Dear devotees and friends,
All glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga!
On September 13th 2020 Bhagavat Dharma Samaj’s Office of Public Relations received information about a REGISTERED LAWYER’S NOTICE sent from the law office of PRASAD & SUKUMAR ASSOCIATES, representing the ‘Ritvik’ organization called ‘Hare Krishna Movement Vishakapatnam’ affiliated with ISKCON Bangalore. Their legal notice was delivered to Bhagavat Dharma Samaj at the Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir (Red Stone Temple), 100 Feet Road, Raman Reti, Vrindavan, India.
We understood their notice to be an attempt to stop our Internet preaching efforts and to intimidate one of our successful preachers who used to render volunteer services to their organization, but who later found them to be spiritually incorrect and not benefitting to him and decided to join Bhagavat Dharma Samaj and follow the teachings of His Divine Grace Mahamandaleshwar Mahant Krsna Balaram Swami. Their legal notice was a bit surprising to us and did not seem legally appropriate either. Nevertheless, we thought we should respond accordingly and let our devotees and the world judge for themselves the injustice being committed against us.
No disconnected volunteer member of any organization anywhere should ever feel concerned, intimidated or afraid when wanting to distance himself/herself when he/she no longer feels connected to the organization. Article 19 of the Constitution of India guarantees to all its citizens the right to freedom of speech and expression, and this includes the right to express one’s views and opinions at any issue through any medium, e.g. by words of mouth, writing, printing, picture, film, movie etc. It thus includes the freedom of communication and the right to propagate or publish opinion.
Therefore we are always prepared to freely use our right to freedom of expression at any given moment or by any means we deem necessary in order to rightfully educate the public in the matter of pursuing authentic spiritual life. So we decided to take yet another opportunity to exercise such freedom of expression guaranteed by the Constitution of India and composed the following which was made part of our official legal response:
THE INCONTROVERTIBLE VERDICT OF THE VEDIC SCRIPTURES AND THE VAISHNAVA ACHARYAS ON WHO CAN BECOME GURU AND WHO CANNOT.
Our response is the following 12,000 words, composed in a comprehensive yet summarized manner, and presented in systematic sequence to make the subject easy and straightforward for anyone who wishes to explore the subject. It covers many important points that people over the years have had doubts about in connection to who can become Guru and who cannot, with added back history, quotes from the Vedic scriptures with comments by Vaishnava Acharyas, and much more.
We hope this document brings to light the evidence necessary to expose injustice and will also help those who are sincerely seeking authentic spiritual life to make well informed decisions for their benefit. We welcome you to read this important document and also take advantage of the information provided here. You can download the PDF below.
For any comments or questions please write to us anytime. We respond to all correspondence.
Thank you. Jay Sri Radhe!
Bhagavat Dharma Samaj
Institute for Pure Devotional Service
Office of Public Relations.