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VEB, not GBC, Advised Against Book

by Malati dasi

Posted August 27, 2010

In a statement by Krishna Chandra das posted on Chakra August 9, 2010, the following assertation was made:

"Just one week before Aindra das left his body in Vrindavan his long-awaited book was to have been published. I believe that the GBC had requested him not to release it, warning him that if he did so, he might have to leave ISKCON."

It is always a good idea to check facts before making any assertive statements. In this case, the statement is a conjecture. After carefully checking, I would like to present the following statement from GBC executive committee member Hrday Chaitanya das:

"Last year on Srila Prabhupada's disappearance day Aindra prabhu was interrupted in his speech because the leaders felt it was inappropriate. If I do not mistake, Gopal Krsna Maharaja stopped him, or at least tried to stop him.

"Soon after, during the VEB (Vrindavan Executive Board) meetings, the VEB requested Aindra prabhu not to publish his book; otherwise, there would be some restrictions put on him. Please note that this request came from the VEB, not the GBC. The GBC were not in any way involved.

"This year, after leaving his body, the subject of the printing of Aindra prabhu's book came to the attention of the EC, and the EC requested the VEB to deal with it. The GBC-EC expressed to the VEB their opinion that if the book were published and it was deemed to be necessary, they would respond to it later."

In other words. as it often does, the GBC deferred the matter to local management, deeming the matter a local issue, and had no further participation.