please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
Puri Maharaja, one of the very few trusted godbrothers of Srila Prabhupada settles the ongoing debate Ritvik vs living ISKCON Gurus once and for all.
Srila Prabhupada states, that unless you get ordered by your Guru, nobody can become a Guru by some high court or GBC decision:
"Brahmānanda: He's asking when did you become the spiritual leader of Kṛṣṇa consciousness?
Prabhupāda: When my Guru Mahārāja ordered me. This is the guru-paramparā.
Indian: Did it...
Prabhupāda: Try to understand. Don't go very speedily. A guru can become guru when he's ordered by his guru. That's all. Otherwise nobody can become guru."
[Lecture on BG 7.2 -- Nairobi, October 28, 1975 http://vanisource.org/wiki/Lecture_on...]
This memory narrated by Sri Puri Maharaja explains clearly why the so called Gurus in ISKCON keep falling down:
The are simply conditioned soul, who imitate an Uttama Adhikaryi devotee like Srila Prabhupada and consequently suffer the sinful reactions of those they initiate. Srila Prabhupada warned against this in his writings, because both the fallen leader and his followers will go to hell.
So it is much better to follow Srila Prabhupada as one's Guru, than to risk initiation by a false guru.
With kind regards,
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