Guru successor continues banning campaign
In the last issue of Back to Prabhupada magazine we had highlighted the
pathetic case of one of the 80 unauthorised Gurus, Vipramukhya Swami,
who used his position as Temple President of Bhaktivedanta Manor (the
largest ISKCON Temple in Europe), to ban anyone from entering the temple
if they dared to believe the truth even in their own homes! We also
demonstrated that when he wasn't terrorising hapless temple worshippers,
he was busy learning Harry Potter wizardry by flying around Srila
Prabhupada's sacred quarters on his broomstick. Mr ' Swami' later flew
away on his broomstick into the arms of one his female followers who was
half his age. His replacement as President, a Mr Gauri Das, has
certainly wasted no time in continuing the banning tactics of his
In reaction to a recent BBC expose of ISKCON's unauthorized Guru system
and general cultic behaviour, as well as the launch of Back to
Prabhupada magazine, the Temple President of Bhaktivedanta Manor has
resorted to a desperate campaign of expulsion. Gauri Das recently banned
one long standing supporter of ISKCON, Mr. Ravi Patel (Revatinandana
Das), who is pictured right with his daughter being banned on a previous
occasion by Harry Potter Guru, Vipramukhya Swami.
Having already been the focus of a BBC expose, one might have expected
Gauri Das to have been a little chastened; but no, in keeping with the
tradition of Manor Presidents, Gauri Das and his associates immediately
embarked on a vicious campaign of intimidation and expulsion. Here is a
section of the sensational letter he sent on 5th November 2003 to Mr.
Patel (on whom ironically he had only recently lifted the previous ban)
where he gives some of the reasons for the banning:
|"You were personally
distributing anti ISKCON propaganda at the Wembley Diwali
The members of IRM also falsely advertised a radio program in
the name of Bhaktivedanta Manor (…) As the IRM are spreading
their propaganda through deceitful schemes your suspension will
continue as long as you are actively involved with them."
The BBC and Back To Prabhupada magazine merely
reported the banning campaign of the Manor. And how does the Manor
react? That's right, it carries out even more bannings! Gauri Das also
claims the IRM "falsely advertised a radio program", yet the IRM simply
informed thousands of people that the BBC were broadcasting an item
marking the 30th anniversary of the Manor - a broadcast in which Gauri
Das himself participated, and in which he compared people like Mr. Patel
to "atheists" and "barking dogs"! The BBC advertised the programme on
its own website under the title: "Hare Krishna Anniversary". The BBC
chose that title, not the IRM. Further, they started the programme with
|"In today's programme,
Britain's Hare Krishna movement celebrates 30 years of settled
life…this week marks its 30th Anniversary." (BBC, 22 June 2003)
The BBC wrote those words, not the IRM. The IRM
does not control the BBC, nor has it ever "falsely advertised" anything.
The BBC chose to focus on the current Guru controversy, and if they ever
decide to do a follow up then Gauri Das is certainly generating plenty
of new material by his current actions.
Some years ago, when Bhaktivedanta Manor was threatened with closure by
the local council, Mr. Patel gave up many years of his own time to work
on the 'Save the Manor Campaign', for which he was also the Secretary.
Aside from freely giving his valuable time and services, over the years
Mr. Patel had also donated many thousands of pounds to Bhaktivedanta
Manor. The management of the temple was more than happy to receive his
kind services, which helped rescue the Manor in its darkest hour, and
also receive his generous monetary donations; but as soon as he
questioned whether they were properly following the Founder of the
movement's instructions, he was ruthlessly banned from visiting the
Manor - the very place he had helped to save!
As if all the above were not enough, Gauri Das then decided to send poor
Mr. Patel a letter dated 12th December 2003 with the following added
|The suspensions from
the Manor that you have received include that you can not attend
any functions or even drop your family in the car park.
So now Mr. Patel cannot even drop his own wife
and children in the car park of the temple he has supported for more
than thirty years, and helped save from extinction, even though Gauri
Das knows that Mr Patel's family can not visit the Manor unless he drops
them there - hence a de facto ban on them as well via the back-door.
Gauri Das then went on a rampage of banning anyone he thought might be
supporting Back to Prabhupada magazine, including Bhajahari Das, who
many years ago was the first ever Temple President of Bhaktivedanta
Manor and who also appeared on the BBC programme where he described how
he had been physically assaulted at the Manor for his convictions. Gauri
|"Dear Bhaja Hari das &
members of IRM,
Regrettably I must inform you that due to the various
questionable activities of the IRM and your clear affiliation
with them, we the Temple Council of Bhaktivedanta Manor have
decided to further suspend yourself and IRM members from
visiting the Manor. The activities of recent which have lead to
this suspension are as follows:
As a member of IRM you have supported and participated in
mailing our members your confusing propaganda. The ISKCON UK
data base names have been procured by IRM without any permission
of the institution. We are the ones, who have worked hard to
build up and inspire this congregation, it is completely
inappropriate that you target them with continued defamation
You participated in a radio program set up by IRM which was
falsely presented to our members (via post) by you as an ISKCON
UK 30th Anniversary celebrations initiative.
As a consequence of such scheming attempts the IRM is losing any
credibility that it may have had. It would be far more respected
if you just pursued and present your beliefs by honest means."
Gauri Das falsely accuses the IRM of "procuring"
his data base, without a shred of evidence, and again makes the
ludicrous insinuation that the IRM somehow control the BBC. This is all
the more hypocritical since the Manor's 2003 Janmastami magazine accused
the Hungarian government of previously "violating the principle of
freedom of conscience and religion" - a principle protected in the UK by
the Human Rights Act.
Yet here we see a long time member of ISKCON, the original Temple
President of the Manor, banned simply for "participating in a radio
program" that dealt with matters of "conscience and religion". A
programme that exposed how individuals like Gauri Das, who himself
appeared on the programme, were preventing people's freedom of
"conscience and religion" by banning and harassing them. Gauri Das'
reaction to this was simply to increase the very same oppressive
activity the programme highlighted. Amazingly, Gauri Das then claims it
is the ISKCON Revival Movement that is losing credibility!
In another letter, dated 11th November 2003, which Gauri Das sent to all
the life members and patrons of Bhaktivedanta Manor, he claims that the
IRM consists of just three or four people:
|"I must warn you that
some people under the name of 'ISKCON revival movement' have
been mailing confusing propaganda to some of our members. These
persons are not connected to ISKCON in any way. Through
deceitful means they have managed to find some data on some of
our members. Regardless of our repeated warnings they continue
to present out of context and false propaganda with the aim of
harming ISKCON. We have now identified the 3-4 individuals who
present themselves as a movement and we are planning to take
legal action against them."
As can be seen on page 3 of this magazine, many
people feel that Back to Prabhupada sets out very clearly what has gone
wrong in ISKCON, and that it is the bogus Gurus who are confusing
everyone with their contradictory explanations as to precisely how, when
and where Srila Prabhupada ever authorized them to accept their own
Gauri Das has presented no evidence that the IRM have done anything
"deceitful". Rather it is the whole ISKCON Guru system which is one big
fraud; a point that even one of their own main
Gurus has admitted.
As for the ISKCON Revival Movement consisting of just "3-4 individuals",
page 10 (pictures of IRM centers) of this issue proves that this is
incorrect. Gauri Das is trying to mislead the very people who pay his
wages, namely the life members and patrons of Bhaktivedanta Manor.
Join the IRM now and let's put a stop to the lies and intimidation.
Let's get back to Prabhupada!