Chakra Discussions

Purity Is the Force

by Hare Krsna dasi

Posted June 18, 2006

If purity is the force, is it possible that ISKCON is losing its preaching potency by maintaining criminals and their enablers as worshipable leaders in ISKCON? Unlike others, I do not believe that the long-term answer is simply to have Dhanurdhara gracefully step down from his position. As you may see by the Child Protection report on Bhakti Vidya Purna, for example, there are other Swamis who are still considered worshipable, who have committed acts which would have them still sitting in jail in the "less spiritually advanced" western countries. And in the future, there will doubtless be others of high position who commit other grave offenses. If the GBC does not have the strength to enact and enforce policy to remove such offenders from positions of honor and power, then it is difficult to see how this movement will ever regain its force of spiritual purity.

That being said, it must also be admitted that abusers even up to level of the worst of them, are generally victims of abuse themselves. There should remain some place for them in the house that Srila Prabhupada built. However, true humility and repentence dictacts that it can never be a position of honor and authority. Thus their path for spiritual rejuvenation remains open, unimpeded by inappropriate signals of honor and prestige.

The public deserves to have a clearer idea of the offences of both Dhanurdhara Swami and Bhakti Vidya Purna Swami, and to decide if people who have been responsible for so much destruction to Prabhupada's movement can rightfully maintain positions of honor and prestige in this movement.