ISKCON Bans Discussion
From Dasarath Suta das
Hari bol Hansadutta Prabhu:
Thanks for super speedy delivery of your after-thoughts. I still need a copy of Srila Prabhupada, His Movement and You, since the one I saw was someone else’s. Or if you want me to give some away to earnest followers of His Divine Grace, send 1/2 dozen, if you can.
Enclosed is our N.B. list you requested. Their Lordships are very kind to allow us to glorify them in some tiny way.
Talking to you and then Yashodanandan Prabhu finally cleared up the small doubt I had. Now I can see you are following the proper conclusion. May you have all success in opening the devotees’ eyes. Srimad Puri Maharaja is exactly right: “Just give Harinam and teach them to worship the Mahabhagavat.”
Hope you are well and singing songs of Vrindaban consciousness.
Dasarath Suta das
From Saradiya devi dasi, New York
29 December 1993
Dear Hansadutta das Prabhu:
Please accept my respects. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
Wow! Thanks for the magazine. I love it, really says it all. That is where my heart is, but can’t reveal my heart to many. (In other words, let other devotees know how I feel about the guru issue.) Am so glad that you are also walking the walk, not just talking the talk. (I’m not even talking.) ….
Saradiya devi dasi
From Gauridas Pandit das
8 January 1994
Dear Hansadutta Prabhu:
Please accept my respectful obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
Thank you so much for your magazines and newsletter. I must say both the quality of the printing and writing are first class. This is a magazine that will remain. It has integrity. You make a lot of great points that I have not heard before. That’s why I feel it’s very important that we network among like-minded devotees and keep the communication going. Your magazine should be read by all devotees. Any who don’t accept it deserve to be cheated. What honest person can deny the simple truth?
I had a meeting with Hridayananda Maharaja the other day. I should have tape-recorded it, but it happened spontaneously. I went over to his apartment, and he was talking to Jagajivan Prabhu, who was pretty much going along with all of H.M.’s twisted explanations. H.M. said he is an uttama adhikari. Every time we tried to ask a question, he would filibuster the conversation. He would not let me talk, and when I finally did get to say something, he would not address the real points. When Jagat Guru das brahmachari (rittvik-initiated) asked about Srila Prabhupada’s statement that you had to be a resident of Krishna Loka to be a spiritual master, H.M. replied that all the temples are Krishna Loka; therefore, he lives in Krishna Loka! When asked about the statement in the will that all future BBT trustees should be Srila Prabhupada’s disciples and how could they be disciples after the current generation is all gone, under the current ISKCON system, he replied that we were trying to derive a direct meaning out of an indirect statement. Talk about word jugglery! After talking to him and Jayadvaita Swami last week, I can see why the GBC refuses to discuss this topic anymore. They don’t have a leg to stand on! H.M. told me in front of about 15 devotees that he would not respond to any of my questions anymore and was yelling and very angry. He lost his cool totally! Then I said that my main complaint was that the GBC wouldn’t discuss the Guru issue, as called for in the 1990 GBC meeting in San Diego. I said the resolution called for an international meeting, but instead of having a meeting, they prepared their ISKCON Journal, which is a pack of lies, and declared that anyone who discusses rittvik will be kicked out of the temples. Fascism to the max! H.M. said, “‘Pack of lies!’ What are you talking about?” I said, “There are many—for instance, Satyadhanya Maharaja said that I was Tamal’s servant, not Prabhupada’s.” At this, H.M. said that S.M. has done more service than I could ever do for Prabhupada. I replied that he has molested young boys in the Gurukula. H.M. said, “I’m going to ask you a question before I kick you out of here. Do you think that when I said S.M. did great service I was referring to his child molestations?” I replied, “Of course not.” I got up and said, “It’s obvious that I’m not getting anywhere with you, and you’re not getting anywhere with me, so I’ll go, and I hope you all have a nice meeting. And by the way, a rittvik acharya is also an honorable position. Hare Krishna. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!” Instead of convincing our Jagat Guru Prabhu to join his camp, he left the Clearwater scene altogether and has now joined Yashodanandan Prabhu for now. H.M. also said that his disciples are more advanced than I, although the ones I know here are rude, sleep in, and one even beats up homeless people! Real advanced! His followers are fanatics. One said he could be a cowherd boy (he wears a cowboy hat). The other day, one of his “pastimes” was playing basketball! Well, I guess if you can’t sweat in the kirtan, you can play sports?! Let’s get real. Rittvik is reality.
We are looking forward to your Prabhupada festival in May. I hope you get the support you need to print all of your good works in glorification of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada!
Gauridas Pandita dasa