[Download original letter (PDF). See also Anirdesya Vapu Prabhu’s apology and comments on the CPO decision.]

Letter of complaint to the SABHA regarding the GBC resolution of December 15, 2022 regarding the status of Anirdesya Vapu dasa (formerly known as Bhaktividya Purna Swami) 

Respected members of the SABHA,

Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada! 

My name is Mangalavati Citra devi dasi and we are writing this letter of complaint together with my husband HG Tattvavada dasa. We are shiksa disciples of former Bhaktividya Purna Swami (fBVPS). We also represent thousands of well wishers, initiated disciples, shiksa disciples, followers, academics and government officials who know him around the world.

First of all we would like to establish that we acknowledge that fBVPS did commit mistakes. We are referring to the latest CPO decision of 28/10/2022. He did admit that he three times inappropriately touched the alleged victim when she was above 18 years. As responsible leaders of ISKCON and students of law (Tattvavada dasa), we only judge on what has been admitted and/or on clear evidence (laboratory tests, phycological tests, recordings, pictures and similar). We don’t judge only based on word-against-word (one person’s word against another’s). We are very careful about that. 

fBVPS’s statements have been misrepresented or ignored by the CPO

As disciples, we have according to shastra, the right to not tolerate an insult against our spiritual master. Srila Prabhupada defines an offence/insult very clearly in the Bhagavad-gita, 16.1-3: ”…to call a thief a thief is not fault finding, but to call an honest person a thief is very much offensive for one who is making advancement in spiritual life.” In this case, the allegations are to be found in the CPO decision, in the form of misleading information and biassed judgement despite the lack of clear evidence and by presenting in a dishonest way, former BVPS’s admitted three wrongdoings. 

Despite the difference in opinion (word-against-word) of what happened between former BVPS and the alleged victim and her mother, the CPO chose to take sides with the alleged victim without having any clear evidence (laboratory tests, photos, witnesses etc). Circumstantial evidence is not enough according to lawyers. Consequently the CPO assumes he is a child abuser, and they defame him to the entire ISKCON as such despite the fact that there is no clear evidence for that and despite the fact that he has never admitted to that. 

Former BVPS has admitted to touching the alleged victim three times when she was above 18 years. He clearly wrote to the CPO that he never interacted in a sensual manner with any minor. He also wrote several times in his correspondence with the CPO, how much he repented his wrongdoings and asked the vaishnava community for their mercy. But still, the CPO wrote in their decision (which the entire ISKCON read and believed) that he lacked remorse, which is a criminal’s act of defamation. The statements 1-9 in the CPO decision of 28/10/2022, are according to former BVPS’s appeal ”either never happened, are taken out of context, or are grossly exaggerated”.

Furthermore the CPO decision states that “This makes the history of BVPS abuse the longest in ISKCON CPO history …” Former BVPS used corporal punishment between 1982-1988 on a small group of individuals who were particularly naughty. The frequency of corporal punishment was a few times per year. Before disciplining the students, fBVPS explained to them for half an hour why they were going to be punished. The stick (which was proportionate according to the size of the student) was used to hit the buttocks generally once. The reasons for the punishment were serious, not trivial. These included theft, physically harming other students and other serious transgressions. An important point to be considered in this case is that fBVPS broke no law, since it was not forbidden in India during that time to discipline students through corporal punishment. He stopped the corporeal punishment in 1988 because that batch of a few individuals had grown up to be obedient students. Also, the next batch of students were more qualified, because he was finally allowed to choose whom to accept and whom not to accept into the Gurukula. To state that former BVPS continuously has been abusing children the last 40 years, is a false statement and therefore a very serious offence. Someone may accuse us for vilifying the CPO and the GBC, but in our defence, we are concerned that the procedures are performed in a proper legal order. We are also doing our duty as disciples to defend our spiritual master as is our right according to shastra. [1]

On the other hand, where in shastra does it say that it is right to defame and spread false statements about a brahmana vaishnava who has dedicated his life to educating the vaishnava community for decades? Such defamation is actually the first offence against the holy name. In the 12th chapter of the Bhagavad-gita Lord Krishna explains who is very dear to Him, but in 18.68-69, He states who is most dear to Him: ”For one who explains the supreme secret to the devotees, devotional service is guaranteed, and at the end he will come back to Me. There is no servant in this world more dear to Me than he, nor will there ever be one more dear.”

ISKCON appears to be functioning heavily under a modern political influence

According to the law, one cannot judge anyone based on word against words. One should judge based on clear evidence. The extreme danger with biassed judgements is a chaotic and anarchistic society. Imagine our institution allowing that anyone can say anything about anyone without asking for clear evidences, and on top of that, witch-hunt anyone who questions such methods. And if those independently thoughtful devotees happen to have a position in ISKCON, their leadership position is terminated with immediate effect. That happened to me, in a very questionable way when I was actually just questioning the CPO  methodology. (The Swedish National Council (SNC) without following any laws and rules terminated my chairmanship service with immediate effect (09/12/2022). They took advice from a GBC Emeritus, who recently openly defied a GBC decision, to terminate my chairmanship because according to them I had openly defied the CPO and GBC decision on fBVPS, when in actuality I was questioning their methodology.)

It becomes difficult for a devotee who would like to be a leader to function in such a centralised autocratic and bureaucratic movement. We have to be careful about going towards directions which Srila Prabhupada didn’t give and did not show in his example in similar situations. ISKCON should carefully seek advice in  Srila Prabhupada’s instructions, and should never base their punishments on anything other than shastra and Srila Prabhupada’s example. We are very worried about the direction which ISKCON is going at the moment. Therefore we ask all the members of SABHA to remember why they joined ISKCON, and to connect with Krishna and their conscience, to have faith and to take courage and make the decision according to guru, sadhu and shastra. 

The wrong legal order

The GBC’s posting their resolution publicly before the SABHA’s review is unethical. Now the GBC has made public their resolution declaring further restrictions on not only fBVPS but on his disciples as well, declaring some of them no longer initiated. How will that be taken back now if the SABHA disapproves? Many devotees are highly questioning whether there is a hidden agenda with such a wrong legal order. 

Answering some points on the GBC resolution

  • 1) “Whereas, it was also confirmed that he had engaged in sexual acts with at least one adult woman over an extended period of time;

There is no explanation to what the GBC means with “at least one adult woman”. Does it mean two, three, one-hundred? There is no place for such vague statements in such grave allegations.

  • 2) “Whereas, a further investigation by the GBC Guru Services Committee has confirmed the same;”

The GBC Guru Services Committee has not contacted fBVPS. From whom did they get the information? Is it not a common procedure in all types of investigations that the committee should interview the alleged perpetrator?

  • 3) “Whereas, in February 2007 Anirdesya Vapu das was restricted from accepting disciples via GBC Resolution 312/B which was based upon a CPO decision from September 2000;”
  • 4) “Whereas, it has been established that Anirdesya Vapu das violated that prohibition and initiated devotees after that date;”

In the year 2000, the CPO made a restriction. For one year he was not allowed to give class, lead kirtan and take part in public programs. He was not allowed to give initiations for two years, but after that he could give initiation. In the year 2007, the GBC decided that anyone who had a CPO decision, could not take new disciples. The GBC in 2007 had not declared that fBVPS was no longer a bona fide diksha-guru. Regarding the disciples that were initiated after 2007, those were brahmana initiations to already first initiated disciples, as per the GBC allowance. Therefore, fBVPS has not violated any prohibition.  

  • 5) “Whereas, based on the 2022 CPO decision and new information about the extent of Anirdesya Vapu das’ abuses that it revealed, and his other violations, the Guru Services Committee has determined that Anirdesya Vapu das is unqualified to serve as either a diksa guru or siksa guru (initiating disciples, or offering spiritual instruction);”

The GBC should specify the details of the following statements: “new information about the extent of Anirdesya Vapu das’ abuses that it revealed, and his other violations”. There are also no references from GBC resolutions, ISKCON law or shastra supporting the validity of such a proposed decision. On the other hand we would hereby humbly state fBVPS is not a fallen Guru, since 14 years have passed since he three times inappropriately allowed himself to touch the alleged victim, when she was above 18 years. 

Śrīla Prabhupāda has explained in a lecture:

“If by accident, if by previous habit, one commits some mistake or falls down, that is excused. And one should be repentant: ‘My dear Lord, I have committed this offence. Please excuse me.’ And one should fast. One should be very much repentant. Then Kṛṣṇa is so kind. But he hasn’t got to take to the prāyaścitta or, what is called, atonement system. A devotee hasn’t got to do that. A devotee’s sinful activities is excused, and if he is repentant, then he is again elevated to his original position. That is the verdict of all śāstras.”

 

“Not only is this “the verdict of all śāstras,” Śrīla Prabhupāda has himself demonstrated such a consideration in his own dealings with his disciples who had difficulties in the past.”[2]

 

“The Agni Purāṇa forbids inflicting a punishment or prāyaścitta on anyone (not to mention a Vaiṣṇava) for the fault that has already been judged and atoned for.”[3]

 

“There is no mention of removing a person (Vaiṣṇava) from the position of guruship, even for sins as heinous as brahmahatyā, and even a sin such as brahmahatyā does not necessarily mean that a guru is no longer bona fide, as the example of Vaiśampāyana shows.”[4]

 

Śrīla Śrīdhara Svāmī and Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura note that there is no further prāyaścitta for one who has given up all activities and is engaged in devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Śrīla Jiva Gosvāmī has added that such a devotee incidentally attains the result of prāyaścitta by his continuous remembrance of the Lord.[5]

It is commonly known that fBVPS has been chanting 64 rounds on a daily basis for at least a decade.

Redundant prāyaścitta or double jeopardy

The Vedic scriptures, clearly states that the correct prāyaścitta purifies the aggressor of his sinful reactions and the sin itself. Such atonements need to be executed only once. In fact the Agni Purāṇa clearly prohibits a court from trying a person for a sin twice, as cited below:

“A court should neither entertain, nor hear a cross-suit or a cross-case, without first deciding the original one, nor should it take up a case or suit dismissed or rejected by another tribunal of competent authority.”[6]

Hence it is important that one consult the śāstras for its prescriptions of the right atonement and not whimsically or emotionally subject the accused to double-jeopardy.”

