Monday, July 6, 2015

Devotees Detained in Belarus

Three Hare Krishna devotees, Aleksandr Grankin, Aleksei Vlasyuk and Pavel Ivanov, were detained in the streets of Vitebsk on 17 June for sharing their religious views and offering religious literature to passers-by, they complained to Forum 18. The three were detained by Sergei Fadeenkov, the Chief Specialist of Vitebsk Regional Executive Committee Department of Religious Affairs and Nationalities.
Vlasyuk and Ivanov happened to be distributing literature outside the building of the State Control Committee (a state monitoring agency) when Fadeenkov and an unidentified companion dragged Vlasyuk by force into the building. Vlasyuk complained that he did not understand what was going on. "Later I found out that it was religious affairs official Fadeenkov. He ignored all my questions and refused to give any explanations," he lamented to Forum 18 from his home city of Mogilev on 26 June. 
According to Vlasyuk, his friend and follow devotee Ivanov was detained after he came into the State Control Committee building looking for him. Both devotees' books were confiscated and they were held inside the building against their will until the police were summoned.
Ivanov complained that Fadeenkov forced him to go to a deserted place, where he confiscated ten of his books.
The police were then summoned and officers took Ivanov and Vlasyuk to Vitebsk's Oktyabrsky District Police Station. There they were detained for five hours and released after identity verification without the preparation of any cases against them.
Vlasyuk told Forum 18 that they were slightly threatened in the police station. "It's always the same with the police - they try to provoke you to make some confession, saying that they could imprison you." 
Grankin said Fadeenkov found him on the street as he was explaining to people the devotees' way of life and offering books as a present to those who wanted to know more. "Fadeenkov showed no interest either in Vedantic knowledge about healthy food, or in the philosophy of the eastern religion of Gaudiya Vaishnavism," Grankin complained to Forum 18 from his home city of Polotsk on 25 June. "Yet he confiscated four books, though he returned two of them later."
Fadeenkov angrily accused Grankin of violating the law and ignored all his requests to return the books he had seized. "I was lucky as I was not taken to the police station like my fellow devotees," Grankin explained to Forum 18.
Following intervention later by another Hare Krishna devotee, Fadeenkov returned several more of the confiscated books.

Devotees Seriously Wounded in Chitagong Attack


[PADA: Chitagong is a coastal city on the Eastern part of the bay. I have a few photos of the injured devotees but decided they are too graphic to post.] 

Yesterday night was a terrible night for the devotees of the ISKCON TEMPLE at Potiya, Chittagong, Bangladesh. Its a holy land because it is the place where the intimate associates of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Vasudeva dutta and Mukunda dutta appeared. 

In this holy land a group of terrorists attacked the ISKCON TEMPLE devotees and brutally injured many devotees. Among of them a devotee named Jagadjiban Prabu struggling with potential death. Its a terrible moment for the devotees, please all of u pray for the devotees.

Meanwhile last update is the local police administration is now trying to catch the criminals who are involved in this incident. Some senior devotees of Iskcon Chittagong are trying heart and soul to handle the situation. Especially Lilaraj Gour das a senior devotee of Iskcon Pravortak Sri Krishna temple is investigating the whole situation and trying to take required steps for resolving the current situation of that temple. Pls share it to all. Hare krishna.

45 Unexplained Deaths in Vyapam Scam

http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2015/07/06/vyapam-scam-deaths_n_7733470.html?

[PADA: Apparently, people who are opposing a cheating scam are dying off in suspicious circumstances, and a number of the surviving opponents suspect -- poison -- is causing a number of these deaths. Is this also why its so hard for folks to curtail the corrupt gurus over there, because of a widespread problem of corruption, -- and the general fear of operations that have "friends with the police or government figures in high places"?

Of course, it the opponents to corruption are mysteriously dying, and a number of the survivors are assuming there is a poisoning program, that stalls everything and makes it harder to get further testimony and so forth, all of which simply clogs up the justice process all the more. Then again, the apparent widespread use of poison raises some alarm bells for us.

Unfortunately, this shows how desperate some of these people are -- to move ahead in material prosperity. They are tossing out Vedic dharma to be more materially successful, Westernized, and falsely ahead in the social pecking order. This is very sad, it means some folks in India is falling more and more into Kali Yuga's powers and influences. ys pd]

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Travelling Samkirtan Bus (Video)


Corruption - Murder - India's Astrology Community

http://www.newsweek.com/2015/07/10/indias-zodiac-killers-349280.html

[PADA: Srila Prabhupada told us in general not to visit astrologers. He said a devotee's karma is changing dramatically, and its no longer part of his previous conditioning. Add to that, most of these astrologers are bogus. Add to that, there is barely ANY auspicious time to do anything, due to the advent of Kali Yuga. Etc.!

Anyway, some of these guys make a lot of money in India and the have a lot of political clout, and so they are targets of their opponents. Of course, then again PADA is a target of our opponents, its Kali Yuga all round for all types of folks. ys pd    

Saturday, July 4, 2015

1st Rathayatra in Philipines


July 4th is Sulochana's Appearance Day

https://vimeo.com/72938173 (Sulochana Assassination TV Show)

[PADA: In the mid 1980s Sulochana left his residence in New Vrndavana and drove to Berkeley California to work with the PADA editor, so we could join forces to counteract the bogus GBC gurus. He immediately began writing his own document "The Guru Business" to oppose the GBC's gurus. Meanwhile, I was writing a document called "Our Living Guru" and other shorter pamphlets.

Sulochana later on gave me a microfiche copy of "the letters" and we began to read, analyze and publish these letters, please try to realize that at that time these letters had not been published -- before we began to do that. Then he also got an audio copy of the so-called "appointment tape" which we listened to, analyzed, discussed at length, and which was finally published as a written transcript. No other complete transcript existed at that time. Even today, the version we published is the only full and accurate version. Sulochana began to suspect some splicing or dubbing existed on this tape.

In an event, we knew all along our lives were in extreme danger because the leaders wanted to suppress these documents. Indeed, after he was assassinated, the police told me "you are next on the (GBC's?) hit list." In other words, anyone opposing the self appointed GBC gurus at the time risked -- getting assassinated. At the present time -- ALL of the people quoting these letters, the appointment tape, the will, and similar other documents, are ALL doing so thanks to our work in the mid-1980s because we liberated ALL of these documents.

Yes its a fact, we knew all along some of these leaders had targeted those of us bringing out Srila Prabhupada's documents -- for violence -- or worse. At the time, Sulochana did not have a job and so he was getting "donations" from people like me to sustain himself, which unfortunately was not very much since we were struggling financially ourselves. He lived super austerely in a Dodge cargo van (which is also where he was eventually shot). So he sacrificed to live very austerely so that others would get these documents.

Anyway, his work and his murder eventually lead to an FBI raid on the New Vrndavana property, and this substantially helped bring down the GBC's guru process, from which they have never recovered. And he also helped re-establish that Srila Prabhupada is the actual acharya of ISKCON.

Happy birthday Sulochana!

He said to me several times, "Me and America have the same birthday, if I cannot become a devotee in America, then no one else can either, I have to make it work." Sometimes people complained that me and Sulochana were "bogus gopis." Sulochana used to slap his knees laughing and he would say, "That is correct, we are the bogus gopis, which means, do not mess with us bogus gopis! And since we are the bogus gopis, and we are the main people with enough kshatriya spirit to challenge these rascals, then that means, everyone else has a long way to go -- to get to be as brave as the bogus gopi's level of advancement."

