Thursday, August 13, 2015

Devotees Death: Four ISKCON Management Members Detained By Police

Srila Prabhupada's ISKCON Mangalore Logo
INDIA TODAY: The Karnataka police have detained four members of the management of the Iskcon centre in Dakshina Kannada district in connection with the death of one its followers under mysterious circumstances.

The Karnataka police have detained four members of the management of the Iskcon centre in Dakshina Kannada district in connection with the death of one its followers under mysterious circumstances.

Ravi Kumar (25), who hailed from Bengaluru, was found dead at Adamkudru near Kallapu on the outskirts of Mangaluru (Mangalore) in Dakshina Kannada district on Sunday by a fisherman. An MTech from a reputed national institute, Ravi Kumar had become a follower of the Iskcon without the consent of his parents. Now, his parents have blamed Iskcon for Ravi's death.

He had joined the Iskcon centre in Balmatha near Ullal in Dakshina Kannada district four years ago after completing his MTech. He was in regular touch with his parents, who insisted that he returned to normal life. However, it is said that Ravi was adamant about leaving Iskcon. Since Saturday, he went missing and his parents alleged that Iskcon representatives did not give any satisfactory answers for the same.

On Monday, the police detained Tarunyasagara Dasa, Sharath Vihari Dasa, and two others from the Balmatha Iskcon centre and questioned them. Apparently, they told the police that they had no role in Ravi's disappearance. Ravi's parents have sought an impartial probe into his death.
ISKCON Mangalore Devotees
ISKCON Mangalore Devotees

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

ISKCON Mangaluru Devotee Murdered

ISKCON Mangaluru Devotee Ravi Kumar Murdered
Ravi kumar
The Hindu: Body of a 28-year-old employee of International Society for Krishna Consciousness, Mangaluru, was found floating in the Netravathi in Ullal on Sunday morning.
The Ullal police said Ravikumar (28), a native of Thippenahalli in Bengaluru, had been working with ISKCON for over several months. He was missing for the last few days. The police said Clement, a fisherman, found a bag floating in the river.

When the bag was retrieved, he found decomposed body with a stone stuffed in the mouth.
The Ullal police identified him as Ravi kumar. The police said the wire of a mobile charger was found around the neck. Ravi kumar’s brother Narendra Kumar arrived in the city from Bengaluru and filed a complaint that his brother had been murdered.

Narendra Kumar has not mentioned names of persons he suspected, the police said.
The police said they have registered a case of murder and are investigating the complaint filed by Narendra Kumar.

The police said Ravi kumar had joined ISKCON soon after finishing his M.Tech from National Institute of Technology - Surathkal.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Bahubali Movie: The Epic Similarities And The Real Story

Baahubali Gomateshwara at Shravanabelagola
Gomateshwara at Shravanabelagola
ISKCON Bangalore: The Beginning is a historic fiction inspired by the greatest epic Mahabharata and it has nothing to do with the story of real Baahubali. Who is Baahubali? 

Srimad Bhagavatam gives the list of kings who appeared in the dynasty of Swayambhuva Manu. Manu had two sons: Priyavrata and Uttanapada. Priyavrata married the daughter of Vishwakarma and begot ten sons. Three of them accepted the renounced order of life. Priyavrata divided the entire world into 7 islands and handed it over to his seven sons. The eldest son, Agnidhara, became the ruler of Jambudvipa. He married a celestial girl named Purvacitti and begot nine sons: Nabhi, Kimpurusha, Harivarsha, Ilavrta, Ramyaka, Hiranmaya, Kuru, Bhadrasva and Ketumala. He divided the Jambudvipa into nine tracts of land, called varshas, each named after his sons. 

The son of Nabhi, Rishabadeva, became the ruler of Ajanabha. He had one hundred sons headed by Bharata (after whom the tract of land called Ajanabha was named as Bharatavarsha). Rishabhadeva thought his sons how to rule the world. The instructions given by Rishabhadeva are recorded in the fifth canto of Srimad Bhagavatam. You can read a synopsis of those instructions here. 


Transcendental Teachings of Rishabhadeva

 Instructions of Nava Yogendras
Transcendental Teachings of Rishabhadeva
 Instructions of Nava Yogendras
Nine of his sons became mendicant preachers and their instructions are recorded in eleventh canto of Srimad Bhagavatam. You can read the synopsis of their instructions here.
It is said that Baahubali was one of the sons of Rishabhadeva. When Bharata became the king, he wanted to establish his sovereignty over the entire world. The entire world accepted his supremacy and whenever someone opposed, Maharaja Bharata conquered them. Thus he became the emperor of the entire world. All his brothers, except Baahubali, accepted his supremacy and surrendered to him. Baahubali challenged him for a fight. To avoid further bloodshed, the ministers decided that the two brothers engage in a duel and decide amongst themselves who the strongest is.
Baahubali was victorious in the wrestling match (and thus the name Baahubali meaning mighty armed) but he felt disgusted that he had to fight with his own brother to attain material possessions which are temporary. So he decided to give up everything to become a renunciant.

