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Searching for Truth in a Forest of Misinformation: A Comment on the Recent Discussions

Thank you, Jai Nitai Prabhu, for presenting this side of the story.


Scott Wetherell
Boston, MA

» Posted By scott wetherell On Aug 5, 2006 @ 1:07 am

But Badri — Isn’t Truth Many-Sided?

Dear Namaprabhu,

There are positively no photos whatsoever of any abuse alleged against Dhanurdhara Swami and positively he has not “admitted” to any such thing regarding these photos. I believe the photos in question are from 1995, after Maharaj was no longer the Headmaster of the Vrindavan Gurukula. At the very most, they are photos of abuse from other teachers, after Dhanurdhara Swami had left the gurukula but was suppossedly still influencing there around 1995. I am also eager for a clarification on this accusation against Dhanurdhara Swami as it is amoung the most extreme to date. If our leaders are going to make such statements in public forums they need to back them up. These photos were not and still are not part of the official case files as far as I am aware. Someone please immediately correct me if I am wrong.

Yours in the service of Srila Prahbupada,

Scott Wetherell

» Posted By scott wetherell On Jul 21, 2006 @ 5:48 pm

Interim decision from the GBC executive commitee concerning Dhanurdhara Swami

Mahavidya Prabhu,

Unfortunately, scapegoating one man probably will not stop sexual abusers of children from continuting to abuse children. They can’t help themselves and the only solution is that they are identified and cut off from access to our children. I’m not convinced that “hanging” this man will make my temple more safe for my son.

Thank you, Tripurari Prabhu, for such a nicely stated summary of this issue.

IS THERE A SASTRIC BASIS FOR INVALIDATING DHANURDHARA SWAMI’S ASHRAM? This is the real question. Stop him from initiating? Yes. Excommunicate him maybe? Yes, that could probably also be accomplished. But I can’t understand how Tamohar Prabhu is going to somehow overthrow or invalidate Satsvarupa Maharaj’s sannyasa initiation of Dhanurdhara Swami from the early 1980’s.

I mean no offense to Tamohar Prabhu as I certainly support child protection to the utmost extent, I’m just hoping that we are careful how we proceed and that we have a sastric basis for our decisions.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada and the house he built in which the whole world can live.


Scott Wetherell

» Posted By scott wetherell On Jul 13, 2006 @ 5:20 pm

Time to be Dharmic

Regarding the case file. It is not so clearly black and white what Dhanurdhara Swami requested information to not be released. I’ll be very interested in hearing the exact context and details of this accusation. Maharaj’s camp has been very willing over the years to share the case files and also Sadhusagananda Prabhu’s defense with local well-wishers. There has never been any cover-up from his end. Frankly, most of the devotees posting in his defense have had access to this information. Actually, the entire “case file” is under the control of the CPO, not Dhanurdhara Swami. Satyaraj Prabhu has also challenged this statement by Badrinarayan Prabhu and more posts doing the same will follow shortly.

A deeper study into the case of Dhanurdhara Swami quickly reveals other issues, such as a current initiating guru with thousands of disciples who in direct opposition from Dhanurdhara Swami, intentionally reassigned known sexual abusers of children to ANOTHER gurukula while Dhanurdhara Swami traveled all over India appealing this decision through the Ministry of Education and ultimately to the GBC meetings in Mayapur. This is confirmed in Jayadwaita Maharaj’s reposted letter, although it is not mentioned that this devotee is now a guru.

It is a shame that this has not been clarified, especially when NO CHARGE even close to this has ever been leveled at Dhanurdhara Swami. I wish this stuff wasn’t online for the whole world to read and offer opinions on, but since it is, it will only be a matter of time before tall the facts are known.

I intend no offense to anyone with this post, but we must approach this sensitive issue with mercy and compassion for all those involved, the former students and Dhanurdhara Swami, and to do so means we have to get all the facts right.

Yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada,

Scott Wetherell

» Posted By scott wetherell On Jul 19, 2006 @ 5:31 pm

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