Srila Prabhupada, His Movement & You

Reviving Association

From Dinadayadri dasi,
Ferndale, Michigan
15 March 1994

Dear Hansadutta Prabhu:

Please accept my most humble obeisances. All glories to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada!

I’m not sure if you received my letter of February 14, 1994, so I’m writing again to request more copies of Srila Prabhupada, His Movement and You. My friend Karunika told me she was so deeply touched by this book that she and her husband, Dean, phoned you after they read it to offer you their support. These are very good people and enthusiastic preachers who unfortunately have suffered much mistreatment within ISKCON and have distanced themselves from the association of devotees, like so many of us have had to do to protect our sanity. So when people like us read your heart-piercing presentation of the inner truths about Srila Prabhupada’s movement, we are moved to tears and we become filled with hope instead of despair. I am so encouraged by Karunika’s reaction to your book (I have been trying to discuss the same issues with her for years but could not get through, I supposed because of my own impurity) that I would like to distribute more copies to other friends and see if we can get something good going here in the Detroit area. There are many other good devotees around here with resources and enthusiasm who have simply been languishing in materialistic life-styles for years because there is no pure force to draw them together (i.e. Srila Prabhupada is covered up and not very much manifest at the local ISKCON temple).

So please, Prabhu, let me know as soon as possible or have someone else let me know how I can obtain more copies of Srila Prabhupada, His Movement and You. If they are out of print, perhaps we could help get more copies published. One of the people I want to send a copy to is Naranarayana; I know he is going to love it and feel proud to be your friend.

If more copies are not immediately available, may I have permission to make a few photocopies to distribute? I pray this meets you in good health and transcendental bliss! Hare Krishna!

Your servant,
Dinadayadri dasi

From Dinadayadri dasi,
Ferndale, Michigan
2 May 1994

Dear Hansadutta Prabhu:

Please accept my most humble obeisances. All glories to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada.

Thank you very much for the generous shipment of books you recently sent me (ten each of Srila Prabhupada, His Movement and You and Excommunicated, Uncommunicated, Incommunicado plus two copies of Every Town & Village, Vol. 7, No. 4). Although you did not send an invoice or ask for payment, please find enclosed my donation of $101 for your Nama Hatta World Sankirtan Party.

I would very much like to develop a Nama Hatta style community of devotees in this area and have been intensely desiring this for the past several years. Therefore I feel that your very potent books have been sent by Srila Prabhupada and Lord Krishna to help me fulfill this desire. Since trying to come back to Krishna consciousness in 1991, after eight years of foolishly trying to forget spiritual life by indulging in material sense gratification (I left ISKCON in 1983, because I couldn’t cope with the pain of seeing Srila Prabhupada minimized within his own movement), I have found it very difficult to find like-minded devotees to associate with who aren’t too much distracted by various mundane pursuits. Most devotees around here are quite apathetic about spiritual life, so I am hoping that together we can rediscover the fire Srila Prabhupada originally ignited in our hearts for serving the mission of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. I am no better off than anyone else and recognize my dire need for Vaishnava association to help me overcome the bad habits I have picked up in the past ten years. Regrettably, I just can’t seem to find the strength at this point to once again take up practicing Krishna consciousness purely all by myself; hence my plan is to try to create some good association for myself with the help of your books to get started.

One issue I would request you to address when you get the Inside Nama Hatta newsletter going is the tampering with Srila Prabhupada’s books by ISKCON that I have seen mentioned in your Every Town & Village and elsewhere (VVR and PADA). I would like to know if it is possible to document these changes by printing the original passages alongside the changed ones with comments about any philosophical ramifications of the changes. Even if the changes made so far aren’t that significant and don’t change the original meaning, I’m sure you would agree that this is a very dangerous precedent, and a great affront to Srila Prabhupada’s divine vani. I very strongly feel that this policy of changing Srila Prabhupada’s books must be stopped and that all changes should be returned to their original form.

Thanks again for all your help and inspiration, Hansadutta Prabhu. I pray that your endeavors to re-establish Srila Prabhupada as our true Sampradaya Acharya meet with all success, for the sake of us all.

