isvarahparamahkrsnah

A few days ago, one of the brahmacaris called me. This was my contact, the guy that was supposedly my boss. He just wanted to check up on my sadhana.

Then he asked me if I'd told the higher authorities anything about him. I hadn't. And I told him so. I'm not a snitch, okay? I would never rat on anyone who is or was my friend.

I've got to admit, this guy is the only one who hasn't yet given up on me. At least it seems so.

Usually, when someone leaves ISKCON and moves on with their lives, the organization tends to cut all ties with the said person. And that means everyone. It's an unwritten rule. Why? Because anyone who leaves ISKCON is said to have fallen into Maya.

Anyway, we talked for a bit. And he asked how I was doing. And if I was doing my devotional service. And I asked him, did it matter? I wasn't going to any ISKCON temple. I'd left the organization and moved on to do my own thing – which is, not support an organization with scumbag authorities who treat junior devotees like shit.

I remember telling this guy, no matter how long I stayed away from ISKCON, my devotional service would remain unaffected. Like my sadhana would go on. Everything that I was doing before would still happen because my brain has been programmed that way by this point. It's automatic. I wake up early in the morning, and the first thing I do is worship.

It hurts. And I hate that it hurts me so much. I'd invested my entire life in this organization, and this is the way it had to go down... it sucked.

I was adamant and stubborn and couldn't go back to the organization that had crushed all my dreams. The organization was heartless and couldn't admit any wrongdoing on their part. As far as I was concerned, they still have no clue why I left. I must have “fallen down”.

I don't think I'll ever let it go. I was never a forgiving person, especially when supposedly intelligent people did terrible things. If someone was retarded they could spit in my face, and I'd let it slide. But are the authorities in ISKCON retarded?

So I asked this guy how everyone else was doing. Since he'd called to check up on me, I think it was worthwhile checking up on everyone else. His primary service was preaching. But now the authorities have put him on the grind like the rest of the minions. They've assigned one of their own soldiers to do the preaching instead. Will it work? I don't think so. Preaching in ISKCON has turned into a recruiting tactic. They will either stay in touch with you to solicit some donations from you every once in a while. Or they've studied your terrible background and have hopes that you will join their minions force where they can put you in good use.

I think now he'll understand when I said he wasn't of any value to the organization, just like everyone else. The organization would grind him, use him, and spit him out like a case of bad phlegm.

The authorities have apparently banned one guy from entering the temple premises. Why? Because he fell in love with some girl who also went to the temple. Now the girl isn't banned. He is though. They recently got engaged too. But that hasn't changed the authorities' minds. Perhaps they're setting an example for everyone else to see and learn: This is what happens if you fall in love with someone in ISKCON.

It's ridiculous. He's a young man. So he fell in love with some girl. Big deal. At least they're engaged! Hasn't anyone else in the organization fallen in love?

Instead of looking at the big picture, the dim-witted authorities are focused on hardening their gestapo regime. It's okay to fall in love with someone. When you ban people for falling in love, you're clearly going nuts.

Did anyone in the organization think that this young man had a long life ahead of him? Did anyone think that even if he was in a relationship and got married, he'd still be of enormous use to the organization? It was the first time he'd fallen in love. It was bound to happen at some point.

But oh no! Love is forbidden! We can't have a young man and young woman falling in love! But we sure can have a gay pujari in Australia! Oh that's perfectly acceptable! Gay pujaris? No problem! Yoga classes in the temple? No problem! Heterosexual young man falling in love with a heterosexual young lady? Absolutely disgusting! How dare he! Let's ban him from taking darshana!

LOL. Does anyone else see the irony in this?

I don't have anything against gay pujaris or yoga classes. ISKCON has already incorporated them very well. I'm just surprised that they chose to draw the line when it came to normal regular folks falling in love. They can have sannyasis running off with their disciples wives and sannyasis molesting children and build samadhis for them. But two young folks falling in love is where they draw the line.

If you're an unmarried young man and you fall in love with an unmarried young woman in ISKCON, you will be banned.

