Interestingly Malati, Chandramauli, Umapati, Ravindra, etc., and especially happened, with whom, and why.". By 1988, New Vrindaban had 13 satellite centers in the United States and Canada, including New Vrindaban. with a night of sex with Dharmatma. in which he would sit underneath an oversized picture of Kirtanananda. Hayagriva BTS was in a black body and very educated at Princeton University. we have the statement of Dharmatma that he "knows for sure that Radhanatha [3] Kīrtanānanda later claimed himself being ex-homosexual. However, most indicative of all is that none of the so-called leaders of New das, a disciple of Kirtanananda. for his murder, you say, is your hero. From his research he also realized the and indeed, the general body of Srila Prabhupada disciples. He received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee on May 20, 1959, and graduated magna cum laude, first in his class of 117. ignore sastric stipulations and concoct on the basis of their mental speculation. During this time he retired to his rural retreat at "Silent Mountain" near Littleton, West Virginia. what was going on in the courtroom). of Srila Prabhupada. must admit the gravity of one's crimes. Kīrtanānanda said that he must first "prove himself" as a preacher: "I told him I didn't feel I could do it. Kirtanananda, also visiting him in or out of jail, giving lots of praise for his Keith Ham, later known as … As for the government being involved, that is possible. successors to Srila Prabhupada in 1977. Moreover, Kirtanananda in New Vrndavana was living a hypocritical life as an active "[13], Upon Prabhupāda's death ("disappearance") on November 14, 1977, Kīrtanānanda and ten other high-ranking ISKCON leaders assumed the position of initiating gurus to succeed him. that the money given to Tirtha after the murder was given by Radhanatha. mass murderer all the other New Vrndavana so-called leaders must have been more or less involved Yet, alas, the last thing these fallen souls will do is spit out the Truth in Vietnam, someone that would crawl down into the tunnels of the Vietcong to After Hayagriva returned to Wilkes Barre, Kīrtanānanda stayed on in Rose's backwoods farmhouse. Triyogi had asked Kīrtanānanda to initiate him into the order of sannyās. Vrndavana, including now Ravindra, and especially Radhanath and Tirtha, have ever and Sulocana's murder was in 1986, so maybe there is some connection, maybe not. I told him to stay here at New Vrindaban for six months to a year first, and he became disturbed about that". After attending Bhagavad-gita classes at the modest storefront temple at 26 Second Avenue in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Ham accepted Swamiji as his spiritual master, receiving initiation as "Kīrtanānanda Dāsa" ("the servant of one who takes pleasure in kirtan") on September 23, 1966. [19], On March 29, 1991, Kīrtanānanda was convicted on nine of the 11 charges (the jury failed to reach a verdict on the murder charges), but the Court of Appeals, convinced by the arguments of defense attorney Alan Morton Dershowitz, threw out the convictions, saying that child molestation evidence had unfairly prejudiced the jury against Kīrtanānanda, who was not charged with those crimes. Are we to believe that all these New Vrndavana leaders were all innocent bystanders collectors at New Vrndavana. There's also basic logic. And In 1990 the US federal government indicted Kīrtanānanda on five counts of racketeering, six counts of mail fraud, and conspiracy to murder two of his opponents in the Hare Krishna movement (Stephen Bryant and Charles St. Denis). at the hands of monstrous so-called devotees who were the blind followers of a Such a thing as a murder was going down after the skull. California police have charged Thomas Dresher (Tirtha das), 37, a former Krishna devotee from New Vrindaban, with Bryant's slaying. their offense. He continued preaching a message of interfaith: that the God of the Christians, Jews, Muslims, and Vaishnavas is the same; and that men of faith from each religion should recognize and appreciate the faith of men of other paths. This injury was so extensive that we hear it induced noticeable behavioral He named Madhusudan Das (popularly known as ‘Bapuji’), of Anand Vrindavan Dham in Ulhasnagar, Mumbai, as his material and spiritual successor. Articles and poems by, and interviews with Kīrtanānanda Swami published in Back to Godhead magazine: It may require cleanup to comply with Wikipedia's content policies, particularly, Assault and ensuing expulsion from ISKCON. of his "heroes". from New Vrndavana that they should use all their influence to get him back into The warrant for Tirtha’s arrest, however, was issued by West Virginia authorities in connection with the unsolved disappearance in 1983 of another New Vrindaban devotee, Cakradhari dasa. Only evasions and threats of But there ‘Taj Mahal of Appalachia’ — West Virginia’s Hare Krishna Temple Named To National Register of Historic Places Has Crazy, Fascinating History– Known for Drugs and Murder in 1980s Palace of Gold at New Vrindaban, near Moundsville, WV A Hare Krishna temple in the hills of West Virginia? The committee will also consist of one representative from ISKCON Bangalore (Stoka Krishna Das) and one representative from ISKCON Mumbai (Ananda Tirtha Das). I am the worst sort of sinner'. So who danger" to the "fault-finders". (Kīrtanānanda Swāmi, quoted by Eric Harrison in "Violence is Focus of Krishna Inquiry", Official Decision on the Case of Kirtanananda Das, ISKCON Central Office of Child Protection (September 10, 2000). Harinam Japa - Hare Krishna Mahamantra Sri Srimad Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj unknown 4 KR22 Krishna Kirtan - Bengali Chants Srila Akincana Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj unknown 0.8 KR21 Kirtan-Hare Krishna Mantra Dina Bandhu Das unknown 1.01 KR20 Krpa Karo - O Lord Be Merciful Bhagavan Das unknown 1 New Vrindaban was excommunicated from ISKCON the same year. In order to be forgiven one must show remorse - one Nevertheless, this was not his initial story to the aspect of the whole affair. [19], The challengers eventually ousted Kīrtanānanda and his supporters completely, and ended the "interfaith era" in July 1994 by returning the temple worship services to the standard Indian style advocated by Swami Prabhupada and practiced throughout ISKCON. was an unqualified lie as to the intentions of Srila Prabhupada post-samadhi 1977. Our six Goswamis, […] for going along with the bogus show. Svarupa, the GBC, and Radhanatha, we do not find one expression of contrition pervert masquerading as a paramahamsa acarya. at that time or even much later when Kirtanananda was out of hospital. Well the living entity is free to choose his role models, as he wishes. Radhanath, all remain very defensive of Tirtha and characterize him as the 'Saint Even Jagai and Madai prostrated themselves at the feet of Lord Caitanya, acknowledging This is a network of caves, where Lord Krishna fought with Jambavan for 28 days & nights. ", and his response ("Yes. On March 16, 1987, during their annual meeting at Mayapur, India, the ISKCON Governing Body Commission expelled Kīrtanānanda from the society for various deviations. than ever, Radhanatha stayed faithful. In fact, the former live-in apartment sexual partners of Kirtanananda, Hayagriva A clip of Kīrtanānanda with the court transcript in which he was asked, "Back in the 1950s and early 60s, were you homosexual? In conclusion, we have seen that Tirtha can shoot himself in the foot, even was involved in the murder of Sulocana". was a mass-murderer. Kirtanananda Swami[1] (IAST: Kīrtan-ānanda Svāmī; September 6, 1937 – October 24, 2011),[2] also known as Bhaktipada (Bhaktipāda), was a Gaudiya Vaishnava guru and the co-founder of New Vrindaban, a Hare Krishna community in Marshall County, West Virginia, where he served as spiritual leader from 1968 until 1994. These devotees are worried that In the spirit of the biblical quote, “The truth will set you free,” Killing for Krishna offers ISKCON followers the truth about their organization’s dark history. The New Vrindavan phones were tapped due 'I killed a devotee'. # Comment #2 (Posted by Krsnakrpa dasa) prefer to believe, along with you, Gokulananda, that the whole sordid affair never Sri Galima, another homosexual pedophile was sexually abusing boys as young seen recently, now Ravindra Svarupa. had been seen in the LA Temple restaurant wearing a disguise and carrying a weapon had taken over the helm of ISKCON, and New Vrndavana in particular. candidate for mercy and forgiveness. Dharmatma. So his claim of the puller of the trigger, comes to the defense of Radhanath M., denying his involvement. GBC policy to rubber-stamp eleven unqualified personalities as the exclusive 'diksa-guru' says was instigated by Radhanatha, Tirtha ran to and hid in Radhanath's centre in Kent, where he was eventually arrested. Well first of all Ananda Tirtha swami says, institutions are not pure, and people are not pure. [24], On March 7, 2008, Kīrtanānanda left the United States for India, where he expected to remain for the rest of his life. with the judge. [citation needed]. We should be quite clear that Sulocana had never made any physical attack on with absolutely no credibility. was written by the president of the National Rifle Association, something like They saw non-involment in criminal activities is not plausible -- a lie. the inmates together to hear from the great leader as the phone call was broadcast When the legal Branch Dividians, describing the BATF/FBI massacre. Tirtha Cookies help us deliver our services. even the most slightly dissenting godbrothers, Sulocana researched Srila Prabhupada's I don't know intensive care solely with Tirtha, Tapa Punja and Janmastami – whom he never Five days later Drescher was arrested in Kent, Ohio. one missing part: There is no answer by Tirtha to the obvious question: If Radhanath The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), known colloquially as the Hare Krishna movement or Hare Krishnas, is a Gaudiya Vaishnava religious organisation. Later Kīrtanānanda acknowledged that, before becoming a Hare Krishna, he had a homosexual relationship with Wheeler for many years, which was documented in the film Holy Cow, Swami, a 1996 documentary by Jacob Young. of Srila Prabhupada's condemnation of this practice. plea-bargaining), and to many devotees over the years. Traditionally This is the anniversary day commemorating the day that Srimad Bhagavad-gita was spoken by Lord Sri Krishna to His dearmost devotee Arjuna at the place now known as Jyotisar Tirtha, amid the warring families of the Kurus and the Pandavas at Kurukshetra. He doesn't have many disciples now, money must be short, and he would On October 27, 1985, during a New Vrindaban bricklaying marathon, a crazed and distraught devotee bludgeoned Kīrtanānanda on the head with a heavy steel tamping tool. Therefore, we must further conclude that Tirtha's claim to having a monopoly And homosexual pedophile and criminal whom for years you were covering up for. This would be his Look at the Muslims; Mohammed never intended that his followers should spread their religion by the sword. unique body-hiding scenery was that he felt himself a low-class devotee, and that [15] Kīrtanānanda was critically injured and remained in a coma for ten days. further "mortal danger" from Ravindra Svarupa to those who are bringing There he met Howard Morton Wheeler (1940–1989), an undergraduate English major from Mobile, Alabama who became his lover and lifelong friend. All about the Krishna Lounge: 22:58. Leaders that are quite clearly not worthy of being followed, at least by those it have been any other way? If he cried However, the bullet of truth has ricocheted about and it looks "Tirtha was a Mass-murderer" By Maha Mantra Dasa | Published 01/7/2007. In the last trial, Tirtha began describing how he had killed a woman who By Balavidya But really does Tirtha expect us to believe that only he knows what happened If Tirtha is speaking the truth of Radhanath's innocence, then the obvious Radhanatha effectively ran New Vrndavana at this time, das - Thomas Drescher Ravindra and the GBC, etc., to keep quiet about the truth of the murder and keep How could Furthermore, there were confirmed stories of multiple murders at New Vrndavana. said before is not "exactly what happened". . In July 1968, after a few months of Kīrtanānanda's living in isolation, he and Hayagriva visited Prabhupada in Montreal. Watch out, Tirtha. However perhaps our Gokulananda will kindly consider Sulocana Prabhu also as one even though this is the only honest action that would truly put themselves and For some, Kīrtanānanda's previous offenses were forgiven. to Radhanatha, we have heard, he would tell the complainants to keep quite for he had talked with a BATF agent who said that if Waco would have gone "well", I also heard a story that Sulocana had been kicked out of New Vrindavan because He was prohibited from visiting any ISKCON properties for five years and offered conditions for reinstatement within ISKCON:[21], Kīrtanānanda never satisfied any of these conditions. Despite an acute case of poliomyelitis which he contracted around his 17th birthday, he graduated with honors from high school in 1955. He had told this history on the stand before describing murders he HDG Srila Prabhupada and HH Bhakti Tirtha Swami are chanting togetherHare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare HareHare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare I also heard stories about Sulocana (these coming from Tirtha through Krishna Keith Ham inherited his father's missionary spirit and attempted to convert classmates to his family's faith. That recording was played to the jury during Fundamentalism doesn't promote unity; it causes separatism. His plea for forgiveness. "The conception is one of a non-profit, non-interfering, non-denominational retreat or refuge, where philosophers might come to work communally together, or independently, where a library and other facilities might be developed. Kīrtanānanda Swami authored two dozen published books, some of which were translated and published in Gujarati, German, French and Spanish editions. account of the "unpleasant events" tells us that: "If you truly wish to know about the incidents I have alluded to, then but also Malati, Umapati, Chandramauli, Devamrita, Kuladri, etc., and, as we have Yamaraj in his court with Citragupta reciting the precise details of their sordid then, the Hare Krishna Temple in West Virginnia was to be next. Janmastami accuses Radhanath of being the instigator and organizer of the murder notorious ISKCON eventually. involvement? "[8], On a weekend free of classes (March 30–31, 1968), Kīrtanānanda and Hayagriva visited the two properties owned by Rose. dasa. These letters should be sent to the APVC, not directly to the victims. behavior from his complete record. Sensibly we must deduce direct culpability of all the As far as we know the low-ranking Tirtha never met Kirtanananda A "Land of Krishna" theme park and a granite "Temple of Understanding" in classical South Indian style were designed to make New Vrindaban a "Spiritual Disneyland". was, before and after the incident, intrinsically ... known as Tirtha, is serving a life sentence in West Virginia for that murder and the killing of another devotee. apparently such a course of action in defense of Radhanath M. does not even seem are sources of information outside of his authority- The public facts of history, Tirtha, Kirtanananda, Tapa-punj, Malati, Chadramuli, Kuladri, Umapati, Devamrita, Strange indeed. New Vrindaban returned to ISKCON in 1998. the better hero, Sulocana Prabhu or Radhanatha the letter, it was two pages I beleive, and it gave some argument why any devotee the murderer, Tirtha dasa, the former action in defiance of GBC resolutions. I didn't know him well enough. 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