|Krishna Consciousness and the Cracked Disc of Discord
Yogi Bhajan: We have decided that this is the time for everybody
to get together, to get their scene together, to merge
“The church that has the best chance of survival in this damned world is that of atheism under the convenient guise of theism. The churches have always proved the staunchest upholders of the grossest form of worldliness, from which even the worst of non-ecclesiastical criminals are found to recoil. . . The idea of an organized church, in an intelligible form, indeed marks the close of the living spiritual movement. The great ecclesiastical establishments are the dikes and the dams supposed to retain the current that cannot be held by any such contrivances.” Organized Religion, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada
“Don’t you know that what you want in life and what you get are two different things?”Pat Garret and Billy the Kid
Shattered Solidarity = Jaded Bhaktas
“I have got this personal
experience in my Guru Maharaja's institution. Different godbrothers
took the words of Guru Maharaja in different interpretations for sense
gratification, and the whole mission disrupted. . . I am always afraid of this
crack . . .”
Letter to TKG
All emphases added for your edification and realization
After His Divine Grace departed manifestation, one of my godbrothers, referring to the leaders, asked me in a dreadful mood: “What will they do now?” Things were going to get bad, but we really did not know just how horrible it could become. We all know now, of course.
The solidarity of Srila Prabhupada’s Hare Krishna
The process of disintegration did not stop at one crack: We now have four specific and separate factions. The first crack was the illegal takeover of the movement by the eleven unauthorized, pretender mahabhagavats. They were all GBCs and all Americans as well; these men created havoc by turning a genuine ISKCON movement into the fabricated, so-called “ISKCON” during the spring of 1978.
ISKCON itself was still functioning at that time, but it soon became heavily compromised and very weak. Shortly thereafter, another crack appeared. This time, some mostly second echelon men broke away from “ISKCON” (and from ISKCON as well, of course) and soon thereafter formed the Neo-Gaudiya Mutt (hereinafter referred to as Neo-Mutt). Some cold war jockeying between “ISKCON” and Neo-Mutt could not produce reconciliation, and a schism resulted in the early Eighties.
You would think that it could
not get any worse—but it did. In one of
the Next Generation episodes, Riker finds himself shifting from one
different alternative reality to another about every ten minutes. Some were good, like when he was married to
his sweetheart aboard the
Actually, there are only two
possibilities: Spiritual Destiny (
To say the least, it was quite disheartening when rittvik surfaced out of the ocean of material nescience, but that was not to be the last crack. Somewhat recently, another faction has manifested to further split the Disk of Discord: This is the Smorgasbord. It is also centrifugal. Although to some degree it has a sympathetic relation to rittvik, it is still different. All of these factions have any number of sub-factions or sub-schisms within them. That is not illustrated in the pie chart, because it would be far too tedious and diversionary if we had attempted to do so.
The fabricated, so-called “ISKCON” has a major schism within it between the
“progressive” wing and the conservative wing.
In order to make a show of unity within “ISKCON,”
this is kept hidden from the public at large and from
most of the devotees not loyal members to this faction. Neo-Mutt is, in
actuality, very divided. Despite their
so-called World Vaishnava Association (which meets
once per year in or around
sector boasts the IRM, the
Each of the four factions—all of which together comprise a roof or covering that keeps genuine Krishna Consciousness almost completely concealed—has a central node that energizes each specific sector. For example, the node of the “ISKCON” faction is the vitiated GBC. The node of rittvik is the IRM. A person does not need to be living to energize his sector. The node for each of the factions (represented by the black dot found in them) is very different; these cumulative nodes are not restricted to just one group, organization, person, or website. It can be any of them, but, in each faction, it is only one of these. Although he is exploited by all of the factions, His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada is not represented by any of the four nodes shown in the Cracked Disc of Discord.
and bhaktins under the thralldom of any one of the
unauthorized factions are, on the whole, good and nice
people. They have some interest in
“O learned leader of the assembly, in this iron age of Kali, the quarrelsome people are short-lived. They are lazy in self-realization, misguided, unlucky in spiritual life, and, above all, always disturbed.”Srimad-bhagavatam, 1.1.10
As a result of the crack—now numbering four cracks—in the
solidarity of the
Nevertheless, there is a subtle—and highly malefic—unity amongst these groups. It is covert, occult, and insidious; it is also not easily recognizable. The unity fervor is very strong amongst all of the jaded devotees who actively participate and push the specific deviation of their choice. Indeed, that hidden “unity” amongst the sectors needs to be understood.
