Clearing up 30+ years of doubt


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"PAMHO. AGT Srila Prabhupada.
I've been following you for a while, or let's say I've known the situation for over 30 years already. I received initiation into the ISKCON but still, despite everything, I have been carrying on this doubt for more than 30 years that are our current gurus really authorized to initiate on their own? And in any case I have always been a bit confused about it. So I kindly ask you as I will have to go around, who is in charge of giving initiation?
- Vijaya Murti Dasa, Dueville, Italy

Editor replies:

You are correct to have a doubt regarding the authority of the GBC gurus to initiate. The facts are that:

1) Srila Prabhupada established that he alone would be the diksa guru for ISKCON. The proof for this is given in many places, including our book: Srila Prabhupada – The Founder-Acarya of ISKCON: Presenting the Conclusions of the GBC Foundational Document. This document, along with the ISKCON Leaders Special Issue, is particularly effective in establishing that Srila Prabhupada, and not the current GBC gurus, should be the diksa guru in ISKCON as they are based entirely on using statements from the GBC gurus and other ISKCON leaders!

2) Hence, Srila Prabhupada never authorised anyone else to take his position as the diksa guru for ISKCON.

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