Narasimha das Replies to Rocana dasa
November 5, 2003
Dear Rocana Prabhu,
Please accept my obeisances. Jai Prabhupada.
We (HKS) haven't called you any names so far, yet you have certainly laid a
long string of deragotory comments against us personally. And then we are
supposed to carefully study another of your long-winded letters, one that begins
with a whole paragraph of condemnations? You compare us to mundane zealots.
Why? Because we accept all of Prabhupada's words and instructions absolutely?
What's your point of condemning us for preaching the truth in a straightforward
manner? You offer us nothing positive or tangible to reply to. Simply you are
calling us names in response.
Therefore I again suggest that you first reply to our treatise, "The
Prabhuapda BooK", which very clearly outlines our conceptions and the precise sadhana
Srila Prabhupada taught us. Instead of attacking us personally, why not offer
some real challenge to something we wrote?
We have repeatedly asked you to reply to our "Prabhupada Book", item by item.
Then maybe we can take seriously your challenges. Otherwise what exactly are
you challenging? What is your point? You just want to argue? We feel we would
rather simply accept Srila Prabhupada's actual words and examples, without
speculation. Yet you take this as a great insult for some reason.
As far as we can tell, you object to Srila Prabhupada's instructions for
continuing the system of initations that was current in ISKCON prior to 1978. All
evidence based in guru, sastra, and sadhu shows that Srila Prabhupada
definitely wanted this system continued after his disappearance. All evidence shows
that Srila Prabhupada wanted his bona fide disciples to continue preaching on
his behalf as his humble servants and representatives, without claiming to be
diksa-gurus and acaryas of their own disciples. You apparently disagree. All our
arguments and evidence are given with care and attention in "The Prabhupada
Book". But instead of replying directly to this work, the common effort of many
sincere, senior devotees, you are simply shouting from the street corner,
ranting without any real evidence or spiritual purpose that we can ascertain.
Srila Prabhupada never taught that his disciples should settle their
disagreements by public debate. Rather he advised spiritual discussions based on guru,
Over the years, the devotees in HKS have carefully and patiently written
papers and have engaged in long hours of discussions, answering all doubts and
arguments against Srila Prabhupada's system for initiations. We have on record
literally hundreds of pages of letters and discussions. Over the years, we have
consistently found that all objections to Srila Prabhupada's system for
intiations are insubstantial at best, or downright offensive. Collectively, the
devotees of HKS, as well as the IRG and others, have consistently and easily
answered all arguments against ritvik initations. Where have you been all these