01/24/98 - 1531
Nara Narayan Says It's True
USA (VNN) - by Nara Narayan Vishwakarma das
Dear Puru das!
Somehow, you and I seem to be in the center of a raging battlefield
having a picnic of sumptuous prasadam exchanging pleasantries
as the battle rages over, under, and around us!
I sincerely thank you for your comments on the Chakra article
regarding their headline concerning the note from Shayamasundhara
das. You may imagine how painful it is for me to have to choose
between the reverence that I have felt for these two godbrothers
slightly senior to me and the need to establish a vein of accountability
and truth within the ever-developing history of this movement.
For Shayamasundhara to try to vindicate Tamal is ridiculous, as
he had been in perfect agreement with Tamal concerning what they
considered to be Srila Prabhupada's "shortcomings." They were
both very close to Srila Prabhupada and, I suppose, familiarity
Shyamasundhara had, at that time, been draining money from Bhaktivedanta
Manor as well as "borrowing" 20,000.00 pounds sterling from George
Harrison to fund his "ruby mine" deals in South India. (It was
this betrayal by Shayamasundhara who George considered a sincere
friend that prompted George to sever his ties with Iskcon) In
1974, I was commissioned by the GBC (through Jayatirtha) to investigate
the various deities and altars that had been commissioned in Jaipur
and Makrana (Rajasthan) by Shayamasundhara in behalf of a dozen
or so temples in the United States. It turned out that only a
small portion of the money given to him was left on deposit with
the makers who were understandably enraged when I arrived at their
workshops. All the progress payments had been collected by Shayamasundhara
and letters had been sent by him to the temple presidents stating
the progress of the work and how they had been fully paid for.
He kept upwards of $60,000.00 in money entrusted to him by the
temples to use for the Ruby mines.
I was staying in the Colaba Post office temple and was kept awake
at night by loud and agry conversations that took place one night
between him and Srila Prabhupada. Shayamasundhara was exasperated
with Srila Prabhupada for not "understanding" that the ruby mines
would bring Iskon all of the money that we ever wanted.
Srila Prabhupada sometimes calmly, sometimes with a raised voice
tried (like a loving but exasperated father) to explain to his
unruly ("son") that he was simply being cheated by two con men,
and that there were no rubies. Shayamasundhara insisted and insisted
that he had seen the rubies, and Srila Prabhupada firmly stated
that they ones he had seen were planted and not from that mine.
The next day, Shayamasundhara left the movement and took several
hundred thousand dollars that he had either "borrowed" embezzled
or misappropriated and bought the mines (which did indeed turn
out to be fakes) He has not been in the movement since. The conversation
in which he and Tamal were blaspheming Srila Prabhupada was a
couple of days before he "Blooped" and I think that was in 1971
The following is a letter that I posted to Chakra last night after
reading your posting to me. I am afraid that the bitter tone with
which it starts was partly fueled by my sadness in receiving your
posting before this one. Had I received your later one, I am sure
I would have been in a more cheerful mood. Nonetheless, my words
are my own responsibility. (I think that your response to Chakra
was far better worded than my intro, for sure.)
CHAKRA'S NEED FOR TRUE INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING
Dear Chakra prabhus:
Since you advertise the Chakra format as a forum, and claim to
be devoid of the vices of your much hated senior godbrothers,
I hope that you will kindly publish my response to what seems
to be a hate campaign mounted by Chakra against me. First of all,
I did not create the words spoken by Tamal Krishna. He did. I
understand that you asked him if he said such things. Are you
surprised to discover that he was about as willing to admit to
his words as O.J. Simplson was to killing his wife? Do you really
think that if he said such things that he would cheerfully admit
it to you or anyone? You should be aware that this extreme blasphemy
was not an isolated incident and that there are many persons who
heard Tamal say similar things on other occasions.
Jayapataka Swami wants us to believe that Tamal joyfully danced
off to the Far East when ordered to do so by Srila Prabhupada.
What JS neglects to inform your readers is that Tamal was being
EXILED to the Far East by Srila Prabhupada for the OFFENSE of
giving the Juhu Bombay land back to the Nair family. (When he
said that Srila Prabhupada was "Old and senile and attached to
the land, and that we would never be able to build on it, and
that Srila Prabhupada simply couldn't understand that "it was
in preparation to giving the land back to the Nair family) When
Srila Prabhupada found out about Tamal's offensive blunder, he
dragged TKS over the coals, ridiculed him in front of everyone
and before TKS' very eyes paid more money to re purchase the land
and then EXILED TKS to the Far East. TKS bluntly REFUSED TO obey
Srila Prabhupada's order. He refused to Srila Prabhupada's face.
He told S.P. that he couldn't go because of his service with the
Radha Damodar bus activities. Srila Prabhupada told him to discontinue
the Radha Damodar bus work (The busses had been creating havoc
at the various temples that they visited) When TKS said "But this
is my service", Srila Prabhupada replied, "then you have no service".
It took a very senior disciple to explain to Tamal that Srila
Prabhupada had basically excommunicated him for gross disobedience.
It was only much later that Tamal finally agreed to go to the
Far East, and then only on his own terms.
I would like to remind you that whatever is said by any party
is witnessed by Lord Krishna as Supersoul in the heart of each
and every one of us. If someone tells a lie, he can only lie to
another human being. No one can successfully lie to Krishna. In
that light I would caution personalities like Jayapataka Swami
who know that what I have written is true not to represent that
it is not simply for some temporary managerial goal. In the end
the truth WILL come out, and it will be best to have been representing
it all along when that occurs. Otherwise, such lies are a form
of sinning on the strength of chanting and will diminish one's
bodily luster as well as damage the growth of the devotional creeper
that takes such care to develop while in this material world.
Your eternal servant,
Nara Narayan Vishwakarma das
Jayapataka Swami KNOWS all of this! why on earth does he try to
change history? Things like that worry me.
Your eternal servant,
Nara Narayan Vishwakarma das
NB I agree with you that it is time for the gurus to speak for
themselves! It is they who are to be considered enlightened, not
us lowly householders who seem to be doing their work for them.
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