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Apex Court Dismisses ISKCON Mumbai’s Appeal

By: Bharatarshabha Dasa, Bangalore.
Jan 9, 2012, Monday

The Supreme Court of India today dismissed an appeal filed by ISKCON Mumbai, seeking to initiate contempt of court proceedings against Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa, President of ISKCON Bangalore. The Supreme Court Bench consisting of Honorable Justice HL Dattu and Honorable Justice Chandramouli KR Prasad today gave this judgment on the appeal filed by ISKCON Mumbai challenging the verdict of the High Court which had opined that no contempt was committed by Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa. While pronouncing the verdict one of the Honorable Judges said that Supreme Court is not a forum meant of settling scores and ISKCON Mumbai’s petition attempts to settle some scores with Madhu Pandit Dasa.

ISKCON Mumbai (registered 1971) had tried in various ways to force the devotees of ISKCON Bangalore (Registered 1978) to follow a deviant system of guru succession, in direct contrivance to the desires of Srila Prabhupada the founder and acharya of ISKCON. Srila Prabhupada did not appoint any successor to occupy the position of the acharya of ISKCON, on the contrary he ordered that a system of initiations thro’ rtviks or officiating priests who initiate every one as disciples of Srila Prabhupada be instituted. Being harassed by various motivated interferences of ISKCON Mumbai which supports the deviant ninety odd unauthorized gurus who claim to be successors to Prabhupada, ISKCON Bangalore filed a suit requesting the court to give a permanent injunction restraining ISKCON Mumbai from interfering in its affairs. The honorable High court and honorable Supreme Court had given interim orders in the favour of ISKCON Bangalore. Finally after examining close to 700 documents and hearing the arguments of both counsels the Honorable Civil court gave its verdict on April 17th2009. In its verdict court granted an injunction permanently refraining ISKCON Mumbai from interfering with the affairs of ISKCON Bangalore.

ISKCON Mumbai went on appeal on this order to the High court of Karnataka. The appeal in the High Court was being initially heard by Hon Justice K L Manjunath. But Honorable Justice received a mystery packet via mail, which resulted in him recusing from the case. Before recusing the Hon judge initiated suomoto contempt charges against Madhu Pandit Dasa and five others. This contempt of court case came up for hearing in front of the divisional bench of Hon Justices Sreedhar Rao and Subhash Adi. The divisional bench gave a split verdict. Justice Sreedhar Rao opined that Madhu Pandit Dasa and all others were not guilty of contempt whereas Justice Subhash Adi agreed that Madhu Pandit Dasa and a lawyer was not guilty of contempt, but he held that other four are guilty of the contempt. Due to a split verdict the case was posted to a single member bench. It was heard by Hon Justice Smt Manjula Chellur, who also held that Madhu Pandit Dasa was not guilty of contempt. She further said that two lawyers are also not guilty of contempt, but she held that other three are guilty of contempt.

ISKCON Mumbai contended that Madhu Pandit Dasa is indeed guilty of contempt. It may also be recalled that on the same contempt of court case ISKCON Mumbai had applied to high court trying to implicate Sri Chanchalapathi Dasa, Stoka Krishna Dasa and other governing council members of ISKCON Bangalore, which was dismissed. The Honorable Supreme Court had dismissed those applications too. 

Now in an attempt to harass Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa, President of ISKCON Bangalore ISKCON Mumbai had challenged the verdicts of three high court judges and filed a petition and contended that Madhu Pandit Dasa was guilty. It was dismissed by the Apex court today terming the petition as intended to settle scores.

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  1. Chintamani Goswami Maharaj
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 23:17:10

    First of all, I offer my respectful obeisances at the lotus feet of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the most merciful, the best friend of all condition souls; All glories to his lotus life after life. All glories to the Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme cause of all causes. No one is equal to, or greater than Him within the three world. All glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga. All glories to the assembles of sincere devotees.
    As a matter of fact, every human beings beginning from Lord Brahma down to the insignificant ant, has four major problems namely; imperfection, we make mistake, to err is human, we are in illusion, because we accept this body as the self, and we have cheating propensities, basic. Therefore, I am not going to say anything in support of the two parties concerned, or in support of the court either. I am only going to repeat the words of the Supreme Lord Krishna, and the Parampara, the disciplic succession we are propagating. In that condition, Lord Krishna’s final instructions to all of us in the Bhagavad-gita as it is, says ”sarva-dharmam parityajya, mam ekam saranam vraja, aham tvam sarva-papebhyo, moksayisyami ma sucah. Translation: Lord Krishna admonished all of us; ”Abandon all speculative varieties of religious processes and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions, and actions. Do not fear.” This Krishna consciousness means ”PEACE of mind, blissfulness and eternal knowledge”. And what is that Peace? The Peace means, that everything within this world belongs to Krishna, even myself and all that I possess all are Krishna’s property. I am only a subordinate, and eternal servant of Lord Krishna. As a spirit souls, we are not this body. We are eternal part and parcels of Krishna, and our ultimate and everlasting business is to serve Him, in any condition, at all circumstances, place or time. After executing our business at His lotus feet here perfectly, then we can gain entrance to go back to home, back to His Abode, our original home. As spirit souls, we have nothing in this world. All that we have is our chanting bead, and the Krishna prasadam we eat, that’s all. Therefore, Lord Krishna says, Abandon everything, absolutely everything and surrender all back to Me, because I am the owner of all things. Now, the question is; with all these developments, have we really understood Lord Krishna as the Supreme cause of all causes, and the real proprietor of all the wealth, fame, adoration’s and distinctions within the three worlds ? With all these scornful, amongst ourselves, our trying to portrait Srila Prabhupada’s movement to the whole world that we are fighters and not peace makers? Hare Krishna movement is meant to reclaim the condition souls from this type of miserable life, but if these things are taking place within our mist, how can we be open minded to preach to the mass of people? Therefore, personally, I do not support either party, I only support Srila Prabhupada, and Lord Krishna the Supreme Personality of Godhead.” Hare Krishna! .


