By Jagannatha Dasa
It is quite a hilarious sight to see the Bandit trying real hard these days to pass off as a Ritvik. Perfectly timed and planted articles and talk shows where he appears as the crusader in chief waving the Ritvik flag and leading the vanguard.
But who or what is he really? He is a business walla and nothing more – he isn’t a Ritvik not even a Guru Reformer. That is the Final Order. He is not one of us, he sure was able to fool some of us for some time but as the adage goes he can’t fool all devotees for all time.
Just waiting for all our esteemed colleagues on the Hill and the various business offices around the country to read this Order, the Final one. And please leave the Bandit to deal with the order and digest the puke he is swallowing.
The jury is out and verdict is unanimous. The advice is also clear -the Bandit is better off pursuing his large family controlled business conglomerate and steer clear of the ongoing Guru reforms in ISKCON. Actually steer clear of everything happening in ISKCON.
The latest in his long string of dramas is the news that he is offended and upset over the article showing him eating his own puke. So, who is to blame for his pitiable, pathetic loss of face?
So, let us all carefully reconsider our position and consider the need to bring all the disarrayed reformist elements together. Our disunity is the strength of those who want to maintain the status quo in ISKCON and on the Hill. There is an immediate need to bring all the Ritvik sympathizers and guru reformers together on one platform wherever they are. Now it is better to team up directly with the more pragmatic, progressive and sober elements in ISKCON. This alliance will hopefully make ISKCON more stable and closely aligned with the Founder Acarya, Srila Prabhupada.
The way to go for all the different shades of Guru Reformers inside and outside of ISKCON is to team up and this is a natural and holistic coming together of the minds, moods and mission; all for ISKCON’s welfare and posterity.
That is not where the real challenge is.
The trouble is coming from the Bandit parivar and the Bandit parivar is the trouble. They are obviously persona non grata for ISKCON. For that matter, how can any society or assembly of men worth their salt accept them? They deserve to be in the Rogues Gallery. Such has been their track record of deception, betrayal, fraud and brazen selfishness and self promotion. The Bandit parivar is only after protecting its business interests and looking to preserve its strangle hold over devotees. (Look at the clause in the mediation where it is said that the Bandit will personally decide who will stay on the Hill or any of its business branches, thereby ensuring his total control over the lives of the devotees).
So, the parivar is busy trying to hijack the mediation process and turn it into another self-preservation game. What is suffering in the mean time is the already on going reform movement within ISKCON. Is it wise to let this happen?
Just what do a bunch of selfish, crooked, fraudster business men have to do with Guru reforms in ISKCON? Just what do a court declared family of offenders have to do with ISKCON at all?
So, this is where the problem is, our inability to come to terms with the truth; the struggle to see and accept the truth. The sad but important truth is that the Bandit is just a bandit and nothing more. Not a reformer nor a crusader and definitely not an ISKCON well wisher or of the guruparampara. The Bandit parivar is desperately trying to trick us all into believing that he is the holiest among all men in the world right now. But the sad reality is that the Bandit is a businessman and a petty, scheming, scandalous, selfish and slimy one at that. All the Bandit’s efforts cannot change even a shade in the dark black that adorns his personality.
Many of us have crossed this “no-man’s land” and have broken free and come to terms with our life without the Bandit’s evil influence. And as one of those who was there and having done that I know what amount of courage it takes to do it. All those who have crossed over are celebrating every moment of their lives and are direct witness to the fascinating changes going on in ISKCON as it gets ready to take on new challenges and sort out old legacy issues. Many of them are the movers and shakers of ISKCON in India.
No witch hunting, no painful kashta goshtis and no more group slaughtering in the Board Room. Life in the real ISKCON is all about being what Srila Prabhupada wanted us to be – free, independent thinking and being the empowered agent of change you always wanted to be. There are so many devotees who are walking this talk out here.
On the other hand, not wanting to consider this option and if you want to stay where you are, then the only fair option for you will be to ask for a share on the vast business empire you have all helped create.
At least take home some moolah while the Bandit drinks and digest his puke.
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