Ambarish Das writes to GBC on ISKCON-Bangalore dispute
Posted June 03, 2013
To respected ISKCON GBC members and members of the bureau,
Dear Maharaja and prabhus, please be informed that on DayaramPrabhu's request, RadhaJivan prabhu and I met with MadhuPandit Prabhu and Chanchala Pati Prabhu, in my hotel in Bombay on the 3rd of March 2013.
MadhuPandit Prabhu explained his entire case to me, which all of you are familiar with. The meeting lasted for five hours. In his conversations he explained that this fight, has become dirty and has been brought to the streets. The general masses of India are so ready to accept Krishna Consciousness and Srila Prabhupada; but they are being victimized by losing their faith watching us fight. He claimed he is sick of fighting any further and therefore wishes to make a settlement. For this he is willing to surrender his 3000 crore properties to ISKCON Bombay and work under ISKCON management. However, he wishes to maintain his philosophical stance at this time.
I humbly wish to make my request to you all as Srila Prabhupada's followers and sincere well-wishers of ISKCON society, that a settlement be made at this time since the fight has gone on intensely for a very long time. If however, the settlement brings further problems in the future, they can be dealt with, then. I recommend the GBC should take their chances with the settlement at this time since there is every chance that when a more friendlier atmosphere is created in the future, MadhuPandit Prabhu will be open to an agreeable philosophical debate once a working relationship is restablished.
I believe on friendly grounds people are more willing to see each other's points of view. It is absolutely imperative that we diffuse the situation without further delay. It might seem to be a compromise, giving in, or diluting our philosophy, but eventually I have firm faith that we will come out winning; influencing his heart, and the hearts of his 300 men by this act of love and trust.
We have the example of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, when dealing with Prakashanada Saraswati: Mahaprabhu took the humble and tolerant stance and was able to eventually win over Prakashanada's philosophy and make him a disciple along with his 10,000 men.
I am writing this note to you after considering all aspects of the present situation. After deeply contemplating the pros and cons of this long battle and its effects on our society. Although not the ideal option for us, a settlement is a very wise and sober option; for which there will be blessings from Srila Prabhupada and Lord Krishna for making the maximum effort to maintain peace in our society. As Srila Prabhupada mentioned your love for me will show as to how well you co-operate with each other and also he said, no one can harm this society from the outside, it can only be broken from the inside.
Jaha Sumati, Waha Sampati nana aha kumati taha vipati vidha
Where there is peace there is all good fortune. Where there is disturbance there is only calamity.
I beg to remain a simple servant of all of you esteemed devotees.
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