Letter to Bhakti Vikasa Swami Showed Courage
Posted May 17, 2008
I want to thank, honor and praise Lalita Madhava devi dasi for taking the time to expose the reprehensible actions and statements of Bhakti Vikasa Swami. Her compelling open letter to him put everything in proper perspective, and all her points and requests were well taken, well stated and well defended. To think or speak those atrocious statements is bad enough, but to use the Internet to publicize such backward and crazy ideas about women is incredibly vile and malicious. Lalita Madhava prabhu is quite correct that it is a great offense to Srila Prabhupada, Lord Caitanya, Sri Sri Radha-Krsna and the entire parampara.
We might also note that the honorific term Swami surely cannot be applied or attributed to Bhakti Vikasa, since Swami means someone able to control their tongue and senses (which include the mind) — and his statements give ample evidence to the contrary, indicating that he is fully unable to control either his mind or tongue, which casts further doubt on his having any other areas of sobriety.
How sad it is when advanced devotees forget the basic concepts propounded in KC101 — like (1) our philosophy is simple for the simple and crooked for the crooked, (2) we are not these bodies, and (3) attraction and repulsion are flip sides of the same coin. Frankly, apologies would be a good start but might not make adequate compensation for the harm done by this so-called spiritual master and his disciple. Something along the line of doing menial community service and taking a course in diversity might be more sufficient.
I'd only add that maybe posing a deadline for their apology might be appropriate in that anyone tactless enough to publicly take these positions might be tactless enough to also duck and disregard his duty to rectify himself before the assembled devotees.
I pray for this "senior" devotee (BV) that he finds the humility to beg the forgiveness of all those he has offended. Thank you, Lalita Madhava devi for bringing this to the fore and having your GBC quotes readily available. Much thanks also to Sudharma and Vraja Lila devi dasis and all the others who sat on that GBC board. Surely they must have been astonished and dismayed that one of Srila Prabhupada's frontline warriors could be so crude and deluded.