June 17, 2012, Australia — Hare Krsna, AGTSP. I am a former disciple of this man, who was sent by the GBC to look after Australasia after the disaster that was Bhavananda! I was in one of the final ever initiation ceremonies that this charismatic American charlatan ever performed.
It wasn’t till I traveled to England a few years later that I was told that the whole of the global ISKCON community knew about Bhavananda’s preference for boys and booze and the initiations should have been stopped years earlier. But still they went ahead as they were kept secret from the devotees that would be affected, by the GBC.
So after many years of soul searching I took initiation from PV in his first few years as a Guru. I guess the reassuring thing is that he was probably following the 4 regs etc. at the time. Now he has finally been exposed as a philandering whore all whilst continuing to have a huge impact on people’s lives.
I was banned from studying at a “karmi” university, which I have been told he has since done, when I had a fall from grace (as a grhastha). I was banned from preforming deity service for a minimum of 6 months, but he can bath the deities in his shiny white cloth after banging a whore in Bangkok – sounds fair to me?
These men should never have been put in this position in the first place and the power and glory goes to their head, as is human nature. Please keep up the pressure with the disgraceful GBC who use ‘mushroom management’ worse than any corporate that I have worked with. This is people’s lives that you are messing with guys, it completely ruins the spiritual faith of so many people and it is disgusting. I have even heard of ex members doubting the validity of Prahupada because of all the nonsense of these debauched, lying men.
Get some women on the GBC to balance out the management of this worldwide movement. They will bring some ‘humanity and empathy’ to the decisions being made about thousands of people’s lives. Get rid of the “Hindi” culture that has dominated the movement for decades… e.g. stop insisting that husbands should be worshipped by their wives, when they are not fulfilling their side of the bargain and looking after their family.
How many devotees couples have you seen that once they have children it is the mother who ends up going out to earn an honest living to support their “devotee” husbands who are too busy chanting and reading etc… Start treating these men who have been given these “Guru” jobs the same as everybody else, after all how many of these men have fallen down in the most disgusting (even by karmi standards) ways, so the old system is not working.
They take their prasadam in the temple like everyone else on plain plates, they sleep in the brahmacari ashrams on the floor if necessary, no garlands, no feet washing, no money given to them, take the train like “normal” devotees, go on food for life and serve the homeless bums prasadam, scrub pots in the kitchen, distribute books on a freezing winters day whilst being abused by “karmis” etc, etc. After all Prabhupada wouldn’t have hesitated to do this. If this was a corporate it would be time for a restructure!
Keep up the pressure for transparency and honesty from ISKCON and the GBC, especially with the worship and millions of dollars that these men accept in the good name of Srila Prabhupada.