Hridayananda Das Goswami attacks Srila Prabhupada’s position as Acharya of ISKCON
“My only wish is to have my consciousness purified by the words emanating from his lotus mouth.”
“So when there are statements which a) are about the material world, not spiritual things, and b) are not from scripture, are those statements infallible and absolute? Personally, I don’t think they are.”
“And I believe Prabhupada is speaking absolutely and infallibly when, in fact, he is quoting scriptures.”
“I am also practically finding that if any of our students artificially try to become scholars by associating with unwanted persons they become victimized, for a little learning is dangerous, especially for the Westerners. I am practically seeing that as soon as they begin to learn a little Sanskrit immediately they feel that they have become more than their guru and then the policy is kill guru and be killed himself.”(Srila Prabhupada Letter, September 18th, 1976)
“a. Srila Prabhupada is the foundational siksa guru for all ISKCON devotees because he has realized and presented the teachings of the previous acaryas of the Brahma Madhva Gaudiya sampradaya appropriately for the modern age.
b. Srila Prabhupada’s instructions are the essential teachings for every ISKCON devotee.”
(GBC Resolutions, 1994, ‘Founder-Acarya’ statement)
“Because if it turns out that it is not the case that Prabhupada is infallible when he is not quoting scripture, then Prabhupada is wrong. […] And of course I, I think that um, obviously you can get yourself in a lot of trouble. You can very easily ruin your spiritual life by thinking you know more than Prabhupada.”
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