Thursday, December 9, 2010

Harassment to Life Patron Members of ISKCON-Bangalore

It was Srila Prabhupada’s mandate that the Life Patrons enrolled by all the ISKCON centers be honored as guests in every other center all over the world, and be provided with accommodation. This is the basis of the International Life Patron Membership program. Lakhs of Life Patron members have been enrolled all over the world under this scheme. Thousands of Life Patron members from all over India and abroad have availed of the Guest House facility at ISKCON-Bangalore in the last ten years. Similarly thousands of Life Patron members enrolled by ISKCON-Bangalore have availed of the guest house facilities in ISKCON centers around the world, wherever available, over the last two decades.
Since the past few months, ISKCON-Mumbai and ISKCON-Tirupati have started denying guest house accommodation to the Life Patron members of ISKCON-Bangalore. This is yet another device to harass the Life Patrons enrolled by ISKCON-Bangalore. However, in ISKCON-Bangalore, under the management of Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chancalapati Dasa and others, we continue to follow Srila Prabhupada’s instruction, and continue to graciously offer guest house facility to the Life Patron members of other ISKCON centers in India and abroad.
In spite of the order of the Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka against interfering with the affairs of ISKCON-Bangalore, mischief is being created by ISKCON-Mumbai by misusing the list of life patrons of ISKCON-Bangalore by shooting out unsigned letters of allegations against Madhu Pandit Dasa to all the donors. This has necessitated clarifying our position to all of you through this supplementary issue.
Those patrons/donors needing accommodation in Mumbai, Tirupati and Chennai, are requested to call directly to 080-2347 1956 / 2357 8346 Extn: 4107 / 351. ISKCON-Bangalore has made alternative accommodation in these places for ISKCON-Bangalore life patrons/donors.
The devotees of ISKCON-Bangalore were shocked and horrified to learn of an email correspondence among the self-proclaimed ‘gurus’ revealing diabolical plans to suppress Madhu Pandit Dasa! The very same self-proclaimed ‘guru’ whom Madhu Pandit Dasa had been misled to worship for over fifteen years as ‘as good as God’ (on his claim that he was appointed guru by Srila Prabhupada), was planning to fabricate false criminal cases against him to quell the deliberations that he and the devotees of ISKCON-Bangalore had raised against the current guru system:
* “By the way, our new legal advisors have given us some new ideas that civil route is very slow, but the criminal route is quicker. Madhu Pandit Dasa has good reputation, but it does not take long to lose it if we do criminal cases against him.” Jayapataka Swami (GBC member and one of the self-proclaimed guru), (2001) email message TEXT PAMHO:4259580.
Added to this, the self-proclaimed ‘gurus’ are unable to come to terms with the stellar growth of ISKCON-Bangalore’s activities all over India, especially through the Akshaya Patra program, which is feeding about ten lakh children everyday! This has been possible only by the blessings of Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Krishna-chandra and Srila Prabhupada. However, this growth is perceived by the self-proclaimed ‘gurus’ as an implicit strengthening of the position advocated by the devotees of ISKCON-Bangalore in the guru system debate.
The devotees of ISKCON-Bangalore are determined to stand together against all odds to see that ISKCON-Bangalore, a legally independent society registered in Karnataka, is dedicated unto Srila Prabhupada’s service alone, and not for the self-aggrandizement of the self-proclaimed ‘gurus’. ISKCON-Bangalore is Srila Prabhupada’s society and only his will may prevail here.

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