19th Feb. 2012
Rewind to our posting- 'Grand Theft Atma", dated: 7/11/11. In that article we pointed to an incorrect statement made by the founder of Iskcon, A.C. Bhaktivedanta, aka. Prabhupada, referring to Bhaktivinod Thakur (an acarya in the gaudiya line) as a fully qualified Magistrate: Prabhupada: "A similar rasa-lila was going on. You know that story? Bhaktivinoda Thakura was magistrate, and one person in Orissa, he declared himself that "I am Visnu".*
* We deal with the "I am Visnu" story further down this posting.
In response to our highlighting of a flagrant misstatement by Prabhupada to ratify a man exposed by his own guru as a liar, we received a fiery reply from a cultist named Devaki Nandan Das (Hong Kong), who wrote;"Bhaktivinod Thakur in his grhasta life was indeed a full on magistrate as told to us by Srila Prabhupada so many times,...[...]...." Albeit Deputy Magistrates were authorized to adjudicate native disputes, discerning language and custom, Bhaktivinod was NOT a full on magistrate.
Intentionally we will use Mr. Das' defense of Prabhupada as a key to revealing the controversial life of the fiction-as-fact gaudiya penman- Bhaktivinod Thakur (aka. Kedarnath Datta.) Showing records from his own handwritten biography- "You have asked me for the details of my life. Whatever I am able to remember I have written down on paper for you"- later published by his son- Lalit Prasad Goswami (Lalu), we will back up our statement, and in so doing, take a closer look at this utopian resuscitator of a gasping gaudiya gospel.
Firstly we will show in a condensed format how Bhaktivinod himself admits that he was never a fully fledged Magistrate. He writes on 2nd April 1893 that he received promotion to 2nd grade Deputy Magistrate (not even a full Deputy Magistrate), and then retired the very next year on 4th October 1894.
276....[...]...In 1870 I was promoted to the 5th grade, for which I received a salary of 300 Rupees per month.
322....[...]... I was promoted to the 4th grade of Deputy Magistrates and Deputy Collectors on the 20th of March, 1883....[...]...
354. On the 31st of January 1888, I received promotion to the third grade. ...[...]...
376: ..[...].....I went there on the 2nd of April 1893 in the hope of [getting the position]. Prior to this I received a promotion to the 2nd grade....
394. Commissioner Saheb came to Krishnanagar and advised me to work a little longer. I gave him my thanks, but I had no desire to continue working, and thus, on the 4th of October 1894 I retired.
Hopefully Devaki Nandan Das will, as should other readers, accept that Prabhupada elevated the office of Bhaktivinod to bamboozle catechumen into accepting without suspicion the sale of a product already tried, convicted, and unsellable in an Indian market. Not only did he sham credentials to authenticate his cult in an unsuspecting foreign market, but his guarantor 'magistrate' was also rejected by his own guru, and several others, for similarly misrepresenting the truth. Bipin Bihari Goswami publicly renounced his disciple- Bhaktivinod Thakur shortly before dying in 1919. His reason for doing so was- "preaching falsehoods in connection with the birthplace of Caitanya". The integrity of the Hare Krishna cult; the lineage it glorifies and scripture it sells, is not even half as genuine or sane as projected.
Here is a précis from published history:
Bhaktivinod was influenced by British colonials and Christian missionaries with whom he associated extensively- "When the missionaries came to town I would go and see them." He was trained by the English from an early age- "I had learned discussions with Padre Dal and George Thompson. Thompson Saheb instructed me on how to become a good speaker....[...]...At that time I read all of Milton with the help of Reverend Duff. Near the Krishna Bandor church lived a missionary named Grub Saheb." It appears that Grub turned Bhaktivinod onto some heavy reading- "Day and night I would read the books of Carlisle, Haslett, Jeffrey, Macaulay and others." He found solace and companionship with a Mrs. Locke- "One day, having invited me through Dal Saheb, Mrs. Locke looked over my poetry and read it. After chatting with me [for some time] she praised my poetry and accepted my book of poetry, which I dedicated in her name." She even did tricks for him- "Mrs. Locke was a spiritualist and she showed me many 'spiritual' manifestations".
