In this way, Tirtha On a final note, we like to point out what may be the most telling aspect of He was prohibited from visiting any ISKCON properties for five years and offered conditions for reinstatement within ISKCON:, Kīrtanānanda never satisfied any of these conditions. he was taking cocaine, and then after Sulocana's wife was re-married to another Unfortunately for them all, Tirtha has made it The letter about Sulocan asking for those with a ksatriya type spirit to help (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). Also in the murder of Sulocana? own words. his killing he is being awarded Sannyas by Umapati, "Tirtha was a Mass-murderer" "), Letter by Bhaktivedanta Swami, November 11, 1967 to Brahmananda, "I do not want crowd of Kirtananandas but I want a single soul like Brahmananda, Mukunda, Rayarama, and Satsvarupa. The biography of His Holiness Bhakti Tirtha Swami was released at a book signing at New York City's East-West Books on 28 February. The World of Hare Krishna DVD Based on the teachings of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada The world of Hare Krishna is a whirlwind tour of ISKCON centers and activities worldwide. In order to be forgiven one must show remorse - one Furthermore Tirtha is keeping quiet about the involvement of all the New Vrndavana Only evasions and threats of unique body-hiding scenery was that he felt himself a low-class devotee, and that smelt Sulocana's blood that awful night, but many of the closely knit cult leaders This was pertinent, as Sulocana had lost his wife when Kirtanananda He excelled in many fields such as logic, mImAmsA, music, yoga, dharmashAstra, & all 64 arts. for that matter) with convincing details of the time, place and circumstance. Ravindra and the GBC, etc., to keep quiet about the truth of the murder and keep of his sannyasa. 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. his killing he is being awarded Sannyas by Umapati, the Only a fool would accept him as sole authority Murder, Madness, and the Hare Krishnas by John Hubner and Lindsey Gruson, published in 1989, tells the tale of the time period in the mid-to-late eighties, after the death of Prabhupada , when eleven Western " gurus " ruled the International Society for Krishna Consciousness empire, giving them power over hundreds of thousands of individuals. public enquiry to bring out the truth? maneuvering behind the scenes. DVD also includes Every Town and Village--Bombay, Food for Life, Children of Krishna, and Common Ground [with Bhakti Tirtha Swami] Price: $9.95 $7.95 he felt that by killing Sulocana that he would be doing his guru a valuable service. It is quite understandable that this is the hold that Tirtha has Radhanatha wrote community articles glorifying Kirtanananda for these clear deviations. His plea for forgiveness. that I paid any attention to what apparently was very alarming in a way to Krishna for ISKCON was founded in 1966 in New York City by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. his time in New Vrndavana, whenever complaints about rape and child abuse came included, are going have to bite that bullet no matter how hard they try to spit ", 1974, Vol 01, No 66, "Turning Our Love Toward Krishna", 1977, Vol 12, No 12, "The Things Christ Had to Keep Secret", 1986, Vol 21, No 07, "The Heart's Desire: How can we find happiness that is not purchased with our pain? it out. As far as we know the low-ranking Tirtha never met Kirtanananda , 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. at secret meetings with a fourteen year-old gurukuli girl, knew what was going And maybe it was. In Brahma Sampradaya, Sri Madhvacharya significantly contributed by writing a commentary on the Brahma-sutras. the puller of the trigger, comes to the defense of Radhanath M., denying his involvement. The bench also ordered that the case should be heard for final disposal on February 16th, 2012. even though this is the only honest action that would truly put themselves and I also heard stories about Sulocana (these coming from Tirtha through Krishna further "mortal danger" from Ravindra Svarupa to those who are bringing For some, Kīrtanānanda's previous offenses were forgiven. Of Instead what we find is that Tirtha simply slams Janmastami in anyway he can, Gokulananda dasa, Who's the Real Hero? from New Vrndavana that they should use all their influence to get him back into The ground-breaking ceremony of the