Chakra Discussions

Re: 'Questioning the Guru System'

by Raghunatha Puri das

Posted July 13, 2006

Other than showing that frustrations with the current system can lead to impersonalism, what is the value of publishing in a devotee forum an article whose main point is that no guru should be worshipped?

Not only is "former Bhakta Mike's" tone completely cynical, but practically all the views expressed are completely at variance with Srila Prabhupada's teachings.

I appreciate the importance of thoughtful, insightful articles that try to get at the root of organizational corruption and discrepancies in ISKCON. I also appreciate emotional expressions of outrage at perceived wrongs - past and current - in the system of governance set up for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

However, I think that there needs to be more remembrance and focus on Srila Prabhupada's teachings and personal example - not less. "Outsiders" who no longer see His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada as our eternal spiritual guide are on their own (unless we consider their offensive posting in a devotee forum as a cry for help...)

Hopefully, the inclusion of such a letter doesn't indicate a growing "throw the baby out with the bathwater" mentality on the part of ISKCON's critics.

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