1. All Ports Alert For Jayapataka To Be Issued As we have reported in previous weeks, 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 abetment 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. 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 We are seeking the help of the international devotee community to assist us in contacting their appropriate immigration authorities and presenting the above package of material to them. Many devotees had earlier contacted us asking how they could help after having been shocked by the needless death of Suresvara Das, and desiring to see justice served on behalf of an i nnocent Vaisanava. If you wish to assist in this way then please send us your mailing address, and the full package mentioned above will be couriered immediately to yourselves. We especially seek the assistance of devotees who already have contact or connection with the appropriate authorities in their countries. Our IRM contacts in different countries are already beginning to get the ball rolling but we wish to cover as many countries as possible, so please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you very much. 2. ISKCON Leaders Losing Faith in ISKCON We have already reported on how even the GBC chairman has stated that the ISKCON society is ‘disintegrating’ (please see issue No. 21 – “GBC Special Issue – GBC Chairman Admits ISKCON ‘Disintegrating’ “). Now we have the following shocking statement from Abhirama Dasa. Abhirama Dasa is acting as the Managing Director of the S.M.D.P. (Sri Mayapur Development Project) which is the single most important and expensive project in the history of ISKCON. He is also a Regional Secretary for ISKCON South India, the Chairman of the M.V.T. (Mayapur Vrindavana Trust), and was/is on the board of the ISKCON Foundation. However this is what he said recently in a confidential e-mail sent to a co-Temple President of an ISKCON Temple in South India under his charge: “I am not a fanatical ISKCON man. Actually, I am no longer sure that the institution is a useful preaching tool. In many ways it has become a burden to the preaching of Gauranga’s message. It was a sharp sword in the hands of Srila Prabhupada, but has become a dull blunt instrument in the hands of very incompetent and sometimes foolish hands. It is also a focus of envy for many people who are themselves failures and insincere. My interest is not to protect ISKCON at any cost, but to see how to increase people’s love for Hari kirtan, and to have faith in Srila Prabhupada. This has meant promoting ISKCON, in the past, because it represented these goals. Nowadays, the actions of some people are gradually separating the mission of Srila Prabhupada from the mission of ISKCON. I am shocked that I should say this, because I never thought it would come to this, but I must now say it.” (Abhirama Das, 15/10/00) Yet this is the person who has been entrusted with the biggest project in ISKCON’s history, and has also been given a whole chunk of India and a lot more besides to look after. Clearly he is just following in his Chairman’s footsteps. The malaise therefore obviously runs deep, beginning right at the top and running through all the sections of ISKCON’s leadership. Recently His Holiness Bhakti Caru Swami (BCS) also stated the following: “I don’t hesitate to say that things are a mess in our society.” (Bhakti Caru Swami giving Srimad Bhagavatam Class on October 5th in Vrindavana) So we have a disintegrating society in a mess, which is nothing but a dull and blunt instrument in the hands of very incompetent and sometimes foolish hands, and which is nothing but a burden on the preaching. And this is what ISKCONs’ OWN leaders are saying – not us! You would think that with this state of affairs there would be some humility in their attitude towards others. Unfortunately not! Whilst freely admitting that their leadership has brought ISKCON to the brink of collapse, they still tried to expel the IRM -TWICE – just because we did not wish to surrender to this morally and spiritually bankrupt leadership! Another example of this double standard can be seen in the same Bhagavatam lecture of BCS quoted above. In this he also says: “When Srila Prabhupada was here, the spirit was so high; the preaching was going on so strongly. All the temples were full of devotees and so many individuals were just rushing to join this movement. And that is the Sankirtana spirit. We should revive that spirit. When Srila Prabhupada was here, individuals took so much risk; they risked their lives to go to different corners of the world and spread this movement. But unfortunately, we are missing that spirit today. Young devotees, 2 or 3 months in the movement, went out to spread and establish this movement all over the world. Now when we look back and think, we can say, “what are we doing? Where is that spirit?” what to speak of going out and opening new temples, many of the temples that Srila Prabhupada gave us are empty today. Why? We have to consider this. [...] So let us try to revive that spirit of Srila Prabhupada’s Sankirtana movement. Let us revive the spirit of ISKCON once again. [...] I’ll take the liberty of being very frank and I’ll say that our first mistake was in our initiation system after Srila Prabhupada’s disappearance. The mistake was that when Srila Prabhupada left the planet, some individuals took up the responsibility of becoming gurus, and they more or less assumed that to become a guru means to become like Srila Prabhupada; to be a guru means to have the same position as Srila Prabhupada. In doing so, consciously or unconsciously, we obscured Srila Prabhupada’s position; we obscured Srila Prabhupada’s greatness. And since then, it is a history of losses in our society.” (Bhakti Caru Swami giving Srimad Bhagavatam Class on October 5th in Vrindavana) Here BCS states that: 1. We must REVIVE the ISKCON society. He states this 3 times. 