Dear Vasu Murti: No, the reason the children of ISKCON are alienated is because they were mistreated by the current leadership and their abusive regime since 1977, not because these leaders do not attend interfaith meetings? The ex-kids are upset that many of the original leaders of the abuse infrastructure are still in charge. These ex-kids tell my kids this all the time, i.e. the leaders who created the abuse system are still in charge, that is why they are so upset. For example one child commited suicide after he saw that Dhanurdar was still being allowed into ISKCON and worshipped like a saint, what does this have to do with interfaith? What does this have to do with vegetarianism?
And the children are still being frozen out of posts in ISKCON. And to make matters worse, the GBC has cheated them out of their settlement funds by declaring bankrupt. And a number of ex-children wrote me saying they are mortified the GBC just buried a known molester aka Kirtananada in Vrndavana, and local Brijabasis were upset as well over this. Are we going to discuss the merits of burying a convicted criminal and molester in the holy dham, at interfaith meetings? -- And how this type thing is upsetting to the children of ISKCON? One of the Brijabasis wrote me and asked "who is this white guy being buried here," and when I told them it was Kirtanananda and who he was, they were totally freaking out. If we go to interfaith meetings, none of this is going to be addressed?
And the main reason the ordinary common people of the West are alienated is because they read all about this mistreatment of children issue in the details of the $400m lawsuit which was in every Newspaper in the USA, as well as from 1978 about all kinds of other newspaper accounts of other crimes, drug mules arrested, Laguna PDI drugs bust, abuses, lawsuits, gurus going crazy shooting at occupied buildings, etc. How is interfaith meetings going to change the fact that the same people who promoted all this behavior as acharyas and their regime are still in charge? Now you are telling me, we need to address all this at interfaith meetings? Yes, you have gone off the reservation. And when I was in Los Angeles the GBC leaders there asked me what they needed to do to satisfy me, I said, write a one paragraph letter saying that child molesters and their supporter infrastructure are not, were not, could not have been messiahs of God. They refused. And you want to bring this up at interfaith meetings? Well good luck there! ys pd