Mahavidya das(ACBSP), Aug 12, London, UK: I have just read HH Bhakti Caru Swami’s article. If I may comment.
In the past, I have spoken to Maharaja on different occasions and found him to be a gentleman. However, I am disturbed by his recent statement (albeit received second hand) that should he take birth again, he hopes it would be as a child of Prana bhandu das (disciple of Sivarama Swami) or Sruti dharma das (SRS).
HH is said to have made this statement at a “Vaisnava appreciation evening” the day before Gauri das was publicly exposed.
Prana bhandu das is the devotee named by one of ISKCON UK’s directors, Viswambhara das, as being caught with £50,000 cash.
I have the tape wherein Viswambhara das is discussing going to the police about this issue.
The police have a copy.
Of course, when the actual time came, pressure was applied to Viswambhara das from ISKCON UK management, and he back peddled.
Sruti dharma das is one of the Bhaktivedanta Manor managers who (along with Prana bhandu das and others ) actively support Gauri das in breaking the ISKCON CPO resolutions.
I have also been informed by one of Bhakti Caru’s disciples that he (Bhakti Caru Swami)
has a secretary censor all his mail to weed out complaints.
Perhaps HH Bhakti Caru Swami, who is a regular visitor to and has disciples here at Bhaktivedanta Manor, could express his position on salaries, and what his stance on ISKCON becoming a Hindu society is.