GBC's Promotion of "Rtvikism" Summarised


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1) In the articles on the previous two pages – "Becoming Guru in ISKCON" and "Banking on Srila Prabhupada" – it was acknowledged that the guru system in ISKCON can basically be seen as a great guru experiment. It is accepted that the GBC gurus are very fallible, and there is no guarantee in regards to what they may end up doing. Thus, many GBC gurus have "fallen" in the past, and they will continue to fall. And in previous issues we have highlighted how, after one of their GBC gurus has to be removed from their position as guru, the GBC is suddenly very happy to embrace the IRM's position that we are connected to Srila Prabhupada as our guru, and he alone is all we need as a guru to take us back to Godhead. For example, please see the BTP 66 article, "GBC Promotes Rtvikism".

2) A recent example is that in November of last year, the ISKCON co-GBC Zonal Secretaries for South Africa and the South African National Council released a statement about GBC voted-in guru HG Nanda Kumar Prabhu as follows:

"It is with deep regret that we inform you that Nanda Kumar Prabhu has recently resigned from his services as an initiating guru in ISKCON. The GBC Zonal Secretaries for South Africa [...] have determined the reasons for his resignation and his ineligibility to serve as a spiritual master [...] he is committed to pursuing a relationship with one of his female disciples. Naturally we are deeply disappointed that Nanda Kumar Prabhu has succumbed to this."

3) However, the letter concludes that the disciples of Nanda Kumar Prabhu need not worry, since:

"Please be assured of your eternal shelter and solace in Srila Prabhupada's ISKCON. Therein you will find [...] the shelter of Srila Prabhupada's lotus feet."

Thus, again when the GBC's voted-in guru system is exposed for the fraud that it is, the GBC once again defaults to the position that the IRM has been advocating all along, namely that one can still continue spiritually without hindrance via "the shelter of Srila Prabhupada's lotus feet", and a GBC diksa guru is not necessary.

4) Given how the GBC's embrace of "Rtvikism" is becoming a regular occurrence, we have summarised the situation in the diagram above. "Rtvikism" is the term the GBC uses to label the IRM's position that Srila Prabhupada alone can act as the diksa guru for ISKCON by taking us back to Godhead, and thus a "living" GBC voted-in guru is not required instead. The statements made in the boxes under the "IRM Position" above are taken from various GBC pronouncements that were made after their gurus stopped acting as GBC gurus.

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