Letter from Navina Krishna Das

Posted July 20 2004

 

Letter From Navina Krishna Dasa (ex. GBC, Finance Minister, and President of the ISKCON Foundation)

Sent: Monday, July 19, 2004 3:45 PM

Dear Prabhus,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to our beloved Srila

Prabhupada.

Several postings have been made recently about the philosophy to be used in

understanding the transcendental pastimes of Srila Prabhupada with respect

to his glorious departure and the simultaneous revelations about his

caretakers and servants i.e.  "The Poison Issue".

 

These references and statements certainly shed light on the sastric

understanding of these pastimes. Those that have been working on this case

for years have done so because of sastric directives and understanding, and

not for any other reason. And thus they have studied the sastras extensively

to understand this lila as well as their duty in dealing with this matter.

There is much philosophy and sastric directives that could easily take up a

few hundred pages to fully understand all these pastimes, the revelations,

instructions, and most importantly the subsequent duties of those of us

trying to serve Srila Prabhupada in this matter. But one thing we clearly

understand is that the departure of Srila Prabhupada was a divine plan of

Lord Krishna meant to glorify His Divine Grace in ways that we yet do not

fully understand, and that Srila Prabhupada certainly did not succumb to the

"poison" because the Lord did not protect him. We also understand the Lord

himself has been dealing with this matter, and will continue to do so, with

or without the participation of all those that should be coming to Srila

Prabhupada's aid in this matter.

 

When we consider the probability that His Divine Grace was attacked in the

most cowardly and deceptive manner (as the statements of His Divine Grace in

Nov 1977 and the surrounding evidence suggests), and as has been repeatedly

concluded by honest followers as well as forensic and homicide experts, then

the magnitude of the offence committed against Lord Krishna's dear most

servant is beyond imagination. Beyond imagination also are the severities of

the reactions awaiting (and some already experienced) for those that may

have taken part in this gravest of offences and those that since have

attempted to mislead and cheat others about the known truth of this matter.

In fact, this attempt by the GBC body and their publications to mislead

devotees and followers of Srila Prabhupada on this matter was the primary

cause of my resignation from the GBC body and all my other responsibilities

in March of 2000.

 

Although Srila Prabhupada is beyond being offended by this action, certainly

the Supreme Lord has his plan to deal with the offence, with or without the

participation of any one of us. The last 27 years have already shown a great

disintegration of the official Iskcon, with the departure of large numbers

of souls who had joyfully given their lives to serve the pure devotee,

countless fall downs of big "topmost" spiritual leaders, huge lawsuits, a 90

% decrease in book distribution on an annual basis worldwide, diminished

temple devotee populations in most parts of the world, a huge loss of faith

and support by our next generation children and life members, and dozens of

setbacks in many other ways. Certainly there are glorious examples of

devotional service all over the world but swimming against the tide and

currents of huge offences makes it a great struggle for many a sincere soul

to push forward on the spiritual front, personally as well as an

institution. And the results since 1977 on many an individual basis as well

as a institutional basis speak for themselves. How can I write with some

degree of certainty? It was my service for 10 years as a member of the GBC

body and related duties that the progress of Srila Prabhupada's mission on

many fronts was compiled and kept in some fashion. Remember, Srila

Prabhupada wanted reporting on a monthly basis, and we were trying to make

this a standard on a worldwide basis. So I was well aware of much of what I

write about above. But, even without the reports, most of these present

conditions and the history of Iskcon are self evident, at least to the

truthful observer and participant.

So, in addition to a much deeper understanding of the glories of His Divine

Grace, this pastime may well reveal the gravest of offences against his

Divine Grace and the character, motives, ambitions, offences, policies and

plots of those hoping (in vain) to gain from Srila Prabhupada's physical

departure. It may help us really understand what went wrong with His

glorious mission, causing the deterioration that has been witnessed since

1977, and how perhaps we took part in the wrongdoings. It may help us

understand what we must do now to save Srila Prabhupada's mission and

ourselves, and what Srila Prabhupada's plans really are for us to serve him.

  

As far the future of the ' THE POISON ISSUE", there are clear and definite

duties for us, which are very difficult to carry out if there is attachment

for position, power, fame, financial support or any other benefit from the

official Iskcon, whose leaders for the most part have taken such a

misleading stance on the issue. We have seen many supporters and believers

in this issue come and go in the last several years, because they could not

handle the corporate pressures and the risk of loss of benefits from Iskcon.

But many loyal followers of His Divine Grace now outside the institution are

at least trying to act in an honest and truthful way regarding this matter, so

that their participation and support of offences against His Divine Grace in

the past, unknowing or knowing, is rectified and that they may be useful

instruments of service to Srila Prabhupada.

 

That is the fervent prayer and hope of hundreds and thousands of followers

of Srila Prabhupada who are in some way or the other supporting the

uncovering of this probable offence. Thus, they are trying to understand who

and what to support, and who and what to abandon, in their attempts to

obtain forgiveness from The Supreme Personality of Godhead and from Srila

Prabhupada and the previous acaryas in our disciplic succession, and to gain

the pleasure of His Divine Loving Grace Srila Prabhupada.

 

Praying for eternal shelter at Srila Prabhupada's lotus feet.

 

Your servant,

 

Navina Krishna dasa 

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