Syamananda Prabhu made me aware of how all of this controversy started which is a nice reminder. It made me think of the history of what happened after the disappearance of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Maharaja. Read the link, really! There’s so much that happened back and forth with details that this controversy seems small and simple in comparison (though there have been other incidents, but personal ones and not philosophically).
More and more I believe there is a larger agenda to this, that Krishna wanted this to happen. I have no idea why, but it seems like history and time will be the ones to decide the outcome. We are witnessing history in the making !
Oh, how I wish I could be a part of it, be in Vrindavin where the discussions goes back and forth, tempers flare and just be close to the events as they unfold. Because this is truly history in the making.
It’s not so long ago that “they”( whoever they may be), decided to close down backtobhakti.com until “harmony was restored”. What they failed to realize that harmony will not be achieved by censorship, but by working on the issues at hand. Now that the translations of Syamarani didi is being questioned; will this be what brings the sanga together?
This is what the ipbsys wanted after Gurudeva’s disappearance; that we still stay tight. But I’m wondering how possible is this? Look again at what happened after the disappearance of Bhaktisidhanta Saraswati Thakur where the sanga got fractured and every sannyasi pretty much built his own matha.
We have been preached to that the mentality of organization can be dangerous, that we need to attach ourselves to a guru and everything that Guru says is the pure truth coming from Krishna himself. Only a pure devotee can take us to Krishna.
Devotees are by nature very individualistic (at least that is my impression) and this is encouraged by how we are to attach ourselves to a Guru (and not organization). So is this controversy a fracture or will it bring us closer together in the end? Is it a cleanup? Does it make the parties involved more intent on their personal service?
Despite my sometimes sarcastic views, I truly find so much pleasure in this debate. It goes way beyond my qualification and understanding, and I love it !
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