CONCLUSIONS & SUMMARY
CHAPTER 45: CONCLUSIONS & SUMMARY
This reporter is beset by heavy anxiety
and is troubled over the responsibility undertaken for the collection of the evidence
in the poisoning of Srila Prabhupada. Should it be openly distributed and what
effects will this information will have on the ISKCON body that was so dear to
Srila Prabhupada? Why expose the poison conspiracy? After all, some say, so much
time has passed and what is done cannot be undone. Perhaps, as some have suggested,
this matter is best forgotten.
In answer, we need only look to what
happened to the teachings of Jesus Christ, a sad phenomenon being pieced together
only recently by modern historians. In essence, the teachings of Christ have been
lost, changed, perverted, and adapted for use by those with less than pure motives.
It is now even doubtful whether Christ died on the cross or that he said or did
many of the things attributed to him. One shocking book on the subject is Bloodline
of the Holy Grail. There is still faith in Christ and some potency in Christianity,
but the full spiritual power of his teachings have been corrupted and is missing.
But without digressing to a discussion
on modern Christianity compared with Christ's original teachings, suffice it to
say that we stand at a critical crossroads in the history of the world in regards
to the future of Lord Chaitanya's movement. We do not want what happened to Christ's
teachings to happen to Srila Prabhupada's mission. The number and magnitude of
setbacks to Srila Prabhupada's mission and His ISKCON in the last 22 years have
been such that if the present course is continued, there will be little left in
another 10 years.
It behooves those dedicated to the Mission
to come forward at this time and strive earnestly for the restoration of purity
and potency to Srila Prabhupada's Mission. At the risk of some unavoidable and
initially acrimonious debate over the poison issue, we must strive to establish
the truth of how Srila Prabhupada was poisoned and seek full accountabilities
thereof. Only then can we hope to restore His Mission when those who usurped
it by such a horrible crime are removed from the Mission. Their continued
presence as supposed leaders of the Mission, and the effects of their "spells"
of philosophical twists and deviations on Srila Prabhupada's teachings must be
cleansed. In short, the poisoners of Srila Prabhupada have also poisoned ISKCON
and the Mission. All the problems in ISKCON will be solved by removing the poisoners
and their poisonous effects, and then centering the Mission on Srila Prabhupada.
ISKCON can be thus restored.
was poisoned because those who wanted His assets thought they needed Him out of
their way. The assassins of the pure devotee must be apprehended, removed, and
chastised according to the laws of God and the state. Assuming that some of the
"original eleven" and their allies are responsible
for the poisoning, which is definitely indicated by the evidence, then it follows
that ISKCON has been seriously adulterated by their takeover of Srila Prabhupada's
The systems and policies instituted since 1977 need to be reviewed in light of the poisoning of the acharya. The misguided course that the assassins have set His Mission on must be corrected and secured by those who have proven themselves dedicated to Srila Prabhupada and above self-aggrandizement. How long will it take us to finally realize that those who want to be gurus have corrupted this movement with their less than spiritual ambitions? As long as those who had anything to do with the poisoning, and perhaps those who cooperated with the poisoners afterwards, remain as leaders of and "gurus" in Srila Prabhupada's Mission, there will persist a loss of faith by the common members in the leadership, and a lack of purity in the leadership as well. It is time to clean house and do repairs !
SUMMARY OF EVIDENCE
To begin, let us review a quote from
a Mr. Schippers during some of President Clinton's legal and moral difficulties:
"Please do not be cajoled into
considering each event in isolation and then treating it separately. That is a
tactic employed by defense lawyers in every conspiracy trial...(in history) Events
and words that may seem innocent or even expulpatory in a vacuum may well take
on a sinister or even criminal connotation when observed in the context of the
We can expect the entrenched ISKCON
leadership to try and dissect the case for poisoning Srila Prabhupada into little
bits and pieces, and then discredit each one individually. They will say the whispers
can't really be heard, the symptoms are of kidney disease and colds, Srila Prabhupada
did not mean such and such when He said this and that, the hair analysis is misleading
or faulty, reverse speech is voodoo hocus-pocus, this is just the work of those
"rtviks," etc, etc, etc. But we need to look at the whole picture. When
we add all the evidence together, things begin to confirm each other and it becomes
obvious as a conspiracy. Srila Prabhupada used to say, "Where there is
smoke, there is fire," and there is both here. Nevertheless,
the further facts and evidence that are required to completely resolve the
issue will be found out, rest assured. The investigation has reached a
point of no return. Poisoners beware: we will find you!
