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reports about abuse in the Hare Krishna schools are historically
inaccurate. When these accusers try to blame the founder, A. C.
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, they are actually engaging in criminal
misconduct. If he were still with us, physically, he could successfully
sue these accusers for slander.
would I know? Well, I was one of the 1st kids in his schools, (3rd
enrollee). Unlike most in the lawsuit, I am old enough to have first hand
remembrance of Prabhupada. It is no surprise that over 90% of those
involved in the suit were too young to even remember Prabhupada and
enrolled much later. Those who do remember him, like myself, admit there
was abuse but recognize that blaming the Founder is legally and morally
irresponsible and reckless. No amount of money can convince us to betray
abuse occurred, but the horrendous abuses did not begin until after he
passed away. The fact is, we were his "Future Hope." That is the
very reason we were targeted and nearly destroyed by various infiltrators
who had no real interest in the Hare Krishna religion and Culture, except
to destroy it. The western mainstream society correctly saw the movement
as a major threat to their societal hegemony.
girl with the horror stories about Dallas, TX is bent on destroying the
reputation of the Hare Krishna's, perhaps on her own accord, but I doubt
it. Let me just say that the stories she has been quoting are mostly
impossible exaggerations and would not and could not have happened in a
vacuum. In other words, we would have heard about it, just as we heard
about every other incident that took place. We were there and were fully
aware of what happened and didn't happen.
fact is, there are some valid and serious accusations to be answered. I
remember many incidents that would land any adult in jail. However, to
have the record twisted into unrecognizable falsehoods only belittles us
and completely distorts the truth. To try and place the blame on Swami
Prabhupada crosses the line of ethics and legality. In a court of law it
is called perjury and is punishable. This is the very reason I was forced
to bow out of the lawsuit. These money hungry people had hijacked my
search for justice.
course, I want those responsible to be brought to justice but I refuse to
allow my own past to be manipulated and savaged by those with no interest
in justice. Rather than looking for justice these unfortunate people have
decided to continue our abuse by slandering Prabhupada and spreading a
distorted record of a past they have no accurate memory of. It is clear to
me that it is greed for money rather than justice that motivates those
filing this lawsuit.
truth is Prabhupada was neither a business manager nor a schoolmaster nor
an Empire builder nor a political leader. He was the 1st Indian Missionary
since Buddha's early followers, to successfully transplant the teachings
of Ancient India to foreign lands. He didn't just bring it to the
universities or to the upper class socialites interested only in the
curious ways of the East. He brought it to the root level...to the common
man and woman in the street.
not forget he came to the USA on a cargo ship with $7, had two heart
attacks on the way...lived in a financially destitute state for nearly a
year, suffered the extreme cold climate of the West, but kept on
preaching. Why? Because of his deep love, faith and compassion for a
spiritually starved world.
also had a strong desire to revive the Indian people's confidence in their
own culture and knew that if the westerners became devotees of Krishna
they would follow suit. Amazingly...it worked; to the boon of the saintly
and the bane of the wicked.
the midst of the clash of two extreme opposites, i.e. western materialism
and eastern spiritualism, there was bound to be an extreme reaction. This
does not surprise anyone with an understanding of the dynamics of the
culture clash phenomenon.
forget that when you make ghee, the impurities will always rise to the
top. Don't be shocked, just remove them and keep making the ghee. Sooner
or later you will be left with a shining gold liquid; pure and rich with
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