January 16, 2004 VNN8520 Related VNN Stories
Clarification From Ambarisa Dasa
BY AMBARISA DASA
EDITORIAL, Jan 16 (VNN) Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
There has recently been published on VNN a letter that was supposedly written recently by me pertaining to the alleged poisoning of Srila Prabhupada. This letter was written several years ago in support at that time of an attempt of a group of devotees to get at the truth of this issue following a less than conclusive investigation by Balavanta prabhu. Since that time, my thinking on this issue has changed, and I have distanced myself from any investigation and investigators.I am way too busy trying to carry out the orders which Srila Prabhupada personally gave to me to spend my energy with this, nor would I want to. It is hard for me to fathom why this letter would surface at this late date. To publish this letter as if it were recently written is disingenuous, dishonest and personally offensive. I was not asked before it was published, nor were the facts concerning its origin disclosed. I have asked VNN to publish this response, to disperse any further hearsay, and put an end to any more speculation concerning my standpoint. I know people who are adamant about their conclusions on both sides of this issue. I have chosen to recuse myself. I do not think Srila Prabhupada would want to see his disciples entangled in controversy to the detriment of his mission. Certainly this is not the example he set. Thank you for considering my position.
Your servant, Ambarisa dasa
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