Your servant,
Dinadayadri dasi

P.S. If ISKCON is reluctant to give specific information regarding changes made to Srila Prabhupada’s books, do you think legal channels should be investigated to force them? I find the thought of legal recourse very distasteful—it reminds me of the Gaudiya Math’s crooked path, which Srila Prabhupada was so critical of.

From Hansadutta das,
Cloverdale, California
2 May 1994

Dear Bhakta das:

Please accept my most humble obeisances. Thank you for your letter and check for $108.00 donation. Today I received the letters and article you sent to Das in Singapore. Please forgive me for not replying you sooner. Veda Prabhu had donated the cost of a computer and printer, and I am just now using it to type my first letter to you. Needless to say, this computer technology boggles my mind. Anyway, I will give it my best shot.

May 20, 21 and 22nd we will have our first festival here. It would be nice to have a week-long festival every year here at the campground, or even two weeks. Devotees could come and go at their leisure, like Kumba Mehla at Prayag, India.

Since three weeks now we are going Friday night to Santa Rosa for sankirtan in the park at downtown Fourth Street. At 6:00 pm we take everyone to a rented space above a popular book store and conduct a standard program of kirtan, lecture and prasadam. The first week, about 15 punks, freaks, misfits and varnasankara type young people attended our program. The second week, the attendance doubled. Chitsukananda’s son (23 years old now) showed up, beaming from ear to ear that some devotees had finally appeared in his neighborhood. Gauridas and his wife Sacimata have moved to our place, and because of him I was inspired to move my miserable, lazy body into sankirtan gear. I have become too lazy and lethargic, but Krishna is so kind upon me, He has sent someone to help me get going.

As for trying to bring the ISKCON hard-liners to their senses, it is as impractical as trying to convert a typewriter into a computer. IMPOSSIBLE!

The future is in simply going out to the street or door to door, chanting the holy name and inviting people to participate in Bhagavad-gita classes and prasadam distribution. All these sophisticated plans and dreams of big preaching are really only products of our aversion to doing the simple task of presenting ourselves as the servant of Srila Prabhupada and the Holy Name. I was very enlivened to be in my element again, like in the old days. This is what we were trained to do, and this is what Krishna and Srila Prabhupada want us to do, and this is what the young, misguided generation of punks and misfits need to see and hear. It was good for us, it is good for them. It was what Lord Chaitanya did personally as an example, so we must do this. This is what Prabhupada also did for us, so we can continue the tradition in his name, to recruit.

I was thinking there is no need to open any centers, but new devotees should be kept in the consciousness of being traveling mendicants for as long as possible, as we were in the early days. I am convinced that there is a whole new generation of young people out there, starving for Krishna consciousness. It is up to us to appear on the scene and vibrate the Holy Name and the message of Srila Prabhupada. These youngsters see us like father and mother. We are not young anymore. We are old. That has a certain gravity, which we did not have before. Also, so many of our immature kinks have faded away. I feel a new wave, a renaissance coming on. What do you think?

We must abandon thinking and lamenting over the past. We must not expect anything from the god-brothers. Only Srila Prabhupada can help us. No one else can help us. No one has ever helped us, except Srila Prabhupada.

I hope that you are well, and that we will be able to see you soon here in USA. Also, I will practice the computer communication skills and be more in touch with you. Obeisances, and glories to Srila Prabhupada. My obeisances to Guru Kripa Maharaja.

Your humble servant,
Hansadutta das

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22 Responses to Srila Prabhupada, His Movement & You

