Chant: HARE KRISHNA, HARE KRISHNA, KRISHNA KRISHNA, HARE HARE, HARE RAMA, HARE RAMA, RAMA RAMA, HARE HARE, and be happy
Tattva viveka
Bhaktivinode Thakura

The Awakening of Truth: Awakened Intelligence in Absolute Truth

by Srila Om Vishnupada Paramahansa Astottara-sata Sri Srimat Saccidananda Bhaktivinode Thakura

An English rendition of his translations and purports:

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SAND IN THE SWEET RICE
(ALONG WITH VIRILE DROPS OF POISON)

A Critical Review of the
Śrīla Prabhupāda “Līlāmåta”

By Bhakta Çré Hari Vijayaräghavan

Edited by Kailäsa Candra däsa

“The words or songs of a person not fixed in Vaiñëava behavior, not strictly following the rules and regulations and chanting the Hare Kåñëa mantra, should not be accepted by pure devotees.”
- Çrémad-Bhägavatam, 6.16.33, purport

The “Lélämåta”, a multi-volume book written by an initiated disciple of the name and title Satsvarüpa däsa Gosvämé (henceforward, SSd), supposedly glorifies his guru, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedänta Swämé Çréla Prabhupäda, in the form of a biography. While the focus of this article is a critical analysis of this Çréla PrabhupädaLélämåta” (henceforward, referred to as simply “Lélämåta”), we must first establish a solid foundation for the review in terms of prerequisite devotional topics. In light of paramparä teachings, it is required to consider just who are bhägavata bhaktas, and then we can better understand their pastimes. There is an etiquette here, and it is demonstrated by Vaiñëava composers of Vedäntic literatures. Under their guidance can this analysis be undertaken and appropriate, accurate conclusions thus drawn.

The Supreme Lord and His pastimes

In the famous verse, Bhagavad-gétä, 4.9, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Çré Kåñëa, instructed His dear devotee, Çré Arjuna, that, when His pastimes (which are all transcendental) are understood in truth, a conditioned soul gets liberation from the material entanglement. Conversely, He condemned those who misunderstand His activities as material to be ignorant fools and rascals (avajänanti mäm müdhä). Naturally, the first-named class of living entities are known as devotees (viñëu-bhaktaù småto daiva), while the latter are demons (äsuras tad-viparyayaù).

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BENEFIC AND MALEFIC SPHERES AND
PATTERNS OF INFLUENCE

Seventh of a Multi-part Series

Self-Deception in the “ISKCON” Echo Chamber (1976)

By Kailäsa Candra däsa

“There are two destinies . . . One destiny is in Kåñëa consciousness, and the other destiny is in material consciousness . . .”
-Letter to Madhudviña, 2-14-70

“Mäyä is the shadow of darkness, yet, even if we come under the shadow of darkness, reality remains.”
-Dialectical Spiritualism
, Critique of Spinoza

“Reality denied comes back to haunt.”
-Phillip K. Dick

Especially in America, what was underpinning Çréla Prabhupäda’s movement in 1976 remains somewhat occluded today, but only for a section of devotees, not for all of them. Of course, the sentimentalists and the fanatics ignore the actual history of the movement entirely. However, for those who know the importance of remembering this movement as it was and as it is, 1976 was not a great year. Yes, there were some tremendous output and developments connected to book distribution, Deity worship, and other magisterial displays in 1976. Still, the occult truth underlying what was actually transpiring back then can now be seen much more clearly—and that is what Part Seven of this series explores.

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BAD BOYS BURN THE MISSION

Part Four of Benefic and Malefic Spheres
and Patterns of Influence

By Kailäsa Candra däsa

The West values passion and the domineering spirit, often taking them as indications of personal strength, but the Vedic perspective views them as weaknesses of heart. To lord it over material nature is considered progressive in the West, especially when efforts impelled by passion succeeds. Buddhi-yoga in Kåñëa consciousness cannot be maintained with such an attitude and mentality. Passion leads to increasing the propensity to lord it over, conducive to inextricable entanglement in Nature’s complexities.

Becoming attached to matter and the possession of matter is intrinsic to the modes of passion and binds one to saàsara. All the major problems of material existence are due to the lower modes, but the West only recognizes problems caused by the modes of ignorance, which works to destroy what is, in most cases, unnecessarily created when everything appears to flourish in passion.

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The VAISHNAVA FOUNDATION was founded in order to provide a forum for honest seekers of the Absolute Truth. Inherent in the purposes of the Foundation is the need to discriminate between sentimentally-driven Kåñëa consciousness and Kåñëa consciousness which is actually based on the instructions of the previous spiritual masters. As such, the Foundation keeps the emphasis on knowledge and realization, as opposed to absorption in congregationalism.

The Vaishnava Foundation spares no effort in presenting the philosophy of Kåñëa consciousness as it was presented most recently by our spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedänta Swämi Prabhupäda. In this way, the Vaishnava Foundation does not sacrifice the Absolute Truth for the sake of some ephemeral unity or so-called cooperation.

In addition to offering a firm philosophical foundation, the Foundation sheds special light on the plight of the Kåñëa consciousness movement since the departure of His Divine Grace in November of 1977. 

The Vaishnava Foundation was founded in 1986 by Kailäsa Candra däsa, an initiated disciple of Swämi Prabhupäda. The Foundation presents the same message and spirit that was available during the manifest physical presence of His Divine Grace, repeating his message as it is according to experience, logic, and personal realization. This is possible due to the leadership of Çréman Kailäsa Candra däsa, who represents Çréla Prabhupäda and directs service activities for the members of the foundation. Kailäsa prabhu’s teachings preserve the philosophy of Çréla Prabhupäda, because he has never allowed himself to come under the influence of party-spirit factions, such as the zonal äcäryas or those that have come after.

