Guru Hoaxer’s double climbdown


Back To Prabhupada, Issue 33, Autumn 2011

In our BTP 25 article “Monitor madness”, we exposed the deceptions present in the authorised biography of ISKCON GBC-elected guru hoaxer HH Mahavishnu Swami (“MVS”), as broadcast on his official website. In the article, we highlighted 2 sets of statements from MVS’s biography. The first statement proclaimed MVS’s status as an ISKCON guru:

“In 1990 he accepted his first disciple as Srila Prabhupada had wanted his followers to also guide and initiate others in Krishna Consciousness. He took up this task in the spirit of being one of Prabhupada’s “monitor” gurus. Now he has initiated over a 100 disciples.” (Website biography of HH Mahavishnu Swami [UK])

The second statement expanded on this statement to make it clear that MVS was actually a “good as God” diksa guru, non-different to Krishna or any other acarya in the disciplic succession, including Srila Prabhupada. This was done by stating that while reading the biography we must “bear in mind the following important words from Srila Prabhupada”, which were a number of quotations glorifying the guru as being non-different to Krishna. Following this expose, MVS has become yet another member of the ISKCON “climbdown club”, whereby, due to the IRM’s preaching, ISKCON leaders are forced to change their position to that which is aligned with the IRM’s position.

Firstly, after transferring the website, the above quoted paragraph describing MVS’s ISKCON guru status was removed, and the following added instead:

“although he is supposed to be above the modes of nature he regrets he is still struggling with his dirty heart although his determination to spread Krishna consciousness remains undaunted in spite of all odds against him.”

This new statement admits that MVS is “supposed” to be above the modes of material nature, even though he is not. Why this admission? Because a bona fide guru is supposed to be above the modes of material nature:

“Because the bound cannot help the bound, the rescuer must be liberated. Therefore, only Lord Krsna, or His bona fide representative the spiritual master, can release the conditioned soul. Without such superior help, one cannot be freed from the bondage of material nature.”
(Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 7.14, purport, 1972 edition)

but MVS is still continuing to act as a fully-fledged ISKCON guru! And the section stating that the biography must be read in light of the fact that the guru is actually non-different from Krishna was removed entirely!
This meant that the new statement that MVS is under the modes of material nature should be taken at face value without the need for any other consideration. Indeed, the biography now makes no mention at all that MVS is an ISKCON guru who is initiating disciples!

Secondly, as at the time of going to press, after this first series of climbdowns initiated due to BTP’s exposure, MVS simply removed his website altogether!

So despite:

a) admitting that he is not qualified to be a bona fide spiritual master due to still being under the modes of material nature;
b) specifically removing references to his claim to be such a bona fide spiritual master from his website;
c) and then removing his website altogether;

in practice, MVS still continues to attempt to act in the capacity of a bona fide spiritual master, and receive the worship and disciples that are meant exclusively for the real bona fide guru, Srila Prabhupada. This is another example of the “PAD” (Profit, Adoration and Distinction) phenomenon mentioned on page 3 of this issue. Though more and more of the guru hoaxers are being forced by the IRM’s preaching to climb down philosophically and align their position to that of the IRM, since in practice the lure of “PAD” is too strong, they will still hypocritically carry on acting contrary to how even they themselves admit they should act!

Please chant: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna, Krishna, Hare, Hare, 
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama, Rama, Hare, Hare.
 And be Happy!