Summer 2006

Please study the following statement:

“Like the mystery of Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, no one knows the whole picture; no one has all the answers. But, I believe, we have each understood certain facets of the truth. By questioning and exploring the fruit of our received traditions, we can release their flavours and then share the goodness with one another. “
(BBC Radio 4, March 15th 2006 )

One would be forgiven for thinking that this was the rambling of some “new age” thinker, trying to show how all truth is relative. Unfortunately, no. These are the public pronouncements of Akhandhadi Das, premier lecturer of the “Truth and Dharma” courses at Bhaktivedanta College, ISKCON’s institute of higher learning.

Akhandhadi Das, one may remember, was featured previously as an alcohol salesman, who began the campaign of banning IRM members from visiting the temple.

  • One has to question if this is now ISKCON’s standard, to choose as their expert on “truth” someone who in addition to promoting intoxication, does not even believe that Srila Prabhupada has “all the answers”, but has only understood “certain facets of the truth”, just like all the other religious teachers out there?
  • Is this what he teaches on his “truth” courses?

Is this the fidelity a disciple of Srila Prabhupada is supposed to display, to publicly state that Srila Prabhupada can only possess relative truth, and on the BBC no less!

ISKCON’s descent into anti-Prabhupada offensive behaviour continues.