As would be expected, the English missionaries whose job it was to convert Hindus, turned young Kedarnath Datta towards God- "At that time I read many books on the science of God, which was the particular science that effected the removal of anxiety from my heart. When I discussed things with Dvijendranath there was help of Kant, Goethe, Hegel, Swedenborg, Schopenhauer, Hume, Voltaire, and Cousin." Ask any Iskcon cultist, books are not enough. A preacher must spread God's word with the zeal of a missionary. That means pushing conversions- "He liked very much my presentation and proposed to me that I speak to the British Indian Society. In that assembly the Englishmen said that my presentation was deep" (a sermon?) And more pushing- "There were many discussions with Dal Saheb on the topic of theology. On his advice I was reading the Bible and various other Christian books. Canning Saheb had many books and I studied all [he had] on logic with the missionary associate of Rama Mohan Roy." Until finally the conversion is complete- "Somehow, in this fashion, I developed a deep faith in Jesus Christ." As we all know, with time, indoctrination takes hold like crap to a blanket- "I thought the brotherly philosophy taught by Jesus Christ was excellent. The taste [derived from such worship] was [due to the Christian] devotion [to Jesus]. I read all the books written by Theodore Parker and others, and books on Unitarianism I got from Calcutta. Because of [these books] my mind was attracted toward the devotion of Jesus." From then on it was simply a matter of keeping an eye on the fresh convert- "At the end of the rainy season Doctor Roer, Inspector of Schools South West Bengal, came there and I showed him the letter Vidyasagar Mahasaya wrote and I spoke with him. I visited his boat frequently, staying late into the night, and we discussed many things....[...]...Healy Saheb developed a special confidence in me. I stayed in his company for two months studying Ellison's 'Europe' and he had said that there was much extraordinary power in me. Gradually he developed a specific affection for me." Then the denunciation of one's birthright is tossed like an old coin into the Sunday collection- "I would have much deliberation and conversation with Dal Saheb and with other missionaries, and in comparison to the Brahmo dharma the Christian dharma was far superior".
Now had we been quizzing the life of Bobo who visits the Salvation Army soup kitchen, there would be no more to say. However, we are dealing with the biography of a vaisnava acarya; a holier than holy 'Thakur'- deity, who later claimed to be one of Krishna's little girlfriends- a reincarnated gopi named Kamala Manjari. Assuming that Kamala was taking a breather from amourous activities in the spiritual realm, she maintained her concupiscence even in the sickly body of Bhaktivinod....He had ten children.
Nevertheless it cannot be denied, the British rewarded Indians who helped them loot India- "When Mahendra Babu left his position Linton Saheb wrote a letter to the government on my behalf [in order that I might] continue in the post. At this time a small law court was established in Mursidabad and the clerk of that place was appointed to Chooadanga. Therefore, I resigned the position and went to the house in Ranaghat. Linton Saheb wrote a letter to the government on my behalf and the government responded saying that very soon they would give me a good posting." While Indian families were being cheated and starved to death in Bengal, some were happy to kiss colonial butts for handouts- " I was acquainted with Healy Saheb. He had a Head Clerkship available, but he considered that the status of clerk was not suitable for me. He made known my situation to Secretary Sriyukta Eden Saheb. Healy Saheb spoke to me with much affection, saying, "You will soon get a good position. You stay in Ranaghat and wait." At this time Linton Saheb also gave a certificate to me".
Bhaktivinod's sentiments betray his position as a colonial naukar:..saheb...saheb...saheb. Proud Indians never referred to the British as sahebs. They were -engrajee, belaiti, or bideshi. Only servants referred to them as saheb.
Not long after being given the post of (tax) Collector, a job which also involved him as a Deputy Magistrate, Bhaktivinod showed his colonial masters how appreciative he was for the bestowing of favor. Readers who heard the Iskcon version of what occurred at Bringarpur resulting with the imprisonment and eventual death of a yogi named Bisakisan, have been, yet again, victimized by gaudiya propaganda.
