Prabhupada condemns “illegal” temple banning policy
previously exposed the hypocrisy of ISKCON UK’s management in
banning Srila Prabhupada’s devotees from worshipping at Bhaktivedanta
Manor simply for promoting Srila Prabhupada as the genuine Guru of
ISKCON, while no such restrictions on temple worship in ISKCON apply to
an exposed fraudster or even a convicted paedophile (indeed, one
convicted child abuser in the movement is currently a guru receiving
regular worship!). This year’s GBC resolutions have gone further and
made it official policy to not bar paedophiles from visiting ISKCON
|407. Child Abuse
Cases Mandatory Restrictions
After Going Through the Criminal System [Action Order] Resolved,
That devotees who have been convicted, or found guilty in
legitimate criminal or civil court proceedings, or there has
been a determination by a government agency, of sexual or
physical child abuse, will be restricted in their relationship
with ISKCON temples and projects in the following manner.
a. They may not reside in temples or stay overnight.
b. They may not assume a position of leadership, or publicly
represent ISKCON in any way.
c. They may not give class; lead kirtan in any ISKCON sponsored
activity or event.
d. They may not engage in service involving children.
e. They may not be present at a temple if victims are also
2. In certain cases where the individual has been found guilty
of severe criminal child abuse (such as defined in the “zero
tolerance” section of the CPO Policies and Procedures), the
offender may be restricted entirely from participation or
visiting ISKCON temples or projects. Invoking this restriction
would require the normal full CPO adjudication process and would
be a decision of the CPO judges assigned to the case. Of course,
any individual temple may choose to totally restrict an abuser
from their particular temple.
3. If there are extenuating circumstances that would warrant the
relaxation of the restrictions in #1 above, that case would need
to be appealed by the individual devotee, or a local temple, to
the ICOCP, and the decision would be made by the CPO Appeals
a) Here we see that those who are convicted
paedophiles are still allowed to VISIT ISKCON temples. They
only have to abide by certain restrictions WHILST visiting.
Even then such restrictions can be waived if there are
b) Only in certain cases where the child abuse is “severe”,
the offender MAY be restricted from visiting ISKCON temples.
And even then it requires the “full CPO (Child Protection Office)
c) Yet as we have documented in previous issues of BTP, anyone
merely suspected of simply believing that Srila Prabhupada continues
to be the diksa Guru for ISKCON (the IRM position) is
ruthlessly driven out and banned from even setting foot inside the
hallowed grounds of an ISKCON temple.
Thus the GBC have now put on record what they
really think of paedophilia and their determination to stamp out child
abuse. Those who commit abominable acts of child abuse are considered
safer than those who simply THINK that Srila Prabhupada, the
founder and Guru of ISKCON, on whom everything in ISKCON rests, is the
Guru of ISKCON. Thus far from advocating “zero tolerance” towards
child abuse, the GBC have instead decided “zero tolerance” should
only be practised in respect of devotees who have thoughts in their head
about the glory and supremacy of Srila Prabhupada.
The whole world is coming to know and will be made aware of such
shocking hypocrisy and double standards. Whilst ISKCON are happy to wrap
themselves with the flag of “Hindu human rights” whenever they
experience any trouble with the authorities, we will ensure that these
authorities will be made fully aware of ISKCON’s own practise of human
PAEDOPHILES – WELCOME
SRILA PRABHUPADA BELIEVERS –
|Hypocrisy of the
Bhaktivedanta Manor management
“On that day, 36,000 people, from all over
England, marched in central London to protest: “Today we are banned
from worship— shame on the British government.”
(Article on the ‘Save the Manor’ campaign, Back to Godhead
|Temple banning is
“But there is one difficulty, because the
present administration of Jagannath Puri sometimes do not allow us
to enter the temple. Of course, for our vaisnavas this
discrimination is spiritually illegal.”
(Srila Prabhupada Letter April 8th, 1972)
“Especially in those days they were very strict. They do not
allow anyone except Hindus to enter the temple. Nowadays, of course,
there is law. If somebody is, actually has come to the Hindu way of
life, he’s allowed. Our Jayagovinda and others were allowed to see
(Srila Prabhupada Conversation, August 4th, 1969)
|Temple banning not
approved by Lord Caitanya
“Similarly, the members of this Krsna
consciousness society are sometimes refused entrance into some of
the temples in India […]
Such dogmatic prohibitions were not approved by Lord Caitanya
(Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya-lila, 1:63, purport)
|Rascal management bans
Vaisnavas from temples
“It is very regrettable that these
European and American boys who are purely Vaisnava and who follow
all principles are not allowed by the rascals to enter the temple
I do not know what makes the management take this attitude [...]
According to sastra anyone who wears tilaka and
sikha and kunti over and above the Vaisnava dress or
Vaisnava sannyasi must be accepted especially while chanting
Hare Krishna mantra with bead bags. Kindly convince them and
induce them to allow these Vaisnavas to enter Jagannatha Temple.”
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, April 8th, 1974)
“So you don’t take simply Jagannatha temple. There are many other
temples, they allow. It is a particular management body, they do not
allow. But that is not the sanction of the sastra. That is
not the sanction. Suppose in your private house you make some
private law. That is your business. But actually temple is open for
(Srila Prabhupada Darshan, July 8th,1976)
|ISKCON temples open for
“Oh. So that we cannot cancel:
“These hippies are not admitted.” No. We admit everyone. We cannot
say that “Such and such person cannot enter into our temple.” We
cannot say. Everyone is welcome.
Everyone is welcome...
We cannot say, just like, in some hotels, that “Such and such
persons are not admitted.” No. We cannot. We admit everyone.”
(Srila Prabhupada Conversation, 29th April 1969, Boston)
“Yes. Temple is open for everyone.
Let them come and sit down, chant Hare Krsna, hear Bhagavad gita.
We don’t say, “Oh, are you potter? No. You are not allowed.” We
don’t say that. “Are you cobbler?
Oh, you are not allowed.” No.
We don’t say that. Everyone is welcome.
(Srila Prabhupad Room Conversation, 16th July 1968, Montreal)
“Regarding Narottama das, our policy should be to keep members as
much as possible. We should not flatly say ‘You must leave.’’ That
is not our policy.”
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, 12th August 1969, Los Angeles)
“In our Temple all Europeans, Indians, Mohammedans, Christians,
everyone is welcome.”
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, 29th January 1970)
“...In this class we do not prohibit anyone to come within the
Temple, everyone is welcome.”
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, 5th February 1970)
Remember we are NOT speaking of banning
murderers or people who could pose a threat to innocent children (as we
see above, they are welcomed). No, we are simply speaking of persons who
are supposedly carrying around the ‘wrong’ thoughts in their head -
namely, that Srila Prabhupada is the real Guru of ISKCON.