  • 6) “Therefore, the GBC affirms that Anirdesya Vapu das is, for the duration of his life, prohibited from:
  •    Accepting disciples in ISKCON; and
  •    Serving as a siksa guru in ISKCON; and

Where in the history of vaishnavism has any authority of any institution ever come up with such a decision? Please consider the many shastric quotes given in this letter. We assume that the members of the GBC have faith in shastra and that it has clearly been established that the proposed GBC resolution is totally out of Srila Prabhupada’s instructions, shastra and ISKCON law. Please correct us if we are wrong by referring to shastra and ISKCON law, 

  • 7)  Giving any form of spiritual guidance or instruction, including leading or contributing to any classes, meetings, or seminars of any kind, at any ISKCON temple, or affiliated program, festival, venue, or online forum.

Does this mean that fBVPS will be allowed to only talk about material matters? How is that vaishnava prayascitta? Does the GBC have the right to regulate what happens outside of ISKCON? The CPO didn’t decide that fBVPS cannot give private lectures. What is the GBC’s Krishna conscious reason for this proposal and how is this pleasing to Lord Krishna and Srila Prabhupada? Are some appointed devotees not allowed to talk about Krishna anymore? Let us remind the GBC about what ISKCON’s Founder-Acharya, Srila Prabhupada recommends as prayascitta, after having studied carefully the teachings of the previous acharyas and made it available to his followers: 

Generally, a devotee who is engaged in the nine kinds of devotional activities is engaged in the process of cleansing all material contamination from the heart. He puts the Supreme Personality of Godhead within his heart, and all sinful contaminations are naturally washed away. Continuous thinking of the Supreme Lord makes him pure by nature. According to the Vedas, there is a certain regulation that if one falls down from his exalted position he has to undergo certain ritualistic processes to purify himself. But here there is no such condition, because the purifying process is already there in the heart of the devotee, due to his remembering the Supreme Personality of Godhead constantly.” Purport to BG 9.31

We assume we are writing and talking with devotees who have faith in devotional service as the real cleaning agent of the heart. That devotional service is more powerful than sins and any material contamination. 

  • 8) Furthermore, regarding those devotees who accepted initiation from Anirdesya Vapu das:If such an initiation was before February 2007, those devotees are advised to seek spiritual guidance from senior devotees in ISKCON and to continue serving within ISKCON as they have been doing. They continue to be initiated devotees in ISKCON, in the line of Srila Prabhupada, with the full privileges and responsibilities thereof. If any of those devotees choose to seek reinitiation from a guru in good standing in ISKCON, either now or in the future, they are welcomed and encouraged to do so. In such a circumstance, devotees should seek further guidance from their local ISKCON authorities and GBC.If such an initiation occurred after February 2007, the date that Anirdesya Vapu das was prohibited from initiating, those devotees are strongly advised to seek initiation from an ISKCON guru in good standing, as their current initiation status has no standing in ISKCON.”

Please see the ISKCON law references given below regarding point 8 which are not inline with the ISKCON law regarding this matter.

ISKCON law regarding rejection of a fallen Guru

After carefully considering the above shastric references and considering the self imposed sadhana and devotional pracices that fBVPS has done the last 14 years, we would humbly like to establish the fact that fBVPS is not a fallen guru. Despite our own conviction as disciples, we would still like to remind the SABHA team about what the ISKCON law says about rejecting or not rejecting a fallen guru:

1.7. Rejection of a Fallen “Guru”

N.B.: The following laws are based on Sri Krsna Bhajanamrta by Sri Narahari Sarkara (an associate of Sri Caitanya), Bhakti Sandharbha by Srila Jiva Gosvami, and Jaiva Dharma by Bhaktivinoda Thakura, in addition to the writings of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

1.7.1. When a Fallen Guru May Be Rejected

If it is ascertained either by the admission of the guru, or by the testimony of irrefutably reliable witness(es) that the guru was fallen at the time of initiation, then the disciple has a legitimate reason to reject him and take re-initiation from a bona fide spiritual master

1.7.2. When a Fallen Guru Must Be Rejected

1.7.2.1. Hopelessly entangled in sense gratification

If a guru has become hopelessly entangled in sense gratification, and it has been established by reliable testimony or by his own admissions that he has been regularly violating the regulative principles of Krsna consciousness, and if there is virtually no hope for his rectification, then the disciple should reject him and may accept re-initiation.

1.7.2.2. Takes on demonic qualities

If the spiritual master takes on demoniac qualities and becomes inimical to ISKCON, he should be rejected and the disciple may take re-initiation.

1.7.3. When Not to Reject a Fallen Guru

If a guru is engaged in sense gratification, violating one or more of the regulative principles, but there is hope that he can be rectified, then his disciples should not reject him but should allow time for such rectification to take place, and they should take shelter of Srila Prabhupada and senior vaisnavas as siksa gurus.

1.7.4. When a Suspended Guru May Be Rejected

A disciple of a suspended guru who has severely lost his faith in his spiritual master, or who has developed an offensive mentality towards him, and who is unable to regain his faith, even after hearing many instructions in the matter, may take permission from the spiritual master for release to accept a different initiating guru. The devotee should act in consultation with his local GBC representative. If the suspended guru witholds his permission, then the disciple may seek permission from the GBC body.

Conclusion

After presenting in this letter, a few shastric references on punishing a vaishnava, fBVPS’s atonements, the fact that his last fall down happened 14 years ago, and presenting what the ISKCON law states, we would humbly like to point out that the GBC resolution of 15/12/2022 on fBVPS is out of line with Srila Prabhupada, shastra, and the ISKCON law. 

In his purport to Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 8.20.1, Śrīla Prabhupāda stresses the contrasting point of when to reject a guru.

“Anyone who is supposed to be a guru but who goes against the principle of viṣṇubhakti cannot be accepted as guru. If one has falsely accepted such a guru, one should reject him. Such a guru is described as follows (Mahābhārata, Udyoga 179.25): guror apy avaliptasya kāryākāryam ajānataḥ utpatha-pratipannasya parityāgo vidhīyate.” (ŚB 8.20.1 purport)

There are hundreds of lectures given by fBVPS, and we have heard most of those, but never have we ever come across one sentence going against Visnu-bhakti. On the contrary, he always concludes his lectures that our application of devotional service should always be in consideration of what is pleasing to Lord Krishna. But if someone in the SABHA thinks differently, we would humbly like to ask for such reference. 

Srila Prabhupada also explains who is qualified to be a guru: “So when one understands Kṛṣṇa perfectly, he becomes mahātmā. Just try to understand. Not a politician. Not by changing dress, saffron-color cloth. No, that is not mahātmā. One who understands Kṛṣṇa perfectly well, he is mahātmā. Therefore here it is said, munibhir mahātmabhiḥ. The instruction was received from persons, munibhiḥ, great philosophers. Not only philosophers, but mahātmā. Because one who has understood Kṛṣṇa perfectly… This is the qualification of guru.

fBVPS is famous in ISKCON for being one of the most erudite scholars and philosophers who have understood the Krishna conscious philosophy to the level of an expert (muni), His uninterrupted engagement and absorption in devotional service witness his spontaneous devotion (mahatma who has understood Krishna perfectly). 

“From the above references provided from pāncarātrika-mārga, vaidika-mārga, the teachings of Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and Śrīla Prabhupāda, it has been clearly established that even for the worst kinds of the sins committed by a Vaiṣṇava who has fully surrendered unto the Supreme Lord, there is no mention of removing him from the position of guru or giving him other kinds of punishments not found in the revealed scriptures.”

We are aware of the fact that this issue is emotionally loaded for many ISKCON members. The reasons are different, but we would like to bring to the attention of the revered SABHA members that this CPO decision has been handled in the the wrong legal order as follows:

  1. Someone in the GBC or CPO leaked the confidential CPO decision to the internet. 
  2. ISKCON News published a news article on the CPO decision before hearing fBVPS’appeal. 
  3. The GBC made an official statement on the CPO decision before hearing fBVPS’appeal.
  4. Several ISKCON Gurus and National Councils made their statements before hearing fBVPS’ appeal.
  5. ISKCON News did not publish fBVPS’ appeal.
  6. ISKCON News published a news article regarding this GBC resolution before the SABHA made their statement. 

Why? What was the Krishna conscious purpose of that? Many devotees find these actions in poor taste. 

We are fully aware that some of the members of the SABHA team have family relations with some affected persons in this case, and others have family relations with opponents against fBVPS. Therefore we would humbly like to request the SABHA members to be conscious of this fact and help each other to come to a Krishna conscious solution and understanding, based on Srila Prabhupada’s teachings and personal application on similar situations, ISKCON law and shastra. 

We would also humbly like to request the SABHA team to explain their decision, with references based on Srila Prabhupada’s teachings and personal application on similar situations, ISKCON law and shastra. 

Your humble servants,

Mangalavati Citra devi dasi and Tattvavada dasa

End Notes

[1] “When Dakṣa cursed Lord Śiva in harsh words, some of the brāhmaṇas present might have enjoyed it because some brāhmaṇas do not very much admire Lord Śiva. This is due to their ignorance of Lord Śiva’s position. Nandīśvara was affected by the cursing, but he did not follow the example of Lord Śiva, who was also present there. Although Lord Śiva could also have cursed Dakṣa in a similar way, he was silent and tolerant; but Nandīśvara, his follower, was not tolerant. Of course, as a follower it was right for him not to tolerate an insult to his master, but he should not have cursed the brāhmaṇas who were present. ” Purport to SB 4.2.20

Srimad Bhagavatam 4.4.17:

Satī continued: If one hears an irresponsible person blaspheme the master and controller of religion, one should block his ears and go away if unable to punish him. But if one is able to kill, then one should by force cut out the blasphemer’s tongue and kill the offender, and after that one should give up his own life.

Purport: “The argument offered by Satī is that a person who vilifies a great personality is the lowest of all creatures. But, by the same argument, Dakṣa could also defend himself by saying that since he was a Prajāpati, the master of many living creatures and one of the great officers of the great universal affairs, his position was so exalted that Satī should accept his good qualities instead of vilifying him. The answer to that argument is that Satī was not vilifying [Daksha] but defending [Lord Siva]…”

[2] Vedic Jurisprudence and Atonement, Prāyaścitta according to Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavism, page 4

[3] Vedic Jurisprudence and Atonement, Prāyaścitta according to Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavism, page 1

[4] Vedic Jurisprudence and Atonement, Prāyaścitta according to Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavism, page 1

[5] Vedic Jurisprudence and Atonement, Prāyaścitta according to Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavism, page 4

[6] Vedic Jurisprudence and Atonement, Prāyaścitta according to Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavism, page 7

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  1. Simple question. Did the woman forgive him because the offense was done to her whom he touched 3 times?

    Anirdesya Vapu dasa has admitted to touching her 3 times and did he ask her forgiveness?

    Did she forgive him?

    1. Another simple question is: would the GBC and CPO fully reinstate him if he were forgiven by his victim(s)?

      That’s not the requirement they have set for him. Instead, they have concocted a list of whimsical restrictions and punishments with no basis in scripture, as the letter above explains.

      1. If the offender is forgiven by the offended, then the offender is relieved of the pain of having offended a devotee and then the offender is no more guilty of the offense committed to the devotee and is able to perform bhakti without offenses. The offender may still feel himself to be an offender, even though the devotee has forgiven.
        Even though Jagai Madhai were forgiven, still they felt themselves to be offenders and so they were instructed to construct a bathing ghat so that Jagai Madhai will be delivered of the feelings of offense.

        GBC, CPO have nothing to do with all these. Devotional service is not dependent on having any position or anything. Devotional service is independent of all these.

    2. The question you pose is not “simple”…it’s a misinformed question at best. Forgiveness was asked and given. Get yourself familiar…Another question you probably missed to contemplate:- Why was the issue brought up again out of the blue?? It has many hidden agendas, personal interests, and stakes involved of victims and other players about whom the victim complained. Please get yourself familiar with those. It’s no more a hidden secret…move around the Mayapur community, and those who know the victim’s family and the hidden players will let you know….then things will start making sense. CPO and some GBC members are also well aware of these facts, but they are taking this as an opportunity to settle their scores with fBVPS .
      It does not sound that palatable, but I have compelling reasons for saying this:
      1. Decisions are based on just self-report of the victim and no objective evidence is cited either by CPO or GBC.
      2. Punishments given are disproportionate and are not based on sastras.
      3. They are not either based on ISKCON laws.
      4. Decisions are clearly based on pro-modern western (of course, north American) standards of justice and political correctness.

      Conclusion: Decisions seem, at best, to represent grudges of some leaders heavily biased against fBVPS. They wanted an opportunity to get rid of fBVPS as he was not pro-modern like them and was loyal to guru, sadhu, and sastras.”Vox Populi” is at its peak in ISKCON and we are losing confidence in ISKCON authorities like GBC and CPO who claims to represent Srila Prabhupada and believe they are rooted in sastras.

      1. Only now you are losing confidence?? Didn’t you lose confidence in Avd after he was found to torture and humiliate children, and enjoyed it too? (or maybe you believe the gurukulis testimonials are all but false, made up stories?).
        The fact is that Iskcon GBC, along with Avd and other known abusers, are often incompetent leaders and doing their best to keep the reputation of Iskcon even if that means to overlook some ‘minor glitches’ by their god-brothers/sisters.
        May other life-long abusers be exposed sooner than later.

      2. fBVPS was pro-modern himself like free mingling with ladies which is against guru, sadhu and sastra.

  2. Nāmno balād yasya hi pāpa-buddhiḥ: one who continues to act sinfully and tries to neutralize his sins by chanting the holy name of the Lord is a nāma-aparādhī, an offender to the holy name.
    SB 6.2.49

    Chanting to neutralize the sin like a prayascitta is an offense

    1. There is a big difference between “one who continues to act sinfully and tries to neutralize his sins by chanting the holy name,” and one who has acted sinfully in the past and takes seriously to devotional service to purify himself and become situated in his proper position.

      The former is not a nāma-aparādhī.

      1. Correction: The latter is not a nāma-aparādhī!

      2. Hare Krishna.

        Obviously you meant the later is not a nāma-aparādhī.

        Those whom AVDasa has offended have complained to the authorities.

        Since there is an offense by AVDasa , and the same was complained it is a nāma-aparādha.

        We also know only of some incidents and some complaints are confidential and the victim wants to remain anonymous because of embarrassment

        1. “Since there is an offense by AVDasa , and the same was complained it is a nāma-aparādha.”

          I’m not following your statement above. Are you saying now that it’s the 1st offence, or the 7th? Your original point was that it was the 7th offence. I don’t see how this is relevant.

          “We also know only of some incidents and some complaints are confidential and the victim wants to remain anonymous because of embarrassment”

          This is just speculation. We can’t comment on things we have no evidence for. That was one of the main points in the letter we’re commenting on. No evidence, no discussion.

          1. Your comment:
            There is a big difference between “one who continues to act sinfully and tries to neutralize his sins by chanting the holy name,” and one who has acted sinfully in the past and takes seriously to devotional service to purify himself and become situated in his proper position.

            The former is not a nāma-aparādhī.

            My understanding:
            You said the former (AVDasa) is not a nāma-aparādhī. I was commenting on that.

            Those who are in the position, the GBC, who have the adhikara have the right to judge without having to provide the evidence about the offense.

          2. The cruelty of Avd is an open secret in Iskcon. The testimonials of gurukulis of his harsh beatings, negligence of the children’s safety and callousness towards sexual abuse and violence in the gurukul are more than shocking. The mere fact he was one man, sannyasi, in the girl’s gurukul is already an offense in itself, totally against Srila Prabhupada’s mood. Yet all of you do here in your silly comments is try to absolve Avd ?

            Mangalavati speaks of compassion (“A vaishnava feels compassion and prays for the offender’s spiritual upliftment”) but only one sided compassion. Never saw one message of hers reflecting compassion towards Avd’s MANY victimized devotees.

            You may all continue in your blind following.
            Yes, Avd is a devotee but Prabhupada didn’t want such devotees to run his movement. Had Avd been sincere (and this goes for other abusers in Iskcon), he would’ve, out of his own accord, stepped down from his sannyas (and initiating guru) 20 years ago.

        2. “Vaiṣṇava aparādha means hātī mātā. Mātā means mad, and hātī means elephant. So we should be very, very careful not to commit any offense at the feet of Vaiṣṇava. Vaiṣṇava does not take any offense.”

          Hati Mata means one has lost taste for chanting and devotional service. AV didn’t. He took more shelter in the holy name. One cannot chant 64 rounds every day without taste. This shows his sincerity and regret. Besides that. If the ofended vaishnava is a real vaishnava, he or she will never take offense. A vaishnava feels compassion and prays for the offender’s spiritual upliftment.

          https://vanisource.org/wiki/Lecture_on_SB_5.5.33_–_Vrndavana,_November_20,_1976?hl=Vai%E1%B9%A3%E1%B9%87ava%20apar%C4%81dha%20means

          1. Your Comment:
            Besides that. If the ofended vaishnava is a real vaishnava, he or she will never take offense.

            My response:
            A Vaishnva can take offense. It is a wishful thinking that if the ofended vaishnava is a real vaishnava, he or she will never take offense.. Because the soul is by nature a sentient being, we cannot generalize what or a what not a vaishnava will do. A Vaishnava can take offense and therefore the offender has to go to the offended for asking forgiveness for the offense. Example – Rupa Gosvamis meditation on the pastime of Radhakrishna was broken because of the devotee taking the offence though Rupa Gosvami did not even notice the brahmana. Rupa Gosvami was laughing enjoying the pastime of Radhakrishna, but the devotee mistook that he was being laughed at. Rupa Gosvami had to find the devotee and ask forgiveness.

            Below is from Madhurya Kadambini which shows that in some cases a Vaishnava does not for forgive due to some reasons:
            If one even accidentally commits this offence against a Vaiṣṇava he must bitterly repent of his low behavior. just as poison is counteracted by poison, similarly, the offender, having set aflame his spiritual life with blasphemy, must be purified in the fire of contrition. The offender must go and fall at the feet of the devotee he reviled and beg forgiveness until he is again able to please that Vaiṣṇava. He Must approach the devotee with trepidation in his heart and think that by pleading, praising, offering repeated obeisances, or by any means he must satisfy the offended devotee. YET, IF FOR SOME REASON HE IS UNABLE TO APPEASE THE DEVOTEE then the offender must continue to serve him for many days in a way that will impress and satisfy him, In case the offence is of such a serious nature that the Vaiṣṇava’s ire remains unpacified, then the offender must strongly condemn his own abominable action and think, “Oh, how shameful! I have blasphemed a Vaiṣṇava’ I shall have to suffer millions of years in the fire of hell.” With a heavy heart, the aparadhi must then take complete shelter of the holy name and chant incessantly, knowing this to be his only hope.
            The holy name of Kṛṣṇa is all-powerful and can absolve any offence, however serious. The offender may incorrectly think, “If this is true about chanting, their why should I have to fall at the Vaiṣṇava’s feet in such a humble manner and demean myself? After all the scriptures ensure that for one who commits nāma-aparādha chanting on its own will clear away all offences, hence I shall certainly be again pardoned.” Such thinking is incorrect. Instead, the offender becomes enmeshed in another heinous nāma-aparādha, that of committing sin on the strength of chanting the holy name.
            The offender may once again try to rationalize his misbehavior by saying, “According to the scriptures (SB 11.11.29) only those who are compassionate, peaceful, and tolerant are called sādhus, or saintly persons. Therefore, the offence of blaspheming a devotee is appropriate only when someone who possesses these characteristics is criticized, not for one who has not developed these qualities. In reply, the scriptures state that even if reprobates, cheaters, hypocrites, pretenders, outcastes, and worse take up devotional service, needless to say they are still considered to be sadhus. They must not be criticized for their past, however terrible it may have been, and they cannot be barred from being accepted as Vaiṣṇava devotees. nor can their devotion be deprecated.
            The sastra further declares that if a mahā-bhagavata, or an elevated pure devotee, is offended, he simply brushes aside the entire episode because he possesses immense compassion, and he will not acknowledge the behavior as an offence. As for the guilty party, he must fall at the sadhu’s feet and beg forgiveness so that his heart may be purified. We learn from the sastra and the sadhus that even if the maha-bhagavata. effortlessly tolerates the foolish person’s blasphemy, his followers cannot bear this atrocity; they punish the offender by wishing him to suffer appropriately for his offence.

            Even if the offended does not take offence, Krishna takes offence.
            The devotee of the Lord does not retaliate against the wrongdoer, but the Lord does not tolerate any mischief done to the devotee by the miscreants. The Lord can excuse a person on His own account, but He excuses no one who has done harm to His devotees. BG 1.32-35

          2. compassion isn’t one-sided. Avd is a devotee, but he, and many other devotees who are serial abusers, DEFAME SRILA PRABHUPADA AND ISKCON.

            Had Srila Prabhupad been here to witness the child abuse in our gurukulas, would he tolerate even one child being beaten/abused/mistreated? We all know the answer. Yet these abuses went on for 20 years and more. THAT IS THE REAL PROBLEM.

            May all those who ‘didn’t pay the price’ for their perpetrations, be punished in the near future, while they are alive, so Iskcon may become what Srila Prabhupada meant it to be.

          3. Hare Krishna.

            Yes compassion is towards everyone who is balisa
            1. Love to Krishna
            2.Freinds to Krishna
            3.Compassion to the innoscent
            4.Negect the envious

            We are not to play the role of Yamaraja. Let him do his service to Krishna. Let us not wish punishment but correction.

            Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, the spiritual master of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, said, “Let me not wish anything but the highest good for my worst enemy.”

            Hare Krishna

          4. What is the response from the SABHA?

  3. This is not a matter of legal thing. This is a matter of offense to a vaisnavi and so it is a Vaisnava-aparadha. Only a offender has to forgive the offender, not the Sabha by receiving a lengthy letter.

    1. But would the GBC and CPO accept this and reinstate him if he were forgiven by his victim(s)? Apparently not. So there is more to it than this…

      1. If the offender is forgiven by the offended, the offender is relieved of the pain of having offended a devotee and one is able to perform his devotional service without offenses. GBC, CPO have nothing to do with all these. Devotional service is not dependent on having any position or anything. Devotional service is independent of all these.

    2. Please update yourself. Forgivness was asked and was given by woman and family !…Else why this matter did not popped 14 years back when it happened ? The very fact that victim suddenly popped up again out of blue shows a ulterior motive. CPO and GBC knows the ulterior motive but they have their own agenda to ignore those facts. As per local residents and those who know victim closely confirms that it was intentional step to defame fBVPS. fBVPS was used as a puppet to win the fight between two ladies over the issue of reopening girl’s gurukul. Victim card was played one after another by two ladies taking maximum advantage of their status as female and as a victim both to get symapthy of vaisnav community.

      1. shallow explanations. Avd has caused pain, suffering and life-long traumas to so many gurukulis that it is no surprise he is being punished even after so many years. Had he been prosecuted by legal authorities at the time of the perpetrations, he would have got much worse punishment. Can you see that fact? Actually Kṛṣṇa has spared Avd because of his devotional service. You should understand the situation this way because we know about Kṛṣṇa-karma, where He decreases the intensity of the results to our sins.

        1. Foolish statements…..People with non vedic mindset only would say these statements.Else Beating is most common thing in India even today and Iam proud that my parents and teacher did that too me else i would have been grown up to spoiled youth.
          People from premitive backgrounds where even shouting and staring child is consider offensive will never be able to relate to what is importance of Beating at right time for benefit of the child as also confirmed by Chanakya Pandit….
          Other wrong things that happened to boys due to senior boys is common issues sadly in many hostels even now and Maharaj was not directly involved in those.
          So why pull in Maharaj for so many indirect things just because he was in management and was not aware of these things most of the times….

          1. Yes, we even know of the proud recent Indian tradition of the mass rapes of single girls. Why do you all speak of the Vedic and Vaishnava perspectives, what some people advocate here is a Narendra Modi-style of so-called “tradition”.

          2. No body will call above things you mentioned as Vedic tradition one is INDIAN doesn’t mean he is following Vedic tradition……Vedic is consciousness not restricted to country but majority in India follwed it till recent time before Melechas and Yavanas attached India and ruined it and as a result whole world (including India)is suffering due to loss of ideal tradition.Hare Krishna

          3. Very rascal way of thinking. And narrow minded.
            Avd was beating out of cruelty, not for corrective purpose. Don’t you believe the testimonials? Do you choose to believe only Avd, that he didn’t know of sexual abuse though being and living at the gurukul??
            Don’t you know Srila Prabhupada requested many times of the devotee teachers to educate the children with as much love and affection as possible?
            Using the stick sometimes, to correct a child, should not cause emotional and mental scars for life,as it has done to so many.

          4. Problem is Non vedic Background will always think in a way you and testimonial devotees are thinking of.And its difficult even to explain to one who is not able to give up this mentality.
            I wish Gurukul should have screened students to enter only with Vedic mentality but they allowed due to their compassion for which they are suffering….at least now i hope they admit based on vedic mentality

    3. Did CPO reply to the fBVPS reply letter for portraying him as a criminal lack of remorse? Why ISKCON communications and GBC is silent on confronting the letter?

      ISKCON communications seem super enthusiastic to leak and put even the slightest of things against fBVPS and tactically hides facts that could show CPO and GBC hidden agenda and wrong decisions. ISKCON communication, CPO, and some anti-fBVPS leaders have their interests at stake if fBVPSM remains in ISKCON. So they have shown him the way out. It’s clear now.

      ISKCON communication, please ask CPO to reply to fBVPS objections and publish the evidence for GBC purely holy and krishna conscious decision to strip fBVPS stripped of any devotional service in the future. In fact, after reading their resolution, it appeared that they would like him to leave devotional service and become a hard-core materialist.

      SHOCKED to know GBC Guru Services Committee giving their holy judgment without even interviewing fBVPS. ISKCON is clearly loaded with leaders who want to run ISKCON by pro-modern materialistic standards of Justice & Morality. Even in respected bodies like GBC, it’s no more sastras. It’s VOX POPULI…SAD, and I am feeling shame for such autocratic behavior!

    4. If it’s not a legal thing then why so many legal actions ….the actions are neither according to law nor have their footing in sastras. It just looks like a hidden agenda, that’s all. Give no evidence and still hang the person. That’s what essentially is the argument. CPO could be silly, but how GBC is taking such steps? Surprisingly no Indian GBC seems to oppose it.
      Maybe EAST follows WEST is true for ISKCON also. WEST GBC gives no heed to INDIAN GBC unless they threaten to close their GBC meeting funding in Mayapur, as it was done when they wanted to re-open another sanyasi case which was already dealt with decades ago. NAC has a heavy influence on GBC and CPO, and they think they are the authority, not sastras or Srila Prabhupada. They give utmost importance to what nonsense goes on social media by popular reformers of ISKCON like Sanak Risi Das and team. It’s time to remind them that we would not allow ISKCON to be dictated by their pro-modern agendas, which have no footing in Srila Prabhupada teachings and sastras.

      1. It is not legal thing that we, as general devotees, discuss these matters

  4. Also this is nothing to do with prayascitta or atonement which is meant for sinful action.

    Sin committed toward a devotee will not be mitigated by prayascitta but by being forgiven by the devotee who is offended

    There are three levels of offense in the increasing level of gravity
    1. Mental
    2. Verbal
    3. Physical

    Since he touched her 3 times as per AVDasa (though it was much more than that), it is gravest offense because it is physical.

    1. Do you advocate that story where it was told that for one who has made offense, there is no other way except to drink molten iron or eternally go to hell? Did Chaitnya Mahaprabhu recommend that ?? Eternal DAMNATION is a Christian concept, not a bhakti concept. Bhakti is the main purificatory process, and punishments are just for support, especially for a brahmana. When forgiveness was asked, and it was given for something that happened 14 years back, then I don’t understand your argument???

      If touch is such a great offense for which now GBC is practically telling the person to STOP PRACTICING KC, then I guess we should ban Srimad Bhagwatam sections of AJAMIL which we frequently quote again and again. Forget about just touching; he was living with a prostitute. So then, according to you and CPO and GBC, he should eternally suffer in hell. But sadly, Lord Visnu does not agree with such ETERNAL DAMNATION PHILOSOPHY. If this offense is such that it can not be forgiven, then I think we should reject our one of the leading acarya BILVAMAGAL THAKUR who had fallen down so many times with prostitute. Please reject his vaisnav songs-CHAURASTAKAM. I would request GBC, CPO and you to make an effort to bann Ajamil section and reject Bilvamangala Thakura.

      There are many others sections that I could recommend banning in light of glorious additional restrictions by GBC, but I don’t wish to disturb the emotions, so please make an effort to read the case studies in SB and puranas.

      1. Your questions in the Capitals:

        DO YOU ADVOCATE THAT STORY WHERE IT WAS TOLD THAT FOR ONE WHO HAS MADE OFFENSE, THERE IS NO OTHER WAY EXCEPT TO DRINK MOLTEN IRON OR ETERNALLY GO TO HELL?
        No, I don’t advocate.

        DID CHAITNYA MAHAPRABHU RECOMMEND THAT ??
        No, he told Subuddhi Raya to go to Vrindavana and chant Hare Krishna.

        ETERNAL DAMNATION IS A CHRISTIAN CONCEPT, NOT A BHAKTI CONCEPT.
        It is also not Chistian concept either.
        And the unrighteous will not simply be punished without end, but punished with all the immortal severity which will characterize the age to come. It is the quality of the age to come—with its intensity both of punishment and joy—that is stressed, not simply its endless duration.
        https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/nootherfoundation/what-does-aionion-mean/

        See the Bhakti concept BG 16.19-20
        Those who are envious and mischievous, who are the lowest among men, I perpetually cast into the ocean of material existence, into various demoniac species of life.
        Attaining repeated birth amongst the species of demoniac life, O son of Kuntī, such persons can never approach Me. Gradually they sink down to the most abominable type of existence.

        BHAKTI IS THE MAIN PURIFICATORY PROCESS, AND PUNISHMENTS ARE JUST FOR SUPPORT, ESPECIALLY FOR A BRAHMANA.
        WHEN FORGIVENESS WAS ASKED, AND IT WAS GIVEN FOR SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED 14 YEARS BACK, THEN I DON’T UNDERSTAND YOUR ARGUMENT???
        IF TOUCH IS SUCH A GREAT OFFENSE FOR WHICH NOW GBC IS PRACTICALLY TELLING THE PERSON TO STOP PRACTICING KC, THEN I GUESS WE SHOULD BAN SRIMAD BHAGWATAM SECTIONS OF AJAMIL WHICH WE FREQUENTLY QUOTE AGAIN AND AGAIN. FORGET ABOUT JUST TOUCHING; HE WAS LIVING WITH A PROSTITUTE. SO THEN, ACCORDING TO YOU AND CPO AND GBC, HE SHOULD ETERNALLY SUFFER IN HELL.
        Prabhupada explains so much regarding Ajamila. One such is in 6.3.32
        We should note that although Ajāmila chanted the name of Nārāyaṇa imperfectly, he was delivered from all sinful reactions. The chanting of the holy name is so auspicious that it can free everyone from the reactions of sinful activities. One should not conclude that one may continue to sin with the intention of chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa to neutralize the reactions. Rather, one should be very careful to be free from all sins and never think of counteracting sinful activities by chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra, for this is another offense. If by chance a devotee accidentally performs some sinful activity, the Lord will excuse him, but one should not intentionally perform sinful acts.
        SB 6.3.32

        Having taken shelter of Lord Hari’s holy name, many think, “We have found a medicine for the disease of all of our sinful reactions.” With that belief, they engage in sinful activities such as cheating, speaking untruth and debauchery, then again utter the holy name of Lord Hari and endeavor to cleanse themselves of all those sinful reactions. All such persons are offenders unto the holy name. He who takes shelter of the holy name, having relished spiritual rasa, is no longer attached to material ephemeral objects”. It is impossible for him to engage in sinful activities. To chant the holy name after repeatedly committing sins is mere deception. This offense is extremely grievous and it should always be given up.
        Bhaktivinoda Thakura in Sri Harinama

        BUT SADLY, LORD VISNU DOES NOT AGREE WITH SUCH ETERNAL DAMNATION PHILOSOPHY. IF THIS OFFENSE IS SUCH THAT IT CAN NOT BE FORGIVEN, THEN I THINK WE SHOULD REJECT OUR ONE OF THE LEADING ACARYA BILVAMAGAL THAKUR WHO HAD FALLEN DOWN SO MANY TIMES WITH PROSTITUTE. PLEASE REJECT HIS VAISNAV SONGS-CHAURASTAKAM. I WOULD REQUEST GBC, CPO AND YOU TO MAKE AN EFFORT TO BANN AJAMIL SECTION AND REJECT BILVAMANGALA THAKURA.
        THERE ARE MANY OTHERS SECTIONS THAT I COULD RECOMMEND BANNING IN LIGHT OF GLORIOUS ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS BY GBC, BUT I DON’T WISH TO DISTURB THE EMOTIONS, SO PLEASE MAKE AN EFFORT TO READ THE CASE STUDIES IN SB AND PURANAS.

        SB and Puranas should studied with purports not by what one may speculate regarding those sections

        1. I am sorry but are you saying that you have evidence to show that fBVPS was involved perpetually in sinful acts year after year, day after day… since the incident happened (15-20 years before)??? Till now neither CPO nor GBC furnished any evidence in their official document on those lines. They have just kept a PIN DROP SILENCE whenever evidence was asked. Except for citing Dheer Govind Das and Sanak Risi Das Dumbfounded Campaign which is heavily influenced by ritvik philosophy, they have nothing concrete to cite as a evidence. If we were to believe them whole GBC and Guru system should not be there.

          I mean it’s not a trivial claim which you are making ??? Do you have any objective evidence except for first person victim testimony?? According to Champaklata Devi dasi herself confirmed that, fBVPS had ZERO case over the last one decade.

          fBVPS has been conducting courses, chanting 64 rounds daily and had a strict sadhna for decades (since incident happened). Does it show he was commiting sin on the strenght of holy name???

          Honestly speaking…from what I see your claim is not supported by evidence….so it’s off track !!

          1. I was not commenting on any particular person, rather I just answered the questions posed by Radhika Dasi. The capitals are her questions and my answers are in small cases. Hare Krishna.

          2. Read carefully what I answered such as
            DO YOU ADVOCATE THAT STORY WHERE IT WAS TOLD THAT FOR ONE WHO HAS MADE OFFENSE, THERE IS NO OTHER WAY EXCEPT TO DRINK MOLTEN IRON OR ETERNALLY GO TO HELL?
            No, I don’t advocate.

            DID CHAITNYA MAHAPRABHU RECOMMEND THAT ??
            No, he told Subuddhi Raya to go to Vrindavana and chant Hare Krishna.

            Read the rest in the reply to Radhika Dasi

  5. For whatever happened in boys’ gurukula BVPS was punished in 1991, then in 2000, after CPO took over, they investigated that case again, no new instances of abuse were found, and their 2000 document has the following passage:

    “Bhakti Vidya Purna Maharaja has been very cooperative with the ICOCP. On February 17, 2000, he met for several hours with a representative of the ICOCP as well as several senior devotees with years of experience in ISKCON education and management. At that meeting all devotees present agreed to the following resolution of this case.”

    And also this:

    “Bhakti Vidya Purna Maharaja won’t conduct diksa initiations till at least January 1, 2002.”

    Then he was investigated again in connection with girls’ school. CPO’s report from 2007 has this:

    “From the incidents reported which could possibly fall into the category of child abuse, two incidents stood out.

    DIRECT CPT MATTERS:

    BVPS pumping water for the small girls while they were bathing naked. (Confirmed by one 16 year old and two 9 year olds. This happened at the end of last year.)

    BVPS attending while the small girls were being given oil bath in only their underwear. He then took over from one of the big girls to show how the chick pea paste should be rubbed into the body after the oil. He rubbed the chick pea paste on the small girl’s body. *** said a couple of times “It’s ok, they understand now hinting to him to leave. He had been warned by *** not to come that day because of the oil bath but came anyway. (Confirmed by a 16 year old and a 9 year old.)”

    For brevity I’ll add explanation only of the first episode from the report:

    “It should be noted that, though BVPS admits when questioned that this may have happened two or three times, these incidents happened in a period of three years, one of the episodes having happened at the end of 2005. At this time the girls were around 8-10 years old. However, he denies having stood and watched the children bathing at any time and having noticed they were naked. He also makes the point that small children bathing at a hand pump with adults coming and going is a common place occurrence in India, and thus he thought little of it.”

    In 2015 CPO investigated the female school principal and in the course of that investigation some girls reported inappropriate behavior between this principal and BVPS, but it fell out of CPO jurisdiction.

    2022 CPO report relates to events between 2005 and 2010 and there are two versions of it – full and redacted. Both have the list of allegations and by comparing them side by side we can see what allegation refers to what events exactly. I’ll hide the names appearing in the full version. So first line is from the redacted report and second line is the same offense from the full one:

    1. Sexual harassment of a minor – Details Redacted.
    1. In 2005 when the victim was 14/15 years old BVSP and ****, the Dean of the girls school, undressed the victim and lay her down on the floor in her underwear to cool her fever. They also took her down to the water pumps in this state.
    2. Psychological abuse of a minor – Details Redacted.
    2. The victim was forced to stay at the school even though it was a day school. Emotional and psychological manipulation was used to keep her from going home, and also to the temple morning programme. BVPS told her, “Krsna is everywhere, no need to go to the temple to see Him. Service is more important.”
    3. Grooming of a minor – Details Redacted.
    3. In 2005 BVPS introduced ‘utban’ body massages/oil application. The victim, and other girls, were made to dress in only a gamcha and a small cloth covering their breasts. BVPS would demonstrate how to massage on the younger girls.
    4. Sexual harassment of a minor – Details Redacted.
    4. BVPS would comment on the victim’s physical appearance, stating how she had a nice shaped bottom, how big her breasts were, that she should eat
    more to be beautiful as skinny girls are ugly – if they don’t eat their breasts get smaller.
    5. BVPS would sit at the school computer and read up on and study pictures of women’s breasts whilst the victim was present.
    5. BVPS would sit at the school computer and read up on and study pictures of women’s breasts whilst the victim was present.
    6. BVPS made comments to the victim about women’s nipples and bottoms.
    6. BVPS made comments to the victim about women’s nipples and bottoms.
    7. Sexual abuse of a minor – Details Redacted.
    7. BVPS and *** made the victim lie in bed next to BVPS, while *** was on his other side. He held the victim in his arms as she lay next to him with her on his shoulder. He held and stroked her body with his hand, and gave her a kiss on the face.
    8. Sexual abuse of a minor – Details Redacted.
    8. When the victim was 15/16 years old, BVPS introduced “bum massages” for “relaxation”. The victim was made to lie down and wear a kaupin as BVPS massaged her hips and bottom, saying he was teaching her and *** how to do it so they could then massage him afterwards. This happened on many occasions for the next couple of years where she received massages from BVPS and *** in only her underwear.
    9. Sexual harassment of a minor – Details Redacted.
    9. The victim was made to join *** in giving BVPS massages while he wore only his kaupin.
    10. Sexual abuse of a minor – Details Redacted.
    10. From 2005/2006 – 2010 BVSP began sexually molesting the victim almost daily. As a nightly ritual BVPS would unbutton her choli and feel and rub her breasts and body. He also started doing this to her whilst she was asleep. This abuse started when the victim was left alone at the school with BVPS whilst *** was in Australia.

  6. For whatever happened in boys’ gurukula BVPS was punished in 1991, then in 2000, after CPO took over, they investigated that case again, no new instances of abuse were found, and their 2000 document has the following passage:

    “Bhakti Vidya Purna Maharaja has been very cooperative with the ICOCP. On February 17, 2000, he met for several hours with a representative of the ICOCP as well as several senior devotees with years of experience in ISKCON education and management. At that meeting all devotees present agreed to the following resolution of this case.”

    And also this:

    “Bhakti Vidya Purna Maharaja won’t conduct diksa initiations till at least January 1, 2002.”

    Then he was investigated again in connection with girls’ school. CPO’s report from 2007 has this:

    “From the incidents reported which could possibly fall into the category of child abuse, two incidents stood out.

    DIRECT CPT MATTERS:

    BVPS pumping water for the small girls while they were bathing naked. (Confirmed by one 16 year old and two 9 year olds. This happened at the end of last year.)

    BVPS attending while the small girls were being given oil bath in only their underwear. He then took over from one of the big girls to show how the chick pea paste should be rubbed into the body after the oil. He rubbed the chick pea paste on the small girl’s body. *** said a couple of times “It’s ok, they understand now hinting to him to leave. He had been warned by *** not to come that day because of the oil bath but came anyway. (Confirmed by a 16 year old and a 9 year old.)”

    For brevity I’ll add explanation only of the first episode from the report:

    “It should be noted that, though BVPS admits when questioned that this may have happened two or three times, these incidents happened in a period of three years, one of the episodes having happened at the end of 2005. At this time the girls were around 8-10 years old. However, he denies having stood and watched the children bathing at any time and having noticed they were naked. He also makes the point that small children bathing at a hand pump with adults coming and going is a common place occurrence in India, and thus he thought little of it.”

    In 2015 CPO investigated the female school principal and in the course of that investigation some girls reported inappropriate behavior between this principal and BVPS, but it fell out of CPO jurisdiction.

    2022 CPO report relates to events between 2005 and 2010 and there are two versions of it – full and redacted. Both have the list of allegations and by comparing them side by side we can see what allegation refers to what events exactly. I’ll hide the names appearing in the full version. So first line is from the redacted report and second line is the same offense from the full one:

    1. Sexual harassment of a minor – Details Redacted.
    1. In 2005 when the victim was 14/15 years old BVSP and ****, the Dean of the girls school, undressed the victim and lay her down on the floor in her underwear to cool her fever. They also took her down to the water pumps in this state.
    2. Psychological abuse of a minor – Details Redacted.
    2. The victim was forced to stay at the school even though it was a day school. Emotional and psychological manipulation was used to keep her from going home, and also to the temple morning programme. BVPS told her, “Krsna is everywhere, no need to go to the temple to see Him. Service is more important.”
    3. Grooming of a minor – Details Redacted.
    3. In 2005 BVPS introduced ‘utban’ body massages/oil application. The victim, and other girls, were made to dress in only a gamcha and a small cloth covering their breasts. BVPS would demonstrate how to massage on the younger girls.
    4. Sexual harassment of a minor – Details Redacted.
    4. BVPS would comment on the victim’s physical appearance, stating how she had a nice shaped bottom, how big her breasts were, that she should eat
    more to be beautiful as skinny girls are ugly – if they don’t eat their breasts get smaller.
    5. BVPS would sit at the school computer and read up on and study pictures of women’s breasts whilst the victim was present.
    5. BVPS would sit at the school computer and read up on and study pictures of women’s breasts whilst the victim was present.
    6. BVPS made comments to the victim about women’s nipples and bottoms.
    6. BVPS made comments to the victim about women’s nipples and bottoms.
    7. Sexual abuse of a minor – Details Redacted.
    7. BVPS and *** made the victim lie in bed next to BVPS, while *** was on his other side. He held the victim in his arms as she lay next to him with her on his shoulder. He held and stroked her body with his hand, and gave her a kiss on the face.
    8. Sexual abuse of a minor – Details Redacted.
    8. When the victim was 15/16 years old, BVPS introduced “bum massages” for “relaxation”. The victim was made to lie down and wear a kaupin as BVPS massaged her hips and bottom, saying he was teaching her and *** how to do it so they could then massage him afterwards. This happened on many occasions for the next couple of years where she received massages from BVPS and *** in only her underwear.
    9. Sexual harassment of a minor – Details Redacted.
    9. The victim was made to join *** in giving BVPS massages while he wore only his kaupin.
    10. Sexual abuse of a minor – Details Redacted.
    10. From 2005/2006 – 2010 BVSP began sexually molesting the victim almost daily. As a nightly ritual BVPS would unbutton her choli and feel and rub her breasts and body. He also started doing this to her whilst she was asleep. This abuse started when the victim was left alone at the school with BVPS whilst *** was in Australia.

  7. prāyaścittam—the process of atonement; atho—therefore; apārtham—useless;
    Sometimes one who is very alert so as not to commit sinful acts is victimized by sinful life again. I therefore consider this process of repeated sinning and atoning to be useless. It is like the bathing of an elephant, for an elephant cleanses itself by taking a full bath, but then throws dust over its head and body as soon as it returns to the land.
    SB 6.1.10

    prāyaścittaṁ vimarśanam
    Śukadeva Gosvāmī, the son of Vedavyāsa, answered: My dear King, since acts meant to neutralize impious actions are also fruitive, they will not release one from the tendency to act fruitively. Persons who subject themselves to the rules and regulations of atonement are not at all intelligent. Indeed, they are in the mode of darkness. Unless one is freed from the mode of ignorance, trying to counteract one action through another is useless because this will not uproot one’s desires. Thus even though one may superficially seem pious, he will undoubtedly be prone to act impiously. Therefore real atonement is enlightenment in perfect knowledge, Vedānta, by which one understands the Supreme Absolute Truth.

    Purport
    The guru, Śukadeva Gosvāmī, has examined Parīkṣit Mahārāja, and it appears that the King has passed one phase of the examination by rejecting the process of atonement because it involves fruitive activities. Now Śukadeva Gosvāmī is suggesting the platform of speculative knowledge. Progressing from karma-kāṇḍa to jñāna-kāṇḍa, he is proposing, prāyaścittaṁ vimarśanam: “Real atonement is full knowledge.” Vimarśana refers to the cultivation of speculative knowledge.

    Then having stated karma and yoga, then Śukadeva Gosvāmī gives bhakti in the next verses and in the purport to 15 Prabhupada states:
    In this regard, Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī comments that bhakti may be divided into two divisions: (1) santatā, devotional service that continues incessantly with faith and love, and (2) kādācitkī, devotional service that does not continue incessantly but is sometimes awakened. Incessantly flowing devotional service (santatā) may also be divided into two categories: (1) service performed with slight attachment and (2) spontaneous devotional service. Intermittent devotional service (kādācitkī) may be divided into three categories: (1) rāgābhāsamayī, devotional service in which one is almost attached, (2) rāgābhāsa-śūnya-svarūpa-bhūtā, devotional service in which there is no spontaneous love but one likes the constitutional position of serving, and (3) ābhāsa-rūpā, a slight glimpse of devotional service. As for atonement, if one has caught even a slight glimpse of devotional service, all needs to undergo prāyaścitta, atonement, are superseded. Therefore atonement is certainly unnecessary when one has achieved spontaneous love and, above that, attachment with love, which are signs of increasing advancement in kādācitkī. Even in the stage of ābhāsa-rūpā bhakti, all the reactions of sinful life are uprooted and vanquished. Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī expresses the opinion that the word kārtsnyena means that even if one has a desire to commit sinful actions, the roots of that desire are vanquished merely by ābhāsa-rūpā bhakti. The example of bhāskara, the sun, is most appropriate. The ābhāsa feature of bhakti is compared to dawn, and the accumulation of one’s sinful activities is compared to fog. Since fog does not spread throughout the sky, the sun need do no more than merely manifest its first rays, and the fog immediately disappears. Similarly, if one has even a slight relationship with devotional service, all the fog of his sinful life is immediately vanquished.

    To prove this, he narrates the history of Ajamila and the potency of the namabhasa is stated in 6.2.14
    One who chants the holy name of the Lord is immediately freed from the reactions of unlimited sins, even if he chants indirectly [to indicate something else], jokingly, for musical entertainment, or even neglectfully. This is accepted by all the learned scholars of the scriptures.

    Further in the narration it is stated:
    It is said in the Bṛhad-viṣṇu Purāṇa:
    nāmno hi yāvatī śaktiḥ
    pāpa-nirharaṇe hareḥ
    tāvat kartuṁ na śaknoti
    pātakaṁ pātakī naraḥ
    Also, in the Prema-vivarta by Jagadānanda Paṇḍita it is said:

    eka kṛṣṇa-nāme pāpīra yata pāpa-kṣaya
    bahu janme sei pāpī karite nāraya
    This means that by once chanting the holy name of the Lord, one can be freed from the reactions of more sins that he can even imagine performing. The holy name is so spiritually potent that simply by chanting the holy name one can be freed from the reactions to all sinful activities. What, then, is to be said of those who chant the holy name regularly or worship the Deity regularly? For such purified devotees, freedom from sinful reaction is certainly assured. This does not mean, however, that one should intentionally commit sinful acts and think himself free from the reactions because he is chanting the holy name. Such a mentality is a most abominable offense at the lotus feet of the holy name. Nāmno balād yasya hi pāpa-buddhiḥ: the Lord’s holy name certainly has the potency to neutralize all sinful activities, but if one repeatedly and intentionally commits sins while chanting the holy name, he is most condemned.
    https://vedabase.io/en/library/sb/6/13/8-9/

    Having taken shelter of Lord Hari’s holy name, many think, “We have found a medicine for the disease of all of our sinful reactions.” With that belief, they engage in sinful activities such as cheating, speaking untruth and debauchery, then again utter the holy name of Lord Hari and endeavor to cleanse themselves of all those sinful reactions. All such persons are offenders unto the holy name. He who takes shelter of the holy name, having relished spiritual rasa, is no longer attached to material ephemeral objects”. It is impossible for him to engage in sinful activities. To chant the holy name after repeatedly committing sins is mere deception. This offense is extremely grievous and it should always be given up.
    http://www.ruparaghunathavani.com/uploads/5/0/9/7/5097166/sri_hari-nama_of_bvt_transliteration_and_translation_2017-06-26-a.pdf

    So this act does not fall under sinful activity that warrants prayascitta or atonement. The particular act is of aparadha.

  8. So this act does not fall under sinful activity that warrants prayascitta or atonement. The particular act is of aparadha which needs to be forgiven by the person whom one offended.

    1. You should write to the GBC and CPO about this. This letter was written in response to the punishments dealt by them. Will they fully reinstate him if he is forgiven by his victim(s)? Not according to the speculative standards they have set. Indeed, even if he is forgiven by his victim(s) his punishments will remain enforced. So if you believe that’s the only form of rectification needed in this case, please write to the authorities and convince them.

    2. What if she has an agenda not to forgive but take advantage of this incident to accomplish other motives !! But I am sure you would not like to even think of this angle in a dream…..just because She is a LADY and VICTIM. So it automatically means her statements are absolute truth beyond any question or judgment.

      WOMEN and VICTIM –these cashing words have ruled the whole case beyond any evidence. In fact, just because these two combinations are there in the emotionally charging stories, everyone feels it to be a SIN OF the GREATEST ORDER even to hear the other side. And, of course, if we question victim, we are monsters and demons having no sympathy.

      All Pro-modern materialistic standards…SAD to see creeping into spiritual organizations like ISKCON…SAD to see where we are going….!!!!

  9. prāyaścittam—the process of atonement; atho—therefore; apārtham—useless;
    Sometimes one who is very alert so as not to commit sinful acts is victimized by sinful life again. I therefore consider this process of repeated sinning and atoning to be useless. It is like the bathing of an elephant, for an elephant cleanses itself by taking a full bath, but then throws dust over its head and body as soon as it returns to the land.
    SB 6.1.10

    prāyaścittaṁ vimarśanam
    Śukadeva Gosvāmī, the son of Vedavyāsa, answered: My dear King, since acts meant to neutralize impious actions are also fruitive, they will not release one from the tendency to act fruitively. Persons who subject themselves to the rules and regulations of atonement are not at all intelligent. Indeed, they are in the mode of darkness. Unless one is freed from the mode of ignorance, trying to counteract one action through another is useless because this will not uproot one’s desires. Thus even though one may superficially seem pious, he will undoubtedly be prone to act impiously. Therefore real atonement is enlightenment in perfect knowledge, Vedānta, by which one understands the Supreme Absolute Truth.

    Purport
    The guru, Śukadeva Gosvāmī, has examined Parīkṣit Mahārāja, and it appears that the King has passed one phase of the examination by rejecting the process of atonement because it involves fruitive activities. Now Śukadeva Gosvāmī is suggesting the platform of speculative knowledge. Progressing from karma-kāṇḍa to jñāna-kāṇḍa, he is proposing, prāyaścittaṁ vimarśanam: “Real atonement is full knowledge.” Vimarśana refers to the cultivation of speculative knowledge.

    Then having stated karma and yoga, then Śukadeva Gosvāmī gives bhakti in the next verses and in the purport to 15 Prabhupada states:
    In this regard, Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī comments that bhakti may be divided into two divisions: (1) santatā, devotional service that continues incessantly with faith and love, and (2) kādācitkī, devotional service that does not continue incessantly but is sometimes awakened. Incessantly flowing devotional service (santatā) may also be divided into two categories: (1) service performed with slight attachment and (2) spontaneous devotional service. Intermittent devotional service (kādācitkī) may be divided into three categories: (1) rāgābhāsamayī, devotional service in which one is almost attached, (2) rāgābhāsa-śūnya-svarūpa-bhūtā, devotional service in which there is no spontaneous love but one likes the constitutional position of serving, and (3) ābhāsa-rūpā, a slight glimpse of devotional service. As for atonement, if one has caught even a slight glimpse of devotional service, all needs to undergo prāyaścitta, atonement, are superseded. Therefore atonement is certainly unnecessary when one has achieved spontaneous love and, above that, attachment with love, which are signs of increasing advancement in kādācitkī. Even in the stage of ābhāsa-rūpā bhakti, all the reactions of sinful life are uprooted and vanquished. Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī expresses the opinion that the word kārtsnyena means that even if one has a desire to commit sinful actions, the roots of that desire are vanquished merely by ābhāsa-rūpā bhakti. The example of bhāskara, the sun, is most appropriate. The ābhāsa feature of bhakti is compared to dawn, and the accumulation of one’s sinful activities is compared to fog. Since fog does not spread throughout the sky, the sun need do no more than merely manifest its first rays, and the fog immediately disappears. Similarly, if one has even a slight relationship with devotional service, all the fog of his sinful life is immediately vanquished.

    To prove this, he narrates the history of Ajamila and the potency of the namabhasa is stated in 6.2.14
    One who chants the holy name of the Lord is immediately freed from the reactions of unlimited sins, even if he chants indirectly [to indicate something else], jokingly, for musical entertainment, or even neglectfully. This is accepted by all the learned scholars of the scriptures.

    Further in the narration it is stated:
    It is said in the Bṛhad-viṣṇu Purāṇa:
    nāmno hi yāvatī śaktiḥ
    pāpa-nirharaṇe hareḥ
    tāvat kartuṁ na śaknoti
    pātakaṁ pātakī naraḥ
    Also, in the Prema-vivarta by Jagadānanda Paṇḍita it is said:

    eka kṛṣṇa-nāme pāpīra yata pāpa-kṣaya
    bahu janme sei pāpī karite nāraya
    This means that by once chanting the holy name of the Lord, one can be freed from the reactions of more sins that he can even imagine performing. The holy name is so spiritually potent that simply by chanting the holy name one can be freed from the reactions to all sinful activities. What, then, is to be said of those who chant the holy name regularly or worship the Deity regularly? For such purified devotees, freedom from sinful reaction is certainly assured. This does not mean, however, that one should intentionally commit sinful acts and think himself free from the reactions because he is chanting the holy name. Such a mentality is a most abominable offense at the lotus feet of the holy name. Nāmno balād yasya hi pāpa-buddhiḥ: the Lord’s holy name certainly has the potency to neutralize all sinful activities, but if one repeatedly and intentionally commits sins while chanting the holy name, he is most condemned.
    https://vedabase.io/en/library/sb/6/13/8-9/

    Having taken shelter of Lord Hari’s holy name, many think, “We have found a medicine for the disease of all of our sinful reactions.” With that belief, they engage in sinful activities such as cheating, speaking untruth and debauchery, then again utter the holy name of Lord Hari and endeavor to cleanse themselves of all those sinful reactions. All such persons are offenders unto the holy name. He who takes shelter of the holy name, having relished spiritual rasa, is no longer attached to material ephemeral objects”. It is impossible for him to engage in sinful activities. To chant the holy name after repeatedly committing sins is mere deception. This offense is extremely grievous and it should always be given up.
    http://www.ruparaghunathavani.com/uploads/5/0/9/7/5097166/sri_hari-nama_of_bvt_transliteration_and_translation_2017-06-26-a.pdf

    So this act does not fall under sinful activity that warrants prayascitta or atonement. The particular act is of aparadha.

  10. 1)I think some devotees here are not having complete information eg.Did he ask forgivness for mistake. This is already asked by him personally to family in 2013 and family had forgiven him that time itself but God knows due to what reasons they wanted to take this issue up again?

    2)Devotees are mentioning that there is continuation of mistake which should not be forgiven whereas the mistake took place 3 times that to more than 14 years back and in last 14 years there is no mistake and on top of that there is intense Sadhana which i doubt any devotee here or majority devotees in ISKCON (who we assume to have not committed any mistake) can do that level of

    *Sadhana for 14 years eg Chanting 64 rounds,Deity worship,Yagyas,Dham vas,Bhavatam detailed studies and teaching and discussing with Vaishnavas. So basically 5 angas of Bhakti vs All The CPO and GBC prayschitta or Restrictions*….Choose 1 which is more powerful( by the way before choosing just make sure if you know A,B,C,s of Bhakti well….or you can refer to so many quotes and shastric refrences in the above article)

    3)Just in case if you choose restrictions more powerful than Bhakti then with that logic person becomes eternally doomed and no hope of reformation this is what exaclty the non vedic mindset thinks.If so then even none of us have chance to get delivered as we might have at least committed some mistake in our Billions millions and countless life times or even in this life.
    So lets claim that in ISKCON almost no one can be delivered ever

    4) Again same mistake no one is commenting on :
    1) Whether Shrila Prabhupda ever dealt in this way
    2) What are shastric refrence for restrictions
    ( If we do not want to follow Shrila Prabhupda, Acharyas and Shastras then sorry to say we are not in ISKCON then why bother to comment here…)

    1. The point 10 by Sitalatma shows the graveness.
      10. From 2005/2006 – 2010 BVSP began sexually molesting the victim almost daily. As a nightly ritual BVPS would unbutton her choli and feel and rub her breasts and body. He also started doing this to her whilst she was asleep. This abuse started when the victim was left alone at the school with BVPS whilst *** was in Australia.

