The Perfection of Bhoga: "Hippie Seeds"

BY: JAYA MADHAVA DAS (ACBSP) - 15.11 2017

Bhoga unoffered (un-offerable) exercise yoga In ISKCON Belgium, blessed by the GBC.

"The yoga practice in your Western countries, it is very popular; but that is a farce. Yoga practice is very difficult, especially in this age." (HDG Srila Prabhupada)

If it weren't enough, that we are actually seeing ISKCON's continuing Mission Drift go unchallenged, just this week we have been horrified to see ISKCON Belgium abandoning Srila Prabhupada's orders not to allow such mundane yoga nonsense in ISKCON.

Bhakti Yoga as taught by him is being downgraded by nonsense mundane exercise yoga (not spiritual yoga) now being promoted and taught in ISKCON centers.

Yoga training in ISKCON… I guess this is something Srila Prabhupada forgot to teach us:

"Bhaktivedanta College in Radhadesh, Belgium has announced a new onsite Yoga Teacher Training Course, which will be the first of its type to have an extra online component – in this case on yoga philosophy.

The Course will also be part of the College's future M.A. in Yoga, a program offered in few places in the world.

Set in the beautiful Ardennes region of Belgium, next to Radhadesh's picturesque Chateau temple, the College's scenic, secluded campus is ideal for the study and meditation required of a yoga course."

 

Once again, ISKCON slides off the cliff spiritually into compromise, disobeying the Founder-Acarya of ISKCON and making it virtually impossible for sincere devotees to now preach against bogus gurus and mundane yoga, as the society now lays in bed with mayavadis, bogus yoga and bogus gurus.

This attempt to attract the New Age crowd is a failure. It damages the Founder-Acarya's intended ISKCON Movement and allows contamination of His ISKCON. ISKCON was created to attract all people (fallen souls) by Bhakti Yoga - devotional service to Lord Krsna.

We are seeing ISKCON's own ISKCON News be the cheerleaders for this obvious deviation from KRSNA Continuousness as given by HDG Srila Prabhupada. Moreover, the ISKCON News article avoids any mention of Srila Prabhupada's name, His quotes on Krsna consciousness, yoga and basically goes out of its way to justify this deviation.

Instead of following Srila Prabhupada's strict instructions, we are seeing advertised glorification of exercise yoga, being taught for money in an ISKCON facility… and no GBC objects or stops it! Turning their backs completely on Prabhupada's instructions on compromise in Krsna Consciousness, ISKCON now uses mundane yoga to attract money and gain cheap followers.

Srila Prabhupada's loyal (yes loyal, although some are not loyal) are furious. Here are the reactions of some of Srila Prabhupada's loyal senior disciples (names withheld):

"If we cannot present Krishna Consciousness on its own merit (and attract sincere souls that way) we might as well forget it." (A. das, Germany - November 13th, 2017)

"I guess this is something Srila Prabhupada forgot to teach us."

The letter below is clear enough and says it all. "History repeats itself." - November 13, 2017. (S. das, United States of America)

Here is HDG Srila Prabhupada's letter on mundane yoga being promoted by ISKCON devotees and his anger at this new "Hippie Seed" in ISKCON:

Dear Sudama,

Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated October 27, 1972, and I have noted the contents carefully. So far the Road Show and this Yoga Village are concerned, these things should be stopped. Simply perform our kirtana. If we divert our attention in this way, the whole thing will gradually deteriorate. He is going far away. All these things are nonsense inventions. Such inventing spirit will ruin our this movement. People may come to see, some will become devotees, but such devotees will not stay because they are attracted by some show and not by the real thing or spiritual life according to the standard of Lord Caitanya. Our standard is to have kirtana, start temples. What is this "Road Show" and "Yoga Village?" It will be another hippie edition. Gradually the Krishna Consciousness idea will evaporate: another change, another change, every day another change. Stop all this. Simply have kirtana, nothing else. Don't manufacture ideas.

Hoping this meets you in good health.