  2. Rukminisa dasa
    Feb 02, 2012 @ 02:33:12

    All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

    It is necessary to take sides in life. Arjuna was fighting on one side and his relatives on the other side.

    Arjuna gave so many reasons not to fight but Lord Krishna instructed Him on the proper duty of a warrior. Duty and character.

    By fighting, I am not referring to physical fighting, no. Fighting can go on by using one’s intellect using instructions from the Spiritual Master.

    We are solidly behind Srila Prabhupada, we do not turn the cheek to be hit again,

    Of course Krishna can do anything but where has he said, “do nothing and I will help”?

    Even Prabhupada is saying do the action, whatever is necessary. “Do not say that I am a great Guru or Prabhupada,or, you are wonderful, etc. Words can be there but do the action, that is what counts”. It is not the exact quote but perhaps someone of you can find the lecture or purport where He is talking about this subject.

    Anyhow, I say all this with respectful obeisences to the Maharaja and to my Guru, Srila Prabhupada.

    We must be vigilant and we must strong. This road may be a long one.


  3. Rukminisa dasa
    Feb 02, 2012 @ 02:42:54

    Hare Krishna,

    I would like to do a slight edit on one sentence in my previous reply.

    The sentence, “By fighting, I am not referring to physical fighting, no.”

    It should read, ” By fighting, I am not only referring to physical fighting, no”

    So it just needs the word “only” in front of the word “referring”..

    Jai Srila Prabhupada


  4. Kalyani PATEL, UK/Zurich
    Jun 10, 2015 @ 09:36:32

    I agree with Chinatamani Goswami Maharaj and also understand Rukminisa Dasa’s comment to take sides. I would take side of serving Krishna and His pure devotees meaing Srila Prabhupada and Guru Parampara, period! I would not try to reason with or rectify anything untowards within ISKCON as it stands now, as we will be ostracised, gossiped about and completely misunderstood. :-)

    I personally think each one of us is better off just following Guru Parampara and Sri Krishna’s instructions and not get into meddling affairs of the state of ISKCON, as we will waste our time in trying to do the right thing and we may NOT be able to do so by our ownselves and even as a collective group.
    We will be told we are committing “aparadh” and wot not …
    Anyways, it’s a fact, we each will do what is in our INNATE nature to do, I personally have seen much nonsense in ISKCON circles and so prefer to just listen to ISKCON Swami lectures, devotees giving lectures and ofcourse OPur Dearmost Srila Prabhupada and Sri Krishna. I would stay away from any camps, internal ISKCON politics is not my interest,my interest is simply to please Guru Parampara and Krishna. Hare Krishna.


  5. Rukminisa dasa
    Jun 12, 2015 @ 15:51:34

    It is not a matter of taking sides, it is a matter of serving Srila Prabhupada by following His final orders.
    The word, “fighting” that I use, is used, not to mean physical fighting but intellectual fighting. To “do the action”, is the obligation of the devotee. Self defense is another matter but fighting must be there. Just see from the Bhagavada Gita As It Is, Krishna is explaining to Arjuna, a great fighter, that he must fight.
    We chant, why? We are vegetarian, why? We are taught Vedic Philosophy, why?
    Because, at one time in our life we decided to listen and see if what was being taught by Srila Prabhupada was something that would help us reach true success in this life and forever. I am still here and I am still His disciple and I still learn something everyday even at this advanced age.
    Thank you for replying and taking the time to reply to my past comment,
    I pray for strength, knowledge and above all for the mercy from my Guru Maharaja,
    AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the only and final Acarya for ISKCON!
    All glories to His lotus feet.
    Rukminisa dasa


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