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My Involvement in the Conspiracy to Murder Sulocana

Reflections by the New Vrindaban Telephone Man
Jyotirdhama dasa (Joseph Pollock, Jr.)

Now I must simply tell the truth about what happened back then.
I am going to speak the truth about how I was involved in the
Sulochan murder no matter what the consequences are.

My Involvement in the Conspiracy
to Murder Steven Bryant (Sulochan dasa)

March 21, 2019 (Gaura-Purnima)
Richland, Washington

I was right in the middle of events that happened at New Vrindaban, West Virginia, in 1985 and 1986. My service to the New Vrindaban community put me squarely in the middle of everything that happened then. I managed the communications systems, the main office, mail services and sound systems. Out of all of my responsibilities, maintenance of the community telephone system was my number one priority. My other responsibilities evolved from the installation of the phone system.

The telephone system was an ITT STS-16; a first generation, computerized PBX (Private Branch Exchange) that was capable of generating 1,024 analog extensions. Gaura Shakti dasa, my immediate supervisor, bought the PBX used in 1983; he and I drove to Dallas, Texas; picked it up and brought it back to New Vrindaban. We installed the telephone system near the community business offices in an area known as Bahulaban; about three miles from the temple. Suddenly New Vrindaban had its very own functional, state of the art, computerized, business telephone system. Kirtanananda Swami Bhaktipada, the ISKCON guru who was in charge of New Vrindaban (sometimes respectively referred to as “Number One”), called me “Krishna’s telephone man.” [Read More…]

PLEASE ASK ME WHO I AM

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Please ask me who I am
for I long to convince you of the truth
that I am the same as you
a servant of the supreme eternal youth.

Who is to all most kind
with His love for all His souls divine
to satisfy every soul’s mind
everywhere we can find.

From the highest form of life
to the most smallest and low
we are getting what ever we desire
in what ever planet we go.

So behold we may know life’s perfection
or go the opposite direction
but only in this human form
may we know just why we were born.

So the very facts of life
is we must be careful of what we are wishing
for we may live in utter ignorance
or know our eternal constitutional position. [Read More…]

Sri Gaura-Purnima | Srila Prabhupada

Pusta Krishna, Mayapur, March 16 1976: “In this way, my Lord, You have appeared in different incarnations—as human beings, as animals, as a great saintly person, as demigods and as a fish and a tortoise. In this way You maintain the whole creation in different planetary systems and kill the demoniac principles in every age.

My Lord, You therefore protect the principles of religion. In the age of Kali You do not assert Yourself as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Therefore You are known as Tri-yuga, or the Lord who appears in three yugas.”

Prabhupada:

ittham nr-tiryag-rsi-deva-jhasavatarair lokan vibhavayasi hamsi jagat pratipan dharmam maha-purusa pasi yuganuvrttam channah kalau yad abhavas tri-yugo ’tha sa tvam

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ISKCON Ex-Membership

Myth and Themes of ISKCON Ex-Membership

Myth and Themes of Ex-Membership
Nori J. Muster

Abstract

A researcher and ex-member [Nandini Dasi – Nori Muster] of ISKCON, The International Society for Krishna Consciousness, offers an inside view of what it’s like to be an ex-cult member. She identifies post-traumatic stress and identity crisis as the two most common themes of ex-membership. At the root of post-traumatic stress are the themes justice, stigma, and perspective; at the root of identity crisis are the themes home, personal belief system, and storytelling. She offers literary examples that serve as myths to illustrate the ex-member experience.

In 1978 the Hare Krishnas told me that if I followed them for the rest of my life, then I’d go back to Godhead with them. To follow, I had to move into a temple, wear Indian clothing, learn hundreds of customs and taboos, and cut myself off from the outside world. They forbade commercial media and criticized outside relationships, unless the outsiders might join, donate, or do service. They said that anyone who left ISKCON, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, would fall back into the material ocean and be lost. They called it “blooping,” the sound a rock makes when it hits the water and sinks. I blooped in December 1988.

