Deena Bandhu prabhu just sent this report:
Please Join us in Prayers for Surabhi, the architect of Vrindavan and Juhu Temples, and Pushpa Samadhi in Mayapur. At this time, he has come to Vrindavan to leave this world, as he lost the battle with cancer. Went to see him this morning, he was unconscious and the devotees were doing kirtan. Just for the service of building two of Srila Prabhupada's favorite temples, he is assured the highest destination!"
PADA: There was a "big" celebration of the anniversary of the Krishna Balarama -- Vrndavana temple this year, and only a little more than 100 "Prabhupada disciples" came for the event. Surabhi and Brahmananda were among them, and both of them are now gone. This begs the question, what happened to all the original 5,000 devotees of Prabhupada, that only such a small number are coming to one of the biggest ceremonies?
Of course Kurma rupa has also recently departed as well. Its seems to us that -- out of the 5,000 original disciples, almost all of them have sort of disappeared into the wood work of the regular society, and a number have already departed, untimely. And by looking at the state of Jayapataka, Satsvarupa and some of the others, they are not doing very well at all.
We think this "epidemic of premature departures" is a sort of reaction from the fact that many more of these devotees should have taken charge of defending Krishna's institution from the self evident criminal take over. At least they could have given us renegades some sort of support, since it was pretty much well known we were trying to address these issues.
When I was interviewed by a CBS news woman in 1986, the person who had filmed Kirtanananda sitting on his big throne covered with his golden crown and silken outfit, she said to me that if this odious form of worship was going on in her church, she would have personally gone up and pulled that bogus man off his big seat, and she would have personally stopped his worship, even if that meant she would have been killed.
She told me emphatically, she would not allow such foolish worship to be going on in her religion, period. And I believe her, she really would have gone up and pulled some fool off a big chair -- if that was going on in her church -- because she understands the principle of not allowing pompous fools to be worshiped in one's church.
That's what normal people think when their religion is invaded by pompous fools who take the place of Jesus. They do something about it. She said, your religion is based on the "fight for justice" of the Bhagavad Gita, thus begging the question, why haven't more of your people been helping you and Sulochana fight for justice? That is what she and others have asked me over the years, and no doubt thousands or maybe even millions of people have the same question in mind: Why did almost everyone seem to acquiesce with this bogus pooja?
Of course -- its way worse than that -- many of my dear God Brothers were kicking me hard in the booty every inch of the way, because they did not want the bogus messiahs project to be challenged, at all. I think this is called sympathy for the Devil.
Anyway! I really don't want to speak ill of the dead here, when they are not here to defend themselves, but this is a publicly known issue at this point. Many people wonder why all this corruption was not challenged by more of the "senior devotees" of the mission. Of course, this was the same trouble we had in the 1936 Gaudiya Matha, a few fools sat in the big seats, and most of the rank and file ran off, dispersed into the wind, and were simply gone, seems like a pattern?
The good news is that at least we have some sort of rag tag resistance of our own going on, mostly from the second and now third generation people, and its gaining momentum. Anyway! This is the question I get all the time, where did they all go? Why didn't they help you renegade guys? I dunno, that is the only answer I have. At the same time, I also believe that Krishna will give everyone credit for whatever service they have done, so any service is way better than none. Have a good voyage Surabhi prabhu, I sincerely do wish you well! ys pd