SYMPTOMS: The challenge is put forward to all toxicologists
and pathologists: study the health biography in this publication and tell us that
the physical symptoms exhibited by Srila Prabhupada are anything other than those
of chronic arsenic poisoning ! Thank you to Tamal for providing so much of the
information necessary for this reconstruction of Srila Prabhupada's health history.
However, most information came from :areful review of the taped recordings that
survived and are found in the Conversations Books.
PRABHUPADA SAID: For
a good perspective on the value of Srila Prabhupada's statements that He was being
poisoned, refer to Appendix 18. Even the GBC apologists admit
confusion and perplexity at now to explain away Srila Prabhupada's words, "Someone
has poisoned me." But they will not take the words of the pure devotee seriously.
SPEECH: This is a controversial area of evidence, but the
case of Srila Prabhupada's poisoning is not made or broken by speech reversals.
However, they are shocking in their consistency and revelations,they
are further confirmation of the fact, and the method deserves further research.
Many law enforcement agencies are also using reverse speech analysis; why shouldn't
ANALYSES: Further neutron activation analyses of Srila Prabhupada's
1976-77 hair samples would provide the confirmations we need to reconstruct the
precise history of Srila Prabhupada's poisoning. The more evidence the better.
However, even with only ONE test, that done on Hari Sauri's October 1977 hair,
we find that by conservative estimation, Srila Prabhupada had 10 times the average
level of arsenic. This alone constitutes definite confirmation of His being poisoned.
Further, this author's hair sample was analyzed to have 4 times the average amounts
SUM TOTAL OF EVIDENCE: We
have sufficient evidence to assuredly and unequivocally state: Srila
Prabhupada was poisoned. The mass of corroborating evidence herein
establishes this fact as a certainty. The mass of evidence at this point is too
compelling to ignore or dismiss. Now we must move to conclude the investigation,
remove the poisoners, and rebuild our beloved Spiritual Master's Mission.
Was Srila Prabhupada
killed? Definitely not. The pure devotee is fully under the protection
of the Supreme Lord and whatever takes place in the lives of such fully surrendered
souls is a divine arrangement, not the result of material factors or conditions.
As Srila Prabhupada said on April 16. 1977, to Tamal: "It is not possible
to kill him (Christ). Such a great personality, representative of God, he is not
killed. That is not possible."
Was Srila Prabhupada
poisoned? Definitely, yes. He knew He was being poisoned, maybe long
before He finally said so on November 9-10, 1977. Srila Prabhupada's references
to Ravana and Rama (November 11, 1977), and the statement, "Better
kill me here," (October 22, 1977) also indicate He knew He was being
poisoned. Yet, Srila Prabhupada seemed to accept it in the mood of complete dependence
on Lord Krishna. He incredibly made hardly any complaint about His physical condition
and ill health, what to speak of any protest of being poisoned. Srila Prabhupada
was fully empowered with all the mystic yoga perfections; He was capable of physically
defeating any opposition, by the grace of the Lord. Srila Prabhupada departed
because it was a private decision between Himself and His worshippable Lord.
When Srila Prabhupada was no longer
wanted, being poisoned by those He gave His mercy to, He decided to depart, a
decision confirmed in a September 25, 1976 letter to Bhaktijan Prabhu in New York,
who was concerned about Srila Prabhupada's health:
"I'll not leave the planet until
Being poisoned could easily be taken
as an order to leave or not being wanted. Srila Prabhupada several times expressed
in His final months that His staying depended on His disciples desire and love.
We failed to demonstrate it; we failed in convincing His Divine Grace to stay
with us. Or rather, the
poisoners decided that for the rest of us.
Nevertheless, we failed to protect our Spiritual Master. Now knowing what happened,
can we still remain silent, passively accepting this greatest of injustices?
Who poisoned Srila Prabhupada? To uncover
the reality of this issue is a daunting task, as twenty-two years already has
passed to hide the evidence. It constitutes a challenge of tremendous proportions,
and whatever the outcome, the issue is one of great importance to the spiritual
health and future of Srila Prabhupada's divine Mission and the upliftment of humanity.
