12th Jun. 2012
Inconceivably magical to mooncalves, modern day medication eradicates disease restores health and aids in practically all theaters of medical procedure. Coequal and seriocomic in function, and certainly not to be minimized, is the new paradigm mental medical miracle....the placebo. New yet old because it is the armamentarium of recently acknowledged mind-over-matter malady, and old because charlatans have used placebos since time immemorial to exploit predisposed mental conditions for gain. Similarities in old and new being that both target mental symptoms in lieu of non-extant illness.
Not unlike placebos administered in cubic centimeters (CC,) the Iskcon Chaitanya Charitamrta (CC,) was dispensed through a gaudiya (IGM) lineage of three- Kedarnath Dutta a.k.a Bhaktivinod Thakur, his son- Bimal Prasad a.k.a Bhaktisiddhanta Swami, and his disciple- ISKCON (IGM) founder Abhay Charan De, a.k.a. A. C. Bhaktividanta Swami Prabhupada (acBSp,) who personally administered the placebo in America to reactivate a sect miasma exposed by scholars (18-19 CE) conversant with viral godman cults. The idea being- if Americans accepted the placebo (presented to hippies with the 'yoga' catchword,) and acclaimed it a 'feel good' high, then the world, including modern Indians (unaware of analyses done by earlier investigators,) would accept the placebo as Hindu (bhakti yoga,) authentic, researched, tested, and marketed internationally with an 'endorsed in America' stamp of approval.
It worked, but as with all placebos, only until those who genuinely seek a cure are forced to confront the impotency,....the ruse, and declare it publicly. Even so, mentally infected IGM cultists, convinced of the placebo's ability to cure a disease they never had, find it practically impossible to admit that an old Bengali snake-oil salesman, with no credit whatsoever even in his own tiny sphere or existence, convinced them to peddle his placebo as a universal cure-all. AND THEY DID, without applying ANY rationale to understanding its composition, investigating its laboratory, apparatuses, or process. All that mattered was the spiritual i-candy it promised, i.e., everyone can be a guru; guru equals god; god can exploit any woman child or man that he targets without fear of legal repercussion....a vishnava vedantic viagra placebo manufactured in IGM heaven to keep halflings happy in hell....averting confrontation with rooted resident phantoms by identifying them sacrosanct.... "Even if one commits the most abominable action, if he is engaged in devotional service, he is to be considered saintly because he is properly situated." (Bg. As it is, 9/30)
In analyzing the second paragraph, three questions jump to fore- 1) What is implied when identifying a gaudiya IGM lineage of three? 2) Why is the CC being classified a placebo vis-a-vis genuine scripture? 3) How can a placebo be classified as such when considering international acceptance of its potency?
1) What is inferred when identifying a 'gaudiya lineage of three':
Following our statement in an article titled- "GRAND THEFT ATMA," in which we declared- It is important to note here, that the Caitanya-caritamrita was penned by Bhaktivinod Thakur, the father of Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati....there was instant reaction, but none so rabid as from this (practicing for forty years) cultist... "Your bif site is total shit and lies. For example, you say Srila Bhaktivinode wrote Caitanya Caritamrita. everyone knows Krsna das Kaviraja wrote it, showing that you are a know nothing fool. In fact, you are surely an agent of the CIA whose job is to destroy Vaisnavism..[...]...suck my dik punk." So now we take the opportunity to present our conclusions chiseled from a combination of historical records and common sense.
Let's go to Bhaktivinod's memoirs (Svalikhita Jivani) paragraph 188, to establish some unequivocal facts: "At the Midnapur school there was a Jati Vaishnava pandit. I learned from speaking with him that Chaitanya Prabhu preached the Vaisnava dharma in Bengal. The history and thoughts of Chaitanya [he said] are contained in the book known as Chaitanya Charitamrita. I searched, but could not obtain a copy of the Chaitanya Charitamrita. I had faith that reading that book would produce happiness in my mind, but at the time Vaishnava books were not in print.
The first underline tells us that Bhaktivinod, a deputy magistrate; a resident of Bengal; a prolific literary inquisitor and pen-pusher (19-CE,) had never heard of Chaitanya (supposedly acclaimed god,15-CE,) or his teachings until a chance encounter with a Jati Vaishnava. The second underline reveals ipso facto the CC was unknown in Bengal, although the work was alleged to have been written by Krishna Das Kaviraja (b1496,) four centuries earlier. The third underline screams at us the non-existent (Bhaktivinod developed ?) "Chaitanya is god" claim in Bengal (ipso facto India) by pointing to his autobiography as unobtainable four centuries after his death. And the last underline tells us what we have always known: although newspapers were in circulation, all publications were hand-pressed and laborious. There were no electric presses. Electricity came to India in the year 1886. A comprehensive Act relating to electricity was enacted only in the year 1910, which is known as The Indian Electricity Act 1910. Ergo all books produced in the Bhaktivinod era were chotto kathar (small books,) and vaisnava books were not in print. So then, where did the current IGM's massive 17 volume* trilogy compilation come from? To shed light on the quandary, we must delve further into the memoirs of Bhaktivinod.
