Friday, 23 December 2011

“No order. No order. No order.”

PRABHUPADA: Try to understand. Don’t go very speedily. A guru can become guru when he’s ordered by his guru. That’s all. Otherwise, nobody can become guru.
In Nairobi ,Lecture on Bhagavad-gita 7.2, Nairobi, October 28, 1975.

So where is the order? Bring proof.
Reward Offer
Reward: $108,000
Here is the challenge, published in 1993 in Srila Prabhupada, His Movement and You by Hansadutta, and as yet unanswered by anyone in ISKCON or outside:
“REWARD: $108,000.00: “$108,000.00 cash reward money for any ISKCON guru who can show the Nam Hatta an original, signed document dated July 9, 1977 or later from Srila Prabhupada’s hand, naming any person or persons specifically appointed to the position of full guru-acharya, authorised to initiate disciples as his own after the disappearance of Srila Prabhupada. “Failure on the part of any guru means he must publicly give up his unauthorised guru title and return his disciples to the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada, the Sampradaya Acharya and founder of ISKCON.”
This is a real offer. It’s not a joke. There is no expiration date. Bhima das backs it up, so if any ISKCON guru wants money, all he has to do is bring proof and collect on it. So far no ISKCON guru has dared to come forward to answer it.
Gour Govinda Maharaja disciples came to collect from Bhima in Singapore, insisting that their guru had told them that he had received a letter from Srila Prabhupada himself to become the acharya. Bhima asked for the proof, but they had none. So a few months or so later, Gour Govinda Maharaja came to Singapore. Bhima went to the meeting, brought his cheque book, and after Gour Govinda Maharaja finished speaking his lecture, Bhima asked him, “So Maharaja, your disciples say that Srila Prabhupada personally gave you the order to become spiritual master. Can you please explain why you waited all those years until GBC appointed you to become guru? Why didn’t you immediately act on the order?” Gour Govinda Maharaja responded, “What is that? What is it?” So Bhima spoke up a little louder, “Maharaja, is there an order for you to become guru?” No reply. Again Bhima asked, “Did Srila Prabhupada give you the order to become guru?” Silence. Bhima raised his voice, “Is there an order?” Everyone in the room was shocked. Maharaja was visibly stunned, and momentarily speechless. There was an uncomfortable pause. He answered, “No order. No order. No order.” Three times. He was red-faced and couldn’t speak for 5 minutes afterwards.

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