The ISKCON Sri Radha Krishna Mandir at Bangalore was built by the donations of the people of Karnataka. And it is regarded as the richest ISKCON temple in the world. The self-proclaimed ‘gurus’ naturally grew jealous of the wealth associated with this temple. They have been unable to tolerate that this opulence is not available for themselves. And over and above this, the devotees of this rich and popular temple were shaking the very foundations of their guru system! This became unbearable to the self-proclaimed ‘gurus’.
The self-proclaimed ‘gurus’ have been making various attempts to get hold of the ISKCON Bangalore temple and convert the good work being done by the devotees, led by Madhu Pandit Dasa, to add to their following, wealth and assets.
The devotees of ISKCON-Bangalore have been taking shelter of the judicial system of the country in order to protect their services to Srila Prabhupada’s movement and the society. Only the orders from the various courts have helped them in this matter. The self-proclaimed ‘gurus’ and their disciples have been restrained, by the court orders, from interfering with the affairs of ISKCON-Bangalore.
When the grapes turned sour for the self-proclaimed ‘gurus’, they quickly turned the tables around. They started projecting to the public, the struggle against the flawed guru system by the devotees of ISKCON-Bangalore, as strife for personal gain.
Next, the self-proclaimed ‘gurus’ began to malign the character of Madhu Pandit Dasa, who has been leading this struggle against the current guru system, in an attempt to discredit the position he advocates. They have described the struggle as a battle for “personal gain” and an attempt to “siphon off funds and assets to trusts of family members”! Damaging attempts have been made in the media, among our supporters, government officials and the general public to tarnish and taint the cause of the devotees of ISKCON Bangalore.
Ironically before 1999, the GBCs praised Madhu Pandit Dasa and others, for their service to the movement in developing the Bangalore temple project since 1984.
Until the devotees of ISKCON-Bangalore started questioning the flawed self-proclaimed ‘guru’ system, and Madhu Pandit Dasa was regarded as “an asset to our leadership in ISKCON,” and appreciated for “maintaining excellent standards ethically and morally.”
* “Madhu Pandit Dasa has been the President of the Bangalore center for the past 14 years. His dedication and contribution to the movement is laudable. He has maintained excellent standards ethically and morally. He is an asset to our leadership in ISKCON and is highly respected by other leaders of our society. He has contributed immensely for the growth of the movement in Karnataka.” Letter by Gopal Krishna Goswami (GBC member and one of the self-proclaimed guru) dated November 4th, 1998.
* “I have known him (Madhu Pandit Dasa) for 18 years and I stand for his personal integrity in this matter. …Hence it is unfair and unethical on the part of any one who is indulging in this personal vilification campaign.” Letter by Jayapataka Swami (GBC member and one of the self-proclaimed guru) dated November 4th, 1998.
This compliment was bestowed as late as in November 1998. But once the devotees of ISKCON-Bangalore started questioning the flawed guru system post 1999, the impressions were turned around 180 degrees overnight! All of a sudden, Madhu Pandit Dasa became the black sheep.