Initiations After 1977 Position Paper
The following link is a Position Paper PDF on “Initiations After 1977” that you can open or save to your computer. This is a short 54 page booklet which describes Srila Prabhupada’s final instructions on initiations after his departure based on his instructions with śāstric and historical references. I have only had a chance to briefly preview it, but it appears to be well put together and backed up with many quotes and references.
Excerpted from “Initiations After 1977”
The instructions of Śrīla Prabhupāda are the thread that holds the beautiful pearl necklace of our movement. If they are disobeyed, the thread would snap and the necklace would be lost. That is exactly what happened especially with regards to
initiations after Śrīla Prabhupāda’s departure.
The scope of this book is
1. To study Śrīla Prabhupāda’s final instructions on how initiations should takeplace after his departure;
2. To fortify the authenticity of his instructions with śāstric and historical references;
3. To present śāstric references that explain the root cause of all problems within our worldwide Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement, its effects and how to solve it.
This book is entirely based on the official documents of Śrīla Prabhupāda and supported by scriptural quotations from Śrīla Prabhupāda’s translations of Bhagavadgītā, Śrīmad Bhāgavatam and other related literature. We have just attempted to compile it in order to serve his mission and the devotees who are true to his mission.
“The main business of human society is to think of the Supreme Personality of Godhead at all times, to become His devotees, to worship the Supreme Lord and to bow down before Him. The ācārya, the authorized representative of the Supreme Lord, establishes these principles, but when he disappears, things once again become disordered. The perfect disciples of the ācārya try to relieve the situation by sincerely following the instructions of the spiritual master.” (Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 4.28.48, Purport)
Fifty years after the momentous occasion of the incorporation of ISKCON Inc. in New York, the glorious Hare Kṛṣṇa movement established by its Founder-Ācārya Śrīla Prabhupāda, is in shambles. By the numbers, it definitely looks much bigger. Hundreds of temples, tens of farm communities, thousands of devotees and millions of books distributed. But if we dig a little deeper, we can understand that the expansion has happened on the momentum that was set by Śrīla Prabhupāda. There has been a tremendous decline in the quality of the movement, though. It is not a rock solid expansion. It is more like the expansion of a balloon. At any time it can burst. It is actually crumbling on the inside.
All that degeneration can be attributed to a single major offence that has practically uprooted the very foundation of our movement — the wilful disobedience of a simple and straightforward instruction/order of Śrīla Prabhupāda regarding his position as the sole dīkṣā guru (initiator guru) of ISKCON by some select individuals. As you can see on Our Mission page, we, at ISKM, are here to make a humble attempt to rectify this gloomy circumstance by sincerely following the instructions of Śrīla Prabhupāda to the letter without any personal motive.
As a humble gift to Śrīla Prabhupāda, we at Sri Krishna Mandir Singapore, released on the 13th of July 2016, on the 50th anniversary of the incorporation of ISKCON Inc., a position paper called Initiations After 1977 (<a href=”http://initiations-after-1977” target=”_blank”>IA77), version 1.0 which is a simple and authoritative presentation of the truth about this entire issue, replete with documentary and śāstric (scriptural) evidence, yet simple enough for anyone to understand. Every devotee has a considerable stake in this matter and we therefore implore you to read it and share this article/document around to all those who you think should be helped.
Text pasted from; ISKM News