by Swami B.K. Giri
My dear Prabhu Subal Vilasa:
There are three types of pramanas or proofs by which a thing can be known. These three are pratyaksha, anumana and shabda. Pratyaksha can be divided into two types, direct experience of a thing as perceived by the senses, or by the jivatma. Anumana is proof derived through reason, by either inductive or deductive processes. Shabda is that which comes by hearing from authorities.
While anumana is not infallible, it was enough for Mahaprabhu to understand the Sanodiya brahmana to have a relationship (that of disciple) with Srila Madhavendra Puri.
When I see the disposition in one to interpret Gurudeva’s Will, rather than accept it’s direct meaning, and use the interpretation to subvert the clearly stated meaning, this tells me that such a person must have a relationship (that of disciple) with Sripada Goswami Maharaja.
I first detected this in Sripada Janardana Maharaja who, perhaps as you may do, denied he was a follower of Goswami Maharaja, and then proceeded to follow him.
Each member of the International Acharya Board (“IAB”), although publicly declaring Sripada Acharya Maharaja as it’s head, have shown themselves to really be the followers of Goswami Maharaja, maintaining Sripada Acharya Maharaja as a mere figurehead to use as they see fit.
Sripada Avadhuta Maharaja, the spokesman for the IAB, is such an unabashed shiksha disciple of BSG that he has declared BSG to have surpassed Acharya Maharaja and all others.
Whereas Acharya Maharaja was previously supposed to be recognized, as you indicated, as the “Acharya of acharyas”, the ever trendy Avadhuta Maharaja, vying for the position of head trendsetter with BSG, has now declared BSG to be the “Acharya of acharyas”:
“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, both disciples of Srila Govinda Maharaj , and disciples of all the other Acaryas of our Mission.”—from harekrishna.ru
“all devotees, irrespective of their position” and “the preceptor of all members of our Mission” means BSG is to be accepted as the preceptor of even those who were directly initiated by Srila Swami Maharaja, Srila Sridhara Maharaja and Srila Govinda Maharaja.
Thus the “one direct successor”, as you call him, has been superseded by BSG, who has also been placed above all three of our previously recognized preceptors.
Why then, would you not accept Goswami Maharaja as your shiksha guru? The IAB accepts him, you accept the IAB, things that are equal to the same thing are equal to each other.
In the weird and wacky world of the IAB, the six acharyas selected by Srila Gurudeva mutated into the “one Worldwide Acharya”, then back again into six acharyas, then five (eliminating me), then back to six again.
The mutation of the non-acharya BSG, who insisted that the five original acharyas, “in addition to” Acharya Maharaja, all defer to the “one Worldwide Acharya”, into an acharya now said to be the “preceptor” of even the acharya everyone else was to defer to, will certainly be the subject of study for biologists for years to come.
Why am I having fun? Doesn’t everyone love a good comic book? Isn’t that what the IAB is writing? It’s just waiting for an illustrator. Perhaps you could offer to do it on your iPad.
There I got a little plug in for you so devotees don’t have to go to your fb Info. to read “I produce music and art all on my iPad”
Chant and be happy.