Kirtanananda is no longer a swami
Posted July 27, 2004
Dear Kirtanananda prabhu,
Please accept my respects. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
In your open letter to VNN [See below], you wrote, "I have offended many Vaisnavas and have even broken the regulative principles". Not only did you break the principles -- you chose to sexually violate a young, innocent boy who will have to live with this fact for the rest of his life. That is more than simply breaking the principles -- a lot more. In addition to this, you were charged and convicted as having been having been responsible for murder.
Considering these facts and other facts as well, it would be appropriate for you not to name yourself "Swami" any longer. By living according to being simply Kirtanananda "das", you might be able show that you have changed by simply being a humble servant of the Vaisnavas, not accepting any position where you are worshipped. By doing so, you can receive the blessings of the Vaisnavas, which you seem sincerely to be asking for in your letter. Minimizing the serious crimes which you have committed doesn't serve you very well asking for those blessings.
Kirtanananda Swami's Open Letter To Devotees
All the Vaisnavas of New Vrindavan, ISKCON, and devotees of Lord Krishna all over the world:
All glories to Srila Prabhupada, our divine Spiritual Master, our eternal Guide, and our Source of all benediction and blessing. I offer my humble obeisances to all of you.
namah om vishnu padaya krishna presthaya bhutale
srimati bhaktivedanta swamin iti namine
namaste sarasvati deve gaura vani pracarine
nirvisesa sunyavadi pascyata desa tarine
I approach all of you with humble prostrations, begging for your mercy so that I may receive the mercy of Guru and Krishna. I know throughout many years of service to Prabhupada and Lord Krishna in New Vrindavan, that I have offended many Vaisnavas, and have even broken the regulative principles. For that I have been reaping corrective chastisement from Prabhupada and Lord Krishna.
I am reminded of the story of Durvasa Muni and Maharaja Ambarish. I, too, have offended the Vaisnavas, and no matter where I go or how much punishment I receive I cannot regain the shelter of Prabhupada's lotus feet without the Vaisnavas' mercy. Please be kind to me and show me your causeless mercy, and bless me that I may again serve Srila Prabhupada to his full satisfaction.
Your humble servant,