03/12/98 - 1686
GBC To Try Again
USA (VNN) - by Krishnakant
CHAKRA recently posted news regarding the GBC meetings that have
just concluded in Mayapura. Of particular interest was the following
The GBC body issued a statement about the paper entitled THE
FINAL ORDER, which is promoted by adherents of the so-called ritvik
philosophy. The statement says: Due to the numerous discrepancies
and misrepresentations contained in the anonymous paper titled
THE FINAL ORDER, the GBC body is requesting certain devotees to
prepare several responses to be released as soon as possible.
1) One wonders why these numerous discrepancies and misrepresentations
were not exposed the last time the GBC tried to respond to the
FINAL ORDER, when they released Disciple of My Disciple, which
was co-authored by new GBC Executive Committee member His Grace
Badrinarayana Prabhu. They must feel that Disciple of My Disciple
did not adequately answer the Final Order since they now feel
the need to prepare a further not one but several responses.
(Anyone who reads The Final Order Still Stands, an analysis
of Disciple of My Disciple, will agree that the GBC have yet
still to answer The Final Order. The Final Order Still Stands
can be found on http:// www.webcom.com.btp).
2) One also wonders what new mechanisms they are going to employ
to ensure that this time they will indeed spot all the numerous
discrepancies and misrepresentations that eluded the combined
might of His Grace Badrinarayana Prabhu, His Holiness Giridhari
Maharaja and His Holiness Umapati Maharaja when they wrote Disciple
of My Disciple.
3) We also wonder why they will not name these certain devotees
that have been given this task, or set a specific date for when
these several responses are supposed to be due. We have been
eagerly awaiting a definite position on the guru issue from
the GBC for quite a while now. As early as 1996, they announced
that a book on Guru Tattva would be ready by the following Gaura
Purnima festival. Last year the GBC resolutions also passed a
similar resolution. Yet the only output produced to date so far
has been the 12 page Disciple of My Disciple, and that only because
we produced the FINAL ORDER, and which even the GBC have recognised
through the above statement was nowhere near adequate. Considering
their track record so far, I think the vaisnava community would
feel more confident if they actually named those who are responsible
for the above task, and set a date by which we will expect to
see these several responses.
4) We also wonder if these several responses will for once not
contradict all the previous GBC position papers on this subject,
none of which have been withdrawn. One would hope these new several
responses will be in line with:
Under My Order, His Grace Ravindra Svarupa Prabhu, 1985
ISKCON JOURNAL, GBC, 1990
Continuing the Parampara, His Holiness Siva Rama Swami, 1994
Gurus and Initiation in ISKCON, GBC, 1995
Where the Ritviks Are Wrong, His Holiness Jayadwaita Swami,1996
Srila Prabhupada Defeats Ritvik, His Holiness Bhakti Caru Swami,
Disciple of My Disciple, GBC Sub-committe, (His Grace Badrinarayana
Prabhu, His Holiness Giridhari Maharaja and His Holiness Umapati
Timeless Order, His Grace V. Pai, Approved by Umapati Maharaja,
(For rebuttals to most of these papers please go to http:// www.webcom.com/btp)
This of course will be impossible since most of the above papers
actually contradict each other!
Thus it will be interesting to observe on this occasion which
particular siddhanta and interpretation of the evidence these
new several responses will use. Or they may of course come up
with a completely new interpretation. This creative ability of
the GBC should not be doubted. For instance they have managed
to come up with at least 4 different interpretations of the so-called
May 28th Appointment Tape.
Whatever version of events they choose, we hope that these several
responses will at least not contradict each other!
5) One would also hope that in trying to answer the Final Order
the GBC will this time actually take the trouble to READ the paper
they are supposed to be answering and understand what the ritvik
position is. Anyone who has read Disciple of My Disciple (50%
of which was taken up answering arguments we never raised), and
all the recent ritvik papers that were on CHAKRA, and rebutted
here on VNN, will know that this has not been the case so far.
Thus could the certain devotees who are supposed to prepare
these several responses please actually READ the Final Order
before they try and answer. It can be found at http:// www.webcom.com/btp.
We await with bated breath, and hope that finally the GBC will
indeed produce a POINT FOR POINT rebutall of THE FINAL ORDER,
a paper that was submitted to them at their request as long ago
as OCTOBER 1996.
The whole world is watching now.
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