FALL DOWN – Where have we fallen from?

This essay was originally an answer of Suhotra Swami to a question about the “fairness” of our fall down to the material world.

First of all we strongly suggest those who have a specific interest in the falldown of the spirit soul from the spiritual world to acquire the book entitled “Our Original Position”, which is available from the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. It is a very elaborate treatment with much quotation from sastra. read more

The Poison Conspiracy Antidote – Chapter 16: Time to Get Offensive!

Judge For Yourself -KGBG p.114

We have been asked to review all the hearsay,  revisions of what can be heard in whispers,  jump-to-conclusions hair studies, coincidental health timelines, 249 pages of character assassinations, insufficient medical diagnosis, questionable qualified expert opinions, allegations from false witness, translation disputes, retracted assertions, suspicions about the Bhaktivedanta Tape Ministry, voice stress analysis, disappearing testimonies, private studies, horoscopes, ominous dreams, voices speaking backwards and pages upon pages of every possible grievance that can possibly be dredged up to see which version of spaghetti-like logic sticks to the wall of public outcry.   This paper is the outcome of how I perceive all this Chicken Little hysteria and I will not be lured into the fox’s den of this most odious type of Vaishnava aparada that is being bantered around like fictional soap-opera gossip among spoiled housewives across America.

I can only imagine what type of a hailstorm I might be inviting down on my head by taking the time to compile this poison antidote.  Why would I go to all this trouble, knowing that in due course, as a result of doing so I expect to find every possible shortcoming the Sleuth-Team mud-rackers can dig up about me to broadcast over the internet in the future?   The answer to that was provided at the beginning of this paper:

“There is no doubt that these men (Tamal, etc.) still had a lot to learn about diplomacy, patience, humility and true leadership.   They were not perfected human beings… but they also most certainly were not killers! read more

The Poison Conspiracy Antidote – Chapter 15: Playing Chicken!

Calling Sisupala’s Bluff

The so-called evidence compiled by the Goof team is sloppy, unprofessional, speculative, and pragmatically absurd.   Those who created this huge conspiracy originally came just short of admitting how it is a tactical maneuver that would get laughed out of court if they tried to take it there.

“Since the nature and circumstances of crimes of poisoning do not lend themselves to easy or smooth legal indictments or convictions, the next best effective forum to obtain justice and historical truth is in the public domain. Through the press and various other media, everyone who cares to know may be informed of the evidence, out in the open. The hope is that this will spur further participation and research into the investigation at hand, resulting in further verification and the ultimate identification and apprehension of the poisoners.” -SHPM p.241

Translation of the above: We can’t meet the standards of the legal world… so let’s start up a lot of rumors, churn up everyone’s emotions, generate hundreds of pages of dubious, incorrect, irrelevant paperwork, turn Chicken Little loose and hope we can rally together enough bring-your-favorite-noose participants to create a world-wide lynch mob.  Can I get a ki Jaya!   read more

Mission Drift ISKCON and social welfare

Mission Shift
Artwork by Nataraja Dasa

In 2001, Sripad Jayadavaita Swami gave a lecture series titled “Food for Death”, which is still available on his website at http://www.jswami.info/seminars#food and which examined how prasadam distribution seen by the public as ordinary welfare work affects ISKCON’s core values. Sripad Bhakti Vikasa Swami in his 2011 lectures titled “Some Concerns About ISKCON” and “Further Discussion on Concerns About ISKCON” addresses the same issue Jayadvaita Swami addressed but in a more generalized context that includes other welfare initiatives.[1] Bhakti Vikasa Maharaja in his lectures also addresses what he identifies as fundamental, philosophical differences that have emerged within our society.

As far as social welfare is concerned, the lectures of both Swamis make a common point: the time and resources devotees increasingly give to indirect preaching in the form of welfare work, at the expense of direct preaching, reflects ISKCON’s growing acceptance of karma-kanda as a part of its core mission and, hence, core values.

