Dear Ambarish Prabhu, devotees of ISKCON, members of the GBC and spiritual leaders of our movement,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
In reading the letter written by the chairman of the TOVP project and Radha Jivan’s appeal to the GBC followed by this latest letter in response, I am left with some serious concerns, as a contributor of this most important project!
If indeed, Radha Jivan dasa has misused his position in his service to the TOVP, then please state the evidence which would call for such severe punitive actions.
This decision has been made known to all temples and devotees worldwide, without allowing him the right nor the authorization to properly defend himself?
Not only is his and his family’s reputation at stake but also their hope of ever being allowed services to ISKCON temples in the future, on which basis has this decision come about, and where is the evidence?
It seems ironic that his service of bringing millions of dollars to this project be terminated and his foundation be closed on the basis of, as the Chairman of the TOVP, puts it: “The recent disturbances in Mayapur and Radha Jivana Prabhu’s recent hostile “REMARKS.””
Which in the next sentence, our Founder Acarya’s words are being used, out of context, to silence Radha Jivan dasa, who is voicing and pointing out, not only a one time insult to his respectable devotee wife, but the ongoing gross and abhorrent behavior of Bhavananda das (a known child molester, as confirmed by our ISKCON Child Protection Office) in his handling of TOVP matters and dealings with other team members and donors!
It seems Srila Prabhupada’s words are being used to cover up the real issue, in order to justify and protect the behavior of Bhavananda dasa! Has shown in this carefully chosen quote ( Please pay attention that “Hostile remarks” would also fall under this instruction to tolerate and not take offense”, would it not? Would publicly destroying a devotee’s reputation fall under the category of being liberal and of being kind to everyone?): ”Devotee means he is able to tolerate all kinds of discomfort and whims of the material nature, and because he is so much absorbed in serving Krishna, he takes no time to become angry or take offense with others or find out some fault, no. Devotee means very liberal and kind to everyone, always gentleman under all kinds of conditions of life.” (Srila Prabhupada letter, December 10, 1972)
If all of the TOVP team members are of flawless character and that the project is in good hands, run and handled with the upmost standard of purity, integrity and transparency, then how would Radha Jivan prabhu have the power to create such “upheaval” in the Holy Dham, only on the basis of his personal insult?
Why then would the local Bengali devotees rally behind him, do they also have a story to tell? If so then we must hear as anyone who has taken birth in this Holy Land of Sri Navadwip dhama are Dhama bhasis and should be served and honored as such, not at all ordinary! As stated by our beloved Srila Prabhupada:
“Srila Prabhupada said on April 8, 1975, in Hyderbad: “Within this universe…this plot of land, known as Bharatvarsa, India, is the most sacred place in within the universe. And of the whole land of Bharatvarsa the Bengal is very sacred. And in the whole of Bengal this Nadia District is very sacred. And in the whole Nadia District this part is very sacred–Mayapur Chandogya Temple.”
Srila Prabhupada also explains to the Bengali devotees living in Mayapur: “So, by Krsna’s grace you have got this opportunity to live here…because Caitanya Mahaprabhu appeared. Don’t take it leniently, it is a very serious thing.”
So let’s be extremely vigilant to ensure that the purity and sanctity of this most revered Holy place may not become covered by mundane aspirations, corruption and the performance of sinful activities or else, we are committing the most grievous offense which will discredit and disgrace the grave responsibility our dear Srila Prabhupada has so mercifully entrusted us with!
If Radha Jivan dasa is THE ONLY devotee on the TOVP team which deserves to have his years of service terminated on the basis of his “assumed” personal ambition and hostile remarks, then it is only fair, that ALL TOVP team members MUST also be named, judged and dealt with in the EXACT same manner, also on the basis of their character, and not by behind-closed-doors investigations that will last for years, until everyone forgets about it!
If any ISKCON member has information on any of them, proving their personal ambition, immoral sexual behaviors, known child abuse activities, shady management of ISKCON funds and/or gross verbal abuse and mistreatment of devotees, then they should also be dealt with in the exact manner as Radha Jivan prabhu, that their immediate removal should be done immediately and publicly.
But to exercise the use of a double standard, regarding action taken against any TOVP member’s questionable character, based on ones’ relationship, wealth, material qualification, their towing of the party line or not, and other such vested interests should NOT be tolerated!
