Kṛṣṇacandra Dāsa – Śrī Vṛndāvan Dham: Since launching this website I have had many well wishers strongly advise me to be very careful about my security due to the nature of the subject matter that is brought to light by our publications. They cite incidents of murder, tantra, physical assault, verbal abuse, legal action and threats by members of the institution to community members who have spoken out about any wrongdoing of gurus, officials or their valued associates.
You have to wonder what kind of society we live in where it is socially acceptable to support a criminal or immoral leader and at the same time it is socially acceptable to vilify, abuse and offend the victim, the reporter or the whistleblower of a crime.
This criminal cultural milieu is the result of allowing the GBC who rejected Śrīla Prabhupāda as the supreme authority of ISKCON to impose their ‘criminal’ bogus Rubber Stamped Guru system in place of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s Representative System as outlined in the July 9th Initiation Document; and completely ignored Śrīla Prabhupāda’s Direction of Management [DOM] by imposing their own concocted management system where criminals, charlatans or immoralists can be a GBC, guru or an official of the institution and those loyal to Śrīla Prabhupāda are alienated abused vilified etc…
The most recent incident that typifies this is the situation that is unfolding in the Australian Yatra. Australia is well known for outspoken and brave people however the majority of devotees live in constant fear of the authorities resorting to violence or kicking them out of their service and/or the society should any of them bring to light any wrongdoing of the upper echelon of the ISKCON institution. To this end devotees have had to resort to aliases etc in order to not be identified for fear of reprisals from the GBC, Senior Leadership and their followers.
The institution’s leaders are where the followers should look to for spiritual moral ethical managerial leadership is itself filled with corrupt – GBC, bogus Rubber Stamped Gurus, Temple Presidents and senior institutional officials who fiercely defend their perceived right to be above suspicion or accountability from members of their respective communities and who have acculturated ‘don’t see / don’t tell’ and ‘ignorance is bliss’ policies into our Vaiṣṇava society which is fully backed up by the institution and supporters who enforce this unwritten but very real indoctrination.
This translates in real terms to supporters of the leadership and/or a guru, who actively intimidate, vilify, threaten and abuse any devotee who dares to bear witness or mentions a leader or guru’s wrongdoing. These supporters go on to self-righteously disturb the devotee’s devotional life whether it be in the course of normal daily worship at the Temple or programs or other social interactions.
Devotees fear going to public law enforcement, welfare or other ancillary agencies to report any incident regarding an official of the institution or senior community member for fear of the above reprisals and the threat of possible alienation from the community that they have dedicated their lives to serve. The situation is made many times worse when living in second and third world countries where the authorities resort to bribing local and state law enforcement officials to act on their behalf to thwart the reporting of any incident involving an ISKCON Official or one of their valued supporters.
The other ‘conditioning’ idea which has been acculturated in our Vaiṣṇava society is ‘don’t air our dirty laundry in public’ which is all well and good if the dirty laundry is not infected by contagious pathogenic ideologies such as described in this article, which are destroyed by sunlight. If the institution itself refuses to deal with the factors that are causing the disease within the organization then what options does one have except to go public? After three and a half decades of their corrupted rule, the GBC and Rubber Stamped Gurus have proven themselves impervious to rational reasoning and accountability, how can they expect that sincere intelligent devotees having exhausted themselves in reasoning to not use the only practical medium to deal with these issues? Such devotees going public is a situation that the institution themselves have created and so they cannot blame the whistleblower in using the internet in an attempt to effect change.
A ‘hot off the press’ incident that perfectly illustrates the ‘power of the press’ is found here in a video where the devotee Parasurama Dāsa from England used a video to publically embarrass the Manor for not providing a minibus for their Sankirtan Party. It worked and here is the result.
Yet their own ‘privileged’ elite are never reported to the police for any of their crimes, they are never threatened with violence or kicked out of our society should they disgrace our Vaiṣṇava society and His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda’s good name; by their heinous behavior and philosophical deviations. In fact the members of the institution rally together to ‘hush up’ and support the offending member while simultaneously vilifying the whistleblower or victim. The ignorant disciples and followers of these errant GBC and Rubber Stamped Gurus are willing to lie for, fight for, commit crimes for and if necessary die for – no matter what moral, criminal or philosophically deviance their gurus, GBC member or Temple President are engaged in.
