Guru in ISKCON

Published on September 29th, 2023 | by


Replacing Srila Prabhupada?

I am confussed by the state of affairs, today, when leading godbrothers are trying to replace the position of my only beloved spiritural master? Are we so quickly enlinghtened, that we can replace a great acharaya. It’s Mayas illusion.

Dear Prabhu

Please accept my humble obesiences, all glories to Srila Prabhupada! I have been disasociated form the devotees since Srila Prabhupada’s dissapperence. For no reason other than I could not tolerate seeing my godbrothers picturtures on the Vyasasaan. I thought it was due to my envious nature, and the fact that my initiated name was Vyasasasana dasa, and that I thought that my mission in life was to serve Srila Prabhupada’s lotus feet.

I never expected it to be otherwise.

I am confussed by the state of affairs, today, when leading godbrothers are trying to replace the position of my only beloved spiritural master? Are we so quickly enlinghtened, that we can replace a great acharaya. Its Mayas illusion. I remember when I was a new bhakta, and I had the association of elder godbrothers, like Jayananda, and Visnujana Swami, and Tamal Khrishna Goswami, I never had reason to suspect that someday, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedenta Swami would someday be repalced. Has Krishna been Replaced? Has Lord Caitanyya Mahapraphu been replaced? No! Do we need a new guru? I think not. But, this is just my humble oberservation.

I have no status in ISKCON, no power, no disciples, and no tape ministry. But I have my faith, in Guru, Shastra, and the assosiation of saintly persons. I live outside ISKCON but keep the faith alive within my heart. And I know more about true humility now than I would have if I remained. I have been able to retain my self respect, and respect for my godbrothers, and my beloved Guru Maharaja.

All Glories To Srila Prabhupada!

Vyasasana dasa

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4 Responses to Replacing Srila Prabhupada?

  1. Vyasasan das says:

    Hare Krishna!

    I cringed when I visited your site this morning and saw this post.

    This was something I wrote way back in 1998 shortly after I was hooked up to the internet for the very first time. I remember the first time I ever saw a Google page, and there was the search bar, and the very first thing I ever typed into that search bar was the words “Hare Krishna”. Your site came up and I began reading some of the posts there. I think I wrote this as a comment to something I was reading. My understanding today is much different, more refined than it was back in 1998.

    But seeing this post gives the impression that I just wrote these words on Sept 19, 2020.

    This was written a long time ago. This was just the beginning of my re-awakening into the guru-tatva issues in ISKCON. I have a clearer understanding today and am very fixed in my beliefs.

    Your friend in service
    Vyasasan das

    • Hare Krishna Viasasan Prabhu

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

      What you have written in this article many years ago is still perfectly correct today. If you cringe when you are reading it today it means you are now in maya.

      Krishna consciousness is eternally fresh and eternally correct. That is my practical experience. I never ‘cringe’ at anything I have ever written. As long as we just repeat what Srila Prabhupada has taught us then it is not us speaking actually. We become just like the postman delivering the mail. It is not our message in the mail, we have just got the message from Krishna via Srila Prabhupada and we are just delivering their message.

      Nothing to cringe about at all.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      You servant

      Madhudvisa dasa

  2. Steve says:

    Madhudvisa Prabhu, I routinely chant “Hari, Hari, Hari…” on my beads instead of the Hare Krishna mantra. Is this acceptable?

    • No. Do it properly:

      Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
      Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

      at least 16 rounds a day and strictly follow the four regulative principles: no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication and read Srila Prabhupada’s books at least 1-2 hours a day.

      Krishna consciousness is a scientific process so if we want to practice it we have to follow the process properly. If we don’t properly follow the process we can not expect to get the results.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

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