Vigilance: Abuse Records for Dhanurdhara Swami and Bhakti Vidya Purna Swami
Posted November 26, 2010
Chakra Editorial Comment:
In his memoir, “My Karma, My Fault,” Daniel Lutz, details the abuse he suffered at the hands of those who ran the gurukula where he lived and studied as a child. As a result of his experience, Daniel suffered from severe trauma for many years, and states that he no longer believes in God. It is heartening to hear the response of GBC member Anuttama Dasa, “For Daniel, and for all of our children, we ask that all ISKCON leaders and members pledge to remain vigilant, to always keep improving our schools and child protection systems around the world, and to build for Srila Prabhupada’s society a reputation as a safe and nurturing home for those placed within our care.”
At a time when several men who were awarded the sannyasa asrama by ISKCON, and whom ISKCON records identify as responsible for extensive child abuse, it is troubling to see these swamis still actively preaching in ISKCON venues, whether or not they are still “officially” part of ISKCON.
In keeping with the spirit of “remaining vigilant” endorsed by the GBC’s representative, Chakra is posting the CPO reports of two such sannyasis, Dhanurdhara Swami and Bhakti Vidya Purna Swami, so that temple presidents, bhakta program leaders, and the general public can be aware of their records of extensive child abuse, and thereby protect others from unwittingly falling under their influence. We are not making any statements regarding these men's ability to help their disciples advance spiritually, but feel strongly that anyone who is about to choose a guru needs to have access to all available information on that person.
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