Our greatest obstacle to achieving justice and a restoring of the Mission is not
the poisoners' cleverness or determination to remain anonymous- it would be the
apathy and inaction of Srila Prabhupada's followers.
WHAT TO DO NOW?
There is the very small chance that
Srila Prabhupada was poisoned from outside ISKCON, although, given the evidence
on hand already, that just doesn't make sense. The assassins are almost certainly
still inside ISKCON in positions of power and leadership. The consequences
of the discovery of Srila Prabhupada's poisoning must now be dealt with. The
example may be given of Kirtanananda Swami and New Vrindaban. It was not until
Kirtanananda's final departure to jail that the once-largest devotee community
in ISKCON was able to rectify itself and move forward with renewed purity (relatively
speaking). Similarly, we must of necessity completely purge the saboteurs
from ISKCON before the Mission can be properly restored to purity and reset on
the proper course that Srila Prabhupada charted out.
Since 1977 there has been a disease
in Srila Prabhupada's body, namely ISKCON, evidenced by the pain, confusion, turmoil,
cheating, and deviations experienced in the past 22 years. The cure for the disease
in the Mission is offered with the following steps:
1. Completion of the poison investigation,
leading to a full resolution including legal proof of the crime, apprehension
of the murderers and their accomplices, their removal and legal convictions.
2. Select a new GBC body from scratch,
elected by the devotees, who would then have renewed faith in ISKCON leadership.
3. Select a group of qualified brahmanas,
elected by the devotees, to oversee an open, ongoing philosophical convention
to sort out the current divisive issues at hand, such as the guru issue, etc.
Until the next empowered representative of the Lord comes who can unite the various
factions with singular leadership, let us try to cooperatively and democratically
establish an ISKCON Constitution based on the teachings of Srila Prabhupada. We
have already seen that tyranny and the heavy-handed rule of the GBC-guru elite
will not work. Now let us try another path, one of open discussion leading to
consensus and cooperation. Let us assume the grass roots members of this movement
are basically sincere and will accept philosophical siddhanta when it is openly
and honestly discussed and ascertained rather than forced down their throats.
After all, everything is in Srila
Prabhupada's books. If we avail ourselves of His books, all issues can be settled
by the above mentioned method.
4. Move forward again with cooperation, honesty, and openness in following Srila Prabhupada's teachings, without any more tyranny, and push on the Mission of delivering the fallen souls of this planet.
This can be accomplished if enough of
the followers of Srila Prabhupada are sufficiently interested to become involved
in a final and full reform effort. The partial so-called reforms of 1982, 1986,
1992, 1996, etc have not addressed the real problem: the poisoners and their poisoning
of the Mission. Let us not forsake Srila Prabhupada and His desire that Lord Chaitanya's
Mission be realized. We may be battered, bruised, disgusted. alienated, confused,
and disheartened by the cloud of darkness over Srila Prabhupada's Mission. But
at least let us not end our lives without having tried to restore Srila Prabhupada
to ISKCON. We can try, and Krishna will decide the results.
CONTINUATION OF POISON INVESTIGATION
into the poisoning of Srila Prabhupada has JUST only begun; it must be continued
until the whole truth has been uncovered The present situation is that
there are two underfunded, oppressed, and under-manned investigations working
separately, but both facing ar. ISKCON leadership entrenched in denial. Probably
the only way this situation can be altered is by a massive groundswell of protest
and demand for action from the worldwide Vaishnava community. Pressure on the
present leaders and "gurus" may precipitate some progress. Typically,
a leader is able to remain in his position only so long as he inspires
faith and confidence in his constituents. Thus leaders will respond to the devotees
who if in sufficient numbers, demand action.
Obviously, a very serious expansion
of the investigation is required Pressure on the ISKCON leadership can bring about
the formation anc funding of an expanded and empowered investigative team (EXIT)
choser: from the existing investigations with additional, neutral parties inside
anc outside of the official ISKCON structure. If the GBC will not do so, then
the followers of Srila Prabhupada must organize such an effort themselves.
It is understood that Balavanta Prabhu's
team is working under the extreme hardship of no funding and the subtle intimidation
of finding result? in keeping with ISKCON's official policy of absolute denial
that poisoning took place. Balavanta seems to have his hands tied by de facto
non cooperation from the GBC, while the GBC simultaneously wants him to provide
confirmation of their denials. Again, only grass roots pressure can change that.
The GBC and all ISKCON members and supporters must require that any member, guru,
or GBC consents to being interviewed anc questioned, Tamal, Jayapataka and Bhakticharu
Swamis especially. Actually, those three should be placed under "house arrest"
at once by the GBC until their full and separate depositions are taken. The non-cooperation
of these individuals should meet the full power of the GBC's disciplinary
Once an expanded and empowered investigative
team (EXIT) is formed, the following are some of the things to do:
1. Interview Tamal Krishna Goswami,
Bhavananda, Satadhanya, Bhakticharu Swami, Hansadutta, Jayapataka Swami and many
others, including lie detector tests, sodium pentathol interviews, and reverse
2. Obtain and test further samples of
Srila Prabhupada's hair and teeth, such as those in Tamal's possession.
3. Procure complete translations of
Hindi and Bengali portions on the 1977 tape recordings.
4. Contact the government authorities
in India, where the crime was committed, for assistance and participation in the
investigation. The Indian law enforcement agencies may take up the case as well.
5. Conduct further audio forensic analysis
as may be necessary to confirm known and presently unknown whispers, and to test
for tape editing.
6. Conduct reverse speech analysis to
7. Maintain an internet website for
the discussion of the issues, the evidence, the consequences, the healing.
8. Mount a renewed effort to locate
9. Establish a public relations office
to deal with the publicity, and an 800 number hotline for leads and general participation.
10. Requisition of vital documents and
evidence, such as Tamal's original diary and the original 1977 tape recorders.
11. If a legal resolution cannot be
achieved due to lack of sufficient evidence for obtaining murder convictions,
the GBC must decide whether those suspected should be allowed to remain in their
positions, considering the unity and health of Srila Prabhupada's mission. It
may come to the point where some suspects, perhaps, will need to be sent off to
remote parts of the world to preach alone, as their continued presence would be
too controversial and disturbing. There's the Amazon, the Congo, Greenland, China
etc. That would be the "honorable" thing for them to do voluntarily.
We want the truth! We want the directors
of ISKCON to be responsible to the many thousands of devotees whose spiritual
lives hang in the balance over this issue. Will ISKCON be the institution which
Srila Prabhupada created and put into motion, or will it become a Kaliyuga production,
a impotent pseudo-spiritual sideshow? This question must be answered, for can
an institution which gives safe harbor to those who have killed the Founder-Acharya
have any effective future?
It must be noted that not one GBC member
or ISKCON "guru" has contacted the IVC, any of its members, or this
author to offer help, sympathy or even to ask questions. Even the noted liberal
and free thinking Bhaktitirtha Swami declined any involvement in this issue, begging
a busy schedule as an excuse. To be optimistic, though, let us assume that when
this compilation is put in their hands,
they will awaken to the gravity and substance of the poisoning evidence, and meet
up to their responsibility as ISKCON leaders. Hopefully there will be at least
a few devotees who hold positions in ISKCON who will demand a full scale and truly
If our ISKCON leaders, even after this
compilation is made available to them, do not aggressively act to set up an impartial
and full-fledged investigation, we will conclude that their sincerity and honesty
has been compromised by political or personal considerations. Then we must demand
their resignation and find out new and honest leadership to steer Srila Prabhupada's
movement to success through the choppy waters of Kaliyuga. The evidence contained
herewith should be more than sufficient to cause each and every sincere follower
of Srila Prabhupada to rise up and act for the welfare of ISKCON.
We must now bring an atmosphere of honest review and investigation into the poison
issue and other significant and related topics, one of which is the initiation
and guru question. No longer can we afford to allow the Mission of Srila Prabhupada
to be run by those who would reject and expel any who do not conform to their
Surely, Lord Krishna will make arrangements
for the preservation and rectification of Srila Prabhupada's Mission, and it is
just a matter of time before this situation is set right. The poison issue, the
initiation/guru issue, the changing the books issue, the guru's money issue and
much more of the causes for disturbance in ISKCON will be resolved soon.
We must not become depressed and cynical or resort to the same inappropriate
behavior we have abhorred in others. We must have faith that Lord Chaitanya's
predictions will come to pass and that Srila Prabhupada's incarnation was divinely
arranged and that His hard work and austerity will not be futile.
Meanwhile, we all must become prepared
to participate meaningfully in a new and cleansed ISKCON of the near future. We
have learned so much since Srila Prabhupada's departure about the what-not-to-do's
and the pitfalls to avoid in preserving and perpetuating His spiritual movement.