Especially in a project in which every ISKCON devotee worldwide is a part of and have, in good faith, invested in, jointly, millions upon millions of Krishna’s Laxmi. We have the right to know all details, in complete transparency, of this project; how our donations are being used and who the TOVP team members are, so we can judge for ourselves whether they are trustworthy or not!
Srila Prabhupada always warned us to NEVER accept anything blindly but to question and use our God given intelligence.
Would any respectable devotee or congregation member, who have contributed their hard earned Laxmi to this project, accept such a severe sentence of a servant of this project and agree to accept it blindly without hearing both sides?
That we, as stake holders, are denied the right to hear and know the truth in its entirety and should we only accept the words of the TOVP chairman blindly, without question? To not bother the TOVP team with concerns and just accept that they will take care of everything, behind closed doors and that we should continue to give our hard earned Laxmi and should not question their decision?
This is an insult to our intelligence, as those who have contributed are professional, sincere devotees and respectable congregational members who are fully capable to judge the situation, given all the proper evidence!
Srila Prabhupada, the Founder Acarya and ultimate authority of ISKCON and all its projects, would have never authorized the termination of and simultaneous dissemination of the written decision to end one’s service to a project, which involves all temples and the entire devotee community without first having both parties expressing their sides?
So I am asking all my prabhus and respectable elders, Srila Prabhupada’s men, to please not commit the same mistake as was made in the court of Dhritarastra when Srimati Draupadi Devi was shamelessly disgraced while all who could have stopped this atrocious act remained silent! So speak up then, loud and clear, which of these two men’s actions and behaviors past and present has been most grievous? Which one, Radha Jivan dasa, Bhavananda dasa or both, should be removed from any further services to THE MOST important project in our movement for the propagation of Krishna Consciousness, on the basis of their character, actions and behaviors?
Ambarish Prabhu as the chairman of the TOVP, along with the rest of his team, have made their choice clearly known to all members of our society!
Now let’s ask all those thousands upon thousands of devotees who contributed to this project, to decide, which of the two, Radha Jivan dasa or Bhavananda dasa or both, should be removed on the basis of their character and behaviors?
As an active member of ISKCON, contributor of this project let my choice be heard! As no matter how insignificant I may be, I refuse to remain silent and thus karmically become implicated in backing up such a Kali Cela as Bhavananda dasa, a true offender who has caused cruel harm to defenseless Vaishnavas for many years!
I say this publicly, without a tinge of fear of committing vaishnava aparadha, as I know that it is the instruction of all of our previous Acaryas to speak the truth, as Sri Prahlad Maharaja did and call a spade a spade and demand that justice be done! Bhavananda dasa and any other child molester MUST be removed at once from the TOVP and from Sri Mayapur dhama or any other place in ISKCON where children and gurukulas are present! As this man NEVER reformed!
I have personally counseled many ex-gurukulis and Prabhupada disciples who have directly suffered under the atrocious abuse of this rogue in the garb of a Vaishnava! I have spent countless hours and sleepless nights, witnessing their intense pain and suffering, and prevented some of them from committing suicide as their voice was never acknowledged and justice was never exacted from him, personally! His sins and those of many other perpetrators have cost our ISKCON temples millions of dollars, have costs the lives of some of ISKCON’s children as they took their own lives in utter despair and have inhibited the spiritual growth of all those who have been abused!
So if Ambarish Prabhu still, as the chairman of the TOVP, maintains his position of formerly removing Radha Jivan das and keeping Bhavananda das on this project, then I will never give even a penny to this project as it will show the level of integrity the TOVP team has!
It will then confirm that it is not in line with what our great Acaryas stood for and fought against, and it will then show that it does not uphold the standards of purity needed to manifest this spiritual prediction of Sri Nityananda Rama, as such empowerment can only come from purity of the heart, surrender to the Lord and by strictly following of our Param Guru’s instructions!
No gentlemen would ever cause the massive amount of pain Bhavananda dasa has imposed on innocent Vaishnava children, mothers and fathers over the years!
Begging and praying to Srila Prabhupada and our revered Parampara to enlighten, awaken and inspire the true leaders of Srila Prabhupada’s ISKCON movement to uphold dharma and fulfill their duties to their spiritual master, to no longer tolerate, ignore or give prominent position to the REAL offenders and abusers of Vaishnavis, Vaishnavas, Cows and Krishna’s children, all the while silencing and calling the victims offenders!
Your insignificant servant in the service of the Vaishnavas and Srila Prabhupada,
Vaishnavi Devi dasi