Not to accept members who are engaging in illicit sex and are not prepared to even try to give it up… When I introduced the principle “No illicit sex life,” I didn’t ask for opinions–“It must be done.” “You are working with the public, and we are also working with the same people.“It is not my opinion–it is the verdict of the sastra[scripture]. We take the same people–those addicted to drinking, addicted to prostitution, addicted to meat eating—and we make them into saintly persons. You can see what their previous history was, and what they are now.For such a post one must be a pure devotee of Krishna on the topmost platform, a person Bhagavata, otherwise it is not possible to write commentary on the book Bhagavata.If he is not a person Bhagavata then his commentry on the book Bhagavata is useless and worse than that misleading. Selector .selector_input_interaction .selector_input. Selector .selector_input_interaction .selector_spinner. Our movement is essentially for spreading this chanting of Hare Krishna world wide.
That is the simple formula for success.” (Srila Prabhupada letter to Kisora Feb 5, 1972) Krishna recommends: “Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master.If we deviate from this process, we may fall down, even though we may be very highly advanced.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.5.8 Purport.) Hridayananda Maharaja’s conclusion is: “Given the need to balance strict varnashrama with liberal spirituality, I believe that ISKCON should recognize and encourage monogamy among all its members of whatever orientation, and that such recognition and encouragement should take appropriate forms that achieve both purposes: the maintenance of varnashrama and the encouraging of spiritual sincerity.” He is recommending formal recognition of homosexual relationships and it seems he believes introducing “liberal spirituality” (whatever that means) into ISKCON is important.“Simply if the standard of our routine work is maintained very nicely, that is if we steadfastly perform our daily program of rising early, cleansing, chanting 16 rounds, holding kirtan wherever we are at least twice daily, reading, worshiping the Deity, going on Sankirtana, like that–if this routine work is always done nicely and never neglected, then our all success is guaranteed in whatever we do.So outside of this Krishna consciousness movement, I don’t find any group of ideal men.Therefore, if you want to help society, you must learn from us how to train men of ideal character.” So the business of ISKCON is to train men of ideal character.24, 1974) The way to recover from our fallen condition is to accept the process of saddhana-bhakti, Krishna consciousness, as it has been taught to us by Srila Prabhupada.To begin this process following certain basic regulative principles is necessary. If we refuse to follow these principles there is no question of advancing in spiritual life.If we neglect doing this, we will eventually fall down.We must rise early in the morning, bathe, attend mangal-arati, worship the Deities, chant the Hare Krishna mantra, study the Vedic literatures and follow all the rules prescribed by the acaryas and the spiritual master.And the main responsibility of my disciples is to follow the four regulative principles and chant 16 rounds without fail. (Srila Prabhupada) Hridayananda dasa Goswami is one of the greatest spiritual authorities in today’s ISKCON.He took the post of author of the “Bhaktivedanta Purports” for the completion of Srimad-Bhagagavatam after Srila Prabhupada left our material vision in 1977.