mind control policy continues
Readers of Back to Prabhupada (BTP) will by now be familiar with the
various methods of cult control ISKCON has employed to try and suppress
the truth that Srila Prabhupada, the founder of the Hare Krishna
movement, is also the movement's only authorised initiating (diksa)
In the very first issue of BTP,
we highlighted the cult
tactic of thought control employed by Vipramukhya Swami, the disgraced
"Harry Potter Guru" (so-called because of his predilection for "flying"
on broomsticks). The former Swami, who was also the Temple President of
Bhaktivedanta Manor until he flew away with a young lady, was
notorious for issuing letters banning people from advocating the
position of Srila Prabhupada as the diksa Guru of ISKCON, even within
their own homes (see BTP 1, page 13).
Failure to comply with his draconian directive would be regarded as
"trespassing" if such a thought criminal were to visit the temple,
resulting in the Swami calling the police to have the poor devotee
evicted from the premises on the pretext of "disturbing the peace". This
unbelievable action actually happened and was captured on film,
photographic evidence of which we published in BTP 2 (page 13).
In issue 5, we carried an article by Chaitanya Thankey in our regular
"Coming to Prabhupada" section. In this article, Mr. Thankey detailed
his evolution from accepting a false Guru in ISKCON to his acceptance of
Srila Prabhupada as the only authorized and bona fide diksa Guru of
On November 21, 2004, following the publication of BTP 5, Mr. Thankey
visited Bhaktivedanta Manor to worship in the temple as usual. However,
when Mr. Thankey entered the temple, one of the temple managers
approached Mr. Thankey under the instructions of Gauri Das, the Temple
President of Bhaktivedanta Manor, asked Mr. Thankey to immediately
leave, and then escorted him off the premises despite Mr. Thankey's
initial protestations. Somewhat bemused by this treatment more akin to
dictatorships than open, democratic societies, Mr. Thankey initiated a
correspondence with Gauri Das.
In his first letter to Mr. Thankey, Gauri Das wrote:
|"Members of the IRM are not welcome at
Bhaktivedanta Manor, because they seek to destroy ISKCON based
upon their own interpretation of Srila Prabhupada's
(Letter from Gauri Das, 18 December 2004)
The absurdity of Gauri Das' claim above is
astounding. He has provided not a single shred of evidence that the IRM
is "seeking to destroy ISKCON". This completely spurious allegation is
similar to the tactics employed by the Nazi propaganda machine which
accused Jews of wanting to destroy Germany. And we all know where such
lies led to.
The IRM's "interpretation of Srila Prabhupada's instructions", which is
clearly documented in our book The Final Order, as
well as in a number of papers and academic publications, simply states
that Srila Prabhupada established himself as the only initiating Guru
for ISKCON, and that his final signed directive on this matter should be
followed. So we therefore ask Gauri Das:
HOW does this "interpretation" lead
to the "destruction" of ISKCON?
Rather, surely FOLLOWING the instructions of the spiritual
master Srila Prabhupada is the only way to ensure ISKCON is NOT
In his second reply, Gauri Das wrote:
|"The IRM is an organisation working to
harm ISKCON, thus those who are formally part of or agree with
the views and publications are suspended by the Manor Temple
Council from visiting Bhaktivedanta Manor."
(Letter from Gauri Das, 17 February 2005)
Gauri now brings into play a tactic much
favoured by cults - THOUGHT CONTROL. Gauri Das is saying is that
now one simply has to AGREE with the views of the IRM, namely
that Srila Prabhupada is the bona fide initiating spiritual master of
ISKCON, and you will be banned from Srila Prabhupada's temple.
Thus cult mind control is now complete from all sides. First, readers
were horrified that they could be banned from the temple because of what
they advocated in their own homes. Now, simply AGREEING with the
viewpoint of the IRM is enough. Thus this truly is, without any
exaggeration, a "thought-crime". For now you will be punished not
for what you DO, nor even for what you say, but simply for what
you are suspected of THINKING.
Gauri Das' letters have a further, hidden twist of irony to them. Gauri
Das is also a "Spiritual Commissioner" of the Hindu Forum of Britain -
whose leadership was recently invited to the home of Dr. Jonathan Sacks,
the Chief Rabbi, to participate in a well publicised Hindu-Jewish
community-building meeting. Dr. Sacks is a prominent writer and
broadcaster in the UK and well known for his eloquence in denouncing the
evils of Nazism and his support for free speech. He wrote in the famous
London Times newspaper:
|"Whatever we believe, we should test
in the arena of free debate, rigorous argument and a willingness
to confront positions antithetical to one's own. That is why
academic boycotts and the refusal to give certain views a
respectful hearing are unacceptable, a denial of academic
freedom and intellectual integrity alike."
Rabbi Dr Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew
Congregations of the Commonwealth, The Times (London), June 21st
Gauri Das' letters enforcing a policy of thought
control do not at all sit well with the views of Dr. Sacks.
When condemning the Nazi policy of book-burning, the author Helen Keller
|"History has taught you nothing if
you think you can kill ideas. Tyrants have tried to do that
often before, and the ideas have risen up in their might and
That is why, in the words of BTP's motto
originally used by His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada in the first issues
of his Back to Godhead magazine, we must continue to "defeat tyranny
in the realm of thought".