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Only about 15 people showed up, while over 40,000 people showed up right around the corner to attend the Manor's celebrations.
meeting in England a failure
CHAKRA (Bhaktivedanta Manor, UK ) -
September 11, 1999: Adridharan and Madhu-Pandit had flown all the way
from India for it.. Bhaja Hari and other ritvik theorists were also there.
They were attending a “ritvik” get together in a village hall in local
Letchmore Heath, right around the corner from Bhaktivedanta
Manor the day after Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasapuja.
However, besides them, only about 15 other people showed up for the meeting. "It was a flop," reported one attendee.
program had been heavily advertised on COM. "Adridharan das, temple president of Calcutta, Madhu Pandit Dasa, temple
president of Bangalore, as well as other temple presidents and sannyasis
are flying in for Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa-Puja celebration to be held in
London, on Sunday, 5th September... This hall is only minutes by car from Bhaktivedanta
Manor," reported enthusiasts on COM.
Meanwhile, right around the corner, Bhaktivedanta Manor was host for about 40,000 people. The impact of the meeting was negligible despite it being much advertised on the ISKCON India forum on COM and through flyers and leaflets distributed locally.
Aside from the much advertised ritvik meeting,
Adridharan hopes to meet with Gopichand Hinduja in London, brother of
Srichand Hinduja, and supporter of the ISKCON New Delhi project.
Reports one informer, “Srichand is fully aware of
the court case in Calcutta. Adri has requested a good friend of the
Hinduja family who is based in Calcutta to have Srichand arbitrate between
ISKCON and the ritviks. The main purpose of Adri's meeting Srichand would
be to convince him of the ritvik concoctions. I spoke to Srichand few days
ago on the phone along with Ashok Hinduja and explained how the ritviks
were off. Adri has told the Hindujas and their Calcutta friend that how
ISKCON Gurus have run away with money, etc. - so they cannot be
It is thought that Adridharan may also seek the
Hinduja’s help to raise money for a proposed building they want to buy
in New York and perhaps for their propaganda.
“You may have heard that at our meeting in New York
we launched a project to restore Srila Prabhupada's skyscraper temple in
the heart of New York,” boasted Adridharan in a recent COM posting.
“This 13 story temple, which used to be located on
West 55th in Manhattan's mid-town, was unfortunately sold due to
mismanagement, and has now been converted into apartments.”
Adri claims to be registering a non-profit
corporation called “The Radha-Govinda Temple and International Cultural
Corporation,” and that they already have pledges of donations. They
require $1 million for the down payment. They hope to somehow avoid the
trap of having too high an overhead, which was the downfall of the
original 55th Street temple in New York.
The building, they boast, will house 10 sankirtan
devotees collecting to meet the high expenses of maintaining such a
building in Manhattan.
© CHAKRA 11-Sep-1999
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