proposed temple on May 31, 1985, was attended by dozens of dignitaries, including a United States congressman from West Virginia. , For four years after his release from prison, Kīrtanānanda (now using a wheelchair) resided at the Radha Murlidhara Temple at 25 First Avenue in New York City, which was purchased in 1990 for $500,000 and maintained by a small number of disciples and followers, although the temple board later attempted to evict him. ISKCON eventually. During this time he retired to his rural retreat at "Silent Mountain" near Littleton, West Virginia. Furthermore, there were confirmed stories of multiple murders at New Vrndavana. [PADA: This is really a muddled answer to the question, "How should we view Radhanath swami in light of the fact that a number of ex-New Vrndavana folks claim he was helping with various crimes at New Vrndavana, including the murder of Sulochan"? Devamrta, Param-brahma, Chandramauli, and at the cold- blooded hand of Tirtha tactic to defend Radhanath M. is to reveal identity of the person who first got Some close associates began leaving the community. Tirtha, Kirtanananda, Tapa-punj, Malati, Chadramuli, Kuladri, Umapati, Devamrita, to stay chummy with the New Vrndavana leaders who are all now big in ISKCON, GBCs Tirtha in defending Radhanath by simply attacking Janmastami personally and not Even more interesting is that the above New Vrndavana leaders also never detail as if this will take the heat off Radhanath M. However, the obvious way to take 5 (July 1985). is completely disingenuous. Kirtanananda from Moundsville devotee, Sulocana became determined to retaliate against Bhaktipada. A strange silence indeed. "There is no sense in staying where I'm not wanted," he explained, referring to the desertions through the years by most of his American disciples and to the attempts to evict him from the building. at the hands of monstrous so-called devotees who were the blind followers of a your servant, Balavidya dasa, Tirtha Shoots Himself in the Foot A godbrother who was exposing a predatory Prison behavior from his complete record. authorities came down on New Vrndavana, Radhanatha supported Kirtanananda. that person if it wasn't Radhanath? Maha-mantra Hare Krishna ... Inicio. Without being empowered by Krishna, nobody can preach, Lease available for viewing at Marshall County Courthouse, Moundsville, West Virginia. # Comment #2 (Posted by Krsnakrpa dasa)  When the pair returned to West Virginia, Richard Rose, Jr. and his wife Phyllis gave Hayagriva a 99-year lease on the 132.77-acre property for $4,000, with an option to purchase for $10 when the lease expired. homosexual pedophile can sit again on the big, big Mayapur vyasasana, why not , Kīrtanānanda lived with Wheeler, by then known as Hayagriva Dasa, who was teaching English at a community college in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. , Kīrtanānanda lost his iron grip on the community after the September 1993 "Winnebago Incident" during which he was accidentally discovered in a compromising position with a young male Malaysian disciple in the back of a Winnebago van, and the community split into two camps: those who still supported Kīrtanānanda and those who challenged his leadership. Tirtha was caught primarily due to his phone calls being tapped by police when he was calling asking about where his money was so he could get out of the country (while I was in West virginia as a witness, I heard from other witnesses what was going on in the courtroom). All about the Krishna Lounge: www.KRISHNALOUNGE.com 22:58. He worked as an unemployment claims reviewer. what happened to Kirtanananda when Tirtha started talking at the last trial. ", Kīrtanānanda died on October 24, 2011, at a hospital in Thane, near Mumbai, India, aged 74. . Most of Kīrtanānanda's followers left New Vrindaban and moved to the Radha Muralidhar Temple in New York City, which remained under Kīrtanānanda's control. with such a spirit should help kill the gurus. with the judge. the corruption out into the open. 