Your ever well-wisher, 
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

(Letter 11/5/72)

For those of you who don't get it yet' and side with this yoga nonsense in ISKCON, and who claim this exposure is fault-finding, offensive or ranting, read Srila Prabhupada's own words on mundane yoga. Here is HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada's final order on this issue. Follow Him or dig your own grave (in ISKCON).

"I did not teach them any artificial method of yoga practice, but simply I requested them, "You chant and hear." So very easy process.'

So this movement is simply to revive that dormant consciousness. Nothing artificial. And by the grace of Lord Caitanya, it has been made very simple. Simply chant Hare Kṛṣṇa and dance.

That's all. "You haven't got to be very highly educated in the university."

"You haven't got to exercise in so many yogic process, sitting posture, or hard press your nose, or you keep your head down. Nothing. No labor. Simply come here, chant Hare Kṛṣṇa and take Kṛṣṇa prasādam. This very simple method will revive your Kṛṣṇa consciousness."

"You know, all, that two years ago in 1966 I started this class alone. I was chanting only. That's all. That was my whatever you call. And these boys and girls, gradually they came, and they became attracted.

I did not teach them any artificial method of yoga practice, but simply I requested them, "You chant and hear." So very easy process. You can revive your dormant Kṛṣṇa consciousness simply śravaṇādi śuddha-citte karaya udaya. The process is that as you go on chanting, then all the dirty things within your heart will be cleansed.

Simply we want to cleanse. Caitanya Mahāprabhu has recommended this chanting, and He has said that the result of chanting will be, the first installment of your gain will be, that your heart will be cleansed.

The first thing, which is being tried by the so many mental speculators, how to cleanse the heart, that will be achieved in the first installment by simply chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa. Ceto-darpaṇa-mārjanaṁ bhava-mahādāvāgni-nirvāpanaṁ [Cc. Antya20.12].

And as the cleansing process of your heart makes progress, then you become freed from the blazing fire of material existence. Ceto-darpaṇa-mārjanaṁ bhava-mahādāvāgni-nirvāpanaṁ śreyaḥ-kairava-candrikā-vitaraṇaṁ. And then again, just like in the moonlight, daily, the moon increases the light. When the moon is rising daily in the bright fortnight, daily you see that the moon is increasing in shape. So this, that very example, is said here also. As soon as your heart is clean and you immediately you become freed from all material contaminations, then your real pleasure on the platform of Kṛṣṇa consciousness increases in the proportion. As the moon increases in the sky daily, and as one day it becomes the full moon, so this process is so nice that increasing daily by chanting, one day it will come that you will simply love Kṛṣṇa and forget everything.

Ceto-darpaṇa-mārjanaṁ bhava-mahādāvāgni-nirvāpanaṁ śreyaḥ-kairava-candrikā-vitaraṇaṁ vidyā-vadhū-jīvanam [Cc. Antya 20.12].

And so far knowledge is concerned, you will get it automatically. You will get all knowledge. Our material conditional life is simply due to ignorance, and when you come to Kṛṣṇa consciousness, the full moonlight of Kṛṣṇa consciousness, all knowledge, will be at your feet. Everything you will know. ---Vidyā-vadhū-jīvanam. And ānandāmbudhi-vaṛdhanaṁ: then you increase the ocean of transcendental bliss."

(Srila Prabhupada lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam 7.9.9 , July 4th, 1968 – Montreal)

"The yoga practice in your Western countries, it is very popular; but that is a farce. Yoga practice is very difficult, especially in this age."

That is the first-class yoga. Immediately you become a first-class yogi. You don't have to practice the meditation, samādhi, dhyāna, dhāraṇā, āsana, praṇāyāma, this aṣṭāṅga-yoga. Without practicing aṣṭāṅga-yoga, you simply practice the one simple thing, simply thinking of the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa always; then you become a first-class yogi. It is not our statement. Kṛṣṇa's statement.

yoginām api sarveṣāṁ 
mad-gata āntarātmanā
śraddhāvān bhajate yo māṁ
sa me yuktatamo mataḥ
[Bg. 6.47]

He's first-class yogi. Who? "Who is always thinking of Me within his heart." Śraddhāvān. "With faith and love, he's always thinking of Kṛṣṇa." He's first-class yogi. So our, this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is so nice that, if we take it seriously, then immediately, on the first stage, we become a first-class yogi. Immediately, without any bodily endeavor, mystic exercise. No need. In the Kali-yuga it is not possible.

