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ISKCON leaders are beyond correction

We were in California recently where we were shown various articles written by devoted followers of Srila Prabhupada, all with the theme of trying to correct the ISKCON leaders who are in control of the institution. These leaders are accepted to be devotees by many people because they wear swami robes and initiate disciples as if they are authorized by the scriptures to be gurus. This is because most people in the west don’t know how real devotees act, and because such people are good at heart they accept these ISKCON leaders’ statements even though they blatantly intimidate others in many ways. Behaving in this way is contrary to the servitude demeanor of real devotees and many people in India know how real devotees act, which is why they are mostly very peaceful, but are criticized by these people as docile. The truth is they are happy to see others taking to their faith and tolerate their shortcomings.

 

After reading some of these articles we thought to relate to these devotees that these controlling godbrothers are inflicted with an incurable chronic disease and cannot be corrected, and therefore should be left alone because this is the scriptural recommendation. It is stated in the Subhasitani, dustesu vivadam asajjanasya seva laghutam prayati, “One should neither argue with nor present counterarguments to imposters because they will not heed, because by doing so instead of obtaining merits for the service, they become implicated with half of the imposter’s sin.” Even though a person may act as a devotee, if they have not truly had a change of heart and are not fully committed to serving the Lord they should not be served. People should know if a person is not always at peace by holding Krsna dear in their heart they are not a pure devotee. We’ve been called a Hindu many times for trying to advise the ISKCON leaders to the true purport of the scriptures, to no avail. We have determined they are adverse to following the scriptures because they have yet to develop a true servitude nature. We’re not translating such verses to retaliate against them for any reason, but such verses are the true advice of the scriptures for one’s spiritual elevation. Scriptural advice does not mislead anyone at any stage, but benefits the follower in every way. Hence, it should be understood that such people have not yet become real devotees in their heart and therefore should be left alone. As stated by Chanakya Pandit:

 

saile saile na manikyam mauktikam na gaje gaje

sadhava nahi sarvatra chanmdanam na vane vane

“Just as every hilltop doesn’t contain a ruby, a pearl isn’t found inside the head of every elephant, and sandalwood trees are not found in every forest; similarly real devotees are not in every gathering of people who seem like devotees.”

 

People who dress and act like devotees but who have not become real devotees in their heart are referred to as imposters in the scriptures. Having a real change of heart means, just as a mother is always thinking lovingly about her child, a person who has had change of heart thinks about the Lord. Hence the person no longer secretly desires position, fame, material association etc, but rather yearns to think about the Lord. Actions speak louder than words and by the ISKCON leaders actions a person can easily see they have other things on their minds than Krsna. These verses refer to people who have not had a real change of heart.

 

If imposters gather they should not be disturbed nor encountered in any way because they will join forces and gang up to destroy anyone who threatens their position. As stated in the Niti Sastra:

 

Bahubhir na virodhavyam durjanaih dustyajair api

Sphurantamani nagendra bhaksayanti pipilikah

“Wise true devotees shouldn’t argue, confront or fight with wicked-minded imposters because they have not yet changed their hearts to become real devotees, which is why they will gang up on one  and destroy them just like meat-eating fiery ants gang up and attack even a poisons cobra who may be angrily hissing, yet they still kill and eat it.”

 

Vidura Maharaja also states to Yudhisthira in the Mahabharat, suhrdas capi dustasya mulad uddharanam varam, “It is better to leave imposters who may even look like devotees and carry on with one’s prescribed devotional services to reach their ultimate goal.” While following this rule a wise person should perform their prescribed devotional duties in a favorable place in the company of a real devotee; and not waste their valuable time trying to correct those who are beyond all correction. Sometimes imposters learn and speak logical philosophy and act like devotees but remain irreligious at heart, which is why they should not be trusted because at any stage they can betray, thus causing the person pain because they believed in them. As stated in the Niti Sastra:

 

Durjanah priya-vadi ca naitad visvasa karanam

Madhu tisthati jihvagre hrdaye tu halahalam

Durjanena samam sakhyam dvesam capi na karayet

Usno dahati cangarah sitah krsnayate karam

Khalanam kantakanam ca vdividhaiva prati-kriya

Upanan mukha-bhango va durato va visarjanam

“Even if an imposter speaks sweetly, with their words filled with logical philosophy they should not be trusted because such sweetness is just a temporary state of their tongue. Their heart, by nature, remains filled with incurable poison. Therefore they should not be corrected because they will not listen, nor consoled because they will be offended. Any good advice given them will be taken in the opposite way. Associating with such people is like touching red hot charcoal that burns and causes pain or like touching cool charcoal that dirties the hand. There are only two ways to deal with wicked people— either destroy them or leave them alone. They should be dealt with like a person deals with thorns, they either wear shoes to break them or avoids them by walking away from them. Thus avoiding spiritual and material pain”