Yes, Sulochana was quite a comedian as well as everything else, and he always made me laugh even in the most dire of times. Sulochana told me on our last meeting "I will probably never see you again." Two days later, he was dead. He had lots of faith in Srila Prabhupada and Krishna, and no doubt Krishna has moved him into a better place. ys pd]





Understand First Class Man (by Srila Prabhupada)


Friday, July 3, 2015

Nitai Joseph Rejects Tripurari Swami

False gurus never make Krishna happy, or anyone else happy 

[PADA: Reportedly written by the son of Kundali dasa. Kundali dasa was one of the persons who supported the "living guru" idea, and he wrote a book saying that Srila Prabhupada's jeeva tattva is bogus. Worse, he said that Srila Prabhupada cannot be the current link acharya, and that the ritvik idea is bogus. Thus Kundali has encouraged people to take shelter of these false living gurus, and all we have to do is read this letter to see the results.

Meanwhile, Tripurari swami was reported to be one of the designers of the 1970s "short change technique" where book sales customers were given less change. This was discovered later on and the victims were often infuriated. Srila Prabhupada said this would make the public resent our religion.

Anyway, it seems some of Tripurari's other victims are also feeling short changed. This victim is unfortunately blaming "Gaudiya Vaishnavism" -- no surprise since Tripurari's program of endorsing bogus gurus agenda has caused millions of other people to doubt Gaudiya Vaishnavism. 

We think this article is trying to be fair to some extent because the writer still wants people to preserve their connection to Krishna, and he hopes his former associates (Tripurari's people) will be helped by his writings, so he still loves the other Krishna devotees, albeit he cannot work with them. This is a problem all round, false gurus are making people get fried with Krishna for the past 35 years, this is simply another example, no wonder shastra says these false gurus are destined for the most obnoxious regions of the universe. ys pd]

Dear Friends,

For several months now I have made a conscious decision to keep my distance from the Gaudiya Vaishnava community, (Tripurari swami's) Sri Caitanya Sangha, and almost all the people therein. During that time, some have reached out to me, but I have almost without exception ignored communication or postponed it indefinitely. I’ve done this because I’ve needed the space to process my own thoughts and experiences, and to determine how I wish to move forward. All along it’s been clear that this letter would be written, but not when and how.

In recent days, for reasons that aren’t entirely known to me, rumors have begun to flourish. This has come to my attention most notably in the form of emails from Tripurari Swami and two of his closest students, as well as by snippets of word of mouth. It’s said that “life is what happens when you’re making other plans,” and through these rumors life has forced me to adjust my own plans. So here I am, seeking to convey my perspective thoroughly and clearly. I ask that you take the time to read and consider all that I have said.

Below I am going to, in painstaking detail and complete candor, relay where my life stands now and what has brought me to this point. I’m going to do this by publicly responding to the last two emails I have received from Tripurari Swami, neither of which I have previously responded to. I’ve come to believe firmly that transparency is foundational in healthy relationships of any kind. Moreover, it may be the only thing with the potential to illuminate deceptive and manipulative relationships, organizations, and ideologies.

I want to take a moment to say that, given the content of what I have to say here, I expect this will circulate beyond the membrane of Sri Caitanya Sangha. While other Gaudiya Vaishnava sects are likely to to take what is written here as confirmation of their superiority and Tripurari’s inferiority, I would like to be clear that in my opinion the problems lie not in the individual organizations but in the ideology itself, and that every one of these organizations just lives out its own adaptations and abuses around the personalities of its leaders.

For those who don’t know me, I was raised on the fringes of the Hare Krishna movement (ISKCON) in a family crippled by its connection to that movement, my mother’s depression being endlessly exacerbated by guilt and shame for her humanity and my father having left in my infancy with much encouragement from leaders who saw his potential as a preacher. There is much to say about this childhood framework that set the stage for my adolescence, but this is not the time to go into that further.

[PADA: Many of the ISKCON families post-1977 were intentionally made dysfunctional by the GBC's leaders, so that they could manipulate the members more readily. Women were told to leave their husbands, husbands were told to leave their wives, despite Srila Prabhupada said "there is no question of divorce." Unfortunately, Kundali types supported the living guru process that was generating a lot of this anti-family agenda.

As a whole, the family units suffered very badly. And then Tripurari's guru Sridhara Maharaja encouraged the leaders of this anti-family program to be worshiped as acharyas. Tripurari's own son wrote to PADA to complain that his father has no concern for him. In sum, the GBC's program has helped the family dysfunctional model to emerge -- and TS is apparently part of the same process. And it appears that this victim was formerly part of the whole dysfunctional process.]  

The following email was sent to me by Tripurari Swami on Sunday, June 28th, 2015, with the subject line “caring”. The original email appears in blue. I will respond section by section. (Any typos in blue are there in the original message.)

Please note that I have not had any contact with Tripurari Swami since I made a brief phone call to him from a jail cell a little over three months ago. (This is all explained in detail later.) Prior to that, our last conversation was business as usual – he had called me to ask my opinion about a few business ventures he was considering. Everything in this email and his previous one, which I will also reproduce below, stems from speculation and hearsay. Tripurari Swami and I have not once communicated directly about any of this. Following my response to him, I’ve added some further thoughts for my dear friends and any other interested readers.

Tripurari swami: Nitaisundara,

I received this description of your condition recently. “Nital is in grave emotional and physical danger as a result of neglect and is “near death,” with no one caring for him. He is in cult de-programming as a direct result of some abuse He is having 6-8 devastating panic attacks every day and no one is helping him.”


To be clear, none of this is true. And yet neither is it wholly false. Such is the insidious and powerful nature of rumor and speculation. I am not currently in any danger of any kind. I am certainly not near death. I am not “in cult de-programming.” I am not “having 6-8 devastating panic attacks every day.” And it is thankfully not true that nobody is helping me.

What is true: Regarding suicide and death: I have, in the past several months, gone through specific periods during which I wished I were dead. I distinguish this from being suicidal, as I have never actively thought about killing myself nor have I formulated, even hypothetically, any plans to do so. For that, I consider myself lucky. All told, these dark periods have probably amounted to about two weeks and were composed mostly of a conscious thought, repeated in my head: “I just wish I was dead.”

I had come to an understanding that simply felt too devastating to digest and too overwhelming to overcome. During these times I did consider that it might be necessary to check myself into a facility, having almost no one nearby that I felt could give me the support I needed. These periods were made scarier by the fact that I’d never had such thoughts in my life before that time.

Regarding the idea that nobody is caring for me: Were it true that I had nobody caring for me, I quite possibly would be dead. Fortunately, it isn’t true, and I’m not dead or “near death.” It is true however that no one within the Gaudiya community is caring for me. This is in part because, when you get right down to it, many communities – and Sri Caitanya Sangha in particular at its core – simply don’t care for their members in tangible ways. 

To be fair, I have not really wanted the help of the Gaudiya community. While a handful of members have reached out, some no doubt sincerely, over the past few months, for the most part – and this is something I was actually counting on – people have been content to accept third-hand accounts that I’m alright and just taking some distance. While that’s not entirely true, it’s given me the space I have needed for myself. I know many of the regular devotees do care for me, but the journey I’ve been on is not one that any of them could assist me with.

Regarding “cult de-programming”: Not only am I not in cult deprogramming, but deprogramming basically isn’t practiced in the United States anymore, and certainly not in the old school, aggressive way that the word often connotes. There are indeed counselors and therapists who specialize in post-cult counseling, even mild interventions, but I’ve never personally employed those services. I have, however, seen a regular local therapist for several months now. 

