Thoughts on Deviation


Another godbrother has accused Krishna West of betraying Prabhupada and his mission. I will refer to this critic as CG, for Critical Godbrother. I have already replied to most of his arguments in my last paper, “Reply to a Senior Leader.”

In this paper, I will consider CG’s accusation that Krishna West is deviant and can be compared to three past deviations—two in ISKCON, and one in another religion. CG compares Krishna West to:

  1. Siddha-svarupananda
  2. Kirtanananda Swami
  3. Apostle Paul of Christianity

I hope that my analysis of these three figures will help the reader to consider rationally and fairly to what extent Krishna West is analogous to them, and whether Krishna West deviates from Prabhupada’s standards.