BY: MAHAVIDYA DAS (ACBSP)
Sep 24, 2011 — UK (SUN) —
I read Bhaja Hari prabhu's recent article… yes it's been 40 years since HDG AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada came to the UK. Since that time, both temples referred to in Bhaja Hari's article (as have all the other ISKCON UK temples)
have been formally registered as Hindu temples.
I had no idea when I joined ISKCON in 1973, and also danced up and down the streets of London, that we were in fact promoting Hinduism.
Since that time I have attended the many Hindu festivals promoted by ISKCON UK.
I have witnessed the marriage of non-devotees in front of our ISKCON Hindu Deities.
I have witnessed the blessings of cars by our ISKCON Hindu priests.
I have witnessed our ISKCON Hindu priests pay each other secret wages.
I have witnessed our ISKCON spiritual adviser openly sell alcohol.
I have witnessed our ISKCON leadership practise racial discrimination in order to promote Hinduism.
I have witnessed our ISKCON management cover-up and secretly re-employ a known child abuser.
I have witnessed ISKCON members having to beg the ISKCON management to take the minibus on sankirtan.
I have witnessed our ISKCON leadership asking its ISKCON members to sign a Confidentiality Agreement.
I have never witnessed... or even heard of any of the prabhus in Bhaja Hari's attached photos actually complain.
So yes... it's wonderful to see some of the prabhus out there practising the Yuga Dharma. And… yes… it's nice to take a sentimental trip down memory lane... but just what is the legacy we are leaving to the next generations?