Chakra Discussions

Exposing Cyber-Bullies

by James Wymer a.k.a "bhaktajames"

Posted May 21, 2008

Upon reading the Open Letter to Bhakti Vikasa Swami, I first wrote three letters to Caitanya dasa voicing my concern about his cyber-bullying of women. I received no reply. I then wrote to his Guru Maharaja, Bhakti Vikasa Swami, again voicing my concern. Once again I received no reply. Therefore, I am now voicing my concern to the society of devotees and to those who directly or indirectly support this behavior.

Do you think it is okay to abuse women with your cyber-words? Are you aware that cyber-bullying is a crime? Are you aware of the woman who was just indicted in California because of her cyber-bullying, which led a young girl to hang herself? Are you, Bhakti Vikasa Swami, encouraging your disciple to write this blog? Are you prepared to go to prison, along with your disciple, because of the next young girl who takes her life? Are you prepared to answer to Srila Prabhupada and the parampara for driving people away from Lord Caitanya's sankirtana movement?

I have been chanting the Holy Names of the Lord for 28 years, and during that time I have seen many devotees step out of line. Just know that the world is watching. Srila Prabhupada is watching. Radha and Krishna are watching. And the courts are watching.

Lalita Madhava prabhu has had the courage to stand up to the pretenders in ISKCON. There are many great souls throughout history who have had this ability to stand up and fight. Srila Prabhupada himself had this type of courage. For those of you who like to pick on women, I ask that you pick on me instead. Please direct your hateful words toward me, and leave the matajis alone. I am trained to handle guys like you and do it for a living. [note from Chakra: we will forward letters to Bhakta James]

Srila Rupa Gosvami recommends:

anasaktasya visayan yatharham upayunjatah
nirbandhah krsna-sambandhe yuktam vairagyam ucyate

(Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu 1.2.255)

Man and woman should live together as householders in relationship with Krsna, only for the purpose of discharging duties in the service of Krsna. Engage the children, the wife and the husband all in Krsna-conscious duties, and then all these bodily or material attachments will disappear. Since the via medium is Krsna, the consciousness is pure, and there is no possibility of degradation at any time.