Chakra Discussions

Support for 'Open Letter To Dhanurdhara Swami'

by Kishor Stein

Posted May 23, 2006

Shakuntala's letter tells a very tragic story. Ananda was one of our dear friends who gave us a lot of laughter but was still deeply affected by the pain he suffered from Dhanurdhara. In her letter she describes a time when Dhanurdhara came to Los Angeles to meet about his history of grievances with many children in Vrindavan. I personally told her this story, and I was standing there with Ananda as he wanted to walk upstairs to the BBT office and confront Dhanurdhara but did not because of his rage. Ananda told me stories of how Dhanurdhara use to beat him every single day and even broke his nose against a brick wall. The only days Dhanurdhara would not abuse Ananda was when he would take this abuse out on another boy. I am from a younger generation and was not abused but I have listened to these stories and wondered when these horrible acts would stop.

The funeral that was held recently for Ananda was mostly attended by his family and those he served with in the military. There were a few words mentioned about his past with devotees and it was described as negative and abusive. I know Krishna Consciousness is a wonderful thing and Srila Prabhupada is the love of my life, but because of these abusive people in power, I do not feel connected to the present state of ISKCON. I know that Ananda did not feel connected either.

Ananda loved Srila Prabhupada.

I am so sorry that it has taken Ananda to fire a bullet through his brain for me to write an article about how much neglect there still is in Prabhupada's ISKCON. But I am personally just so completely tired of standing still and watching my friends suffer and die because of our inability to recognize and resolve abuse. So I support Shakuntala and I would really appreciate it if Dhanurdhara would begin to take responsibility by asking for forgiveness to those he has wronged. He should do this individually and in person.