Aug 08, 2013 ENGLAND, UK (SUN) I would like to call to the attention of concerned devotees another very disturbing video demonstrating the mood of Mahanidhi. In many ways, this video is more disturbing than even the sahajiya-like performance of the previously posted example of his "preaching" in Rocana prabhu's article.
This one was filmed in Vrindavan, and was posted to YouTube on December 29, 2011. About 1 minute in, after kirtan the microphone is handed to Mahanidhi, who offers a sannyasa candidate the most irreverent, inappropriate "blessing" imaginable.
Mahanidhi's "mood" as he mimics a woman being attracted to a man draws laughter from the audience, but will no doubt generate significant concern on the part of his godbrothers and others, including myself. You can see that a few in the crowd were also quite uncomfortable with his antics, and afterward the mood shifted.
So what is this animated girlishness? This hyper-feminine display of theatrics we see in various "preaching" videos of Mahanidhi's? One can only speculate and draw their own conclusions. But here is one thing that comes to mind:
For one who becomes contaminated with sahajiyaism, what are the predictable symptoms of that deviation? Well first we should note that one who becomes contaminated by sahajiyaism is automatically understood to be a neophyte and a rascal. Surely one predictable symptom is that if a neophyte devotee indiscreetly spends an inordinate amount of time focused on Srimati Radha and the sakhis, in the mood of the rasika babajis, they will risk developing an unhealthy identification with Them. And what is the business of the gopis? They desire Krsna.
Can we expect, then, that a neophyte who has become contaminated by sahajiyaism might express latent sex desire in the form of mimicking the gopis attraction for Krsna? While a man who is expressing such a mood might be seen as exhibiting homosexual tendencies, it may simply be repressed heterosexual sex desire being expressed through role-playing. Whateever it is, what we see in this video is certainly not transcendental lila theatrics.
Describing the apasampradaya known as the Sakhibekhis -- sahajiya men who dress up in women's clothing, put cloth over their heads like a sari, and role-play as gopis in order to enjoy sex desire -- Srila Prabhupada says the following:
"Sakhibekhi. There are so many apasampradayas, thirteen at least in the counting by Bhaktivinoda Thakura: aula, baula karttabhaja, neda, daravesa, sani sahajiya, sakhibekhi. This sakhibekhi. Smarta, jata-gosani, ativadi, cudadhari, gauranga-nagari. These thirteen, fourteen apasampradayas. They are passing as Caitanya Mahaprabhu's sampradaya. But they're the worst, rejected. The sakhibekhi, dressing like.... To cheat Krsna. Krsna is after the gopis, so they have dressed like gopi, and Krsna does not know that he's a rascal man. (laughter) Just see. This is their intelligence, to.... "I have become a sakhi. Krsna will embrace me and kiss me." So Krsna is so fool. (laughs) These rascals are doing that. Sakhibhekhi. There was a Lalita-sakhi in Navadvipa. All women surrounding him."
Dear reader, what do you think Srila Prabhupada would say about Mahanidhi's behavior in the video above?
Another video found in the Mahanidhi collection on YouTube that I find disturbing is the one below, posted to YouTube on July 2, 2012. It shows Mahanidhi giving a tour of Srila Prabhupada's quarters. As the dialogue indicates, he is "educating" devotees by explaining the paraphernalia on display there. Immediately he laughs and points out that "They used to have snuff in here because Prabhupada used to take snuff." And he wasn't satisfied to just leave it there. He had to make a point of asking if the devotees know what snuff is, making sure they know it's powdered tobacco. Then laughing like it's an inside joke that the devotees have to 'hide the snuff because people will freak out'. This is so offensive, and tells us a great deal about Mahanidhi's mood for Srila Prabhupada.
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