Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Famous Poisoning Cases In History

[PADA: While we were discussing the poison issue with a Brijabasi (resident of Vrndavana) he said the November 1977 poison tape clearly shows that Srila Prabhupada was saying "someone is giving me poison." And he was convinced that Srila Prabhupada had been intentionally poisoned by his motivated leaders.

He also said that while its relatively unknown to us Westerners -- gurus are sometimes poisoned, fed broken glass, and killed in other covert ways to "take over" their mission, and this happens more than we would suspect in India.

Apparently poison has been used in all kinds of other ways in the Western history as well. Tamal Krishna was reading Machiavelli's "The Prince" and the Borgia's Papal system was famous for poisoning critics, opponents and enemies. As one devotee told us recently, its a plain miracle you (the PADA editor) are alive -- at all. ys pd] 


  1. There was one famous religious reformer called Dayananda Saraswati, not the recent one, but 150 years ago, who preached that it did not matter what caste one had. A certain King did not like his teachings, but Dayananda did not know that, so he accepted an invitation to dine at the King's palace. The King then poisoned the food of Dayananda and he died. This story was well known in India around that time.

  2. Formerly artists like Rembrandt, Rubens, Titian, Tintoretto would never eat anything when something was offered to them at invitations. This was normal etiquette for artists. Among artists there was such kind of rivalry that lots of them died under mysterious circumstance.
    This practice among great painters to never accept eatables or drinks is mentioned in their diaries. Agreed at medieval time there was hardly a chance to find out when someone was poisoned. Many people also died quite early. Mayapur in 1977 might be quite similar situation - no real doctors, no laboratories, no chance to carry out a substantiated postmortem examination. So when people are poisoned in many parts of India it is common practice not to have field investigation and conduct an investigation.


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