Mission drift and Vyasa’s dissatisfaction

That as grand a spiritual institution as ISKCON could itself become mundane is not a new idea. In the Bhagavad-gita at the beginning of the 4th chapter, Krishna describes the system of the guru-parampara and how, in the course of time, the succession had been broken and the knowledge of the science of yoga was lost. On some occasions, Srila Prabhupada himself said that ISKCON could be destroyed not by outsiders but by insiders. Such changes are the result of a gradual drift of the disciplic succession away from its original message and mission. read more

The Poison Conspiracy Antidote – Chapter 14: Black-Street University by Mayeśvara Dāsa ( ACBSP )

Histrionic Personality Disorder (HPD-Disingenuous)

HPD Definition: People with Histrionic Personality Disorder have a high need for attention, make loud and inappropriate appearances, exaggerate their behaviors and emotions, and crave stimulation.

Disingenuous:  Underhanded, double-dealing, scheming, contriving, plotting, crafty, false-hearted; egocentric, insincere, deceitful, calculating, guileful.

Liar, liar, pants on fire?  Besides being an extremely juvenile expression, this reaction is way too disproportional and exaggerated for the stimulus that that triggered it;When this type of response is stacked up on top of all the other bazaar, twisted, and disingenuous things we have thus uncovered in this paper, it all starts to look like the classic symptoms of someone suffering from a Histrionic Personality Disorder. read more

The Poison Conspiracy Antidote – Chapter 13: Let’s Get Legal by Mayeśvara Dāsa ( ACBSP )

Innocent Until Proven Guilty

The glaring proof that none of the prestidigitations we are being offered is legitimate is that, if it was, a court case would have been filed a long time ago.  Those perpetuating this myth know all too well that these tales of who-done-it, intrigue would never survive the scrutiny of a good defense attorney. When it all gets thrown out in court the charade would fall apart, and that would be an abrupt end for everyone, that is, except the eccentrics pushing their real agenda to create perpetual chaos that only an unresolved dispute could generate.

So here I will provide a few more reasons to not lose any more sleep about this stupid allegation that Srila Prabhupada was poisoned by men he trusted, men who loved him dearly.  Yes, it’s easy to throw together some doubts – and “ya” know what – in the real world that’s all one has to do to crush all of these dark, contemptuous tales of egos gone wild.

Our legal system assumes that an individual is innocent until proven guilty.  The burden of proving guilt rests completely on those that allege a crime has been committed.  If someone is accused of murder, they have a right to a jury trial – that is the normal procedure.   To get a conviction for murder requires a unanimous decision of all 12 jurors who are convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that the alleged crime has been committed.  If circumstantial evidence suggests a possibility of innocence, the prosecution has the burden of disproving that possibility. read more

The Poison Conspiracy Antidote – Chapter 12: Habeas Corpus Revisited by Mayeśvara Dāsa ( ACBSP )

Adhyatmika  Miseries

Tamal Krishna Goswami was indeed a complex, intense, and high profile personality but he also had a soft side that I personally got to know as did many others.   Certainly, his numerous disciples don’t experience him to be the terrible monster that he is portrayed as by the oh-so-righteous Poop Team.  Many people discovered the softer side of Tamal as the reactions he got from his more brazen earlier years caught up to him and as he entered into deeper realms of spiritual consciousness.  Others may not have known the softer side of Tamal but he kept returning to Srila Prabhupada for shelter, guidance, encouragement, and survival.   Many others can testify that but we see no acknowledgment of any of this by this self-congratulating brahminically equipoised Truth Committee.   NO. What we find in their report is a crucifixion.

On several occasions, Tamal gives us a peek into the terribly difficult types of dilemmas he had to cope with while serving Srila Prabhupada and the stress he was under.

‘Srila Prabhupada said: My feet are swelling, my teeth are getting loose, I am passing urine too frequently. These are the first signs that death is coming.’ read more

The Poison Conspiracy Antidote – Chapter 11 – Crucify Him! (Tamal Krishna Goswami) by Mayeśvara Dāsa ( ACBSP )

Some Were Curious, Some Were Crazy!