According to the Iskcon version, Bisakisan who called himself Mahavishnu, was claiming to be God and causing a disturbance. How ironic. If that had been true, every guru in Iskcon, starting from Prabhupada and down to the latest Bangkok Banger, should be imprisoned for causing a disturbance and claiming to- be considered as good as the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself. (CC Madhya 10.136). No, that's not it. The story has a twist in the tail. Here it is- Bhaktivinod: "When there was some turmoil among the women of the Chaudhuris of Bringarpur the men of that place informed Commissioner Robins. He wrote to Commissioner Walton saying, "Send Kedar Babu to investigate and send the District Superintendent with him." Walton Saheb sent me and I went at night to the jungle and spoke in detail with Mahavishnu and he revealed his vow to destroy the English Raj."
There it is! Do you see it? Right there in the tail- Mahavisnu revealed his vow to destroy the English Raj. As they say, "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter." Had Bhaktivinod caused the imprisonment and subsequent death of Bisakisan closer to Indian Independence- 15th August 1947, this tale would be very different in the telling. Anyhow the final verdict was- "Bisakisan had practiced yoga, and by some means had acquired some yogic siddhi. I had obtained a lot of evidence against him. For 21 days he did not eat even a drop of water (sic) yet he did not exhibit any weakness and gave unfailing medicine to many many people (That's right. He was a kaviraj, helping poor people). For his punishment Bisakisan was sent to the Gaol at Midnapur and there he died."
Using powers invested in him by his colonial masters, and in doing their dirty work, Bhaktivinod sentenced an Indian to imprisonment and eventual death, for what? For having mystic powers? Gobbledygook! He imprisoned and eventually killed an Indian freedom fighter on orders from his colonial masters. Today he would be classified a deshdrohi...a traitor to his people.
Failing to fit his spiritual ambitions into colonial Christian politics, Bhaktivinod searched out a lesser known cult and began weighing the possibilities and probabilities. It was then he began corresponding with a vaisnava writer in the Caitanya cult named Bipin Bihari Goswami (BBG),1850-1919. After three years of correspondence both Bhaktivinod and his wife took initiation from BBG. In a letter to his son Lalit Prasad (1896,) Bhaktivinod described post initiation thus- "When he came and performed the initiation rituals, I became cheerful. From that day on the sin of meat eating vanished from my heart and I began to feel a little compassion toward all beings."
While Hindus from poorer families practiced vegetarianism, Kedarnath Datta and his Indian aristocratic family were omnivorous. This becomes a critical point in understanding the man who later 'revealed' in his "Siddha-lalasa" that he was an eternally twelve-year-old gopi girl. He claimed to be a reincarnated cowherd girl (according to gaudiya stories attributed to Rishi Veda Vyas) who had private sexual encounters with Krishna (God) in the forests of Vrindavan. Ambiguity presents itself when Bhaktivinod begins to write highly 'realized' spiritual truths but failed at any stage to manifest the tenderness of a cowherd girl, as we will reveal below. The list will also show that the 'Thakur' used opium, a highly addictive drug. Furthermore, while researching in India we heard that Bhaktivinod smoked ganja for thirty-six years. Obviously the ganja rumors cannot be confirmed although there is ample evidence of tobacco/ganja smokers in proximity to his immediate family, and published evidence of his guru's (BBG) tobacco habit (apparently BBG was also a 'reincarnated cowherd girl' - Two texts from Giti-mala are particularly interesting, as they indicate the siddha name of Bipin Bihari, which is... Vilasa Manjari).
48. One day Deoyan Govinda Adach came to our house and cooked mutton. Late that night, after eating the mutton, my brother Kali Dada became ill with cholera. A doctor, Kali Lahiri, said that his affliction was very serious. We all decided that Kali and I should leave at dawn and return to Ula, so we two brothers set out on a palanquin. Kali Dada was sinking gradually into the illness.
49. While crossing the river Anjana I made a lot of effort to pacify his mind. By eight o'clock in the next morning the palanquin arrived at Ula. An hour later Kali Dada gave up his life.
