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Srila Prabhupada, His Movement & You

by Hansadutta das

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Correspondence #1

The Acharya is the leader of the devotees of the Brahma Gaudiya Vaishnava Sampradaya. This conclusion is more important than anything else. All honour, all worship and all glories should be given to Srila Prabhupada, and automatically the servants are included. Because this is neglected, the whole Sampradaya is in shambles.

Puri Maharaja said we should publish a book to show by comparison to other acharyas what Srila Prabhupada has done and what other acharyas have done, so that people can understand who is Srila Prabhupada. The devotees are so foolish. They don't understand. They go to this swami, that swami, that baba, this and that. These men have done nothing at all. They are just unfaithful and ungrateful, because had it not been for Srila Prabhupada, there is no question of going to anybody for anything. Just like Columbus. Columbus discovered America, and everyone thereafter is indebted to Columbus. Srila Prabhupada opened up the door to devotional service, to Krishna consciousness. He gave us the key to enter into the teachings of Lord Chaitanya and the previous acharyas, and unless we carry ourselves with complete humility and subservience to his lotus feet, we become offensive. This is a very important point.

In this way, to that degree that someone actually represents Srila Prabhupada, we know what his spiritual standing is, and we honour him accordingly. To that degree that he actually represents Srila Prabhupada, worships Srila Prabhupada and teaches people to worship, to love and to follow Srila Prabhupada, to understand Srila Prabhupada and serve Srila Prabhupada--to that degree we can know what a person's actual spiritual merit is. We should not accept a person blindly, simply because he says that he is a guru or an acharya, or because he has a hundred thousand followers. A hundred thousand followers is not the sign of the acharya. The sign of the acharya, the sign of the sincere follower is that he perfectly presents himself as a menial servant of the acharya. That is the real sign.

If we don't follow this guideline, we will be misled, misguided. We will be cheated.

Some devotees argue, "My guru is showing me how to surrender to Prabhupada, and he is worshipping. We are doing guru-puja for Prabhupada. We are chanting his glories. Is that not worship?"

Yes, everyone will say that. But why are you all in disagreement? Why are you all in discord? Why is the mission not growing but collapsing? Why have all of Srila Prabhupada's disciples gone away? Why do you keep them away? Why don't you bring them back, if you actually are worshipping Srila Prabhupada? Why are you so interested in these neophyte followers? Why are you not interested in your own god-brothers' spiritual welfare? Why don't you go to their door and beg them to come back and give them whatever they want? Whatever they want, whatever it takes to bring them back, give them. Everyone will say, "Yes, we're worshipping Srila Prabhupada," but my point is, where are Srila Prabhupada's devotees, then? Where are they? Why have you driven them away and collected all these new people who worship you but don't worship Srila Prabhupada?

They don't even read Srila Prabhupada's books. We talked to one so-called disciple of Bhagavan who has been in the movement for over five years, yet he has not read all of Srila Prabhupada's books. We said, "So what do you do? What do you know? What is your spiritual life? How do you have a spiritual life--you have not read all of Srila Prabhupada's books? What do you understand? What do you mean by spiritual life? Is it just that you put on a dhoti and some tilaka and shave your head and ring a bell and wave incense? Is that spiritual life?" This is the situation of these so-called followers. They don't worship Srila Prabhupada, because they don't read his books.

They don't even have them. Srila Prabhupada's books are going out of print. Srila Prabhupada's samadhi is not finished. That's how we know that you don't worship Srila Prabhupada. You have your own house, but Srila Prabhupada has no house. How is that? A world-wide movement. He gave everything, and you have built yourself a very nice place. Your followers have built for you, but nothing is built for Srila Prabhupada. Why is that? We don't think you do worship Srila Prabhupada. You definitely don't worship Srila Prabhupada.

The SRILA PRABHUPADA RE-UNION is not a re-union with each other, like a sentimental high school or family re-union, but the re-union is a re-union of each individual disciple with his spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada--which is at once effected when the disciple resolves to once again obey and serve Srila Prabhupada in the same submissive mood of awe and reverence that he was in at the time of his original initiation by Srila Prabhupada.

