ISKCON Disciples Course preaches ritvik-Christian conception of the guru-disciple relationship!
There is no need for cultish personality worship. What we honor is the truth, the teachings of Bhagavan Sri Krishna.
I take offense, not just against Bhakti Charu Maharaj, Hridayananda Maharaj, but against all of Prabhupada disciples who are active in ISKCON.
There has been “much ado about nothing” in regard to the appropriate gender for gurus. Should “being a guru” be allowed for females? One could just as easily ask, “Should it be allowed for males?” After all, the original guru is arguably Purnamasi. But let’s not argue over that which is literally “nothing”. We are […]
Srimad Bhagavatam 1.13.37 Translation Sanjaya said: My dear descendant of the Kuru dynasty, I have no information of the determination of your two uncles and Gandhari. O King, I have been cheated by those great souls. Purport That great souls cheat others may be astonishing to know, but it is a fact that great souls […]
Members participating in the authorship of this paper: Suhotra Svami, Gopiparanadhana Dasa, Drutakarma Dasa, Purnacandra Dasa, Devamrta Dasa Introduction On the 17th of September 2003, the Sastric Advisory Council (SAC) received a request from the Executive Committee (EC) of the GBC requesting it to research the philosophical topic of possible future female diksa-gurus in ISKCON: […]
William Mathew: In current times when the eligibility of a particular gender to act as Guru is being questioned, the need of the hour is not to question the roles of the gender, what is needed is to question who is a Guru and what makes him or her eligible to act as a spiritual […]
Sri Krishna manifests His eternal birth, the pure cognitive essence of the serving soul who is located above all mundane limitations. King Kamsa [the demon king who wanted to kill Lord Krishna] is the typical empiricist, ever on the lookout for the appearance of the truth for the purpose of suppressing Him before He has […]
Srila Prabhupada states that it is the responsibility of the prospective disciples to examine and test their prospective guru prior to initiation. Given that the GBC gives tacit approval to gurus via their no-objection procedure, it could be that the prospective disciple’s desire to examine their prospective guru prior to initiation is compromised.
Today I want to talk about a very delicate subject: institutional authority vs. the authority of the spiritual master. I read that in one Vaishnava institution the institutional authorities released a new rule, in which they say that the spiritual master should always be under the administrative and governmental rules of the institution.
Excerpt from Chapter 11 of The Land of Gurus | Sri Guru & His Grace In the Srimad-Bhagavatam (11.9.31) it is stated: na hy ekasmad guror jnanam su-sthiram syat su-puskalam “One certainly cannot get complete knowledge from only one guru.” In the highest stage of devotion, we must see not only one guru; we must […]