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A Letter of Apology By Bhakti Vikasa Swami

By: for ISKCON News on Nov. 16, 2011

Following is a letter to the ISKCON Community from Bhakti Vikasa Swami:

"Dear devotees,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Some recent lectures in which I expressed concern about ISKCON have caused considerable concern within ISKCON. Several devotees have stated that they empathize with many of my points, but not with the manner of presentation and the fact that not all my statements were entirely accurate.

This has caused distress to many devotees, for which I must apologize. I particularly apologize to HH Radhanath Maharaja and his followers. I request them and the whole Vaisnava community to forgive my offenses.

I would also like to make the following points about HH Radhanath Maharaja.

1. He is known for his humble disposition in personal dealings.

2. He lives simply; for instance, he sleeps on a mat on the floor, and eschews luxurious accommodation.

3. He is an excellent story teller of both Krishna and Chaitanya lilas.

4. He has an exemplary history of brahmacharya.

5. He has inspired an unprecedentedly large congregation.

Regarding my concerns: I request the Vaisnavas to not, on account of my crudeness, discount them. Some GBC men have told me that they would like to see certain of my concerns addressed, but in a manner that will not cause unnecessary disturbance.

vancha-kalpa-tarubhyas ca krpa-sindhubhya eva ca
patitanam pavanebhyo vaisnavebhyo namo namah

Your servant,

Bhakti Vikasa Swami

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