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Please don't sue ISKCON
By Dina Sharana dasa

Dear Sridama and others,

For many years I sort of “kept my head down” and worked fairly hard at my given service, menial services in Srila Prabhupada’s temples. The understanding was we should live cooperatively within ISKCON under the guidance of the Governing Body and temple presidents. Supposedly everyone was doing what they were supposed to when they were supposed to do it, and in general, the brahmacari principle is to avoid idle gossip and social diddly-daddlying. So for these and other reasons I did not know, up to 1995 even, some of the actual atrocities which went on. They were especially atrocious since such things are exactly the opposite of Lord Vishnu’s mood as in the following verse:

namo brahmanya devaya
  go-brahmanya hitaya ca
jagad hitaya krsnaya
   govindaya namo namah

Lord Vishnu is such wonderfully kind and considerate Personality, and His devotees are supposed to be like that, in that direction anyway, we are all trying.

So the details of horrible child abuse, physical and sexual, by Godbrothers who acted as if nothing like that was or did go on, actually made me physically ill so I wanted to vomit, and in a manner of speech, from sastra we can understand Srila Prabhupada surely was “turning over” in his samadhi with such a divine movement becoming so horribly soiled by the worst of ghastly activities.

I don’t know why you and other Gurukuli’s have not been more aggressive to seek retribution, by suing etc. It must be that you truly have some depth of spiritual wisdom and love for Srila Prabhupada.

You asked, Sridama, “Why not sue ISKCON?.” I don’t know, why not? But I would grab your feet being a sort of accomplice through ignorance, that instead of exacting justice upon Srila Prabhupada’s society, upon Sri Krsna Chaitanya’s Sankirtana movement, most of which did not have anything to do with the specific child abuse, directly, we were mostly busy in are own Deity service and preaching, I grab your feet Sridama prabhu, and all of you, you all please curse me, you curse me for all that happened, or I will join with you in exacting justice against those specific persons who directly and indirectly allowed these things to happen, but please don’t take out your anger on Srila Prabhupada’s greater society, I don’t think it deserves it.

ISKCON is in fact doing the greatest welfare work, educating people how to go home back to Godhead, in so many dozens of temples and projects. There has been enough defacing of ISKCON itself and of Srila Prabhupada’s body.  

If only out of consideration for the tens of thousands of souls who are hearing now, and will hear about Lord Chaitanya in the future, please focus all rightful attempts for justice upon the individuals and not the greater society. We stand as the greatest rascals asking your consideration.

Yours in service, Dina Sharana dasa

© CHAKRA 18-Nov-1999

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