Srila Prabhupada Tells Us How
to Truly Glorify Him


Back To Prabhupada, Issue 8, Summer 2005, Editorial

Welcome to the 8th issue of Back To Prabhupada (BTP), in which we once again present shocking evidence of the GBC's great Guru hoax, via their own words. The article on, “Many versions of the truth,” is particularly revealing, in that it shows that the GBC and their Gurus are themselves completely confused about what it is they are supposed to believe in. Ditto with the article, “The great Guru gamble,” which shows that the Gurus do not even have faith in each other. Yet we are merrily expected to believe whatever they tell us and have faith in their elected Gurus, even though they themselves do not wholeheartedly accept either their own position papers or each other.

This brings us nicely on to another point, which is that we are often asked why there are relatively few letters of complaint in BTP from those who support the ISKCON Guru system. The answer of course is simple if one carefully analyses what we have presented, for the vast majority of our information merely comes from the GBC and their own Gurus, with most of the remainder of the magazine simply being quotes from Srila Prabhupada. Given such a situation, at best one can only “shoot the messenger.” Rather, supporters of the Guru hoax would actually need to blame the GBC for making so much material available to us! Minus verbatim statements from the GBC and their supporters, and Srila Prabhupada, our words are then usually limited to simply pointing out the obvious! Hence we have continually asked our detractors to point out one word which we have printed that is incorrect. We are still waiting. Any resulting criticism is then reduced to vague intangibles such as the magazine being “offensive,” as one is unable to point to the actual words used by us which are untrue. Once actual evidence is requested to show where what we wrote was supposedly “offensive” etc, the complainant is usually not heard from again, since further examination reveals that the supposedly “offensive” words we printed usually came from a GBC Guru or similar!

I also need to alert you to an exciting development which will benefit all our readers. Before the next issue, BTP 9, is published, you will all receive a special stand-alone issue of BTP. This will contain a distillation of the best articles presented in all BTP issues thus far, thus it will be like a 'creme-de-la-creme' version of BTP!

We have had to do this for two reasons:

a) A continual demand for a full set of back issues from readers, though we have virtually run out of stock.
b) A need for a truly introductory, but complete, edition of BTP for someone who may be coming in touch with this subject for the first time, and wants to understand as much as possible in one shot, without needing to read all the back issues.

We are printing tens of thousands of this special issue for mass distribution, and I am sure upon seeing this special supplement, our readers will want to request many copies for their own distribution. The launch of this special issue also heralds the beginning of a new program of printing a whole series of supplements to the regular BTP magazine, which will target specific topics and issues.

In the last editorial it was explained why BTP concentrates only on the subject of showing why those who stand between us and Srila Prabhupada as his substitutes are unnecessary and unauthorized; that it is more important to do this rather than convince everyone of Srila Prabhupada's greatness, since the GBC themselves rely on this very greatness of Srila Prabhupada as part of their “bait-and-switch” tactic. In support of this point, Srila Prabhupada states the following:

Hamsaduta: "It would make a good article, what you've just spoken."
Srila Prabhupada: "So write."
Harikesa: "You so completely destroy the opposition, it's very hard to say anything more."
Srila Prabhupada: "Yes. That you have to prove. You can eulogize your Guru Maharaja, but you have to learn it and face the public and be strong to defend yourself. That is success. Not by praising your Guru Maharaja. You'll praise your Guru Maharaja. That is not very difficult. But be victorious to the opposing elements. Then you will praise your Guru Maharaja nicely. At home, you can praise your Guru Maharaja, and Guru Maharaja be satisfied, “Oh, my disciples are praising me.” That is not very.... That is good. Respectful. That is the qualification. But you have to fight. Then your Guru Maharaja will be glorified."
(Room Conversation, December 26th, 1975)

Srila Prabhupada makes it very clear that what is required is to “defend”, “fight” and be “victorious”, and not to simply “praise” him. Thus taking the cue from Srila Prabhupada, BTP's success should be measured, according to Srila Prabhupada, in terms of how much it is fighting and emerging victorious against those elements who oppose Srila Prabhupada's position as the real and only bona fide Guru for ISKCON, and not just by how much “praise” it contains. Only then will Srila Prabhupada be truly glorified.

Hare Krishna.

Yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada,


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