Every ISKCON temple is run by different standards. Yet they all share the same banner. They're all under the same organization. One temple may build samadhis for pedophiles, another may allow homosexual pujaris, yet another will tolerate extramarital affairs. You just have to find the right address. Are you just a regular Joe in love with a regular Jane? Please do your research and find a temple willing to accommodate you.

This is why when normal regular devotees fall in love within ISKCON, they'll do their best to hide it from everyone else. You can literally commit any absurd crime and get away with it, but don't fall in love. Y'now this reminds me of years ago, when I was a teenager. My friend's sister came to the temple, and she saw me and she said Hare Krsna and we chatted up. One of the gestapo officers saw this and went off to my contact and told him to get me on a leash. Then he approached me and told me he'd report me to the Temple President if he ever saw me talking to that girl again! LOL I think that was one of my most hilarious moments in ISKCON. I just couldn't believe the nerve of this big fat jackass. To tell me to stay away from a girl that I knew. He didn't know what we were talking about. He didn't even know that I was her brother's best friend. He didn't know anything about us. He just saw us talking, assumed we were having some affair and tried to take us down. Oh yeah – he approached that girl too. He told her to stay away from me and that I was a bad influence! And if he saw her talking to me again, she'd be banned from the temple! This jackass threatened her with a ban because he thought that would be the most effective on her. She was new and didn't know anything about ISKCON. And he threatened to report me to the TP, because he knew damn well, that he had absolutely no power to ban me or anyone from the temple. He knew I knew that. He also knew my position in the temple. And shy of talking to the TP directly, there was no way of stopping me. Haha. Good memories.

A few days ago, one of the brahmacaris called me. This was the guy that I'd been expecting a call from; the one I'd given up on.

When I finally gave up waiting for his call, and I realized that he wasn't a real homie, and I'd accepted the fact and moved on, he called me. And this point, I had nothing to say to him. After all these months of absence, he'd noticed that I was gone. And so he called me, wanting to know why. Now why would I tell him? Why would I share my story with someone who isn't a real friend?

Y'know it's pointless talking to these people. You talk to one guy, waste your time telling him everything, and then you gotta talk to another guy, waste more time telling him everything. So you keep repeating yourself, but no one's doin' anything. There is no coordination when it comes to handling problems. So if you do have a problem, good luck with that – it ain't getting fixed.

It's easy to be fooled into thinking that someone actually cares for you. When in reality, THEY DON'T.

Here's how ISKCON works: There's a group of preachers working for the top management. These are the friendly extroverts who will notice you first, make eye contact and smile, and later, walk up to you and start a conversation. You're talking to the hawks.

What's your name? Where do you live? Do you work? Where do you work? Do you go to school? What are you studying? Are you single? Married? In a relationship? How's that working for ya? And then, why don't you come up for some prasadam?

The hawks are fishing for information. They're building a profile – your profile. They're gathering data, processing it, and analyzing it to make a judgement call – what's your worth? What are you worth to the organization? Are you a musician? Are you an intellectual? Are you a rich bastard? Are you a good worker?

The hawks report to the eagles. The top management, the leaders, the men in power, are the eagles. The eagles are typically found in offices and vyasasanas. Unlike the hawks, they're always accompanied by some servant. These are the men responsible for the direct growth of the organization – procuring big donations, lunch with VIPs, meetings with officials and so on. They could either be introverts/extroverts depending on who you are. They decide if you're fit to be in the organization. The eagle decides whether you're in or out. A collision with an eagle, is a terrible terrible idea.

And then, there's the vultures. I saved the worst for the last. The vultures don't give a damn who you are, what you do, or nothin'. These are the individuals who'll approach you with a bunch of books on the streets. Don't buy 'em. The vultures have only one goal – sell books, make money. They don't care if you're rich or poor or too busy to read the damn book. Unlike the hawks, the vultures don't want to know you. They don't care if you read the books or not. They don't care whether you join the organization or not. That's none of their concerns. If you got hit by a bus, near a vulture, they'd still try to sell you a book, while you were being strapped by the paramedics.