*Wikipedia: He (acBSp) published a deluxe 17-volume English edition of the work (CC) through his Bhaktivedanta Book Trust.
244. I wrote to our agent, Pratap Chandra Raya, and he sent a translation of Bhagavatam, and Chaitanya Charitamrita. I also brought (sic) a book named Bhaktamala. On my first reading of Chaitanya Charitamrita I developed a little faith in Sri Chaitanya.
On his first reading reconfirms the translation was in keeping with small books common to the era. Otherwise, when considering the current 17 volume IGM compilation, Bhaktivinod would have had more time on his hands than he knew what to do with. But what jumps out at us is that Bhaktivinod developed only a little faith in Sri Chaitanya....Obviously the translation did not suggest, nor did Bhaktivinod, see Chaitanya as god. In fact the very next entry (245) informs us- "On the second reading I understood that no pandit was the equal of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu." So even after the second reading, Chaitanya was no more than a pandit. When did Bhaktivinod experience the transfiguration of Chaitanya? Let's read on.
In summary of the above, we conclude- a) Contrary to IGM claims of existing literature (four centuries old, and the Vedas) proclaiming him god, Chaitanya, his teachings and following were unknown in Bengal. b) Literature promoting and propagating the Chaitanya cult was given no importance in literary circles of nineteenth century Bengal, ipso facto India. c) Whatever literature did exist was contained in 'small book' format and nothing like the money-spinning 17 volumes pumped-up and pumped-out, glitterati/chatterati, deluxe American edition of today. d) Even Bhaktivinod did not see Chaitanya as anything more than a pandit.
What becomes clearly apparent is that when Bhaktivinod first encountered the sect and the pandit Chaitanya, he was not god. Nor was there a 17 volume compilation promoting that deduction. But most importantly, and in denouncements made public by Shri Ram Mohan Ray, Shri Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Shri Rabindranatha Tagore, the honorable Maharishi Dayanand Swami, et al., there is no pre American critique on offer regarding the 17 volumes trilogy- Chaitanya Charitamrita. Every other Chaitanyaite literature went under scan, but a review of the CC, the most voluminous cult publication, is conspicuously absent. Why? There can be only two answers- 1) All exemplars named above were struck blind or converted to Chaitanyaism (ridiculous!) or 2) The 17 volume CC trilogy, and the Chaitanya is god concept, did not exist prior to Bhaktivinod Thakur's first contact with the cult. Albeit he did begin 're-printing' the CC, as we will show below, the edition as it is today came into existence after his death. We look yet again into his memoirs to garner how that came about.
Original CC Manuscript
337. At that time I established the Chaitanya Press and Sri Yukta Prabhupada ran it.
Here we see the birth of IGM cult propaganda. In establishing his own press, Bhaktivinod seized rights to proclamation beyond the protocols of his lesser jati cultists. Using British designated position and influence, whatever opium dreams he had could now be asserted and distributed as fact, in print. Yes there were protests, as we will show further below. The unethical monopolising of media as a tool to promote one's own interests was not unconstitutional at the time. However, the point to bear in mind is that Bhaktivinod, a busy deputy magistrate (3rd class,) appointed another to man his press so he could be free to serve his colonial masters. What we also see, and specifically in the excerpt below, is the beginnings of the cult's 17 volume CC, asserting and promoting Caitanya's transfiguration...man to god.
338. When we had printed two khandas of the book Chaitanya Charitamrita Sriram Narayan Vidyaratna requested we stop. I got a very intense head ailment from all this intellectual work.
Now why would Bhaktivinod, who had entrusted the printing to another, suffer from stress due to intellectual involvement? How mentally incapacitating would it be to reprint an already existing work, and even so, only as a boss overseeing the labors of another? Does it not openly declare Bhaktivinod had involved his own intellect with the expansion of the existing texts, and to the point where it prompted Vidyaratna to stop him after only two khandas (fragments/ pieces) ? Mind you, Bhaktivinod, by dint of his profession, was used to engaging his mind in matters of concentration. Yet here he is, with a spanking brand new press and barely into the first stages of a 're-print' when he begins falling apart, and.......never returns to the undertaking again...not in his memoirs and certainly not by reviewers or critics of his day.