I have also tapped into a network of former group members and experts in high-control, abusive groups. These people have no agenda. No one has ever launched a concerted attack on my faith, or put me in a room and said bad things about Krishna and Prabhupada, or whatever else readers might imagine. No. My reasoning faculties are more my own now than they’ve ever been, and I would ask that readers not relegate my views to being the result of someone’s sinister agenda to change me by violating my free will.

Regarding panic attacks: Since this past February I have had five or six panic attacks in total. Period. They were all very directly connected to the transitional period I have been in. On some occasions I’ve had to pull over on the highway as my fingers and head go numb and I get lightheaded. This is the most severe type of attack I’ve experienced. The “account” above obviously overstates the truth. 

Regarding that account of my current state, I do not know who wrote the letter that is supposedly quoted above. I have good reason to believe it’s either an inaccurate quote, or that the statement itself came from someone two or three times removed from my actual situation. What follows the quote is frustratingly sterile, defensive, and overly complicated language to obscure what should be simple facts about who said what to whom about me. 

Knowing who the source is, exactly what he or she said, and how close (or how far) that person is from me and my situation would certainly make things more clear, which could facilitate discussion, assuming those involved were genuinely interested in a mutual endeavor for understanding.

TRIPURARI SWAMI: The ex devotee who reported this to another devotee did so in an effort to break that devotee’s faith. The reporter knows very well that you have been taking drugs and have been arrested for selling them. This reporter also knows that a number of devotees including myself have tried to contact you but that you have closed us out since the time of your arrest. These facts were conveniently omitted.
I’m certain that all these people have names. If Tripurari Swami had used their names, it would have helped me pin down this conversation. Lacking those details, it’s useless to delve into all of this, as there is no accountability. But I would like to make it abundantly clear that the drugs Tripurari Swami alludes to here are, exclusively, marijuana. 

* The same drug Tripurari allowed a wealthy congregant to use regularly and perform pujari services at his temples. 

* The same drug that he knows full well several of his students grow and several more, including brahmacharis, have at times been sent by Tripurari to work with to make money for the organization. 

[PADA: Some of the followers of the Sridhara and Narayana maharaja groups are well known to be marijuana users, growers, and sellers, if not all three. It would not be surprising that Tripurari swami is encouraging this as a "business" if this account is factual. 

Bhakta das also formed a designer drugs business with some New Vrndavana folks after 1977 and he was busted by the FBI more than once, and it seems some of these swamis have encouraged these types of "businesses." Many devotees of course just could not handle all the GBC's guru gangster-ism and they fell down into intoxication, and that is more or less understandable, but when this is encouraged as a business by a swami, that is another thing.]

This is the same drug that Tripurari requested one of his former students observe the cultivation of in order to asses whether or not that business would be viable for the temple itself. All of this occurred within the last year and no doubt goes on still in some capacity.

[PADA: OK, so this is why we said that Tripurari is simply another version of the GBC's gurus, or worse, since he claims to be the "reformer."]
The same drug that, if we were honest, we would admit is used regularly by people we all know and whose lives are not impaired significantly as a result. Is it my intention to praise marijuana use in general or mine in particular? No. I’d simply like to show how absurd it is for Tripurari to attempt to make this relevant, to say nothing of his casually manipulating language by using the phrase “taking drugs,” thus implying a wide range of mind-altering substances instead of being specific and running the risk of implicating himself.
TRIPURARI SWAMI: I know of no instance of abuse by myself or anyone else. 
This has to be systematically dismantled. It is a sad reality that abuses in life that do not leave scars are far too often not regarded as abuses at all, even by the victims themselves. Abuse comes in many forms: physical, sexual, emotional, financial, spiritual, and others as well. 

Below I will list some of what I consider the abuses I have endured. None of these are unique to me. In fact, they are abuses systemic to Tripurari and his organization and are business as usual for Sri Caitanya Sanga. I am not alone in this perspective. I believe moreover that these sorts of abuses exist in the seed of authoritarian ideology that quite simply is Gaudiya Vaishnavism, in whichever organization that ideology takes root. 

Physical Abuse: I and other devotees were worked to exhaustion. The fascinating thing about manipulation however is that we wanted to do so, a fact that allows those who enforce and perpetuate this abuse to feel faultless. Here are some facts: Within the context of my service to the temple, I used to regularly fall asleep at the wheel. Everyone was aware of this, as I’d done it several times while devotees, including Tripurari Swami, were in the car with me. 

In the worst of these instances I veered off the road and into a guardrail, popping a tire and terrifying myself and the three other passengers in the vehicle (including Tripurari). But incidents like that don’t truly change anything. There was always more to do. And even though the need for more rest should have been perfectly apparent, naps were always subtly stigmatized, as was practically any other attention paid to one’s biological needs. My deepest insecurities – feeling unintelligent and incompetent – were expertly used to gain control over me by encouraging me to feel stupid and lazy and inadequate. 

This is not even slightly exaggerated. Over the course of my first nine months in the temple, four of which were spent with Tripurari and only a handful of other people in an extremely secluded spot in the jungle of Costa Rica, I was systematically broken down and then built back up into a member of the inner circle. 

Upon return to the US and my second initiation, I was praised for having made so much headway through my ego and obstinacy and “fault-finding.” I was now what is sometimes called a true believer, fully deployable for the needs of the group. I had successfully locked my identity in a small soundproof room in the sewers of my self. And it showed: I went on to later manage the temple, manage the organization’s and Tripurari's "harmonist.us" website for almost 5 years, manage festivals, and truly, manage peoples’ lives, which is nobody’s right to do. For my role in the abusive component of all these things, I apologize.

In Costa Rica, I lived in an atmosphere controlled by classic techniques of thought reform, whether or not those techniques were consciously employed:


Insufficient sleep

– Tremendous amounts of physical labor and bodily strain

– Daily schedules that were always full and completely unpredictable

– Inconsistent feedback, including unpredictable application of praise or scorn

– Selectively employed affection

– Isolation from the outside world

– Personal, aggressive counseling-like sessions, contrasted with warmth and acceptance

– Loading the language – impregnating various words with psychological power to evoke shame, guilt, fear, elation, etc. for the purpose of control.

These are only some examples. There are certainly many others.

Emotional Abuse: I hardly know where to begin and I’ve already touched on this somewhat throughout. The psychological mechanisms at play in what I now understand to be a cultic environment are as fascinating as they are insidious. Emotions are quite literally everything in this environment. Our emotions are what initially get us hooked in, and they are what keep us bound. 

In this totalitarian ideological environment, the philosophy and the logic and the apologetics are all piled on after that initial emotional connection has been made, and that philosophy is used to serve certain specific psychological functions, like instilling guilt, fear, zeal, and on and on. As for me now, for the time being I live with symptoms of PTSD in addition to being paranoid about getting close to other human beings and us inevitably hurting each other. 

I am paranoid about groups of all kinds in fear that my belonging to one will eventually lead to the sort of unhealthy dynamics I’ve described and ultimately subsume my identity. I am like a raw wound, overly sensitive to all that is normal human life, having built every component of my existence into this group and ideology.

Financial Abuse: Beginning at the age of 19, within my first year of joining the ashram, I was convinced by Tripurari Swami to draw up a fake rental agreement and enroll in online college classes as a way for me to receive a monthly stipend from my college fund, which I would then give to the group. I enrolled in online schooling while claiming to my Grandfather and college fund trustees that I would be living in town and needed money for rent and other expenses. 

As a result, I was able to write a $1200 check to Tripurari's Audarya Fellowship from my personal account every month with almost no exception for almost seven years. I was also influenced to ask for an additional $15,000 in order to buy the temple’s car, but this was simply a way for $15,000 to change hands to the temple. Between the car and the checks and additional donations to cover my own travel for the group at times and repairs on the temple car, I’ve verifiably given over $120,000 of my college money to Sri Caitanya Sangha and I have not even an Associate’s degree to show for it. 