101....[...]....While staying at Khisma the brother of our junior aunt, Yadu Chandra, cooked goat for us,
110...[...]...Then, [coming] close to me, he gave me a mantra and asked me to utter it regularly. [He told me] all would be revealed in a dream. He asked my mother to cook only vegetarian food for me.
118...[...]...but I had been at fault breaking the rules a little and so was not able to go to them. I had been eating fish, meat and demigod prasada
225. ...[...].... At that time I ate a lot of fish and meat. I had known that killing animals was bad for a long time, but I had a strong desire to enjoy fish and meat.
226. I ate a lot of fish in Chapra, but it was not very good. Therefore, I ate more goat meat. After the prolonged eating of food of this kind combined with red chillies and mustard seed pickle, I developed a bleeding ulcer
363...[...].... At this time I began to take half a grain of opium on the advice of the doctor and Bholanatha Kaviraj. On that account there was some improvement.
Subsequent to his initiation Bhaktivinod began to write profusely. Gaudiya stories were not printed back then, they had no press, reports were circulated by hand and read at gatherings. Bhaktivinod took it upon himself to record the data available in historical format. With his contacts and growing reputation his works were pressed and published as historical fact. Whether from drugs or the state of dreaming common to gaudiyism,....
"I was quite worried, but Prabhu eradicated these worries in a dream. In that dream, I had a hint of what would happen and when morning came, I felt joyful."
"One night, Abhay had an unusual dream. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta appeared before him, beckoning. He was asking Abhay to leave home and take sannyasa."
"The Deity maker in Jaipur had a dream. He had many finished Deities, but one particular Deity appeared to him in the dream and said, "Tomorrow my very great devotee will come to take me away. The next day, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati visited the Deity maker looking for Deities. The man immediately took Srila Bhaktisiddhanta to the Deities and said, "Here are your Deities." "
"Sita devi told Madhavendra Puri: "I am very fortunate to meet you. Please sanctify my body and soul by giving me mantra initiation." Then Madhavendra Puri gave Sita krsna-mantra after which he vanished. When mother Sita awoke, she said: "How amazing! Madhavendra Puriraja gave me mantra in a visionary dream!" "
"Sri Kisori Mohana Gosvami and Sri Kisori Das Babaji witnessed that Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, when asked by Siddha Sri Ramakrsna das Pandit Baba in the early 1930s, declared that he was initiated in a dream."
"While there the Lord spoke to me in the night while I slept, saying, "You will go to Vrindavan, but your house is so close to Navadvipa Dhama. Have you done all there is to do at Navadvipa?"
"In a dream I beheld an ugly monkey which came to me and said, "This child is very wicked and it will not live." Then Sri Narada appeared in a dream and said, "The monkey was Kali, do not heed his words. This boy was born on Harivasara [Ekadasi]. Taking initiation into the pure Vaisnava religion he will preach that dharma. No one will be able to kill him."
...or from believing in his own 'reincarnated gopi' story, Bhaktivinod began publishing fiction as fact.
In the early 1890's, Bhaktivinod wrote a book of verse titled Nabadwip-dhama-mahatmya which he published under his own name. The work was radical and difficult to digest even for gaudiya dreamers. He dropped names like Ramanuja acarya, Madhava acarya, demigods, rishis and historical figures like Jayadeva. He claimed they all spent time in Mayapur and had premonitions of Chaitanya's appearance there. The book of verse was written in Bengali and presented in a way that would make it historically acceptable as gaudiya canonical record. The 'Thakur' was beginning to show symptoms of what is now known as "Pure Devotee Syndrome"....a state of being in which one considers himself 'realized' with mystic visions...a reincarnated gopi who runs off into the forest to have amorous adventures with God. Why Bhaktivinod, who was making a documented historical record of gaudiya writings, failed to publish his hallucinations as fiction, raises the question- "Did Bhaktivinod Thakur manufacture literary evidence to support the validity of Chaitanya as avatar and the nine-islands theory of Nabadwip?" Let's look further.
