PADA: Thanks Gaurahari. Right, the problem is when we have maverick self-styled "pure devotee" acharyas there is no accountability, even when it comes to the treatment of children. Hence: Most of the money that was meant to give education, school buildings, food, clothing, supplies, housing, soap, etc. for the ISKCON CHILDREN was siphoned off (stolen) by the guru sabha so they could live a jet set lifestyle.
And we thus found many of these "gurus" doing things like: Eating fifty course meals; Going to the French Riviera to lift weights in the Hilton gym; Gambling in Reno; Buying $5,000 usd gold and diamond writing pens; Having their own seperate private house with 30 servants; And of course riding around in Chauffeur driven big Cadillacs,... I recall Jayatirtha who wanted to buy Hugh Hefners Boeing 747 "because it had a swimming pool," ad infinitum. Meanwhile the children in their "care" were eating rotten moldy oatmeal, they sometimes had no blankets, soap and so forth. Some kids died of medical neglect, some had teeth falling out from malnutrition, and many were given low class teachers with no education training -- i.e. anyone that would work for the lowest dollar amount, then the molesters were brought in to be "advisors," etc.
Some children told me: there was only 4,000 kids in the whole movement, and of that amount -- we estimate around 2,000 of us were molested. So what kind of "gurus" are orchestrating that? So this is what happens when there is no accountability in any "absolute" tyrant's regimes, people suffer. So this was not the system Prabhupada intended, he wanted a management system, not independent maverick self styled un-accountable "acharyas." Many of these acharyas and their sycophants STILL live like jet-set Kings even today. So we really had no other option but to help the victims file a lawsuit, even though many of the parents of the molested children sometimes still beat on me with shoes for helping their children, saying I was "destroying ISKCON."
So this is the real reason the children are so badly alienated, there was a molester infrastructure and then another deviation of massive denial by the so-called leaders, parents and elders, and unless this root issue is addressed, all the rest is simply adjusting the window dressing. ys pd