The unhealthy dynamic acculturated into our ISKCON Vaiṣṇava society is that no matter how criminally, philosophically, morally or ethically deviant a leader may be they are always considered being members of ISKCON and in the right; whereas we on the other hand are considered to be always in the wrong and to be ‘outside’ of ISKCON or to have left ISKCON – when we have never left and are loyal to Śrīla Prabhupāda, Śrīla Prabhupāda’s GBC and his ISKCON society but simply refuse to be a part of an illegal corrupt institution.
To the GBC, the Rubber Stamped Gurus and their disciples, anyone who speaks against the GBC and Rubber Stamped Guru and points out their wrongdoings is a demon and therefore not a member of ISKCON. Yet the leadership comprises of some of the most morally, criminally, ethically, philosophically and spiritually deviant individuals whose level of Kṛṣṇa consciousness is in most cases far less than that of their disciples and followers.
These individuals, who have rejected Śrīla Prabhupāda and only pay lip service to him when they need to cite their bona fides and who have lusted after and claimed everything that they can lay their greedy ambitious offensive hands on, are considered by their disciples to be the most advanced humans who walk mother earth.
However the institution has faced many incidents where they cannot deny their members are criminally negligent or responsible for crimes what to speak of being morally and ethically abhorrent. The Turley Law Suit brought the fact that child abuse was not only rampant in our society it was actively covered up by the very same leaders that are ‘still’ being brought into question by those loyal to Śrīla Prabhupāda.
The Institution responded by allowing those most guilty of abuse and neglect [principals and teachers] to establish agencies such as the International Child Protection Office, ISKCON Resolve [Arbitration/Mediation] etc which are ‘showbottle’ agencies that perform no positive or productive role within our society other than dealing with damage control, petty issues, procrastinate or cover up any serious incident or criminal activity or gather information on individuals which may be used against them in the future. The general devotee simply has to accept the outcome of such agencies who don’t really care for them but any mercy no matter how small it may be is eagerly lapped up by the neophyte devotee who has been trained up to be happily ignorant.
The leaders and their supporters demand forensically verifiable evidence when they control the information and evidence gathering roles within the society and the functionaries of the above mentioned departments have a vested interest in damage control or withholding evidence as they are usually unqualified, inexperienced and dependent salaried workers and therefore not Braminically qualified. Yet they eagerly accept pathetic denials by the guilty party who merely has to deny any involvement or knowledge of the incident or issue and the whole institution swings into action to support them.
Needless to say devotees in general are rightfully distrustful of such agencies and so serious or meaningful issues are usually kept to themselves or family and friends, or for the most part they use aliases to report them on websites such as this in an attempt to either coerce the authorities to act properly or to educate others that there are serious issues that require attention in our society.
Unfortunately the institution has indoctrinated into the ISKCON society that the internet is ‘bad’ and if one should use it only to visit websites that are sanctioned by the institution. The result is that there is a culture of ‘ignorance’ in the rank n file devotee who is privy only to the censured and sanitized version of the history of our Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement and the truth about any wrongdoings of the leaders. Consequently the leaders can do no wrong in the eyes of the institution and its rank n file membership no matter what heinous activity or criminality they may be engaged in.
For example even though Prabhavisnu Dāsa is no longer a Rubber Stamped Guru, GBC and Sannyāsa some of his disciples have no idea what this actually means to their devotional lives. Some refuse to accept that he is anything less than a pure devotee and still their guru and so continue to worship him on their altars, some have not yet learnt of his exposure and falldown, some chose to rationalize that ‘at least it was sexual falldown with a woman’ which is not such a big thing in the kali yuga for a sannyāsa to falldown with a woman. Or they challenge – what have you done and look at what he has done!
When the disciples and Temples have been the ones doing all the work; making devotees, opening centers, arranging programs, book distribution festivals and training up the devotees to be swept away by these reprobate gurus who did nothing but initiate the devotee and take the glory and credit for it all. The general devotee never thinks they deserve the credit of converting the neophyte and preparing them for a life of devotional service. However once the novice devotee is initiated by a guru they forget who converted them and who put in the hours weeks and months to teach them what they know about Kṛṣṇa consciousness and give all credit to their newly found guru who accepts this along with the adoration worship monetary support and fealty that goes along with being a Guru of FISKCON.
If you read the comments section for the articles on this website you can hear the response of the supporters of the Rubber Stamped Guru system and how they vilify and abuse anyone who exposes one of their gurus. You can only read the ones that I did not delete as they were either too threatening or offensive to allow to be published.
