Open letter to Gopal Krishna Goswami

Open letter to Gopal Krishna Goswami

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Date: Fri, 07 Apr 2017 20:46:52 +0000
Subject: question about female sannyasi secretary tattva
From: Hanuman das
To: Gopal Krsna Goswami <>

Dear Gopal Krishna Goswami,

please accept my humble obeisances.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

here, in Croatia, we had huge incident with a sannyasi who has a female secretary, and was even traveling with her around the world for 10 years.

We had a lot of trouble removing his female secretary, and we were not successful at the end. Reason for this is that many disciples of this guru would probably bring up other sannyasis who have female secretaries. They would complain that their guru is not allowed to have female secretary, while others are allowed.

In this way, every sannyasi who has a female secretary is actually making it harder to bring this movement to a proper standard.

Srila Prabhupada was very clear on this issue, he called women secretaries a bad habit. Here is a quote:

In the name of religion you do all nonsense rascaldom, and if the leader approves, “Yes, you can do.” Vivekananda did it. Vivekananda did it. “Yes, there is no difference between eating meat and not meating eat in terms of religious system.” He preached this, and all the sannyāsīs of Ramakrishna Mission, they eat meat, they drink, they have WOMAN SECRETARY, and everything. This Chinmayananda also like that. I know his whole history. Unless one is purely Kṛṣṇa conscious, one cannot give up ALL THESE BAD HABITS. This is the test. (Morning walk — April 24, 1974, Hyderabad)

I am attaching facebook photo of Madhava Mangala Devi dasi, in which she claims that she is your secretary.

I know that you took sanyass to dedicate your life to Srila Prabhupada’s mission, and you’ve built many temples in New Delhi, so I don’t understand why there is a need for this female secretary nonsense. Please enlighten us if you deem appropriate.

your servant, Hanuman das

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