Friday, April 15, 2011

ISKCON guru loses millions in business deals? ys pd

From Payonidhi dasa:

Dear Braja Bihari Prabhu, Please accept my humble obeisences. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. It was good seeing and talking to you again.

Now you stated Bhakti Caru Swami did not invest in the stock market, then what is the $6-7 million dollars he lost in some business transaction according to Deenabandhu Prabhu, or did he simply fabricate this? I have never seen or heard him fabricate things like that so I give it credit, as
a genuine concern for Srila Prabhupada's movement.

Why are some sannyasis in ISKCON addicted to wealth? HH Narayana Maharaja also noted this addiction to wealth by some ISKCON sannyasis and spoke out about it as they are properly exceptions, I know of at least 7 ISKCON sannyasis that seems very addicted to money and personal wealth and a couple of other GBC's and TP's.

1) Bhakti Caru Swami, that has allegedly lost 6-7 millions dollars by business dealings according to Deenabandhu Prabhu.

2) Romapada Swami as he has given a local disciple here a cash loan to buy a house, that he pays back with interest, he told me along with his wife when they dropped me to my house around 2-3 years ago. This is certainly illegal according to US laws, and why would any sannyasi have this kind of wealth? This is capitalistic exploitation of neophyte disciples.

3) I have also seen Navayogendra Swami's aggression for money, that he even insulted some congregational members in Seattle in 1994, I protested this to him and Harivilasa and was asked to leave, which was fine with me as I surely would not stay with the cheaters and the cheated. [I reported this to the GBC in 1995-96 and the GBC sent Prthu das to try to bring some stability to the area.]

4) Harivilasa has allegedly sold Spiritual sky many years ago, which really was ISKCOn property and not his to sell,this needs a clarification and investigation by the GBC.

5) I have witnessed Bhakti Caitanya Swami having a full bag with many thousand of dollars cash once we shared a room this gives me no trust in him.

6) I have seen the greed of Harikesa, Suhotra and Devamrta Swami for money, along with some of Harikesas former leading disciples, (in 2 cases these so-called disciples bought expensive cars, which is the reason at this time I left this zone in 1989).

7) Srila Prabhupada also wrote letters to some leading sannyasa disciples not to have their own houses, however there is several sannyasis in ISKCON in violation of this instruction. However if some disciples wants their spiritual master to have a house in Vrindavan or Mayapura we can not blame their devotion, but Srila Prabhupadas instruction is still there not to accept a house. The sannyasis are supposed to travel and preach not to sit down in one place and simply enjoy comforts. Strictly speaking of all asramas only grhasthas can have a house.

8) Also some devotee from ISKCON Denver accused Anuttama Prabhu for having a jewlery business when he was TP there many years ago, and that he profited from (using temple devotees to collect), not paying taxes or nothing as it was an illegal business. It would be good to know what really took place and if there is another side to the story?

9) The painting buiseness started by Bhavananda, Harikesa and Satsvarupa and others in the early 80s was also an illegal business, what to speak of the many scams used in New Vrindavan under the guidance of Kirtananda and Devamrta Swami [and Radhanatha swami].

10) The huge salary that some leaders have been paid in ISKCON is also a deviation of Srila Prabhupadas instructions that only sudras accept a salary
for devotional service.

11) Many leaders in ISKCON, GBC's, TP's and sannyasis have zero to little interest in the increasing of the distribution of Srila Prabhupada's books, what to speak of active participation for themselves and disciples. However to accept disciples that does not spread KC is simply useless.

12) Yukta viragya is not excuse for abuses of Laxmi that only belongs to Sri Krsna.

It is the duty of all members in ISKCON to distribute Srila Prabhupadas books and whether most will not accept this, this is the clear instruction of Srila Prabhupada, see SB 7.9.44 purport. An easy going life and advancement in KC does not go well together.

We can not be so selfish and not care for suffering humanity and not distribute prasadam, books and do Harinama on daily basis, this is also what temples are meant for. Not to simply ring the bells at the temples. Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada told Prabhupada to better sell the marble and print books.

The preaching mission is the most important. Financially transparency and more book distribution will do ISKCON a lot of good.

13) Some devotees are concerned that some BBT devotees live off of ISKCON and get a "free ride" without fully dedicating themselves to spreading KC. The more corruption and child molesters are not allowed and the spreading of KC through book distribution, prasadam distribution and Harinama
expands, the more KC will spread. We talked about congregation, certainly we should not neglect anyone, but the training them in KC is of great essence.

And once again I like to emphasize the more we chant the holy name, with faith and attention trying to avoid nama aparadhas the more we will become empowered to spread KC.16 rounds still remain the bare minimum for the neophytes, but Srila Prabhupada has explained in some of his lectures that
a real brahmana is constantly engaged in chanting Hare Krsna. 64 rounds remains the standard of Lord Caitanya and we should all work to get there not be lazy when it comes to chanting Hare Krishna, less prajalpa and more chanting.

I think it is good news you and your wife is in ISKCON Potomac and I believe you both will give new life to this temple, I trust your wife can serve Srila Prabhupada nicely as the TP there. I wish you both good luck and welcome, and as time goes perhaps I can become more involved in Potomac temple also, and help distribute books for the temple also. your servant
Payonidhi das

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