I was just one of many who left disillusioned. In the dozen years following the death of ISKCON founder Srila Prabhupada,([1]) ninety percent of members left.([2]) ISKCON turned into an organization with many more ex-members than current, full-time members. One ex-ISKCON member shared his thoughts about ex-membership in his essay, “On Leaving ISKCON.”([3]) Steven J. Gelberg, known in ISKCON as Subhananda, explained what the decision was like for him:

It’s hard to imagine an experience more wrenching, more potentially disorienting, than leaving a spiritual community or tradition to which one has devoted years of one’s life. To lose faith in a comprehensive system of ideas that have shaped one’s consciousness and guided one’s actions, to leave a community that has constituted one’s social world and defined one’s social identity, to renounce a way of life that is an entire mode of being, is an experience of momentous implications.([4])

Steven Gelberg identified the things that he saw in ISKCON that made him decide to leave. Here is a brief summary: practical and ethical failures, intellectual dishonesty, disrespect for followers, hypocrisy in the demand for celibacy, condescending attitude toward women, and scriptural fundamentalism.([5]) Gelberg believed that many others shared a common experience of ISKCON’s problems, so he addressed “On Leaving ISKCON” to his “brothers and sisters who have shared the ISKCON/Krishna consciousness experience.” Gelberg described the exodus out of ISKCON and said, “There exists, therefore, a substantial and growing body of people who share what can only be described as a traumatic experience.”([6])

Although the details differ for each individual, and some ex-members claim to feel no stress after leaving, the dominant psychological issues for most ex-members are post-traumatic stress and identity crisis. The same themes play out in myth and story, and there are many parallels to be drawn between the ex-member experience and characters who go through similar trials under different circumstances. [Read More…]

Deśa – Kāla – Pātra – Time, Place and Circumstances

Srila Prabhupada

deśa-kāla-pātra – 
Deśa
 means situation, and kāla, time,
and pātra, means the subject, the individual.

Deśa – kāla – pātra – Time, Place and Circumstances
By Yasoda nandana dasa

Deśa-kāla-pātra: according to time, according to circumstances, according to the subject, everything is scrutinizingly judged, not whimsically. We must understand everything by taking these three elements into consideration. (Lectures : Bhagavad-gita 7.1 — Fiji, May 24, 1975 : 750524BG.FIJ)

EXPLANATION
These three elements have to be taken into consideration determining what is right and what is wrong action. What is true at one time may not necessarily be true at another time. Similarly, what is true in a place or situation may turn out to be wrong at another place or another state.

For an example: Singing for entertainment is true, but when singing next to those who are sick then it becomes transformed into a wrong action or bad behavior.

Serving ice cold drink at night in a cold place might be received by a person with a reluctant heart, but when the ice was served during the hot hours of sunny day it would be gladly welcomed.

From the examples above it is obvious that what is called the wrong action, when people do not know how to adjust to the place, time and circumstances of their behavior. So, the appropriate way is to adjust our actions to Deśa-kāla-pātra.

Srila Prabhupada: “It may be that the Hindus may be following the same principle in a different way or the Christian may be following the same principle in different way. That is called deśa-kāla-pātra. According to time, atmosphere, and the performer, there may be little difference. … But we are keeping our principles as it is, but making arrangement according to the circumstances. That is required.” (Lecture SB Class sb/1/2/10/delhi/november/16/1973)

Srila Prabhupada explains how  “The ācārya knows how to adjust things, at the same time keep pace with the spiritual interest.”  [Read More…]

ISKCON VIRUS WARNING!

