Are Leaders in Iskcon Responsible For Child Abuse?

By: gaurarader

A video was recently released that highlighted past and current child abuse in ISKCON. A common response by many members of ISKCON has run something like this:

The video makes some good points but it also impugns the character of gurus and sanyasis in ISKCON who had and have nothing to do with the child abuse.

This response is absolute bullshit and would only be made by someone brainwashed, or, if you prefer, someone committed to defending the institution and the leaders of the institution at any cost.

If you are a leader of an organization and have the power to set the agenda for the entire organization your then are responsible for what happens in that organization. If the organization isn’t taking adequate care to ensure child abuse doesn’t happen and you are focused on converting new members you bear responsibility for that. If members of the organization are being abused in any way, as most full-time members are, and you are a leader you are responsible for that. If you have power in an organization and you don’t do everything you can to protect the vulnerable in that organization you are responsible.

If the organization isn’t taking adequate care to ensure child abuse doesn’t happen and you are focused on converting new members you bear responsibility for that. If members of the organization are being abused in any way, as most full-time members are, and you are a leader you are responsible for that. If you have power in an organization and you don’t do everything you can to protect the vulnerable in that organization you are responsible.

If members of the organization are being abused in any way, as most full-time members are, and you are a leader you are responsible for that. If you have power in an organization and you don’t do everything you can to protect the vulnerable in that organization you are responsible.

If you have power in an organization and you don’t do everything you can to protect the vulnerable in that organization you are responsible.

If the organization isn’t taking adequate care to ensure child abuse doesn’t happen and you are focused on converting new members you bear responsibility for that.

If members of the organization are being abused in any way, as most full-time members are, and you are a leader you are responsible for that. If you have power in an organization and you don’t do everything you can to protect the vulnerable in that organization you are responsible.

If members of the organization are being abused in any way, as most full-time members are, and you are a leader you are responsible for that. If you have power in an organization and you don’t do everything you can to protect the vulnerable in that organization you are responsible.

If members of the organization are being abused in any way, as most full-time members are, and you are a leader you are responsible for that. If you have power in an organization and you don’t do everything you can to protect the vulnerable in that organization you are responsible.

Here is the simple truth: the leaders of ISKCON care about converting new members and not much else.

And for that they are guilty. This true of people like Radhanath Swami, Indradymna Swami, Sivarama Swami, to name a few mentioned in the video, and everyone else who is in a position of power ISKCON.

ISKCON is a cult. Members of ISKCON defend the leaders of the cult, and of course they would as they are brainwashed into worshipping these people as saints who can do no wrong.

Once you see ISKCON as a cult and are no longer brainwashed by the ideology your perception of the leaders, even the best ones, changes dramatically.

6 Comments

  • Charlotte Lee:

    There’s a man called Mahavidya Das, formally Michael Powell who was banned from Bhaktivedanta Manor for speaking out against a child abuser called Gauri Das being given a high position in the Manor.
    They have state money to run a school saying it’s Hindu, but children of parents from the manor get first places. The founder said many forms of Hinduism are inferior than they teach, and they shouldn’t read translations of the books other than what he wrote. He said Gandhi’s translation of Bhagavad Gita isn’t accurate because it promoted peace.
    How can they have a school when they have to follow everything he said, such as how it was a lie about Marie Curie discovering radiation because she’s a woman and they can’t be scientists. Then he would say most science is fake and run by demons anyway. Also how the moon landing were fake because people live on there with a higher standard of living than Earth.

    • Paul T. Harrison:

      Thank you, YES 🙂 It is NOT a school but a faith based avocational institute…. Iskcon uses mis-defined words and “mystery” to basically lie. They never add any disclaimers like “according to our faith based belief” and that is part of an attempt to coerce people into serving them,

  • OneMind:

    From Youtube video, “Indradyumna touching little girls”

    In Wikipedia it is written, “Indradyumna Swami is an ISKCON Guru.” Just see! He is both swami and a guru.

