by Bhu-bhara Haraya das
In an apparent effort to cut off its head to spite its face, the International Acharya Board announced today it was censuring one of its four acharyas who they had previously selected as its public face, the “Head” of the Board, Sripada Acharya Maharaja.
In its customary fashion, the IAB took this decision due to the urging of its only non-acharya member, Sripada Bhakti Sudhira Goswami Maharaja, who appears to now be doing “officially” what he previously did by less obvious means, directing all the activities of the IAB.
In July Sripada Avadhuta Maharaja issued a proclamation declaring Goswami Maharaja to be the Supreme Preceptor Cum Acharya (SPCA) of all devotees of Sri Chaitanya Saraswata Math.
“I invoke all devotees, irrespective of their position, to follow his [BSG’s] spiritual leadership. I declare that I consider Srila Gosvami Maharaj as the preceptor of all members of our Mission…” — Published July 21, “The initiations.” by Srila Maharaja Avadhuta.
According to trusted sources, this unusual move, to censure one of their own, was taken as a result of closed door meetings at a new facility arranged by Avadhuta Maharaja and dubbed “Saffron Square” due to the saffron color of the building. (T-shirts, hooded sweat-shirts, Teddy Bears and other memorabilia with the SPCA logo may be purchased at the gift shop).
At the meeting, BSG demanded that he, as the SPCA, should be followed in the spirit of ahaituki and apratihata, causelessly and irresistibly.
All the IAB members being present. they agreed unanimously with BSG’s siddhanta regarding his position of superiority over all, including themselves, in a fashion eerily reminiscent of their decision to give “full blessings” to themselves to begin giving initiations.
“The Acharya Board [IAB] gives full blessings to those indicated as acharyas in the Will of Srila Gurudev to begin initiating disciples of their own…” — IAB Letter of Sept. 17, 2010
Their only condition for submission to the SPCA was that he supply the pen for signing whatever he placed before them.
In a spirit of mutual cooperation BSG gave them each a souvenir pen marked “Property of SPCA” and, with his customary efficiency, a website where they could download an iPhone App that would automatically provide their digital signature on any agreement he may choose to send them in the future.
It was then that BSG declared Srila Acharya Maharaja unfit as an acharya and recommended his name be added to the Censure List (which he assured this reporter was completely different from an Enemies List).
The reason given for this move was that BSG had suddenly received inspiration from the upper world that Acharya Maharaja’s misbehavior with a young woman, which he characterized as more in line with the life of an artiest than an acharya, was siddhantically worse than the actions of a previous Gaudiya Math acharya that caused Srila Sridhara Maharaja to lead a revolt against him.
SPCA, as he now refers to himself, said he was as surprised as anyone by the realization that descended suddenly upon him although he had known of the defective character of the acharya since March, some seven months ago.
While unable to offer a specific reason for his most recent epiphany, when asked, he couldn’t deny that it may have had something to do with his reading this note on Sripada Giri Maharaja’s Facebook Wall, a site he admits to frequenting:
BSG, always quick to react to any situation, asked me to remind the readers of my column that the men and money previously directed to Sripada Acharya Maharaja, should now be directed to him. And, due to the rapidly changing nature of these situations, his iPhone App for automated donations is still in development with a yet to be determined release date.
The date for public issuance of the Censure is also uncertain as Sripada Goswami Maharaja wanted to coordinate it with the release of the iPhone Auto Donate (IAD) App.
Truth – Stranger than Fiction
The truth is that up to today the IAB has issued no censure of Sripada Acharya Maharaja and continues to support and promote him knowing him to be unsuitable for the position of acharya.
Sripada Acharya Maharaja, also following the advice of Sripada Goswami Maharaja, and with the blessings of the IAB, continued giving initiations, even sannyasa, making a mockery of the position of acharya given him by Srila Govinda Maharaja for the purpose of relieving troubled hearts.
His callous actions have caused more suffering than relief.
While Srila Sridhara Maharaja admits to being unable to tolerate such a person, many continue to support and promote him, collecting men and money for one of highly “suspicious character.”
“A man is known by his ideal.” What is the ideal that impels such support?
Whatever that ideal may be, it does not, in this journalist’s opinion, follow the ideal held by the founder of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Srila Sridhara Maharaja.
I assume my readers are not foolish, they will detect the difference between truth and fiction.
For those who confuse the acronym SPCA with “Sudhira for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals”, he assured this correspondent that he has no interest in such an organization, and prefers everyone regard him as Supreme Preceptor Cum Acharya.