ISKCON VIRUS WARNING! - All Devotees

ISKCON VIRUS WARNING! – All Devotees
by Haripada dasa

Hare Krishna, I share a few days ago I made a big mistake, I sent the message entitled Iskcon problems to 3 gurus of Iskcon, Guru prasada, Prahladananda and Virabahu, and also to Hanuman, the manager of the Spanish BBT, my idea was to see the reaction of these people, after a few days when I sent a message to my contacts, I came out one by one that email is blocked, I consulted this with several computer experts and they all told me the same thing, that they had sent me a virus. [Read More…]

MONKEY ON A STICK – Murder, Madness, and the Hare Krishnas

Monkey On A Stick - Murder, Madness, and the Hare Krishnas  Monkey On A Stick - Murder, Madness, and the Hare Krishnas

MONKEY ON A STICK
MURDER, MADNESS, AND THE HARE KRISHNAS
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MONKEY ON A STICKThe symbolic meaning of the book title “MONKEY ON A STICK” becomes that of the impaled sinner, a symbolic warning used by Kirtanananda when a devotee was to be cast from the fold. It refers to the practice of Indian banana planters, who impale the carcass of a bananathieving monkey on a stick and use it to warn other transgressors. In India, when a monkey is found on a banana plantation he is captured and impaled on a stick and the other end stuck in the ground on the outskirts of the plantation as a warning to all other monkeys not to enter, so in short it means to make an example out of someone. Jadurani was “Monkey on a Stick” number one. Sulocana (Steve Bryant) was “Monkey on a Stick” number two.

“They fell upon Jadurani and severely beat her, kicking her in the face and not stopping until she was literally drenched in blood. Then, they attempted to take her bloody sari to hang on a post as a warning to anyone else who would “dare to blaspheme Kirtanananda.” — When ex-Krishna devotee Sulocana (Steve Bryant) launched a one-man holy war against the West Virgina Krishna cult, his body was found murdered. It was Kirtanananda’s response to make Bryant a “monkey on a stick”, a gruesome warning to all other Krishna’s that death was in store for those with dreams of defection.

Dear Nori – I took your advice and through the internet found some used book stores and a number had a copy of “Monkey on a Stick“. Couple of questions– Do you think that book was an accurate portrayal?

Dear B – Monkey on a Stick validated rumors of chauvinism, guns, child abuse, drug use and drug dealing, dishonest gurus, death threats and murder in ISKCON. When I was a member, I ignored these rumors, but in researching Betrayal of the Spirit I learned that most ISKCON rumors are basically true. Betrayal of the Spirit mentions practically every ISKCON rumor, covering some of the same area as “Monkey on a Stick”. The guru of New Vrindaban, Kirtanananda  aka Bhaktipada, was fined $250,000 and is serving the third year of a twenty-year federal  prison sentence for racketeering and conspiracy in two murders (described in Monkey on a Stick). According to Hinduism Today, he denied complicity in the murders, despite pleading guilty. The only hyped thing about “Monkey” is the writing style, it sounds like a cops & robbers novel.

Authors’ Note on Methodology

This book is based on hundreds of hours of taped interviews with present and former devotees, hundreds of newspaper stories and magazine articles, and thousands of pages of trial transcripts. For two years, the authors have had unprecedented access to the movement’s internal documents and have benefited from the close cooperation of federal, state, and local law-enforcement officials.

Most of the scenes depicted in this book are taken directly from the recollections of eyewitnesses and participants as recounted in interviews and trial transcripts. In addition, while conducting interviews and going through documents, the authors strove to discover what players in the drama were thinking and feeling. Dialogue, thoughts, and feelings have been re-created based on this research in an attempt to establish the essence of what occurred. In general, the reader is encouraged to consult the supplementary information and documentation offered in the back of the book for the credentials of devotees names- and interviews. [Read More…]

ISKCON Sues Radha Damodar Temple Vrindavan


        Swami B.V. Giri                —           Swami B.G. Narasingha

ISKCON
(Gopal-Krishna, Radhanath, Bhima-Bombay)
Sues Sri Sri Radha Damodar Temple Vrindavan

ISKCON vs Radha-Damodar Deities/ Temple

(By; Sri Nirmal Chandra Goswami)
Jun 27, 2011 — VRINDAVAN, INDIA (SUN) — The writing of this notice to the devotees has been a long time waiting. Due to the mercy of Sri Sri Radha Damodar and now having email and Internet access, I am able to send out this information for the contemplation of sincere and thoughtful devotees.

