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Regarding Prabhavisnu Prabhu’s Resignation

Friday, 13 January 2012 / Published in GBC / 7,756 views


Dear Devotees,

Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

It is with heavy hearts that we inform you that Prabhavisnu Prabhu recently resigned from his ISKCON services as initiating guru and GBC member and has given up his sannyasa vows.

It is always difficult when a senior ISKCON leader has serious problems in their spiritual life to know how much to disclose publicly. Please know that the GBC carefully considers how to report such incidents. On the one hand, the ISKCON community has a right to know the accurate details of what happened, especially when there is so much speculation going around, and on the other hand we have Srila Prabhupada’s admonishment to not broadcast the details of a devotee’s difficulties. So with Srila Prabhupada’s instruction firmly in mind we offer this brief but factual explanation of the situation, which is, at the moment, all we know.

Members of the GBC’s Executive Committee and a number of Prabhavisnu Prabhu’s friends have spoken to him and come to understand the reasons he gives for his resignation. This is confirmed in his recent letter to his disciples: that he became spiritually weak, and physically and mentally exhausted due to constant travel and managerial pressures. About nine months ago he met a woman in Thailand with whom he is considering entering a serious relationship.

It appears that he has experienced bouts of spiritual weakness for some years. We are still in discussion with him about the details.

After extensive talks with his godbrothers, it seems he has not yet decided on his present course of action but wishes to seriously reflect on the matter. Despite stepping down from his role as an ISKCON leader, he does continue to honor his discipleship under Srila Prabhupada and intend to remain connected to ISKCON by eventually serving humbly in an ISKCON community somewhere in the world.

Naturally we are deeply disappointed with this very troubling turn of events. It is a fall, something like that of a soldier on the battlefield. Prabhavisnu Prabhu has given forty years to Srila Prabhupada’s mission and rendered invaluable service to many, many devotees. He has preached in a number of difficult places in the world, including the Muslim country of Bangladesh and the former Soviet Union when it was still under Communist rule. He also significantly helped the preaching in India, Thailand, Malaysia, Burma, Australia, and New Zealand.

By both example and precept Srila Prabhupada taught us to be kind to all devotees, including those who face the struggles of purification and may have to make changes in their position to become properly situated. We pray Prabhavisnu Prabhu will ever remain in the association of his many well-wishers and friends, continuing to render service to Srila Prabhupada as he has for so many years.

Despite this, we recognize that his disciples and other devotees in ISKCON will be very disturbed by Prabhavisnu prabhu’s spiritual difficulties. We are currently investigating the circumstances leading to his stepping down and will follow this letter with further communication when possible. In the meantime, to those who are affectedby Prabhavisnu Prabhu’s resignation, we would like to say that ISKCON has many senior devotees with whom you can speak. The GBC Body is concerned with every devotee’s welfare and has established an e-mail address where those who wish to can write their questions:

Hare Krsna,

Your servants,

Hrdaya Caitanya Das Bhakti Caitanya Swami Tamohara Das, GBC Executive Committee


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    gourgopal.brs ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Thank you for sharing such an information especially when it comes from the GBC EC. So many things are being talked and so many rumors are being spread all over against Prabhavishnu prabhu.
    I just remembered one story from a moral story book….. Once there were two Sadhus going to a village and on the way they had to cross a river. They saw a lonely pregnant lady needed help to cross the river. It was about to be sunset. Finding no one, she requested those Sadhus to help her crossing the river. One of them was ready to help her but the other Sadhu insisted not to listen to her request at all saying that “we are Sadhus and we can not touch any lady”. But still his Sadhu friend went to help that lady crossing the river and left her on the other side of the river. But seeing his friend Sadhu not listening to him and went to help that lady, he became very angry and stopped talking to him. As both of them had to go to the same place, so they had to walk together on the same road. After walking together for sometime the Sadhu who has helped the lady asked the other one,” What happened to you? why are you not talking to me at all? Has anything gone wrong?” And the other Sadhu replied ” I don’t want to associate with you as being a Sadhu you have touched that lady.” After hearing the answer from his angry friend, he said “I just helped her crossing the river and left her there only but you are carrying her in your mind from the beginning till here.”
    Now I want to say to those people who are carrying such negative thoughts day & night and spreading it everywhere. We all have read his recent letters which were published in this website. He has mentioned everything clearly whatever he has undergone. He has shown transparency in all his dealings. Why to blame him so much? Anyone can be trapped in the clutches of Maya at any moment. What to speak of Prabhvishnu Prabhu or a few ISKCON Sannyasis who have been practicing Krishna consciousness for just 40/45 years, if we just go to the history we will find many Rishis & Munis who had been meditating thousands of years and leading severe austere life also have fallen prey to Mayadevi.
    Remember guys.. Mayadevi is not designed for only ISKCON Sannyasis. It can attack anyone at any point of time. And one of the important qualities of Maya is we can not recognize the presence of Maya within us.