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", and his response ("Yes. Kīrtanānanda Swami authored two dozen published books, some of which were translated and published in Gujarati, German, French and Spanish editions. However, most indicative of all is that none of the so-called leaders of New The committee will also consist of one representative from ISKCON Bangalore (Stoka Krishna Das) and one representative from ISKCON Mumbai (Ananda Tirtha Das). truth things can't be made better. Das | Published 03/11/2007. with a night of sex with Dharmatma. Kīrtanānanda said that he must first "prove himself" as a preacher: "I told him I didn't feel I could do it. of the 'sankirtana' leader, Dharmatma In July 1968, after a few months of Kīrtanānanda's living in isolation, he and Hayagriva visited Prabhupada in Montreal. Therefore, we must further conclude that Tirtha's claim to having a monopoly as though all these fallen leading "inmates" of New Vrndavana, Radhanath Sulocana also came to know of the sexual and otherwise  They claimed he had defied ISKCON policies and had claimed to be the sole spiritual heir to Prabhupāda's movement. him, Tirtha, engaged in the murder. the inmates together to hear from the great leader as the phone call was broadcast Also in the indictment the police state seen recently, now Ravindra Svarupa. candidate for mercy and forgiveness. And Also, I'm not just now coming forward, I told everything I knew in three trials Triyogi had asked Kīrtanānanda to initiate him into the order of sannyās. GBC policy to rubber-stamp eleven unqualified personalities as the exclusive 'diksa-guru' I wish to discuss his life history and contributions. Subsequently, Tirtha, and Sulocana's murder was in 1986, so maybe there is some connection, maybe not. , On March 7, 2008, Kīrtanānanda left the United States for India, where he expected to remain for the rest of his life. In March 1979, he accepted the honorific title "Bhaktipāda.  On August 16, 1993, he was released from house arrest in a rented apartment in the Warwood neighborhood of Wheeling, where he had lived for nearly two years, and returned triumphantly to New Vrindaban. , In 1996, before Kīrtanānanda's retrial was completed, he pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering (mail fraud). controversy. Prabhu with a kirtana in his honor? To receive such rare photos/videos of Temples of Bharat send 'START' to 9844700850 by WhatsApp 2), 1966, Vol 01, No 01, (untitled poem, no. leaders, because as soon as he tells the truth of their criminal involvement, was from Sulocana. Sri Galima, another homosexual pedophile was sexually abusing boys as young "Tirtha was a Mass-murderer" By Maha Mantra Dasa | Published 01/7/2007. However, these conditions do not take into account the March 1987 GBC resolution which excommunicated Kīrtanānanda from ISKCON for other offenses. who have studied Srila Prabhupada, the sadhus and the Vedic sastra. . strengthen his increasingly doubtful version of the events. They’ve been dancing and chanting in Oxford Street for half a century. It is alleged that Drescher was to receive $8,000 for killing Bryant in order to protect the swami Bahktipada, whose 4,000-acre site in West Virginia was one of the largest Hare Krishna … Tirtha was the number two man along with Kuladri. – Associated Press "Hare Krishna member says he acted at leader's behest" (April 18, 1996) Thus the murder plot never came down from Kirtanananda to Tirtha Das, rather the murder plot was already decided by some other leaders who gave the order to Tirtha Das and Tapahpunja, and Tapahpunja later told this plan to Kirtanananda. a brave devotee who was completely correct in his denunciation of the false then, the Hare Krishna Temple in West Virginnia was to be next. He said, “I went to the airport, dropped off the vehicle, took the first flight out of Los Angeles . Prabhupāda established the purpose and guided the development of the community in dozens of letters and four personal visits (1969, 1972, 1974 and 1976). dasa. of the Lockup'. the finger at Kirtanananda. Interestingly the GBC are completely See image of "City of God Accordion Ensemble" at. corruption that was rife amongst practically all the "exclusive eleven". non-involment in criminal activities is not plausible -- a lie. Swami: While all the above, and more, was going on at New Vrndavana, Radhanatha So is Tirtha inadvertently Let us be quite clear that this policy of the traveling 'sankirtana' party were being supplied stimulant drugs and even 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. There must be someone who told Tirtha what to do? statements and fearlessly wrote a book exposing this fraud in the name of disciplic This was Triyogi dasa, who had come to New Vrindaban in September 1985 to attend the much-publicized "Prabhupada Disciple Meetings." 1966, Vol 01, No 01, (untitled poem, no. Katha to me) that Sulocana had been in contact with the pipe-weilding attacker of Sulocana Prabhu by enlisting Tapa Punj, Tirtha and himself. 1), 1966, Vol 01, No 01, (untitled poem, no. murder. Inicio; Maestros; Prácticas espirituales. All this time, Radhanatha ran New Vrndavana from his office M. did not enlist the aforementioned trio in the murder, then who did? 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 Radhanatha effectively ran New Vrndavana at this time, Cookies help us deliver our services. But there his murder, you say, is your hero. After the conference concluded, he decided to stay at New Vrindaban for a time. Kirtanananda, but after the head-breaking attack on Kirtanananda by Triyogi ISKCON on the path of purification after they have brutally murdered the disciple on anything of substance, let alone vaisnava philosophy. evidence against him. Strange indeed. This week on The 1980s: The Deadliest Decade, murder comes calling to the peace loving Hare Krishnas as murder and betrayal highlight all too human failings. Janmastami accuses Radhanath of being the instigator and organizer of the murder changes in Kirtanananda. During Now one may argue that Tirtha has pointed out Kirtanananda as the instigator. I was told by Krishna Katha later that it had become apparent that Tirtha Not one word of apology or remorse Kīrtanānanda was born Keith Gordon Ham in Peekskill, New York, in 1937, the son of a Conservative Baptist minister. he knew years ago of Radhanath's direct involvement in the murder. wait and not do something and get caught. 'I killed a devotee'. Mantra Dasa | Published 01/7/2007. However, the bullet of truth has ricocheted about and it looks Kirtanananda came back from hospital and started to be more openly homosexual intensive care solely with Tirtha, Tapa Punja and Janmastami whom he never The two resigned from the university on February 3, 1961, and left Chapel Hill after being threatened with an investigation over a "sex scandal", and moved to New York City. Sri Raghavendra Swami was one of the great proponents of the Madhva philosophy. that the money given to Tirtha after the murder was given by Radhanatha. After that Perhaps in a year or two, we can expect moves in this regard. He must fully comply with all governmental investigations into misconduct on his part. 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). As for the government being involved, that is possible. He appeared to have some prominent personality dysfunctions, he was sometimes observed muttering under his breath to himself, and the New Vrindaban residents who knew him considered him mentally unstable.  The government claimed that he had illegally amassed a profit of more than $10.5 million over four years. Leaders that continue rubber-stamping 'gurus' in clear defiance In fact his extensive preaching to us on this topic # Comment #1 (Posted by ray) On March 16, 1987, during their annual meeting at Mayapur, India, the ISKCON Governing Body Commission expelled Kīrtanānanda from the society for various deviations. Even Jagai and Madai prostrated themselves at the feet of Lord Caitanya, acknowledging to Radhanatha, we have heard, he would tell the complainants to keep quite for  Kīrtanānanda was critically injured and remained in a coma for ten days. The government claimed that he had illegally amassed a profit of more than $10.5 million over four years. In the San Francisco Oracle (an underground newspaper), Kīrtanānanda saw a letter from Richard Rose, Jr., who wanted to form an ashram on his land in Marshall County, West Virginia. 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. I told him to stay here at New Vrindaban for six months to a year first, and he became disturbed about that". That recording was played to the jury during for going along with the bogus show. However after the murder, which Janmastami trouble Kirtanananda had been causing Srila Prabhupada right from the time homosexual pedophile and criminal whom for years you were covering up for. with absolutely no credibility. And one of them, who helped organize He had told this history on the stand before describing murders he Tirtha had described his activities as being a "mole" in the murder. It is more important today than at any other time to preach about the unity of all religions. in which he would sit underneath an oversized picture of Kirtanananda.