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Response From Ravindra Svarupa Dasa

submitted by Lavanga Manjari devi dasi, response by Ravindra Svarupa dasa

Posted July 13, 2012

I present you all with a letter written by HG Ravindra Svarupa dasa to his well wishers and disciples concerning the allegations made against him by Mahapurusha dasa.

"My dear disciples and well-wishers,

Please accept my blessings and my obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I’ve been told that many of you have been asking for a response from me concerning the allegations made by my erstwhile disciple Mahapurusa dasa. They are exaggerated beyond all recognition.

Here is my own recollection of what happened.

It took place one evening last April. I had gone to the temple room to chant some rounds in front of the Deities. Eight o’clock came — the regular time for the altar doors to be closed for the Deities to be put in their night clothes. Five or so more minutes went by, and still no pujari showed up to close the doors. I checked and found out that Gandharvika had that duty that night. Giri-govardhana and other pujaris had been complaining to me frequently that Gandharvika was often late for her Deity services, and negligent in other ways. Not only was it repeated seva-aparadha, but also it made their own service difficult.

I had spoken with her about it, but that seemed to make no difference. And now once again she was late.

I decided to call Gandharvika on my mobile. I went into the entrance of the hall on the altar’s left side---the one that leads to the the pujari room and kitchen. At the time, two other people were in the temple room in front of the altar: Sraddha and Mr. Biswani, a congregational member. Just as I heard in my ear the first ring on Gandharvika’s phone, she came through the main entrance of temple room. By then it was about 10 or 12 minutes after 8:00 pm. When she saw me her face registered alarm, and she picked up her pace. I started talking to her in a firm and serious tone. We were in the temple room; I took particular care to not to raise my voice. I told her that her negligence was a chronic problem, and that I had received many complaints. I advised her that she should give highest priority to her Deity service.

As she came nearer to the hallway, I stepped back in to it a bit. It appeared to me from her facial features that she wasn’t actually listening and was trying to “tune me out.” I thought I needed to get her attention. As she hurried past, I effected a kind of symbolic gesture in her direction with my foot. I had no intention to connect, but because she made a little “woo” sound, so I assumed that I had---or that she had perhaps seen the gesture from the corner of her eye. This all happened quite quickly; she was already late.

Within a few days, I met with her. I talked to her mostly about her chanting. At some point I brought up what had happened in the hallway to the pujari room and I said that I was sorry if I had upset her. She seemed to dismiss my concern, so I thought it not an issue. Clearly, this was a false impression.

That’s it.

I want to thank you for your encouraging words of support.

Keep the faith in Krishna and Srila Prabhupada.

Your servant in Srila Prabhupada’s service,

Ravindra Svarupa dasa"

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