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    mrtyuhara ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Sorry for my bad English , I will try my best to write in a simple way so you can understand

    I join Srila Prabhupada Mission in England 1974, and one of the main guide for me was Prabhavisnu das
    I use to wash in a laundry shop all the dress of the Sankirtan devotee, and for me was a grait service
    It is a wonderful devote of the lord, he is giving to Srila Prabhupada all is entire life.

    I sow in a few Internet web site so many stupid gay that offend this devotee
    There are few stupid gay that love to see devotee fall down, so they can be satisfy.
    A devotee is so rare, a devotee like Prabhavisnu are very rare, so much wonderful service in all this year.
    Srila Prabhupada will never abandon such devotee, especially now in this moment of difficulty.
    Prabhavisnu, if you can read this post I will be always grateful to you and to your service to Srila Prabhupada
    Do not give up, continue in every circumstances to serve Srila Prabhupada, Brahmacari, Grihasta Vanaprastha Sannyasa, , who care, we care about Srila Prabhupada mission, so continue to serve, small service, big service, just continue

    api cet su-duracaro
    bhajate mam ananya-bhak
    sadhur eva sa mantavyah
    samyag vyavasito hi sah

    Even if one commits the most abominable actions, if he is engaged in devotional service, he is to be considered saintly because he is properly situated.

    Mrtyuhara Das

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    pustakrishna ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I first heard the story of the two monks (or sadhus) from my karate sensei a number of years ago. It is a good story to remember. There is another good example he gave.
    A great and proud Chinese king wanted to learn from a revered teacher. The teacher spoke to the king and said, “first let us sit down and have tea together.” The king sat across from the sage. The sage began to pour tea into the king’s cup. After the cup was filled, the sage continued to pour tea which ran all over the table. Astonished, the king said, “What are you doing! Can’t you see that the cup is already filled?” The sage replied, “Yes, this is like your mind. You have come here thinking that you know everything. First you must empty your mind if you want instruction.”

    One of my orthopedic mentors, a famous E. Indian man in New York, once told me: Always have the mind of a fellow (a fellow is at the highest stage of learning prior to entering into practice alone). That is similar advice. Always have the mind of a “student”. Life-long learning and seeking is a valuable attitude.

    I share these examples in order to supplement the discussion. The Bible cautions that “Pride preceeds the fall”, but the Bible also cautions that while you look at the faults of others, you should better look at your own faults. Try to be the best person you can be, and avoid criticizing the environment around you, which is after all, controlled by Krishna. All will be for the best, and rest assured that Prabhavisnu Prabhu, and his beloved disciples, will cross these seas with Krishna’s grace. Pusta Krishna das

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    gourgopal.brs ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Thank you Mrtyuhara Prabhu and Pustakrishna Prabhu for adding more valuable comments to it.
    As an active soldier in Srila Prabhupada’s army for more than four decades Prabhavishnu Prabhu has been practicing and preaching Krishna consciousness tirelessly, but hardly anyone talked so much about him. And today, with just one incident so many things are being talked against him.
    Yes, You are very much right Mrutyuhara Prabhu. There are people who pray to the Lord for the fall down of all the Sannyasis. SO this incident has definitely added some satisfaction to their contaminated senses.
    But anyways, as Vaishnavas we should be compassionate to such people also and pray for their spiritual progress. May be someday Krishna will listen our prayers and will give them some intelligence to come out of such mess which they have created.

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    mrtyuhara ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī also says that if one is regularly discharging devotional service, there will be no question of a falldown. But even if circumstantially there is some falldown, the Vaiṣṇava need have nothing to do with the prāyaścitta, the ritualistic ceremony for purification. If someone falls down from the principles of devotional service, he need not take to the prāyaścitta performances for reformation. He simply has to execute the rules and regulations for discharging devotional service, and this is sufficient for his reinstatement
    Mrtyuhara dasa

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    mrtyuhara ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Errata corrige

    In my previous post I wrote a wrong word “gay”, but the exact word is “guy”
    Sorry for the mistake

    Mrtyuhara dasa

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    vrajaprema ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Even within a public society kinda ISKCON, one real, foremost duty is to save one’s one soul. I remember a nice passage from MAHABHARATA where Krishna says to save a village one can sacrifice a person, to save a town one is empowered to sacrifice a village, to save a country a town can be sacrificed, and TO SAVE ONE’S SOUL ONE SHOULD SACRIFICE THIS WHOLE WORLD.
    What wrong he did? Just abandoned the official part of his being. Cannot his disciples and followers contact him in this amplua? He did not give them up; he just placed himself in an environment, where he can be more human. If they cannot, then that is their fault.
    I personally will and can never give up those whom I love.
    When some guys say that he has been fallen in this battle, then leaving you best friend helpless, and making him more helpless by chiding for being shot……. This logic is not expected from those who are trusted human lives to and pose as elite in the spiritual sense. Spiritual elite means forgiveness, forgiveness, and forgiveness.
    Just imaging if you were to be forgiven, when you expect forgiveness, but you are being slaughtered by your best friend. Is this spirituality? It might be logic for a society, but not a logic universal.

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