01/13/98 - 1498
Suhotra Swami's Psychology
USA (VNN) - By Gauridasa Pandita Dasa
When I first read Suhotra Swami's letter recently in the VNN,
I thought it was kind enough and didn't need a response. After
reading the 'VAST Reveals Strategy' article on VNN I had to rethink
Suhotra Swami says that it was possible that he did apologize
to me for his articles in the ISKCON Journal. I appreciate that.
Then he says he accepted letters from Tamal K.G. but didn't seek
my side of the story. This has been the case all along. In the
last 20 years only 2 GBC have offered to even talk to me about
this the ritvic guru issue. Those were both recent. Bhakti Tirtha
Swami was very interested, pleasant and understanding at our recent
meeting in LA. He said he believed me by studying me carefully
and he said twice that he thought that Srila Prabhupada sent me
to him. He promised me 'major changes' in ISKCON within the next
year. But what can one man do against the whole GBC? If all of
the GBC's were as open and concerned as B.T.S. appeared to be,
we wouldn't be having the problems we are having today!
Suhotra S. says he believes I'm suffering from FMS. (False Memory
Syndrome) The fact of the matter is that what I am saying, that
Srila Prabhupada ordered a ritvic initiation system for ISKCON
for after his departure, is also documented on tape and in the
July 9th 1977 letter to all GBC's and Temple Presidents. My memory
is backed up by evidence, facts! How can you say it is false?!
What is false is that Srila Prabhupada appointed gurus, as you
say. Tamal K.G. said the interpretation of a ritvic appointment
as a guru appointment has done the 'greatest dis-service' to our
movement.(T.K.G. Dec.3,1980) I do however have a vivid memory
of the time you dumped a full bucket of cold water on me to wake
me up from my much needed nap. I jumped up shocked and banged
my head on the shelve above me and collapsed hurt inside and out.
Do you remember Suhotra Maharaja?! Or is this another case of
You say you would like to take me away from the media and talk
to me privately about my 'differences' with ISKCON. That's a problem
right there! Why private? My problem is the GBC refuses to discuss
the guru issue in an open honest debate as recommended by the
1990 GBC meeting in San Diego. This is the root of all of ISKCON's
problems. I love ISKCON! I want it to be successful! That's the
only reason I'm still actively trying to communicate with you/us
all. I will be glad to meet you in private if the chance arises,
because I do have some fond memories of you when we traveled together
on R.D.T.S.P. I have forgiven you for my 'bath'.
It wasn't only Tamal K.G. and I who heard Srila Prabhupada say
these things. There was a committee of the GBC, headed by Satsvarupa
Maharaja, who met with Srila Prabhupada on May 28th 1977 wherein
Srila Prabhupada said that he wanted ritvic initiations after
his departure. How many times do I have to repeat this before
it sinks in?
As far as my friendly letters to Tamal K.G.; why not? He wrote
to me kindly also such as, "visions of you fanning Srila Prabhupada
are ever present in my mind." And "When I told Srila Prabhupada
you had written the letter, he remembered you very fondly." (TKG
letter 9-77 London) Srila Prabhupada had differences with some
of his godbrothers but he still treated them respectfully. This
example should be followed now by all of us to solve our problems
and grow nicely into the new century. After the 1990 ritvic debate
Tamal K.G. returned my letter unopened and requested that I no
longer write to him.
So my final request to you Suhotra Swami, and all of the GBC's,
is to study the 'factual history' and leave the psychology for
when the truth comes to light. It might come in handy!
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