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Ramblings of an ex-monk

Rethinking ISKCON

When I woke up this dawn, I was thinking about my life. I was pondering on the emptiness within my heart. This year hasn’t been quite good for me. And I think the main reason for my depression has been my departure from ISKCON. After 23 years in ISKCON, I can’t fit in anywhere else. […]

IS CON: Uncovering The Operations Of A Typical ISKCON Temple

Now I’ve been putting off this article for several months, partly because it’s a typical ISKCON story – nothing new for me. But I wanted to share this story, because it gives outsiders an indepth vision of how an ISKCON temple operates. PART I: Recently ISKCON New Vrindaban located in Marshall County, WV USA witnessed […]

IS CON: Uncovering The Life Of A Typical ISKCON Guru

One thing that bothered me in the past decade is that I witnessed a case of one brahmacari who was shunned and kicked out from the ISKCON temple I was visiting because he fell in love with one of the matajis and married her in defiance to the authorities. The man was in love – […]

ISKCON: The Washed-out Cult

ISKCON’s biggest problem is that the standards have been compromised. If you know anything about religion, it’s that you should never compromise on the original philosophy, rules and regulations. The moment someone starts to compromise – and this usually begins at the top of the hierarchy – the religion is doomed. Religion isn’t compulsory. Religion […]

Did Srila Prabhupada Snort Tobacco?

Recently I was reading Srila Prabhupada’s letters and came across the words “snuff box”. A quick duckduckgo search showed some pretty shocking information. Here’s the definition of snuff from Urban Dictionary:- 1. Snuff: Very fine tobacco to be used for snorting, traditionally taken by the English aristocracy. The sign of a true gentleman is that […]

Was Srila Prabhupada A Pedophile?

1. Letter to: Gargamuni, Allston, Mass, 5 May, 1968 I think that your separation from Karunamayi is Krishna’s desire. So don’t be sorry for it. In this connection I may tell you my personal life experience. When I was married at the age of 21 with a wife who was only 11 years old, practically […]

Contemplating On The Monk Life

The following article was written on Wednesday, 16 Sept 2020 and first published in my gopherspace. ———————————————————— Wednesday, 16 Sept 2020 It’s been one week since I returned from the ashrama. I still haven’t wrapped my head around everything. It’s been several years since the brahmacaris have been telling me to join the ashrama and […]

I’m Not A Monk Anymore

When I was young, I used to tell my mom, “I’m going to be a sannyasi one day!” My childhood and teenage years were spent in naive worship and obedience to a bunch of worthless hypocrites. But then I became an adult and I was exposed to a lot of information and knowledge that would […]

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