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Hare KrishnaBy Mayesvara dasa

I am hesitant to enter into the philosophical discussion that has evolved in regards to how best to manage the Danudhara Swami conundrum because I believe Satyaraja has already done an excellent job reminding anyone who wants to have the honor to wear tilok on their forehead, that they are expected to think, behave, and carryout jurisprudence on a higher standard then a hate filled vigil anti lynch mob.

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Aug 22, 2006 -- 6,233 views
Hare KrishnaBy Satsvarupa das Goswami

You have sufficiently paid for your past mistakes and it’s time for the GBC and compassionate leadership to show their forgiveness. In my own case I was recently received back among the devotees at the New Vrndaban Festival of Inspiration with great warmth and affection.

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Aug 21, 2006 -- 5,419 views
Hare KrishnaBy Chaitanya Mangala dasa

Let's try to avoid tit for tat rhetoric and instead center our efforts on creating an atmosphere conducive for reconciliation. Focusing exclusively on the past is divisive and ultimately benefits no one. Let's instead spotlight the areas where we are in agreement. I sincerely believe that the more we engage in open and honest dialog the more we will discover that the points we disagree on are fewer than we think.

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Aug 8, 2006 -- 3,777 views
Hare KrishnaBy Siddhi-lalasa dasi

Let us remember that karma for a devotee is quickly burnt by the fire of repentance and the chanting of the holy names, what to speak of being surrendered to Srila Prabhupada and spreading the movement of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Those among us who are benefiting from His Holiness Dhanurdhara Swami’s siksa, know what valuable service he is doing for us and all members of ISKCON.

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Aug 6, 2006 -- 4,607 views
Hare KrishnaBy Bhagavat Das

My wife Radha and I were licensed foster parents for 9 years. We took care of close to 70 children in our home during that time, many of them physically and sexually abused. My experience with these children as protector, counselor, and guide has put me in a position of understanding to some extent the plight of the Gurukulis.

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Aug 3, 2006 -- 4,204 views
Hare KrishnaBy Satyaraja Dasa

Everyone has asked the following question, at least in some form: "How can I be certain that what I believe to be true is actually true?" Vedic philosophy arrives at such certitude through pramana, "evidence," which refers to sources of knowledge that are held to be valid. In our Gaudiya Sampradaya, there are basically three pramanas: pratyaksa (direct perception), anumana (logical argument) and sabda (scriptural testimony).

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Aug 3, 2006 -- 5,790 views
Hare KrishnaBy Jai Nitai Dasa

The time is ripe for accepting responsibility by taking action. Dhanurdhara Swami is trying. In fact, he is showing us how. Let’s support him in his efforts to redress his past behavior, and by taking responsible action ourselves.

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Aug 2, 2006 -- 3,585 views
Hare KrishnaBy Vishnugada dasa

With the frequent use of corporal punishment even today in America, one may ask the question whether differentiating between what society considers “justifiable” corporal punishment and what is considered physical abuse is clear cut and concise. Have definitions of physical abuse changed over time and according to the location of the incident?

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Jul 31, 2006 -- 5,627 views
Hare KrishnaBy Giriraj Swami

But more than anything else, I pray to Srila Prabhupada to keep me in the association of his sincere followers and allow me to serve them--as he would want--eternally. Because I know that in the association of his sincere followers, I will find Srila Prabhupada, my most cherished goal.

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Jul 26, 2006 -- 4,370 views
Hare KrishnaBy Ramabhadra das

From every angle of vision of true circumstance that I inspected this case from, the GBC and CPO have always acted with respect, and restraint toward Dhanurdhara Swami and especially with concern for the care and well being of his innocent initiated disciples. It is his so-called friends who muddy the waters by constantly causing Dhanurdhara Swami’s dirty laundry to be aired in public forum.

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Jul 25, 2006 -- 6,863 views
Hare KrishnaBy Laksmi Nrsimha Das

I, like many devotees around the world, have been following the chain of events and subsequent opinions surrounding the Dhanurdhara Swami case. I have patiently listened to all points presented to date by the concerned Vaisnava community and would like to make a humble attempt to put forth my observations regarding this pivotal decision facing the GBC at present.

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Jul 25, 2006 -- 5,338 views
Hare KrishnaBy Chaitanya Mangala dasa

There is ample philosophical support that if in the course of doing their duties Vaishnavas transgress material laws the mercy of the Lord may mitigate their reactions. Some scriptural references imply that under certain circumstances devotees may not be subject to the same laws as non-devotees. However, scriptures also state that devotees would not break these laws anyways because they understand the negative implications of doing so.

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Jul 25, 2006 -- 4,668 views
Hare KrishnaBy Giriraj Swami

Your letters were well-considered and well-articulated, and I much appreciated them. Certainly, we must seriously consider the words of sadhu, sastra, and guru in all our deliberations. We are meant to represent Srila Prabhupada, who himself represented his guru-parampara, our disciplic line from Srila Rupa Gosvami.

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Jul 23, 2006 -- 5,259 views
Hare KrishnaBy Badrinarayan dasa

No one wins by Satyaraja Prabhu and me jousting online. Rather, the wounds on both sides are only deepened and the inevitable offenses increased. My fervent prayer is that Satyaraja Prabhu will turn his keen intelligence toward working with us to find a solution to this situation, one that addresses both sides of the truth, not just the side he likes.

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Jul 20, 2006 -- 5,401 views
Hare KrishnaBy Bhimasena das

In the end, the consistent request from gurukulis is for ISKCON not to approve DDS’s position as a transparent via medium to the Supreme Lord Krsna himself. In order to move forward as a society we need to stop the secrecy and backdoor finagling.

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Jul 19, 2006 -- 3,966 views
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