(*note from Puru: Adi deva is the chairman of the board, that never meets, of the Brooklyn ISKCON Radha-Govinda Mandir, otherwise known as the Bharati Center. ISKCON could not purchase in their own name from the rabbi and synagogue who formerly owned the property , because of the overwhelming objection of the Jewish congregation to the idea of selling their temple to the Hare Krsnas.)
Dear Adi deva, Dandavats.
Unless you do something public to apologize to Locanananda and try to prevail upon the local temple management to cease and desist from their terror tactics I will expose you as well.
I left your name out only out of deference to your guru maharaj,* His Divine Grace Srila Gour Govinda Maharaj. Now the dynamic duo is trying to harass Syamasundara. Don't think you and your wife will not be next.
*Adi deva was left unmentioned in the first article about events in New York called "GBC Interference with Sraddha." There is no reason to spare him public exposure any longer.
Read this letter I wrote to wstrat last year and consider:
From: Umapati Swami
Date: 01-Mar-98 06:39
To: WSTRAT (Web Strategy)
by Puru (das) ACBSP (New York - USA)
Subject: Jews and Catholics
Please accept my most humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
Which topic are you talking about?
> Dear Maharaj's and Prabhus,
> PAMHO. AGSTSP. In view of my recent post, and anticipating a reaction
> that may say that chakra is a newspaper and cannot or should not get
> involved in UK Forum, that is why the forum is there, or it is neutral
> and can't be expected to participate. or that it cannot replace the GBC
> Mayapura meetings, or that is not a philosophically oriented page with
> the same space as VADA for such matters, I have only this observation,
> which comes from events surrounding the holocaust in Germany, during
> "First they came for the Jews, and we said nothing. Then they came for all
> the Catholics and we said nothing. They they came for all the gypsies and
> we said nothing. Then they came for all the intellectuals and we said
> nothing. Then they came for homosexuals and we said nothing. They when
> they finally came for us there was no one left to say anything."
> we=whoever failed to speak out against any injustice or oppression
> they=the Nazi SS Gestapo
> us=everybody else
> I am not saying GBC=Nazi, only that poor communication and lack of open
> discussion of many issues amongst all of the disciples has created an
> atmosphere in ISKCON that feels like a saffron police (blind following
> of the GBC). Saffron police is not meant to deride third initiation or
> anyone in renounced brahmacarya ashram. Only to also indicate that
> sannyasa has often been also politicized in ISKCON in the past. You agree
> with this point or disagree, but that is my opinion. Take it or leave it.
> There is no sloka to prove it, only hard experience.
> Puru Das
I change my opinion and now I say: GBC=nazi. What will YOU do.
Puru Das Adhikari
N.B. Are you aware of the soon to be published book that proves that Srila Prabhupada was poisoned with arsenic? Expect to see me selling it very soon. Act now or your bhakti creeper will dry up forever from bad association.
No answer. Haven't you had time to consult with the temple authorities yet babba what you should say or do? Silence is golden or cowardice?
Me thinks that if Srila Gaura Govinda Maharaj was present with us on the planet he would have been across with street with us rather than inside with you conspiring to "protect" the congregation from Krsna consciousness.
You continue to "protect" everyone from the association of Srila Prabhupada's disciples and one day when we are all reunited we will tell your Guru Maharaj what you have been up to. Of course if you had an attack of integrity and defended Locanananda, which I doubt seriously, then I apologize in advance for condemning you for something you have not yet done. But in light of your previous behavior, institutionalitis and racist prejudicial behavior toward your senior god brother I do not think my remarks are ill placed.
Srila Gour Govinda Maharaja had said:
"Expose the cheaters ! Create a revolution !" He wants us to be bold in the face of apasiddhanta and where devotees are being mistreated. We will follow his example and not yours, possibly well intended, but misguided as it is.
You still owe $10.00 for tapes received. You can send a check my mail payable to:
Ralph H. Somershein
61-44 l64th St.
Flushing, NY ll365
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura has written:
"One who disrespects the bona fide pure Vaisnava spiritual master is a reprobate and fit to be shunned by all. It is advisable, therefore, that before accepting a spiritual master one should carefully choose the right person. The spiritual master must be a pure devotee of the Lord..
. .the unqualified kula-guru should be offered due respect and devotion and, after begging permission to leave him, a person must seek a qualified spiritual master."
So you don't have this dilemma since you chose a bona fide spiritual master, Being born in the west you also don't have a kula guru (traditional family guru).
But now you have to make a choice to follow his spirit and see beyond the politics, or compromise and become more useless than you already are. You think you are saving the temple. Saving it from what? From truth justice and the Vedic way. Speak now in defense of Locanananda or you are condemned.
So we heard "through the grapevine" that the temple board had an emergency meeting to discuss what they "should do" in regard to myself and Locanananda Prabhu. The local GBC begs ignorance of anything they might object to and has refused to intervene. Despite a request for a signed written declaration from the temple board none has been forthcoming.
I saw fit to set up a book table across with street from the Brooklyn temple several weeks ago, primarily to offer the poison book to anyone from iskcon who might be interested in the alleged murder of the founder-acarya. Apparently seeing books written by other acaryas other than Srila Prabhupada (which were also on my table) was a cause for great concern by the temple management. Of course they might also be concerned what their congregation might think to see two former members of the temple forced to set up in the public arena, rather than be allowed freedom of speech and social intercourse inside the Iskcon facility.
Unfortunately the narrow view philosophically, that is shared by many so called followers of His Divine Grace ignores several very pertinent facts about the authors of some of the books presented.
1. Srilla Sridhar Maharaj was Srila Prabhupada's siksa guru, dear friend and god brother and well wisher. "Sri Sri Prapanam jivanamrta" (which was on the table) was originally printed by His Divine Grace in India, before he ever founded ISKCON. Srila Prabhupada personally paid with his own girhasta funds To publish this book for his god brother, Srila Sridhar Maharaj, its author. The book is a summary of The Bhakta Sandharba of Srila Jiva Goswami and the Sarangati of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura
2. Srila Narayan Maharaj is Srila Prabhupada's most advanced siksa disciple. He placed His Divine Grace in samadhi. He met him in 1944, and was in charge of his sannyasa initiation ceremony., and they have a long standing intimate relationship that the gbc does not want to acknowledge for reasons of their own.
3. Srila Gaura Govinda Maharaj is an accepted ISKCON guru, and was without any doubt Srila Prabhupada's most advanced diksa disciple.
4. Kundali prabhu is a duly initiated disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. His books, though unappreciated by the gbc, are widely appreciated by thoughtful men who are not institutionalized and who are actually concerned about the health and welfare of ISKCON.
5. Srila Prabhupada's original Srimad Bhagvatam, with color jacket cover was present on our table. Ir is an untampered with version of His Divine Grace's writing and not one was sold. No interest. Why not?
6. "Someone Has Poisoned Me" is not being offered to anyone inside ISKCON temples. The gbc and their blind followers will most likely do nothing to see anyone gets an opportunity to examine it.
There was only marginal interest in this book. Why not?
I have my own realization and understanding of why not? You be the judge.
Puru Das Adhikari
[Originally published 05/30/99 on VNN]