18th Sept. 2012
LETTERS (Part Two)
Our readers may remember this startling revelation from the ex. wife of a current and famous ISKCON guru/GBC member:
"Shortly after I received a letter dated 3 December 1972 from our guru, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, my then husband, Gopal Krishna Das--now known as Gopal Krishna Goswami-- in a fit of rage at my bravery for having written to our guru directly about discriminatory acts against women in the New York temple, threw a heavy wooden desk chair at my pregnant abdomen (I was 81/2 months pregnant ath the time). This crime occurred in our rented apartment at 443 Hicks Street in Brooklyn, New York. Had I not stepped aside instantly my unborn son and I would have died on the spot: the chair was so heavy that it left a hole in the wall where it struck. Due to fear, extreme shock, and my condition, I did not report the incident to the police. I gave birth to my son on January 3rd, two weeks after the assault. Although these events occurred over 36 years ago, I still suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result." (Ekayani Devi Dasi, Gopal Krishna Goswami's ex. wife.)
Below we post, with her permission, an article from Ekayani devi dasi. To us at BIF, she is a sister, a friend and fellow soldier, who even after abandonment by Gopal Krishna, and without a single penny in support from that disgrace to manhood, raised their son to be a fine man.
In her article, Esther Didi gives praise to Hindu spiritualists (and BIF' patron saint- Maharishi Dayanand-ji) who presented the aesthetic teachings of the Vedas, and opened doorways between East and West; efforts capitalized upon by the ISKCON founder- AC. Bhaktivedanta Swami who then abused the Indian exemplars in a bid to appear superior.
Esther took initiation from Bhaktivedanta, which makes her writings quintessential reading for would-be-dupes. Please visit her web site for an in-depth experience- www.harekrishnacultexposed.blogspot.com
STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS
As I sat in the train this morning looking for the few remaining swans that float in pairs in the wetlands just off the Hudson River, I felt a pang in my heart. Such loyalty and grace! If time is a stern teacher, one of its hardest lessons is that these qualities--so natural in these creatures—are one of mankind’s rarest and most transient possessions. Too many people we believe are worthy of our deepest regard abuse our trust and often in ways that can only disgust and disappoint. Among the worst of these are people in high leadership positions who base their claims of authority on the spotless reputation of their predecessors. Unfortunately for these charlatans (in politics, religions, etc.), when they fall, their so-called authoritative claims collapse like a deck of cards. What their followers once took for a swan is in fact more akin to a vulture. When one hears of these betrayals of faith, it is consoling to remember the few genuine paramahamsas who emerge from the mists of time more gracious and loyal than the swans after which they are named. At moments like this, their memory is balm to the wounded soul who might imagine himself as one of the swans’ offspring that awkwardly paddle along in the wake of their majestic parents.
Great souls, moreover, are as likely to appear as leaders in science and the arts as they do in religion or philosophy. Gifted with the legendary discriminatory powers of the paramahamsas (“great swans”) of Hindu legend, these men and women of genius instinctively seek out the essential and categorically reject false or interpolated “facts” in any field of endeavor. This quality is not simply a product of innate intelligence, but is carefully honed using an educational model based on the scientific method of inquiry. Although the phenomena studied can vary widely, the procedure is the same: data needs to be collected carefully using observation and experimentation, and conclusions can be reached only after testing one’s hypothesis under a rigid control model. Terminology must also be clear and the methodology used must be clear enough to be reproduced by one’s peers. In the end, the conclusion must be a logical consequence of the hypothesis. Poets and artists use a similar method in that they must closely observe phenomena and proceed with their interpretation with as much craft as imagination. One of the best examples of this marriage of skill and artistic expression is the aptly-named Sundarakanda of the Valmiki’s Ramayana.
In religion, the stakes are much higher and for good reason: spirituality is a quality shared by humanity in general and the yearning for transcendence is universal. Our conscience is an innate quality born of our unique cerebral capabilities, the byproduct of which is our capability to see ourselves objectively. For some, this leads to the impression that we are embodied spirits. Those of us who share this belief that we are souls sent here on a mission by our Creator find our consciences guided by His presence, be it the Paramatma or the Holy Spirit. A complement to this understand is the general notion of all monotheistic religions that since God created us, it is illogical and profoundly barbaric to create an image of Him and worship it as the Deity. These shared agreements notwithstanding, the notion that the Hindu religion is peopled by idol worshippers of every description dominated Western views of the subcontinent until the late 19th century.