This denial, rage and aggression was only present due to exposing the truth about their guru’s cheating nature which in itself is certainly a sight to behold, however what is more incredulous is that none of this rage or aggression is aimed at the Guru who betrayed and cheated not only them but also Śrīla Prabhupāda and his loyal followers for decades.
The institution speaks of ‘unity in diversity’ and ‘co-operate’ in order to reinforce their leadership and authority but only fools believe this misconception or twisting of these ideological stances. The fact is why should anyone co-operate with a thief and not report them to the police? Or why is it that those who reject the Rubber Stamped Guru system or refuse to support the errant GBC are not included in the ‘diversity’ aspect of their institution? The fact is that they, the institution, know they are in the wrong and have no support from Śrīla Prabhupāda’s teachings and instructions so they cannot answer our accusations and challenges with the truth but can only use word jugglery that can only cheat sincere but naïve neophytes or support criminals.
Instead they cooperate with anyone whether they be murderers, child abusers, rapists, pedophiles, Christians, Muslims, Jews, Zionists, Buddhists, Mayavadis, New Agers, Apasampradaya – Sahajiyā sects – you name it, but no way on earth will they cooperate with a whistleblower or a Prabhupāda Loyalist.
The end result of this is that there is the social milieu that has been acculturated into our ISKCON society by those original sinful GBC who subverted His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda’s instructions and teachings and took control of our society; where the general devotee lives in fear and ignorance of the truth. They are being cheated by leaders who preach an extremely sanitized version of Kṛṣṇa consciousness and have created a criminal non brahmincial culture and mentality into what should be the most spiritually advanced culture on earth.
The only solution to living in fear is speaking out. Call a spade a spade and a thief a thief. We must try as far as possible to use our real names and stand truthful witness to the many crimes that the so called leaders of our Vaiṣṇava society have and are committing. Report sexual falldown or philosophical deviations of the Gurus and Sannyāsīs to the authorities and websites that are seeking positive change in our society and report crimes to the police, allowing them to act to prosecute the; rapists, child molesters, embezzlers, frauds and sexual deviants of our ISKCON society. The more devotees begin to speak up the more that their sinister empire inside our Vaiṣṇava society will crumble.
These people can cover up the isolated report by alias devotees here and there but there is no way that they can deal with mass exposure by hundreds of devotees all speaking out together. There is no other way. The dribs and drabs method only drags out the issues and serves to give the institution time to do damage control and cover ups but if all those who desire to see change in our Vaiṣṇava society begin to speak up truthfully and openly against this sinister empire that has arisen in our ISKCON society the GBC and Rubber Stamped Gurus will lose all power and eventually position.
There has to develop a sense of brother and sisterhood in those who oppose the illegal rule of the GBC and Rubber Stamped Gurus of ISKCON. We must learn to support each other to truthfully report to the police and ISKCON websites and relevant authorities. We must learn not to fear speaking up about bogus gurus to others as if we are the ones who are at fault or committing some aparādha.
For too long have we had to give way to pressure, lies and deceit from the GBC and Rubber Stamped Gurus who act under the protection of their ignorant disciples and the various apologists of FISKCON. Remember we are not dealing with isolated cases of abuse and crime we are dealing with a GBC that rejected Śrīla Prabhupāda and his teachings and instructions in 1977 soon after Śrīla Prabhupāda entered into Samādhi and who have spent the last thirty five years destroying everything they can in Śrīla Prabhupāda’s ISKCON society. Therefore they have to by nature support the bad guys and put down the good guys. Demons always try to destroy truthfulness and spirituality.
Their power rests in their position not in themselves as they lack any true spiritual acumen, personal integrity and good character to be able to withstand the truth. Their power comes from their disciples and Indian donors who, once educated on the facts, will have to face the ugly truth that they have been wasting their time, energy, dedication, love trust, money and resources on so called devotees who are self interested and are the ones who have left Śrīla Prabhupāda’s ISKCON society yet still lay claim to it and who use ISKCON to lure unsuspecting and innocent aspiring Vaiṣṇavas to fund and support their personal plans and projects.
It is entirely possible to turn this around. We have to unite and fight them. We should never accept that our Vaiṣṇava society should have a social milieu which condones and supports criminality and criminals and punishes the victims and whistleblowers.