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Our Affectionate Guardians (A Historical Perspective)

Our Affectionate Guardians (A Historical Perspective)
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Item Code: NAJ870
Author: Swami Bhaktibhavana Visnu Maharaja
Publisher: Gaudiya Vaisnava Society
Language: English
Edition: 1996
Pages: 96
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
weight of the book: 135 gms
Back of The Book

I was repeatedly requested by Swami Maharaja, “Look after them. I have taken them to you. Please look after them.” I also have some affinity for the cause of Mahaprabbu. So if anyone is coming to seek Krsna consciousness but is going away frustrated, then naturally, some sympathy should come in my heart to help him—to give him relief. With that idea, I give help, whatever help I can, although it is very meager. I am simply sitting here. I am not running higher and tbitber to disturb the brains of the ISKCON followers, and those that are coming to me, how can I send them away? How can I sit right without giving what I know I feel, without extending this sort of help to those persons?

But the ISKCON administration has only some formal consideration. These few gentlemen, whom I consider to be students—students, not professors—speaking from my absolute consideration standpoint, they have become self=made authorities, thinking that whatever they dictate, I shall have to obey that?

I am not a person of that type. With my clear conscience to God; that is to krsna, to Mahaprabbu, to my gurudeva, and to Swami Maharaja, what I am doing, I think it is justified Let them capture the whole world. I ‘be satisfied. I am not an enemy, because we have a common cause.

 

Introduction

This book should never have been written. At the same time, many will be grateful that it is now in print. It should not have been written because the evernts that it describes should never have happened. Yet it brings to light the actual history of shocking period in contemporary Gaudiya Vaisnavism, one that, like many embarrassing historical events, has been grossly distorted over the last twenty years. Speaking positively, there is much to learn from those who do things wrong.

Swami Visnu sets the scene by jumping back in time to the late 1930s, a few years after the departure from mortal vision of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, the guru of two of the most prominent Gaudiya Vaisnava saints of the century. These two godbrothers, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and Bhakti Raksha Sridhara Deva Goswami Maharaja, and their transcendental relationship are introduced in the first chapter.

Their relationship continued up until Swami Prabhupada’s passing into eternal samadhi in November 1977. Yet, an Visnu Swami demonstrates, their relationship continued after Prabhupada’s departure as well, in the form of Sridhara Maharaja’s selfless efforts to help Srila Prabhupada’s fledgling disciples in accordance with Srila Prabhupada’s request. One gets the strong sense that their relationship continues even today and into eternity, for both of these saints were united, despite their differences, around the same cause—establishing the devotional conclusions of Srila Rupa Goswami and awakening love of Sri Sri Radha-Krsna in the hearts of all souls.

Both Srila Prabhupada and Srila Sridhara Maharaja were of a harmonizing nature, and appropriately so, for true religion means proper adjustment. Such is possible only when one’s religion is love, which alone can resolve all contradictions. This is the religion of Gaudiya Vaisnavism, in which the Vraja lila of Radha-krsna manifest out of selfless loving union with the Absolute, replete with a cast of thousands upon thousands, all of whom have been considered incarnations of love—Srila Prabhupada and Srila Sridhara Maharaja no exception.

Despite the relationship of Srila Prabhupada and Sridhara Maharaja, Sridhara Maharaja’s numerous saintly qualities, and Srila Prabhupada personally introducing his disciples to Sridhara Maharaja, Sridhara Maharaja became the direct target of slander. Indirectly, Swami Prabhupada was slandered, and all of this by his own disciples’ attempts to glorify him. The Salander of Sridhara Maharaja is blatant, while the more insidious slander of Srila Prabhupada is felt deeply by those who read between the lines of this book.

When lust appears in the guise of love, nothing could be more insidious. This is the greatest enemy of the spiritual aspirant. The lust for power, disguised as love for Srila Prabhupada, rears, its ugly face in this historical account, in which the road to hell is tread by those of good intentions. While unity was the goal of Srila Prabhupada’s disciples, their shortsighredness found them tampering with the very foundation of unity, vilifying the very saints they should serve. With the foundation cracked, snakes of misconception and apasiddhanata made their away in to bite the society’s members, and today the International Society for Krsna Consciousness limps along, priding itself in external achievements with little concern for or understanding of inner life.

Swami Visnu appeals to his readers with suggested measures for reformation. Yet one will sense a hopelessness for any comprehensive reform in his acknowledgement of a place for Kali within Gaudiya Vaisnavism—Kali-chela. Read and cry.

 

Contents

 

 
Introduction vii
1
A Transcendental Friendship 1
 
Please Look After Them 2
 
Europe Defeated by Asia 3
 
What I Came to Say, will Remain 4
 
Bhaktivedanta Swami 6
 
Lord Caintanya's Prophey Fulfiled 7
 
I Take It on My Head 8
 
My Siksa Guru 9
 
Your Instruction Nondifferent Than Our Probhupada's 9
 
We Are Happy; We Are Glad; We Are Proud 11
 
Please Stay With Me 12
 
Temple of Understanding 14
 
He can't Be Convereted 14
 
Bhakti Raksaka 15
 
Divine Qualities 16
2
Exalted Glorification 19
3
Sridhara Maharaja's Glorification 23
 
Saktyavesa=Avatara 24
 
Vision of Iskcon 25
 
Bell Ringers 26
 
Keeping Iskcon Together 27
4
Prabhupada's Instructions 31
 
Letter to Rupanaya 34
 
The War Is Over 37
 
Misconceptions 41
 
Madhurya=Rasa 41
 
A Pound of Caution 43
 
Sixteen Rounds 44
 
Krsna Name--An Express Train to Vrndavana 45
 
Bur Srila Sridhara Maharaja was Outside Iskcon 46
 
Did Sridhara Maharaja Re=initiate Prabhupada's Disciples? 47
 
Many Came to Take Initiation 47
 
Prabhupada's Disciples Never Reinitiated 49
 
Reinitatin: Grand Disciples Only 49
 
We Will Be Responsible to Mahaprabhu 50
 
Is Sridhara Maharaja's Mood Different From Prabhupada's? 52
 
GBS Apologizes? 53
 
Iskcon: Kanistha Society? 53
 
Living GBS Committee Wanted 54
 
GBS Supended 54
 
Aparadha, Our Greatest Enemy 57
 
The First Darsana 59
 
GBS Activities Intolerable 62
 
Acarya Godbrother 'Relations--A Slap to the Chek 62
 
Acarya Grandeur 63
 
A Fair Field is Necessary 64
 
No, Only These Eleven Gurus 68
 
Guru Non=extension: Injudicious, Unfortunate, and Faulty 69
 
Real Seekers of Truth Are Fearless 73
 
Sridhara Maharaja Used as Acapegoat 75
 
Srila Sridhara Maharaja Served 79
 
Invited by Affection's Force and Driven Out 80
 
I Am Very Much Mortified 81
 
Aparadha's Havoc 81
 
Blasphemy Must Be Undone 82
 
Insubstantial Apologies 82
 
Conclusion 83

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