Highest Knowledge On the Planet
Posted June 1, 2006
Today I received an email from a devotee named Devadeva dasi whom I do not know. She offered some opportunity to read Dhanurdara's letter of apology along with an attached 50 page Child Protection Office report on the case findings and judgment on Dhanudhara. This was part of my response to her,
"It is good that Dhanurdhara has tried to offer apologies to his victims. They may even think he is sincere if he did not pursue a position of leadership in ISKCON but because of that there is no way to assume that his apologies are sincere. Abusive, power seekers will do anything to gain power over others. There is really nothing I could read that would convince me that Dhanurdhara should be allowed to "pose" as an initiating guru. But there are so many "posers" in ISKCON. Anyone who would be inclined to take spiritual initiation from a person who has in his heart the capacity to abuse helpless children needs to have their head examined. In human society, this is an act that can hardly be forgiven much less ever be forgotten.
I do not know who you are or if you are a disciple of Dhanurdhara or not but if you are, some day you will wake up to the fact that you may spend your entire spiritual life defending a child abuser. That is sad for you and you might want to ask yourself why you feel compelled to do so."
I can appreciate many of the responses to the sudden death of Ananda and the open letter to Dhanurdhara. I can appreciate the letter Dhanurdhara wrote in response with his expressions of remorse, but can't we see the absurdity of the concept of "Guru/Child Abuser?" That is as ridiculous as the concept of "Guru Reform", remember that book by Satswarupa? Sometimes I feel like I'm living in a Fellini movie, "ISKCON 8½" or something like that.
Responding to Goura Hari's letter, maybe you missed the part where Shakuntala said about Ananda, "He chose not to enter the room because he did not feel he would be able to control the rage he felt against you and you are lucky because he is a decorated Gulf War veteran. He stood across the street instead, fist clenched for an hour, staring in your direction full of rage." I think this illustrates Ananda's strong feelings toward Dhanurdhara.
As Srila Prabhuada was quoted in Hari Sauri's Biography, A Transcendental Diary: Volume 1, "If a teacher hits a child he should not just be sent away, he should be hanged! He should be hanged! He should be hanged!" he declared, stabbing his right index finger in the air for emphasis." But no, not in ISKCON, hit a child and become guru.
I wonder how Dhanurdhara's disciples feel when (if) they realize that their guru daksina goes towards the rehabilitation of their Guru's victims. Right? That is a "sanyasa/guru's" only source of income, guru daksina? (Fellini himself couldn't dream up such absurdity.)
All the talk of forgiveness in many articles of response is a great idea, such as in the incredible article "Krishna Heals.... " as the author states "We have to ask ourselves how much suffering do those who hurt us the most have to undergo before we can release them? Must they be run over by 10 trains, chopped in to a hundred pieces or even eaten up by a pack of lions?" No, I don't think these punishments would make a victim feel better but at least could we not make the abuser GURU?!
Here we are with the highest knowledge on the planet; Bhagavad-Gita, and the
"wisest" men and women on the planet can't figure out how to make one
rational decision. Abusers do not make good guru's. Hello! Beam me aboard
Scotty, there is no intelligent life down here in ISKCON land!