ISKCON Leader Attacks BTP for
His "Foolishness"


Back To Prabhupada, Issue 18, Winter 2007/8, Quotes, Notes & News

In BTP 16, we defended Srila Prabhupada from ISKCON leader Kripamoya Das ("KMD") stating that the "Vedic system" was that the Guru "must personally speak the mantra (gayatri) into the ear of the disciple at the time of initiation"; meaning that Srila Prabhupada was a deviant who did not follow the "Vedic system", as Srila Prabhupada often used a tape recording of himself speaking the mantra - such as at the initiation of KMD himself! Realising his foolishness at making such a statement, KMD does what is now standard ISKCON practise for those caught making erroneous philosophical statements. Unable to defend his foolish statement, he instead writes an article attacking us for daring to expose his foolish statement, because as he is a devotee:

"we vilify or make a fool of that devotee at our peril."
(Kripamoya Das, The Vaishnava Voice, October 20th, 2007)

Thus, KMD does not deny his foolishness, but rather concedes it by objecting that BTP made him look like a "fool". However, it is he who made a fool of himself, by writing his foolish statements attacking Srila Prabhupada's system of initiation in the first place!

In addition, in the same article, to show how "reasonable" he is, KMD writes that he is "all for philosophical debate and free expression". Yet as a Temple Council member of Bhaktivedanta Manor, he is party to banning IRM members, whom he describes as "thoughtful and intelligent" and "sincere devotees of Srila Prabhupada", in order to suppress this "free expression". He even has the gall to add that "we should all be thankful that we live in a part of the world where such freedoms are possible". Obviously, his own temple is not a part of the world where such freedoms are possible! And then rounding off his supreme hypocrisy, he claims that we respond "somewhat contemptuously". Clearly, in KMD's "world", the 'non-contemptuous' response is to ban people from worshipping the Supreme Lord altogether!

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