Dandavats Sriman Gokulananda Prabhu,
I’ve still only seen the distorted picture and title. (And I was excommunicated for saying that my seeing the IAB reminded me of a group of clowns. A statement I immediately removed.)
Oh well, “No justice, no peace.” Or is it, “No peace, no justice.”?
I am looking for peace with no justice. To be comfortable in the knowledge that justice can never give peace. Peace only comes when we have fully accepted Krishna as our protector.
I’m glad I decided not to use the picture distortion technique. It seems cheap and trite to me. It is easy enough to fall into cheap and trite, using words alone.
The only issues should be real one’s, points of philosophical or behavioral deviations that would clearly displease our predecessors.
Promoting “misconceptions” would fall into that category. Did he point to any I have promoted and should be aware of? You can be honest.
“Srila Sridhara Maharaja- “What I am within me, the people will know, and they will abuse me. But what I am, if I need to be abused, it will be well and good. Any offenses will be purged out.”
If I have done any wrong, I must correct it. And I should welcome such correction as coming from Srila Gurudeva for my spiritual progress and ultimate well-being. I will be very fortunate if he continues to correct me, even in his physical absence.
Years ago a young man, Nicoli from Odessa, Ukraine (as I recall), offered Srila Govinda Maharaja his Russian translation of Sri Guru and His Grace. Srila Gurudeva asked me to check the translation. I did, comparing it directly with the English version, and found it to be one hundred percent accurate. Srila Gurudeva then approved of its printing by Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
Afterwards Nicoli was discussing what he should do after returning to Ukraine. He wanted to preach, but thought he could not overcome a big impediment; that being, he did not consider himself a good manager. Srila Govinda Maharaja responded (paraphrasing):
We do not need good managers. Good managers can be found everywhere. What we need are well-wishers.
Correction must come from our well-wishers. Guru and Krishna are our supreme well-wishers and, by their grace, correction may come from any source, if we are genuinely seeking our guru’s direction.
I have still not read, the “misconception” blog recently posted by | BSG |. The disfigured image of me announced it’s ugliness well in advance of any “required reading.” I also doubted I would gain the benefit of being relieved of any misconceptions through its reading. It seemed improbable that BSG could hold any position as a well-wisher when, immediately upon Srila Govinda Maharaja’s disappearance, he argued against following Srila Gurudeva’s Will.
Through threats and coercion he tried to intimidate me into violating Gurudeva’s order to me by insisting I defer to another acharya, when Srila Gurudeva had stated clearly that I should accept that post myself, along with five others.
Still, we should accept gold even from a filthy place so, although doubtful, maybe some gold, in the form of correction and development of my Krishna conception, could be found amidst the ugliness.
Sadly, it was not to be so. Later reports from some friends confirmed the accuracy of my predictions that we would not find anything of value there.
There may be something of indirect value, as I pointed to one hopeful outcome, in an email to a friend.:
Their [the IAB’s] greatest general, the one Avadhuta Maharaja thinks of as the preceptor of the whole Mission, has sunk to such a low position that he can do nothing more than call me bad names and hope that will distract attention from him and all the wrong he and the International Acharya Board (IAB) have done, and continue to do.
All his ad-hominem arguments, are no arguments at all. They mean nothing. They do not change a single fact I have presented that prove conclusively that he and the IAB have continuously engaged in one propaganda campaign after another, intended to deceive the devotees about Srila Gurudeva’s choice of acharyas, their duties as such and how the Mission should be conducted after his disappearance.
One positive point I see in this is that I doubt even the IAB, for all their faults, would now attempt to remove the acharya of Navadwipa, Sripada Acharya Maharaja and replace him with BSG.
Just as BSG’s previous name calling rampages against Sripada Bharati Maharaja (“For My Disciples | Bhakti Sudhir Goswami”) and Sripada Acharya Maharaja (“Ultimatum | To BN Acharya Maharaja”) failed to produce any good result for him, but rather served to diminish his stature; this current round of name calling will not elevate him to a position of being named by Srila Gurudeva as one of his successors. Neither will it help him attain the chair of Srila Sridhara Maharaja, from which he would first have to unseat Srila Govinda Maharaja, which appears to be his ultimate goal.
I am not happy to see this diminution of BSG. Rather, I recall hearing many positive statements made by the two previous acharyas of SCSM, our gurus, who had great hope for him as one who would properly present their philosophy and precepts in the line of Sri Chaitanya Saraswati. For the time being, at least, he has proven himself a sore disappointment by attempting to do the very thing Srila Sridhara Maharaja spoke against, trying to gain a position in the spiritual plane by force, rather than invitation.
“It looks good as long as you do not closely inspect his arguments.”
I did see the photo and first line or two. And, I admit I did chuckle a bit at seeing my disfigured form pictured just below the masthead. I then immediately felt thankful that I had not allowed such pictures to be used on our blogs. The idea is not a new one. Anyone engaged in lampooning misconceptions would have to consider such things. But I would not allow devotees, no matter how much I may oppose their behavior, to be disfigured in this way. I know what you’re thinking, and I can say “Yes. I decided to take the ‘higher ground’ on this editorial decision.”
Sriman Gokulananda’s report below precisely reflects the opinion of other devotees who wrote or spoke to me about the latest BSG blog.
On Jan 8, 2014, at 12:42 PM, Gokulananda das wrote:
I read it. There is not much there beyond insults and innuendo. Like most of his recent stuff it looks good as long as you do not closely inspect his arguments.