wish to point out a number of errors in the information you have provided your
readers. As a man of integrity, I am sure that you will have no hesitation in
publicly correcting them.
Srila Prabhupada's Samadhi in Mayapur: Controversial takeover?
Open Letter to Adridharan
By Sadbhuja dasa
accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
have read your newsletter. With regard to the section entitled 'Climbdown
2', you have written: "In our IRM Newsletter No.14, we reported how
the Mayapur authorities had raided the funds from Srila Prabhupada's
Samadhi. This had led to the resignation of long-serving Srila Prabhupada
disciple, Uttama-Sloka Das, who had managed the Samadhi so successfully
over the years that it had been able to build up such a healthy surplus
that could be raided in the first place. Now they have put the Gaudiya
Matha in charge of Srila Prabhupada's Samadhi. That's correct. Sadbhuja
Das, a disciple of his His Holiness Puri Maharaja is now in charge of the
samadhi. However one good bit of news is that stung by our exposing their
daylight robbery, the Mayapur authorities have not yet spent the money
they took. The public outcry following out exposure has made them thik
carefully before taking the next step."
wish to point out a number of errors in the information you have provided
your readers. As a man of integrity, I am sure that you will have no
hesitation in publicly correcting them.
as you are aware since you and I have had a number of long conversations
regarding this matter, the money that was supposedly taken from the
Samadhi funds was never actually removed. That money was allocated as an
advance payment to purchase a building to house all the devotees who do
service in the Samadhi. This building is in the possession of the Samadhi,
and devotees will be moving in from the beginning of July. To say that
Samadhi funds were 'raided' is untrue and highly emotive in a very
negative sense. Why would you write such a thing when I discussed with you
over the phone that everything is fine and you said 'Great!' What is your
motivation here, Adri? Anybody is welcome to come and peruse the books and
see that nothing has been touched.
was unfortunate that Uttama-Sloka resigned but this had really nothing to
do with Samadhi funds. This is another issue altogether. Also, I am
surprised that you say Uttama-sloka is a Prabhupada disciple but surely
you are aware that Bhavananda Prabhu initiated him. I’d like to know why
you are providing so much disinformation.
for your personal attack on me, Adri, it is nothing new that I am in
charge of the Samadhi. I built and completed the Samadhi voluntarily. I
didn't take any salary for this. It was something that I wanted to do for
Srila Prabhupada. I handed the maintenance of the Samadhi over to
Uttama-Sloka as I felt him to be qualified in this field. Now that he has
left, it has come back under me to maintain again as there is some major
repair work to be undertaken. My being so familiar with every corner of
that Samadhi means that I have a good understanding of what needs to be
attack me for being a Gaudiya matha devotee. This has no bearing on the
matter. My loyalty and allegiance to Srila Prabhupada cannot be
questioned, and has been consistently shown over time. I am here
voluntarily doing service for the Samadhi (and many other departments) and
using my professional training in the service of Srila Prabhupada. This is
what counts. I donate my service and my time and my money to this project
and yet you think this warrants criticism. Perhaps you should check
sastra, your own motivation and your own loyalty to Srila Prabhupada.
can say what you like and you can criticize freely but remember the maxim
that you quote yourself, "You can fool some of the people all of the
time, and you can fool all of the people some of the time, but you cannot
fool all of the people all of the time". Time will tell. Politics
have always been distasteful to me but I feel that I should warn you that
if you have some criticism, Adri, make sure it is constructive and
accurate criticism. Get your facts right or you will lose credibility
amongst your readers.
servant in the service of Srila Prabhupada,
© CHAKRA 9-July-2000
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