Since past five years the court case in India, ISKCON vs Radha Damodar Mandir has been going on. The case originally filed by ISKCON is primarily to solve the question as to who is the legal owner/proprietor of the rooms at Radha Damodar Mandir known as “Srila Prabhupada’s Bhajan Kutir”.  [Read More…]

No distortion, no cheating. The secret is that I am presenting as it is.

BBTI Considers More Book Editing

No distortion, no cheating. This is the secret.
The secret is that I am presenting as it is.

BBTI Considers “More Book Editing” (from KD)

KD: BBTI is considering removing “controversial statements” from Prabhupada’s Srimad Bhagavatam. The other day I was in the room with the book distribution Minister Vijay prabhu, who hosts that seminar here in Mayapur. The talk was about the editing of Prabhupada’s books, and Vijay prabhu said that at least the Bhagavatam was okay, and the host, a senior american devotee, said that he begged to differ on that opinion.

Then he told us that he had been speaking to Dravida prabhu who had told him that the BBTI had been considering removing all of Prabhupada’s “controversial statements” about women from the Bhagavatam for some time, and that it seemed that the time was getting close for them to actually do it. Only time will tell if they will actually do so.

—————

Prabhupāda: No distortion, no cheating. This is the secret. They give me credit, “Swāmījī, you have done wonderful. You have done…” I say the secret of wonderful is this, that I have not distorted it. I have presented Bhagavad-gītā as it is. It is open secret. (15th April, 1977, Bombay)

Prabhupāda: Everyone is giving his own interpretation. Eh? Then when, where is the importance of Kṛṣṇa? If Bhagavad-gītā is a book who is authority, and if you interpret and give your own interpretation, then where is the authority? Suppose Parliament passes one law, and if I interpret in my own way, then where is the authority of the law? This is the idea. If you want to give some idea of your own, give it separately. Why do you take Bhagavad-gītā and distort it? This is not gentlemanly, this. We are presenting, therefore, Bhagavad-gītā as it is, and it is being accepted. And before me so many svāmīs, yogīs went there. They also tried to explain Bhagavad-gītā, but nobody accepted. There was… In the history there was not a single devotee of Kṛṣṇa before my going. Now there are thousands. Why? The secret is that I am presenting as it is.

Mr. Rajda: As it is. Correct. [Read More…]

Over 8 million books sold, yet the BBTI reports income of $838,859?

Where is the Money?

What is the yearly revenue for the BBTI? According to the IRS, in 2016 (the last year posted), the BBTI had a total revenue of $838,859. The World Sankirtan Newsletter reports that there were over 8 million books sold that year. According to the Newsletter, a large book of 300-500 pages is equal to one book point and the total book points for 2016 was 8,146,115. What is the price that temples are charged for a large book from the BBTI? Their price list has a variety of prices, but seem to show average price of about $2.50

A little basic arithmetic shows that the income for all of Srila Prabhupada’s books for 2016 should have been well over $20 million! 8,146,115 x $2.50 = $20,365,287.50. Srila Prabhupada’s instructions about how the proceeds from his copyrights are that half the income goes to printing more books and half goes to a Building Fund to build temples or maintain existing temples. Of course some of the money from these 8+ million books would come from foreign BBTs, but the contribution to the Building fund, whether from foreign or the BBTI should be half of the $20,000,000, if Srila Prabhupada’s instructions are being followed.