ISKCON's primary concern is this: What can you bring to the table? That's why the hawks spend time doing research on your background. They're looking for your weakness. And if you don't have one, they'll be happy to give you one! That's called preaching. The stupid vultures wouldn't know nothing about that. When they've found your weakness, they'll use it to hook you into the organization. That's the basis of every religion. Got a problem? They've got the solution! Are you sad and depressed? Krsna Consciousness is the answer! Are you single and lonely? Krsna Consciousness is the answer! Is your marriage broken? Spouse problems? Krsna Consciousness is the answer! Health issues? Laying on your death bed? Krsna Consciousness is the answer! Are you broke? Poor? Homeless? Krsna Consciousness is the answer! Are you filthy rich and don't know how to spend your money? Krsna Consciousness is the answer!

You can think of every possible problem in this world – including natural disasters – they've only got one solution for you: Krsna Consciousness! So join ISKCON, chant 16 rounds, follow the 4 regs and be happy!

Once you're hooked into the organization, they'll begin to train you. In order to be one of them, you gotta learn how to be like 'em. At the same time, you'll be introduced to other members in the organization, make new friends and find a new life.

But your new life will be short-lived if you prove to be a useless donkey. You gotta be worth something to them. Are you giving them donations? Are you bringing in new members? Are you doing any services for them? What is your worth to ISKCON?

And the entire time, you'll be trained to be a good dog. You'll sit when they tell you to sit, and stand where they tell you to stand. You gotta be humble. BE HUMBLE! BE HUMBLE! BE HUMBLE! Trnad api sunicena Taror api sahisnuna

You gotta recite those verses every morning buoy! And you have to learn the meaning of those slokas. You have to remember them every single moment of the day, until you're meek and humble. Like a good dog.

A good dog barks at strangers, and protects it's masters. That's exactly what you'll be doing in ISKCON.

And then when you're old, and frail, and useless, with no home, no money, no energy, absolutely nothing, they'll discard you like used toilet paper.

Y'know what the saddest part is? The one where most ISKCON sheep don't realize the truth until it's too damn late. And by then, they can neither save themselves, nor do anything to help themselves. Everyone thinks the stories on the internet are just a bunch of lies coming from evil ex-members filled with hatred. Until it happens to them of course. You can be silent and complacent with the problems in ISKCON right now. But you won't be so when you're the one facing these problems. And then you'll pro'bly end up killing yourself or somethin' because there won't be nowhere else to go; nothing more to live for.

I was thinking about some things in religion this morning, that make absolutely no sense. For example, betel nuts. I never knew what betel nuts really were until I visited India for the first time. I'd read about them, in the Krsna book, when I was a young child. I didn't know what they were. I didn't think that he scriptures would have any controversies that should make people question them, or think them through.

In the 10th Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam, you will come across stories of Krsna being offering betel nuts after his meal. Or Krsna chewin' betel nuts and putting 'em in the gopis' mouths. In the Caitanya Caritamrta, you'll come across passages of Nityananda Prabhu chewing betel nuts.

Betel nuts are a common offering used in demigod worship in India.

So, do some research into betel nuts. What are they? Then come back here.

My question is this: Why is Krsna chewing betel nuts? Has anyone thought about this? Has anyone asked why God is chewing betel nuts while his religion bans the consumption of all intoxicants, INCLUDING BETEL NUTS? What is the explanation behind this? Could some religious conman come up with a logical explanation that doesn't involve “divine lilas” or “He's God. He can do whatever he wants!” or some sort of bullshit?

The first time I ever questioned religion was when an Indian boy in my junior school came up to me and said, “Krsna was shot with an arrow by a hunter and he died.” And I said, that's not true! That can't be true! But he showed me a book, which confirmed that statement. But it wasn't a book from ISKCON, so I was skeptical to believe that. A few years later, when I was finally able to get my hands on Srimad Bhagavatam from the temple, I flipped through the books to find the passage where Krsna is shot by a hunter and dies. And the text there is very vague. It was so vague, that it didn't answer my question, at all.

Why do religious texts have to be so damn vague when it comes to the questionable stuff? Has anyone wondered about this? Why do the scriptures go into the details of so much irrelevant stuff, and completely ignore the things that matter the most, as if they don't matter at all?

