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I could not even imagine that anyone with a rational mind would give any credence to such an allegation.
BHAKTI CARU SWAMI
He was there in Vrindavan
It is extremely unfortunate that Nityananda dasa is so obsessed with some whispers, but he is not listening to the exchanges that are so loud and clear.
Recently one of our god-brothers, Nityananda dasa
adhikari, wrote a book called, “Someone has Poisoned Me” and alleged that
the cause of Srila Prabhupada’s disappearance from this planet is arsenic
poisoning, and the ones who were serving His Divine Grace at that time
administered him that poison.
Since I was one of Srila Prabhupada’s personal
servants at that time, taking care of his food and medicines, according to that
book, I am naturally a suspect. When I first heard about this allegation I
considered it to be so absurd that I did not think it deserved any response. I
could not even imagine that anyone with a rational mind would give any credence
to such an allegation. However, yesterday I received a COM message from Hari
Sauri prabhu, one of Srila Prabhupada’s personal servants and the author of
“The Transcendental Diary”, saying, “ The (poison) issue must be dealt
with directly. That must include direct statements from yourself (Tamal Krsna
Goswami), Bhakti Caru, Bhavananda, Jayapataka et. al. When the persons that were
there present their experiences collectively it makes a very powerful statement.
I want to repeat, it MUST be done.”
Therefore, I felt somewhat compelled to write this
Just in case you do not know me and wondering why
Hari Sauri Prabhu is asking me to address this issue, I will give a brief
introduction about myself - I am one of the last disciples of Srila Prabhupada.
I met His Divine Grace in January of 1977. In March, during the Gaura-Purnima
Festival, in Mayapur, he gave me first and second initiations. He personally
appointed me as his secretary for Indian affairs. Once he instructed me not to
get involved with any woman and offer this life completely to Krsna, and soon
after that, in May, he gave me sannyasa in Sridham Vrindavan. I had the good
fortune to serve His Divine Grace’s transcendental body until his
disappearance pastime from this planet.
From Srila Prabhupada we learned that a vaisnava does
not defend himself. Therefore, in this response to Nityananda dasa’s
allegation I will not try to defend myself, however I feel it is my solemn duty
to defend those who are innocent, with my honest testimony.
The author of the book is accusing Tamal Krishna
Goswami as the main suspect. I do not know how well Nityananda dasa knows Tamal
Krsna Maharaj and how closely he associated with him, but while serving Srila
Prabhupada I had the opportunity to associate with him very closely and lived
with him in the same room for about seven months. During those days I saw what a
deep love and respect he had for Srila Prabhupada, and I also saw what a deep
confidence His Divine Grace had in him.
Tamal Krsna Maharaj has a very heavy side but one
should not judge him only from that point of view. He has a very soft side as
well. Anyone who knows him knows well how aggressive and demanding he can be and
to live with him for seven months was not always easy for me, to say the least.
Yet I will honestly admit that I have seen his other side also and I have many
sweet memories of my days with him. I have received elder brotherly affection
and care from him that created a deep bond between us. Although from time to
time we experienced our differences yet our relationship remained intact. I
decided to mention about this perception of mine because I have seen many a
times some devotees carry an inaccurate image of other devotees that obscure
It is quite interesting to note that although
Nityananda dasa wrote one whole book based on some whispers and an incorrect and
dubious analysis of some hairs, he was nowhere near Srila Prabhupada in those days
in Vrindavan. If he was then he would have seen how absurd his suspicion and
If he was present then he would have seen, what to
speak of poisoning Srila Prabhupada, the devotees around Srila Prabhupada were
praying to Krsna to let Srila Prabhupada stay on this planet in exchange of
It is extremely unfortunate that Nityananda dasa is
so obsessed with some whispers, but he is not listening to the exchanges that
are so loud and clear. If he was present there then he would have seen that just
a couple of days before Srila Prabhupada left this planet he told his very
intimate god-brother, Srila Krsnadasa Babaji Maharaj, with tears rolling down
from his eyes, “See, how much they love me!”
Where is Tamal? Ask him to come to me.
If he were attending Srila Prabhupada in the early
hours in Vrindavan, he would have heard Srila Prabhupada as soon as his Divine
Grace woke up, “Where is Tamal? Ask him to come to me.” And then he would
have seen a very sweet loving exchange between them. Srila Prabhupada talking to
him about the affairs of the movement, his various concerns about the future of
this movement and what should be done to protect this movement.
If Nityananda dasa was present there then he would
have also seen that there were hundreds of devotees whose hearts were so full
with their love for Srila Prabhupada that they were prepared to do anything for
him. There were personalities like Gurukripa, who used to attend Srila
Prabhupada everyday from 12 midnight to 2 in the morning. If Srila Prabhupada
really suspected that someone had poisoned him, then all he had to do is just
tell Gurukripa. Anyone who knows Gurukripa knows what would have happened then.