The New Dyson Sphere
“One may make a show of devotional service like the prakrita-sahajiyas, or one may try to support his philosophy by . . . identifying himself with a certain dynasty, claiming a monopoly on spiritual advancement. Thus . . . one may become a pseudo guru or so-called spiritual master.” Caitanya-caritamrita, Madhya, 19.161, purport
“Those are, therefore, greatly mistaken who are disposed to look forward to the amelioration of the worldly state--in any worldly sense—due to the worldly success of any really spiritual movement. It is these worldly expectants who become the patrons of the mischievous race of the pseudo-teachers of religion, the Putanas, whose congenial function is to stifle the theistic disposition at the very moment of its suspected appearance.” Organized Religion, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada
In the last century, a futurist named Freeman Dyson described a hypothetical megastructure that became known as the Dyson Sphere. In order to both encompass and capture the energy of a small star, such a structure or sphere would surround that star from a very great distance, in effect, a humongous shell. It would be the logical consequence of ever-escalating energy needs from a civilization that had become victimized by its own technology and reached its resource limit. Since long-term survival depended upon this solid shell of matter enclosing the star, residents of the Dyson Sphere would be inside, utilizing an unlimited source of power and light.
Whether or not a Dyson Sphere exists in the cosmography of this universe is a separate question entirely; we are simply employing the concept for its analogous value. For those who have read about the Hollow Earth—and your author believes the theory’s evidence is solid—a kind of Dyson Sphere already exists inside this planet. One of the evidences could well be the aurora borealis. However, the source of light, heat, and power inside our planet would not be that of a star; it could instead be an advanced, artificial creation by humanoid beings far more intelligent than humanity.
The analogy can be most successfully applied to how the four deviant factions (comprising the Disc of Discord) surround the brilliant teachings and power of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada. It is a good analogy that shows us how vested interests have converted his movement to the fulfillment of their own power desires and so-called needs. It allows us to visualize how they take advantage of his light, how they empower themselves, how they warp and reflect it in a perverted way, and how they change and stifle that light--and how it seldom, in its pure form, actually reaches the people of the world.
According to Dyson Sphere theory, the outer globe would be invisible from a distance; it could only be seen when you were right up on it. This was conjectured in terms of light electro-magnetically being warped by the gravitational influence of the star inside the sphere, with no light reaching the outer surface of the megastructure. However, in our analogy, there are cracks in the Disk of Discord. It is in our spiritual interest to focus on those cracks, as they will expand if enough people do so. That is wanted. We need to see the New Dyson Sphere for just what it is.
“It’s Church! It’s Church! It’s Church!”
“The man who builds a factory, builds a temple; the man who works there, worships there.”Calvin Coolidge, 30th American President
“The preacher took his Bible,
and he laid it on the stool. He said,
‘With the congregation running, why should I play the fool?’”
The Last Trip to
In High Plains Drift, Clint Eastwood is the vengeful brother or ghostly reincarnation of a sheriff who had previously been whipped to death in the street by three desperados who controlled the town. The townspeople cowardly watched this nighttime execution, and the Eastwood character has vindictively come back to balance the scales. These desperados, having later been framed by the civic leaders, are soon being released from a prison that is one day’s ride away; everyone knows that they will be immediately returning, seeking vengeance.
The town wants protection desperately, and the Eastwood character is willing to supply it—but only if they, without question, obey any demand he makes of them. The leaders agree, and he starts making unexpected and difficult demands. He orders that every building be painted a shining dark orange. The sign on its outskirts has its name crossed off and underneath in dark orange is painted “HELL.” As the place eerily transforms, the astonished pastor approaches the Eastwood character and asks whether his order also means that even the church is to be painted over, to which he sternly replies, “I especially mean the church.”
You see, in genuine
This ritual and hackneyed
manifestation (of but another form of climbing the latticework of the
bureaucracy) spoils the whole thing.
When it becomes the new dispensation, genuine
“Because they've seen church
is useless. . . They refuse to take advice from the church, because, at the present moment, church is a bogus thing. . . Yes. It's simply . . . what is called, stereotype. The church. Just like you said they
want more pay, payment. They have no knowledge, so what is the use of taking
advice from such rascals?”
Morning Walk on
Although this lack of
attraction is certainly the case for the atheists and agnostics, occultists,
who are also Western theists, ever-increasingly find themselves disinclined to
the stereotype. They have seen the
corruption of Judeo-Christian word jugglery, priesthood, and organization. But, as far as so-called
Congregational Chanting . . .
