Chakra Discussions

Dhanurdhara Swami Should Step Down

by Batu Gopal das

Posted May 31, 2006

Dhanurdhara Swami misses an important point in his "An Open Letter To Sakuntala Devi Dasi" of May 27, 2006. He fails to address his current position of authority and power within ISKCON. In any decent organization, when a person of authority and responsibility commits a grievous mistake against the laws and codes of that organization, they resign or are removed from that position. They do not continue to occupy that position nor are they given another similar position.

ISKCON, as a religious organization, must be especially careful to make sure its leaders adhere to those laws and codes. The issue under discussion is not a simple fall-down or misstep, but something so heinous it defies the rational mind. The violence extends far beyond just the children abused and their families. How many devotees and friends of ISCKON are now asking themselves how they can, in good conscience, continue to participate in ISCKON or have faith in ISKCON with Dhanurdhara Swami in his position? How much harm is he continuing to do to countless devotees and to ISKCON?

Dhanurdhara Swami can and should continue to reach out to those he wronged, but there is no reason he should continue to hold the position of sannyasa or initiating guru within ISKCON. He should immediately step down. If he fails to do so, he should be removed.