Letter PAMHO:26245692 (214 lines) From: Internet: “Bhakti Charu Swami” <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 25-Mar-14 08:18 (13:48 +0530) To: “Krishna Kirti Das” <email@example.com> Cc: GBC Discussions  Cc: IIAC (ISKCON India Advisory Committee)  Cc: ISKCON India (news & discussion)  Cc: Basu Ghosh (das) ACBSP (Baroda – IN)  (received: 25-Mar-14 11:33) Reference: Text PAMHO:26245281 by Internet: Krishna Kirti Das Subject: Re: HH Hridayananda Goswami, Krishna West, and Consequentialism ———————————————————— Dear Krishna Kirti Prabhu,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
Thank you very much for your brilliant analysis of Hridayananda Dasa Goswami’s deviation. As far as I am concerned, I see his action as another attack of Kali on Srila Prabhupada’s ISKCON.
I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to you for taking this stand to defend our movement. Srila Prabhupada will indeed be very pleased with you.
Bhakti Charu Swami
On 25 March 2014 11:25, Krishna Kirti Das <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Dear Devotees, please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila > Prabhupada. > > > Hridayananda Maharaja is a devotee who is widely revered and dear to many > throughout ISKCON, but he has also said and done many controversial things > over the years that have been cause for concern. Although the typical > response to Maharaja’s controversial statements and actions has been to > treat them as separate, one-off events without relation to each other, they > are instead deeply connected by a moral philosophy called > “consequentialism.” (In this regard, I have attached a paper that examines > this issue in depth. One version is a PDF document, and the other is a Word > document.) > > > As Maharaja explains in his 2005 paper titled “Vaisnava Moral Theology and > Homosexuality,”< > http://acharyadeva.com/…/item/moral-theology-homosexuality > >consequentialism > seeks “morality primarily in the consequences of acts” and > “argues that moral behavior must produce good consequences.” > Consequentialism is plainly operative in some of his more controversial > statements: > > > 1. “In fact, he [Yudhisthira] acts so badly that he practically drops > from the list of heroes in the rest of the Mahabharata. He is officially > Dharma-raja, but no one, including Draupadi, respects him anymore. . . > . I > don’t believe this is the real Dharma-raja.” > (AskAcharyadeva.com< > http://askacharyadeva.wordpress.com/…/infallibility-of…/ > >) > This is, however, a pastime that Srila Prabhupada himself accepts and > defends in many places, as do a number of other acharyas in our > disciplic > succession.< > http://www.krishnaeastandwest.com/…/the_real_dharmarja_p ublic_version.pdf > > > 2. After having read the above statement, a devotee > asks< > http://askacharyadeva.wordpress.com/…/infallibility-of…/ > >”Are > you not worried that by contradicting Srila Prabhupada’s statements, > the devotees may lose their faith in Srila Prabhupada?” To which > Maharaja > answers, “Prabhupada emphatically taught that the Guru’s teachings are > infallible because the Guru is simply repeating Shastra. Prabhupada > made it > very clear that a Guru is not infallible when not repeating Shastra.” > But > if Srila Prabhupada is fallible in his own books, how could anything > else > he says in them be trusted?