An Excuse for an Apology (12/15/02)
Dear Śrīpāda B___ Mahārāja,
My koṭi daṇḍavats to Your Holiness.
R___ Bābā has forwarded me his email below written to B___ and I am happy to see that R__ is firm in his śraddhā and also a gentleman as his Guru Mahārāja would desire.
I would like to make the following comment for your consideration. One may make what appears to be an apology for an offence without actually admitting that he is wrong, or has done wrong. B__’s tendency to apologise, until now, has simply been to state that if what he writes offends others then he is sorry that it offends them, but he is not sorry that he has written in that way or that what he has written is wrong. This what we call an excuse for an apology.
A sincere apology by B__ would be to clearly state in writing and on the internet forums that he should never have written about our ācāryas in the way that he did. He should clearly state that what he wrote was not at all true, but that what he wrote was his own misguided conception. He should clearly state that he now stands corrected in his misunderstanding and that he shall not make such grievous mistakes in the future.
In addition to the above, it would be most proper for B__ to remove all such articles and statements vilifying our ācāryas from his website (and other websites) and to refrain from such nonsense in the future. In my humble opinion, anything less than what I have stated here does not actually constitute a sincere or truthful apology.
If B__ is ever to become free from the Vaiṣṇava aparādhā that he committed when he rejected Śrīla Swami Mahārāja and later vilified Śrīla Sarasvatī Thakur and our ācāryas, then he will have to become the surrendered servant in the dust of the lotus feet of a living representative of our ācāryas. B__ has been unable to do this for the past 25 years. Unfortunately, he has cultivated all the wrong ideas during this time and thus I do not think that he can surrender.
I remember the most unfortunate incident of your B__ Mahārāja who offended his guru and also offended Śrīla Swami Mahārāja. Such persons who offend the ācāryas do not have the real humility to accept the dust of the feet of a Vaiṣṇava and thus they simply remain in a fallen condition in this material world life after life. By comparison, the position of B__ is very similar to that of B__ Mahārāja.
These are always unfortunate issues to have to deal with, and I do not like to have to spend much time on these matters. Nonetheless, it is sometimes necessary for us to sort out the misconceptions and to protect the innocent devotees from the aggressors. I hope that this matter comes to a close in the near future and that henceforward, the divine service of Mahāprabhu and of our ācāryas may continue undisturbed throughout the world.
I hope this meets you well.
Swami B.G. Narasiṅgha