Guru Hoax: Merely a Symptom
of a Greater Disease


Back To Prabhupada, Issue 31, Spring 2011, Editorial

Welcome to Issue 31 of Back To Prabhupada (BTP).

While BTP is primarily a vehicle for publishing the truth about Srila Prabhupada and exposing the charlatans cheating others in his name, a relatively large portion of BTP consists of submissions from devotees around the world, relating how BTP has helped, inspired, challenged and affected them. To facilitate this communication, we have re-designed the layout of the magazine. Henceforward, all devotee feedback will be grouped together in one easy-to-find, integral, seamless section entitled “BTP Interactive”, for which the middle third of the magazine will be dedicated. We invite devotees to continue contributing their stories, realisations and challenges.

In this issue, spread over the next 4 pages, we detail a fundamental framework, known as the “Prabhupada-Only Paradigm” (“POP”). The POP both explains the cause of so many deviations perpetrated by those claiming to follow Srila Prabhupada, as well as offering a basis to resolve them. As the POP explains, deviation can be avoided by simply understanding that Srila Prabhupada’s instructions must be the exclusive source which determines every action taken. The “exclusive” basis here is key, for even if one accepts Srila Prabhupada’s instructions as the general basis, allowing non-Prabhupada sources of guidance to creep in, in even a handful of cases, can make a huge difference. Consequently, deviations we have documented in BTP, such as commercialisation, Hinduisation, secularisation, and so on, can all be traced back to not adhering to the POP. Thus, deviation is symptomatic of a lack of understanding; in this case the POP, which simply states that no action can be taken unless one can first produce a corresponding order from Srila Prabhupada to that effect.

Such misunderstanding, in turn, is itself a symptom of being self-motivated:

“As soon as personal motivation comes in it is not possible for one to understand our Krishna Consciousness philosophy.”
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, 21/9/1970)

This self-motivation may cause delusion, so that one’s intelligence is bewildered and therefore unable to understand the obvious, such as needing to adhere to the POP. Or, it may simply cause one to cheat, so even if one can see what needs to be done - that, for example, the POP needs to be followed - self-motivation will ensure one avoids doing so. Instead, different “label-hoaxes” are used to try to cover one’s real intentions. So, in the GBC guru hoax, “The Great Guru Hoax, Part 2”, Srila Prabhupada is for all intents and purposes presented like everyone’s guru. But his label is switched from “diksa” (initiating) and “siksa” (instructing) to only “siksa”, to allow the guru hoaxers to slip in to carve out a position for themselves. And in the ritvik-guru hoax, “The Great Guru Hoax, Part 3” (see BTP 19), even the correct label is used for Srila Prabhupada’s position as a cover to achieve the same result of taking power and continuing with the same guru hoaxer practices of Hinduisation, commercialisation, etc. One is happy to cede both different labels and different degrees of honour and worship to Srila Prabhupada, simply as a vehicle to obtain different reflected degrees of profit, honour and distinction for oneself.

Thus, possible differences between the IRM and others, whether it is to do with the guru issue, or any other issues, are usually just symptoms of not adhering strictly to the POP due to misunderstanding (whether intentional or not). And the IRM, through BTP and its other publications, is continually exposing and highlighting this constant misunderstanding of what Srila Prabhupada has ordered, resulting in the regular contradiction, gibberish and “error in every sentence” which we are forever documenting. And the fact that much of this misunderstanding is sought to be “hidden” via label-hoaxes and other devices, has not at all deterred the IRM in uncovering the truth.

Please feel free to write to me at the following email address:

Thank you and Hare Krishna.

Yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada,


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