“Mixed devotees, or devotees in the modes of passion and ignorance, think that the interest of the Supreme Lord is supplying the orders of the devotee; the interest of such devotees is to draw from the Lord as much as possible for their sense gratification. This is the separatist mentality. . . When the so-called devotee desires material enjoyment, without reference to the interest of the Supreme Lord, or he wants to become famous or opulent by utilizing the mercy or grace of the Supreme Lord, he is in the mode of passion.” Srimad-bhagavatam, 3.29.9, purport
“Any individual is generally found to be reasonable and sane, but put him in a group and he immediately becomes a blockhead.” Schiller
It is a fact that the pure congregational chanting of the Holy Name of the Lord is the yuga-dharma of the age. Nevertheless, questions may be raised about congregational chanting in general: “What is the result when it is performed by non-devotees, covert Mayavadis, pasandi Hindoos, and/or sahajiyas?” This question is very sanguine, as it deals with the perverted nature of conditioned souls, especially those who are fully identified (ahankara) with a particular hierarchical structure, a particular bureaucracy, a particular temple, or a particular faction. Does the congregational chanting of the Holy Name by these people benefit them in spiritual life? Does it similarly benefit those who hear such group chanting?
Or does it, on the other hand, simply increase the participants’ bile secretion, while, at the same time, further empowering the perverted reflection of unity imbedded in the spirit of their rally?
. . . And a Thing Called “Love”
“We know that all this word jugglery springs from the imagination of Shankaracharya, and yet, because we belong to his sect, we accept it, although it does not satisfy us.” Caitanya-caritamrita, Adi 7.136
“Now it is practically in
your hands to finish and push on what I have started. I am now getting all
respect and honor, so now you must preserve that standard and not dishonor me.” Letter to Bhagavan das,
“I stole the candles from the chapel. Jesus won’t mind, and the chaplain works for me.” King Henry II, The Lion in Winter
In A Bronx Tale, we find Sonny at his tavern on
the main street corner of this capo’s territory. It’s the Sixties;
the goodfellas’ heyday has passed them by, although
they still cling to Fifties music and lifestyle. A biker gang rolls up, parks
its choppers at the tavern, and decides to juice up. Begrudgingly, Sonny allows this—after all, it’s
Do you know what a vortex is? Do you know what a black hole is? If you want to know about these in human terms, then allow your author to illustrate some examples of how they work. These vortices are all dangerous. If you are a healthy individual but associate yourself with a sick person, then you will also, in due course, become sick.
One of the most dangerous features of these vortices is that, once you get sucked in, there is a point of no return. You can yuck-it-up on the fringe and maybe still get away--when it finally dawns on you where the whole thing is at. However, once you get snapped, there is no turning back.
In the “ISKCON” vortex, there are a number of big lies accepted as undeniable facts, and these permeate the whole institution. The thing is also loaded with so-called “pets,” who must be accepted as special. The emphasis is not on what you know but who you know. Ritual and profile—being “pukka”—are heavily emphasized. Somehow or other, you are falsely assured that you will be going back to Godhead as long as you stay on the boat. Being a good passenger on this sinking ship requires a mind that is completely free from fault-finding any of the leaders or “gurus,” all of whom have been rubber-stamped by the ecclesiastical arrangement imbedded in this international institution.
However, it is not that its leaders are weak men. Corrupt, yes; weak, no. Most of the “ISKCON” leaders are expert—due to continuous experience—in the matter of cult manipulation. They know methods that would make Machiavelli look like a piker. Although not all of them possess this shakti, one of their most effective allurements is love-bombing.
These men know that fear only
goes so far, particularly in the matter of making members. However, when they turn on the “love,” which
is a perverted reflection of the real thing they picked up in association with Prabhupada, only a man or woman steeped in knowledge,
spiritual power, and the ability to act in genuine
In other words, if you have been lazy in self-realization, if you are still subject to being misguided, and if you are unfortunate in spiritual life, when this love-bombing hits your astral body, you will enter the vortex. You made the choice, and now you can’t leave. Whether you realize it or not, that “ISKCON” vortex now becomes integral to the rest of your life, because ultimately you wanted it to be so.
Neo-Mutt works in a similar fashion, as does rittvik; however, rittvik emphasizes group fervor more than Neo-Mutt. “ISKCON” is dark brown, rittvik is a lighter shade of pale, but Neo-Mutt is pitch black. Once you become victimized by warlocks with dandas, there is little chance of escape. You cannot say that you were not warned.
Smorgasbord is characterized by atmavad manyate jagat: “Everyone is just like me.” They are loaded with anger and resentment about anyone claiming to have any spiritual authority. They believe that Truth is found both everywhere and nowhere; many if not most of them believe that all of the initiations in all of the groups are valid, at least to some extent. They value mental speculation and opinion, and they believe that everyone is engaged in that same thing in all of the groups. They advocate such concoctions as so-called “horizontal authority.” This vortex is based on faithlessness and opposition to anything claiming to be Absolute. Everything is dumbed down more and more. All kinds of contentious issues remain continuously unresolved, because Smorgasbord believes that they cannot actually be resolved. It is a race to the bottom.
Once you become a sold out
member to any of these cults—once you are in a particular vortex--you will be forced to stick with it, even when you see its
evils, deviations, and where it is likely headed. You’ll buy into
slogans such as: “’ISKCON’ with all thy faults, I
love thee,” based on a shibboleth popular in
The leaders of these four unauthorized movements—and, yes, Smorgasbord also has leaders—have stolen the legacy of pure spiritual life and teachings from His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada. They know that they can get away with it, because they know the black art of running anyone who attempts to expose them through the grease; they are past masters at this. It is most dishonorable what they have all done, but, in order to overcome it, we must get past the influence of the New Dyson Sphere. That will take considerable spiritual effort, but it all starts with exposing the thing. In doing so, we come to discover just where the unity of the Cracked Disc of Discord lies, and we must reject that false unity utterly.
The Illusive Unity Utopia
“There are many jealous
people in the dress of Vaishnavas in this
“She is ten-armed, representing the tenfold fruitive activities. She rides on the lion, representing her heroic prowess. . . She is armed with the twenty weapons . . . She holds the snake, representing the beauty of destructive time. Such is Durga possessing all these manifold forms.” Brahma-samhita, 5.44, purport by His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Prabhupada
In The Candidate,
Robert Redford plays an idealistic political activist offered a token
nomination for U.S. Senator on the Democratic ticket in a race in which he is
supposed to have no chance whatsoever.
Through tactical maneuvers and luck, he catches up to the favorite in
the final week of the campaign. At that
time, the young candidate’s father, who himself is a big-name politician,
arranges for his son to meet with the head of
“I don’t think we have shit in common.”
Elusive + Illusion = Illusive. The great consort of the Supreme Personality of Servitor Godhead is the Supreme Universal Matrix. When, due to great spiritual fortune. forgetfulness of the Supreme Personality of Godhead on the part of conditioned souls (jivas), imprisoned in the material world, is remarked by them--by coming into contact with fully God-realized souls--their natural aptitude for devotional service to the Supreme Lord is aroused. At that time, Durga herself becomes the agency of their deliverance by the will of Lord Krishna. Thus, it behooves everybody to obtain the guileless grace of Mother Durga, the mistress of this universal prison house, by propitiating her with the selfless service of God.
We can have nothing in common with that Sphere. As a matter of fact, we must fix ourselves up, save ourselves first, and then work to expose it—in all of its features--particularly when further cracks develop. Divine light escapes through those cracks, and that is the silver lining in this dreadful development. If you just want to be on the side that’s winning, you’ll identify with the faction that you think is destined to prevail. For you, numbers and temples and PR and money will be very important considerations. You will enter the dragon willingly.
In doing so, you will ignore this Vedic injunction: Satyam eva jayate. When the Pandavas went to war with the Kauravas, they (the Pandavas) were outnumbered 11:7 at the outset--and they lost the first day of the battle, badly. Nevertheless, their cause was justified, although Duryodhana was not a bad emperor in terms of meeting the needs of his citizens.
There are many fanatics
absorbed in their hope of triumphalism in this
There is no real benefit to be attained in hearing the chanting of sahajiyas. You can increase your bile secretion by
joining them and fulfill your mixed desires as a prakrita-bhakta
by doing so. However, once you get
deeper into that vortex, you will also degrade to the sahajiya
platform. We must fully reject “ISKCON,” Neo-Mutt, Rittvik, and
Smorgasbord. Their chanting is
empowering the perverted reflection of unity that they are all absorbed in, but
it ultimately will be of no eternal benefit to either them or anyone who
listens to them. They will never be
successful in the true sense of the term. Genuine
Quotes from the books of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada are copyright by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust