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.
I would like to start by offering my sincere apologies to all the Vaishnava devotees of the Lord… as I failed to live up to the standard of someone trying to present Srila Prabhupada’s teachings regarding the Vedic version… I’m not trying to justify myself … I have already agreed to all the punishments imposed on me …However … now I must clarify a few points … because in any case, two sides must be heard …
A month ago I composed a letter to the GBC and ICPO with the purpose of pointing out ISKCON’s responsibility towards its members. That private letter was meant to raise questions for the GBC and ICPO to discuss, but unfortunately it was shared publicly and has been wrongfully interpreted as my official statement to the entire devotee community. I would like to clarify my words in their proper context, present my personal opinion on this issue, and apologise to the devotee community for any misconceptions that letter created.
During the Vedic Age in India, we had a very strong Gurukula System which provided high standard education and produced great Kings, Pundits, and scholars who guided society towards the highest goal of human life. It imbibed the teachings of Veda that helped to grow a happy society.