The reason some devotees are doubting Bhakti Tirtha Swami’s authenticity is because they are intelligent and can realize that he is not an authentic Vaishnava, what to speak of an authentic Gaudiya Vaishnava.
Bhakti is defined in Rupa Gosvami’s works as being devoid of mundane empiricism and fruitive action. But Bhakti Tirtha Swami’s preaching is exactly the opposite – it is couched in mundane information regarding weird personality cults, UFOs, alien beings and other rubbish that primarily appeals to members of the Western new-age, counter-culture.
Practically nothing in his books is presented with even a shred of supporting evidence. Bhakti-Tirtha Swami claims to have knowledge of all these things because he “accesses higher dimensions.” This is bogus. Genuine Vaishnavas have only these methods of acquiring right knowledge: guru, sadhu, and sastra.
Lord Krishna explains in Bhagavad-Gita 16.23 that one cannot obtain the supreme goal without being loyal to the scriptural injunctions, or in other words, dharma. Bhakti-Tirtha Swami thumbed his nose at these words of the Lord by claiming in 2003 that homosexuals were considered auspicious in Vedic culture (again without proof). Thus, he participated in the attempt to legitimize homosexuality even though it is against the standards of dharma and against his own spiritual master’s unequivocal views on the subject.
When asked by some ISKCON leaders to authenticate his views regarding homosexuality and other deviations, Bhakti-Tirtha Swami flew into a rage and began attacking the doubters, claiming they were all offensive to him. An online archive showcasing Bhakti-Tirtha’s rabid attacks and unconvincing rebuttals can be found at http://siddhanta.org/articles/speculation/btswami/
Clearly, if one cannot doubt what is obviously rubbish for fear that one will be labeled as an offender, then there is no way one can object to nonsense that is being propagated in the name of “preaching.” In this way, ISKCON has successfully created a mythos surrounding BHakti-Tirtha Swami that emphasizes only his accomplishments while neglecting the very frank and obnoxious deviations that he is guilty of.
Bhakti-Tirtha Swami followers are quick to plead in his defense that the Swami has passed away, that he suffered from metastatic melanoma, that he endured so much pain, that he preached successfully to many world leaders, that he attracted so many people to ISKCON, etc. But these things do not make one a bona fide Vaishnava guru. It cannot be the case that having so many accomplishments excuses one from having certain excesses. In other words, when it comes to be authentic, there is nothing like being “50% authentic.” One is either fully faithful to the principles, practices, and teachings of the previous acharyas, or one is not.
ISKCON claims that Bhakti-Tirtha Swami got metastic melanoma because a year earlier he had prayed to take the sins of the world onto himself in a Vyasa Puja offering. In fact, people get malignant melanoma for failing to get a full physical exam by a physician, who can easily recognize the lesion if a complete skin exam is performed. If Bhakti-Tirtha Swami wanted to get malignant melanoma, then why did he waste thousands of his disciples’ dollars trying to get “treatment” at a new age spa in Mexico? Just for your kind information, the spa therapy he undertook at his disciples’ expense was completely bogus. If he truly wanted to suffer, then why was he looking for spa therapy? Is this very proper for a man who is in the renounced order of life?
As mentioned before, ISKCON is constructing an elaborate mythology surrounding Bhakti-Tirtha Swami because it needs exemplars, even fake ones. ISKCON has a history of frequent guru fall-downs and perversions. So when one of its gurus leaves the world without a scandal under his belt, it is a cause for celebration. One can debate whether this sort of propaganda machine is really honest or not (clearly it is not), but the point remains that it is not the truth.
Believe whatever you wish. The fact of the matter is that most ISKCON devotees will never question this one-sided propaganda about Bhakti-Tirtha Swami because they are taught to follow and not think (for fear that they will be excommunicated). But the facts remain that Bhakti-Tirtha Swami’s preaching differs markedly from that of Srila Prabhupada’s.
It is very hypocritical that when Narayana Maharaja appeared on the scene and preached about rasika topics to ISKCON devotees, the ISKCON GBC banned him on the pretext that his preaching “differs markedly from that of Srila Prabhupada.” Yet, when it is one of their own, claiming that homosexuals are auspicious and that one can access higher dimensions as Bhakti Tirtha Swami, then the ISKCON GBC looks the other way? What is the difference? THe difference is that Narayana Maharaja was challenging the authority of the GBC, while Bhakti Tirtha Swami did not.
So, in other words, ISKCON GBC is more interested in protecting its authority than in enforcing the siddhanta.
some bts fanatic said:I fail to realise why some wish to discredit Maharaja in such a way in light of his considerable achievements.
Srila Prabhupada taught that the Guru carries his authority form the fact that he doesn’t deviate from the teachings of the previous acharyas. Further he explains that devotees have a system of checking spiritual teachings against three sources (guru, sadhu and shastra) to test the teachings authenticity.
Now in the case of Bhakti Tirtha Swami, he manufactured teachings about aliens, lost continents, etc., from his imagination and then claimed that he received this knowledge through psychically linking to higher dimensions. He admits that what he teaches isn’t found in shastra, nor from his gurus teachings, nor from the teachings of the assembly of sadhus, but that doesn’t matter. Why? Because he has a direct psychic link to higher dimensional teachers that no one can verify or question.
Now what does this mean for his disciples? They are in a position where they can no longer verify their gurus teachings against guru, sadhu and shastra. There is absolutely no way for them to judge these nonsensical teachings, and as a result they blindly follow them on the strength of the guru’s charisma and the gurus personality cult. This was the same thing about Kirtanananda. He made insane deviations from Prabhupada’s teachings and then claimed immunity on the strength that he was a pure devotee not subject to our judgements, nor under the purview of guru, sadhu and shastra.
Is it any coincidence that Bhakti Tirtha Swami was one of Kirtanananda’s staunch followers and supporters even after he was found to be a criminal and expelled from ISKCON? Perhaps it’s just a coincidence, but there seem to be many lines of comparison between the two in regards to deviating from the teachings of their gurus.
The fact that he heard Krishna’s name at the time of death and went back to Godhead doesn’t make his nonsensical teachings any more true. He is a glorious person because at the end of his life he heard Krishna’s names.
But his disciples continue to print and distribute his teachings which are better off forgotten. It has become a habit in the present times for gurus to push the distribution of thier own books instead of Srila Prabhupada’s books. Add to that the fact that their own books sometimes have little to do with Krishna consciousness and more to do with aliens and motherships.
You say we should leave him alone since he is no longer present and has gone to Krishna. But his offtrack teachings are very much alive, more so than when he was present. Now BTG will try to deify him and Satyaraja is writing a book about his life. ISKCON and the GBC have a duty to uphold Prabhupada’s teachings and standards, but instead they are encouraging those who have deviated and propping them up even after they have left.
Much of this information was made available through contact with a level of cosmic attunement as well as a connection from a previous life.
(from “Spiritual Warrior I” by Bhakti Tirtha Swami Krishnapad)
Actually, all of this information has been available for many years on the internet and in numerous books. The only special connection you need to know this info is an internet connection!
Do a google search for: Skull and bones, Illuminati, New World Order
Where did SP mention this?
Some people who have been abducted have dreams of being raped or of being on a spaceship and ejaculating continuously. These dreams represent their real experiences. The abductors take semen and use it for the continuation of their own race. Humans who have had their seed taken during these experiences later feel pain in the genitals.
read full nonsense of Bhakti Tirtha Swami’s Alien abduction theories which got from, “through contact with a level of cosmic attunement as well as a connection from a previous life”