Another Perspective on the Poison Issue

By Sākṣī Dāsa, April 10, 2007
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from: Sakshi
date: Apr 10, 2007 6:32 PM
subject: Re: Hoy to tai.

Hare Krishna,

Dandavats. All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.

>Aside from this, Srila Prabhupada had transcendental senses. HE HEARD THE POISON WHISPERS! This is WHY he is stating:
>
>Srila Prabhupada: Ye sab friends.
>Translation: These all friends.

Although we are given to understand the word 'poison' was mentioned in 'several instances' the only forensically confirmed whisper of any import is:

TKG: "…going down..(Bhavananda giggles)..The poison's going down."

The question here is: "Why does Bhavananda giggle?" Considering the weight of the statement, what did he find amusing? We agree that Bhavananda has a chequered past, but we must also agree that 'demented psychopath' isn't part of his resume. He certainly wasn't involved in homicide before or after '77. So what is a plausible explanation for his strange sense of humor? Here is a possibility that would certainly rise in any defense:

Only hours earlier, His Divine Grace had made it clear to Tamal Krsna, that he believed poison was being administered via his food. This prompted Tamal to say: "Ah, I see. That's why we cannot allow anyone to cook for you."

Since Tamal was in charge of Srila Prabhupada's meals, medicines and just about everything else, we can easily understand his hurt, directly or indirectly by Prabhupada's convictions. When we add to this, previous accusations of medicines containing poison, Tamal was sitting in a proverbial hot spot. Understanding Tamal's commitment to Gurudev and seva, it should come as no surprise that he became cynical. And that's what prompted him to whisper.." The poison's going down". There really was no poison in the milk at all. But more importantly, that is why Bhavananda giggled: he knew Tamal was being cynical, nothing more. But what neither of them realised is that Srila Prabhupada had heard them, and Tamal's cynicism would end up sounding like murder.

Just another perspective. Thanks
Sakshi

Sākṣī Dāsa first saw Śrila Prabhupāda in 1971 in his hometown, Kolkata, India. He was initiated 11 years later in Melbourne, Australia where he still resides.

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