All this while giving my every waking hour and another $30,000 or so in money I earned as a traveling bed sheet salesman for the temple. Audarya’s other financial abuses include allowing their 501(c)3 status to be used for soliciting donations in San Francisco; three men use Audarya’s tax exempt status to collect money for a DBA under the guise of feeding poor children. They then use those funds to live off of, giving a small kickback to the temple for every month that they work. 

[PADA: Hee hee, right Tripurari swami's people were selling music records and T-shirts for many years here in the city, and he had his mostly young men "sales persons" working the tables without getting much compensation. This is why some people started to call him "T-shirt swami." 

There has not been much going on in terms of harinama, preaching and so on, this was mainly a business. Kirtanananda's people were also collecting money for the blind, this was not going to the blind, and so on and so forth. Same old same old wine, but in a new bottle. There are probably many other examples of this illegal exploiting and manipulation and someone should investigate it.]

During the time I was involved, Tripurari Swami’s organization expanded largely on the strength of loans, and there is immense pressure within the group to bring this debt down and keep it under control. This was especially the case in the past few years preceding a refinancing of those loans that took some immediate pressure off.

[PADA: Right, Tripurari swami was using money to buy expensive properties for himself, apparently in his own name.]


During this past winter, and continuing now to a lesser degree, I experienced absolutely agonizing depression and confusion. 

[PADA: Well right, you apparently realized that you had been ripped off by a businessman posing as a messiah. That will almost always cause agonizing depression and confusion.]

I was finding it impossible to have a healthy life, relationships, and even to take care of myself. During that time I received three, maybe four, phone calls from Tripurari Swami, none of which included him asking about how I was doing. It was all business. He was consulting me because I, more than anyone else in the organization, had shown a knack for making money in the Tradeshow / State Fair industry we had earlier been able to tap into. 

I would like to underscore this point: after seven years of utterly dedicated service and significant financial contribution, the facade of human care and concern disappeared overnight, literally as soon as I was no longer able to continue donating money to the organization. 

[PADA: Happens all the time in GBC world. People who are unable to contribute financially are discarded.]

I know of four other disciples who have over the past four years been discarded after having given Sri Caitanya Sanga a total of $500,000, by conservative estimate. These are all facts that could be easily verified by someone who cared to. But frankly, that’s not my concern. I’m not here to justify myself nor defend the truth. I am here only to inform. 

[PADA: Right, normal people call this criminal fraud, charity fraud, and just plain old cheating people in the name of Krishna, again GBC pt. II.]

Spiritual Abuse: This is a term used in some circles. I like it, and I personally define it as an extremely damaging dynamic wherein an individual’s autonomy, self-confidence, and very sense of self and purpose are all systematically shut down through various lines of reasoning considered to be rooted in some Absolute Metaphysical Truth. It’s like other abuse, but with the added power of being (ostensibly) tethered to the Absolute Truth, and thus Absolute Authority. 

This makes it the only abuse that, in theory, outlives the body and mind. It is abuse of the soul. Spiritually abusive environments prey on our species’ innate longing to understand the world, to connect with one another, and to live deeply, but offer their victims nothing more than a single, narrow model of a fulfilling life. One that postpones true fulfillment until countless lifetimes in the future and predefines nearly every component of that future existence.

[PADA: Srila Prabhupada says that people who become gurus for business purposes are killers of the soul, and they are destined for the most abominable regions of the universe. Its sad that so many of our God brothers have taken up this guru post as a money making business and retirement fund. 

Of course, then we have some so-called "Prabhupada" people saying that PADA should not have been driving a taxi -- so he will have NO resources or income, because they do not want those of us who oppose these soul killing messiahs to have -- one penny of resources. That means they want the guru regimes to have no opponents.]

This is my deepest wound; the knowledge that – in the name of deep, eternal, spiritual love of God and others – such utter psychopathic selfishness can flourish. Spiritual wounds run very deep, and my biggest fear now is that I will never be able to get close to anything for an enduring amount of time, having learned to be ever cautious of the danger of identity loss and enslavement in the pursuit of love. This is because so much of what I have known – indeed, since childhood, I can now see – has been neglect and abuse in the packaging of spiritual love and self-realization.

[PADA: Right, many of the GBC's gurus have created the same exact feelings of frustration, PTSD, feelings of being cheated etc. among their followers, Tripurari is simply following their model of behavior.]

Tripurari swami: Indeed, quite the opposite you has been the focus of considerable affection, time, and attention, even while you have been living on your own outside of the ashram for the last two years.
This is absolutely false. From even before the time I announced I would no longer be a brahmachari (in August of 2013), my relationship with Tripurari Swami had come to feel largely like a business relationship to me. I had for a couple of years at that point felt quite literally like an employee. 

It had occurred to me that my position within the organization was based primarily on my material assets in management and my intellectual propensities. This was obvious, because Tripurari Swami had no qualms about giving me these various roles of influence despite his knowledge that I rarely chanted or followed the other practices considered crucial to spiritual life. 

The end goal of the “spiritual” practices employed in cultic environments is group allegiance. Tripurari already had my complete allegiance, so spiritual practice wasn’t something he even needed to incorporate into the toolbox of control techniques anymore.
But the use of spiritual practice for control is a very common facet of cultic systems: make certain practices necessary for spiritual development, but make it impossible to practice or perfect them. If all else fails, blame the practitioner’s “inattention”. Allowing me to not practice also became a tool of shaming me into submission for the same lack of practice.
Anyone who has had the opportunity to sit and bare their soul to Tripurari Swami in hopes of guidance or concern can likely reflect back on a time (perhaps even all times) when all that took place was that the subject was deftly swept under the mental rug effectively enough for you to get back out there and be productive or, at the very least, quiet. As an assistant I used to go to him, impassioned, on behalf of others. I would ask him to please speak with so-and-so, or I would express my opinion that so-and-so was unhappy and should maybe go somewhere else to see to physical and / or psychological needs, or something similar. This dynamic was near constant.

Without fail, when I brought these issues up, I was made to feel insane. 

[PADA: Same problem PADA has had. As soon as we bring up important issues our opponents often say, "PADA is crazy man, a liar, an offender" and so on. And then the issue is swept under the carpet. 

And people like Bhakta das and his disciples like Prahlad say the same thing, ok who cares if devotees are being sued, banned, beaten, molested and shot; books are being changed; and there are rats in some temples; its all useless "crazy talk" to address any of this, and so -- they enable and empower the regime and these abuses. This also sometimes happens in the Catholic Church when people try to address wrongs, the dissenter is "offending Jesus and bringing down the church." Problem is, these issues are not insane foolishness but factual issues.] 

Tripurari Swami gives absurdly glowing reports of every aspect of his mission, even as its members fall away from that mission divested of their money or commit suicide or simply disappear into a lifetime of confusion and dysfunction. 

[PADA: Right, people are like oranges, we squeeze all we can out of them and toss the remnants into the garbage. Narayan maharaja submitted that many of these victims are -- just getting their karma. Of course this begs the question, who authorized Narayana Maharaja to support a regime that is dishing out painful karma to those attempting to serve God? 

People who are feeling depressed and suicidal have ran into -- charlatans, and not bona fide servants of God. Then again, PADA has concluded long ago that all our own trials and tribulations of this world are merely a test from Krishna, He wants to see if we can jump through all these hoops and hurdles to get to Him, its not a cheap process. 