Exactly how we can contribute to the preservation and rectification of ISKCON
will be revealed by the prayer and sincere soul-searching of each individual.
Let us prepare ourselves by becoming fixed in Krishna consciousness and soundly
situated in simple living with sufficient arrangement for basic economics. Our
extra time in life can then be used to cooperatively push on Srila Prabhupada's
mission to save this planet and its six billion human inhabitants from the progressive
hellish degradations of the Age of Kali.
The investigation into the poison issue
began as a team effort of IVC members and supporters ever since its inception
in late 1997. Rochan Prabhu maintained much relevant information on a web site
(although it has become somewhat outdated) and acted as a clearinghouse and coordinator.
Mahabuddhi and Isha Prabhus organized the first audio forensic analyses on
the whispers. Dhaneshwar Prabhu worked on
the aborted CD project and reverse speech research, the work for which was invaluable
to this publication. Mrigendra and Gupta Prabhus gave practical and legal advice,
both being long-practicing attorneys.
Many were interviewed or consulted by
Dhaneshwar Prabhu or this reporter, such as Pradyumna, Arundhati, Bhagwat, Udayananda,
Hansadutta, Niscinta, Rupanuga, Yasodanandana, Garuda, Badarayan, Paramrupa, Ekanath,
Ranjit, Isha, Bir Krishna Maharaj, Adi Keshava, Pusta Krishna, the editor of Hinduism
Today, various forensic experts and many, many more. A few others also gave support
and assistance in various ways. The IVC has become functionally inoperative, and
since early 1998 this reporter has worked quietly and basically alone on research
and compilation of this book.
Since November, 1997, this reporter's
conscience has pushed relentlessly for the completion of this publication. It
is with singular and great determination that this author will continue this investigation
in league with those sincere and concerned devotees that require the truth rather
than standard political maneuverings and predictable denials, obscurements, and
obfuscations. In the attempt to obtain balanced information, an interview was
sought with Tamal Krishna Goswami, but it was declined by deferring to Balavanta's
Unfortunately, there has been no financial
support to date, and any contributions received would be much appreciated and
are tax deductible. The only reason we ask for a donation for this publication
is to fund future investigative costs. We do not intend to profit from this book,
and, any funds received will be used for continued investigative efforts.
This reporter hereby makes an official
appeal for assistance on this poison investigation. Any donations, big or small,
to our tax exempt corporation will be most appreciated and wisely spent on forensics,
publications and the many other expenses of the investigation. Also, any leads
or information regarding witnesses, Srila Prabhupada's health, or possible poisoning
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We encourage you to share this documentary
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mission, and we especially encourage you to make your opinions known to the GBC
members; ISKCON sannyasis, life members, and supporters; Vaishnava news websites
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PRAYER AND LAMENTATION
Why was I not there to protect Srila
Prabhupada? What can I do now 22 years later, learning of the most horrible manner
in which my beloved father and spiritual teacher was slowly, tortuously murdered
by ar. excruciatingly painful poison? If only I had known then! But knowing it
now will I become passive and weak in my protest and in taking action for justice
and truth? Srila Prabhupada! Please guide me in how to deal with this terrible
revelation! Please enable me to maintain my sanity and proper Vaishnava behavior
in spite of the anger that arises from discovery of this most vile crime! Please
forgive me for waiting so long before standing up in protest to defend my savior
and eternal benefactor! Could I have taken Your place, or maybe prevented Your
departure, had I only known? Forgive me Srila Prabhupada, for not being there
to protect you. But I promise, I will not be silent any longer.
APOLOGY TO THE DEVOTEES
Forgive me if I have done any wrong
or made any unfair offense. I apologize if this information or my
proposals have offended or upset anyone My true purpose is to stand up for what
I believe to be right, and I am open to being corrected and chastised by anyone.
I have tried not to be prejudicial in this presentation of evidence, and I ask
for pardon if that has not been accomplished. It is a difficult and emotional
issue. My hope is found in the common sayings: Nothing ventured, nothing gained;
and failure is the pillar of success. We must all continue trying to set right
what has happened to Lord Chaitanya's and Srila Prabhupada's Mission, and that
can best be done by taking shelter of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami,
Your servant, and praying to be in Srila Prabhupada's service,