Now there is much propaganda about the upcoming 1996 Centennial and re-union of Srila Prabhupada's disciples. The SRILA PRABHUPADA RE-UNION is not a re-union with each other, like a sentimental high school or family re-union, but the re-union is a re-union of each individual disciple with his spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada--which is at once effected when the disciple resolves to once again obey and serve Srila Prabhupada in the same submissive mood of awe and reverence that he was in at the time of his original initiation by Srila Prabhupada.

This revival of the disciple's determination to be obedient and faithful to Srila Prabhupada's instructions immediately brings or revives our spiritual life, and we are automatically re-united with all other surrendered disciples of Srila Prabhupada. This kind of re-union is wanted--not the psuedo re-union of warm bodies coming together under the pretense of spiritual life. The body is never alive. It is the soul which lives, and only through the principle of surrender and faith in Srila Prabhupada can we, as his disciples, have any association with Srila Prabhupada's devotees.

The emphasis must be on RE-UNITING, REVIVING, RE-CONFIRMING our ALLEGIANCE to SRILA PRABHUPADA, as his surrendered servant--not simply a re-union of material bodies for one or two days in an atmosphere of hysterical, sentimental pseudo spiritualism. The uniting is to be with Srila Prabhupada--not with each other for love, friendship and society. Each devotee must re-unite himself with Srila Prabhupada by surrender and obedience to his order. Then automatically through Sri Guru, the Sampradaya Acharya (hub of the wheel), such sincere, surrendered disciples will be united. But to have re-union without embracing this principle of Acharya worship is like putting leaves back on the tree after they have withered, dried and fallen from the tree.

In the following letters, the devotees have expressed their realisations, doubts, experiences and heartfelt sentiments openly and freely. It is in this spirit that Srila Prabhupada wanted us to associate with one another, keeping always in the context of pure devotional service under the direction of Srila Prabhupada. We have included these letters in this publication because on the whole they point to the necessity of re-uniting the devotees with Srila Prabhupada in the centre as the Sampradaya Acharya--"I wish that each and every centre shall keep the Acharya (i.e. Srila Prabhupada) in the centre and keep their separate identity." (Srila Prabhupada, 1967) Srila Prabhupada is the one person who is capable of resolving all our questions, all our doubts to everyone's satisfaction, because all the devotees trust that they are able to repose their faith in Srila Prabhupada without reservation.

From Hansadutta das, Singapore
2 October 1993

Dear Kirtanananda Maharaja:

Please accept my humble obeisances.

I thought now is the time to remind you of what you said to me upon meeting you at New Vrindaban after my fall from Guru and Sannyas. Seeing my condition, and anticipating the ensuing chaos and confusion amongst the new disciples, you said, "This is why I suggested so strongly that ISKCON should adopt the RITTVIK process of initiation for the new Gurus !!" It has been a long time since then, but after all is said and done, I have personally realized the truth of this statement. Rittvik representatives is all that PRABHUPADA ever sanctioned us to be--not ACHARYAS or GURUS. After years of anguish and confusion over this issue, I have by the mercy of Prabhupada, come to take shelter in his instruction: "Act as Rittvik of the Acharya ." I think it is time for me to repay the debt I owe you for giving me shelter when I was so broken and lost in my spiritual life.

I humbly suggest you consider the fact that Prabhupada never authorized us to be gurus, but restrained our ambition by designating some men to act as his deputies, or rittvik representatives. Better late than never. Give up the false posture of guru-acharya and consider acting as the humble servant of the Acharya, as a rittvik representative. That is the solution for you and all the ISKCON gurus.

If you step back, resume your sadhana and service attitude towards Srila Prabhupada as his rittvik representative exactly as you used to do for him when he was still physically present, then most devotees will probably stand by you. Many will return to your guidance. You have nothing to lose by taking this humble position, except the false prestige of being a guru-acharya, which is haunting you like a ghost.

