:

    All Glories to Srila Prabhupada,
    Hare Krishna to all the devotees.

    What Vishnujana Prabhu said is 100000% true. Hansadutta Prabhu, you can do it, we all here to support you..


    Your servant
    Krishna Tungal

    • Aaca says:

      Dear Jagaddharta Prabhu Thank you for your comments. I beelive that you are correct in your appraisal that we have underestimated world affairs as a causative influence. Srila Prabhupada has given us all the knowledge and perspective to understand the complexities of modern life and how we are entangled in the modes and more importantly how to get disentangled. Srila Prabhupada gives us the tools it is up to us how or when or if we employ them. He nor Krsna will do this as this is our duty to free ourselves. The Demon Kali has his agents both outside and inside of FISKCON. To have them inside ISKCON is impossible for inside ISKCON is where Srila Prabhupada’s vision lies illuminating the absolute truth. FISKCON adherents do not have this vision and so they will cheat us. It is only when we can understand this difference, that is between ISKCON and FISKCON that we can begin to free ourselves. Yes no one comes close to Srila Prabhupada! Nor are they meant to. He is the Acharya of ISKCON no one else. We have to all come together by aligning our visions to his and in order to do this we must understand our predicament within the Geopolitical sphere and to know where the Krsna Consciousness Movement is being compromised, where our own vision has been affected and obscured. Yours in the service of Srila PrabhupadaAdmin

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  16. Hansadutta Prabhu, you are in an excellent position to understand the ritvik issue because you were an ISKCON temple president, a member of the GBC body, a BBT trustee, an “appointed guru,” and a “zonal acharya.” Your booklet is what convinced me, even before “The Final Order” was published.

    Also, no ISKCON leader dares to debate with you. All that they ever do is resort to low-class name-calling!

  17. hansadutta das says:
    September 12, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I have no motre copies for saler

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