As a student of religion who spent her teenage years and most of her young adulthood as a disciple of the Gaudiya Vaishnava guru, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, it never fails to amaze me how he reviled the fellow Indian mystics who not only introduced Hinduism to the West and, but for their combined efforts, the receptivity of his ideas to these foreigners would have been virtually nil. In other words, my guru stood on the shoulders of the giants of modern Hinduism and had the temerity to declare that he and the cult peopled by his mostly-Western followers superseded all of them. If not for the obfuscation and outright lies that the ISKCON/Hare Krishna movement has perpetrated on a sizable portion of the Hindu public in India and abroad, I would never have spent so much time expounding on how Bhaktivedanta Swami dismissed the legacy of such great Indian patriots as Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swami Vivekananda, and Maharshi Dayananda Saraswati. However, the truth must be told and I hope that my words reach their intended audience.
?To begin this section of my essay, there is no better introduction than the great speech Swami Vivekananda gave as a delegate to the 1893 Parliament of the World’s religions in Chicago, beginning with the famous “Brothers and Sisters of America”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxUzKoIt5aM. This electrifying performance, while it obviously thrilled the audience, must have reached the heavens, where I hope it was received with great satisfaction by Vivekenanda’s guru, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (who attained mahasamadhi in 1886). What praise can be sufficient for such a guru and disciple? Vivekenanda’s bold assertion of interfaith communality had a solid comparative basis inasmuch as he was a profoundly learned man—truly a prodigy—whose accomplishments included, in addition to a deep knowledge of Sanskrit scripture, a wide-ranging study of Western philosophers from David Hume to Charles Darwin. That is, he was a student of Western skepticism and proceeded as a disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa armed with a thorough understanding of philosophy both from religious and agnostic viewpoints. His advancement of the term that “all religions are pathways to God” was therefore not simply a matter of blind faith, but also an understanding based on study, observation, and the development of a terminology based on a widely-understood knowledge base. In other words, to the extent possible, Vivekenanda’s understanding of comparative religion had a scientific basis. Nevertheless, Vivekananda, was, as the philosopher William James called him, “the paragon of Vedantists.” His appreciation of other faiths never led him to waver in his own staunch Hinduism.
How appalling, therefore, to learn that the Hare Krishna guru, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, who, as I have stated, could never have attained an iota of his preaching success in America and abroad but for the great Indian pioneers who cleared the path before him, openly insulted them. For example, he dismissed the Ramakrishna Mission as “simply bogus propaganda” and its founder, Swami Vivekenanda, as a “rascal, claiming that he had “ruined the Vedic culture.” He was so incensed at the thought that his godbrother, Bon Maharaj, had been influenced by Vivekenanda that he claimed that their guru, Srila Bhaktisiddanta Maharaja, called Bon Maharaj a “black gorilla.” This fear of competition from even his own godbrothers led Bhaktivedanta Swami to issue a letter (dated 3 September, 1975) forbidding his disciples from having any dealings with any of them. Similarly, he dismissed the Arya Samaj founded by Maharshi Dayananda Saraswati, claiming in 1971 that “the Arya Samaj movement started in India but it is now dead and gone” and that “the atheistic Arya Samaj does not believe in the Bhagavad Gita.” The latter assertion is utter nonsense: of the 21 Shastras accepted by the Arya Samaj, the Mahabharata is one of them. As for the statement that this world-wide movement with 10 million followers was in 1971 “dead and gone,” all I can say that some comments are too ridiculous to deserve any kind of serious response.
It is fitting to conclude this essay by praising a few of Maharshi Dayananda Saraswati’s beliefs that are exemplary regardless of one’ s religion or nationality. The first is the preference he gave to “Nyaya,” or logic in one’s life, be it interpretation of scripture or life in general. The second is his admonition that we should think for ourselves and understand that in the search for knowledge, trial and error is inevitable. He was a reformer in the best sense of the term. His unrelenting push for Swadeshi in India had a major role in the successful fight for independence and the freedom fighters of the Arya Samaj gave their lives to the struggle in disproportionately large numbers. In comparison, the members of the ISKCON/Hare Krishna temples spend most of their donated income building ornate temples filled with idols that they dress in a manner reminiscent of the most garishly-costumed Bollywood stars imaginable. Nearby are lotus-shaped asanas for their gurus, many of which are better suited for the circus. Indeed, the entire operation of the ISKCON empire rests upon a shaky foundation of a multitude of scams meant to hoodwink donors and others of their money (including illegal land-selling scams in India), guru and idol worship, and blind adherence to their ill-informed, pseudo-Hindu doctrines. Disillusioning their members privately and chastising them publicly would be far more effective than sending these cultists donations that they cannot be trusted to use for philanthropic purposes.