New Vrindaban is a wonderful place, and it was built under your charge, but only because the devotees were empowered by Prabhupada, on account of their sincere desire to serve him (Srila Prabhupada). In other words, they enthusiastically accepted so much sacrifice, penance and austerity to help you build New Vrindaban, because they saw your sincere determination and desire to please Prabhupada.

Of all the god-brothers, you have accomplished the most monumental task by the building and development of New Vrindaban community. On the other hand, you now stand on the precipice of the total ruin of all you have accomplished, if you obstinately stick to your false posture as the acharya and guru. The god-brothers are waiting like vultures to devour you, New Vrindaban and all the devotees, because more or less all of them are haunted by the same ghost of false prestige, thinking, "I am the guru, and all should serve my feet." Prabhupada has remarked the last two pitfalls of maya are to think one's self as God and the other is to think one's self as guru.

By taking your proper position as Srila Prabhupada's menial servant, no better today than the day you first met him in New York, you will save yourself and possibly your example could save the whole ISKCON movement.

You said you want to save ISKCON, but that requires saving yourself first.

As your younger god-brother, I have taken the liberty to attempt to instruct you. Please excuse my impudence. Whatever I have written is my deep, heartfelt concern for you, all the devotees with you, the wonderful creation of Prabhupada's Palace of Gold and of course, Srila Prabhupada, our beloved spiritual master, by whose mercy we have all been awakened to the highest ideal of preaching love of Krishna to the whole world. As the first and foremost of Prabhupada's disciples, be the first to demonstrate yourself as his rittvik representative. I am prepared to help you in every way, if you do the right thing.

I sincerely hope you are well. I mean you no ill will. I always admire you, but at this time I feel compelled to give you this important advice.

Your humble servant,
Hansadutta dasa

From Brahmananda das,
Vaishnava Scholarly Press
7 October 1993

Hansadutta Prabhu:

Your letter to Kirtanananda was profound, transcendental and true. Srila Prabhupada is guiding you on how to save him and the movement, and he is speaking through you. Gargamuni says it's because you love Srila Prabhupada. Gargamuni also says please send money.

Yours very truly,
Brahmananda das

From Chandrashekhara das,,
ISKCON Prison Ministries
8 October 1993

Dear Hansadutta Prabhu:

Jai Radhe Shyama! Please accept my respects. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

I was thrilled to receive your letter and package of materials, Prabhupada, His Movement and You magazine. Your sincerity and humility touched my heart.

Certainly Prabhupada is smiling upon you, his dear son, who is struggling so diligently to rectify himself and go back home.

I'm honored to be your god-brother, and I'm excited about the development of this wonderful movement, Nama Hatta. Because you're coming closer to Krishna every day, you're useful right now. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Your servant and friend,
Chandrashekhar das

From Brahmananda dasa,
Vaishnava Scholarly Press
20 October 1993

Dear Hansadutta Maharaja:

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Thank you for your kind letter.

I was sorry to learn that Kirtanananda appears not to be able to appreciate your letter. I have received a letter from Hrishikesh dasa, who has written a letter to K Swami, expressing his disappointment in K's flip-flopping, and on seeing that he is still accepting daily worship, expresses his intention to sever all connection.

So far you and I are concerned, I always saw you as a sincere servant of Srila Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada liked you and your service. How could I not like you? You are competitive and unconventional, but always it is on the platform of devotional service. Srila Prabhupada accepted this competitiveness in us; it greatly amused him. So, how can I not appreciate this in you? Srila Prabhupada always brought out the best in us, even though we are full of the worst. That was his greatness, and only he could do this.

When you all meet in India, you should organize some practical program for a Prabhupada-focused movement. This will be more constructive than just pointing out all the anomalies in the movement.

Now we in the Archives are introducing a program to establish 1,000 complete libraries of all books, tapes and videos in homes and temples for the 1996 Srila Prabhupada Centennial. This is what I am working for now.

I wish you all the best in your mission. All glories to your service.