The first time that I ever came across incomprehensible nonsense was when I read the Holy Bible. I was a small kid, marvelling at the text from the Books of Wisdom and Proverbs. Then I decided to check out the Book Of Revelation for a quick description of hell. And all I could grasp from it was eternal fire and buring in hell and some vague stuff about horses and all that bullshit. Where is the description of hell? Where is the clear-cut explanation of what happens when a man dies, the protocols used to judge him, and a quick overview of how he is punished? The Srimad Bhagavatam explains that, FYI. But the Bible, was too secretive. All that text and I couldn't figure out what the fuck the author was going on about. I skipped the Book of Revelation. I couldn't read it. Nothing made sense.

And this is the point where religions will jump in and tell you to get a teacher! Or listen to the preacher! Or surrender to some guru who will reveal the secret knowledge to you! I don't want to surrender to nobody to understand things that should be transparently clear fro the very beginning! How 'bout that? I'm not going to worship no guru, I'm not going to be fondled by some preacher and I'm most definitely, not going to wait for several years for that information to be revealed to me. These are the tactics used by religious men when they don't know what the fuck they're talking about. They'll pitch you with some nonsense about the scriptures only being understood by “divine men” and they'll con you and take advantage of you, and waste your time and energy. I don't want no dick up my ass before I can figure out what it was that God really meant. No thank you pastor! I think I'm going to stay away from you for my personal safety!

All I'm saying is, if the scriptures can provide detailed explanations on stuff that we don't care about, then they should provide an explanation on things that we do care about. But there is none given! Absolutely none! It's like the things that matter to us don't matter to the author. And the things that mattered to the author, sounds like a big bunch of bullshit when we read it.

So why does Krsna eat betel nuts, while his devotees don't? Meanwhile, every atheist in India chews the hell out betel nuts and colors the entire nation with it. If you visit India, pay attention to the walls, and the stairways and practically everywhere, even on the streets; you'll notice some Indian creep chewing betel nuts and then spitting the stuff everywhere. This is a typical Indian tradition – and now you know where it comes down from!

Krsna eats betel nuts. But he doesn't eat onions. It's okay to get cancer, but it's not okay to be a lil “passionate” after a meal.

Krsna dances around in the middle of the night with a bunch of married women, kissing them and doing all that stuff, but his religions don't want any of us doing that stuff! Well, at least in theory. The reality is that a lot of gurus are sexual deviants that do a lot of kinky stuff with people's wives. And ISKCON has practically banned all discussion on the rasa lila events. It is not for the mortal man to understand. You need to be “pure” and “advanced” to be able to grasp these things. And if you want to understand these things, you have to read some fictional stuff that some guru wrote hundreds of years ago, explaining away all the “divine pastimes” of the Lord.

I will not apologize for my skepticism at this point. A typical ISKCON prude will read this text and classify it as blasphemy and that I have “fallen down”. Have I really? Or am I asking all the right questions that you have no clear logical answers to?

Religion has no logic. There is absolutely no logic in religious texts whatsoever. That's the fundamental problem. The more you think about it, the more questions arise in your mind. So you're told to stop thinking about these stuff – just surrender to a guru! And he will open your eyes with “divine knowledge”. Will he really? Or is he going to use word-jugglery to dupe me and then close the case?

Most people never really question religion until they've seen some really wierd shit. They keep thinking everything's okay and everything's perfect until one day, an axe of realization drops down on their faith.

ISKCON will tell you very clearly that in order to understand the scriptures, you need a guru, and you should have full faith in the scriptures in order to understand them. How can one have full faith in the scriptures when they're so evasive? Are you asking me to blindly believe everything is true, in order to understand that it's true? Sounds a bit of a paradox, ain't it?

Hello!

I think a lot of my posts after I walked out of ISKCON may make it seem like I hate devotees because of what's going on within the organization.