As the symptoms of Srila Prabhupada’s physical body began to impede on his ability to translate, all his disciples worldwide became more concerned about his longevity.    We had become so dependent on his guidance, inspiration, and Krishna Conscious nurturing that the thought of His Divine Grace leaving us was of great concern to every devotee in the Hare Krishna movement.  Many of us were requested to keep doing our daily duties.  Book distribution had to still go on, guests had to be greeted, feasts had to be cooked, deities had to be worshiped and the temples had to stay open.

Those who met Srila Prabhupada in the very early days of the late 1960’s had already established a very intimate relationship with him on a deep level many of us who came later never had the good fortune to experience.   We are all unique individuals and as the world learned about Srila Prabhupada, all sorts of characters showed up to see what he was doing.  Some were curious, some were serious, some left, some stayed, some got initiated, some fell down, some soared to the top and some were crazy.  Tamal Krishna was one of those who seemed to understand very quickly the concept of going after Krishna with the intense greed Ramananda Roy spoke about:

“‘Pure devotional service in Krsna consciousness cannot be had even by pious activity in hundreds and thousands of lives. It can be attained only by paying one price — that is, intense greed to obtain it. If it is available somewhere, one must purchase it without delay.'”- Madhya 8.70 read more

The Poison Conspiracy Antidote – Chapter 10 – Not Just Unlikely… Impossible!

Think Zebra Prognosis!?

On one hand, the Goof Team tells us that the conspirators executed this very intricate plot over the course of 12 months, a plot that required perfectly measured doses of a poison nobody ever heard of, or could possibly know how to use, so Srila Prabhupada would NOT immediately be forced out of his body and leave evidence that he had been poisoned.  Yet…

On the other hand, the same people are telling us that in March, Srila Prabhupada’s hair indicated a reading that is 300 times what is considered normal.  All toxicologists confirm that readings such as this could not possibly be due to endogenous (internal) sources since nobody could possibly survive a dose of cadmium large enough to produce such astronomical deposits in the hair! That is because most ingested cadmium (would) pass through the gastrointestinal tract without being absorbed  as explained above!)

Nothing the Goof Team tells us makes any coherent sense! They tell us that “Expert” analysis of Srila Prabhupada’s hair indicated that he had 300 times a lethal level of cadmium in his body in March 1977.  Medical experts tell us it is virtually impossible for someone to ever accumulate such a high reading because that just can’t occur overnight!  NONE OF THIS IS EVEN POSSIBLE! Period. Read that last portion again! What the Goof Team is trying to pass off is simply NOT POSSIBLE. It’s Chicken Little who was too dumb to realize she got clunked on the head with an acorn and instead began running around based on the absurd notion that the sky was falling.  She enrolled a whole bunch of her other inattentive friends into believing what rational people understand is an impossible event! read more

The Poison Conspiracy Antidote – Chapter 9 – Experts or Vaudeville?

Reliability

We would like to believe that professional people are always reliable, competent and honest, but as we have just illustrated, neither the Genova Labs nor those behind the claim that Prabhupada was maliciously poisoned appear to be.  We have already identified numerous examples illustrating how the only thing holding up the Who Poisoned Prabhupadaconspiracy is a chain full of so many weakest links it’s astonishing anyone takes this propaganda seriously.   This type of cheating isn’t limited to a bunch of bad detectives with a malicious agenda.    The high-tech world of forensic hair analysis doesn’t have a very good reputation either.   In 2015 it was discovered that FBI testimony on microscopic hair analysis contained errors in at least 90% of cases in ongoing review!

“The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000… Of 28 examiners with the FBI Laboratory’s microscopic hair comparison unit, 26 overstated forensic matches in ways that favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed so far, according to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Innocence Project, which are assisting the government with the country’s largest post-conviction review of questioned forensic evidence.”

LINK: FBI admits flaws in hair analysis over decades read more