|Maharshi Dayananda Saraswati|
Comparative Biostudy by Shrimati M. Mehta
Now we turn to a posting from M/s M. Mehta. She is an awarded 'Vidyalankar' from the distinguished Arya Samaj. In a previous article the issue of acBSp's abuse of the Arya Samaj was raised. Shrimati Mehta has sent in a comparison between founder of the Arya Samaj- Maharishi Dayanand, and acBSp, whose absolute baloney is on record in his Srimad Bhagavatam (along with all the other BS). To appreciate what we mean by 'absolute baloney' read HERE. We have posted his now exposed maliciousness below:
SB, 5.15.1. ".... but in this age of Kali a community has sprung up known as the arya-samaj, which is ignorant of the import of the Vedas in the parampara system. Their leaders decry all bona fide acaryas, and they pose themselves as the real followers of the Vedic principles. These acaryas who do not follow the Vedic principles are presently known as the arya-samajas, or the Jains. Not only do they not follow the Vedic principles, but they have no relationship with Lord Buddha. Imitating the behavior of Sumati, they claim to be the descendants of Rsabhadeva.
|Name: Swami Dayanand Saraswati ||Name: A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami|
Title: Maharshi (Vedic), Given By the people of India and Scholars.
|Title: Prabhupada (believed to be the highest by the cult. Accepted in a morning walk with disciples)|
|DOB and POB: 12th February, 1824, Tankara, Gujarat, India ||DOB and POB: 1st September, 1896, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.|
|Caste: Audichiya Brahman (son of Tax Collector and Landlord of Morvi Region in Gujarat)||Caste: Vaishiya (son of a cotton cloth shop owner)|
|Height: 7ft tall (exact) confirmed on official document of The Govt. of India||Height: 5ft 5"|
|Cause of Death: Poisoned with Kala kuta poison with Sakhya - powdered glass in milk by Muslims, King of Jodhpur's concubine and cook for uplifting the kings moral values, gave a bag of coins to the cook and asked him to flee India or else The King would behead him (coins were given by the king to his society for welfare of the society). Gave up life through the art of Iksha Mrityuh (art of at-will death since there was no improvement in health) Result: Massive riots, cook named Jagannath returned and confessed. Got executed by The King. More than 100 attempts were made on his life. Public Present at The Last Hour: Yes||Cause of Death: Poisoned by own disciples for unknown reasons. Result: None. Other than more quarrels within the cult. Public present at The Final Hour: None.|
|Major Areas of Contribution and Work: Independence from The Britishers (most forceful personality behind the 1857 struggle) Used The Vedas to tackle The problem of Childhood Marriage, Fought for the equal rights of women in The society, Fought against caste based discrimination, Illegalized cow slaughter through his cow protection act still being adopted by many states to ban cow slaughter. Wrote The book GoKarunanidhi - Ocean of Mercy for The Cows. Stopped The "Sati-Pratha" - Burning of widows with their husband's corpses. First person to raise voice against dowry, fought against dowry. Allowed Indians to travel overseas to spread the culture and business (removed the maleecha concept), Declared Hindi should be the National language of Indi - Only spoke in Vedic Sanskrit and Hindi despite born in the region of Gujarat - was above regional languages. Started the shuddhi movement (muslims if they wish can revert to their original roots of Vedic Religion) Declared Vedas to be Supreme through public debates in front of district magistrates - debates took place between him and other cult gurus. Very commonly known as The Maker of Modern India, Most ardent devotee of Truth, Justice, Vedas, Dharma (righteousness). ||Major areas of Contribution and Wok: None for society at large. Everything was at cult level . All literatures were cult centric. That also interpolated and distorted in the past for sect profit.|
|Some Notable Followers: Queen of Jhansi, Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Rabindranath Tagore, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Bhagat Singh, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Lala Lajpat Rai, Swami Shradhanand, Swami Vivekanand (on Nationalism), Arya Ashfaqullah Khan, Hansraj, Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, Pt. Ram Prasad Bismil, Pt. Lal Bahadur Sjastri, Atal BIhari Vajpayee, Narendra Modi, Arun Jaitley, Swami Ramdev, Anna Hazarre, Sushma Swaraj, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Pranab Mukherjee, Dr. Rajiv Dixit, Govind Ranade, Gopal Ghokale, Bala Gangadhar Tilak, Mahatma Ambedkar, etc, etc, The list is too long.||Some Notable Followers: None except for cult members and administrators; more infamous than notable.|
|Believed in self worship:|
No. Was offered many positions by Kings to be worshipped as good as God in their kingdoms and as Rajya Guru - Kindly denied the offers by saying "The most biggest enemy of a sanyasi is to be have a desire to be worshipped. This is real Maya." Number of Followers: Uncountable
|Believed in self Worship: Yes. Believed that the world was in Maya except those who worshipped him as equal to god. Number of Followers: only the self created cult itself. Not even one million registered members, worldwide.|
| Marital Status: None. Akhanda Brahmachari. No sexual contact throughout his life.|
Marital Status: Married an 11 year old girl and had 5 children (living). Several more died at birth.