Any thoughts that
the preaching of TRUTH will
put people off TRUTH is simply foolishness
spoken by those who have being poisoned
in a cult society based on UNTRUTH.
Dear Yasoda-kurmar prabhu. PAMHO. AGTSP.
Thank you for your letter with nice points.
In regards to your concerns about new people being put off Krishna Consciousness if they hear about Prabhupada's poisoning. I would like to clear this up because i hear it from so many people who are neglecting their basic duty as aspiring followers of Prabhupada by keeping this truth hidden from the general public.
Here are some simple points to consider:
1. If we desire to become preachers then we must speak truth:
Satyam, truthfulness, means that facts should be presented as they are for the benefit of others. Facts should not be misrepresented. According to social conventions, it is said that one can speak the truth only when it is palatable to others. But that is not truthfulness. The truth should be spoken in a straight and forward way, so that others will understand actually what the facts are. If a man is a thief and if people are warned that he is a thief, that is truth. Although sometimes the truth is unpalatable, one should not refrain from speaking it. Truthfulness demands that the facts be presented as they are for the benefit of others. That is the definition of truth.
[Srila Prabhupada from Bhagavad-gita 10.4-5]
So if we consider that telling people about Prabhupada's poisoning as an unpalatable truth, still we should not refrain from speaking it. The truth of Prabhupada's poisoning by his Judas disciples should be spoken in a straight and forward way, so that others will understand actually what the facts are. If these men are killers and if people are warned that they are killers, that is truth. We must present this truth for the benefit of others. That benefit is more clearly described in point 2 as follows:
2. It is our duty to help the innocent public distinguish between the REAL ISKCON (religious system) and the APA-ISKCON (Not religious system) THIS IS KNOWLEDGE. If we don't distribute knowledge as defined by Prabhupada then how can we preach?
Bruta dharmasya nas tattvam yac ca adharmasya laksanam: "And how you distinguish from adharma, nonreligious thing?" Knowledge means you should know both things, not one side. You must know what is religious system and what is not religious system. Simply one side is not full knowledge. Upayam ca cintayet prajna, apayam ca cintayet. Just like if you want to do some business, you have calculated that "I shall invest so much money, and I shall get so much profit. So let us do this business. It is very nice." But sastra says, "No, you have simply calculated the profit, and you also calculate no profit, not one-sided." Similarly, to know dharma, you must know adharma also, the opposite side.
[Srila Prabhupada Lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.37, San Francisco, July 19, 1975]
Sulocana Prabhu has presented the above Prabhupada quote as follows "It must be revealed to the world exactly who Srila Prabhupada is and how he has nothing whatsoever to do with the corruption going on amongst ISKCON's leaders today." We have to work to make it happen, and play an instrumental role to help clear the publics doubts about the Hare Krishna Movement and thus defend Srila Prabhupada's honor.
The public don't actually find it difficult to accept that Prabhupada was poisoned, they hold the same view that Prabhupada describes below, that is my experience:
You try to trace out the history of the world, you'll find always persons who are for Krsna or God, they have been persecuted. Lord Jesus Christ was crucified, Haridasa Thakura was caned in twenty-two market places, Prahlada Maharaja was tortured by his father. So there may be such things. Of course, Krsna will protect us. So don't be afraid. Don't be afraid if somebody tortures us, somebody teases us. We must go on with Krsna consciousness without any hesitation, and Krsna will give us protect.
[Srila Prabhupada from Srimad-Bhagavatam Lecture 7.9.8 Seattle, October 21, 1968]
Only ex cult members who have drunk the poison of mayavadi philosophy from these killers find it hard to accept that Prabhupada was poisoned. The hearts of the innocent public are not so deeply polluted.
3. Peoples understanding or experience of the cult conflicts with their natural respect for the Lords representative Srila Prabhupada. So when they hear that Prabhupada was poisoned and his movement usurped then everything falls nicely into place for them. Their repulsive feelings are for irreligion and not religion personified Srila Prabhupada. All their bad experiences with the Krishna's were nothing to do with Prabhupada and his books, their bad experiences were coming from association with envious people dressed as devotees, or cult zombies!
4. The general public will also develop deeper appreciation for Prabhupada because they will recognise his saintly qualities of tolerance and mercy. Their love for Srila Prabhupada will increase when they realize the great compassionate sacrifice he made to give us all his spiritual books. Thus they will start to read his books.
5. Their inquisitiveness about Prabhupada's message will be awakened thus: "What was Prabhupada preaching that was so threatening to people that they tried to kill him" Thus they will start to read his books.
Conclusion: Any thoughts that the preaching of TRUTH will put people off TRUTH is simply foolishness spoken by those who have being poisoned in a cult society based on UNTRUTH. Strong preaching of this TRUTH will drive away all UNTRUTHS that are checking the publics surrender to Srila Prabhupada's real mercy mission.
Your servant Mukunda dasa
From: Yasoda-kumar das
To: Mukunda dasa
Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2003 7:44 PM
Prabhu, Hare Krishna.
Thanks for the materials sent. I understand the falldowns should be viewed properly and not from a spectator's view.
You asked about myself. I am just a tiny jiva who became frustrated with Iskcon politics and deviations after seeing and hearing so many stories about falldowns of gurus, stealing, child abuse, business on religion etc. Now I don't associate with Iskcon or any such sect, and I am not going to join any sect anymore. But I go on reading Prabhupada's books and Vaisnava acharyas' also.
I have not read the book Guru Business sent by you yet, it's quite big. It is interesting for me from historical point of view. Quite instructing in regards to any cult without a pure spiritual leadership.
I have known about the "Ritvik" philosophy for few years. I found your website from the letter which I got by your massive info distribution. Your website is done well, very attractive and accurate. But the information that you give in the front page - about poisoning of Prabhupada - is very shocking for the new people, I think. Perhaps they will be afraid to read further. Maybe it could be done in another way, as a separate page.
The theory of killing Prabhupada is quite shocking and unbelievable at first, but of course there are many reasons to think like this, although I am not sure if it was true or not. I am getting to know more about this. The facts which took place after Prabhupada's entering aprakat-lila give some more assurance that his poisoning really took place. And the terrible disglorious death of Tamal is also quite indicative. It looked like a punishment for his crime.