  1. I shall be including sections of this very intelligent, but flawed, commentary in an upcoming article that will be posted on one of our websites. As I told you in 1988, I would read the book that you gave me. I have read, more than once, both of your books, as well as this article. You are close. The quote from Vaikunthanatha, as potent as it appears to be, is still evidence not conclusive proof. Indeed, and somewhat ironically, you have prominently posted in another section of your website, that famous letter you received from His Divine Grace wherein he said that his movement may have gurus given the title of Bhaktivedanta (for their advanced learning and realization in the supreme science) by 1975. This was not realized, however, as we all know. Instead, eleven men–yourself one of them–went, in your own words to me back in the Eighties “way too far.” Nevertheless, misuse of a great science does not render it useless. The rittvik process (and I spell this word exactly as you do, so we have something in common there) in relation to Srila Prabhupada ended on November 15, 1977; the last genuinely initiated disciple of Prabhupada was Mahapurana das, an African-American devotee, at (again, somewhat ironically, although Nityananda prabhu was already in Mississippi by that time) the New Orleans yatra just hours before Prabhupada departed us in manifest form. The real issue here is not rittvik; the real issue is “regular guru, that’s all.” What did that mean? I ask this rhetorically, as I am confident that I know what it means. Similarly, as was revealed in your presence at Topanga Canyon in early December of 1980, the eleven men named on July 9-10, 1977 where not to create any kind of exclusive monopoly based upon their having been given the renewal of the service of rittvik, which had been suspended for a period of time before that summer. I think that you would agree that close is not good enough here. We may put together the pieces of the puzzle in a different chronological order–and that is to be expected–but, when it is finished, all the pieces fit together in one way and one way only. There is one perfect way, and we both agree that the vitiated GBC has not established, nor does it represent, that way. Yet, there arguments have some power to them, especially in terms of pragmatic considerations–Western pragmatism, that is. Indeed, I pick up no dearth of pragmatism in your presentations both in your books and on your website. The issue is not pragmatism itself, as Prabhupada was very results oriented. The issue is the difference between Western pragmatism and Vedic or Vaishnava pragmatism. There is one essential difference between them, and a hint of what that is can be found in Nityananda prabhu’s favorite slogan: Satyam eva jayate.
    One other thing to keep in mind. Kindly do not misread anything personal into this, because it is not intended for any specific initiated devotee (1966-1977) of Prabhupada. We both agree that the GBCs of Prabhupada and his guru deviated in egregious ways. What was the ultimate result thirty years after the first such deviation? Or, rather, how did Lord Chaitanya choose to rectify that situation? It wasn’t via any kind of rittvik arrangement, was it.
    So, I am being stimulated to some extent by what I am reading on your website and in reviewing your books (I have both of them) once again. In due course, it should produce an article that goes into detail on all of these spiritual raw nerve topics. Obviously, I had very little association with His Divine Grace in comparison to your good self; I was only alone with him once for about four minutes. So, you are very blessed, and I admire your spiritual good fortune. It empowers you to carry on, no doubt. Still, you and I have another thing in common that is certainly rare amongst Prabhupada’s actually initiated disciples, viz., neither of us was preached to before coming to the temple and deciding to surrender. I have read your historical account, it was impressive, and I could relate to it. Mine was different, obviously, but the principle was the same. As such, we each stand for something and push something independent of mass opinion and negativity of the enforced conformity. Your version of rittvik–and there are quite a number of them–is different from the others, and that is to be expected, also.
    Once I produce the above-mentioned article (for the first time, I am seriously considering employing the A & A format in doing so), would you like me to notify you of its posting along with a hyperlink? I shall not be offended if you answer this specific query in the negative nor shall I be offended if I do not hear from you at all. We are all meant to reach the stage of sthita-prajna, in which it is certain that His Divine Grace would order us to become diksa-guru, not rittvik. Until then, we are meant to preach to newcomers, stress Prabhupada as their siksa-guru, and keep them in the process at the level of sadhu-sanga. It is an impetus to get very sincere and serious and reach the stage of mahimni sve mahiyate, i.e., drsta evatmanisvare. If we could not or cannot reach even this stage, which is prior to bhava, then what was the meaning of Srila Prabhupada coming here in the first place and training us to become gurus? And he certainly wanted this, as you well know, and as evidenced, if not indeed proved, by his letter to you in 1975.
    Hoping that this meets you and your good wife in good health and cheerful mood, I beg to remain . . .
    Your eternal servant,

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  3. Suvarna says:

    Thank you for this book Hansadutta Prabhu. Very wonderful writing. I am very grateful. Thank you. Your servant Suvarna

  4. Suvarna says:

    is this book available to purchase?

  5. I have no motre copies for saler, you can download the whole text from Nama Hatta, or write to…… perhaps they have a copy,
    Thank you nfor appriociating my realizations. I do not write for money, or noteriety. I have written according to my experience and heart felt love for Prabhupada

    Your humble servant,
    I shaould have done better,
    But I fell. failed and am very repentant about that, and still working to get up and do the right thing.