 

Srila Vyasadeva warns the sincere in the following way:

 

Tyaja durjana samsarga kuru sadhu samagamam

Bhaja laksmi-patim visnum bhukti mukti pradayakam

Durjano dosam adhatte durgandham iva sukarah

Sajjanas ca guna-grahi hamsah ksiram ivambhasah

Durjanasya ca sarpasya varam sarpo na durjanah

Sarpo damsati kalena durjanas tu pade-pade

“O people, if you want to advance on the spiritual platform please give up all connections with wicked imposters who only claim to be devotees but have not yet changed their hearts to spirituality. Seek out a real devotee and under his direction, supervision and with his association serve the Supreme Lord, who rewards all material and spiritual benedictions, because the nature of wicked-minded imposters is like that of hogs who eat filthy things, leaving palatable dishes aside. Such people enjoy their bad qualities and cannot tolerate the good qualities of others. Therefore associate with real devotees who have the nature of a swan who easily separates milk from water, drinking the milk and leaving the water; thus aspiring devotees should develop divine qualities and leave bad qualities behind. If you have a choice between a wicked imposter and a poisonous snake choose the poisonous snake because the poisonous snake will only bite when time of death arrives, whereas the wicked-mined imposter disturbs one’s devotional service at every step.”

 

In other words one should stay away from imposters because they cannot be corrected. Only an innocent person can be corrected. A sleeping person can be woken, but not a person pretending to sleep. Therefore using one’s time to write articles and printing magazines against such people is not advised by the Vedic scriptures. It is stated:

 

Durjano narjavam yati sevyamano’pi nityasah

Svedanabhy anjanopayaih sva-puccham iva namitam

“Just as a dog’s tail can’t be straightened by regular massage or servicing it many ways for a long time or putting it into a straight pipe, similarly wicked imposters pretending to be devotees cannot be corrected by any means or counseling. They will always remain as crooked as a dog’s tail.”

 

Therefore endeavoring to correct imposters causes frustration and anxiety and is a losing battle. It is best to leave them aside and use one’s time in a beneficial way like heeding the scriptures and use that knowledge to seek out a real saintly person and serve Lord Krsna under his supervision. Even if one sees a seemingly external undesirable quality in such a saintly person he should be associated with because Lord Krsna lives in the heart of such a real devotee in His magnified, active form and real blessing will be gotten. That is why the scriptures state:

 

Susajjananam hi samsargah nitaram parisobhanam

Padma-patra-sthitam toyam dhatte mukta-phalam-sriyam

Kachah kancana samsargad dhatte marakatim dyutim

Tatha sat-sannidhanena murkho yati pravinatam

“Association of real devotees is always beneficial and such association is glorified in the scriptures because it elevates the position of an ordinary person, like a drop of dew on a lotus petal looks as beautiful as a pearl. And just as a piece of glass placed on a jeweled ring is identified with the beauty of a priceless jewel, similarly an ordinary person that connects to a real devotee becomes knowledgeable and well situated.”

 

One may wonder how to recognize a real saintly person because many people say they are saintly and better than others and that others are not as good as them. In answer to this question the logic of the Nyaya Sastra states:

 

Yatha caturbhi kanakam pariksyate

Nirgharsanam chhedanam tapa-tadanaih

Tatha caturbhih purusam pariksyate

Tyyagena silena gunena karmana

“Just as the authenticity of gold is determined using four different tests, by rubbing on a touchstone, cutting it into pieces, melting it and by hitting it with a hammer; similarly a person is understood to be a real devotee by examining him in four different ways, by his outgoing straightforward nature, by learning of his pure birth dynasty, by his unconditional spiritual dedication, and by his constant performance of spiritual activities.”

