Official Response to Malati Devi Dasi
Posted March 25, 2008
Please consider this letter in response to Malati devi dasi's post "Kirtanananda Status" dated 16 March, 2008. Kirtanananda Swami does not in any manner represent himself or disciples as members of ISKCON. Kirtanananda Swami does not seek out, canvas for or recruit disciples from the before mentioned organization. He has not been invited to rejoin ISKCON and does not wish to be in a situation where he is not welcome.
If devotees within ISKCON seek, invite or select to have association with Maharaja, this is strictly on their own desire and resource. Maharaja is willing to cooperate with any Vaishnava who follows Srila Prabhupada's teachings and wishes to further convey the message of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
We would like to clarify also that Kirtanananda Swami was given sannyasa by Srila Prabhupada in 1967. We hope that this finds you well and in good health.
Note from Kirtanananda:
"I, Kirtanananda, was the first of those devotees Prabhupada named to be his representative for initiation and to continue to be his ritvij until he disappeared, and then to act as regular spiritual master."