Condensed CC 9 Volume "Deluxe"
However, our pursuit is not of the author but origins of CC- the current 17 volume IGM edition. What we do know at this point is it did not exist as a compilation in the lifetime of Bhaktivinod, certainly not in its current form. So where did it come from? We are glad you asked. It appears that the two khandas along with the other intense head ailment khandas unprinted by Bhaktivinod, were passed down. No! Not in disciplic succession (leaving records open to examination and discussion) but in seminal succession. His son- Bimal Prasad (Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati,) inherited the head ailment manuscripts and fought off all protest in publicizing:-
"Upon the death of Bhaktivinoda Thakura in 1914, Siddhanta Sarasvati became editor of his father's journal, Sajjana-tosani, and founded the Bhagwat Press for publication of Vaishnava literature."
Any further inquiry from this point on will slam the researcher into an IGM propaganda wall. However, what we can say in all positivity, is that this writer was born in Sealdah, W. Bengal, and later moved to Narkeldanga, one stop from Bagbazar Ultadanga, to where we would travel as boys and buy khasta biskut, batasa, muri-mudkhi, tal mishri, etc. We were familiar with the gaudiya mutt established by Bhaktisiddhanta. His printed copy of Chaitanya Charitamrita (and Anubhasya) stood on our grandmother's bookshelf. Further Chaitanya was part of our history syllabus. Very little of what we knew prior to encountering the American IGM amounts to the "deluxe" 17 volume edition on sale today. We were surprised to see the emaciated stick-figure of Sant Chaitanya from our history book, transformed to a glossy, dancing ballerina.... akin to a blue-eyed, blond haired Jesus from...Nazereth?! And even more shocked when we learnt that after Indian history recorded his death of an epileptic fit while swimming in the Chilka, he resurrected to a cashed-up IGM Antya Lila.
Persistent in defense of his father's reputation under seige by other branches of Chaitanyaites, Bhaktisiddhanta began an aggressive drive to assert his daddy's sacrosanctity and simultaneously assert his own influence on cult thought and process. He began printing and distributing profusely, but to little or no avail. Even today, only a small percentage of Bengalis know of the cult, and even less acknowledge its teachings. Bhaktisiddhanta recognized the fact, and prayed someone would show up and carry the intense head ailment to America. In walked acBSp...Hello American dollar...and the glitzy 17 volume Caitanya Charitamrita was introduced to the world for the first time as kosher 'bhakti yoga'. Indians continue to struggle with the translations of acBSp in his unabashed attempt to prescribe American/Jewish/Chaitanyaite ISKCON as a spiritual nostrum for materialistic maladies.
2) Why is the CC being classified a placebo vis-a-vis genuine scripture?
"Critics," now that's a word with potential to Stop Press and cause intense head ailment. Bhaktivinod had his share of them. His own cult jatis, Brajabasis, even his own guru denounced him as a mountebank; faking evidence to establish his own theory of Chaitanya as god. Instead of admitting his concoction to be an intense head ailment, Bhaktivinod bequeathed the concoction to his son who handed it over to acBSp (gaudiya founder of the American ISKCON/Hare Krishnas) who had it endorsed in America and flogged to the world as a cure-all. But in scanning the history of the cult, now general knowledge, the 'cure' is a placebo which continues to cause intense head ailments.
Below we highlight statements regarding a few 'placebos' concocted/promoted by Bhaktivinod (now an acclaimed Hare Krishna acarya/gopi girlfriend of god- Krishna) and touted as 'Vedic' by his son's disciple- acBSp, who saw himself as a messiah prophesized by Bhaktivinod- acBSp : " Yes. I am simply messenger. Mercy is of Bhaktivinod Thakur and Srila Prabhupada (Bhaktisiddhanta.) Before your (sic) coming they predicted, that "Somebody will bring" Maybe that somebody I am. Bhaktivinod Thakur predicted." (Arrival speech, March 23, 1975, Mayapur, India).
Note the English and compare it to ISKCON publications to understand the influence of American/Jewish editing in producing the end commercial product. What was lost in translation was gained in dollars.
Here are a few statements from concerned Chaitanyites and jati vaisnavas regarding the ad-lib bullying conclusions of Bhaktivinod, enforced by the press of his son, and commercialized worldwide by acBSp and his American/Jewish business enterprise- ISKCON:
"They do not accept the Caitanya Upanishad: recently there was a discussion on that Upanisad instigated by babaji's party and they had argued that this Upanisad was invented by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura to promote his cause of the discovery of Navadvipa-dhama. Many of the other opposite parties such as Sri-vaisnavas and Tattva-vadis are now taking advantage of the doubts on the legitimacy of this Upanisad raised by the Gaudiya-vaisnava camp himself (sic)."
"Let us consider why they don't accept Caitanya Upanisad. The evidence that we have is that Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura published it from a single manuscript. That manuscript has never been seen by no one else but him. This is not an encouraging proof of authenticity of an Upanisad. One should observe that not all Gaudiya-vaisnavas are in Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura's preceptorial line, some are actually his adversaries regarding many points of tattva and siddhanta. They would not accept an Upanisad revealed by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura as bona fide due their countless divergences with him. Can you imagine what the other opposite parties who aren't even Gaudiya-vaisnavas would say of a proof like that?"
