Keeping Faith in Srila Prabhupada


Back To Prabhupada, Issue 40, Summer 2013

elcome to Issue 40 of Back To Prabhupada (BTP).

A pernicious outcome of the guru hoax is the aspersions which have been cast against Srila Prabhupada and his teachings. These include:

1) Part of the Gurvastakam prayers, which are sung daily in every ISKCON temple during mangala-arati (morning worship), do not apply to Srila Prabhupada:

"We sing daily the Gurvastakam to glorify our Spiritual Master. [...] Srila Prabhupada was manifesting more of the "sakhya-rasa", of the boyhood, cowherd boys. Oh I'm really going to get shot for saying this -- maybe those verses don't apply to Srila Prabhupada, although those particular two verses, well, "sri-radhika-madhavayor apara-madhurya-lila-guna-rupa-namnam, prati-ksanasva...", that could also be gopa, but mostly, yeah...but the "nikunja-yuno rati-keli-siddhyai", that's very clearly gopis only."
(Guru hoaxer Bhakti Vikasa Swami ("BVKS"), 4/2/2013)

BVKS even admits that what he is saying is outrageous, stating that he is "really going to get shot for saying this", but unable to control himself, he says it anyway!

2) Srila Prabhupada's teachings are so inconsistent that they can be used to justify any deviation one wants:

"this is the difficulty, that Prabhupada said so many things that whatever you want to believe there's a quote from Srila Prabhupada to back you up."
(Guru hoaxer Kripamoya Dasa, ISKCON UK guru-disciple course)

3) GBC contradictions do not matter because Srila Prabhupada also contradicts himself:

"They claim that the GBC speaks contradictorily. Well, it may be like that apparently. You can say that about Prabhupada also. Prabhupada sometimes said one thing and sometimes he said something else."
(BVKS, 9/2/2009)

4) Srila Prabhupada can be rejected unless he is speaking on "important spiritual matters":

"So on important spiritual matters, Prabhupada is my eternal spiritual master."
(Guru hoaxer Hridayananda Dasa Goswami ("HD"),

5) Srila Prabhupada's books are full of mistakes:

"there are mistakes in Prabhupada's books made by his editors, especially in the Caitanya-caritamrta, which was a rush job".
(BVKS, 9/2/2009)

6) HD states that Srila Prabhupada's teachings can also be rejected on spiritual matters like Krsna's pastimes which Srila Prabhupada describes in his books (please see pages 4 and 5 of this issue).

Thus, in addition to Srila Prabhupada being personally undermined, his teachings are presented as being unclear and error-strewn, whereby it is not clear which of them should be followed. BVKS explains the advantage for the guru hoaxers to undermine Srila Prabhupada's teachings in this way:

"When you have questions, just like you'll find there are contradictions, apparent contradictions within Srila Prabhupada's teachings [...] So that's why gurus are needed to explain all these things."
(BVKS, 4/2/2013)

Thus, the guru hoaxers manufacture nonexistent problems with Srila Prabhupada's teachings so they can claim that they are needed to "explain" these same imaginary problems which they themselves have invented. Hence, they are willing to undermine the faith that devotees have in Srila Prabhupada and his teachings just so they can justify their own positions as "good as God" successor gurus.

But, as BTP has shown and continues to show, the problems exist not with Srila Prabhupada's teachings but with those who seek to undermine them. And by exposing these unfounded claims against Srila Prabhupada's teachings, BTP helps devotees maintain their faith in Srila Prabhupada and his teachings.

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

Thank you and Hare Krsna.

In Srila Prabhupada's service,


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