This book continues our series detailing the teachings of those claiming to be successor diksa, or initiating gurus to Srila Prabhupada, the original guru of ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness, or Hare Krishna movement).
This series provides the viewpoints of those claiming to be Srila Prabhupada’s successors, via their own words. In this way, though ISKCON’s members may argue that “we do not accept the ISKCON Revival Movement and its ritvik philosophy”, they cannot argue that they refuse to accept the words emanating from the “lotus mouths” of persons whom they accept as being as good as God.
Though this book is titled 100 Deviations: The Life and Teachings of His Holiness Sivarama Swami, readers should note that it is not that we are alleging that the Swami is deviating. Rather, it is the statements and actions of Sivarama Swami documented in this book, which prove that the Swami is himself admitting he is deviating. Therefore, anyone upset or disturbed at the contents of this book must take up the matter with the source of the contents of this book, which is Sivarama Swami himself.
Since this book is Sivarama Swami presenting his own life and teachings in his own words, it can thus be considered as an “autobiography” of this ISKCON guru.
“How much respect is meant to be offered to Vaisnavas [...] we should be very careful in terms of our interpersonal dealings amongst Vaisnavas, particularly when we speak, because in Kali-yuga, especially in our sort of communication age, everyone is free to speak and say anything about anyone else. So, number one - we should not criticize others.”
- HH Sivarama Swami
“It is a matter of how to deal with, restrict, constrain JPS (Jayapataka Swami) in a way that does not break him, his disciples and also protects the Society from him […] From the evidence I would say that he is a sick person, obsessed, and that obsession makes lying or duplicitous behaviour fully reconcilable with service to Prabhupada and Krishna Consciousness.”
- HH Sivarama Swami