    • tarunkrishna das says:

      Haribol ji, may i say Hansdutta ji at least you have said you made mistakes , been open about what went wrong for you, not many from that time have or ever will, bless you ji ,..haribol

    • Nilesh Dalal says:

      Hare Krishna prabhuji,
      Please consider to reprint your book not for fame or for glory but to help other innocent jivas from following the bogus gurus. I just discovered your website. But there are others where this message has to be reached. Please help to redirect Prabhupada’s vision in it’s true direction. Senior true devotees like yourself is our only link to the truth.
      Hari Bol.

    • dhaval moradiya says:

      hare krishna
      i want to purchasse of this book …

  6. Martin says:

    Hare Krishna. Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

    For many years I have been searching for the audio of the so-called appointment tape of May 28, 1977. Do you have the audio file, and if so, could you please email it to me or post it to YouTube? I have read the transcript and understand that Srila Prabhupada appointed ritviks, but I would like to hear the audio for myself.

  7. William Regular says:

    Hare Krishna!!
    Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!!

    Thank you very much for your profound realizations. i really felt indebted.. it gives me more light since you personally advice me to read first before i come to visit any ISKCON temple. i will write you someday in regards of this book.
    Again, thank you very much Hansadutta Prabhu

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  9. Lou says:

    Dear Hansadutta Das,
    I remember you in Berkely in 1976 or so. I used to frequent the temple there often. I have not been to an ISKCON temple since then although I occasionally try to keep up on ISKCON news. I am a devotee of Avatar Meher Baba. I have no qualifications to judge but the letter you’ve shared seems to clearly spell out Srila Prabhupada’s wishes. It makes it very clear: “The newly initiated devotees are disciples of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada …” It is truly a shame that ISKCON has been divided all these years and I pray your efforts are helpful. Congratulations on your honesty and sincere work.

  10. Probir saha says:

    Jay radha!! I love “krishna” but i love you too.,’prabhupada’

  11. Vishnujana says:

    Hansadutta please accept my humble obeisances as a older Godbrother. I would like to talk to you about the ritvik system and where do you stand with post 1977 ISKCON. I would also like to know if you yourself know about the poisoning of our Spiritual Master A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada by your Godbrothers (perhaps you were aware but did not do anything) as well as your Godbrothers and the heinous acts they have done such as kirtananda and bhakti thirtha and many others. Please write back to me as soon as possible. If you truly following Srila Prabhupada you would allow for us to start a conversation to help this poor lost soul find some happiness. You are one of the last Ritvik Representative of Srila Prabhupada who was chosen by HIM. do not let this go to waste. Rise up Hansadutta and fight for Srila Prabhupada if you are sincere. Do not become clouded by illusion like arjuna at the battle of kurusetra with his family members. Just because they are your Godbrothers does not make it right to let them destroy Prabhupada ISKCON and take so many to hell with them. there are many scattered sects of the ritvik camp around the world with some truly devoted to Prabhupada and others for some materialistic purposes. Are we to let our faith become like the christian faith which is scattered from protestant to catholic to coptic orthodox to Pentecostal? Why do you sit and do nothing? Become a true ritvik and defend Prabhupada order and stop this second poisoning which is being done to Prabhupada Books. They are new devotees that are coming in this movement and many are lost because of the so many ritvik camps as well that they do not want to associate with ISKCON example my self and few friends. All I ask of you from my self is to write back to me so we may talk with my friends on your place and what we can do. Hare Krsna Jai Prabhupada.

    • Vishnujana says:

      Srila Prabhupada: Keu bole je keu poison kore diyeche. Hoy to tai.
      Translation: Someone says that I’ve been poisoned. It’s possible.

      Balaram Mishra (?): Hmm?

      Kaviraja: Kya farma rahe hain?
      Translation: What is he saying?

      Srila Prabhupada: Koi bolta hai je koi mujhko poison kiya gaya hai.
      Translation: Someone says that someone has given poison.

      Kaviraja: Kisko?
      Translation: To whom?

      Srila Prabhupada: Mujhko.
      Translation: To me.

      Kaviraja: Kaun bolta hai?
      Translation: Who said?

      Srila Prabhupada: Ye sab friends.
      Translation: These all friends.

