Dandavats! All Glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga!
By Sivarama Swami
(submitted by the Editor)
Siksa Outside ISKCON – Sivarama Swami
I have been pleased to read the expression of His Holiness Sivarama Maharaj. It is now late May, 2010, about 10 years from the time of his writings. What I want to express is that his expressions are true, especially as they relate to former ISKCON men and women who go to other missions. While they may get some nourishment from other vaishnava teachers, as I also had from Srila Govinda Maharaj so about 18 years, those who were formally in ISKCON demonstrate an arrogance that I find most offensive. They almost unanimously express that people cannot get what Srila Prabhupad was giving without the guidance of their new teacher. It is a ludicrous proposition. Many of these teachers express Radha-dasyam as the prime focus of viashnavism, and as followers of the Rupanuga Sampradaya, no one takes issue with this reality. But, we do not see that the teachings of Srila Prabhupad have ignored this proposition, either in his books, his purports or his lectures. So this is not a revelation that Srila Prabhupad failed to express even in his relatively short time with us. He tirelessly translated and preached and gave us what was necessary.
Recently, one female follower of that mission said the following: “I do not know what anybody is getting in ISKCON, they cannot get what Srila Prabhupad is trying to give. Do you know of anyone in ISKCON who can give what Srila Prabhupad wanted to give?” I was amazed at this mentality which I find offensive not only to Srila Prabhupad, and to his countless sincere followers including myself, but I also found it offensive to Srila Sridhar Maharaj and Srila Govinda Maharaj who never expressed such an offensive mentality, ever. It is some of these western former followers of Srila Prabhupad who have stabbed him in the back and I have thus divorced myself from further association with such arrogant individuals. Yes, Srila Sridhar Maharaj and Srila Govinda Maharaj had much good instruction to offer (and all of it had been previously described by Srila Prabhupad). The emphasis of Srila Prabhupad was devotional service, love for Krishna, and not what I can get out of it personally. What “I can get” makes one somewhat sahajiya, ie making me the enjoyer, rather than Krishna taking pleasure. Beware of this mentality. I share this now because it is current, not 10 years old, and while isolated (perhaps?), it merits caution as such association is poison and should be avoided. Pusta Krishna das