Note: The above story of Baahubali is not mentioned in Srimad Bhagavatam, but has its source in the scriptures of Jains.

In Karnataka there are 5 monolithic statues of Baahubali (also known as Gommateshwara) located in Shravanabelagola (57 feet), Karkala (42 feet), Dharmasthala (39 feet), Venur (35 feet) and Gommatagiri (20 feet). There are also temples in Kumbhoj (Maharashtra) and near Indore.

The story line adopted in the movie Baahubali: The Beginning has nothing to do with the historical Baahubali described in Jain literature. The movie is inspired by the Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabharata.
Bahubali: The Epic Similarities

Monday, July 27, 2015

Famous personalities who found blissful calmness

The Nation: The words Hare Krishna can tug at your heartstrings. Well, it did just that with a famous personality like John Lennon of The Beatles fame. Lennon was hugely associated with the Hare Krishna Movement in the late 1960s when this spiritual movement drew attention, like the Hippie culture. Some of the other prominent personalities who tried the Hare Krishna prescribed way of living are Steve Jobs, Allen Ginsberg (Author of Howl), Russell Brand (Comedian) and Kiwi model Vicky Overton.
But unlike with the Hippies, Hare Krishna devotees practiced austerities and lead lives that define spirituality as prescribed In the Bhagavad Gita. The movement has spread to all continents, and this year devotees celebrate the 50th anniversary of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), set up by Swami Shrila Prabhupada. Little Sri Lanka, too, is making big plans to celebrate the occasion on August 19.
The inner peace which Hare Krishna devotees experience is what attracted some of the famous personalities to this movement. Lennon began chanting the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra (Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare) and didn’t feel like stopping. Lennon said, “When I stopped chanting, it was like the lights went off”.
Lennon was once asked by a journalist where he got his strength from and he replied, “Hare Krishna”. His involvement with the movement led the way to the making of Radha Krishna Temple Album. With Lennon’s involvement with this spiritual movement, the album-comprising the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra, Govinda Prayers and other devotional songs- made it to the top 10 of the music charts in London.
How many of these personalities remained with the movement isn’t sure, but as for Hare Krishna devotees what’s certain is the return back to Krishna’s world in the spiritual sky. The Bhagavad Gita assures devotees liberation from material contamination and worldly suffering if they lead austere lives and chant the Maha Mantra many times daily.
The movement has gathered pace around the world and there are over 400 Hare Krishna temples around the world. But few and few devotees live in these temples and now mingle with ordinary folk.  Hare Krishna devotees are encouraged to find employment like other ordinary people in society. At present, one can even find Hare Krishna devotees in top business establishments. Middleburry College Professor Burke Rockford has said, “It’s possible there is a Hare Krishna devotee next door and you’ll not know”.
In this ‘era of quarrel’ the lifestyle prescribed for a Hare Krishna devotee guarantees a calm mind. The abstaining from non-vegetarian food, gambling, intoxication, causing bodily harm to a living being, lying and illicit sex provides the ideal platform to cultivate a steady mind. Bona fide spiritual masters affirm that Krishna consciousness is only possible when the mind is steady.
This steadying of the mind takes a long time through other methods. However, chanting the Maha Mantra is explained in the Bhagavad Gita as the quickest way to condition the mind and make an individual ready to enter the world of Krishna at the time of death.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Devotees Seriously Wounded in Chittagong Attack

Yesterday night was a terrible night for the devotees of the ISKCON TEMPLE at Potiya, Chittagong, Bangladesh. Its a holy land because it is the place where the intimate associates of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Vasudeva dutta and Mukunda dutta appeared. 

In this holy land a group of terrorists attacked the ISKCON TEMPLE devotees and brutally injured many devotees. Among of them a devotee named Jagadjiban Prabu struggling with potential death. Its a terrible moment for the devotees, please all of u pray for the devotees.

