Posted on 7th October, 2021
Updated on 18th December, 2022
His Holiness Śrīmat Rādhānātha Svāmī,
Honourable Founder and Coordinator, Sri Sri Radha-Gopinath Ashram,
Honourable Member, Governing Body Commission, ISKCON
Sub: Violent Exploitation of Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Limited (DHFL)’s FD, NCD and Shareholders by Śrī Ajay Piramal by using the mask of Gauḍiya Vaiṣṇava Dharma
I. LET US INTRODUCE OURSELVES:
We, the undersigned, sons, daughters or transgender (cf. the praxis of Rādhāballabha sampradāya or rādhābhāva-sādhanā of the Vaiṣṇava Dharma), of the Western Enlightenment, frankly speaking, are sceptics, atheists or otherwise agnostics, belonging to mānavagotra, species-being, homo sapiens sapiens as earthians. Therefore, we are depending on our first major premise “Doubt Everything”. We are not deviating from the Śrīmad Bhagavad Gītā in this case, thus spoke Śrī Kṛṣṇa:
तद्विद्धि प्रणिपातेन परिप्रश्नेन सेवया |
उपदेक्ष्यन्ति ते ज्ञानं ज्ञानिनस्तत्त्वदर्शिन: || 4: 34||
We are, in fact, keeping our faith on the following sloka of the Gītā, where the superiority of jñānayajña, the performance of wis(h)dom, is depicted:
श्रेयान्द्रव्यमयाद्यज्ञाज्ज्ञानयज्ञ: परन्तप |
सर्वं कर्माखिलं पार्थ ज्ञाने परिसमाप्यते || 4: 33||
Kindly note that your disciple, Śṛī Ajay Piramal uses the jñānamudrā-icon as the logo for his business enterprise.
However, surprisingly enough, we do not have faith in the following two facts or fictions (the differAance [sic. a la Derrida. cf. acintyabhedābheda tattva, identity-in-difference] between vyāvahārika and prātibhāsika satyas are blurred to us due to our viṣādajāta ajñāna) after knowing yourself from your book, The Journey Home and various lectures as well as posts on the social media. Therefore, we are reiterating here what Advaitācārya pronounced after meeting Śrī Mahāprabhu:
“I bow to thee, that art what thou art!”
‘tat tvam asi’
The first fact/fiction is that religious preachers are depicted as villains in the popular Bollywood movies, viz., Kissa Kursi Ka (Tale of Throne), Oh My God (OMG), PK, Dharam Sankat Mein (Religion in crisis) etc. Even Satyajit Ray showed this in his two classic movies: Mahapurush (The Holy Man) and Joy Baba Felunath (The Elephant God). Gurus have the collusion or unholy nexus with the superrich business tycoons and corrupt ruling political parties. However, we do not want to fall into the trap of ativyāpti doṣa or hasty generalization following those “fictitious” (!?) films.
The second fact/fiction is that, according to certain conspiracy theorists, ISKCON has a deep connection with the CIA:
Soviet Says Hare Krishna Cloaks Hide C.I.A. Daggers VIEW HERE ⤡ (As reported on 31st July, 1983 © The New York Times)
Even there were many allegations of “abusive activities” within the premises of the ISKCON:
ISKCON commune in West Virginia gets mired in murder, child molestation, kidnapping storm VIEW HERE ⤡ (As reported on 15th May, 1987 ©India Today)
ISKCON front for money laundering: Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati VIEW HERE ⤡ (As reported on 9th February, 2016 ©The Economic Times)
It is to be noted that the CIA is infamous for its religious intervention and manipulation for destabilizing the sovereignty and integrity of prātibhāsika imagined boundaries of nation states.
The Religious Crusades of the CIA VIEW HERE ⤡ (As reported on 21st January, 2015©The India Facts)
It is also to be noted that the above report was published at the time of flourishing of violent religious extremism in India.
However, despite such narratives, there are strong protests with Vaiṣṇavī vinaya (tṛṇād api sunīcena/ taror api sahiṣṇunā/ amāninā mānadena/ kīrtanīyaḥ sadā hariḥ– Śikṣāṣṭaka 3) from the part of ISKCON regarding such controversial allegations. It was also told that Śrīla Prabhupāda was poisoned and ISKCON was hijacked by the CIA!
Are ISKCON devotees CIA agents? VIEW HERE ⤡ (As reported on 15th July, 2015 ©Chaitanya Charan Prabhu)
ISKCON: A Critical Analysis VIEW HERE ⤡ (As reported on 5th December, 2019 ©Saffron Research and Analysis Wing S-RAW भगवा अनुसन्धान एवं विश्लेषण संस्था)
Despite such allegations, whether false or not, we are approaching to you regarding one of your superrich disciple, Śṛī Ajay Piramal. In fact, all of the Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Limited (DHFL) scam victims are bogged down by two facts related to the DHFL Scam. On the one hand there is an alleged collusion among the BJP, Dawood-Mirchi and the DHFL VIEW HERE ⤡ and on the other hand, Śṛī Ajay Piramal’s violent exploitation of the DHFL victims and relationship with the allegedly CIA-connected ISKCON. Is he an economic hitman? Is he a deśadrohī? Or, a staunch follower of Vaiṣṇava Dharma? Is non-violent Vaiṣṇava Dharma being pretentiously utilized by him as a mask?
