The Killing of Vaishnavas
Note: Republished from SUN
Though I can understand Ravindra Svarupa's concerns, I don't understand his calling Tirtha das, a mass murderer, for Prabhu? Surely just chanting the holy name of Krishna can't atone for killing Vaishnavas. Thus clearly Tirtha is a nama apradhi, having committed the 7th offence to the holy name:
namno balad yasya hi papa-buddhir na vidyate tasya yamair hi suddhih
(7) To commit sinful activities on the strength of chanting the holy name of the Lord.
Imagine the awaited punishment for killing not one, but 2 brahmin Vaishnavas:
SB 5.26.14: The killer of a brahmana is put into the hell known as kshatriya, which has a circumference of eighty thousand miles and which is made entirely of copper. Heated from below by fire and from above by the scorching sun, the copper surface of this planet is extremely hot. Thus the murderer of a brahmana suffers from being burned both internally and externally. Internally he is burning with hunger and thirst, and externally he is burning from the scorching heat of the sun and the fire beneath the copper surface. Therefore he sometimes lies down, sometimes sits, sometimes stands up and sometimes runs here and there. He must suffer in this way for as many thousands of years as there are hairs on the body of an animal.
But I guess there is no consideration of the real situation. Jagai and Madhai got delivered but never committed crimes again (like murder and rape), but this person killed two Vaishnavas. Do we have to remind Ravindra Svarupa Prabhu about the heinous murder of Chakranadi? The details are gruesome.
anindaka hai je sakrt krshna bhaje
satya satya muni tare uddharibo hele
"Verily I say that I will immediately deliver anyone who, free from the faultfinding tendency, worships Krishna, even for just a moment."
(Chaitanya-bhagavata, Madhya 19.214)
Is it faultfinding to call a murderer for what he is? Certainly not. However there has never been any public attempt to apologize for the murders of these persons, either by Tirtha or anyone from New Vrindavan. It appears however that some persons were happy Sulochana was killed?
In the LA Times we read:
"On July 11th, the commission's executive committee announced that it had started its own investigation into Bryant's death.”We want to find out if anyone in our group was involved and if so, to what extent. We take disciplinary action irrespective of what position the person held in the society," said Michael Grant, public affairs director for the Los Angeles temple, who said he spoke on behalf of the executive committee."
So why close the book on this case? No one wants to find faults for no reason, but surely the GBC should kindly look into this as they promised to do in 1986. And the of testimony of Janmashtami and others cannot just be discredited with the movement of a hand in a denying gesture. Let merciful Lord Nityananda and Lord Gauranga be the judges, but GBC should kindly look into this matter.
And I repeat the words, "We take disciplinary action irrespective of what position the person held in the society". These are the words of the GBC of 1986. Will the GBC of 2007 honor this? The FBI and others might have forgotten this case of the murder of Sulochana and Chakranadi, but devotees have not, and with all humility at our command we ask the GBC to please look into these matters seriously and fairly.