The yoga practice, in your Western countries, it is very popular; but that is a farce. Yoga practice is very difficult, especially in this age of Kali Yuga - Kṛte yad dhyāyato viṣṇum [SB 12.3.52].

Yoga practice was being done in the Satya-yuga. People were very strong; they used to live for many, many years. They could practice yoga. Here we do not know when we shall die.

There is no, I mean to say, fixed-up time. At any moment, we can die. Padaṁpadaṁ yad vipadām [SB 10.14.58]. We are simply in the midst of dangerous condition. At any moment. Just like when you were coming from that Mr. Choudhuri's house, immediately there would have been a motor accident in this Vṛndāvana. Immediately. So padaṁ padaṁ yad vipadām. Here, especially in this Kali-yuga, the time is very bad. At any moment there can be any turmoil and we can die at any moment. Therefore, the recommendation is:

harer nāma harer nāma harer nāma eva kevalam
kalau nāsty eva nāsty eva nāsty eva gatir anyathā
[Cc. Ādi 17.21]

This is the Yoga System You are chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare/ Hare Rāma, HareRāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare. If you......., I die chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa, it is a great opportunity. So this practice, kīrtanīyaḥ sadā hariḥ [Cc. Ādi 17.31], this is the only sādhana. Sādhana-bhakti. Chant always Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra, fix up your mind on the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa, and it will be very easily possible to make your life perfect. Go on.

 

Pradyumna: "It is the duty of the ācārya, the spiritual master, to find the ways and means for his disciple to fix his mind on Kṛṣṇa. That is the beginning of sādhana-bhakti."

Prabhupāda: Yes. The ācārya or the spiritual master's duty is to give direction to the disciples how he can fix up his mind always on the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa. He should... He knows how to engage a particular devotee in a particular type of service. Sva-karmaṇātam abhyarcya [Bg. 18.46]. The... We are, everyone has got some particular talent. So it is the duty of the spiritual master to engage his disciple's talent in the service of the Lord so that constantly he can think of the Lord. This is spiritual master's duty. Go on.

Pradyumna: "Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu has given us an authorized program for this purpose, centered around the chanting of the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra. This chanting has so much power that it immediately attaches one to Kṛṣṇa. That is the beginning of sādhana-bhakti. Somehow or other, one has to fix his mind on Kṛṣṇa. The great saint Ambarīṣa Mahārāja, although a responsible king, fixed his mind on Kṛṣṇa, and similarly, anyone who tries to fix his mind in this way will very rapidly make progress in successfully reviving his original Kṛṣṇa consciousness."

Prabhupāda: Because fix up mind on the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa is yoga. Dhyānāvasthita-tad-gatena manasā paśyanti yaṁ yoginaḥ [SB 12.13.1]. Who is yogi? Dhyānāvasthita, always thinking of Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa's lotus feet. Dhyānāvasthita-tad-gatena manasā... Tad-gatena manasā, absorbed in the thought of Kṛṣṇa.

This is yoga system. Some way or other, if you fix up your mind on the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa, that is perfection of yoga. Yoginām api sarveṣāṁ [Bg. 6.47]. That is the verdict of all śāstras. So by fixing up your mind on the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa, immediately you become first-class yogi. There is no doubt about it. Go on... you don't manufacture…"

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture on Nectar of Devotion – Vrindaban, Nov. 3,1972)

If this is the "new ISKCON", then Srila Prabhupada's Intended ISKCON is now in grave danger of extinction. Jiv Jago! Wake up sleeping devotees!

As usual, we have free will, we choose Krsna and his pure devotee or we choose Maya and her deviations and compromise. You decide. Is it perfection of yoga in ISKCON now, or perfection of bhoga, maya having entered into ISKCON?