"Harinama-cintamani, which Bhaktivinoda Thakur wrote as a conversation between Haridas Thakur and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in Jagannath Puri, or Jaiva Dharma, which includes characters like Gopal Guru Goswami and Dhyana Chandra –a kind of historical fiction, as it were. There is a certain literary license that has been taken here and is not problematic as long as we recognize the genre. However, three books that the Thakur published as ancient works were almost certainly composed by him. These three -- CaitanyopaniSad (1887), Prema-vivarta (1906) and Navadvipa-satakam (n.d.) have certain common characteristics – they were all connected to Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and the glorification of his birthplace. The motives are fairly clear: the Thakur was trying to promote Mahaprabhu’s birthplace and he did it in a fashion time-honored in India. He simply wrote the material he needed and attributed it to someone who had historical credibility. Rather than attributing his works to Vyasa or Narottam Das Thakur as did the counterfeiters of the past, he used the names of Jagadananda Pandit and Prabodhananda Saraswati." (excerpt from the research of Prabhu Jagadananda Das).
Not uncommon to the gaudiya system of seeking notoriety no matter what, Bhaktivinod decided to use his 'Kamala Manjari' status to discover (rediscover?) the birthplace of the gaudiya saint Chaitanya (now proclaimed God) in the district of Nadia. He went off on a rapid-fire search in the company of a friend called Kamal and a clerk. We must remember here that the birthplace of the saint was already established previously and a temple had been built on the site by Bir Hambir (1586-1621) but the temple had been lost to flooding by the Ganges river. Let's take a look at Bhaktivinod's account of the discovery...or rediscovery (bold and underline by BIF):
351. We had to go to the house at Krishnanagar before evening and thus, buying some cooking pots and utensils, and quickly crossing [the river], we took the train to Krishnanagar. The next day I went to Baro Gosvami's house in Santipura, took prasada, and before evening returned home. At that time I was beginning to become strong. Every Saturday, I went to Navadvipa to search out the places of the lila of the Lord, but I did not find many and I was very unhappy. At the present time the people of Navadvipa only pay heed to their stomach etc. They do not make even a little effort in relation to the places of the lila of the Lord. One night, Kamal and a clerk and I went up on the roof in order to look around.
352. It was 10 o'clock, and was very dark and cloudy. Across the Ganga, in a northerly direction, I saw a large building flooded with light. I asked Kamal [if he saw it] and he said he had. I asked the clerk and he said, "I did not see anything." Because of that I was utterly amazed. In the morning I looked carefully at the place [where I saw the building] from the roof of Rani's house, and I observed that in that there was one Tal tree in that location. When I asked others about this place they said that this distant place was known as Ballaldighi and that the remains of the fort etc. of Laksman Sen were close by. That Monday I returned to Krishnanagar and the following Saturday I went back to Ballaldighi. I saw that wonderful phenomenon in that place again at night, and the next day I went to see the area on foot. Upon inquiring of the elderly people of that place, I was informed that this was the birthplace of Sriman Mahaprabhu. I gradually saw everything [in the area] and ascertained where all the small villages mentioned in the Chaitanya Bhagavata and in Narahari Thakura's Bhaktiratnakara and Parikrama Paddhati were.
353. While staying in Krishnanagar I wrote Sri Navadvipa Dhama Mahatmya and sent it to Calcutta to be printed. I explained all these matters to Dvarik Babu, an engineer from Krishnanagar, and through the strength of his intellect understood everything. He made a map of the area around Navadvipa for me. That also was printed in a reduced form in Dhama Mahatmya. While I traveled around Navadvipa Dhama and wrote Navadvipa Dhama Mahatmya I saw that there was very little opportunity to do more.