He could make the test way worse, but He is merciful to those who factually want His mercy. At the same time, this does not give those who are harassing us a license to do that, anymore than people have a license to kill cows because "its their karma."]   

Being a witness to these things and at the same time being told by your guru – your highest authority – that everything is peaches and bliss is another technique for control through managing cognitive dissonance. In my case, reality had become something I clearly could not apprehend, because my guru was essentially telling me that what always seemed up was down, and vice versa. This is how you break a person’s mind. This is Gaudiya Vaishnavism as a tradition.

[PADA: Well its the mis-use of religion by cheaters, not actual religion.]
TRIPURARI SWAMI: For that matter, my concern here is whether or not there is any truth to the rest of the report, “panic attacks grave emotional and physical danger.” I would be surprised if you submitted himself to cult deprograming, but stranger things have happened and it appears that the reporter submitted to cult deprograming or something of the sort, charging me with brain washing. To be frank, it is very difficult to relate to such a charge.

[PADA: Right, Tripurari swami is afraid he will be charged with brain washing, he is not really concerned for the victim.]
Again, the lack of names means this is not worth addressing. More importantly, I would hope readers can recognize that this message was sent to me when the social pressure within the group had reached a point that Tripurari was forced to address it. Some of his main supporters are women who have known me since I was born – women who have literally changed my diapers – and so have years of affection for me. 

The inherently political nature of this situation has given me many sleepless nights and a couple of those panic attacks as well. This message is nothing more than an attempt by him to put out a fire through manipulation. But the edifice crumbled for me months ago, and these words hold no power to deceive me.
TRIPURARI SWAMI: I do believe that you are suicide prone. Your father attempted suicide and you have fragile psychology in some respects. You think yourself into indecision and you are intellectually and psychological complex. Adding drugs to your life is a very bad idea. Suicide is no solution. 
Actually, I am not suicide prone. Suggesting I am is sickening. Terms like “brainwashing” and “thought control” have come to be misused and misunderstood, but I would like to make abundantly clear that the above statements are thought control in action. As I stated before, over the past several months I have for the first time in my entire life had thoughts about dying. 

Telling me I am suicide prone, fragile, prone to indecision –essentially a poor little leaf in the wind – is an attempt to color my own perception of myself, thus disempowering me from my independence. Is it a conscious effort on Tripurari Swami’s part? Perhaps not. I suspect he believes in his cause. But does belief in a cause justify this sort of manipulation? Never.

This is cultic programming in brief: “You as an individual are inherently insufficient and incapable of knowing what is ultimately in your best interest.” Having implanted that programming, a leader or an organization asserts that it alone is sufficient and capable of knowing what is in your best interest. I never set out to uncover or to dismantle that mentality, but while involved in Sri Caitanya Sanga I came to a place of such profound dissatisfaction and pain that I decided that even if I am incapable of knowing what is in my best interest, trying anything else would be an improvement. 

Freedom means the right to be wrong. And without freedom there can be no love. I “joined” for love.

I am not suicidal. And I am in no danger of destroying my physical body simply because you were able to reduce my identity to faint embers and you believe that a good life cannot be lived outside the myopic grip of your mind. Reading between the lines, the above words incite suicide, not prevent it. 

[PADA: Same identical program of some of the GBC manipulators. When we said that some of the abuse victims are depressed and suicidal, then some of the GBC and their henchmen like HKC Jaipur types said, this is good, let them die. They have no mercy for the victims of their own neglectfulness, so their little problem of neglect and abuse will have to disappear. These words are meant to incite people to be destroyed and not to save them, and that is what abusive programs are all about whether a bogus guru or a pimp who manipulates his prostitutes into submission. Notice! The people who have to suffer and die are almost always, the victims? The perps get a free pass?]    

But you can’t put out this fire with empty words. And it took me months of tears and screaming and snot flowing down my face and confusion and darkness and immobility to be able to sit here now and write this with certainty and with peace. You have no power here.
[PADA: Months of screaming and crying is the result of contact with a charlatan guru. Srila Prabhupada says false gurus is like jumping into a river to get relief from the heat, and hitting your head on the rocks ...] 

TRIPURARI SWAMI: As you know I was the one you contacted and I began the effort to get you released from jail. 
The facts: On March 17th I was arrested in Asheville, NC. The details of my arrest are irrelevant here. What is relevant to the above is that I literally knew only two phone numbers by heart: Audarya Ashram and Swami Tripurari’s cell phone. I called my then Guru Maharaja, explained in short what was going on, and asked him to email my brother, which he did. From that point my brother found me a lawyer, paid said lawyer, and took care of everything else. Tripurari had nothing to do with it.

Meanwhile, behind the scenes, Tripurari Swami and his accountant concluded in their paranoia that they should distance themselves from me, lest the group be implicated in my criminal charges. So that’s what they did. I spent three nights in jail awaiting a bail reduction hearing. When my bail was reduced, a devotee from the temple, using my own money, bailed me out. 

When the accountant found out that someone at the temple had gone to the courthouse and bailed me out, he was livid. Apparently a highly exclusionary community that teaches its members to devalue or completely cut off contact with non-members doesn’t feel the need to maintain human relationships when the going gets tough. The needs of the organization are always tantamount to the needs of the individual. Always.

[PADA: OK so Tripurari's machinations on this poor guy, and apparently making him financially broken, lead him to a desperate act (possession or selling drugs?) which was illegal. And then they don't want to help him ...]

Upon my release, neither Tripurari Swami nor any one of the few others who knew of my situation reached out to me directly. Again, in all fairness, I was putting out fairly clear signals I didn’t want to communicate with most of these people. But normal people – regular people in the world who value each other as individual people and not as units of “devotional service” – would have been more determined to contact me and find out how I was doing, even to help and support me. In fact, many of my non-devotee friends did just that.

So, to be clear, the sense of guilt and indebtedness that Tripurari’s statement about getting me released from jail is meant to inspire is based on a brief email he sent to my brother. I think I’ve more than earned that small gesture with my previous service, no feelings of guilt or indebtedness necessary.

Lastly, and this is important, my arrest and the lack of support I received from Tripurari and his organization in its aftermath are not what caused me to leave Sri Caitanya Sanga and the worldview it represents. I don’t want people to so easily and comfortably dismiss my decision as an emotional reaction to tough times. Rather, I find myself here as the result of having gone a long way in deconstructing the ways that philosophy, psychology, and social dynamics combine to make the perfect setting for submitting oneself to an authoritarian ideology. The specific authoritarian ideology is often beside the point.

TS: I wrote to you when I was last in NC. You have not responded. Of all of the people connected with me over the years I have always expressed special affection for you.

As I said at the beginning of this message, radical transparency is the only potential antidote for these poisonous methods of interpersonal manipulation. In the interest of that sort of radical transparency, here is the email Tripurari refers to, dated 4/15/15, one month after my arrest and following on the heels of a third-hand report I was having a “faith crisis.” The subject line of the email was “seva.”
Nitaisundara,
I have attached a pdf file of something I would like you to edit for me. It is the second half of one of the chapters to my book. The first half of the chapter was published as an article and you edited it. It was about God being sac cit ananda, Brahman, Paramatma, and Bhagavan and the ideal that existing to love is better than loving to exist. I realize that you are doing neither of these at this time. 
I am greatly concerned about you and about your overall psychological, physical, and spiritual health. But I am not one to chase after others who do not want my input. Nonetheless I venture to say a few words here and extend this service to you.  Some of the happiest days of your life were spent in my company, but you have gotten yourself into a strange tamasic space that does not promote clear thinking or happiness. I could help you. And I could punch holes in your doubts. I am not standing on soft ground. I have experience of what I talk about. 
If you would like to meet, I am here for another month. 
swami
For context, the above message was the first and only other acknowledgment (besides this recent email) that anything going on in my life might be difficult. Both messages are essentially the same: telling me what I think and feel and am going through without even feigning interest in hearing about these things in my own words. There are no expressions of affection or acceptance, only agenda. The whole Gaudiya Vaishnava ideology is to have an agenda for the entire planet, because they alone have the secret knowledge of what will ultimately be best for every living entity for all of eternity. I will never again claim such absolute knowledge of the world and people around me.
[PADA: OK so the result of Tripurari-ism is that he is breaking people's faith?]

