LETTERS TO THE VOID #2
Posted June 24 2004
Praharana devi das (Member-
GBC Deputy Committee) writes:
>>I also don't really beleive that
anyone poisoned Srila Prabhupada I know you are now taking a great
sigh of exasperation...<<
The question is not whether you
believe it, or whether the GBC believes it. The fact is
Srila Prabhupada believed it, and so did those who were attending him.
This is not some concocted notion. It is there on tape for
anyone who does even a minimum research. Nonetheless, the
evidence must be investigated and documented by those qualified
to do so, and free of sentiment. Law is reason
beyond passion (Aritstotle).
>>but I just don't beleive it.
However if there are still those that do,<<
Family members find it most
difficult to accept a poisoning. Not because murder by
poison is a stranger related crime. To the contrary- "A
poisoning murder is usually an intimate or 'household' crime, with the
principals usually united by close emotional ties" (J.
H.Trestrail, lll Rph, FAACT, DABAT).
>>I agree that we should open up the
investigation. i'm not sure what more needs to be investigated
however.. what are you thinking about this? it seems that your group
has done a thorough investigation... is there any more to be
We have only presented the prima
facie evidence to show a need for investigation. To
this point, important evidence is being denied, overlooked,
inaccessible to members, or mitigated by propaganda. An
investigation involves directly dealing with the facts i.e., dealing directly
with suspects; taking Statutory Declarations, Polygraph Tests, VSA
tests, attested statements from perceptive witnesses, interviewing
forensic experts, taking.depositions where necessary, etc., etc., etc.
>>Is Balavanta still willing to do
this job do you know?<<
Although Balavanta Prabhu
would be great asset to any investigation, he has already given much
time and effort, and there are other factors to be considered: a)
His own busy life may hinder progress, b) Because he is directly and
emotionally involved his opinions may be viewed as a conflict of
interest, one way or another, c) Being subject to a hierarchical
system, he may be put under undue pressure to comply with demands made
by his senior godbrothers, d) We need a designated investigative
agency to handle procedure.
>>Do you intend to take it to court or something with
the evidence. What outcome do you want?<<
In the event of the GBC failing to
see the importance of dealing with this matter in a responsible
manner, we have no choice but to seek justice elsewhere.
However, should the leadership comply with the requisites, a thorough
and discreet investigation will ensue. At its conclusion, a
dossier will be presented to them for further action. The
outcome that is expected, will come as a joint directive from the
GBC. We will accept that because they are Srila Prabhupada's
representatives. As it is, no one can truthfully accept
this issue be forgotten in the pursuit of good relationships.
(Note: The above proposal
has since been retracted due to lack of response from the GBC.)
>>I am not an influential person in ISKCON.
However I will bring this up at the Deputies meetings.<<
You will certainly meet some
resistance to its introduction there. The Chairman for the
'Ministry for the Protection of ISKCON', sits on your
Committee. He was the publisher of the book- Not that I am
Poisoned (NTIP); a book titled by TKG, paid for by Bhakti Caru Swami,
and written by a disciple of Jayapataka Swami, who worked under the
Chairman. All three name mentioned are suspect in the alleged
homicide. The book we presented - Judge For Yourself, shows how
that book (NTIP) was criminal in its misinformation, and
misquoting of facts and 'experts'; a ploy to scuttlebutt the
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