Lenny Sislac: Ratnavrinda’s last days : ISKCON (Hare Krishna) of San Diego
"One of the ISKCON San Diego’s early devotees and pioneers, Mother Ratnavrnda, a disciple of Srila Prabhuapda, is very close to leaving her body. She will be with us for only a few more days, at most. Please spend a little time chanting to this wonderful devotee who has done so much service for Srila Prabhupaada.
KPDD: San Diego devotees, please go and chant for this mataji!
Lenny Sislac: Notice word choice, "early devotees" as if time to die is twice overdue. Hello! These devotees are about 60 and supposed to preach for another 30 years to all those youngsters. So it should be clear that GBC created such a hell for rank & file devotees, that their only option is to leave.
PADA: Yes, some of my neighbors here are 85 years old and they are still going to work every day. My neighbor who is 71 is outside in the freezing cold rain building a fence right now. Of course, they believe in Jesus, and thus they believe they are serving an actual pure devotee, which gives them inspiration and hopefulness.
Srila Prabhupada said his guru God brothers gave him, "depression, repression, oppression." Thus it seems many ISKCON members are undergoing a sort of slow motion "death by depression, repression and oppression" from false gurus, because they could not steer themselves around this obstacle they way Srila Prabhupada was able to do, and / or attack them the way some of us have done, which at least gave some of us hope that we were changing the situation. Yes, for some the only option is to leave, I think this is one of the reasons so many "first generation" devotees are dying off before they even get to 65 years of age. Many are barely making it to 60. Something is wrong here, fer sure. ys pd