2. He states that this revival must be based on restoring the spirit of how things were pre-77 – i.e. NO CHANGE 3. He states that the problem in the movement was that we made a mistake in the initiation system in 1977. That this led to Srila Prabhupada’s position to be obscured, and that we must re-instate Srila Prabhupada’s greatness back into the center of our society. Now, there is a group that wishes to REVIVE ISKCON back to how things were in 1977 on the principle of No Change. This group also states that we made a mistake in 1977 in our initiation system, and that this has led to Srila Prabhupada’s position being obscured and that we must therefore simply promote Srila Prabhupada’s greatness to solve this problem. This group is called the ISKCON Revival Movement (IRM). You would therefore think that Maharaja would have some sympathy with this group – since they are simply trying to the best of their ability to put Srila Prabhupada in the center as he keeps saying we must. Unfortunately no! BCS’s response has been simply to support their expulsion – twice! Which again raises the question of just WHO BCS REALLY wants in the center. Because as soon as a group actually DOES try and put Srila Prabhupada in the center they are expelled for doing so. Even if we are putting Srila Prabhupada TOO MUCH in the center, at least we have the same goal in mind, which should bring some support and sympathy – not expulsion. And in any case how is it even possible to put Srila Prabhupada TOO MUCH in the center in his OWN society? This again exposes BCS’s pontification regarding the obscuring of Srila Prabhupada’s position as being nothing more than double-talk to try and obscure his OWN worship. 3. Classic Quotes In this regular column we shall be highlighting the bizarre and contradictory world of our GBC and ‘Gurus’, who have occupied Srila Prabhupada’s position on the pretext of being able to guide us out of darkness and back to Godhead. However as this column will show over the coming weeks, these personalities would be better advised coming into the light themselves, and to move out of the way from blocking the clear and transcendental light which is emanating directly from Srila Prabhupada. Physician heal thyself! Classic Quote No. 6 *Bhakti Caru Contradicts Sastric Injunctions* “We can consider: what is the use of diksa without siksa? Therefore what is more important, diksa or siksa? Siksa!” (Bhakti Caru Swami giving Srimad Bhagavatam Class on October 5th in Vrindavana) Here BCS states that Siksa is more important than Diksa. Yet Srila Prabhupada states that the sastric injunctions declare that there is *no difference* between the siksa and diksa Gurus: “According to sastric injunctions, there is no difference between siksa-guru and diksa-guru, and generally the siksa-guru later on becomes the diksa-guru” (S:B, 4:12:32 Purport) If there is *no difference* between the diksa and siksa gurus then how can siksa be *more important* than diksa? Classic Quote No. 7 *Bhakti Caru Obscures Srila Prabhupada’s Position* “The diksa guru obviously gives siksa. The diksa is based on siksa. [...] Not only that, but since we are not putting the importance on siksa, Srila Prabhupada’s position as the pre-eminent siksa guru of this movement for all the devotees for all time has been minimized.” (Bhakti Caru Swami giving Srimad Bhagavatam Class on October 5th in Vrindavana) 1. Here BCS clearly states that the Diksa is BASED on Siksa. 2. He also states that Srila Prabhupada is giving the pre-eminent Siksa. The word pre-eminent means ‘surpassing all others’. Thus BCS agrees that Srila Prabhupada’s siksa surpasses any other siksa. Thus if Diksa is based on siksa then: 1. Since Srila Prabhupada gives the pre-eminent siksa, and diksa is BASED on this, Srila Prabhupada must also be giving Diksa. 2. Since out of all the siksa that exists in ISKCON, Srila Prabhupada’s siksa surpasses all the other siksa on offer, he must ALSO be the pre-eminent DIKSA Guru in ISKCON, since Siksa is BASED on Diksa. And since one can only have ONE Diksa Guru, by definition Srila Prabhupada must the Diksa Guru of ISKCON – just as we state: “A devotee must have only one initiating spiritual master because in the scriptures acceptance of more than one is always forbidden.” (CC, Adi:1:35) Yet even after admitting all this, BCS decides to steal all of Srila Prabhupada’s disciples and worship for HIMSELF, thus obscuring Srila Prabhupada’s true position, and thus doing the very thing he claims he is trying to combat. Srila Prabhupada – ISKCON’s pre-eminent Diksa Guru – accept no substitutes! A hard copy of our main position paper ‘The Final Order’ is available on request. If you would like to receive any of the back issues ofthe Newsletter please let me know.