Dear Sriman Vrajanath Das,
Please accept my humble obeisances.
Thank you for your reply.* At least I can see you have read Srila Gurudeva’s Last Will and Testament (“LWT”). Most of those discussing this topic seem to rely more on conjecture than Srila Gurudeva’s actual words as expressed in his Will.
While we may of necessity go outside Srila Gurudeva’s Will in order to understand it properly, for example to understand the definition of acharya, which is not defined in the Will; will you agree with me that we should accept and follow his Last Will and Testament as the single most important instrument he left us to guide our activities immediately upon his disappearance and thereafter, especially as it pertains to the acharyas he named to succeed him?
Unless this principal is accepted, I am almost entirely uninterested in any further discussion on the matter.
You seem to be a follower of Sripada Acharya Maharaja despite Srila Gurudeva’s LWT clearly stating that “Sripad Ashram Maharaj will be the Acharya of Mexico.” Have I understood your position correctly?
If you do consider yourself a follow of Acharya Maharaja then please present the evidence that you are actually following him. In other words, present the evidence that he supports your interpretation of Gurudeva’s Will. Please be specific by offering quotations directly from him.
I do not care to entertain conjecture and speculation such as you have introduced with the so-called evidence that Srila Gurudeva wrote a pranam mantra for only one of the acharyas he named to succeed him.
Before writing me again, please state clearly that you accept the authority of Srila Gurudeva’s Will in the manner I have indicated above.
Next, I do not have the time to go through an encyclopedia of responses from you, that, although voluminous, do not even touch the points I have already made.
If you addressed my points, I may have missed it since my eyes glazed over almost immediately upon reading the same old tired speculations that derive from a reading of Gurudeva’s LWT that apparently begin with a false assumption and then proceed to try and use the Will to prove the false assumption.
To remind you of my points, they were these:
Reading the Will you will see that Srila Gurudeva named six acharyas to succeed him, not one. If he intended only one worldwide acharya, as he was during his time, he could not have named five others in addition to the one. If there are six acharyas, there cannot be only one. If there is only one acharya, there cannot be six. It is simple mathematics.
Furthermore, if there were to be only one worldwide acharya, he would not have instructed us to form an Acharya Sabha “composed of initiating acharyas [acharyas is plural, not singular], to consult with one another… “:
An Acharya Board (Acharya Sabha) shall be formed, composed of initiating acharyas, to consult with one another regarding all spiritual matters and to give guidance to all Trust Boards.
“One another” also means a plurality, not one single individual.
Please do not try to distort the record by using terms that Srila Gurudeva never used in his LWT such as “Worldwide Acharya” or “Regional Acharya.” He only used the term “Acharya” to refer to the six sannyasis he named to succeed him. I assume you understand the meaning of acharya.
Next, I will have no further discussion with you about this matter unless you agree that I may post all your responses publicly on our website.
*RESPONDING TO THIS EMAIL IN ANY WAY WILL BE ACCEPTED BY ME AS PERMISSION TO PUBLISH YOUR RESPONSE AND ALL FUTURE RESPONSES ON OUR WEBSITE.
Srila Sridhara Maharaja told us: “I don’t want to do anything secretly. Secrecy. Secrecy means conspiracy.”” (82.03.00 @10.51)
Using the cover of secrecy, Sripada Acharya Maharaja and his four cohorts on the International Acharya Board (Sripadas Goswami Maharaja, Ashram Maharaja, Janardana Maharaja and Avadhuta Maharaja) conspired to usurp control of Gurudeva’s worldwide mission in violation of, and with utter disregard for, Srila Gurudeva’s LWT.
Sripada Acharaya Maharaja and the other members of the International Acharya Board (“IAB”), or “Acharya Board” as they call it, never wanted to have a public discussion of these issues which I believe are vital to the devotees interested in understanding and following Srila Govinda Maharaja’s direction at the critical time of his disappearance and afterwards. They did not even want to allow the publishing or reading of Srila Gurudeva’s Will by anyone outside their circle. You may note that I was the first to publicize his Will on our website without any change or “annotation.” In my opinion, they had only one reason for keeping everything secret, they did not want to follow Gurudeva’s direction. Because they did not want this motive exposed, they tried to hide it by attempting to keep their discussions secret.
While I can only offer my educated opinion as to the IAB’s motives, it is a fact that they demanded secrecy. It is also a fact that they deviated from Srila Gurudeva’s Will with respect to his all-important naming of the acharyas to succeed him and his direction to them to form an Acharya Sabha.
I pray this finds you well in all respects and look forward to your response.
Swami B.K. Giri