This is not a philosophical or emotional issue: it is mathematics. As beneficiaries of Srila Prabhupada’s Book Trust, we have the right and the duty to insist that the BBT Trustees become transparent about where our spiritual master’s money is going. There should be $10 million/year for building temples. While hopefully some of the money is going to the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, even if every penny that was spent on the TOPV in 2016 came from the BBT, there is still $6 million unaccounted for. [Read More…]

Betrayal of the Spirit: My Life behind the Headlines of the Hare Krishna Movement

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Betrayal of the Spirit:
My Life behind the Headlines of the Hare Krishna Movement

by Nori Muster

A note regarding my book, Betrayal of the Spirit 

In 1978 I joined the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) looking for spirit, but something went wrong. The original guru, Srila Prabhupada, had died suddenly and eleven of his most ambitious disciples took over as gurus. During the decade that followed, the gurus’ follies basically ruined everything. With the eleven gurus in control, ISKCON became increasingly cultish and isolated. They told me that ISKCON would be better than the material world, but it was worse. Ultimately, the leaders’ fighting, criminal behavior and hypocrisy drove me away. I realize now that I was part of an abusive cult system. I had to “bloop” or fall like a stone back into the ocean of maya.

When I left ISKCON in 1988, most of the leadership still wanted to ignore if not cover-up the problems that I described. I wrote my book because I believe that obscuring history dooms future generations to repeat the same mistakes. The book grew out of my ISKCON experience. [Read More…]

World’s Largest Gita! Which One? Edited/Revised or Original ‘72

World's Largest Gita, Which One? Edited/Revised or Original ‘72

Which Gita? Edited/Revised or Original ‘72

– 800 kg Bhagavad-gita AS IT IS NOT –
A Bhagavad-gita so big, you can’t read it…
What a waste of money

Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a giant Bhagavad Gita, weighing 800 kg and running into 670 pages, at the ISKCON temple in New Delhi on Tuesday, 26 Feb 2019. The sacred book is 2.8 metre tall and 2 metre wide (when closed). [Read More…]

70 cows rescued from beleaguered dairy by Hawaii devotee, raising $60,000

A compassionate young devotee rescues 70 cows from a Hawaii
dairy that was forced out of business, raising almost $60,000

I rarely go on Facebook, but happened to see that Narayana, a young devotee on the Big Island (who is half brother to my daughter), wanted to take over operations of a dairy that was being forced out of business due to manure run-offs affecting the neighborhood’s water.  The dairy had 2800 cows and scheduled to cease operations the end of January, 2019.  My unsolicited advise to Narayana, who already cared for a dozen or so cows was to take up a simple living, high thinking lifestyle rather than try to run a large dairy operation.  I explained that Srila Prabhupada told the devotees not to turn cow protection into a business and that while it was acceptable to sell surplus milk, the motivation should not be about profit.

Narayana’s response was that anything was possible and that he was going to do what he could to save the cows.

Because the dairy was located on the Big Island with a limited economic base, they ended up selling their prime dairy cows for pennies on the dollar.  Here in Washington State, a top producing Holstein cow is worth about $2000.  The Big Island cows were priced at $350 with the baby cows priced even less.  Narayana was able to raise almost $60,000 on a Go Fund Me campaign and purchased 70 cows, mostly heifers (baby girls) and a few grown cows, taking them to his small farm with makeshift facilities.  [Read More…]

FEMALE ISK’CON GURUS

FEMALE ISK'CON GURUS

FEMALE ISK’CON GURUS

GBC RESOLUTION:

1. That resolution 425/2005 “Female Diksa Guru” is amended to read as follows:
“The GBC accepts the philosophical conclusion presented in the SAC’s Female Diksa Guru Paper that a mature, qualified, female devotee may accept the role of an initiating spiritual master.”

2. The GBC Body authorizes local area committees to put forward for approval as initiating guru any devotee in their area, male or female, who is qualified according to existing GBC Law.

[GBC Resolution – Action Order]

305. Female Diksa Gurus
Whereas there is a factual need for more diksa-gurus in ISKCON to accommodate the worldwide preaching;

Whereas there are mature female preachers qualified to take on diksa-guru responsibilities;

Whereas there are a number of such qualified women who already have siksa disciples;

Whereas the GBC Body previously issued the following statement in 2005, which has now been given further consideration:

425. Female Diksa Guru
The GBC accepts the basic philosophical conclusion presented in the SAC’s Female Diksa Guru Paper, i.e. that a mature, qualified, female devotee may accept the role of an initiating spiritual master. The implementation thereof is pending further GBC consideration.  [Read More…]

