To Whom It May Concern:
The Sampradaya Sun on February 10, 2010 ran a story titled "Bhaktivedanta Eco Village's Tattva Darshana dasa, Convicted Sex Offender".
HKS (Hare Krishna Society) was cited as a a "Ritvik reform organization ". For the record, HKS has never been nor is a ritvik reform organization. The Mission statement and principles of HKS are found in the Srila Prabhupada Siddhanta book at www.krishnaconsciousnessmovement.com
Whether the original missionary institution of the Founder-Acharya, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is reformed or gets reformed in the future in not up to HKS, but it is up to Srila Prabhupada, the previous acaryas, Lord Caitanya and Lord Krishna.
As for the activites of Tattva darsana dasa, it is our understanding that the trustees of BEV (Bhaktivedanta Eco Village) have commenced a full-fledged investigation to ascertain the veracity of the claims and allegations regarding the said Tattva darsana dasa.
While there seems to numerous accusatons, innuendoes and stories circulating on the internet regarding this individual, we feel it is prudent to wait until the responsible parties conduct their investigation and reach their conclusions.
In fariness to the individual, it should be mentioned that he has has rendered valuable service in the past to Srila Prabhupada's mission by pioneering bullock cart parikrama in villages in India, establishing BEV and assisting to faciltate the on-going school and gurukula at BEV for the last 13 years.
While HKS is not directlyy connected with BEV, we wish all devotees concerned the very best in their attempt to establish a vibrant varna-asrama community in the sacred valley of Kutakacala on the banks of the sacred Cakra nadi river.
Finally we should all remember the wise instructions of His Divine Grace in the Bhagavad-Gita
"Sometimes, however, it may be seen that a person in Krsna consciousness commits some act which may be taken as most abominable socially or politically. But such a temporary falldown does not disqualify him. In the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam it is stated that if a person falls down, but is wholeheartedly engaged in the transcendental service of the Supreme Lord, the Lord, being situated within his heart, beautifies him and excuses him from that abomination. The material contamination is so strong that even a yogī fully engaged in the service of the Lord sometimes becomes ensnared; but Krsna consciousness is so strong that such an occasional falldown is at once rectified. Therefore the process of devotional service is always a success. No one should deride a devotee for some accidental falldown from the ideal path, for, as is explained in the next verse, such occasional falldowns will be stopped in due course, as soon as a devotee is completely situated in Krsna consciousness.
Therefore a person who is situated in Krsna consciousness and is engaged with determination in the process of chanting Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare should be considered to be in the transcendental position, even if by chance or accident he is found to have fallen. The words sādhur eva, "he is saintly," are very emphatic. They are a warning to the nondevotees that because of an accidental falldown a devotee should not be derided; he should still be considered saintly even if he has fallen down accidentally. And the word mantavyah is still more emphatic. If one does not follow this rule, and derides a devotee for his accidental falldown, then he is disobeying the order of the Supreme Lord. The only qualification of a devotee is to be unflinchingly and exclusively engaged in devotional service. "
Bhagavad-Gita it is 9.30
Sincerely yours in Srila Prabhupada's service
Yasoda nandana dasa
Hare Krishna Society