Meanwhile last update is the local police administration is now trying to catch the criminals who are involved in this incident. Some senior devotees of Iskcon Chittagong are trying heart and soul to handle the situation. Especially Lilaraj Gour das a senior devotee of Iskcon Pravortak Sri Krishna temple is investigating the whole situation and trying to take required steps for resolving the current situation of that temple


Monday, June 22, 2015

Mega Akshaya Patra kitchen knocks on Guinness door

The Hindu: The mega kitchen run by the Akshaya Patra Foundation at Rayapur in Hubballi supplies freshly cooked food to an about 1.32 lakh children from 789 schools spread across the district. The facility is now knocking on the doors of the Guinness Book of World Records for its reach out.
People in this kitchen cook 14 tonnes of rice and 6 to 7 tonnes of vegetables every day (apart from quintals of other ingredients).
The food is carried by 40 vehicles covering a distance of 3,000 km every day to cover the schools in four taluks of Dharwad district. About 380 employees, including hearing impaired, work in shifts to cook here.
“Right from the procurement to cleaning of food grains and vegetables, to cooking and finally delivering the food at the required temperature (60 degrees Celsius), standard procedures are used, which has resulted in the kitchen getting ISO 22000 certification,” Yagneshwara Dasa, Manager (Operations), Akshaya Patra Kitchen told The Hindu .
Set up 10 years ago at a cost of Rs. 11 crore, with 95 per cent donation from Infosys Foundation, the mega kitchen had undergone periodic upgrading. Seventy per cent of the cost of the meal is met by the State government.
The kitchen at Hubballi has already got a commendation of certificate for food safety by the Confederation of Indian Industry and National Award for Food Safety-2014. “Now we have applied for OHSAS (Occupation Health and Safety Assessment Series) and EMS (Environmental Management System),” said Mr. Yagneshwara Dasa.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Following Srila Prabhupada's Actual Teachings

ISKCON IRM: Back To Prabhupada, Issue 45, Autumn 2014

In the article on page 4, we highlighted how HH Bhakti Charu Swami ("BCS") had undertaken a series of seminars to promote the idea that "Founder-acarya" means that:
1) Srila Prabhupada is not the diksa guru.
2) Srila Prabhupada is the siksa guru of all devotees in ISKCON.
Point 1) has been defeated in the article on page 4. Point 2) however, is correct, but in order for it to be a reality, ISKCON devotees have to at the very least study and accept the teachings of Srila Prabhupada. Yet, as we shall show, in many cases it is difficult for them to do this when they have to instead accept the siksa of gurus such as BCS and others. All emphases have been added.

Basic parampara history

"Our line is not a diksa succession. Bhaktivinoda Thakura did not get diksa initiation from Srila Jagannatha Babaji Maharaja. [...] This line is a siksa line. [...] So it is purely a siksa."
(BCS Seminar, 17/7/14, "Srila Prabhupada-The Founder-acarya of ISKCON")
Here BCS quotes a common ISKCON teaching about the "siksa parampara" (we quoted another ISKCON guru preaching the same in BTP 35). Now let us see what Srila Prabhupada states:
"Viswanath Chakrabarty accepted Jagannath Das Babajee from whom Srila Bhaktivinode Thakore was initiated".
(Back To Godhead, Volume 3, Part 16, 20/3/60)
"Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura accepted Srila Jagannatha dasa Babaji, whoinitiated Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura".
(Cc., Adi-lila, 1, Spiritual Masters, Original 1975 Edition)
"Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura accepted Srila Jagannatha dasa Babaji, whoinitiated Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura"
(Cc., Adi-lila, 1, Spiritual Masters, Current "edited" edition)
Note, that, in contradiction to what BCS claims here, even the latest BBT "changed" edition of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta (in which they made the change we mention on page 3) states that Bhaktivinoda Thakura was initiated by Srila Jagannatha dasa Babaji.
Also, BCS claims that our parampara is purely a siksa line. Yet, at the very least, the recent links in the parampara are diksa links:
Srila Gaura-kisora dasa Babaji -> diksa -> Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura -> diksa -> Srila Prabhupada
(And even the GBC also add yet another diksa link to "their" parampara: Srila Prabhupada -> diksa -> GBC gurus.)
Thus, we clearly do not have purely a siksa line, and actually, Srila Prabhupada has never even taught that we have a "siksa parampara".

