To Whom It May Concern

Manidhara Das
23 Nov 2019


In response to some of the feedback I got while visiting Russia, where some may have had been concerned about my text regarding female diksa, I would like to explain that this text was originally shared and published within a very limited forum. That it was translated into Russian and broadcasted through Russia on such wide scale was never my intention, neither it has my consent. What can one do, internet is a medium without any rules concerning etiquette and it gets likely de-personalized, and so anything writen takes life on its own.

There are reasons I could object to such wide broadcast:

It is not necessary to put this issue in central focus of those, who are already guided and engaged in a nice way in the line of Srila Prabhupada's mission. Internet provides plenty of opportunities to be discouraged by the constant flow of bad news. 

As much I object to be categorized in simplistic way and play the roles assigned to me by others, as much I refuse to be intimidated by the call for "untity in stupidity" issued by those who think that we "must be united by any means".

I firmly believe that only by dint of direct instructions of Srila Prabhupada unity can be achieved. Those, who want to unite me and others by introducing something Srila Prabhupada obviously didn't saw relevant  to be even mentioned, are the ones creatiing anarchy, not those who seek to follow His Divine Grace.

Anything brought from anywhere else, regardless of its historical value, cannot be seen as relevant if not directly authorized by Srila Prabhupada. I am not so advanced to draw my information from sources not verified by Srila Prabhupada. As matter of fact I don't know anything else than what His Divine Grace gave me. My power of discrimination is derived from His statements, I cannot rely on anything else.

There are person who do nothing other than to take bath in the sewage created by the constant flow of  bad news, without offering any tengible alternative.  As matter of fact, it seems  that they derive energy and satisfaction in dragging others into these foul smelling waters. I feel their motivation is not a genuine concerm, but the image of oneself and the chance to appear in distinct light publicaly.

Then there are those who indentify the disease with a genuine concern while advocating the medicine we received to cure it.


To identify the disease is step number one, but to introduce the cure is the alternative for those who sincerely want to take it. We are all living in Srila Prabhupada's hospital. To find a diseased person is not difficult. Sometimes even the doctors get infected by their patients. Unity can be found when we altogether glorify the chief doctor, His medicine, and...take it.

Srila Prabhupada clearly warned us that even milk touched by the lips of the serpent, stil looking like a milk, is a deadly poison. And so it is absolutely necessary to identify where the milk comes from and who touched it.

Even my text carries sincere concern, I strongly object to be used by  individuals, who may include my writing into their package of grievances against ISKCON as such. I am not for hire and I am not for sale. 

Such individuals who do nothing else than to dwell on the negative side of things, are for me the same as those who are guilty of various deviations or even criminal acts. As much as I am aware of the crimes being commited in name of ISKCON, those who know me understand that I don't have public agenda making these atrocities to my main theme. My priority is Srila Prabhupada, His words and the distribution of His books. This is something Srila Prabhupada always wanted me to do, and this is my positive alternative to all those things I find incompatible with Srila Prabhupada's mission.


To any aspiring gurudevi I offer the option to put her academically acquired wisdom aside, and get some tengible realizations by trying to go on sankirtan first, in any way possible. To distribute Srila Prabhupada's books is workable even from a wheelchair.:-) When we meet on the street with Srila Prabhupada's books in our hands, we can experience the unity and equality to be one in bliss while preaching the glories of our spiritual master.


Maybe then the agitation, derived from the discussion who should initiate in ISKCON and who not, will vanish. Plus being and looking happy, more conditioned souls may join Srila Prabhupada's movement.

After all, who will join a movement filled with frustrated old women....and frustrated old men?



An unworthy disciple of Srila Prabhupada,


Manidhara das