August 27 2008

Here’s question from Bhakti Vikash Swami: Did Srila Prabhupada ever encourage, discourage, or comment upon devotees taking internal grievances to the police or otherwise taking legal action?

Here’s one incidence that comes to mind:

[TD 4] — September 5, 1976 – Vrindavana The second letter came from Australia. It was a report suggesting that Madhudvisa may have misappropriated a large amount of money — $250,000 — when he left there. However, this has not been proven, nor is it even confirmed that the money is actually missing because the Australian temples are not in the habit of keeping accurate accounts. There has been no word from the GBC, Gurukrpa Swami, and, according to Harikesa Swami, no one knows where he is at the present moment.

Prabhupada is obviously concerned and disturbed by these different reports, but he is not saying very much. His comment after the letter from Australia was simply, “Money and women.”

When I asked if any prosecution should be filed against Madhudvisa if the suggestions prove correct, he said that the GBC should decide.

A little later Srila Prabhupada discussed the allegations against Madhudvisa with Harikesa Maharaja. Prabhupada told him that even if the reports are true, he should not be prosecuted. “After all,” he told him, “he is our own man.”

PS I should add here that it was definitely established that Madhudvisa prabhu did not take a cent from the Australian yatra when he left. They simply didn’t keep proper accounts in those days.

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