Basic GBC facts

"He (Srila Prabhupada) identified himself as a member of the GBC, member of the Government Body Commission. This is how he did it."
(BCS Seminar, 17/7/14, "Srila Prabhupada-The Founder-acarya of ISKCON")
"To give further importance, Prabhupada also appointed himself as a member of the GBC."
(BCS Lecture, 23/7/14)
If Srila Prabhupada had formally "appointed" himself as a member of the GBC, this should be stated in the GBC Resolutions. But such an act is not mentioned anywhere by Srila Prabhupada. Similarly, there is no record of Srila Prabhupada "identifying" himself as a member of the GBC. On the contrary, every time he mentioned "how he did it", he always identified himself as being distinct from the GBC:
"Just like in our institution, International Society for Krishna Consciousness, although I am the head, still, I have got so many assistants, the GBC members."
(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, 17/8/71)
"Just like in each temple we elect a president. Then we get GBC. Then above all, I am."
(Morning walk, 16/12/73)
"We have got about twenty GBCs for looking after the whole world affair, and above the GBC, I am there".
(Room Conversation, 28/6/76)

Basic diksa facts

"You see, in many ways you know, what the ritviks are saying the GBC is also saying. The only conflict, the only factor is that 'While the GBC is saying or ISKCON is saying that Srila Prabhupada is the most important, pre-eminent siksa-guru of all the devotees in ISKCON, they are saying that Prabhupada is the diksa-guru. The problem actually is that the consideration of diksa requires a person giving it. That's why there is the need for somebody to give the mantra and guide the individual on a daily basis [Unclear]. That's the only difference."
(BCS Seminar, 17/7/14, "Srila Prabhupada-The Founder-acarya of ISKCON")
BCS claims that Srila Prabhu-pada cannot give diksa because the diksa guru must:
1) Give the mantra.
2) Guide the individual on a daily basis.
Point 1) is still possible for Srila Prabhupada because Srila Prabhupada was not in any case physically present at many of his initiations. Rather, they were conducted on his behalf by representatives, and Srila Prabhupada was also able, in the case of brahmana initiations, to give the mantra via the use of a recorded tape, which can continue today:
"I also accept the following as twice-born brahmanas and their threads and mantra sheets are enclosed: [...] You should have a fire sacrifice and the second initiates should hear through the right ear the mantra on my recorded tape."
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, 13/11/75)
Similarly in the case of guiding an individual on a daily basis, Srila Prabhupada never met most of his disciples, and thus guided them via his teachings, as well as via his senior disciples such as temple presidents -- a process that can continue today. For Srila Prabhupada states that:
"Sometimes a diksa guru is not present always. Therefore one can take learning, instruction, from an advanced devotee. That is called the siksa guru." 
(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, 4/7/74)
Thus, Srila Prabhupada neither taught nor practised what BCS claims regarding diksa.

Conclusion

Though the GBC claims that they are at least happy for Srila Prabhupada to be the siksa guru of ISKCON, even if they will not allow him to be diksa guru, they are not even facilitating this. For their leaders frequently give their own teachings which deviate from Srila Prabhupada's teachings, and thus ISKCON members are being led away from Srila Prabhupada's teachings.

Monday, May 18, 2015

History: When Jayapataka Swami Evaded Arrest

Many of you dont know that Jayapataka Swami was supposted to get arrested in the year 2010 however he escaped india. Read below for the exclusive reports on Jayapataka Swami & Other ISKON Members

Calcutta, 10 august 2000

Indian Telegraph: The case of the Iskcon monk's suicide took a dramatic turn on Wednesday with the court ordering the police to arrest 8 monks of the order. One of them, the chief of Iskcon's Mayapur centre, is said to be absconding. Suresh das, 54, lodged in Presidency Jail after being charged with the rape of a woman, hanged himself in his separate cell last Thursday.
In his diary, he blamed his death on eight Iskcon monks who, he alleged, had hatched a "conspiracy" to ruin him. The damning entries in the diary prompted the jail authorities to lodge a complaint with the police. Subsequently cases of "abatement to suicide" and "conspiracy" were registered with the Hastings police station against the eight monks, seven of them based in Mayapur and one at Albert Road.
Hastings police station officer-in-charge Jayanta Das said : "The court has directed us to arrest the eight monks. We are now looking for them, but we have come to know that the head of the Mayapur office of Iskcon has already left the country." City police officials confirmed that their counterparts in Nadia had been asked to keep a watch on the 'wanted monks'. Documents pertaining to a dispute between the Mayapur and Calcutta offices of the order are also being examined, as the power struggle is said to have led to Das' death. Das belonging to an anti- Mayapur lobby was, apparently protesting the"illegal activities" of some of the monks the police said. Investigators are also trying to ascertain whether Das had been involved in the rape of a young woman at Iskcon's Gurusaday Road office. "We are waiting for the sample test report of the semen found on the clothes of the woman who was reportedly raped by Das," said an officer.
Meanwhile, Sattick Das vice-president of Iskcon, has alleged that the detective department of the city police has been "influenced by a powerful lobby close to the Mayapur ofice" to take over the case. "The case was originally being handled by the local police station. The detective department suddenly appeared on the scene and took charge of the investigations, after being influenced by the by a powerful lobby", Das said.

