LETTERS TO THE VOID #1

Posted June 19 2004

 

3/01/04

 
Krishnadas Kaviraja Das (KKd), member of the GBC Executive Committee writes:
Bhaktimarga Swami and myself were talking with Kamsahanta Prabhu in Toronto on Dec 25th. As you know he is very fired up about getting to the bottom of the poison issue. All of us, including Kamsahanta Prabhu, wish that we did not have to discuss this, but the fact remains that it was very poorly dealt with by the GBC.<
 
Praghosa Das (Pd), Chairman of the Governing Body Commission (GBC) writes:
 
That is not my conviction but I guess we are all entitled to our opinion.
 
Bhaktivedanta Investigation Force (BIF) writes:
 
No one is entitled to an irresponsible opinion on anything, not even a Chairman of the GBC.  We have presented forensic reports, audio proof, and documented facts, in a dossier of evidence ("Judge For Yourself"), which clearly reveals a concerted effort by the GBC to deceive devotees through false propaganda in their paid for, authored, and endorsed book- No That I am Poisoned (NTIP).  Who needs the opinion/conclusion or convictions of another beneficially motivated member of the GBC? ....Not us!  What is required here are conclusions resulting from an official, unbiased, professional inquest: a secular investigation.
KKd: 
I know that it has affected some members of our congregation who have discussed it with me. Unfortunately I fear that it may only be the tip of the iceberg and that many who have not come forward to inquire about it have drawn their own conclusions and no longer support ISKCON. Our attendance and Sunday collections have all gone down, (due to any number of factors), but I can't help but think that this poison issue is one of them.

Pd:
Maybe, particularly if the local ISKCON leaders share the same doubts as the congregation.
 
BIF:
So what we are being given to understand is that if doubts exist about anything, including murder, convince the congregation (and yourself) that it isn't true.  Investigation is unnecessary.  Silence the desideratum for truth with answers that carry the weight of undisputed ISKCON authority...truth is not the issue, leadership is.
 
KKd:
I know that an investigation will hurt some devotees, but if a house is built on a shaky foundation then it is often necessary to destroy part of the house to repair the foundation. An independent investigation would go
a long way to re-establishing trust in the GBC from members of our ISKCON who have been marginalized by the past actions of the GBC and other devotees.

Pd:
An investigation will only hurt someone if there is some truth to the accusations.....,
 
BIF:
If an investigation will only hurt someone if there is some truth to the accusations, then why has there been no professional investigation commissioned?  The answer to this could only be- someone will get hurt, otherwise why is the GBC publishing bogus propaganda, denying forensic reports, and substituting unqualified authority for professional opinion? 
 
Pd:
.....which I don't believe there are... 
 
BIF:
If there is no truth to the allegations, and the investigation will only hurt someone if there is, then let's do it.  Why wait another moment?  Let us resolve this matter once and for all by proving the GBC conclusions superior to forensic scientists who recommended that a homicide investigation be undertakenLet the investigation show that the GBC was right and His Divine Grace was wrong when he told Tamal Krishna Goswami, Bhakti Caru et al, that he had been poisoned: "We asked Srila Prabhupada later what was the cause of his mental disturbance.  Prabhupada disclosed his thoughts that someone has poisoned him." TKG's Diary, p 340.  Let the investigation prove that "chronic" poisoning, concluded from NAA findings of endogenous (ingested) contamination, was nothing more than an accidental, single, 'acute' dosage of toxin adulterated medication.  Let the investigation show that audio forensic scientists were wrong when they discovered 'poison whispers' on audio recordings made at Srila Prabhupada's death bed.  Let the investigation justify the nonsense 'testimonies' of the 'inheritors' who accepted Srila Prabhupada's plaint but did nothing official to prove or dis-prove it; who hid the truth for two decades, and now attempt to discredit the facts by contradicting their own audio documented statements made at the scene of the poisoning.  Let the investigation prove that His Divine Grace was hallucinating when he said that if he did not get away 'Ravana' would kill him.  Let's do it.   
 