      1. Word to word only what is the proof. Everything is goin on on word to word basis.Were you there to see all this.I can put any allegation on you word to word then will that be enough the whole world will be in chaos….use your brain if it ws so severe then why did the family settled it with Maharaj in 2013?
        Do not get fooled by these stories…..well framed though…Till the time we have some solid proof we should not believe all this

        1. Yes, we need to have proof. Agreed. Hare Krishna

          1. Thank you at least you look like open minded else some devotees are just jumping on word to word verdict and even in that they are not considering Maharaj’s statements thats so sad and unintelligent.
            I hope you have gone through Maharaj’s reply to CPO.Hare Krishna and yes good to see Hare Krishna in your message else in other forums there are many times slang words used but not so frequent use of divine words like Hare Krishna

          2. Since we are Hare Krishna people, we need to address a topic by beginning with Hare Krishna and end with Hare Krishna.

            My Guru Mahārāja, when he was selecting articles to be published in The Harmonist, if he sees simply that there is…, several times the writer has written “Kṛṣṇa,” “Lord Caitanya,” like that, he passes immediately: “All right. It’s all right. [laughter] It is all right.” That so many times he has uttered “Kṛṣṇa” and “Caitanya,” so it is all right. [chuckles] So similarly, even if we present our Back to Godhead or any other literature in broken languages, it does not matter, because the glorification of the Lord is there.
            Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.5.9-11

            June 6, 1969, New Vrindavan

        2. What do you mean, the family didn’t settle anything with bvp in 2013, nobody in the family knew about the sexual abuse until a year ago

  11. Interestingly GBC is also following the footsteps and the exact mood of CPO:
    1. Just like CPO…Giving a decision not on evidence but just on the basis of what the victim told, totally ignoring fBVPS testimony.
    2. Just like CPO…Not hearing any appeal from fBVPS.
    3.Just like CPO…Making their Judgements open to the public on ISKCON news… real quick and use that to persuade SABHA.
    4. Just like CPO…Portray fBVPS as no less than the most fallen person on the planet …fit to lead a materialistic life.
    5. Just like CPO…Leave no room for him to do any service in ISKCON and practically throw him out of ISKCON as a fly is thrown out of milk.

    I once thought that GBC represents SP and is thoroughly rooted in sastras, but now I am seriously re-evaluating this assumption !!! I feel GBC is just functioning under the political pressure of some influential reformers and pro-modern leaders who believe in eternal damnation philosophy and care, not even an iota, for any service one has rendered in ISKCON. For them, whatever saves their chair and position is what matters !!! Great future ahead, ISKCON …Good luck!!!

    Hope people especially renounced order, become Krishna Conscious, not Punishment Conscious. One mistake and they will be just thrown out forever eternally.

    1. Among so many the point 10 by Sitalatma shows the graveness.
      10. From 2005/2006 – 2010 BVSP began sexually molesting the victim almost daily. As a nightly ritual BVPS would unbutton her choli and feel and rub her breasts and body. He also started doing this to her whilst she was asleep. This abuse started when the victim was left alone at the school with BVPS whilst *** was in Australia.

      1. BVPS insists that it happened only three times. This is what the victim told her husband later on, too and that’s how *everybody* remembered it until last year. It also matches with *** story where it was her who was visited by BVPS every night for “exploration of her energies” (she was an adult school principal). *** also states that the reason she came out with her very graphic story is that she heard another woman (the victim from CPO report) was abused. She had no idea for a decade and she was in the thick of it, featuring in so many of CPO’s allegations. So BVPS version that it happened three times while *** was away in Australia makes more sense.

        Btw, the victim changed her memories after going through “regression therapy”, as far as I know. This regression therapy technique is known to implant memories of events that simply didn’t happen. The proponents don’t call it “implanting”, of course, they talk about “uncovering” instead. One devotee woman “uncovered” that throughout her childhood in ISKCON she was attending nightly Satanic Rituals where they would slaughter and eat human babies. Initially she remembered only being raped by another Swami but as time went on cannibalism also got added to her memories. How reliable is it? Not very, so perhaps BVPS version should be considered more seriously.

        1. Not very, so perhaps BVPS version should be considered more seriously.

          So, do you mean to say that ultimately he is correct to state that it happened only three times

          1. I’m saying his version is *more likely* to be correct, given how the victim changes her testimony depending on her visits to therapist. She might be genuinely remembering more things, she might be making them up, and she probably genuinely believes her new memories are real, but to me that kind of testimony sounds unreliable.

            Look at this wikepedia article and related stories:

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satanic_panic

          2. Thank you for the clarification. Hare Krishna.

          3. Hare Krishna
            You are missinformed
            She never changed her story
            She never told her husband it only happened 3times
            She never had regression therapy or anything like it
            She knows exactly what happened, absolutely no confusion
            She was a minor and its no confusion about the either, it started when xxxx was in Australia, the timeframe is very clear
            It happened many many times over a span of 4 years
            And it even started earlier with other touching
            Don’t speculate
            It’s hard to accept that someone you hold dear will commit horrible actions. May thruth prevail
            Hare Krishna

        2. You are initiated devotee, Prabhu, but very naive… HG Jvala testimony is reliable, only for the rational mind is unbelievable… but wait some time, Prabhu ! And listen to Her YT channel, must hear ! Because i was also “sure” in the past that there was no sra in our ISKCON. But the swamp is bigger than we think…. hoping to exagerate. Haribol, obeisances.

          1. “only for the rational mind is unbelievable” – sure, unbelievable, irrational, however you want to call it. One must willfully suspend faculties of rational mind to believe it. Why should anyone do it, though? Why not suspend one’s rational mind and focus on existence of Santa Claus instead? It will produce far happier “memories”.

          2. Heart of stone.
            Good luck trying to be a human

          3. I saw the video and don’t accept that there are were daily ritualistic sacrifices of babies in ISKCON like Kamsa or Hiranyakasipu did.

        3. Hare Krishna
          Dandavat pranams
          You have wrong information and facts
          She never told her husband that it only happened 3 times
          She never had regression therapy or anything else like that
          She never changed her memories
          She never changed her story, she knew all the time what happened to her, it’s absolutely no confusion
          I know it’s hard to accept that a person you love and respect can do something horrible and we try everything we can to find an explanation
          I am very close to the victim and family and know exactly what happened
          Please stop speculating
          She has absolutely no reason to lie , however he has all the reason to
          He had the opportunity for 15 years to do something about it but choose not to
          Hare Krishna

          1. Well, it’s your word against others. In the documents released to the public there is this:

            “…it’s critical to note that XXX das explained that BVPS had touched her breasts a few times as a legal adult.”

            fBVPS/AVd says that victim’s initial testimony differs from the final CPO report in this regard. It also differs from the above quoted statement.

            I don’t insist on the use of regression therapy. It would explain always changing memories, however.

            I won’t say that the victim is lying either, I think she sincerely believes in what she says now.

        4. Hare Krishna
          She never changed her story, she never had regression therapy or anything else like it
          The timeframe is very clear, she is not confused, she is very clear on what happened
          She never told her husband it only happened 3 times
          It happened many many times for more than 4 years, and yes she was a minor
          It’s very painful
          Hare Krishna

  12. Anirdeshya Vapu should sue the CPO. Then they will learn to stop acting like a kangaroo court.

    1. He is a brahmna … most likely he will not ! But if he did. my lawyer told..CPO & GBC together have no hope and will fail miserably. They would have to pay millions of dollors on losing case. Even as per outside legal standard ….the case proceedings by CPO and GBC is in very poor standing. For some unknown reason GBC is acting under political pressure of some propaganda and Vox Populi. Consequences are likely to be severe for taking agendas led by Dhira Govinda Das , Sanak Risi Das and Damodara Das so seriously !!!

    2. One professional lawyer cited two cases (see below) which has similar allegations in materialistic circles but the case did not stand as it was not filed within the duration as per law and there were no objective evidence:

      https://www.barandbench.com/columns/me-too-limitation-periods-for-filing-complaints-myths-and-realities

      Point is filing the case as per whim (Refer: Section 468(2) in The Code Of Criminal Procedure, 1973) can not be done. Moreover without objective evidence they hint the malcious intent to defame the alleged person…Even outside law gives no weightage to “word against word” or cases filed ouside of duration..but for unknown reason CPO and GBC is admant to neither follow sastras nor outside legal laws.

      What could be the reasonthat CPO (although seems to be holding legal degree in UK) and GBC never critically examined as to how come the cases popped one after another after 10-15 years. Is there a plot behind to defame one ? They never ruled out this angle and hurried up to announce their judgment.

      Another devotee lawyer informed that fBVPS has all right to file legal complain against CPO and GBC under Defamation law of India, Article 19, and CPO and GBC will pay heavy price for it. I only wish and pray that the mistakes done by CPO and GBC do not break faith of so many devotees in ISKCON authority structure and legal order. CPO always advocated to be independent not under GBC and now see the CHAOS !!…and GBC is doing even serious blunder.

      1. So many gurukulis were injured under Avd’s mismanagement of Mayapur gurukul. You may not know any of them, or even care a dime for them, but I would say Avd has got what he deserves.

  13. from the above letter: “Where in the history of vaishnavism has any authority of any institution ever come up with such a decision? ”
    It has become history now, at last. What had to be done long ago. Kṛṣṇa has his ways, as you can see.

      1. read it…
        It’s at the beginning

  14. So, what is the response from the SABHA?

  15. It should be clearly that anyone can commit offense. Even the mother of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Sacimata in the well known pastime, had to beg forgiveness for her offense to Advaita Acarya. So, it doesn’t matter, a man, woman, brahmana, sannyasi or guru. Anyone can commit, but they have to take the remedy.

  16. Hare Krishna
    Just to keep to the truth
    The victim ,never changed her story,she never had regression therapy or anything else like it, she never told her husband it only happened 3 times
    The timeframe is very clear, it happened over a period of more than 4 years and the abuse happened many many times and she was a minor it’s no confusion and it has never been any confusion
    He is gaslighting her in his reply to the CPO
    I know it’s hard to accept that someone that you love and respect can do something so horrific
    But the truth is the truth
    You can choose to believe whatever you want
    But this is the truth’
    The last leg of religion

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