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Déjà vu

RE: Déj Vu

By Nikunjavasini dasi

In Caitanya Bhagavat’s article he claims that noting has changed since 2000 since he signed a contract with ISKCON and took initiation from Dhanardhara Maharaja. He said he read the CPO report and was aware of his guru’s past when he (as an adult) made a commitment to be in that relationship.

Unfortunately, we parents and our children did not have the same opportunity to know what we were getting into at the time when we placed our children under the care of Dhanardhara. We were lied to, kept away from our children and were assured that everything was going on just fine while we were out raising millions of dollars to support the temples. Meanwhile in gurukulas throughout the world, our children were being molested, beaten, starved, deprived, and sometimes they were very sick and we didn’t even know.

Caitanya Bhagavat says, “The only difference (now) is that it’s not the 1990’s; it’s 2006 and instead of closed conference discussions, the debate has moved to the open internet. How could message boards change my life so drastically?” Thank you for informing us that there was a private debate among ISKCON’s leaders over this issue and thank you for implying that there were many “objections” to Dhanardhara Maharaja’s being approved ad guru. The problem is that most devotees did not know any of this was taking place and that is why this is such an outcry now. The general population of devotees did not become aware that Dhanardhara was initiating disciples until we read Shakuntala’s article after Ananda’s suicide. That is why there is an outcry now in 2006! We are outraged!

He claims that those who are yelling loudly about this now are uninformed. He says he joined ISKCON in 1993. Well hello friend! We parents and victims have been dealing with the vivid details of these events since our young sons returned from Vrindavan, mine in 1984. There has been plenty of information out there on websites, youth newsletters, youth gathering and reunions, as well as personal conversations with victims from may different gurukulas. And yes, I have read the case file and I know judges who were on the case. I personally know both heads of the CPO and dozens of victims as well.

Why I am upset about this now is that the only thing I didn’t know in all of this is what happened on closed conference discussion this was all decided by those who we put our faith in to do the right thing. We expect ISKCON to stand up for what is right, protection of Vaisnava’s; women, children, and men alike! What we did not know until now is that Dhanardhara Maharaja has been initiating disciples and as a representative of ISKCON for the last several years.

He may think all of the recent discussion is surprising and painful? How do you think we felt when we found out how our children were mistreated by Vaisnavas while in Holy Dhama, Vrindavan? That is surprising and painful as well. So please, don’t misjudge us who are yelling loudly about this on the internet. We are more informed that you. We have lived through the pain of our children growing up with heavy burden of abuse on their heads. Don’t be so self righteous and naïve.

So the disciples have read some words written down on a piece of paper put out by the CPO but let me ask him this. Has he ever personally spoken with any of the victims or their parents? Has he ever seen the abuse happen right before his eyes? How would he feel then? He has only one perspective because of his love for his guru. Please allow us our perspective.

Just remember, when we get involved in a committed relationship, regardless of what type (marriage, parent/child, guru/disciple, etc.) we have to live with the person’s past along with their present lives. Dhanardhara M.’s disciples have made a choice. So unfortunately they have to hear their guru be criticized by his godbrothers and godsisiters. That’s the brakes! It comes with the territory. We all have to live with our choices. Rest assured, this issue will not go away, so he may have to get use to this inconvenience for the rest of his life. I guess he’ll have to live with the pain of it just as we as parents of victims have had to live with our pain our entire lives as well.

Comment Posted By Nikunjavasini dasi On 02.07.2006 @ 23:41

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