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theories proclaiming the poisoning of great personalities have captivated
public imagination throughout the ages. The latest, which emerged in the
late 1990's, claimed that His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
Prabhupada, the founder of the International Society for Krishna
Consciousness (ISKCON), was poisoned during his last days in Vrindavana.
book has been published to set the record straight: There is no evidence
that Srila Prabhupada was poisoned by his disciples or anyone else. This
conclusion rests on an exhaustive examination of the testimony of Srila
Prabhupada's confidential servants during 1977, his doctor's reports,
forensic analysis of Srila Prabhupada's hair clippings, extensive studies
of his medical symptoms, and the recorded conversations with Srila
Prabhupada from 1977, in English, Bengali and Hindi.
its emphasis on historical and scientific facts, this book will appeal to
those interested in seeing the reality beyond the haze of innuendo,
misinformation, disinformation, and half-truths that has clouded this
issue. Along the way we get a glimpse into Srila Prabhupada's
extraordinary final pastimes, which constitute the ultimate lesson for his
disciples and grand-disciples and the culmination of his life of pure
devotion to Krishna.
book on the poison issue just released:
"Not that I am Poisoned" -
The Truth behind Srila Prabhupada's Glorious Passing
CHAKRA (Mayapur, India) - March 20,
that I am Poisoned" is the most complete description to date of the
poison controversy, with more than 300 pages of scientifically documented
evidence and eyewitness testimonies, showing the falsity of the poison
allegations. It also includes 14 appendices detailing different aspects of
the controversy including forensic test results, doctor's reports and the
report from Balavanta Prabhu, which also confirms that there is no
evidence of poison being given to Srila Prabhupada.
following excerpts give a taste of what the book holds in store.
testimony from Prabhupada's surgeon, Dr Andrew J. Mcirvine, who operated
in September 1977:
remember him as an amazingly calm and stoical person. He refused to be
admitted to hospital and I am sure he would not have withstood a general
anaesthetic...Unfortunately his renal failure was by that time well
advanced and irreversible, caused by a combination of diabetes and
studies showing forensic (hair) analysis in normal range for arsenic:
real figure for the testing of Prabhupada's hair sample was NOT 3ppm
arsenic but 2.6ppm. Scientific studies have shown levels of 4.8ppm
(Mexico City) and 3ppm (Glasgow) average arsenic content of hair in
normal (unexposed) populations."
from Larry Kovar of General Activation Analysis, one of the only labs in
the world to do neutron activation on a commercial basis:
low (less than 10 ppm) value shows the hair is "normal". A
high value (greater than 10 ppm) indicates Arsenic exposure. Since the
hair has been tested at 3 ppm As, I feel a re-test is not necessary… I
have discussed this with Dr Vince Guinn, a well-known researcher in this
field, and he agrees.
your information, my hair has about 3 ppm Arsenic - the last time I
tested it (I'm still alive, I hope) If you send samples to a lab, send
some of your own as a control."
the first time ever, the "whispers" are put into context:
fact, the whisper found at 21:58 on tape 771110 side A, which allegedly
says, "Listen he's saying… going to die," comes immediately
after the kaviraja appeals to Prabhupada not to go on the parikrama due
to a risk of imminent heart attack from the jolting of the cart. The
conversation is becoming more and more intense as Prabhupada's disciples
are trying to convince him not to go on parikrama because of the risk to
his health. Then the kaviraja again desperately appeals to Prabhupada in
Hindi. Only a few seconds after the kaviraja has finished, one can hear
a disciple urgently whisper to another, "Listen he's saying…
going to die". After listening to the tape it is obvious that this
is a totally innocuous event related directly to what is being said at
refutation of Nityananda Das' medical diagnoses and scientific
clearly showed this common symptom of advanced diabetes (deteriorating
eyesight), proving Nityananda's statements regarding the loss of vision
to be false. However, there is another twist to Nityananda's
ever-dynamic presentation. Incredibly, after convincing the reader that
loss of vision (as a symptom of diabetes) was not present, Nityananda
Das explains that loss of vision (as a symptom of arsenicosis) was well
and truly present. Not only that, but it now miraculously appears as a
symptom "unique" to arsenic poisoning... It is clear that the
impartial reader should regard Nityananda Das' claims with caution due
to his lack of academic qualifications and obviously one-sided
representation of the scientific literature."
analysis of the conversations from 1977:
Ye Maharaj ye kotha ap kaise bola aj ki koi bola hai ki poison diya. Ye
apko kuch abhasa hua hai kya? [Oh, Maharaja, today, how did you say that
someone told you that you were given poison? Did you feel something like
that?] Prabhupada: Nahi aise koi hai bol jo dene se aisa hota hai. Sayad
koi kilab mein likha hai. [No, someone said that it happens (symptoms)
if it is given. Perhaps it is written in some book.]
compare this with the explanation given in English to Tamala Krishna
Krishna: Srila Prabhupada? You said before that you... that it is said
that you were poisoned? Prabhupada: No. These kind of symptoms are seen
when a man is poisoned. He said like that, not that I am poisoned.
Tamala Krishna: Did anyone tell you that, or you just know it from
before? Prabhupada: I read something.
Prabhupada confirms, practically word for word, what he told the
kaviraja in Hindi i.e. that Prabhupada himself didn't think he had been
poisoned, rather someone else had said that he had similar symptoms to
poisoning, and Prabhupada himself agreed because he had previously read
a book describing the symptoms of poisoning.
the theory that Srila Prabhupada knew about his own poisoning and only
revealed it to native Hindi speakers and not to his English speaking
disciples is clearly unfounded. All evidence, both from recorded
transcripts and eyewitness testimony, reveals that Prabhupada was
consistent in his statements to the kaviraja and to his own disciples
regarding his view on his so-called poisoning.
that I am Poisoned" is a "must have" for devotees
interested in this controversy. All enquiries for orders can be directed
to firstname.lastname@example.org. Books are currently
being shipped from India and will soon be available from ISKCON
Philadelphia, Bhaktivedanta Manor, and in India from ISKCON Mayapur and
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