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When are these people going to learn? (09/20/16)

Daṇḍavats ______ Swami,

Hoping this email meets you well.

The following was sent to me by _______ in Vṛndāvana:

“Apparently R_______has given seminar for 8 hours on the history of Iskcon and in it he blames Śrīla Guru Mahārāja (Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja) for establishing the zonal ācārya system.This video is being distributed widely in America.”

________and others are understandably disturbed by this. I sent him the following:

“At the 2002 annual GBC meetings in Māyāpura, the GBC approved the following resolution:

“Whereas, a committee composed of Bir Kṛṣṇa Dāsa Goswami, Guru Prasāda Swami and Keśava Bhāratī Dāsa met and discussed with Bhakti Gaurava Narasiṁha Swami the issue of Śrīpāda B.R. Śrīdhara Mahārāja’s relationship to the establishment of the zonal-ācārya system in Iskcon;

“Whereas, the GBC Body recognizes that there may be a mistaken perception in some circles that the GBC holds Śrīpāda B.R. Śrīdhara Mahārāja responsible for Iskcon’s acceptance of the zonal-ācārya system;

“[STATEMENT] Resolved, That the impression that may exist in some circles that the GBC Body regards Śrīpāda B.R. Śrīdhara Mahārāja as responsible for Iskcon’s accepting the zonal-ācārya system is erroneous. The GBC Body realizes that regardless of how the zonal-ācārya system evolved, it alone is responsible for its acceptance and implementation. Any imputation that Śrīpāda B.R. Śrīdhara Mahārāja is responsible is wrong. In this regard the GBC Body would like to restate, as per resolution 76 of the 1987 Annual General Meeting, that “Iskcon devotees should strictly avoid hearing or speaking personal criticism of Śrīpāda B.R. Śrīdhara Mahārāja.” (ISKCON Law Book, Section 400/2002 Law 403)”

Mahārāja, as you were part of this back in 2002 and remember clearly the resolution of the GBC that Śrīdhara Mahārāja did not recommend the zonal ācārya system, etc., possibly you can bring R______ around to reality and request him to make a public retraction of his statements blaming Śrīdhara Mahārāja for iskcon’s blunders.

Furthermore, the resolution says that iskcon members should not criticise Śrīdhara Mahārāja. So when are these people going to learn to stop this nonsense? Over and over again the same old story…aparādha after aparādha after aparādha!

If you want to do something to help iskcon then start here and bring R_____ into reality.

Looking forward to your early reply and waiting to see you take some appropriate action.

Your servant,

Swami Narasiṅgha

LettersA duty of a guru is not to attack senior vaiṣṇavas (09/20/16)
LettersHope for the juniors (10/30/16)