One year had passed, the first volume of Srila Jiva Gosvami ‘s Tattva Sandarbha had been produced, and was awaiting the paintings to be completed before the printing would we be done. At that time this small group of 5, were working on the next volume, the Bhagavat-sandarbha. At the land that was purchased, the digging of the basement of the building had been dug up by hand, the dirt hauled up by donkeys, the concrete basement, and the pillars for the building’s first floor were finished.
In late 1996, suddenly the project was terminated. Moreover, to this date, the translation and production of Srila Jiva Gosvami works, even the Sat-Sandarbha’s have been taken over by Satyanarayana dasa, one of the two leaders of the IIVAS project, by forming his own institution called JIVA.org. He has completed the transudations of all the Sandarbhas of Srila Jiva Goswami, and is continuing the transudations of other Gaudiya Vaisnavas literature as outlined din the JIVAS Project brochure. That project, and what happen at this time, is as I said, a long and very interesting story with, elements of drama, intrigue, espionage, corruption, deceit, and betrayal, and again you will have to refer that story, in a soon to be written Article, by Upendranath dasa, for details; actually, very interesting event.
This event and this period were a pivotal point in ISKCON’s history. As I write this Introduction it is November 2021. The details of this history have been forgotten due to it being covered up by the ISKCON GBC and the assistants of many senior Srila Prabhupada disciples, who has personal “vested-interest” in doing so. The proceedings of the GBC in concert with the head of the IBBTI, at the 1996 Mayapur Festival, was secret, and has been sealed, and it was never published. Why did these disciples of Srila Prabhupada do this in 1996? I can only resolve in my mind that it is a par-excellent example of “personal ambition”. Therefore, I will certainly provide these details in my article.
In this regard, about a month after the Mayapur festival in the spring of 1996, in Vrindavan, Kurma-rupa Dasa and I approached one of these GBC sannyasis, and we were discussing this event looking for answers. At one point in the conversation Kurma-rupa Dasa asked this sannaysi, the following question,
“So! What about the truth?”
“The truth is not the issue”.
Thus, a clue to this intriguing event, which I concluded that the “issue” was “power”, keeping their reigns on their “Power”, in ISKCON, and the “Truth” was irrelevant. One of the principal members of the JIVAS project was Kundali Dasa. I had a very close relationship with him for the next 7 years. He certainly helped me to understand what I believe to be one of the most important aspects of Srila Prabhupada teachings. That will become apparent to anyone who visits the website which I plan to launch in early 2022.
day when I visited Kundali in his room at the Gurukula Building; he told me about the project he was involved with after the departure of Srila Prabhupada. He told me that Satsvarupa Goswami was going to write a book about Srila Prabhupada’s life in ISKCON; and it would be called “Srila Prabhupada Lilamrta” Apparently the plan was to send several devotees out to all the ISKCON centers, and interview Srila Prabhupada disciples and followers who had close and personal association with Srila Prabhupada.. The purpose was to record on tape, these devotee’s “remembrances” of Srila Prabhupada. What is important, to know, in this regard; is that interviews were being sought from devotees who had direct contact with Srila Prabhupada.
The tapes where then transcribed (typed with a typewriter) on 8 ½ by 10 paper). I believe this transcribing effort was conducted in 1979 to 1980. Remember, in those days there was no computer word processing software, what to speak of personal computers. These typed manuscripts were coded at the top with a two-digit number that was an indication of these remembrance in chronological order. These two-digit number represented a specific period in time. So, instead of trying to de-code these number of 81, 82, 83, 84, 85 and 86 and determine the dates in time they represent, I decided to just use the sequential number, and roll with that. In this regard the manuscripts in my possession, constitute Srila Prabhupada’s disciples and followers’ remembrances during the last 6 months of Srila Prabhupada life, on this planet Earth. The smallest number “81” represents the time period around 6 months before his departure, and “86” represents the time period around the last month before he departed; and the remaining “82”, “83”, “84”, & & “85”, represent the time periods, in-between. (You will note, that some of the transcripts have dates, while many, only had the time period written in black marker.)