I don't hate the devotees. I think a lot of devotees are really nice and kind people in general. But like every other human being, devotees have their flaws too and these can be recognized when you associate with them. The problem arises when these devotees come to power and become part of the leadership in the organization. This sets a terrible precedent for the rest of the organization – “If so and so is a jackass, I can be a jackass too.” And I think this is the root cause of all the incidents of abuse, fraud, corruption and immoral behavior within the organization. It's not that the people who engage in such behavior aren't aware that what they're doing is wrong. It's the fact that the leaders – the GBC and sannyasis have done similar things and gotten away with it. There's a quote in the Bhagavad Gita As It Is regarding this – whatever the leader does, the common man will follow.

Now a lot of devotees have told me in the past to take association of devotees – sadhu sanga. But what kind of association will I get when these people aren't using their big brains? Associating with devotees feels like a trick to subdue the critics. I'll explain why. When most of the devotees within the organization are oblivious to all the wrong-doings, then anyone who thinks different sticks out like a sore thumb. It's the herd mentality. Flock all the sheep together so no one strays away. ISKCON has managed to take advantage of that to control everyone.

So when someone does use his big brains, sees something wrong, and tries to point it out, the leaders have a quick answer – If no one else has a problem with this, why do you? If no one else has pointed out such a problem, why have you? The problem doesn't exist for anyone else, therefore, YOU must be the problem.

This is why so many devotees hesitate to speak out against the wrong-doings. They don't want to be singled out and painted as traitors. ISKCON in general follows the philosophy of “don't criticize”. If you speak against other “devotees”, it is “vaisnava aparadha”. You will fall down! This is the kind of philosophy that the evil leaders use to take advantage of every situation. They know even if they do something wrong, people will hesitate to speak out because it's an “offense” to “their lotus feet.”

This philosophy of “if you criticize pure devotees, you will fall down” isn't applicable in the Kali Yuga. We are all fallen conditioned souls and these kinds of statements are exploited by the crooked leaders to carry out their nefarious activities. The truth in ISKCON is, people don't “fall down” as a result of their criticism as much as they are kicked out of the organization. When someone voluntarily walks away from the organization because of all the crap happening inside, they've not “fallen down” and Maya has not “taken them away”.

ISKCON leaders like to preach that anyone who leaves the organization or gets booted has “fallen into the clutches of Maya”. But this is not always the case, and anyone with a little intelligence would know that.

I walked out of ISKCON not because “Maya has taken me away” and not because I've “fallen down” but because I wasn't willing to be a participant in an organization where the leaders take advantage of people and treat 'em like shit. I left because I saw clear evidence of “groupism” where each devotee was treated differently according to who their spiritual master was. I left because the devotees weren't treated equally. Each leader in the management had their own favorite chumps. I left because if this is how they were treating people right now, how would they treat 'em when they were old and frail and no longer “useful”? I left because I wasn't going to be just another cog in the wheel. I wasn't going to contribute to the motion of the wheel when it was clearly steering towards the wrong direction. It would have been wrong. I've got my own ethics and moral standards. I wasn't going to break 'em for anyone.

The truth is, this religious organization doesn't value it's devotees. They don't care how many people leave the organization. They're only concerned with their cash inflow and will dupe anyone to keep it flowing.

They don't value their manpower. They value the crooked corrupt leaders at the top, who control everything. And because each one has got so much dirt on the other, no one's willing to take any action. That's basically how the GBC runs.

Instead of micromanaging the junior devotees, I think the senior leaders need to be put under a microscope. They are the source of all the major problems.

I remember when I started my services in the pujari room, the cameras were either broken or turned away. From the conversations I had, I picked up that some of the devotees were notorious thieves who stole prasadam and other things. So this is my question – why would a devotee have to steal prasadam? Why can't the temple just give it to them so they don't have to steal it? If the temple has enough money to go out and distribute huge drums full of prasadam to the public, I think they should be able to feed a few devotees who are doing service in the temple just fine. Or am I wrong?

Here's the bigger question – why would a devotee steal from the temple? What kind of person does that? I think even a retard would know that stealing from the temple is bad. So the next question would be – why hasn't the management identified the thieves and kicked 'em out? What kind of possible situation would justify letting a bunch of thieves serve in the temple with cameras on 'em?

If I was a leader, it's the first thing I'd have noticed; that the cameras were either broken or turned away. And I would have gotten to the bottom of the issue straight away – play back the footage of several months or years until the day that one crook turned away or broke the camera. And a good leader wouldn't let the broken cameras sit for several months before noticing. That's the first thing. A good leader is observant and can detect when something's wrong. An IDIOT, on the other hand, wouldn't know the cameras were broken until someone reported it to 'em because they were never around to observe things personally. Instead, they were busy conning some rich bastard for some donation or taking tours of the holy dhams.

A leader's priority should be that everyone serving in the temple should have a good conduct. And if something goes wrong or amiss, then everyone in charge or involved should immediately be dismissed. There should be no room for poor ethics and morals in ISKCON. Everyone from the top down to the bottom should face the same punishment.

Another quality of a good leader is that there should be no ass-kissing. A good leader shouldn't be surrounded by manipulative crooks or minions. A good leader should walk free, and roam free, like a lion, without some ass-kissing crooked minion playing politics and diplomacy in the background. A good leader doesn't play politics or diplomacy. A good leader doesn't command respect. Respect will automatically be given. A good leader is neither humble nor arrogant. A good leader is one of the people.

Leadership isn't easy. And it should never be handed down to morally corrupt individuals. I believe, that if the focus was given to devotional service and good moral values, before everything else, then the problem would be solved. But when management is regarded as devotional service, then everything is ruined. There's a bunch of people at the top, sitting on arm-chairs, barking orders and mistreating people. They're not managing anyone. They're acting like assholes.

If ISKCON spent their resources in maintaining their active devotees, instead of going out there and hunting for new members, then a lot of problems would be solved. Currently, the focus is on getting new members, while the old ones are neglected. And why are we worrying about making new members? Isn't the organization big enough? This huge influx of new people in addition to the neglect of old devotees has created a wishy-washy environment.

If an organization was good enough, people would volunteer to join. There's no need to go out on the streets and chase after people. When you spend all your time looking for new members, there's something wrong. Where are the old members? Are they all brahmacaris? What happened to the grhasthas and their children and grandchildren? Did they leave? Why did they leave? What is it that you're doing that's making old devotees leave?

It takes a long time to make someone fully Krsna Conscious. And there's always the chance that if you neglect them and torment them, they'll leave. And all the effort and energy and time and resources that you spent trying to change one person's life will go to waste. So the focus is very important. If you've got hundreds of people walking in and out of the organization every year, you'll lose the quality of the devotees. You need to stop worrying about the numbers. If the whole world was a member of ISKCON, but everyone was a jackass, what good would it do? Focus on the few. Let them be happy and content in the organization. You can rest assured that their children and grandchildren will continue the lineage and ensure the future of the organization.

If you're all about the numbers, and aren't able to retain any of them, then the organization will be crippled and bleed out, as it is currently happening. And let's not forcefully preach about brahmacaris and celibacy. Let the brahmacaris be brahmacaris and grhasthas be grhasthas. Those who wish to remain single, will do so, out of their own will. They're more likely to stick to the path than those you “preach” to. And those who are grhasthas will continue to expand the organization if you treat 'em right.

What happened to all the grhasthas that were initiated by Srila Prabhupada? How many of them are still in ISKCON? How many of their kids are still in the organization? How many of their grandkids are in the organization? This is where the organization is lacking any development. Instead, they're focusing on new people. Well, most of these new folks aren't sticking around for very long, are they? I've seen dozens of new devotees come, get initiated and disappear.

At some point in time, ISKCON didn't know when to stop expanding and start maintaining. They kept expanding and building new temples and opening new centers, but their strong core of pure dedicated devotees was shrinking exponentially, and were replaced by new shallow masses. This is why temples are empty every day of the week except Sundays and festivals. Had they focused on their core devotees and maintained a good relationship with 'em, the temples would still be flourishing with the good old vibes from Srila Prabhupada's era. And it's not hard to do that. When I joined ISKCON, there were several families that visited the temple daily. It was a family-like atmosphere. And there were a lot of senior devotees, most of them initiated. But a decade later, I was the only one from that era, from that group of families, who was still stuck to the same old schedule. What happened to the rest? Go figure.

I believe these issues need to be discussed within the organization. When something's wrong, the leaders shouldn't rush in to cover everything up. They're doing a terrible job at it anyway.

If everyone keeps quiet and nobody voices any concern, then the organization is doomed, as it already is. All the flaky talk about “vaisnava offenses” is useless. This kind of mentality is what deteriorated the organization in the first place. This is what led Kirtanananda to launch his deteriorations in ISKCON. Kirtanananda established a vyasasan for Jesus Christ in the temple room next to Prabhupada's Vyasasan. So you had three vyasasans in each temple room next to each other. One for Kirtanananda, next one for Prabhupada and third one for Jesus Christ. And then, Kirtanananda decided that Srila Prabhupada should be dressed up as a king, complete with a crown and jewellery. And he built a giant statue of Srila Prabhupada as a buddhist. Then he decided that he would dress up in robes like a good Christian and had all the gurukula boys dress up similarly. Then he decided to initiate a woman into the Sannyasa ashrama. And for the love of God, I still can't find her name or information anywhere. ISKCON did a really good job at burying everything under the rugs.

What's the current state of ISKCON New Vrndavana? It's not any better than what Kirtanananda started. Matter of fact, I'm going to post a separate article on that.

It's been exactly one month since my last post.

What's going on with my life? Wassup? What's good? What's really really good? Nobody knows. 'Cause I stopped recording my daily life.

I feel good. I'm happy. I ain't satisfied with my life, but it's okay. I've got all the essentials. I guess at the end of the day, that's all that really matters, eh?

I got a call from one of the brahmacaris. I didn't pick up. I'd been waiting for this call for many months. And then I gave up. I stopped waiting. I closed the last box of hope in my mind, and put it on the shelf. It took some burden off my mind. I was free, at last.

I spent my entire life in ISKCON and I came to realize that I was never an asset. I was a liability. Like every other member. Just another cog in the wheel of a giant cult. When my usefulness came to an end, I would be discarded, and replaced by someone else; someone new, someone naive, a fresh young mind from the sea of innocent men out there.

Unlike the rest of the dull-minded plebs in the organization, I didn't kiss anybody's ass. I'd climb the ladder by proving my worth, with my skills, and my talent.

What differentiates me from every ISKCON member, is my set of standards. I didn't compromise my standards for anybody.

I'm an honest man. I believe the truth wins in every situation. And if you're right, stick to your path, no matter what. Even if the whole world turns against you.

Do you know why I have no friends? Because I speak straight facts. I don't beat around the bush. I don't bow down to lying hypocritical authorities and I most definitely do not, kiss ass.

I'd rather stay alone for the rest of my life, than put up with a bunch of bullshit from others.

When I left the temple, they were expecting me go back, sooner or later. And I kept getting calls. The brahmacaris offered to make some adjustments and speak with the authorities on my behalf. But I don't want adjustments. I spent a lot of my life adjusting with new people, new situations, new problems, and y'know what it got me? Nothing. It was a complete waste of my time and I ended up wishing that I'd never given in in the first place.

I don't want people making adjustments for me. I want changes. Real changes. I don't want compromise. I want correction.

ISKCON is a place where authorities and leaders never admit that they were wrong. They'd rather die than admit they were wrong. They'll go to great lengths to cover up their wrongdoing. They'll do everything, except admit they were wrong.

When the VP visited me, he came with some prasadam. And then he sat down and started preaching. And he spoke about his life and the problems he had faced. Then he told me to become humble. This is the conclusion of a senior leader – BE HUMBLE! Now I have no problem with this statement, except – I already am humble. Furthermore, I'm right, and they're wrong.

Humility to them meant that I should go back to the temple, resume my services, and kiss everyone's ass. My stance of not going to the temple, not answering phone calls, and rejecting ISKCON's organizational problems was not very humble.

This was a waiting game. I'd taken a stand to not go back to the temple. And they'd taken a stand to not apologize for their issues and wait for me to relent and go back. So I waited. And they waited. I waited some more. And they sent someone to remind me that I should be humble! Then I gave up.

Allow me to explain who you're dealing with here. When my grandmother died a few years ago, my father called me and begged me to attend her funeral. My grandmother was not a nice person. And we were never close. My father swore that when she died, none of us would attend her funeral. I stuck to his word. He didn't. He broke down.

My grandfather died last year. He'd had several arguments with my father, in which, my father swore again, never to attend his funeral. He attended the funeral alright. I didn't. And this time, no one had the guts to call me either.

I'm a cold hard-hearted man. If you rub me the wrong way, I could see you dying of thirst and completely ignore you.

I stand for the truth, for righteousness, for honesty, for justice. If you don't represent these things, then I want nothing to do with you.

The problem in ISKCON is that although a lot of people are aware of the various unjust activities going on within the organization, nobody has the balls to stand up against it. This only emboldens the leaders and authorities to continue their nefarious activities while the junior devotees and neophytes pay the price.

This waiting game that I mentioned earlier only works because devotees who are kicked out or leave ISKCON always tend to go back. Why? Because they can't fit into the society outside.

The only reason I was getting so many calls is because they needed somebody. They'd failed to replace me. Had they found a replacement, they wouldn't even bother! With over 2 decades in ISKCON, you know I've seen some things. My general observation was that people who were released were never seen again when an easy replacement was found.

I'm different. I'm not the guy you'll just replace with someone else. You know why? Because ISKCON is a dying organization. It's bleeding out. While the old members are leaving or getting thrown out, there are no new members to replace them. Temples have become empty and the organization is dwindling. And this isn't a new phenomenon. Temples were already empty over a decade ago. I distinctly remember standing alone in the temple room, singing arati, while the pujari offered the ghee lamps; just the two of us, every afternoon and evening. So I'd seen it coming.

The temple that I just left tried replacing me with one of the younger guys. But with no training and skills, I knew it wouldn't last long. And of course, the pandemic made it difficult to let more people inside the temple room.

I'd started a training program last year. The goal was to teach the young guys how to do kirtana, so they could take over the aratis in the temple. There are a lot of kirtaniyas in ISKCON. But these experts do not show up during the regular temple aratis. They only appear during the festivals. So they're pretty much useless.

Anyway. This pujari sent me a text, asking me to call him when I had time. Little does he know that I've moved on. One can only wait for so long.

I wrote a bunch of articles last year. They'll be posted today.

  1. Stayed home in self isolation
  2. Browsed 9gag
  3. Streamed 2 sessions on tilderadio
  4. Updated journal

Footnotes:

All my plans have failed.

I'm setting goals and none of them come to life because of one reason or another.

I'm going to go away for a while. Until then

  1. Stayed home in self isolation
  2. Browsed 9gag
  3. Browsed Raddle

Footnotes:

Got into a fucking argument. I need to move out.

Temple VP called me. Didn't pick up.

Missed all my tilderadio sessions for the day.

  1. Stayed home in self isolation
  2. Browsed 9gag
  3. Streamed 4 sessions on tilderadio
  4. Browsed Lemmy
  5. Browsed Raddle
  6. Hang out on IRC
  7. Updated journal

Footnotes:

Okay. So I ordered a laptop online and it wasn't delivered. The company decided to refund me instead. This is a big fat bummer.

  1. Stayed home in self isolation
  2. Browsed 9gag
  3. Streamed 2 sessions on tilderadio
  4. Browsed Lemmy
  5. Browsed Raddle
  6. Hang out on IRC
  7. Browsed Teddit
  8. Watched YouTube videos; LinusTechTips, JerryRigEverything. MightyMom
  9. Browsed HackerNews

Footnotes:

The Vice President came to visit me. Asked me to go back to the temple. They've brought in new Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra deities and would like me to serve them. I didn't respond very well.

  1. Stayed home in self isolation
  2. Browsed 9gag
  3. Streamed 2 sessions on tilderadio
  4. Browsed Lemmy
  5. Browsed Raddle
  6. Hang out on IRC
  7. Drop off and pick up
  8. Watched YouTube videos; Doug DeMuro, Dave Lee

Footnotes:

Missed a call from one of the brahmacaris.