Getting It Right, Right Now


Back To Prabhupada, Issue 75, Vol. 4, 2022, Editorial

Welcome to Issue 75 of Back To Prabhupada (BTP).

The IRM is dedicated to the primacy of getting the philosophy and standards taught by Srila Prabhupada correct above all else. Without doing this first, everything else becomes useless, as we simply engage in deviations rather than Krsna consciousness. Support for this mission of the IRM also comes from an unexpected quarter, with GBC voted-in guru HG Kripamoya Dasa ("KMD") explaining why getting what Srila Prabhupada taught "right now" first is absolutely critical:

"It's very important to get it right now. [...] whatever we do now is multiplied by the next generation, which will be then multiplied by the generation after that. [...] Purity – and faithfulness to what Prabhupada has given us is equally important because that will go on for generations and if we make a mistake now it will be difficult to correct."
(KMD,, archived 2/11/22)

And fellow GBC voted-in guru HH Jayadvaita Swami ("JAS") has agreed:

"The essential point is that whatever we do now sets a standard and then that starts being handed down from generation to generation, so if we get it wrong, what we get wrong will be handed down"
(JAS, "Srila Prabhupada's Kirtana Standards" Seminar, Part 1, December 2019)

Thus, mistakes we make now will get multiplied with time and become virtually impossible to correct much later on. Srila Prabhupada himself stressed the danger of making any changes to the Krsna conscious program he established, otherwise with time these changes will add up so that the very idea of Krsna consciousness will completely "evaporate":

"So far the Road Show and this Yoga Village are concerned, these things should be stopped. Simply perform our kirtana. [...] Such inventing spirit will ruin our this movement. [...] Gradually the Krishna Consciousness idea will evaporate: another change, another change, every day another change. Stop all this."
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, 5/11/72, all emphases above and for the rest of this issue added)

Unfortunately, such "evaporation" has already come to pass. Deviations from Srila Prabhupada's teachings have expanded to such an extent that ISKCON has become unrecognisable compared to what it was during Srila Prabhupada's physical presence, such that it is now practically an entirely different movement. We have documented this in brief summary form here:

BTP 30: ISKCON's New Mission
BTP 38: New Sahajiya Movement
BTP 50: ISKCON at 50

Even then, the deviations still continue to mutate and spread even more, for example with the recent formalisation by the GBC of "Aeroplane Guru-tattva", where the spiritual principles behind guru-tattva are completely discarded and instead a diksa guru's validity is determined by wherever his or her plane happens to land (see, for example, BTP 72 article "Institutionalising Aeroplane-Tattva"). It is of course also ironic that, despite their fine, pious words, KMD and JAS themselves are at the forefront of not adhering to Srila Prabhupada's standards, as we have documented in many previous BTP issues, and as we shall also show in this issue.

Thus, it is certainly critical that we "get it right, now", but this actually needs to be done via Srila Prabhupada's recorded instructions or POP (Prabhupada-Only Paradigm). ISKCON's leadership, however, as we have documented, either ignore Srila Prabhupada's instructions or make them up. Indeed, as we showed in the previous issue, they even change Srila Prabhupada's books.

It is no surprise, therefore, that if one does not adhere to POP, then one will end up deviating. ISKCON leaders may refuse to "get it right", whether now or ever, but the thousands of readers' letters we have received attest to the fact that there are many who do want the truth and appreciate being directed to the correct path. It is for them that BTP exists.

Thank you and Hare Krsna.

In Srila Prabhupada's service,


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