On September 23, 2017 I met with GBC former chairman and member Bir Krishna Maharaja, one of ISKCON’s initiating gurus for Fiji, and someone I have known pretty well for forty some years. He was visiting Savusavu and had just accepted 16 new disciples on the other island. We spoke about the “poison issue” for a half hour, and reflecting afterwards, I was once again deeply affected by how the ISKCON leadership’s institutional obstruction of the truth about Srila Prabhupada’s poisoning was still very much operative. I had hoped for something different, but behind the façade of friendliness and fair-handedness, there was the same denial and obstruction mentality as twenty years earlier. I left disappointed and angry, reminded that there is no hope of any proper, just, or honest action from ISKCON’s leadership. I found no independent thinking and honesty about this most crucial of all issues even in such a prominent institutional leader.
I asked him what he thought of the poison issue in light of the new cadmium and other evidences uncovered by the Truth Committee, and he quickly reassured me that he had watched all the videos and had studied the matter “quite a bit,” but he was still unconvinced that Srila Prabhupada was poisoned. I asked if this was a change from his previous public position that there was no evidence to support a poisoning and that Srila Prabhupada was definitely not poisoned. He replied that there was no change in his position, but that he was always open to new information. Thus he tried to show his open-mindedness, even though dramatic new proof of poisoning meant nothing to him.
Then he mentioned there was a National Institute of Health (NIH) study where it was found that “hair tests were not an accurate indicator of cadmium body burden.” I protested that this may sometimes be the case when cadmium levels are very close to normal, and that in those cases, urine tests would be better, but that Srila Prabhupada’s cadmium levels were so high that such inaccuracies at lower levels are inconsequential. You know, why fret over a penny when you have a hundred dollar bill? Later that night I saw an email exchange he had the day before with Anuttama dasi about the same NIH study, and how he was trying to discredit the new evidence of the cadmium tests. Anuttama had replied with three random NIH studies that used hair tests to determine cadmium levels, refuting his assertions.
In this study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9064744 children in Lublin, Poland, were found to have 0.31 ppm mean cadmium in their hair, about 5 times more than normal, while Srila Prabhupada had 15.75 ppm average, or about 250 times above normal. So at levels 1/50th of what Srila Prabhupada had, scientists are still choosing to employ hair tests to determine cadmium levels, due to their accuracy. In other words, there is no issue as to the accuracy of hair tests in determining Srila Prabhupada’s cadmium poisoning, contrary to Bir Krishna Swami’s insinuations.
In this study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3484795/ children in Saudi Arabia who had mental and developmental disorders were tested and found to have 10 times above normal cadmium, or about 1/25th what Srila Prabhupada had in his hair throughout 1977. Again, scientists do use hair tests to determine cadmium burden even at much lower levels than what Srila Prabhupada had, so why would there be any issue with accuracy in the tests done by Dr. Morris of Srila Prabhupada’s authenticated, GBC-arranged hair samples? Ironically, the GBC was ready to test in 1999, but today they will say such a test is inaccurate? Then why did they want to do the test before? The only reason they did not complete the tests was because of the costs involved.
And in this study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3250020/ which is titled “Tracing Elements in Hair,” we see that scientists determined by hair tests the levels of trace elements of all kinds, including cadmium. In this study, the levels were “trace,” which is far below the dangerously lethal levels of cadmium that were found in Srila Prabhupada’s hair.
And there are many, many more scientific studies which have been done using hair tests on living persons to determine their cadmium body burden. But somehow Bir Krishna Maharaja managed to find one study in which urine tests were found much better than hair tests at determining very low levels of cadmium, and he tried to use his fraudulent scientific bluff to give the idea that it is no use to test hair for cadmium. This is selectively and dishonestly using science, just as many claim that the global warming theory been based on fraudulent science. This is comparable to tobacco companies who paid doctors in the forties and fifties to encourage smoking, saying it was good for health. Also 18 years ago the GBC put together their selective and fraud-science cover up of the poison evidence in their Not That I Am Poisoned book. This book of denials remains the GBC position on the issue up until today. Bir Krishna Swami was a primary participant in this GBC cover up and book of denials.
How can we believe anything Bir Krishna Maharaja says, or any of the GBC members, on the poison issue since there is a colossal conflict of interest in his being an ISKCON guru and being honest about Srila Prabhupada’s poisoning evidence. Why is this so? Because the poisoners of Srila Prabhupada are the ones who designed and established the doctrines by which they all became a voted-in guru! Let’s let that sink in a bit…
Bir Krishna Maharaja had tried to bluff Anuttama dasi the day before with the following scientific bunk: “Just to let you know the NIH studies show that cadmium hair analysis is not an accurate measure of cadmium in the body. Hair analysis is good for mercury and arsenic but not cadmium. NIH studies conclude this.” Anuttama had replied with the three NIH studies listed above, but he still tried to foist this deceit upon me the next day. I told him that hair tests may sometimes not be useful for determining abnormal cadmium at levels near normal, but he said, no, these were very high levels. What levels, I asked? Oh, I don’t remember, he replied.
Bir Krishna Swami will spend his time not to understand the actual evidence properly, but only to find ways to cast doubt and confusion upon it. This is his deep dishonesty and why we call him a MISLEADER. He is the one who, when asked in Slovenia in 2012 if Srila Prabhupada was poisoned, laughed heartily and said there was NO EVIDENCE of this, and that hair tests, which are “the best way to determine poisoning,” had found no poisoning. Note the contradiction between what he said then about hair tests and what he told me. Flip-flopping duplicity.The GBC deny the poisoning IN TOTO, and the telling of this “BIG LIE” is described by Adolf Hitler in his 1925 Mein Kampf:
“It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying.”
Unfortunately too many devotees have too much blind faith in the ISKCON obstructionist misleaders and, parroting what they have been told, think that the evidence of poisoning is the fabrication, and that Srila Prabhupada being poisoned is the lie. The opposite is the truth. I emphasized to him how the GBC had covered up and denied the evidence with fraud and dishonesty, and that the GBC so-called investigation in 2000 was conducted by the suspects themselves. I advised that thousands of sincere devotees, based on the overall evidence, were accepting the truth that Srila Prabhupada had indeed been poisoned with cadmium, and that the GBC would be well-advised to get ahead of the inevitable future where Srila Prabhupada’s poisoning is universally accepted because it had been proven as a fact of history.
Bir Krishna Maharaja, as usual, insisted he was open to the truth, whatever it was, and that if he felt he had to take a position based on truth, he was not concerned about institutional political pressures. However, when I suggested he discuss the matter with other GBC members, he was uninterested and advised me to do so, and that it was my “right” to carry on with this matter as I had been doing. He did not even have the guts to tell me that he really thought I was doing a disservice to Srila Prabhupada. It was clear he had no real interest in pursuing the truth about the issue, and he saw no need to even discuss the matter with his co-misleaders. Although I pressed him to work within the GBC body to respond to the new evidence from hair tests that the GBC themselves had arranged but failed to complete, he weakly declined. It was like pushing on a string.
We have an institutional leadership who, in the face of very convincing and conclusive evidence that Srila Prabhupada was maliciously poisoned at lethal levels with the heavy metal cadmium, with arsenic and who knows what else mixed in, simply remains silent and goes on with their affairs as though this truth was just another irrelevant background noise in the big picture of things.
To be Continued….