Your servant,
Brahmananda dasa

From Brahmananda dasa,
Vaishnava Scholarly Press
20 October 1993

The "Reward" is brilliant marketing of an idea. The faxes of course will reach only the managers, but the devotees will be reached by book distribution. The philosophical statements in Srila Prabhupada's books are used to justify the appointment of gurus, but this requires an assumption that we are qualified to act in the capacity stated in the philosophy. But, one becomes "qualified" when he receives the order of the spiritual master; "on my order...." For instance, in the ashram, if the spiritual master does not ask the disciple to take food, then the disciple fasts. This is the discipline. You are correct in challenging everyone to produce Srila Prabhupada's written order. Where is the order, the mandate?

Your servant,
Brahmananda dasa

From Hansadutta das, Singapore
20 October 1993

Dear Hrishikesha Prabhu:

Please accept my humble obeisances. Brahmananda faxed your letter to him and your letter to Kirtanananda to me today. He also said he would send you my letter to Kirtanananda.

Having gone through the ordeal Kirtanananda is now enveloped in and being surrounded by friends, god-brothers and initiates like yourself at that time of my fall, I can understand exactly what is happening and what is going to happen to Kirtanananda and the New Vrindaban community. Bearing this in mind, please patiently try to see and understand the calamity that is unfolding before your eyes now at New Vrindaban.

I know that you are very intelligent. Whatever I have written in the enclosed Prabhupada, His Movement and You is the result of realisation born of the pain and humiliation that I suffered on account of my disobedience to the order of my spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada. The conclusions are the realizations coming out of the fire of ordeal. What you are going through and still have to go through is not unique to New Vrindaban and Kirtanananda. Every so-called guru and his disciples have already gone through this painful awakening. Those who still obstinately cling to their false prestige of guru-acharya and their followers in and around ISKCON cannot but meet the same unhappy end as we have seen in the past and you see before you now.

Therefore I make only one suggestion, a warning. Do not try to correct this mistake of accepting Kirtanananda as guru-acharya by making another mistake--accepting the official ISKCON Guru-GBC authority as good as or better than the Founder-Acharya, Srila Prabhupada. The leader is Srila Prabhupada. (Almost all ISKCON gurus have the same disease Kirtanananda has. Therefore they could not help him, cannot help him now and cannot help one another. They are blind men leading the blind.) Srila Prabhupada is the Sampradaya Acharya for everyone within ISKCON, without ISKCON. The authorities he created are meant to obey and support the orders he gave. When they fail in that function, no excuses, benefits of the doubt (as we did in the case of so many gurus before) or word jugglery should be accepted to justify their deviation. They must be immediately brought to account for the discrepancies in their harmony with the teachings of the Founder-Acharya, Srila Prabhupada.

I'm sure you understand me. Enclosed are some letters written to my old friend Chakravarty, whom I met in Kuala Lumpur. Please try to save the devotees from unnecessary pains and sufferings by understanding the enclosed conclusions. Any questions, you can call or fax (65-382-8753) or write to me in Singapore. Leaving for India on the 29th, evening. Returning to Singapore on December 1st.

Your humble servant,
Hansadutta das

P.S. Please show this letter and enclosures to Paramahamsa Krishna Swami, Sudhama, Advaita and others in need of understanding. I hope all goes well.

From Rasananda das, Hare Krishna Land, Hyderabad, India
25 October 1993

Dear Hansadutta Prabhu:

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

I have received Srila Prabhupada, His Movement and You . Especially the sections "How to recognize the Acharya" and "ISKCON is like the Great Holy River Ganges" are very exact and to the point, clearly and lucidly written. After reading them, I felt honored to have been sent a copy.

Hoping this meets you well.

Yours in service,
Rasananda das

From Gupta das (Joseph Fedorowski of Oxford Law Firm, Inglewood, California)
25 October 1993

Dear Hansadutta Prabhu:

Jai Nitai. Hare Krishna.

Regarding your fax dated 10/25/93: I also pledge US$1,000. Send details re transfer. No small financial struggle this quarter (Saturn retrograde, you know), but by week's end I may be able to commit more Lakshmi per your request. Based on review of fax excerpts, I have no need for any further content approval, but appreciate your offer.

