Authorized Philosophical Conclusions of the Krishna Consciousness Movement

There are a great many philosophical conclusions in the Krishna Consciousness movement. The ones presented herein are only some of which, specifically those which have been widely misrepresented, misunderstood and defied after the disappearance of Srila Prabhupada.

The following purport from the Srimad Bhagavatam brings attention to this unfortunate phenomenon.

TRANSLATION
O best of kings, please get up! Get up! Just see this world surrounded by water and infested with rogues and so-called kings. This world is very much afraid, and it is your duty to protect her.
PURPORT
Whenever an ācārya comes, following the superior orders of the Supreme Personality of Godhead or His representative, he establishes the principles of religion, as enunciated in Bhagavad-gītā. Religion means abiding by the orders of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Religious principles begin from the time one surrenders to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. It is the ācārya’s duty to spread a bona fide religious system and induce everyone to bow down before the Supreme Lord. One executes the religious principles by rendering devotional service, specifically the nine items like hearing, chanting and remembering. Unfortunately, when the ācārya disappears, rogues and nondevotees take advantage and immediately begin to introduce unauthorized principles in the name of so-called svāmīs, yogīs, philanthropists, welfare workers and so on. Actually, human life is meant for executing the orders of the Supreme Lord, and this is stated in Bhagavad-gītā (9.34):

man-manā bhava mad-bhakto
mad-yājī māṁ namaskuru
mām evaiṣyasi yuktvaivam
ātmānaṁ mat-parāyaṇaḥ

“Engage your mind always in thinking of Me and become My devotee. Offer obeisances and worship Me. Being completely absorbed in Me, surely you will come to Me.”
The main business of human society is to think of the Supreme Personality of Godhead at all times, to become His devotees, to worship the Supreme Lord and to bow down before Him. The ācārya, the authorized representative of the Supreme Lord, establishes these principles, but when he disappears, things once again become disordered. The perfect disciples of the ācārya try to relieve the situation by sincerely following the instructions of the spiritual master. At the present moment practically the entire world is afraid of rogues and nondevotees; therefore this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is started to save the world from irreligious principles. Everyone should cooperate with this movement in order to bring about actual peace and happiness in the world. (SB 4.28.48)

 

In the mood and pursuit of trying to relieve the situation by sincerely following the instructions of the spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, the following authorized conclusions or principles are presented. It is under these principles that progress can be made in restoring the mission of Srila Prabhupada to the way it was before he made his disappearance.

Sincerely,

Vidura Mahatma das

 


1. Srila Prabhupada is the current acharya and diksha guru [initiating spiritual master] of the Krishna Consciousness Movement and ISKCON based upon the only system which he used, practiced, taught and established with complete detail and clarity over a dozen years and finalized/confirmed in His written directive and order in July of 1977.

2. Srila Prabhupada’s unrevised, original, first edition books are the basis of the Krishna Consciousness movement and ISKCON. Srila Prabhupada’s serious followers and disciples should use these books for reading, preaching and study, and whenever available for book distribution.

3. Srila Prabhupada’s original method of offering aratika to the deities as he taught, instructed, practiced and demonstrated during his manifested presence should be the method practiced and followed by Srila Prabhupada’s followers and disciples. Srila Prabhupada’s original method of offering bhoga to the deities as he taught, instructed, practiced and demonstrated during his manifested presence should be the method practiced and followed by all serious Prabhupada followers and disciples.

4. Srila Prabhupada’s photographs and those of Srila Prabhupada’s authorized predecessor acaryas, as practiced and demonstrated by Srila Prabhupada, should be the only ones on the altars and preaching centers of all serious Srila Prabhupada followers and disciples.

5. The jaya-dhvani [respectful obeisances] prayers at the end of the kirtana should be recited starting with pranams to Srila Prabhupada and the predecessor acaryas, and continuing with the other standard authorized pranams taught by Srila Prabhupada.

6. Srila Prabhupada’s original method of offering pranams [respectful obeisances] to him by reciting audibly nama om vishnu padaya and namaste sarasvate deve should be practiced by all serious Prabhupada followers and disciples. No other pranams should be chanted other than the pranam mantras for Srila Prabhupada.

7. Srila Prabhupada is the pure Vaisnava who is meditated on when singing Sri Gurvastakam.

8. In the list of disciplic succession given by Srila Prabhupada, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is number ’32’, with no need for a ’33’ as a link to ’32’.

9. The term “my guru” or “my spiritual master” refers to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

 

From the book Srila Prabhupada Siddhanta, by the Hare Krishna Society

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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