Claims over existing fact by Bhaktivinod initiated a wave of protest followed by a court case known as "The Janmasthan wars." In its finality, the case brought no further light to bear on the matter other than creating further schism in already existing factions. For Bhaktivinod the hullabaloo meant nothing more than Iskcon standard denial, even today- "envious": 391. "On the 8th of Chaitra there was a huge Deity installation ceremony and innumerable participants attended. There was Manoharasari Kirtan, and Nama Sankirtan, all performed with great bliss. Much envy arose among the people of Navadvipa over the finding of Old Navadvipa. There began to be some gossip and a storm of abusive words against the worshipers of Gauranga, but why should those who have offered their life to the lotus feet of Gauranga retreat because of the talk of wicked people? Not paying heed to the talk of worldly- minded, envious people, they arranged to build a temple and worship the Supreme Lord there."
Later on in the twentieth century, when concerned gaudiyas felt the time was right to establish the historical truth, a famous engineer (by now renounced) named Vraja Mohan Das Babaji began research in 1916. He was beaten up, his sikha cut off, his neck beads torn off and he was thrown naked into the Ganges by Bhaktivinod supporters (embryonic Iskcon). All manner of accusations and innuendo were leveled at the investigator by the 'Thakur's' men. Sounds familiar? Nevertheless, the ruthless attacks on a man appointed by the then Governing Body Commission of gaudiyas (along with other proven fabrications by Bhaktivinod) caused Bipin Bihari Goswami to conclude that his disciple was a liar and to reject him on that basis.
So when we say that A.C.Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada sold to Americans a product that was discarded by Hindus because it was unreal, unbelievable and unethical, readers should understand what we mean. He was hiding the TRUTH. And this is why, and for this reason alone, A.C.Bhaktivedanta created a split between Hindus, the gaudiya mutt, and his Iskcon cult :
"There is a misconception that the Krishna conscious movement represents the Hindu religion. Sometimes Indians both inside and outside of India think that we are preaching the Hindu religion, but actually we are not.....[...]....The Krishna consciousness movement has nothing to do with the Hindu religion or any system of religion...One should clearly understand the Krishna consciousness movement is not preaching the so-called Hindu religion." (Science of Self Realization.)
And then this: "Regarding the Hindu community: Don't expect anything very wonderful from them, as we have got experience in Montreal—they have come in the foreign countries to earn money. As such, you cannot expect any cultural contribution. So you will tactfully deal with them, and whenever possible, vehemently protest against their foolish ideas. But you should try to support your statements on the strength of Bhagavatam and Bhagavad-gita. Best thing will be to avoid them as far as possible. I am concerned to preach this gospel amongst the Europeans and Americans, and I am not at all interested to preach amongst the Indians, because they have now become hodge-podge, due to so many years of subjugation by foreigners, and having lost their own culture." (Letter to Gurudas '68.)
Furthermore, Prabhupada, a Bengali by birth, and not unlike Bhaktivinod, showed his affinity for European historians by promoting baseless and uneducated nonsense about Hindus, saying the word "Hindu" was birthed by the phonetics of invading Persians only eight centuries ago. Here is just one of numerous statements he made on the subject :
Prabhupada: "... Therefore there is no such thing as Hindu dharma. No. There is no such word in the whole Vedic literature. You won't find in the Bhagavad-gita or Bhagavata as Hindu dharma. There is one word as bhagavata-dharma, but there is no such word as Hindu dharma. This Hindu dharma or Hindu... This is creation by our neighbor, Indian neighbor, the Middle-east Muhammadans. They gave the name, Indian people, as "Hindu." "Hindu" means... There is one river, Sindhu. The Muhammadans, they pronounce sa as ha. So those who were on the other side of the Sindhu River, Hindu River, they were called Hindus." (750305SB.NY Lectures)
This gibberish has been lapped up by his dogs and regurgitated on a daily basis to undermine Indian identity, facilitate conversions and extract donations via promoting gaudiya Hyperboreans as extant vis-a-vis "Hindus" created by Middle-east-Muhammadans. Here below we post the comment of a barking pariah dog with a filthy mouth Read Here, yet his uneducated opinion is atypical throughout the Iskcon cult as a consequence of Prabhupada propagated untruths.
To neut cult dogmatism; educate the monkey and de-fang hissing Prabhupadanaagas, we present historical truth to a fledgling American Iskcon cult already rotten to the core and only a short stop from oblivion. CLICK HERE Thanks for spending time with us- BIF