PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, USA (SUN) — I wish to share a poignant request from a disciple of Kirtanananda Swami to pray for her master in his time of need which I received from the New Vrindaban e-mail news feed:
Tuesday, August 09, 2011 6:06 AM: Please post this for those that may want to offer some prayers on Kirtanananda's behalf. Please!!!! --(from a godsister currently living on the outskirts of New Vrindaban)
She included this forwarded message:
Mon, Aug 8, 2011 10:36 PM from India: I wanted to let you know that Srila Bhaktipada's (Kirtanananda's) condition is not good. He has been in intensive care at Jupiter Hospital for 11 days now. Yesterday he was put on a ventilator and is unconscious. A cat scan yesterday revealed some bleeding in the brain.
My comment: Saint or Psychopath?
"Psychopaths are social predators who charm, manipulate, and ruthlessly plow their way through life, leaving a broad trail of broken hearts, shattered expectations, and empty wallets. Completely lacking in conscience and in feelings for others, they selfishly take what they want and do as they please, violating social norms and expectations without the slightest sense of guilt or regret."
-- R.D. Hare (1993) Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of Psychopaths Among Us. New York: Pocket Books.
I once knew a man like this.... but due to my naïveté and gullibility (and sadly I must admit because of my own considerable emotional dysfunctions) I was blinded by his charm and charisma. I didn't figure out his game until many years later, when my eyes were finally opened and I could see who he really was.
I pray for those who are still emotionally attached to this man.
by Hrishikesh dasa (Henry Doktorski)