And it is not only Gurukripa, Srila Prabhupada had to just tell any one of the
few hundred devotees that were there, and one can only imagine what the reaction
would have been like.
Those who are suspecting that Srila Prabhupada has been poisoned by some of his disciples, I will request them to go deep within their hearts and ask whether it is at all possible for a Vaisnava, who does not even kill an ant, to murder his spiritual master.
Those who are suspecting that Srila Prabhupada has
been poisoned by some of his disciples, I will request them to go deep within
their hearts and ask whether it is at all possible for a Vaisnava, who does not
even kill an ant, to murder his spiritual master.
One evening I was with Tamal Krishna Maharaj in our
room in Vrindavan. A mosquito was sucking his blood sitting on his leg. It had
become quite bloated with the blood that it sucked from his body. A sudden pain
from the bite made Tamal Krishna Maharaj aware of that mosquito. His hand rose
in a natural reflex to strike that little creature, but stopped all of a sudden,
and then it came down slowly and flicked the mosquito away from his leg. The
person who would not even kill the mosquito that was sucking his blood, how can
anyone think that he gave poison to his spiritual master.
Srila Prabhupada went to Vrindavan in May from
Hrisikesa to leave his body. Everyone present there was aware of that. The
conspiracy to eliminate him was not the reality rather the reality was intense
prayer to Krsna not to let Srila Prabhupada go away from their midst.
I personally learned a wonderful lesson from this
allegation. I must have developed some pride due to my good fortune in serving
Srila Prabhupada those days. Now Krsna, the destroyer of pride, is mercifully
taking care of that.
While I, due to my false ego, was feeling proud that
I served Krsna’s pure devotee, the world is seeing me as the one who gave him
poison. It is indeed Krsna’s causeless mercy.
I used to feel very impressed by one statement of
Srila Prabodhananda Saraswati, a very intimate associate of Sri Chaitanya
Mahaprabhu and the uncle of Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami, “If the whole world
glorifies me but Krsna does not recognize me then what is the use of that
glorification. If the whole world spits at me but Krsna recognises me then who
cares about that spitting.”
Very mercifully Krsna is giving me the opportunity to
apply this wonderful instruction in my own life. This allegation is making me
aware about the futility of mundane adoration and importance of Krsna’s
recognition. No matter what the world thinks, Krsna knows everything. Therefore
what is the use of worrying about my image in this world? After all, sitting in
my heart Krsna knows about all that do and I think. The conditioned souls of
this material world may make mistakes in their judgement, but Krsna will never
make any mistake. I have taken shelter of Him and surrendered myself unto Him;
now let Him decide what I deserve.
If anyone intentionally poisoned Srila Prabhupada, then it must be me, because those days I was the only one who used to give prasad and medicine to His Divine Grace. Whatever he ate and drank went through my hand.
BHAKTI CARU SWAMI
To this world I will declare clear and loudly, “IT
IS AN ABSOLUTELY ABSURD ALLEGATION THAT SRILA PRABHUPADA HAS BEEN POISONED BY
HIS DISCIPLES. IF ANYONE INTENTIONALLY POISONED SRILA PRABHUPADA, THEN IT MUST
BE ME BECAUSE THOSE DAYS I WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO USED TO GIVE PRASAD AND MEDICINE
TO HIS DIVINE GRACE. WHATEVER HE ATE AND DRANK WENT THROUGH MY HAND.”
Let the omniscient, omnipotent Supreme Personality of Godhead judge me. If I committed such a heinous crime towards the dearest devotee of the Lord, to whom I owe everything, including my very existence, then let me suffer eternally in the darkest region of the hell.
If any of Srila Prabhupada’s disciples, whose heart
is steeped with his love for Srila Prabhupada, wants to take the law in his hand
and judge me, I will welcome that also. I give him full freedom to judge and do
whatever he wants to do with me. I can assure him that I will accept that
judgment without any protest.
If someone wants to take me to the mundane court
also, he can do so. There also I will give the same testimony, “IT IS AN
ABSOLUTELY ABSURD ALLEGATION THAT SRILA PRABHUPADA HAS BEEN POISONED BY HIS
DISCIPLES. IF ANYONE INTENTIONALLY POISONED SRILA PRABHUPADA, THEN IT MUST BE ME
BECAUSE THOSE DAYS I WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO USED TO GIVE PRASAD AND MEDICINE TO
HIS DIVINE GRACE. WHATEVER HE ATE AND DRANK WENT THROUGH MY HAND.”
Waiting to receive your judgment and aspiring to
remain a servant of the Vaisnavas,
Bhakti Caru Swami.
P.S. If you have any question, please feel free to
write to me.
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