Madhavadasa Das: I have no difficulty with there being three branches of Iskcon: Diksha, Ritvik, and BV Narayana Mahraja. And pointing out faults can be helpful, so long as it is constructive and free of rumor, distortion, and fanaticism. If we come together humbly for Mangal Arotika and Guru Puja, all conflicts will be resolved in due course of time.
PADA: The problem is: that the GBC has a policy of -- removing, banning and even threatening our devotees. I was excommunicated myself in 1978. I have received many threats. They are also spending millions and millions and millions of rupees suing us in India. So, as soon as we try to chant Hare Krishna and preach about the glories of the acharya, we are attacked, verbally, sometimes physically, and of course, with massive lawsuits. Over the past 12 years the GBC has spent a vast fortune suing us, instead of printing books, feeding the poor, opening new temples and so on. They are spending money on attacking us because they do not want to have our Prabhupadanuga program. They also have a strict policy that no prasadam is allowed EVER, as soon as we say -- we cannot offer bhogha to conditioned souls, they kick us out. They strictly do not allow prasadam (bhogha offfered to the pure devotee) and this is why they removed me in 1978, I did not want to eat bhogha offered to conditioned souls, I wanted to eat prasadam and not bhogha. They still will not allow prasadam, that is their strict program. The good news is that we are making new Prabhupadanugas every day, so we are going ahead. ys pd
Ananda Goldstein-Damerla Omg. Never heard it put that way before.
Diane Lopez It is darkest before Dawn, All Glories and most humble obeisances onto His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.