Even if you Have the Gonads to Take Sannyāsa…(08/01/11)
I have received your email and I am happy to see that you are healthy and full of piss and vinegar!
Fortunately, I was never ‘seriously mistreated’ by Iskcon, but I cannot say the same for the thousands of devotees around the world who faced mistreatment in Iskcon (and I won’t bother to mention here the hundreds of children who were sexually abused in Iskcon), nor can I say that Iskcon did not mistreat venerable Vaiṣṇavas such as Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja and others. Much of this has either been done or covered up in the name of society consciousness, to ‘protect’ Iskcon.
The portion of my Anuvṛtti commentary on Prākṛta Rasa Śata Dusaṇī Part 2 that you so much dislike was actually a summary of the words of Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta, Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja, Śrīla Purī Mahārāja and Śrīla Prabhupāda. That is my ‘sin’. It is better to have those who are slow and retarded in proper philosophical conceptions criticize me rather than criticize our great ācāryas.
If you would be bold enough to venture into the world of Kṛṣṇa consciousness, beyond the comfort zone of your local Sunday feast, then you may well come into direct contact with a very disturbed world of Vaiṣṇavas, wherein ‘Society Consciousness” is indeed the greatest enemy of truth and such is the cause of much suffering among innocent devotees.
Now you are becoming old and life is short as you say! So now is the time for you to abandon everything and take sannyāsa as has been ordered by Śrīla Prabhupāda — pañcasordhvam vanaṁ vrajet. But even if you have the gonads to take sannyāsa, it is highly unlikely that you could do so within the next 10 years, or even before your death, because you will have to go thru the rigors of a bureaucratic society that ignores Śrīla Prabhupāda’s order for you to take sannyāsa after age fifty.
However, if you prefer to remain a ‘spiritual primate’ with your piss and vinegar attitude and attached, as Śrīla Prabhupāda said most of you would, with your “monkey-jumping,” then by your own choice you will remain slow and retarded in Kṛṣṇa consciousness.
“You show your all nonsense ability up to fifty years. Don’t go more than that. Because you are rascal, you will never be able to do anything, but jump like monkey up to fifty years, not more than that. Monkey jumping may be continued up to fifty years. Then retire. They will continue monkey jumping up to the last point of death.” (Śrīla Prabhupāda, Bombay April 5th, 1977)
By the way, what does “ACBSP” mean? Is that a university degree?