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ISKCON Refuse to Acknowledge Bangalore’s Book Distribution Scores!

ISKCON Bangalore again topped the world book distribution figures. After finishing first in 2001, it again took top honours for 2002, and this time with an even higher margin. However, the powers that be in ISKCON have seen to it that this news will not become official. Last November, seeing that ISKCON Bangalore had topped the World Sankirtan Newsletter every single month that year, they sent us the following letter…

ISKCON Bangalore again topped the world book distribution figures for ISKCON. After having finished first in 2001, it again took top honours for 2002, and this time with an even higher margin. For 2002, ISKCON Bangalore distributed over 500,000 books and magazines. The next highest score was less than half this, and was obtained by ISKCON Mayapura, which distributed  240,952 books and magazines.
 
However, the powers that be have seen to it that this news will not become official, because last November, having seen that ISKCON Bangalore had topped the World Sankirtan Newsletter for every single month that year, they suddenly sent us the following letter:
 
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—–Original Message—–
From: Mayapur@aol.com [mailto:Mayapur@aol.com]
Sent: Thursday, November 07, 2002 2:12 AM
To: murali@iskconbangalore.org
Subject: Re: Points Scores for the month of September – 2002

Prabhu,
Thanks for sending in your scores.
It seems that everyone has given up hope that your temple would remain in
ISKCON. Since you have gone to such trouble to separate yourself from ISKCON
it is no longer necessary to send in your scores until you rejoin ISKCON.
ys, Mayapur Sasi dasa
ISKCON’s World Sankirtan Newsletter

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This letter of course made no sense since nothing had suddenly happened to prompt its release, apart from the fact that they could no longer endure the humiliation of an IRM temple coming top month after month, and the rest of ISKCON reading this fact. Our reply to this letter, given below, makes this fact clear:
 
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Dear Mayapur Sasi Prabhu,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
Please note the following:

1) There is currently a court case going on in which both the plaintiff
(ISKCON Karnataka) and the defendant (ISKCON Bombay) agree that ISKCON
Bangalore is very much part of ISKCON. The only dispute is over which
governing body controls ISKCON Bangalore. The trial for this case began in
June, is currently taking place, and will continue for sometime. Judgements
given so far at the lower court, High Court and Supreme Court have all
accepted that ISKCON Bangalore is a part of ISKCON.

2) Thus your statement below is:

* Contrary to the facts as established by a court of law;

* Contrary to the sworn stand taken by the GBC representatives in court, who
have never asserted we have left ISKCON, but actually claim we are very much
part of ISKCON. That indeed is their whole case!;

* Sub-judice, since the matter is currently at trial.

3) Hence your statement is a very good piece of evidence for us to use to
prove that the GBC’s case in court is contradictory and sub-judice, since
they are now taking a stand contrary to what they have stated in court.

4) Since, however, we have not left ISKCON we of course are happy to
contribute to the ISKCON sankirtan newsletter.

If I do not hear from you, or if you continue to decline our scores, then we
will be more than happy to introduce your e-mail in court.

Thank you.

Your servant,

Satya Gaura Chandra Das,
Sankirtan Department,
ISKCON Bangalore

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The fact was that there was no reason on November 7, 2002, well over 1 year after litigation had begun, for Mayapur Sasi to suddenly decide to exclude ISKCON Bangalore’s scores.The GBC had not ‘given up hope’, for they are currently vigorously continuing to pursue litigation. They just couldn’t face up to the naked truth that a supposedly ‘deviant’ temple is setting the example for all other temples in ISKCON. Hence if you can’t fight the truth, then just hide it from the public. And that’s exactly what they decided to do!
 

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