Former Abusers May Serve Humbly, But Never Lecture
Posted April 19, 2012
I would like to thank and congratulate the GBC members for sending out letters from the Turley Law Offices to the second-generation devotees, extending their apologies and pledges of support to them in their continued struggle to engage in Krsna consciousness after having suffered abuse from unscrupulous persons under whose care they had been placed. Certainly their heartfelt remorse and desire to encourage our future generations to take shelter of the love of God given to us so graciously by Srila Prabhupada is inspiring.
We see that many young devotees are taking to the Sankirtan movement with their whole hearts and want to see the mission of Lord Caitanya manifest as predicted. The Hare Krishna movement cannot be stopped from without or from within. Our words and intentions are very important, even if our attempts are imperfect. Hopefully, with continued realizations of what it means to be Vaishnava, our ISKCON home will be the safe haven for the world that it is meant to be.
As well as appreciating the positive sentiments, I do petition the leaders to try to understand the effect of seeing some of those abusers still allowed to be in powerful positions of influence. The idea that a sadistic child abuser has the qualifications to be a guru or even a sannyasi is beyond my understanding. Full disclosure to the initiates should be made. Srila Prabhupada stated that someone who is suspect should not be in a leadership position.
My heart is broken and torn to see pictures of these abusers being honored openly with no thought of the effect it has on their victims. For the benefit of our continued progress of purification, I request that those repentant devotees be given the opportunity to distribute Srila Prabhupada's books and Krsna prasadam in a humble state of mind but not sitting on a Vyasasana giving class.
Actions speak louder than words, and I am sure that the ultimate managerial authority can manage to see beyond the business at hand to the next ten thousand years. Most likely we will be taking birth as our own great-grandchildren and will be living in the movement of our making. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. All glories to your service.
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