Çréla Prabhupäda was extremely pleased by devotees who were familiar enough with his books to resist misleading presentations by deluded leaders of his movement, such as the four sannyäsés of 1970. Strictly adhering to Çréla Prabhupäda’s instructions, Kailäsa prabhu has provided such an alternative since at least 1979. (see biography)

Those who affiliate with the Foundation obtain the opportunity to help him in this effort and thus obtain the mercy of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedänta Swämi Prabhupäda.


Svarüpa-jïäna--or intrinsic knowledge concerning the sädhaka, the sädhana, and sädhya--is non different from the svarüpa of çuddha bhakti. When such svarüpa-jïäna has not yet arisen in a sädhaka--but the desire to cross over the ocean of material existence has arisen within him--then the symptoms of bhakti visible in him at that time are merely bhaktyäbhäsa. This bhaktyäbhäsa transforms into çuddha-bhakti when one obtains svarüpa-jïäna. Even for Vaiñëavas duly initiated into a genuine sampradäya, the vastu-prabha--the illumination of one's identity arising from the mantra received upon initiation by his dékñä-guru--does not appear until he receives the enlightenment of his svarüpa-jïäna by the mercy of çikñä-guru. Due to ignorance of svarüpa-jïäna, svarüpa-çuddha-bhakti remains covered. Hence, only bhaktyäbhäsa is visible.

Unfortunately, in present day society, in the name of çuddha-bhakti, various types of mixed devotion--such as karma-miçra, jïäna-miçra, and yoga-miçra, as well as various polluted and imaginary conceptions, are spreading like germs of plague. People in general consider these polluted and mixed conceptions to be bhakti. They respect them as such and thus are deprived of çuddha-bhakti. These polluted and mixed conceptions are our greatest enemies.

Some people say that there is no value in bhakti, that God is only imaginary sentiment, that man has merely created the image of God through imagination, and that bhakti is a diseased state, unable to benefit us in any way.  These types of opponents cannot harm us much, because we easily recognize them and avoid them. However, those who propagate bhagavad-bhakti as the highest dharma--yet behave against the principles of çuddha-bhakti--can be especially harmful to us. In the name of bhakti, they instruct us against the actual principles of bhakti. This ultimately leads us to a path that is diametrically opposed to bhagavad-bhakti. Therefore, with great endeavor, our previous äcäryas have defined the svarüpa or intrinsic nature of bhakti, repeatedly cautioning us to keep away from polluted and mixed concepts.

Bhakti Viveka Tattva By His Divine Grace Çréla Bhaktivinode Öhäkur Prabhupäda

Quotes from the books of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada are copyright Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

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ARTICLES
The following five articles constitute the core of the Vaishnava Foundation presentation. They are essential for anyone desiring to make tangible progress in spiritual life at the present time.

On Sufficient Guidance
This in-depth treatise by Kailasa Candra dasa covers a wide range of spiritual topics essential for anyone who wishes to understand Krishna Consciousness as it is. Topics include: the qualifications of the bona fide madhyama devotee, the rittvik concoction, and a discussion of the causes underlying the acceptance of an unqualified "spiritual master."

Same Old Brave New "ISKCON"
Article 1, Part 1
Article 1, Part 2
Article 2, Part 1
Article 2, Part 2
Article 3, Part 1
In this series of articles Kailasa Candra prabhu discusses some of the Western contaminations currently present in the "ISKCON" institution and leadership.

"ISKCON" Gurus, Initiations, and Party Men
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
In this booklet length treatise Kailasa Candra dasa chronicles the ethically criminal actions of the lead party men of corporate "ISKCON" as they covered the original movement of Srila Prabhupada with their opportunistic self-interest, leaving the world with little more than the latest version of professional Bhagavatam reciters. In order to emphasize philosophical principles many specific names have been omitted. These can be supplied on request.

The Positive Alternative
"Human reason fails to understand how by serving the devotee bhagavata or the book bhagavat one gets gradual promotion on the path of devotion. But, actually, these are facts."S.B. 1.2.18, purport. By adopting the positive alternative of the book bhagavat, devotees of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada could make a legitimate, effective, and, most importantly, authorized connection with both him and his sampradaya. They could be confident that they were making advancement on the path of Krishna consciousness realization.

Krishna Consciousness & The Cracked Disc of Discord
Here we find a nice description of the four major divisions of Srila Prabhupada's followers.

OTHER ARTICLES

Quotes by Srila Prabhupada that reflect on the current situation of his followers.

Vitiated G.B.C. Not Prabhupada’s Successor

Beyond the "ISKCON" Paradigm

Malice In Blunder Land

GBC: The Gods Who Failed

Beyond "ISKCON" Triumphalism

Shiksa-Guru is Liberarted Devotee

Srila Prabhupada Was Makara Lagna

To Expose The New Theory

Everywhere The Followers Make The Whole Thing Bungled

The Proof of One Tooth

Beyond Contradictory Religions

On Resolving the Apparent Contradictions

How The Impersonal Philosopy Can Stand?

And What a Very Big "If" That Is

Before That Even

Our Eternal Constitutional Position and The Maha-Vishnu Origination Theory

"You Forced Krishna to Allow You to Come"

The Myth of The Final Order

Flaws in The Rittvik Concoction

"A Crucial National Center of Hinduism: Reformulation of ISKCON Identities"

"A Global Hindu Organisation"

Divine Mercy, Sacred Tradition, and Imitation

Organized Religion by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada

Initiation Into Spiritual Life by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada

"The highest truth is reality distinguished from illusion for the welfare of all." Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.2