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From what I understand, he repeatedly violated the spirit of the agreement.
Leadership is a Privilege, Not a Right: The Case of Dhanurdhara Swami
By Krsna Avatara das
I first read Vraja Kishor's letter, recently posted on VNN, I thought that
I should not waste my time
responding to Dhanurdhara's disciples.
However, upon further reflection,
I thought that it would be good if someone clarifies the
misconceptions, and variations of the truth being espoused by Vraja Kishor.
Kishor wrote: "Please kindly also note that the initiates and the
guru were waiting patiently in honor of the GBC's requests for five solid
years before the initiation."
statement is interesting, and contradictory.
The Office of Child Protections (OCP) gave their judgment only last
fall. How then could the GBC have come to this conclusion in 1995?
Either the second generation was
lied to, while backroom deals were made, or this is a falsehood.
But it cannot be both.
Swami never disobeyed anything asked of him by the GBC for a period of
five years, even at the strong urging of all of us, or at least me"
what I understand, he repeatedly violated the spirit of the agreement. I
understand that he went so far as to have an ex GBC/guru performing
initiations on his behalf. Please correct me if this is wrong.
summary, he did not give a class at any ISKCON function, did not give the
diksha ceremony to a group of very qualified candidates, and did not even
reside at an ISKCON property for a period of approximately five
with the five years. When I visited
Towoco, NJ three years ago, Dhanurdhara
seemed very much in charge of the temple, albeit his disciple was
the temple president. I
understand that he recently gave class in Boston.
It appears as if he is the de-facto GBC or guru of the Northeast.
did all this without a grudge, even though such sanctions were almost
entirely a political move by ISKCON to attempt to lessen their legal
liability in the lawsuit being rightly brought forward by the viciously
abused gurukula alumni."
may not have a grudge, but he has only complied while kicking and
screaming. If you are trying
to imply that the GBC are playing politics with Dhanurdhara to avoid a
lawsuit, apparently their efforts were fruitless.
this anger being focused on Maharaj is a natural result of the GBC
somewhat less-than-subliminally focusing the entire gurukuli case unto the
shoulders of Dhanurdhara Swami (who, however, is certainly responsible for
some of it). Having allowed him to become the focal point of
gurukula alumni anger, they perhaps hope to evade the main brunt of the
gurukulis rightful fury."
you think Dhanurdhara is getting a bad deal, look at the decisions
rendered against the small
potato, or the "has -been".
Some of the people that are small
devotees were kicked out for 5 years.
Some of the people whom have left
ISKCON were given harsh penalties-this is not a hard thing to do. Dhanurdhara,
on the other hand, is allowed to initiate.
In addition, Dhanudara is the only
ex-gurukula teacher I know of who wants to have a high profile
job in ISKCON. If he
did not want to be a guru so badly, I think that there
would be less antagonism towards him.
Perhaps if he were humble, did some
pots, and cleaned the bathroom, instead of causing so much trouble
trying to be something he is
not capable of being in this lifetime, his ex-students would show him some
compassion, instead of beating him with sticks.
of his ex-students did not think much of the OCP's decision.
We felt it was
insufficient. We felt that the punishment was a slap on the wrist,
coinciding with a wink. We
feel that spiritual leadership is a privilege, not a right.
I would have been satisfied with expulsion of his
leadership, meaning sannyasa, and guruship. Furthermore, I was told
that the GBC could not
overrule the punishment of the OCP, but this it did by
modifying the OCP ruling. It is apparent to me that collectively,
the GBC does not care about
the people that were sexually molested or abused under
their care. So the only thing that I can do is to advise anybody
that is thinking about accepting Dhanurdhara as a guru to reconsider.
In my humble opinion I don't think he is capable of taking anybody
back to Godhead. He
is a unrepentant child abuser, who acquiesced to sexual abuse, and
who is too attached to his position to make advancement I don't
think he can make it back to
Godhead himself, until we have forgiven him-I think this is given in the shastras-in the story of King Ambarisha.
You should take shelter of Srila
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