Pd:
Therefore your statement that "I know that an investigation will hurt some devotees" seems a little prejudicial - no?
 
BIF:
No!  How can this be considered prejudicial unless a concluded investigation has established the innocence of all parties?  But there has been no such thing, ergo your own prejudice must be considered. There is always concern that devotees will be hurt by an open investigation.  Actually, according to your statement below**, this is the reason why you feel an investigation is futile.  However, Mr. Chairman, since you are giving us some vague assurance that there is no truth to the allegations, an 'official' investigation is the only solution.  The suspects will feel no pain, the GBC will not have to lie and cheat any longer (hmmm?), and we will have to shut up, wont we? So....?

KKd:
It is important to put this behind us, but it must be done only after every stone has been turned. If we try to bury this issue without a proper investigation, then not only will there be a poisonous effect on Srila
Prabhupada (from whatever source), but ISKCON will feel the ever-increasing effects of the poison isssue as it festers and grows.

Pd:
You talk about an independent investigation, yet in the same breath you suggest an attempt to 'bury' the issue.
 
BIF:
Mr. Chairman, how quickly you identify the words "´┐Żndependent investigation" yet fail to note the words "proper investigation".  Don't believe that by juggling superlatives you can shift obligation.  What KKd is telling you is that the GBC has not conducted a proper investigation.  He is a member of your club, not ours, yet he cannot get past the truth ie. the GBC is ducking responsibility.
 
Pd:
Obviously such comments suggest, at the very least, a lack of independence on your part?
 
BIF:
.......and, at the very least, an inability to hear and respond honestly on your part?  
 
KKd:
I happen to work as a respiratory therapist, mainly in intesive care. We occasionally see cases of gangrene in our patients. If the gangrene is covered up or ignored it will lead to the ultimate death of the patient.
We are trying ot nurture Srila Prabhupada's ISKCON, if we ignore this issue we could lose limbs instead of toes, or succumb to death of ISKCON as we know it. This would be our fault. Let us be good caretakers of Srila Prabhupada's legacy and get to the truth of the matter, regardless of the cost.

Pd:
Personally I do not see that any ignoring of this issue ever took place (and I have read JFY and listened many times to the CD).
BIF:
There are none so blind as those who will not see. The report-Judge For Yourself (JFY), has proved beyond a shadow of doubt that the GBC lied with intent to cheat devotees when they published and endorsed the book- NTIP.  They did not simply ignore the issue, they lied, and falsified 'expert' statements to impose a deception.  Yet, here is Praghosa das, telling us that he has read JFY and heard the CD many times, but cannot SEE. 
The truth will always remain inexplicable as long as the range of observation is not wide enough to include the context in which it manifests. (Paul Watzlawick)  
 
Pd:
What I do see is a determination by some to be convinced of some wrong doing regardless of what
evidence or testimonies are forthcoming.
 
BIF:
Are you still referring to that nonsense book- NTIP?  What 'evidence' are you talking about?  Whatever evidence exists, points unequivocally to a (positive) cover-up of a (yet to be officially investigated) fatal poisoning.  It was this evidence, when apparent, prompted the GBC to immediately shut down the only (internal) investigation attempted, and then release a book of deception.  As for the 'testimonies', you must be, yet again, referring to the contradictory statements made by suspects and their cronies in the same dubious book (NTIP).  In the event of an investigation, the recently published/documented 'testimonies' will be compared to the existing audio statements made by suspects at the scene of the poisoning in '77.  Not even a half-wit would be convinced of innocence when exposed to such a comparison.  Readers can see for themselves on www.B-I-F.com , we have asked Bhakti Caru some simple questions re. the contradictions in his testimony.  Instead of answering these questions, this guru is now doing the kangaroo.  
 
Pd:
Conspiracy theorists are rife in society, I guess by default ISKCON will have a corresponding ratio of
conspriacy theorists - what to do?
 
