Introduction Part 3
Kundali continued to explain to me that Satsvarupa Goswami wrote the “Lilamrta” without incorporating any of these manuscripts. He continued to explain to me that these manuscripts were then stored in sheet steel filing cabinets in one of the ISKCON temples on the Eastern side of the USA. I do not recall, but it might have been in Philadelphia, does come in to my mind. Kundali dasa was without a doubt the best lecturer, and writer in ISKCON. That ability continued up to sometime before the year 2000 or 2001, when he disappeared, and little is known about his where abouts. To prove this point, in the Web-site, all his works will be presented, and you can judge for yourself. Also, several times, when he gave a class at the Vrindavan Krishna and Balarama Temple, when he finished, all the devotee’s present, spontaneously gave a loud and lasting applauds. This I have never ever witness during all my years as a member of ISKCON, 1972 to 1978 in Loa Angeles, and then from 1993 to 1999 in Vrindavan, after a lecture by any disciple of Srila Prabhupada.
Kundali continued to explain that before he left the USA to move to Vrindavan India; he went to these filing cabinets, and made copies of the documents coded with 81 to 86. He said that these documents; he wanted to use in writing a book that he would call “Srila Prabhupada Antya-lila”, the life of Srila Prabhupada in the last 6 months on this Planet Earth. A collection of remembrance by a wide variety of Srila Prabhupada disciples and followers who had personal communication and contact with his Divine Grace.
At that time, we had 386 and 486 PC’s and we were running and early version of MS Windows and MS Word were now in their infant stage. He asked me if I would kindly help him with this project by transcribing these typed documents on to MS Word documents. I would then give these computer Word files to him, and he could then use them in his effort to write the book. This is where the intrigue begins.
Kundali explained that sometime after coping the manuscripts he desired; it just happened that a fire broke out in the small file room; and all these manuscripts were destroyed. This is a fact that you might just keep in your mind. Hence, these copies which he had in a metal trunk are the only surviving records of that big effort, by many devotes, to record and transcribe the remembrance of Srila Prabhupada by a wide range of disciples.
Some questions came to my mind.
- How can all the 8 ½ by 10 pieces of paper burn to ashes inside of a sheet steel filing cabinet? How did a fire start in a file cabinet small room?
- Why was the fire contained only in that small room?
- The fire certainly could have not started inside any of the filing cabinets. If the fire was contained to the small file cabinet room, how could it be possible for each of the filing cabinets catch fire inside and burn all the documents to ashes?
am familiar with such cabinets, and a fire inside a small room, that was snuffed out before it could spread, would only at worst, singe the documents in the steel sheet file cabinets. I will leave it at that.
The intrigue of the termination of the JIVAS project had a devastating effect on all its members. By that time I had only transcribe a small amount of these transcripts. By the year 2000 we all went in different directions in our life’s. Why you may ask? Well to make a long story short; we were basically “ostracized out of ISKCON”.
Ostracized — T o exclude, by general consent, from society, friendship, conversation, privileges, to banish (a person). In ancient Greece) to banish (a citizen) temporarily by vote.
I had only transcribed, to computer files, about one-tenths of the type-writer manuscripts; but I had not yet delivered any of the computer MS Word document files to Kundali. What happened to Kundali is a sad story; which I will not tell due to my respect for him because of all the Krishna conscious knowledge I learned from him. He taught me how to write, and edit, and how to research in Srila Prabhupada VedaBase. I am forever grateful because he taught me what I came to understand is the most important aspect of Srila Prabhupada teachings. Therefore, I ended up possessing these transcripts which I will use to produce this book myself. These original documents have been stored for safe keeping; so, speak. In addition, they are proof of the content of this book, and they are stored in a very safe place where they cannot be burned to ashes.
FOOT & END NOTES: