A Spiritual Vacuum With a Poor Fund of Knowledge (09/15/10)
Sounds like a full house. Are you sure you have room for two vagabond swamis for a week?
As for Czech, Poland and Germany, I will have to wait for _____ Mahārāja to sort things out and make a plan. No need to trouble yourself about that. The plan will not be made until after the first of the year anyway. But I have already informed him of the general idea.
Nice to hear that by the grace of Kṛṣṇa, the blessings of Śrīla Prabhupāda and the use of your intelligence, you have avoided the ____ camp and the Ṛtviks, as these groups are fundamentally going nowhere spiritually, only growing in numbers, money and arrogance.
You have mentioned some of the iskcon leaders, but frankly my experiences with these people worsens year by year. Especially over the past 18 months. I have been doing renovations at the Rādhā-Dāmodara Temple in Vṛndāvana for several years, rebuilt the samādhi of Rūpa Gosvāmī and his bhajana-kuṭīra, built a new kīrtana hall, a new kitchen, grhasta living facilities for the Goswamis and guest rooms for devotees. I was also given charge of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s rooms by the Goswamis on alternate months. The Goswamis and iskcon have a bitter court case in progress and I was trying to find grounds where both parties would be satisfied, but due to thick headedness and duplicity the negotiations fell apart. B___ Dāsa, G____ Goswami and R____ Swami were the three principle persons in iskcon to make decisions about the negotiations and they flubbed the whole thing. In the end iskcon is almost sure to lose any control or service opportunities in Śrīla Prabhupāda’s rooms at Rādhā-Dāmodara and their arrogance will be to blame. There is more to the story and when we meet, if you are interested, I can fill you in. But suffice to say, in my book I do not trust even one iskcon leader.
In my opinion iskcon makes the same mistakes over and over again because they (particularly the leaders) suffer from vaiṣṇava-aparādha, they have become a spiritual vacuum with a poor fund of knowledge. In the last year I have become significantly tired of trying to help iskcon in any way (something that I have done many times over the years). I am feeling my years and now my mood has become – the less I have to do with them, the better I will like it. No hard feelings, just “Adios’ as we say here in Mexico.
OK, talk to you later.