BIF:
Society is also rife with criminals, so it is safe by this logic to conclude that ISKCON has its corresponding ratio of murders, thieves and liars.  By this same logic, the GBC would have its share of felons and so would the GBC Executive Committee - what to do?

Pd:
Srila Prabhupada left this mortal world 27 years ago, I doubt even the CIA would be able to find a conclusive result from investigating this issue.
 
BIF:
It becomes quickly evident that you, the GBC Chairman, like your regime, foster a take-it-or-leave-it attitude.  No issue is above the enforced amateurisms of you self-appointed omniscients. Here we get YOUR opinion on why we don't need a professional opinion. To this point in your letter, we are dumped with conviction, opinion, belief, vision, doubt, and unsolicited conclusions, yet sanity demands that this serious allegation of murder be addressed by an accredited/certified agency.
 
Pd:
Recently in the UK two 10 year old girls went missing. Their bodies were found 2 weeks later. Yet all the modern forensic techniques were not able to conclude how the girls died.
 
BIF:
There were no suspicions...Sherlock.  This case, on the other hand, has it all at first glance: suspects; motive; audio evidence of plaints made by the deceased; audio evidence confirming the suspects heard/believed/agreed with the plaint but did not report it to authorities or ever make it public; forensics evidence confirming poisoning; expert attestation of 'poison whispers' indicating a conspiracy to commit homicide; contradictory and alarming statements by the suspects; proof of a cover-up and; unshakable evidence that the GBC worked in concert once the silence was broken to shut down the investigation and mislead everyone involved with lies and deception.  We also have evidence, like this letter, which proves that a concerted effort is/was/has been made by the GBC to shelter the suspects from exposure to due process.  There is more that will not be mentioned here.  Using the two girls as a reason for not pursuing the evidence in this case, is apples and oranges.
 
Pd:
So while I personally have no problem with an investigation (why would I, I was a 15 year old school kid at the time and knew as much about ISKCON as I did about life on Mars)
 
BIF:
This blas´┐Ż attempt to show detachment, isn't entirely wasted on us.  Albeit your non-involvement with the crime in motion breeds a certain nonchalance, you are a puppet Chairman; a junior to the powers-that-be within the ISKCON cult.  Your decisions are neither spontaneous nor without censure. Ergo your opinion represents the power brokers; the self-proclaimed 'inheritors' who were there at the scene of the poisoning....the suspects themselves.
 
Pd:
**I think it is a futile exercise and will achieve little else but continued rumour and non-fact based accusations.
 
BIF:
Only a few lines ago you wrote- An investigation will only hurt someone if there is some truth to the
accusations
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but now you base the futility of an investigation on 'rumour and accusation'?  S
urely an investigation would put an end to rumour and innuendo, not foster it.  After all, the poison issue is an issue because there has been NO conclusive INVESTIGATION. 
 
Pd:
However don't let my boredom with this issue deter you in your attempts to achieve whatever your convictions are dictating to you.
 
BIF:
Boredom may be a greater problem for you than you realise.  Here you are, trying to convince concerned followers of His Divine Grace, that the GBC stopped the investigation; hid the facts; feigned indifference; lied and cheated, simply to bore you.  Righteousness is only so when united with candour and sincerity- the moment it is discovered that these traits are missing, sanctity accounts for very little, if anything at all.
 
Pd:
I would only request of you that you keep an open mind and try to avoid unfounded conclusions as your above letter contained.
 
BIF:
We keep open minds but not so open that our brains fall out.  So how can there be founded conclusions without founding an investigation, first?  Anyway, get on your own couch Dr. Freud- your mind is clammed shut.  

Pd:
Yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada,
 
BIF:
Nonsense! You are reading from the GBC sales pitch.

Pd:
Praghosa dasa.
Ps I'm trusting that my comments will not find there (sic) way to any persons/internet sites/web pages etc., etc.
 
BIF:
Wishful thinking.