GURUS don't lie!
ACHARYAS don't lie!
GBCs don't lie!
"Mundane votes have no jurisdiction to elect a Vaiṣṇava ācārya. A Vaiṣṇava ācārya is self-effulgent, and there is no need for any court judgment. A false ācārya may try to override a Vaiṣṇava by a high-court decision, but Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura says that he is nothing but a disciple of Kali-yuga."
Caitanya Caritamrta: Madhya 1.220 : Srila Prabhupada's purport
Summary and Conclusion
The topic of this website, that of corruption, is not an unusual occurence and heading, especially in the Kali Yuga, as mentioned by a few of our ISKCON leaders on this website. I have been told by more than one of my devotee friends who are disciples of Srila Prabhupada, "You are wasting your time", "They the GBC will never change", "Fighting with them is like fighting City Hall", and, "They are all old. Wait 'till they die. Then maybe we will have a better ISKCON".
These are the replies of frustration, of sincere devotees who are exasperated in trying to deal with a GBC that may sometimes be out of touch, that may not seriously enough appear to be putting accountability and transparency on the top of their agenda, and who may not be open enough to be judged by the very devotees they choose to rule.
Fortunately, none of these statements would be acceptable excuses by our loving master and eternal guide, Srila Prabhupada. He would expect us grown-up sons and brothers, to solve the situation seriously, immediately, and not at the next meeting.
Avoidance of public debate, the unwillingness to hearing all complaints in full and equal fairness, ignoring serious issues brought up by many members of our spiritual Society, the long-time misused privilege certain members of the GBC exercise of being above criticism and correction, these are some proofs of a serious communication problem and presence of a decline of love and trust between leaders and rank and file devotees, all of which jeopordize the mission which all of us have been given and empowered to do by that one single divine personality - Srila Prabhupada.
He taught us, none of us are masters, but merely servants of the prabhus. That is the formula that can begin to solve this serious danger that has grown and solidified in ISKCON. Solving any problem dealing with corruption or any other abnormality in this pure devotional Movement is not difficult, provided the leaders remain humble servants of the servant, of the servant. And being in a position of power, for the rest of one's life, a GBC entity if you will, is dangerous, when there is no accountability.
Even if some of the reports in this website are found to be true and one person is guided to rectification, the evil remains if we do not erect careful levels of accountability and oversight, that will help protect our important spiritual leaders from falling prey to pride and the corruption of power.
There is no fear. We simply follow guru (Srila Prabhupada), sadhu, and sastra. There is no speculation of management, we simply follow and apply the perfect template already given by that most perfect liberated soul, Srila Prabhupada. The mental and intellectual inventors, who want to veer our ISKCON down some other path, in management or principle, are most welcome to join the other conditioned entities in their mixed up corporations of dead ends and mistakes, but not to change our guru's mission, in any way. That is perfect, to stick to Prabhupada's lotus feet.
Krishna consciousness is simple for the simple minded Srila Prabhupada said, and becomes complex for those who are complicated. Duplicity creates many problems, corruption destroys faith. Otherwise our Society should have only one problem - how to spread Krishna consciousness; One direction - Back to Godhead, one Acarya - Srila Prabhupada, and one mood - love and trust and service to the Vaishnavas.
Please forgive any offenses I may have committed unintentionally with this communication. You are all my masters, prabhus, whom I wish to love, serve, and surrender to. I know that I must work on the anarthas in my own heart, but that does not negate the danger in ISKCON of some of the topics humbly brought before you. We must all try and work as one army of Lord Caitanya, and not splinter off into many parts and become weak, nor ignore one of the major causes of discontent. That is what maya wants us to do, and may very well be what some infiltrators in our Society want, as our guru maharaj warned.
In regards to Romapada Swami, from the reports posted here, it sounds like he needs help, like so many other big leaders who toppled under the weight of unaccountability and pride.
Where there is no love, there is no trust. Where there is no trust, there is no love. ISKCON is based on LOVE and TRUST. Hare Krishna.
Both the FBI and IRS have been informned of Romapada's activities. (April '15)