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A short note to Lalita Madhava Dasi: I would like to respond to several of your points. Despite what you say in response to my articles, my heart goes out to the ex-Gurukulis and their families, and I believe that they deserve our respect and support. No doubt. By crafting articles in favor of Dhanurdhar Swami — who, as a Vaishnava, was transformed by his years of devotional service — I do not hold back my compassion and support of the Gurukulis, and you are mistaken to think that I do. One does not preclude the other.
Also, in your response to Laksmi, you are willing to admit that, in relation to Dhanurdhar Swami, the extent of the Gurukula tragedy might legitimately be in question — even if the tragedy itself is not. This is significant. If Dhanurdhar’s Swami’s personal infractions are minor, as the official case decision shows it is, then why continue to berate him, especially since he acquiesced to the original GBC demands? There were others who perpetrated more serious offenses, no? Shouldn’t THEY be the subject of all these letters?
And where did the whole tenor of corporal punishment come from? Do you know? It was not Dhanurdhar Swami’s personal philosophy. It was in place when he dutifully took his assignment as headmaster. The simple fact is that as passionate westerners we often exaggerated Prabhupada’s instructions or took them to extreme places that Prabhupada did not intend. As a woman, I’m sure you remember how women were viewed, and that children were often seen as, well, as less than children. Times have changed, and so has Dhanurdhar Swami. The sooner we all acknowledge that, the better. Best. –Satyaraja Dasa
Comment Posted By satyaraja On 26.07.2006 @ 17:18
Dearest Badriji — Obeisance. Jai Prabhupada!
Your answer to me was fair and presented like a true gentleman. I understand your position and I have even argued from your side on occasion — in the sense that I know Maharaja made mistakes and that compassion for his victims is certainly in order. In fact, Maharaja himself accepts that this is so.
However, there is more to this case than meets the eye, and Maharaja, while guilty of much, is clearly serving as a scapegoat here. For example, I am aware of your “summary of the abuse recently sent to the GBC,” as are many others who will soon write in. But this is not really a summary of the abuse — it is, rather, unconfirmed allegations, at least if you are referring to what I think you’re referring to.
In any case, I am planning to wash my hands of this back and forth, as I said in my previous posting. I have made my point, and I think that others will now take up where I left off. I anxiously await our meeting at Ratha-yatra (LA). I hope we can talk and enjoy each other’s company without recourse to this recent exchange. Best. –Satyaraja Dasa
Comment Posted By satyaraja On 21.07.2006 @ 00:30