      Bhakticharu: Ke boleche, Srila Prabhupada?
      Translation: Who said, Srila Prabhupada?

      Srila Prabhupada: Ke boleche.
      Translation: They all say.

      Tamal Krishna: Krishna das?

      Kaviraja: Ao ko kaun poison dega? Kis liye dega?
      Translation: Who would give you poison? Why would anyone do that?

      Tamal Krishna: Who said that, Srila Prabhupada?

      Srila Prabhupada: I do not know, but it is said.

      Exchange 1 – Mixture of English, Hindi and Bengali (9/11/77)

      Jagadisha: Srila Prabhupada, can you tell us why you want to go on the parikrama? (travelling to visiting holy places)
      Prabhupada: …good paddy.
      Tamala Krsna: This seems like suicide, Srila Prabhupada, this program. It seems to some of us like it’s suicidal.
      Prabhupada: And this is also suicidal.
      Tamala Krsna: Hm. Prabhupada said, “And this is also suicide.” Now you have to choose which suicide.
      Prabhupada: The Ravana (A great demon) will kill and Rama (God) will kill. Better to be killed by Rama. Eh? That Marica–if he does not go to mislead Sita, he’ll be killed by Ravana; and if he goes to be killed by Rama, then it is better.
      [Room Con. Nov. 10, 1977, Vrndavana, India]

      Prabhupada: All right. You take Babaji Maharaja. That will be my going. (“devotees” laugh)
      Krsna dasa Babaji: Jaya. (laughter)
      Tamala Krsna: Yes, the bullock cart will go tomorrow
      Prabhupada: Yes.
      Tamala Krsna: To Govardhana.
      Prabhupada: Yes, other devotees can go. I cannot go.
      Tamala Krsna: No, they’ll go on your behalf, but you will go one day. That we promise you. (“devotees” laugh)
      “Devotee ?”: (under breath) Sati (other “devotees” laugh)
      Prabhupada: All right.
      Tamala Krsna: Our greatest pleasure will be to take you on tirtha-yatra, Srila Prabhupada. We wanted so much to go with you on that.
      Prabhupada: Thank you very much.

      (Vrindavana, India – 10th November 1977)

      here is the conversation of his final days. You were there werent you? therefore if you knew of this publicly repent and work to fight against your “Godbrothers” and if you sincerely and honestly did not know then research and hear what they did to our Guru Maharaj and understand what you must do.

  12. Krishna Tungal says:

    All Glories to Srila Prabhupada,
    Hare Krishna to all the devotees.

    What Vishnujana Prabhu said is 100000% true. Hansadutta Prabhu, you can do it, we all here to support you..


    Your servant
    Krishna Tungal

    • Aaca says:

      Dear Jagaddharta Prabhu Thank you for your comments. I beelive that you are correct in your appraisal that we have underestimated world affairs as a causative influence. Srila Prabhupada has given us all the knowledge and perspective to understand the complexities of modern life and how we are entangled in the modes and more importantly how to get disentangled. Srila Prabhupada gives us the tools it is up to us how or when or if we employ them. He nor Krsna will do this as this is our duty to free ourselves. The Demon Kali has his agents both outside and inside of FISKCON. To have them inside ISKCON is impossible for inside ISKCON is where Srila Prabhupada’s vision lies illuminating the absolute truth. FISKCON adherents do not have this vision and so they will cheat us. It is only when we can understand this difference, that is between ISKCON and FISKCON that we can begin to free ourselves. Yes no one comes close to Srila Prabhupada! Nor are they meant to. He is the Acharya of ISKCON no one else. We have to all come together by aligning our visions to his and in order to do this we must understand our predicament within the Geopolitical sphere and to know where the Krsna Consciousness Movement is being compromised, where our own vision has been affected and obscured. Yours in the service of Srila PrabhupadaAdmin

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  16. Hansadutta Prabhu, you are in an excellent position to understand the ritvik issue because you were an ISKCON temple president, a member of the GBC body, a BBT trustee, an “appointed guru,” and a “zonal acharya.” Your booklet is what convinced me, even before “The Final Order” was published.

    Also, no ISKCON leader dares to debate with you. All that they ever do is resort to low-class name-calling!

  17. hansadutta das says:
    September 12, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I have no motre copies for saler

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