TIMES OF INDIA-
The acting chief metropolitan magistrate K.P. Dutta on Monday ordered the police to take necessary steps against eight persons attached to ISKCON, so that they cannot leave India. The eight are:
1. Jayapataka Swami,
2. Satadhanya Das,
3. Dayaram Das,
4. Bhadracharan Das,
5. Birchandra Das,
6. Krishnalata Das,
7. Basanti Das
8. Subrabhrata Das.

The jailor of Presidency Jail lodged an FIR with Hastings Police Station on August 3 against the above persons after the death of an ISKCON activist, under trial prisoner Sureshwar Das.
In the FIR it was alleged that these persons abetted Sureshwar in committing suicide inside the Presidency Jail. Sureshwar was arrested by police on rape charge. The vice president of Iskcon has filed a petition praying for proper action.

Full Report:

Jayapataka Swami (JPS) is on the run from the Indian legal system. We have even produced evidence where JPS has admitted this fact. As reported, JPS is fleeing since he has been charged with abetting the suicide of Suresvara Das, a devotee against whom the JPS camp filed false rape charges. Now, however, in a sensational development solicitors acting for the family of the deceased have decided to take international action to bring this fugitive to justice. The solicitors have put together a package of material which will allow the immigration authorities of all countries to take the appropriate action. The package consists of a cover letter which sets out all the material enclosed. This cover letter, and a solicitor's letter which is the first item in the package, are reproduced below:

Dear Sirs, 

The enclosed materials give evidence pertaining to an Indian Citizen who we believe will make attempts to enter your country sometime in the future. He is currently on the run following the Indian Police having filed a case against him for abatement to suicide. This is a serious crime which carries a prison term of 7 years in our country. His name is Jayapataka Swami. Though he is one of 8 similarly charged, he is the only one who has fled the country. The enclosed materials are as follows:
1) A letter from ourselves, who are acting on behalf of the deceased, wherein we have set out the events relating to this matter. 
2) A copy of the Police Case which has been filed against this individual by the Calcutta Police, Hastings Branch. 
3) A copy of the court order that prevents him from leaving India. 

Unfortunately he had the presence of mind to abscond around the time the case was filed, and before the court order was procured. The court order was hand-written by the Judge, which is still quite common in the Calcutta High Court. The Court seal is clearly visible. A typed version has also been provided. We have also included a copy of relevant newspaper articles which state the same. 

4) A copy of his latest passport. 
5) A copy of his previous passport and his current US Green Card. 

(Jaya Pataka Swami aka John Gordon Erdman are the two passport names of the false Mayapur guru.)
We urge that you may enter this information on your airport computer systems, as we are unable to specify in advance exactly when he may seek to enter your country, as he is continually moving from country to country. He particularly uses countries as transit ports as he moves from one side of the globe to the other. We hope this information will be of interest to you, and that you will be minded to not facilitate this person's current evasion of the due process of Justice. 

If necessary you may contact me via mail, fax or phone at the following:
Thanking you in advance,
Yours faithfully,
Sandersons & Morgans (Acting on Behalf of the Family of the Deceased)
By partner C R Addy 
Advocates & Solicitors,
Royal Insurance Building
5,Netaji Subhas Road,
Calcutta 700001
FAX 91-33-248-2648
TEL.248-2644[4 Lines]

The following is a copy of item No. 1 
of the package as stated in cover letter above: 


Dear Sir,
This is to inform you that a criminal case has been started 
against eight accused persons. They are as follows :-
1. Jayapataka Swami
2. Satadhanya Dasa
3. Dayaram Dasa
4. Bhadra Charu Dasa
5. Birchandra Dasa
6. Krishna Lata Dasi
7. Basanti Devi Dasi
8. Subhabrata Dasa
The case being started on 03.08.2000 by the Hastings Police Station being Hastings Police Station case no. 293/2000 corresponding to the G.R. Case No. 2588/2000 under section 120B/306 of the Indian Penal Code in criminal conspiracy with each other in abetting in commission of suicide of Sureswara Dasa.
As the above named persons may avoid due process of law and fly away from India, and accordingly, on 07.08.2000 the Learned Chief Metropolitan Magistrate passed an order directing the Investigating Officer of the Hastings Police Station to take effective steps against the above accused persons and also to prevent them from leaving India. We understand that of the above eight accused persons only Jayapataka Swami has left the country after the case was started. A copy of the said order is enclosed.
Thanking you.
Yours faithfully,
Sandersons & Morgans 
By partner C.R. Addy

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