In times where so many face disillusion and disappointment, a lecture from Srila Prabhupada from 2nd of August 1970, given in Los Angeles, may be a constant source of inspiration.
Attorney General’s Office asks Court to reject the deal. A Brooklyn courtroom was filled with Krishna devotees this past Wednesday for a hearing on a petition asking the Court to allow the Brooklyn Hare Krishna temple to be sold. The petition was filed by Ramabhadra Dasa, the former president of ISKCON Brooklyn. New York Assistant Attorney General Abigail Young appeared in court to oppose the petition, as did attorneys for the ISKCON GBC, for a renewed, GBC-supported temple board, and for members of the congregation.
For the sale of a place of worship, the State of New York requires Court approval. Typically, the seller first seeks approval from the State’s Office of the Attorney General (OAG). If the OAG approves, the Court it likely to approve as well. But on September 26 the OAG notified Ramabhadra that after nearly two years of back and forth, it had declined, once and for all, his request for OAG approval. If you want to pursue the sale, the OAG told him, you will have to take your request to the Court. That is what Ramabhadra chose to do. In late October he filed his petition with the Court, asking approval for the proposed sale.[...]
In the spring of 2014 a discussion amongst friends centered on how we would go about starting a rural community in the United States if a large sum of money happened to fall into our laps. We thought about the need for intentional design and considered the logistical reasons as to why community development has not yet happened successfully for ISKCON in America.
When, in the fall, devotees from an urban temple expressed their desire to start an ISKCON rural community someday, my thoughts precipitated as a four-page letter which was meant to express my initial, rough understanding as to why ISKCON in America, due to limitations inherent in its federal tax-exempt church status, could not be the entity to establish such communities. I also shared information about an alternative legal structure which potentially could work—one referred to by the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as “501(d),” or tax-exempt “Religious or Apostolic Association,” which, according to the Internal Revenue Manual, is for the purpose of operating a “religious community where the members live a communal life following the tenets and teachings of the organization.”[...]
We would like to believe that professional people are always reliable, competent and honest, but as we have just illustrated, neither the Genova Labs nor those behind the claim that Prabhupada was maliciously poisoned appear to be. We have already identified numerous examples illustrating how the only thing holding up the Who Poisoned Prabhupadaconspiracy is a chain full of so many weakest links it’s astonishing anyone takes this propaganda seriously. This type of cheating isn’t limited to a bunch of bad detectives with a malicious agenda. The high-tech world of forensic hair analysis doesn’t have a very good reputation either. In 2015 it was discovered that FBI testimony on microscopic hair analysis contained errors in at least 90% of cases in ongoing review!
“The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000… Of 28 examiners with the FBI Laboratory’s microscopic hair comparison unit, 26 overstated forensic matches in ways that favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed so far, according to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Innocence Project, which are assisting the government with the country’s largest post-conviction review of questioned forensic evidence.” [...]
This is a short film sponsored by Elon Musk, founder of the SpaceX and Tesla companies. It is a fictional depiction of what technology is likely to produce in the not so distant future. The point is valid that all the technologies for such a thing to come about exist. All someone has to do is integrate them.
There is a wave of incrimination in the United States against powerful men in politics and the entertainment industry and who are being publicly accused in very large numbers of being raped and molested.
But then something that no one could have predicted happened. It was a pre-Twitter, pre-internet, highly analog version of #MeToo. To the surprise of millions of men, the nation turned out to be full of women—of all political stripes and socioeconomic backgrounds—who’d had to put up with Hell at work. Mothers, sisters, aunts, girlfriends, wives—millions of women shared the experience of having to wait tables, draw blood, argue cases, make sales, all while fending off the groping, the joking, the sexual pressuring, and the threatening of male bosses. They were liberal and conservative; white collar and pink collar; black and white and Hispanic and Asian. Their common experience was not political, economic, or racial. Their common experience was female.[...]
As followers of Śrīla Prabhupāda, we have been taught that service to the instructions of the guru (vāṇī) are given more importance than service to the form of the guru (vapuḥ). All of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s followers know this. However, sometimes according to personal taste or circumstance, we may focus more on one or the other.
This year in Vṛndāvana on Śrīla Prabhupāda’s disappearance day, there was an occasion to see this. In the morning during the ceremony in honor of His Divine Grace, various disciples of his were called upon to glorify their eternal spiritual master and share some remembrance of him with the rest of us. Many told personal stories of some pastime of his they personally witnessed or had the great fortune to be a part of.[...]
Ya Got A Milligram?
The old-boys club on the Goof Team object to not having been given a fair opportunity to present their case:
“The false theories and objections about Srila Prabhupada’s proven poisoning are attempts to discredit the evidence without looking at it sincerely” -KGBG p.747[...]
First Napoleon… Now Prabhupada Ooops Again!
So perhaps after frantically back-peddling from the Reverse Speech analysis fiasco, the Truth Team realized superior methods of truth ascertainment are available. Let’s see what they might be referring to. Apparently, they feel one of those superior methods of truth ascertainment is available in using history to make their case more believable. Like for example how they present Napoleon, who they allegedly portray as having also been poisoned by his inside men.
“Also, it is noted that the FBI performed tests on two separate single hairs of Napoleon in recent years, having no difficulty in achieving accurate findings because they had equipment and techniques appropriate for such small amounts. The Napoleon hairs were linearly and segmentally tested to discover the various levels of arsenic from one end of the hair to the other, giving a poisoning timeline history.”- KGBG p.326[...]
More Suspicious Characters?
Jack Mitchell, A.C.F.E, Owner of Computer Audio Engineering, New Mexico shows up everywhere in the audio studies as the principal engineer testifying what is being said in the faint whispers.
We are told that his $250,000 of audio instruments properly confirms the incriminating nature of the whispers. When asked what kind of work he does, he said he does forensic examinations for all sorts of big law enforcement clients. More specifically he states: “A lot of the work is Enhancement of recordings so that it is intelligible so that they can get official court transcripts off of it…” So what it sounds like the majority of Jack Mitchell’s career consists of is helping court reporters properly hear what the witness said into a microphone that was inches away from their mouth when they testified in a trial. The tape was recorded in a courtroom on a big high-quality reel-to-reel tape or digital recorder under ideal conditions. This is about as “Forensic” as the work done by the radio engineer producing your favorite radio show. If we look at his credentials carefully, we find that he claims to have been in the audio business for 30 years, but has only been in the forensic field for three![...]