 

Therefore, those who are heart of heart followers of spiritual life, those aspiring to advance on the spiritual path and those interested in pleasing Lord Krsna should follow scriptural statements and stop using their time and energy trying to correct those who cannot be corrected. Such people should be left alone, just as a doctor who determines a fallen soldier on the battlefield is terminal and goes to help someone else. Time is very valuable, therefore it is better to utilize it by searching out a real devotee whose qualities are mentioned in the ancient scriptures and learn how to transform our aggressive nature to one of servitude, because only servants enter the kingdom of God. The Hitopadesa states, upadeso hi murkhanam prakopaya na santaye, “Giving good advice to imposters doesn’t pacify them but only makes them angrier.” So it is best to physically and mentally leave such class of people behind and participate with those where your devotional service will be recognized by Lord Krsna.

Jai Sri Radhe

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Dooms day in 2012, pure speculation

While we were in the USA in 2009 one of our American disciples in California asked us about an Indian person in Hawaii who predicts dooms day in 2012. We didn’t know this prediction was widely known, but answered him quoting the ancient Vedic scriptures. Then after hearing this same prediction from others we deemed it necessary to make our followers aware of our understanding of how we view the future.

The creator of the universe is the Supreme Lord and He wrote books called the Vedic scriptures, and in them the future of the universe is described. Just as an inventor of a machine supplies instructions regarding the intricacies of their invention explaining everything about the machine so an operator knows how it functions, similarly when the Supreme Lord created this universe He wrote the scriptures containing all information required about the universe and how to live in it.

Recently we also came across an article stating the destruction of the world in 2012. The article cited the Mayan civilization as the source of the information and it states in 2012 the entire present civilization, including the sun will be destroyed and an ice age will begin. Scientists, geologists, astronomers, thinkers and well known writers also speculate that if mankind continues polluting the atmosphere and thus depleting the ozone layer the earth will become warmer causing the glaciers to melt, eventually inundating the entire earth and also dormant volcanoes will erupt thus ending civilization as we know it on December 12, 2012.

Followers of Vedic civilization don’t take faith in such predictions, but heed austere great seers, sages and saintly people who’ve realized everything past, present and future to be known through their purity and faith in the Lord. They saw everything that would take place in minute detail; and with great thought and care calculated the duration of each of the four ages and the exact time of the annihilation. These great sages directly communicated with the Supreme Lord, which is how everything stated in their writings in the ancient scriptures of India has happened up till now and we have faith that their predictions will happen in the future as well. As followers of the ancient Vedas we’re not surprised or the least bit afraid of what other predictors state lies in our future, because we have faith the Vedas will again hold true what lies before us. Per the ancient Vedic scriptures and astrological evidence no inundation is foretold in the foreseeable future.

According to the ancient scriptures the duration of the first age, Satyayuga, was 1,728,000 years and the Supreme Lord Sri Krsna incarnated as the Fish, Turtle, Boar and Nrsimha incarnations in that age. The second age, Trediyuga, lasted 1,296,000 years and Lord Krsna incarnated as Vamana, Parasurama and Lord Rama in that age. The third age, Dwaparayuga, lasted 864,000 years and Lord Krsna Himself came with His Lord Balaram incarnation. The present age is called Kaliyuga and began 5,113 years ago and lasts 432,000 years, leaving 426,887 years. The ancient scriptures mention two incarnations in this age. If we divide the age of Kaliyuga by four, thus deducing we are in the first quarter of the age and as of now only one incarnation has come named Lord Budda, and the Lord will come only once more at the end of Kaliyuga as Kalki, with no mention of inundation or annihilation before Kalki in the ancient scriptures, in our view anyone stating an inundation will occur in 2012 is pure speculation.

As of now, February 15, 2010 of the Gregorian calendar, there’s about thirty days left in the 2066 Vedic calendar year and on April 03, 2011 the 2067 Vedic calendar ends. Thus, per Vedic astrology, January 01, 2012 falls on a Sunday on the eighth day of the light part of the month of Pausa in the Vedic calendar year of 2068 and 2068 ends on March 22, 2012 of the Gregorian calendar. Thus 82 days of the 2068 Vedic calendar year is left after January 1, 2012 of the Gregorian calendar. Vedic calculation is based on great sages who directly communicated with the Supreme Lord and His assistants, the demigods in Heaven. In respect to Vedic calculation of the Lagna (exact time) of when January 01, 2012 begins, there is no sign of the destruction of civilization per Vedic calculation. The Vedic calendar year of 2068 is called Krodhi, meaning tension and anger, indicating there may be disparity, violence and disagreement among rulers and people due to financial or other loss, but there is no indication of destruction of the planet. There may be some untimely fall of governments and/or changes of/in governments, but no destruction of the planet is indicated. The king of the Vedic year 2068 is the Moon, and his minister/secretary will be Jupiter, which indicates to the betterment of people. And the remaining Gregorian calendar year of 2012 will pass during the Vedic calendar year 2069, and will be nice because its king will be Venus and he will act as his own secretary and because Venus is a friendly and pious planet there is no chance of destruction. But rather more people will lean towards spirituality and live a prosperous and happy life. The name of that year is Visvavasu, indicating there may be disagreement between rulers and there may be some natural catastrophes like cyclones, earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions, but nothing as catastrophic as total annihilation will take place. The whole world will run as it is now running and we will enter 2013 without great difficulty and the world will carry on running normally. There is no need to panic.