TS: Despite your inability to practice and enter into all that gives rise to inner spiritual experience I always tried to keep you close to me. And there was a time in your life when you were so happy just to assist and travel with me. Those days may very well have been the happiest in your life and they were a joy to your good mother to hear about. She had some trust in me. 
No tactic withheld. No shame. This is all rubbish. And to call on my affections for my dead mother – who was in fact always highly suspicious of Tripurari Swami – is again sickening, to put it politely. My mother kept a journal around the early 2000’s when Tripurari had begun speaking in Maryland. One page in that journal reads, “Tripurari Swami: too good to be true?” This was her trust. She was a wise woman, and you get to claim none of her in bolstering your agenda.

[PADA: This fellow had a wise mother indeed, too good to be true indeed! It is very sickening to bring her in as an ally when she clearly had major doubts about the swami's program.]
TS: I have not changed. But your life has changed and I think you have made some bad decisions. I do not know the implications of your arrest and how that may impact your present and future. 
After telling me I am dangerous to myself and incapable of making good decisions, Tripurari acknowledges that he doesn’t actually know anything about the details of my arrest, or any other part of my life for that matter. And he now has no reason to.
But there is no reason to despair as much as it appears that you are. You are more than a brain and you have a good brain that you can use materially or spiritually. If you choose to use it for material life, you have every reason to think you will be successful. 
“You have every reason to think you will be successful.” An encouraging person, I think, would say that they do not doubt my future success. This and the following statement are perhaps the most sophisticated manipulation in his letter; seeming to acknowledge and even encourage my autonomy, although it’s already been established I am suicide prone and get lost in indecision.
I also believe that you can be successful in spiritual pursuit. That choice is of course yours. But in either case there are a good number of persons associated with me that would be happy to help you rather than see you in your present condition, which from what we have heard is not psychologically healthy.
Saraswati (the goddess of knowledge, they say) so often dances the truth on the tongues of the ignorant. The above is a true statement. A good number of persons associated with Tripurari Swami would love to help me. He would not, but certainly some associated with him would. I know that to be true. I shed blood, sweat, and tears alongside these people. I loved and still love them. I am writing this for them.

In one sense I owe no explanation to anyone, for I have never acted out of malice. And yet I won’t be able to continue working through my experiences and moving on with my life unless I make a sincere effort to inform those who are also part of this inherently abusive authoritarian system. I love all of you and have no specific agenda for any of you. 

I do not seek to break your faith in Krishna, but rather instill confidence that if he is real and you seek to serve him, that you will be most capable of doing so on your own terms, living and enjoying your life lovingly with other humans. You need not subject yourself to a life of self-doubt and surrender to be fulfilled in the future. You’re wonderful people.
TS: You have said before that “sometimes people need to be aggressive in their caring.” 
No one is likely to realize this, but this is actually the single most horrendous statement made in this letter. The quote paraphrases a comment I made on Facebook over two months ago, when I expressed my personal remorse over not having tried harder to help a godsister in the months leading up to her suicide. 

This was a young woman who, with her husband, had been heavily encouraged to buy land and build a small home at all three of Tripurari’s properties. In the summer of 2010 or 2011, the temple invested thousands of dollars in a little business this couple was starting, only to pull out that entire investment after one season, leaving them struggling to grow and survive. The business never did. The material stability of their lives was in no small measure eroded by the organization’s heartless endeavor for funds. Furthermore, this friend had existing mental health issues that were never adequately cared for, as is always the case in temple communities.
Nothing has changed here. Sri Caitanya Sangha is no better than ISKCON or any other cultic organization. The perceived superiority of Tripurari Swami to ISKCON on account of his liberality and philosophical acumen is, I now believe, merely more insidious. I believe that like all such organizations, the image and teachings are tweaked as needed in order to pull people into the fold. Tripurari merely found his niche in intelligent people and women and LGBTQ devotees who had been victimized and thus disillusioned in ISKCON. It is all opportunism, in my personal opinion. And all of these groups share an authoritarian ideology that manifests in various ways.
 TS: It has been very difficult for me to restrain myself from not just showing up at you door. 
Not only do I not believe this, it is not something I would want. I explicitly do not want any devotee to show up at my door unannounced, without my permission. Period. You will not be welcome at this point in time.
Period.
TS: But you know my nature. I do not try to force myself on anyone. You are like son to me whose character flaws are overlooked out of affection, but you are breaking my heart and I do not know how to end this message . . . 
Yes, I do know your nature, having lived with you day in and day out for most of seven years. And it is to force yourself incessantly on someone if that person has assets in the form of money, intelligence, or social influence that you can then utilize in the bubble world of Gaudiya Vaishnavism.
I’m now happier than I have ever been and have more clarity than I have ever had. I joined your organization for truth and love. I found truth, with a sinister twist, and am moving on. Love exists out here in reality. People live their lives, imperfect though they may be, and go on caring for each other in whatever way they can. And all of that is okay. All of that is far better than trying to convince yourself of the perfection of an exceptionally flawed human. 
Please open the door. 
swami  bv tripurari
There is no door to open. The walls and doorways that you use to categorize reality are creations of your mind. I have let you in fully. I have fully incorporated who you are and what you teach into my understanding of reality. I’ve assimilated you and what you have to offer, and now I’m moving on. I came for truth and got it. I won. You are not my teacher. And no one will ever again hold me with the totalitarian grip you once had on me. Thank you for the expediency with which you gave me this lesson.
-Nitai Joseph
[PADA: We cannot agree with all that this fellow has written, but he has re-stated the main idea of what we stated all along, Tripurari swami is simply another charlatan guru. ys pd]

Many of the parents mis-directed their children ...
http://krishna1008.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-guukuli-issue-update-52813.html


Letter to Satsvarupa Das Goswami / PADA News March 2000

Krishna is the adi-guru


PADA Newsletter Mar. 01, 2000

Date: 01. Mar. 2000

From: angel108b@yahoo.com (pada)

1) CHAKRA THREATS TO VNN

2) CARIBBEAN UPDATE (Letter to SDG)

Dear folks, PAMHO. AGTSP.

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"CHAKRA has noted that VNN is reposting our GBC articles on their anti-ISKCON web site. CHAKRA articles are copyrighted and may not be re-published by VNN without written permission from the CHAKRA staff. CHAKRA 28-Feb-2000"

PADA: Well, both of you folks ripped off our 1980s idea for a "news service for devotees," when our first newsletters came out. Anyway, PADA's view is that ALL of the "news" belongs to the public and should be available for one and all to consider, i.e. the forum should be wide open. Let us open things up here? Why the closed shop GBC mood? Have we not seen how this mood creates more problems than solutions? PADA friends are right, open forums (istagosthi style) are the only way to resolve all of these problems. pada

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2) CARIBBEAN UPDATE (Letter to SDG)

Dear Maharajas and Prabhus,

PAMHO. ALL GLORIES TO ISKCON FOUNDER ACARYA HIS DIVINE GRACE A.C.BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI PRABHUPADA, MAHA BHAGAVATA SAVIOUR OF THE WHOLE WORLD.