"This a a short Upanisad counted among the apocryphal Upanisads. It recognizes Sri Caitanya as the supreme, but it seems to borrow or imitate well known passages from other older Upanisads. It looks like another contribution to Vaisnava literature from the pen of Thakur Bhaktivinoda. He is as far as I know the only one to publish it or write a commentary on it."
"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."
Authenticity of the Caitanya-Caritamrita-Maha-Kavya
Until recently, Kavi Karnapura has generally been accepted without question as the author of a book on the life of Sri Krishna Chaitanya entitled Sri-Chaitanya Charitamrita-maha-kavya [CCMK]. The date of this work is given as 1542 by the author himself in its final verse. In the two penultimate verses of the work, he identifies himself as the youngest son of Shivananda Sena and as a mere child.
?.>On that occasion, the young baby sucked the toe of the saint, and this was credited with the later benign effect of making him capable of speaking poetry<?..
.>Krishnadasa Kaviraja points out there that the child was only seven years old at the time.<?..
?>Krishnadasa Kaviraja's account of Karnapura's meeting with Chaitanya comes near the end of the CC. It is therefore clear that in his view Karnapura was not much older than seven when Chaitanya left the world in 1533. The CCMK is the first book attributed to this young author, dated 1464 of the Saka era, or A.D. 1542, when he would have been not much more than sixteen years old. The verse giving this information is confirmed in alI manuscripts.<?.
?.> No other title is attributed to our author until 1572, the date of another work, a play on the life of Chaitanya, the Chaitanya-chandrodaya-nataka. This book is one of the principal sources of information upon which Krishnadasa Kaviraja has relied for his account of the life of Chaitanya at Puri. A great portion of CC's Madhya-lila and some of the Antya-lila are based on it; several of its verses have been quoted, including three glorifying Rupa Goswami. In Krishnadasa Kaviraja's CC, a popular and responsible biography, this is the only book of Karnapura's that is quoted by name<?..
?..> In an article entitled "Chaitanya-caritamrita-maha-kavya," which appeared in the Bengali periodical Caturanga of May 1985, the late Dr. Tarapada Mukherjee raised a number of questions about the authenticity of CCMK, casting doubt on both the date of its composition and the name of its author. Basing the greater part of his argument on a study of the colophons of a number of old manuscripts, Mukherjee concluded that the work is a forgery dating probably from the seventh or eighth decades of the seventeenth century.
That he felt there was a problem is not altogether surprising. We have alreadyencountered a number of forgeries and doubtful dates in the study of Gaudiya Vaishnava literature. Some of these attempts have been quite sophisticated. The most celebrated, which still has some people mystified, is Govindadasera Kadaca,<?.
With that, we arrive at our third and final question: 3) How can a placebo be classified as such when considering international acceptance of its potency?
Would alcohol have inebriated society had it not been advertised for what it is not? Can ten million drunks be wrong? What about tobacco? How different are these in hawking spirito/emotional crutches? Initially targets are 'solo' baited with propaganda displaying government issued rights (license) and citing acceptance stemming from historical origins. In sect/cult advertising the hell-and-brimstone 'god factor' is paramount to expanding its clientele, and this field of advertising is open to my god is bigger than yours, and my god stories crap all over yours. The more unbelievable the yarn the more sick the listener, and curable only by more garbled cult indoctrination....in the case of IGM....inherited placebos.
Shri Maharishi Dayanand
So what begins as a prospect for the cult and curiosity by the target, initiates a folie à deux (a psychosis shared by two.) With the hook in, targets are reeled into location for further processing (a drink at home now moves to association at the pub.) A folie à deux progresses to a folie à trois or a folie à quatre (the cult target has entered the temple and mingles with an established clientele.) Soon the subject is a target no more but an accepting/active member in a folie à plusieurs....a madness of many.
In closing this post may we hasten to add: the right to practice whatever one believes in is not against the law. Nor does the law seek to prosecute anyone who exploits another who is compliant; in a willing and sane frame of mind. However, when a cult dictator educates his institution to be abusive of government, to steal from government coffers ipso facto the people of the land, and sees itself beyond the law and requirements, then it becomes a matter of National Security.
FOOTNOTE: An Iskcon cult-circulated and published letter by an acBSp fanatic, has been brought to our attention. The letter contains abusive content which was first used by acBSp to denigrate Bharat's Arya Samaj: an organization that has molded some of the finest human beings on the planet, and continues to do so. We will deal with the letter in our next post, and in so doing, inform the powerful members of that honorable institution re. the language used, on record, by the cult's founder, and now being regurgitated by his dogs.
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