What can happen if you ignore exploring an unpleasant allegation?
The names of the people involved have been changed, but this is a true story of a skeleton that is still lurking in my family's closet: A beautiful baby girl was born, but her parents, for a variety of reasons were unable to care for little Martha. So Susan, the Grandma, agreed to raise the child. As she grew, Martha was an engaging child: intelligent, charismatic and beautiful. Susan provided nutritious home cooked meals, private schools, music and dance lessons, nice clothes and lots of love. One day 8 year old Martha confided to her Grandma that Grandpa was molesting her. Susan dismissed the child's nonsense. Such things couldn't possibly happen, at least in her family. She told no one and did nothing to investigate the allegation. Years went by and Martha started to display behavioral problems and eventually told her father about Grandpa's behavior and her father took the allegations seriously. It turned out that yes, Grandpa was molesting little Martha.
Susan has had to live with herself, knowing that Martha's drug use and poor decisions as an adult were very possibly a result of her failing to protect her as a child. This has led to Susan having mental health issues and abusing alcohol. I have little doubt that if she had it to do over again, Susan would have certainly listened when Martha accused Grandpa and investigated whether it was true. Susan is a loving, giving and morally upstanding person. As such, she couldn't imagine that anyone, what to speak of her husband, would do such a terrible thing to a child. It was impossible, so she ignored it.
All of the followers of Srila Prabhupada are in a similar situation. There is the allegation that Srila Prabhupada was poisoned. This allegation comes from Srila Prabhupada himself when he said, “somebody has said that someone has poisoned me. I think it is so.” The GBC gave the matter a cursory investigation in the early 1990s and the investigator, Balavanta Prabhu, concluded that more funds and a more thorough investigation was needed. Instead the GBC dropped the matter and it was taken up by a group of devotees who wanted to know the truth. This Truth Committee wrote a book titled “Somebody has Poisoned Me” that was a much more thorough investigation than conducted by the GBC. It explored the fact that there a large number audio tapes from Srila Prabhupada's last months mysteriously missing, gave the results of hair analysis that concluded elevated arsenic levels, contained statements from witnesses, listed Srila Prabhupada's symptoms (many/most not consistent with diabetes/kidney problems), gave expert analysis of forensically enhanced audio tapes, listed the parade of doctors and kavirajas who treated Srila Prabhupada (but were dismissed as soon as he took their treatment and his symptoms worsened) and much more. The GBC responded with a booklet, “Not That I am Poisoned”, which relieved many devotees who were distressed by the allegations and the title of the Truth Committee's book. Just reading the title of the GBC book was enough to douse their worries. The GBC did promise to renew an investigation if new evidence came to light.
Now there is new, irrefutable evidence. High tech atomic analysis of 3 hair samples from the months just prior to Srila Prabhupada's departure, including one sample that had been abandoned in a laboratory by the GBC, all showed rocket high levels of the sinister poison, cadmium. Srila Prabhupada said that he thought he was poisoned, and it has been scientifically proven to be true. The GBC seem to have come to a consensus that if they just ignore the devotees who are demanding that an investigation be conducted to try to identify the poisoners, that the subject will die away, and it's business as usual.
If you are reading this, you have a choice to make. The easy choice is to forget you ever read this or heard anything so ugly as the accusation that Srila Prabhupada was murdered. After all, we all know that the pure devotee is always protected by Krsna and that Prabhupada was surrounded by loving disciples that could never allow such a thing to occur. The easy choice has a very high price tag, however. Like Susan, who forgot the allegation of an 8 year old child under her care because in her world, such a thing is not possible, the price could very well end up being your sanity, or even worse, your spiritual life. Please read the Truth Committee's new book, “Kill Guru, Become Guru”, because it is impossible to make spiritual advancement in the absence of truth. The evidence in it is irrefutable as evidenced by the GBC's refusal to refute it.