Saturday, August 12, 2017

Brooklyn Temple Imbroglio Update (08/12/17)

The latest news on Srila Prabhupada’s Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir in Brooklyn, NY. This post is from Sriman Madhumangala Das.

"Wake up Iskcon Devotees Worldwide !!!!

Ask the GBC why there are security guards dressed in black suits stationed at the doors to Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir in Brooklyn, NY? Just who are they trying to keep out? The only logical explanation is, those devotees and servants that don't approve of selling Sri Sri Radha Govinda's Temple.

Ramabhadra das has taken it upon himself to remove the Iskcon sign from the Temple facade. Does this signal that he has broken away from the ISKCON society even while the local GBC man Romapada Swami is still residing there?

How is this possible? How is it that we don't condone gambling and yet the the local Brooklyn Temple authorities and the GBC allowed a Bingo hall to operate for years on end on the Temple property? 

[PADA: What about the Haitian disco reported before that?]

All this happened while Romapada Swami was the GBC and Ramabhadra das was the president of the Brooklyn temple. How many devotees are aware that Romapada Swami's former disciple found bank statements years ago detailing that Romapada swami had millions of dollars in his bank account? (By the way, she was his official ACCOUNTANT.)

Why is it that Romapada Swami lent the Brooklyn Temple money years ago in the form of a loan with interest? Aren't sannyasis supposed to be the ultimate renunciates? If Romapada Swami is supposedly against the sale of the Temple how could he possibly still be living there?

The security guards stationed at the temple entrance are instructed to keep out those devotees who are known to be against the Temple sale. How can anyone sit by and watch all of this take place? How can the GBC have erred in such an egregious manner?

How has the GBC allowed Romapada Swami to own not one but two additional buildings in Brooklyn? (It is rumored that Romapada swami owns other buildings throughout the tri-state area under shell corporations and regularly makes loans to others at competitive interest rates. Where is the forensic accountant who will clear Romapada swami's name?)

How and from where could a renunciate get such large sums of money? Why did Srila Prabhupada live so humbly yet those that are supposed to be his representatives live such opulent lifestyles? Just go to Vrindavan and see how many of the ISKCON Gurus have their own personal residences.

Are we supposed to believe that Srila Prabhupada would approve of this? How is it that Srila Prabhupada couldn't be cheated out of his Juhu Property in Mumbai by a non-devotee, yet under the GBC's watch another Iskcon Temple has yet again been taken (or stolen?) by a devotee/Temple President?

Remember the Bangalore, India and Freeport, NY former ISKCON temples?

Something is extremely wrong here. It should also be of paramount importance that the assembled devotees understand that there is no cash register in the restaurant downstairs. This fact makes it extremely easy to both hide and launder cash money. Just how many $$$$ does the restaurant make daily?

Or weekly?
Or monthly?

Corruption is all that keeps coming to mind. After all, the complete temple finances are meant to be known by the entire congregation on a minimum of a yearly basis. Unfortunately this hasn't happened in at least the past two decades (20 years) to date.

Back to Romapada Swami... How is it that Romapada swami stood by and watched as all of the Brooklyn Temple locks were being changed? Does this sound like he was helping the GBC Body remove Ramabhadra das as president?
The most shocking of all, is that it is no secret that Ramabhadra das and Romapada Swami have shared a serious dislike for one another for many years, yet for some reason they were able to put aside that dislike and unite to sell their own Guru, Srila Prabhupada's Brooklyn Temple.

Sure seems like the almighty dollar has played a significant role in all of this, doesn't it? This whole situation could have been avoided had the GBC been paying close attention to the rapidly decaying situation in Srila Prabhupada’s Brooklyn, NY temple over the past 3 decades (30 years) , but they didn't.

How can anyone expect that the same GBC will act in a more responsible fashion from this point forward? If this can happen in Brooklyn, NY during the celebration of '50 yrs of ISKCON', where it all began, why can't your temple be next on the for sale list? Just ask the Irish devotees and their GBC about the sale of their 2 temples.

Has your temple become a 'valuable real estate property', mostly debt free?

You had better be vigilant. Which of Srila Prabhupada's temples, your temple, will be next on the secret sale list? Madhumangala prabhu asks that if care at all about Srila Prabhupada’s temples and His ISKCON, Krsna consciousness movement, then please share this with all your friends.

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