Going dark?

Going dark?

I am posting email from an friend and my reply. Friends email is anonymized from “security purposes”:

Email from a friend

Dear Hanuman Prabhu, please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I was thinking that in order to protect yourself and family from future harassment and retribution, I was thinking that it might be a good idea to establish an anonymous web presence for your work, at least a good part of it. And also to somehow leave behind your public identity, if possible.

In this regard, I was just remembering a news report about the Hamas terrorist group‘s policy of keeping its operatives’ identities hidden, by way of masks and other precautions, and that this was linked to the difficulty the Israeli security force had in finding Hamas operatives. By comparison, the competing Fateh faction did not follow a policy of anonymity, and the IDF hunted them down easily, basically killing them off to make Hamas the number 1 terrorist org in Palestine. Pardon the comparison to you, but the lesson is that if people in positions of power don’t like you and they can take action against you, they will.

Also, I was thinking that in order to reduce the possibility of Vaisnava ninda (technically, finding imagined faults), because this is a high-risk undertaking, perhaps some criteria could be developed by which one can understand whether the allegations are substantial and valid. It could be like a check list with items like, “Is the rumor from three or more sufficiently unrelated sources?”, “Is the complaint a major concern?”, etc. And then if enough checkboxes are ticked off, then you can go ahead with the story.

Otherwise, you sometimes have to take back your statements, which in my experience permanently undermines your position. Many of these people are not inclined to forgive or forget a slight against them. They will always use the fact that you admitted to a mistake against you. In any case, it could help reduce the risk of committing Vaisnava ninda.

Anyway, just some thoughts about protecting you.

Your servant, X Dasa

My reply

Dear X, please accept my humble obeisances.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I don’t need to protect myself since I don’t have a female secretary and I have not taken sannyas yet.

I am fighting against this very mentality, that I am “doing something wrong”. Sannyasis with female secretaries and sannyasis who enjoy luxury properties are doing it very publicly, actually they are the ones who need to protect themselves from harassment and retribution. Especially retribution from brahmacaries, and their donors.

If I become anonymous, that means I am agreeing to the fact that I am doing something wrong. I am admitting that sannyasis who travel publicly with their female secretaries are bonafide, but those who are exposing them are not bonafide and need to hide themselves. I am not ready to preach such society setup, because Prabhupada never desired to establish such a society. On the long term, such North Korean style society has to fall apart. Even if it remains coherent, it will become society of cheaters and cheated.

I am not terrorist, I am journalist, please don’t compare me to Hamas terrorist group, I find that utterly wrong. People in the position of power need to learn how to behave properly, that is the only way how they will keep their position of power. I don’t think that sannyasis with female secretaries will organise anything against me because there are many better targets than me. Rocana and his “sampradaya sun” website are much more popular than my website. Besides, they tried to kill people in the past (case of Sulocana), and that backfired greatly on them, I don’t think anybody is stupid enough to repeat that mistake.

I also don’t think that will try anything because costs a lot of money, and poses huge risk of being discovered, and from the other side, I am completely harmless because I don’t have huge crowd publicly supporting my work, so the current establishment is not running any risk of being overthrown. They created pretty good percentage of blind followers, and therefore they are ignoring my website since it doesn’t pose a significant risk.

I very rarely commit mistakes, and I don’t mind to apologize for my mistakes since they are always minor. That makes me even more appealing, because I am willing to apologize for a small mistake. But sannyasis with female secretaries are not able to apologize for their mistake. So, ok, Palika was cooking for Prabhupada on a more than a few occasions, but that doesn’t mean that Indradyumna Swami can travel with young female russian translator. Palika was not traveling with Prabhupada, she traveled to a certain city in advance, to cook for him. And Prabhupada didn’t post 20 photos of Palika on his Facebook profile in course of 1 year period.

As far as Vaisnava ninda is concerned, I am ready to go to hell if sannyasis with female secretaries are bonafide and if sannyasis can live in luxury apartments and everybody has to stay silent. If that was really Prabhupada’s idea for the future of ISKCON, then I am ready to go to hell.

your servant, Hanuman das

  • Celestialspring

    Well said, Hanuman Prabhu. Some of us have false reputations to protect. We also don’t want our Iskcon associated organizations to be blamed for our views.

    You know how it works. First they blame you, then your guru, then your affiliation and it goes on.

    Comparing your services to Hamas is really really wrong.

    • Jean-Luc Delvallée

      I am a journalist, not a politician….that’s also what I said to the ones who treated me as a fault finder….although one doesn’t have to look for faults since they are so obvious (female secretaries and so on). A journalist has a right to expose cheaters for the benefit of all (except for those who hide from truth and are very averse to it).

      I was told by a leader that I am ‘very straightforward’….I was amazed. The question itself is very suspicious. I replied: ‘Am I not supposed to be straightforward ? I came to this movement for truth, nothing else’…Is being straightforward an offense?

      To our GBC I said: ‘You claim to be Srila Prabhupada’s representative. Please be representative of Srila Prabhupada’s qualities. Then you may restore some Love and Trust in our french Yatra. That’s what we need and nothing else.’

      A nice elder devotee, sick with Parkinson (Citradevi) commited suicide on the stake in New Mayapur France years ago when she was threatened by the president to be sent to another yatra although she served so many years there: ‘she is slow, she cannot do her service properly, she is sick, she doesn’t speak good French, better she goes to Spain’….I heard that personally from the president a few days before she set herself on fire.

      Long story…For having revealed many unpalatable truths about the way she was treated, some of us were expelled with approval of the GBC. Many left the area. Only a handful of residents stay there, standard is low. Very few devotees in France dare to send at New Mayapur anyone they preach to.

      If you happen to visit New Mayapur, better not be a ‘non ISKCON’: it is posted at the temple door: ‘Non ISKCON devotees can take darsan 10 minutes, take Caranamrta and go on their pilgrimage’.

      More details to come…

      Your servant, Laksminath das.

  • PrabhupadaDisciple

    You say you have no big following. But if it increases, you’ll start seeing influential and prominent members of the ISKCON community start paying attention and replying to your posts. At that point things will surely change.

    • Hrvoje Marjanovic

      They will rather die than admit that their sannyasa with a girlfriend is a deviation. Genuine ISKCON sannyasis are afraid of ending up on my website and they became very careful not to do any nonsense. Some rare sannyasis are willing to adjust to get me off their back. But Sacinandana baba couldn’t care less, he is continuing his travels with his girlfriend.

      • PrabhupadaDisciple

        If a Sanyassin is genuine, they don’t care one bit about your website. Their concern is to please Prabhupada and Krishna. If any care about public opinion, they cannot be called a genuine Sanyassin.

      • PrabhupadaDisciple

        A genuine ISKCON Sanyassin does not care about your website. They care about pleasing Prabhupada and Krishna in every breath and action. If they fall in anyway, they repent and seek mercy from Krishna, not any mundane authority or website.

        A true Sanyassin will not care about false accusations because their faith in Krishna will deliver them back to Godhead. So, even if they hear them, they will not respond in fear. But they will clarify anything if asked so others do not get bad ideas of what is and what is not acceptable.

        A fake Sanyassin will ignore true accusations and pretend not to hear them because they want to pose as a genuine Sanyassin.

        Therein lies the conundrum in life.

        Sacinananda should respond to your inquiries and clarify misunderstanding, if that is what they are. If not, it seems he is okay with becoming like his guru Harikesa.