Vaishnava Calendar March 2019

Vaishnava Calendar: March 2019

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The Krishna Consciousness Handbook (1970)

The Krishna Consciousness Handbook (1970) PDF

On The Cover: ISKCON World Headquarters,
3764 Watseka Ave. Los Angeles, California 90034

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This is the first annual edition of The Krishna Consciousness Handbook. The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) was founded in 1966 by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and is now becoming firmly established, with centers in thirty major cities around the world and world headquarters in Los Angeles, California. The goal of the Society’s members is to attain love of God by following the principles of bhakti-yoga, as taught by the Vedic scriptures and the disciplic succession of spiritual masters, and to spread love of God to all people through the process of sankirtana (public chanting of the holy names of God). Another important goal of the Society is to present authoritative literature on the science of God in English and other major languages.  [Read More…]

TEST BY THE SUPREME LORD

Cota-Haridas

Choṭa Haridāsa used to sing for Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu

TEST BY THE SUPREME LORD
(Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur, Krishnanagar, March 11 1918)

“Sri Gauracandra tests us in various ways by putting us into difficulties and different kinds of association. It depends on the good fortune of the living entities for them to pass those tests. As the indwelling Supersoul, Sri Gaurahari has revealed the eternal truth in the hearts of the living entities out of His causeless mercy. Those who have taken shelter at the lotus feet of the Lord Hari and the spiritual master never trust the illusory words of misguided people. Only unfortunate people become bewildered by hearing deceitful words. One need not worry about that.”

Always read Sri Caitanya Caritamrta and hear its unbiased explanation from Vaisnavas who know its actual meaning. Our only hope is Mahaprabhu’s lotus feet.

You Are Not This Body

I am not this body, I am spirit soul!

You Are Not This Body

By His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada:

dehino ‘smin yathā dehe / kaumāraṁ yauvanaṁ jarā
tathā dehāntara-prāptir / dhīras tatra na muhyati

As the embodied soul continually passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. The self-realized soul is not bewildered by such a change.” (Bg 2.13)

The very first step in self-realization is realizing one’s identity as separate from the body. “I am not this body but am spirit soulis an essential realization for anyone who wants to transcend death and enter into the spiritual world beyond. It is not simply a matter of saying “I am not this body,” but of actually realizing it. This is not as simple as it may seem at first. Although we are not these bodies but are pure consciousness, somehow or other we have become encased within the bodily dress. If we actually want the happiness and independence that transcend death, we have to establish ourselves and remain in our constitutional position as pure consciousness.

Living in the bodily conception, our idea of happiness is like that of a man in delirium. Some philosophers claim that this delirious condition of bodily identification should be cured by abstaining from all action. Because these material activities have been a source of distress for us, they claim that we should actually stop these activities. Their culmination of perfection is in a kind of Buddhistic nirvana, in which no activities are performed. Buddha maintained that due to a combination of material elements, this body has come into existence, and that somehow or other if these material elements are separated or dismantled, the cause of suffering is removed. If the tax collectors give us too much difficulty because we happen to possess a large house, one simple solution is to destroy the house. However, Bhagavad-gita indicates that this material body is not all in all. Beyond this combination of material elements, there is spirit, and the symptom of that spirit is consciousness. Consciousness cannot be denied. A body without consciousness is a dead body. As soon as consciousness is removed from the body, the mouth will not speak, the eye will not see, nor the ears hear. A child can understand that. It is a fact that consciousness is absolutely necessary for the animation of the body. What is this consciousness?  [Read More…]

O DEAREST SRILA PRABHUPADA

O dearest Shrila Prabhupada
O dearest guru of the universe
O most empowered preacher of Krishna God
please stay with me your sold out dog.

I can not understand a thing
with out thy mercy O servant of Him supreme
please awaken me from my gross dream
so Krishna and reality is clearly seen.

Please preach always to me in my heart
O expert in the pure devotional art
your most powerful wisdom please impart
to awaken my eternal spiritual part. [Read More…]

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