I admire your efforts in taking on this leadership role. I only wish all of us now associated on these issues had been able to co-operate earlier to begin to put a halt to the insidious, criminal misuse of Srila Prabhupada's assets and legacy.

With regards,
Gupta das

From Hansadutta das, Singapore
1 November 1993

Dear Adwaita Prabhu:

Please accept my most humble obeisances. The enclosed material may be illuminating for you.

I already sent the same material to Kirtanananda Maharaja and Hrishikesha Prabhu. I have received no response from Kirtanananda Maharaja. Here Chakravarty and I met several times, and I was happy to associate with him after so many years.

So much energy has gone into the creating of New Vrindaban; it should not be lost. Bhaktivinoda Thakur says, "It is a foolish critic who cries, 'Abandon everything and start anew.' Better to adjust and use the old road to carry us back to the true path." I think you are intelligent enough to understand the situation. Now it is up to you and other senior devotees there to take the correct path.

Prabhupada often said, "Krishna glorifies the mistake of the devotees." So my negative experience can be a plus, and Kirtanananda's negative situation could be turned around to become a GIANT PLUS, not only for New Vrindaban, but for all of ISKCON. Everyone is infected with the same deadly FEVER, the fever of pratistha, AMBITION--"I am the guru ." This has to be treated to "I AM THE GURU'S SERVANT FOREVER." That would be glorious for Kirtanananda and all the devotees around the world. If Kirtanananda could not prevail, how will others who have got the same disease?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Your humble servant,
Hansadutta das

From Bhakta das, Bangkok, Thailand
4 November 1993

Dear Gour Mohan das Prabhu:

Please accept my most humble obeisances at your feet. All glories to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada! Thank you very much for your letter of yesterday.

Hansadutta is printing his booklet Srila Prabhupada, His Movement and You professionally in Singapore right now. I believe it will be done today. 3,000 copies are being printed, and there are numerous additions which probably not in the copy you have received. So, although there is certainly no harm for you to circulate what you have, if you wait a little while you'll have a super first-class presentation to give. Prabhupada made Hansadutta a LIFETIME BBT TRUSTEE because he is one of the most creative men in the publishing field.

We will look for Brahmarata Prabhu in Vrindaban and take advantage of his association.

I really feel there is no use in discussing ISKCON anymore. It is wasted energy. We know what Prabhupada wants, and we are willing to submit to his final orders, i.e. HE is the acharya, he is present in sound vibration, and we should teach the entire world how to become his followers. ISKCON will dry up and die just like a tree that is not watered, because ISKCON does not follow Prabhupada's final instructions on this most crucial point.

When we don't follow the acharya, we feel the effect of the modes of material nature upon our minds and therefore constant problems and no bliss. When we are serving the acharya's order, then we remain always in a liberated state.

Devotional relationships are based upon mutual desire to serve the Supreme Lord by serving His servants. All that needs to be known about relationships is explained by Rupa Goswami in the 4th verse of the Nectar of Instruction. Revealing our minds to each other, exchanging gifts, giving prasada and accepting prasada . My own experience with the ISKCON devotees is that they are always ready to take my money, my time, my life, but they are never willing to give anything. I can say with honesty that in the last 12 years I have gone to ISKCON maybe 50 times and practically have never been offered prasadam, but am always asked to give Laxmi! So it is one sided and therefore not palatable for very long. This morning I listened to Srila Prabhupada speaking in NY in 1966, and he strongly stresses that we must not only accept but must give. Then there is proper reciprocation.

But because we are all influenced by false egoism, we all want to think we are saintly persons, when the truth is that our hearts are full of ambition, we hide behind the posture of being a great soul. When we see another advancing in devotional service, instead of being happy for him and seeking his blessings, we become envious and start to be critical and look for faults.

The leaders of ISKCON are the worst examples. They are universally pretending to be something they are not. How can they possibly relate to each other or to the masses? As far as I am concerned, their association is worse than death.