    So it is not that Srila Prabhupada an ISKCON guru, it is Indradyumna Swami.

    This whole ISKCON is a fake. That is FISKCON, my friend, not ISKCON.
    Whoever attends ISKCON guided by gurus, such as Indradyumna Swami or any other than Srila Prabhupada, is actually attending and serving FISKCON.
    No one can make a spiritual advancement in FISKCON, but they would degrade themselves further into Maya or illusion.

    Srila Prabhupada did not make himself completely disappear from this world after his physical departure.
    Srila Prabhupada is still present and available to everyone interested.
    But Srila Prabhupada cannot be found in FISKCON. He must be searched in ISKCON.

    How to get ISKCON, if it is ruined by FISKCON gurus?

    Before physical departure Srila Prabhupada never said he will completely disappear from this world.
    Srila Prabhupada never instructed or ordered his disciples to become gurus during his presence.
    As long as Srila Prabhupada’s original books are present and his original ISKCON is present none of his disciples could take over or replace Srila Prabhupada’s position as ISKCON guru.

    Srila Prabhupada appointed 11 priests to conduct formal initiations on behalf of ISKCON guru Srila Prabhupada.
    Why did Srila Prabhupada appoint the 11 priests? There is no other reason than to formally establish that Srila Prabhupada would continue to be an ISKCON guru even after his physical departure. Because if Srila Prabhupada did not appoint the 11 priests, and gave them the specific orders to initiate on his behalf, they would then claim to be an ISKCON guru and take Srila Prabhupada’s disciples as their own.
    The 11 priests were appointed only for formal reasons, but there is no doubt that everyone who comes in contact with Srila Prabhupada becomes spiritually initiated by diksa-guru Srila Prabhupada. The 11 priests are there only to formally confirm something which is already done spiritually by ISKCON guru Srila Prabhupada.
    This is how initiations work. There is no special magic in that.
    Initiation means to start something for the first time. And what is that? It is devotional service, or bhakti, which starts with hearing and chanting the glories of the Lord.

    So, how then Indradyumna Swami is an ISKCON Guru.
    What did he initiate little girls with other than touching sensations.
    Isn’t he doing it for the first time? If yes, than he is a FISKCON master of touching sensations.
    That is Maya.

    • Paul T. Harrison:

      I hear ya, however, Sp had problems too… Had I known that he had married a thirteen years old girl and the rest of the bad stuff, I never would have given him the old great grandfather pass for his obvious old school moralities which society has been striving to overcome… Prabhupada cause the ruin of too many lives to mention, so he is not off the hook either…. when your students en masse commit atrocities and crimes, it is partially the responsibility of the teacher…..

      • Sebastiaan:

        What is better:
        Getting marries at 13 years of age so that you have ONE parther untill death or having sex at 13 years of age with different partners, having different babies from each of them and at 19 years of age, you make an MTV show where your new boyfriend shoots your best friend because the best friend supposedly bit his daughter?

        You have no clue about he explanation given by Srila Prabhupada. People like you are ruining the lives of others by making such dumb statements. You should be very careful what you post, the External Energy of the Lord does not like it when the pure devotee is insulted like how you are doing. It is my job to warn you all!

        Srila Prabhupada is not off the hook? Who is going to do what? What are you? What are you going to do?

        We all, are paying taxes to the beef eating, terrorizing western leaders. We all are not off the hook. Is this the reason you people do not read Srila Prabhupada’s books? Do you know what happens after death? If you cannot answer, why are you speaking? What is your agenda?

        So I am a student, I rape and kill some boys and girls and my teacher (who did not teach be to rape) is responsible?
        What kind of logic is this? Oh yes, the logic of the External Energy of the Lord who inspires you via your intelligence to say such dumb things. And you yourself think that this is correct!

        I pity you!

      • OneMind:

        Actually the ruin of too many innocent lives is not caused by Krishna or Srila Prabhupada, but all those who are purposefully giving bad name to Krishna or Srila Prabhupada. The world is full of demons who are envious of Krishna and Srila Prabhupada.

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