Jiva Jago! (A Humble Request)
Posted May 25, 2006
To Dhanurdhara Swami: To increase the honor and integrity of ISKCON, I humbly request you to voluntarily renounce all honorific titles, disciples and public ministry and retire to a more reserved life of prayer and penitence. Dedicate yourself to repairing the damage in which you played a major role. Help to heal our wounded Society. I am wholeheartedly convinced that this course of action would be the best "preaching" you could do in this lifetime. I pray you find the courage and conviction to do the right thing.
To my fellow Gurukulis: Let us remember to show compassion, even to one responsible for so much pain and suffering. Our request should not be that Dhanurdhara be completely isolated from all congregational activities. According to our beliefs, it is through prayer and association that even the lowest among us can find redemption. What we have been consistently asking for is that Dhanurdhara no longer be allowed to speak publicly, ordained with honorific titles, authorized to accept disciples, and designated as one of ISKCON's most exalted personalities.
To the GBC (and other ISKCON Leaders): Please take Ananda's suicide as an occasion to reflect on your collective decisions regarding Dhanurdhara Swami. Take a moment to understand what message you send to the rest of the world through such decisions. I appreciate the difficult choices you often must make and sincerely hope you can be strong leaders and shining examples for our Society.
To the greater Vaishnava Society: This is an opportunity for us to understand the importance of offering genuine love and support to those among us who may be struggling in their lives. Encourage them to find the help they need. As we can see, sometimes it does mean the difference between life and (an untimely) death.
Seeking the essence,
Chaitanya Mangala dasa