Phoenix Temple Needs Mediation
Posted December 23, 2009
I have followed very closely the articles written by Dasarath prabhu ("Romapada Swami Discovered Behind GBC "Change up" in Phoenix" [article deleted] and "Open Letter to Hari Vilas" [article deleted]), Hari Vilas prabhu ("The Other Side of the Phoenix Temple Issue" [article deleted]) and H.H. Hrdayananda Maharaj ("Clearing up a Misunderstanding"). In the interest of pleasing Srila Prabhupada and serving his mission, the resident deities and Vaishnavas, as well as to prevent Vaishnava offenses, I am wondering why the North American GBC is not bringing all these Vaishnavas together and bringing a win-win resolution to this ongoing management problem at the Phoenix temple.
Perhaps it is already happening, but from articles of Dasarath das and Hari Vilas das it seems there is an ongoing conflict which should be given immediate and urgent attention to take the temple to another level. I think such conflicts greatly minimise the preaching mission of Srila Prabhupada, and the GBC should work towards a solution acceptable to both Dasarath prabhu — who is a devotee in good standing and has done a lot for the Phoenix temple in the past — and the active local management, who have proved their dedication to the temple in the past and present. Any newcomers wanting to do service must get the blessings of the previous management and devotees still active and dedicated to the temple.
The GBC also needs to act in ways to prevent conflicts among Vaishnavas and try to encourage cooperation and harmony among all Vaishnavas wanting to do service at a particular temple.