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How Eastern and Western philosophy differ

Eastern and Western philosophies disagree with each other about the problems of birth, death, karma, reincarnation, good and evil, the nature of the soul, existence of God, free will, spiritual practice and liberation. when Western philosophers discuss these topics they base their theory on their speculation, that is why their conclusion is impersonalistic.
Eastern philosophers base their knowledge on the Vedic scriptures which is why their conclusion is personalistic. Even though the thinking process is the legitimate function of the mind, still mental speculation is compared to milk touched by the lips of a poisonous serpent. Because speculation on the supramandane subject is said to be a proud attempt by using God’s given talents. Whereas knowledge based on the Vedic scriptures is compared to pure uncontaminated milk, because the faculties of thinking through scriptural evidence keeps one internally humble and externally sober. There is no place in the Vedic scriptures for imagination, myth or speculation, whereas Western philosophy differs.
For example, Vedic philosophy states that the soul is ever existent, therefore it is immortal. Our present hardships are due to our past misdeeds (karma) and our present actions will be experienced in a future life. The meritorious person reaches heaven and enjoys there for some time and then returns to this world when his merits expire. But if someone embraces the proper spiritual life seriously, then he enters the Kingdom of God or the Spiritual World where suffering ends forever. Whereas Western scholars deny this philosophy and claim the soul was created at one point and exist only for one lifetime on Earth, and after death it is condemned eternally or goes to heaven forever. Therefore Western philosophy dismisses reincarnation. Even though many people are seen crippled, blind, sick or poor from birth, whereas others are born healthy and rich, still western philosophers envision the soul living for only one lifetime and having no karmic reaction.
The Vedic perspective argues that if the soul lives for only one lifetime and there is no reincarnation, then where is the room for Supreme Justice? If the soul is eternally dammed or eternally saved, then where is the meaning to fortunate or unfortunate while alive? Why is one person in a family educated, pious, opulent and happy, whereas another member from the same family becomes impious, ignorant, criminal, poor or deformed? Why…? Western philosophers are unable to answer such basic questions and dismiss them as irrelevant. But Vedic philosophers have answers to every question because their knowledge is base on the perfect authority, Lord Sri Krsna.
Although human intellect is developer in art, science, music, philosophy, physics, psychology, economics, chemistry, and politics as well as many other important fields, still it falls short in attaining perfection of life. One has to adopt a cultural philosophy to attain human perfection. The philosophy which answers the questions of why we are here, why undesired things are imposed upon us, why do we have to die, where will we go after death, who is God, what does He looks like and where does He live ? etc. is called cultural philosophy. In other words realizing our constitutional position and our relationship with God is said to be the perfection of human life. Eating, sleeping, mating and defending propensities are equally found among both animals and human beings. The difference between human beings and animals is that animals are not responsible for their present deeds and cannot understand the science of God, whereas human beings can. Therefore a human being is advised to try to understand the science beyond life. The answer to where he has come from and where he will go after death is called the science beyond life. If one does not do so, then a careful consideration to reform one’s life is recommended. The Vedic scripture states:
ahara nidra bhaya maithunam ca
samanyam etat pasubhir naranam
dharmo hi eko adhika viseso
dharmena hinah pasu hi samana
“The propensity to eat, sleep, mate and defend are equal in animals and human beings. Only one extra thing is rewarded to humans, that is to establish their relationship with God. In other words the only difference between human beings and animals is that human beings can be trained in the science of spirituality, whereas animals cannot. If any human being does not attempt to learn about spiritual life, he is considered to be equal to an animal.”

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You will find every detail this ancient and secret Vedic science of satisfying the soul in the Bhagavad Gita.

Hari Om Tat Sat

Mahamandaleshwar Mahant Sri Krsna Balaram Swami

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