As a *disciple* of Satsvarupa Maharaja for the last 19 years, I was kicked out of the temple for breaking the GBC LAW: --*JUST FOLLOW AND ASK NO QUESTIONS.* It is interesting to know that they have made such laws, essentially "spritually banning" Srila Prabhupada from his own movement. I have donated $100,000 over the years, and in 1997 and 1998, I had started donating $1,000 US per year for Satsvarupa Maharaj. (please refer to letter dated Jan. 10th 2000. --*Srila Prabhupada and His ISKCON under siege*.)

There are now factions amongst the GBC'S and Gurus. And the *good part of the GBC* has asked for "more time" to "clean up" their mess, so the American court cases would not take place? Our philosophy is that there should be no spite, hate or revenge. You hate the *sin* and not the sinner. Otherwise how can we move foward. Consider this -- "So this movement is so important. Somehow or other if you can engage them in chanting and dancing, the whole world will be united. What the United Nations has failed, THIS MOVEMENT CAN DO -- if it is not checked by the rascals. But the rascals are ready to *check* this movement. That is the difficulty. Otherwise, God, Krsna, is always ready to help us." (SP.Lecture SB. 3.26.18 Bombay, Dec. 27th 1974) courtesy of Kapindra Swami.)

So the Truth Must Prevail. Because my service is not just 19 days, I have a right to speak out. I would like Satsvarupa Maharaj to clear the picture, if I am offending him, or everyone else in ISKCON is offending Srila Prabhupada, due to a deviated system. In this regard (B.Gita ch.10 T.4-5 Purport) "NOTHING should be accepted BLINDLY; everything should be accepted with care and with caution ...The TRUTH should be spoken in a straight-foward way, so that others will understand actually what the facts are ...Although sometimes the truth is unpalatable, one should not refrain
from speaking it."

(1) Did Srila Prabhupada prove that He is the Self-effulgent Acarya, fulfilling the prediction that the Holy Names will be spread to every town and village????

(2) Are you aware that Srila Prabhupada wrote Rupanuga on 4/28/74, making these extremely important points below: (a) He never recomended anyone to be Acarya of the Gaudiya Math. (b) They disobeyed and put forward one "Acarya," Vasudeva, who fell down badly. (c) Acarya are not to be nominated amongst the Governing Body (GBC). (d) Srila Bhaktisiddanta said openly you make a GBC and conduct the mission,and self-effulgent Acarya would be automatically selected (i.e.
revealed by his "self-manifest" divine qualities). (e) Therefore we may not commit the same mistake (of making false gurus) in our ISKCON CAMP. (all iskcon followers, Srila Prabhupada needs your help).

(f) Actually amongst my Godbrothers, no one is qualified to become Acaryas.

(3) Why were the alleged: *Appointment Tape*; July 9th 1977 Final Order Directive; The *Will*; The letters; The 1977 and other conversations; Eye-witness testimony; The poison complaint, and so on, hidden? And it was not until 1984 that some of this was exposed, but by then about 5,500
disciples had left in disgust since 1977????

(4) Why, when Satsvarupa was a GBC in 1977, and Yasodananda Prabhu and Dr.Sharma had been placed in charge of the Gurukula by Srila Prabhupada, were they immediately kicked out? And bad people were then placed by SDG as the school's leaders, and you did nothing until this date?

(5) Were you (SDG) in anyway partly responsible for the death of Sulochana Prabhu, when Kirtananda took his wife and children and he was fighting, you wrote in---- BTG 21/1/86 (Tribute to a pure devotee) --- you compared Kirtananda to Jesus, Haridas Thakura and Prahlada Maharaj?

(8) And are you aware that Sulochana told Puranjana that your writing was his death certificate -- you wrote (Journal and poems books) -- *that Sulochana is a blasphemer, ...ISKCON attacker ...poison pen,*

(9) Why, as a renounced sannyasi, you collected $200,000 US to re-write the Srimad Bhagavatam and Chaitanya Caritamrta in 1995, although Srila Prabhupada said---- *that His Books are the basis for mankind for the next 10,000 years and as such they should not be changed???? (I have 2 copies of
your bhagavatam and 1 copy of your Cc.) Anyway I am not Sulochana.

In "Among Friends" Vol.6 #2 pg26 you wrote:

I am on a guru trip-
I can kill my followers.
And perhaps I can't sleep
because a disciple has publicly renounced
denounced me, although
he plans to keep his name.
There are rough waters ahead, I am told-
more criticism.

And page 37
When I say door, I could mean to the yurt or to the heart. Mail can kill you; it could happen today. Nature is both cruel and beautiful.

So in New York I did speak openly that Srila Prabhupada left THE JULY 9TH 1977 FINAL ORDER DIRECTIVE, that 11 named representatives would do the ceremonial formalities of initiation (diksa), on *Srila Prabhupada's behalf* and *not on ones own behalf,* henceforward, onwards (that is the
meaning of officiating or representing.) Also I was told in a letter by you, not to distribute the *FINAL ORDER* and mail letters.

Inside information is that you told the devotees to call me *Maha-Kutta*. I do not feel offended, because I am a big dog for Srila Prabhupada. The whole of ISKCON is the judge. Recently, you wrote a devotee inquiring about the TRUTH stating --"My request is that you don't be misled by persons who are attacking ISKCON ...Receiving your letter is a disturbance and a disappointment ...You should have enough *trust* in me, and in the way I have dealt with you over the years, not to believe that I was involved in a conspiracy against Prabhupada."

SDG, your position presently is that you are an *Emirate*, who is higher than a GBC, and you are de facto actually dictating to the entire GBC'S.

"So My Guru Maharaj will be very, very much pleased upon you [....] IT IS NOT THAT HE IS *DEAD AND GONE*. THAT IS *NOT *SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING [....] HE IS SEEING. I NEVER FEEL THAT I AM ALONE." So Satsvarupa Maharaj has a *disciple* in Guyana, Rshabadeva Dasa. He has about 50 initiated *disciples* on his behalf. So deviation breeds deviation. "Satan cannot correct sin". The GBC forced them by way of letter not to use Srila Prabhupada pictures on television. So they formed "Andolan Sanatan Dharma" movement. If ISKCON follows Srila Prabhupada's Final Orders, these nice devotees will automatically join in Sri Harinam.

(SP.Phalgun Krsna Pancami 1961) (23)"If everyone just initiates, then there will only be a contrary result. As long as this goes on, there will only be failure." Srila Prabhupada didn't even start ISKCON as yet. And the GBC'S have the audacity to introduce a voted-in Multiple Acarya Successor System,
totally against the will of Srila Prabhupada. This makes one wonder what this Appointment Tape is all about, with 6 men in a locked up room with Srila Prabhupada.

This is the tape that the *11 Mahabhagavatas* used to stage the *Coup* and caused 5,500 disciples to leave in disgust. They all taught that Srila Prabhupada *betrayed* them. Jayadvaita swami, Mukunda swami, Ravindra Svarupa, Sulochana Prabhu, Puranjana Prabhu, Nityananda Prabhu, Yasodananda
Prabhu and Gauridasa Prabhu, all asked for this tape, luckily getting it 7 years after. Srila Prabhupada's plan was to have thousands of qualified Brahmanas to initiate on His behalf, within 6 years. (SP.Letter to Kirtanananda 12/1/69)

"By 1975, all of those who have passed all of the above examinations will be specifically EMPOWERED TO INITIATE AND INCREASE THE NUMBER OF THE KRSNA CONSCIOUSNESS POPULATION." What is so wrong in being a trained Vaishnava Brahmana, performing Ritvik duties for Srila Prabhupada???? At least Guru Prasad Swami told me he prefers to be a Ritvik than to be like Harikesh, who is blaspheming Srila Prabhupada and says to call him by his karmi name. And Kundali Prabhu will have to study the Final Order, to know if Srila Prabhupada offended the Six Goswamis by setting up a Ritvik System.