Because they all desire to be number one, they do not help each other. Instead, they help destroy one another while promoting their own projects. Why? Because they are all on the mental plane, due to not following the acharya, Srila Prabhupada! It is very simple to understand. Spiritual life means to serve the order of the acharya. Anything else is mental speculation. Since November 1977 they concocted their own way and the result is slow disintegration, chaos, etc. KRISHNA is not reciprocating purely with these men or their followers.

Now the Nama Hatta movement is to present Prabhupada as the acharya, and us as humble souls trying to serve him, not become him. We agree that we are all fallen, sinful, full of holes and faults, but Prabhupada is perfect, and by following him we too will become perfect.

I know that these "relationship" conferences, etc. are going on all over. I am not much interested, and I know that Yasodanandan, who is very close with the leaders of this, finds it totally without spiritual basis. Relationships are for service, not for sense gratification. We are not meant to just flatter one another and tell each other that we're OK. No. We are meant to help each other serve the acharya. If someone is not willing, then we can just pray for them, wish them well, but not become sentimental. My own experience is that if devotees chant Hare Krishna always and eat nice prasada, then they remain enthusiastic and happy. When they neglect attentive chanting and hearing and try to enjoy, then the taste for devotional service evaporates, and they try to find some happiness in material relationships again.

Prabhupada said that 95% of his students were not interested in going back to Godhead. They just wanted a peaceful life in goodness and a birth on the heavenly planets. That's all right, but for those who want to go back home, that association is not beneficial.

It is a shame you are not able to go to Vrindaban and hear from Puri Maharaja.* His purity is so strong that he can quickly remove all confusion from our hearts if we are submissive.

The devotees should of course meet together as often as practical and hold gigantic harinam and prasada. But we should also know that if we are serving the orders of Srila Prabhupada, then we are always united beyond time and space. Prabhupada always told us how he never felt separation from Bhaktisiddhanta Thakura, so similarly if we are sincerely serving then we will never feel the pangs of material life.

It takes time. If we have surrendered to Prabhupada's instructions, then in time our consciousness will be revived. Prabhupada says that it is just like planting the tree. When the seed is planted, we don't see anything for some time. Then finally a tiny sprout appears, then a small tree, etc. We cannot jump to the high level any more than that little seed can give fruits. Enthusiasm, patience, perseverance, etc. is required.

We are all impersonalists in the sense that we have all come into this world to imitate KRISHNA. I know that I am definitely an impersonalist, and I am trying to become a personalist. I am always concerned with my sense gratification first. It is a diseased condition, and I am taking the medicine of harinam to get better.

The problem with ISKCON's leaders is they don't seem to know that they are sick. They think they are cured already!

If you will simply continue what you've been doing the past 8 years, chanting, reading, preaching, serving prasada, teaching your family to be nice devotees, then the whole world will follow you. Prabhupada has blessed you already fully, that is sure.

Tomorrow night I am off to Vrindaban! Can't wait to roll in the dust.

Your humble servant,
Bhakta dasa

*This BV Puri Maharaja is not to be confused with Bhakti Pradeep Puri Maharaja.

From Bhakta das, Bangkok, Thailand
10 December 1993

Dear Rama das Prabhu(formerly Rahugana das):

Please accept my most humble obeisances at your feet. All glories to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada!

Thank you very much for visiting my home during your very brief visit to Bangkok. I apologize for perhaps being over emotional and ask your forgiveness if I have offended you at all.

I will not attempt to change your realizations. You must follow your own heart and try to save yourself from the cycle of birth and death.

Still, I am convinced that you received the bhakti-lata-bija in an authorised way from Hansadutta Prabhu so many years back. What you received was Prabhupada's mercy coming through him. He was potent at that time, and you know as well as I that you got a deep taste for the Holy Name. I remember dancing in the kirtan with you, and the ecstasy you felt cannot be imitated or expressed by any pretender.

Now you have taken diksha from one of Srila Prabhupada's god-brothers, but was the necessity really there? You already had a very nice spiritual name, and you already had received all the instructions needed to fly yourself back to home. What is a new spiritual master going to give you that you have not already received from Srila Prabhupada?

I can understand the need to take association with pure devotees, to get their blessings, etc. But why take another initiation?

Does your new initiator instruct you to hear from Srila Prabhupada, to read Prabhupada's books and follow the instructions contained therein? If so, then what new gift has he given you that you had not previously received?

After Prabhupada's disappearance, suddenly so many god-brothers stepped forward to glorify him and utilize his disciples. Yet when Prabhupada was begging them for their help in the middle 1960's and early 1970's, all they could do was find fault with him and try to destroy his work and his relationship with his disciples.

In my search of all the records, I find that Prabhupada only took his disciples to live with Srila B.V. Puri Goswami in Visakhapatnam in February, 1971. prior to that, on December 12, 1970, he wrote to Srila Puri Maharaja, "You are my only god-brother who is not envious of me. This I understand by the actions of all the others." You can look up this letter yourself. Now, you told me that others claim that Puri Maharaja is not Bhaktisiddhanta's disciple? Why would they say this? Why do they now want to discredit another pure devotee? Had he not been a disciple of Bhaktisiddhanta Thakur, why would Srila Prabhupada address him as such? Why did Srila Prabhupada go to him and remain with him when he first left his wife in the 1950's? To repeat these offensive words regarding Srila Puri Maharaja is quite dangerous....

... I tried to express to you my deepest desire: to see the sankirtan movement united as one, as it was in the days prior to Srila Prabhupada's physical disappearance. For only this reason I see the great necessity of non-perfected souls giving up their position as absolute and come down to a platform of being teacher on behalf of the greatest acharya to ever step on this planet, His Divine Grace, Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. The more we give the population at large the chance to hear directly from Srila Prabhupada and to worship him directly, the faster the HARI NAMA will be established as the YUGA-DHARMA. I know this is the truth, and it is not a mental concoction based upon speculation and word jugglery. It is reality, distinguished from illusion for the welfare of all. I cannot change what has been realized by the grace of Prabhupada and all the Vaishnavas. It is the absolute truth. Whether anyone else chooses to accept it or not is not my concern. That is Krishna's will. When He wants to reveal Himself and His supremely perfect devotee, then He will do it within the heart of the sincere truth seeker. It is not in my power.

I still firmly believe that you should help Hansadutta's preaching on behalf of Srila Prabhupada. I am doing it, and I feel the flow of mercy from Srila Prabhupada increasing daily. Whether Hansadutta is well situated in sadhana or has been faithful for long enough is not a concern. He is following his vows, he has been reinstated in devotional service by the Supreme Lord and Srila Prabhupada, so who are we to have doubts? If Krishna and Prabhupada have accepted him, how can we not? As long as he preaches the message of Prabhupada on behalf of Prabhupada, what is the difficulty? He admits to being not free of false ego, as do I. But neither of us is claiming to be the savior. Only we are trying to bring others to the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada. That is real.

What preaching mission does your new acharya have? How will you serve the sankirtan movement now?

During our talks, I heard repeatedly you use the words "I think." These words are not the words of certainty. They are words of speculation. You are thinking about Krishna and going back to Godhead, that is very nice. But we should not speculate upon the order of the acharya. His orders are clear, and there is no room for speculation. Either we accept them, or we don't. Prabhupada did make clear final instructions. There is not any question of it, if one reads them with an open heart, free of guru ambition. Just his leading secretaries violated his instructions and concocted their own way. That does not mean that the instruction is not valid. It still stands, and whoever follows it will at once have Prabhupada's full mercy, which is manifested by the complete loss of interest in material enjoyment (vairagya ) and simultaneous enlightenment with perfect knowledge ( vidya).

I may not be expert in expressing my realizations, but they are real and factual, and anyone who desires to live with me 24 hours a day can judge for themselves. I just say that the proof of the pudding is in the tasting, and no one who does not surrender their entire mind, body, words and heart to Srila Prabhupada will get a full understanding of Prabhupada's message. Ye yatha mam prapadyante: "As they surrender unto Me, I reward them accordingly."...

... Hoping this greets you in perfect health and blissful spirits, I beg to always remain,

Your well-wishing brother,
Bhakta das

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