I Pray Your Guru Mahārāja Inspires You to Do the Right Thing (12/10/02)
All Glories to Śrī Śrī Guru and Gaurāṅga
Dear Śrīpāda B___ Mahārāja,
I read B__’s correspondence with you below. In my opinion, he is simply speaking flowery words like, āmāra jīvana eka rakham bhāve āpnāra-i hāṭhe raila, and ami apanāra carana dhare. I think he has written to you in Bengali just to invoke your sympathy. All that is missing are his tears and the sound of the ektār in the background. Please don’t misunderstand my humour, but he would make the perfect western version of a Bāula.
You requested him to make a written statement for his having written disrespectfully about Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura and Śrīla Sarasvatī Ṭhākura, but B__ has not shown any regret for what he has written. We have all seen how B__ has disrespected our ācāryas, but in his letter to you, he simply denies the fact. B__ has not expressed any regret at having disrespectfully written about Śrīla Bhaktivinodā Ṭhākura and Śrīla Sarasvatī Ṭhākura.
B_ has only written some sweet words to deflect the matter, and then he accuses me of being unfair. Actually B__ is a victim of bad association and of his own unfortunate circumstances. B__ may even write what he does out of ignorance or false pride rather than intentionally. but nonetheless B__ constantly writes things to ridicule our ācāryas and especially to ridicule Śrīla Sarasvatī Ṭhākura. This unfortunately throws a shadow of doubt on Mandala, your maṭha and upon anyone who associates with him (even Śrīpādā T___ Mahārāja).
B__ has not addressed any of the matters that we find as problematic with him. B___ has said and written numerous disrespectful things against our paramparā and our ācāryas, but now he says that he is actually favourable to our ācāryas and he is simply serving your Guru Mahārāja. In my humble opinion, B__ is simply expert with words and flattery.
I previously mentioned some of B’__s history in that he rejected Śrīla Swami Mahārāja and went to Lalita Prasāda and then rejected Śrīla Sarasvatī Ṭhākura also. He roamed around Navadvīpa as a bābājī for several years before he decide to give up the veśa and return to the west. During those years that he roamed around Navadvīpa it was well known that B__ was in the sahajiyā camp. Here is a short quote from Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja on the matter wherein Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja mentions that B___ has gone against Śrīla Swami Mahārāja and also against Śrīla Sarasvatī Ṭhākura)
“Because these people, the sahajiyās, imitationists, they think they are already practicing that, they’re in a position to swim and play. But that is destroying the real quality of the thing, and (so) they’re the pests of the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava society. These sahajiyās, imitationists. It is not so
cheap. So, (the) outer practices of those higher things, that has been discouraged by our Guru Mahārāja in the strongest terms. B___ and N___, they are of that camp. They have gone to that camp to get very easily, very cheaply, what is the highest attainment of the whole theological world. ‘They think very easily they will get that. Misguided souls. Against their Guru, Swami Mahārāja, as well as against the vehement opposition of our Guru Mahārāja, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura. They are given warning against such adulteration. (Darśana-1983)
The history of B__ and his being against our paramparā goes back to the early 1980s. Because of B__’s association with the sahajiyā sect, he has lost the line of proper discrimination. B_ says he accepts our ācāryas, but it is also a known fact that B__ also accepts Tin Kori Bābā, Lalitā Prasāda, Vipina Vihārī, and numerous sahajiyās from Rādhā-kuṇḍa as all being paramahaṁsas. B__ actually has no proper discrimination.
It is true that their may be differences of opinions within a sampradāya, but what B__ fails to understand is that we do not give room for criticising the opinions of our ācāryas. B__ is also a victim of new-age thinking wherein every individual should decide every issue for himself even if his conclusions go against those of the previous ācāryas. B__ promotes his ideas openly in the Vaiṣṇava world via his website and other websites. Some of B__’s closest friends are also the greatest offenders of Śrīla Sarasvatī Ṭhākura in the western world.
I should not simply go on here with brow-beating on Mr. B__, so I will draw this matter to a close. My humble request is that Mandala should not continue with a connection with B___. Such a connection with B___casts doubt on Mandala and gives B__strength and position to preach his misconceptions in the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava world.
I pray that your Guru Mahārāja will continue to inspire you to do the right thing as he is always doing.
I hope this meets you well.
Swami B.G. Narasiṅgha