When you are convinced that He is the personality that was predicted by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, to spread the Holy Names of Lord Sri Krsna Chaitanya in every town and village all over the World, Kesi Satru Prabhu in Grenada (your prabhu datta desa) is waiting for you to make the whole of
Grenada followers of Srila Prabhupada. I will sponsor a team from Trinidad and join you to chant and be happy. Are you not ashamed that you are a big schlor,and there is no temple in Grenada. These people are suffering.

Everyone is a potential candidate for Krsna Consciousness. Put your TV ON CNN WORLD NEWS and see how the people in Mozambique are suffering. Yes, it's their Karma. But we can have at least monthly Harinams and Food For Life there, and all over the World. And that will bring auspiciousness and good karma to the people and their country, and eventually they will become devotees.

DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN SRILA PRABHUPADA WAS CRYING WHEN A BOY AND A DOG WAS FIGHTING FOR FOOD, IN MAYAPUR? FOOD FOR LIFE STARTED AT THAT POINT.

IT PAINS WHEN WE READ ON PURANJANA'S LETTERS, THIS GUY FROM BBT-I HOW HE IS STEALING MILLIONS OF SRILA PRABHUPADA'S MONEY. ANY ONE CAN ANSWER WHERE THESE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS COLLECTED FOR THE PAST 23 YEARS OF BOOK SALES HAVE GONE????

Srila Prabhupada's mercy is still there, but the leaders don't know how to receive it. The first thing is to try to apply this verse in their daily lives --"na dhanam na janam na sundarim"-- *O almighty Lord, I have no desire to accumulate wealth, nor do I desire beautiful women, NOR DO I WANT ANY NUMBER OF FOLLOWERS. I only want your causeless devotional service, birth after birth.*

"BEST NOT TO ACCEPT ANY DISCIPLES."(C.c madhya,7.130. puport). Srila Prabhupada --"The GBC'S are controlling too much men and money. Better all the GBC'S take sannyasa and preach."(puranjana, Betrayal). In this present situation, it is another way to say --*ALL THE GBC'S SHOULD RESIGN, LIVE SIMPLE AND PREACH.*

(SP.Letter to Kirtanananda 67-2-11 below) "I wish that each and every Branch shall keep their independent identity and cooperate keeping the Acarya in the *Center*. On this principle we can open any number of Branches all over the World. The Ramakrishna mission works on this principle and thus as organization they have done wonderfully." (courtesy IRM Final Order) The Ramakrishna mission achieves achieves "this principle" that Srila Prabhupada wants to be followed IN *HIS ISKCON* through a Ritvik System.

"So we are opening hundreds and thousands ...Not thousands, we have opened about 102 centres all over the world. But we want to open thousands. But we are in need of assistance. But nobody is coming. Anyway, the Europeans, Americans, some of them have joined. Still, we require many thousands because Caitanya Mahaprabhu's mission is --prthivite ache yata nagaradi grama: He wants to spread this Krishna Consciousness Movement not in this city or that city but nagaradi grama. Just like here we have opened a center in Gandhigram. But in Bombay such hundreds and thousands centers can be opened. It is so big city. Similarly, there are other cities. It is required. That is Caitanya Mahaprabhu's mission." (SP.Lecture from SB.3.25-30. Bombay Nov.30th, 1974)

(from the book --All Of Us Should Hear Prabhupada) courtesy Kapindra Swami

In Guyana, Bhutadi Prabhu took back his 2 three story buildings and is running it as a Prabhupada Temple, fully Ritvik. All Glories. Unfortunately, a Guyana devotee (?) -- cuffed him down. His family, who is a devotee from Trinidad, went to *chop him up* and he seriously apologised to that devotee, even buying clothes as gifts. (I request Adridharan Prabhu to give a copy of this letter to the Honorable Magistrate in Calcutta High Court, so that His Honor will know what we are up against.) This reminds me when Jayapataka swami sent 6 of his goondas in Malasia to beat up Radha Pran Prabhu. And when he carried 800 men to take back the Bangalore Temple.

There is now a Restraining Order that he cannot enter Bangalore. And Jayananda Prabhu from NY had to warn him. Madhu Pundit Prabhu has clearly stated, that anyone using violence against any honest reform devotees, WILL BE BANNED FOR LIFE FROM ENTERING INDIA. This is why all the silent honest American and Western devotees within ISKCON, must speak up and pray for an *out of court* settlement, before the Indian Government decides to ban all western Hare Krishnas, thinking we are all homosexuals and pretenders.

A last Ritvik point. Sridhar Swami was against the Ritvik System in both the 1930s and 1970s and so he helped mislead ISKCON and its leaders (other than the 11 acaryas), but in his book "Sermons", he said that Srila Prabhupada had made ritviks and he also left Govinda Maharaj as his Ritvik representative (check Gauridas for more info)

This is the stage now in ISKCON, if it is not corrected according to Srila Prabhupada's orders. Gaura Govinda Swami left his body. According to ISKCON'S deviated system, his disciples should all be diksha gurus, but the GBC forbids this. Why his *disciples* can't be *Diksa Gurus*???? And then they all break off and form their own movements. This system is only producing a pack of OPPORTUNISTS. History repeats itself. All are just waiting for the present *Acarays* to die, so we can take over their "zones" and all become big time *Gurus*.

We can't deliver our own selves, but we want to deliver others. A man who can't Swim but wants to jump in to save someone. So Srila Prabhupada made His *Will* and other legal documents, duly registered, because he had faith in the legal system, to protect His Movement after giving up His Body. Being A Pure Devotee, He knew that His disciples would Betray Him. I still think that if affidavits are signed, making sure that all cases are closed, if the GBC'S surrenders to Srila Prabhupada Orders, it will be a happy and glorious *out-of-court*settlement. SRILA PRABHUPADA SAID----" DON'T MAKE ME LIKE ALEXANDER THE GREAT." THANK YOU. HARE KRISHNA. your insignificant servant in the service of Srila Prabhupada, sudarshan dasa.

I leave you all with some of the sound vibrations from Srila Prabhupada.

Srila Prabhupada --"THE RAVANA WILL KILL AND RAMA WILL KILL. BETTER TO BE KILLED BY RAMA! Eh? That Marica --if he does not go to mislead Sita, he'll be killed by Ravana; and if he goes to be killed by Rama, then it is better." (VNN 4096 14/6/99)

Srila Prabhupada --"That is my only request, that at the last stage don't torture me and put me to death."(Nov. 3rd 1977)

Srila Prabhupada --"So as Krsna was attempted to be killed ...And Lord Jesus Christ was killed. So they may kill me also. (May 3rd 1976, Honolulu)

Srila Prabhupada --"Vahi bat ...je koi hamko poison kiya." (The same thing that I said, that someone has poisoned me.) (Nov. 10th 1977) Srila Prabhupada --"These, these rascals, they thought that *Jesus had a material body. Let us kill him.* So Jesus Christ bewildered them more, to remain rascal, that they will continue to think that Jesus had a material body." (June 15th 1974 Paris.)

Srila Prabhupada --"A sadhu, who has got the shelter of Krsna, if he is placed in the severest type of dangerous condition, he is never disturbed." (July 18th 1973 London)

JAI JAI JAI JAI JAI PRABHUPADA

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