II. THE NARRATIVE OF YOUR DISCIPLE: ŚṚĪ AJAY PIRAMAL
We have seen the following discussion among Alfred Ford, Ajay Piramal, Sangita Reddy and you.
Purpose of Business & Role of Wisdom VIEW HERE ⤡ (As reported on ©Hare Krsna TV)
Peculiarly enough, the anchor of the above programme, mispronounced the first mantra of the Īśopaniṣad:
ईशा वास्यमिदँ सर्वं यत्किञ्च जगत्यां जगत् ।
तेन त्यक्तेन भुञ्जीथा मा गृधः कस्यस्विद्धनम् ।। १ ।।
We are emphasizing on the last line of the mantra, where the irresistible greed for others’ wealth is condemned by using the verb गृधः (vulture-rūpaka is associated with the Sanskrit root) and the supreme tyāgadharma is foregrounded.
When, in the above-mentioned video, Śṛī Ajay Piramal is talking about taking care of senior citizens during the pandemic, he himself, at that very moment, is antithetically depriving a host of senior citizens, who are the victims of the DHFL Scam. For the detailed discussion on this scam, please spend your valuable time for this worldly matter:
Thus, he is coveting others’ wealth like a vulture, according to the perspective of the DHFL victims, by providing deceptive lip-service like the political leaders.
All this is expected from a businessman or vaiśya (according to गुणकर्मविभागशः, Gītā, 4:13), thus spoke Śṛī Kṛṣṇa:
मां हि पार्थ व्यपाश्रित्य येऽपि स्यु: पापयोनय: |
स्त्रियो वैश्यास्तथा शूद्रास्तेऽपि यान्ति परां गतिम् || 9:32||
Since merchants along with śūdra and women are of sinful birth (पापयोनय:, though we do not believe in caste and gender discrimination), Ajay Piramal, as a business tycoon, is no exception to this “divinely-ordained” rule. However, he has not taken his refuge to Śṛī Kṛṣṇa (“मामेकं शरणं व्रज”– Gītā, 18:66).
Not only that, he also, through his karma (we are not talking about agnihotrādikarma), undermined several dictums of the Gītā when he has adopted allegedly ‘unfair means’ to occupy DHFL by looting many FD, NCD and Shareholders, just like a vulture.
Our obstacle is now your beloved disciple, Ajay Piramal, as Śṛī Piramal is performing his deeds against the underlying ethos of the Gītā:
इष्टान्भोगान्हि वो देवा दास्यन्ते यज्ञभाविता: |
तैर्दत्तानप्रदायैभ्यो यो भुङ्क्ते स्तेन एव स: || 3: 12||
Śṛī Piramal is clearly disobeying the Vaiṣṇava ideal of austerity (kṛcchasādhana) by financially abusing the DHFL Victims. He is solely taking care of his own worldly enjoyment by ignoring the lived miseries of the thousands of innocent DHFL Victims, who had invested their hard-earned life-savings in the said company! Thus, he is committing heinous “pāpa“, a grievous sin by outrightly engaging in adharma, as per the dictates of the Bhagavad Gītā.
यज्ञशिष्टाशिन: सन्तो मुच्यन्ते सर्वकिल्बिषै: |
भुञ्जते ते त्वघं पापा ये पचन्त्यात्मकारणात् || 3: 13||
Śṛī Ajay Piramal’s main problem is his greedy attachment (lobha ripu). In the Gītā, Śrī Kṛṣṇa further says:
त्रिविधं नरकस्येदं द्वारं नाशनमात्मन: |
काम: क्रोधस्तथा लोभस्तस्मादेतत्त्रयं त्यजेत् || 16: 21||
It is a case of severe hypocrisy on the part of Śṛī Piramal. As Marxists are not following Marx, as Śṛī Ramakrishna Mission is not following the noble Rāmakṛṣṇa-Vivekānanda tradition, thus any institutionalized, organized and regimented religion do not follow their scriptures. In an exceedingly similar manner, Piramal Group is hypocritically utilizing the Gauḍiya Vaiṣṇava Dharma as their means (nimitta). Therefore, we wrote a sarcastic letter to the Prime Minister of India regarding Śṛī Caitanya’s caste and creedless society by ridiculing religious extremism of the ruling party of India:
We know very well that Śṛī Piramal is not Raghunātha Dāsa, the son of a very rich revenue-farmer, escaped from his home at Saptagram in Bengal, joined the Master Śṛī Caitanya at Puri and lived in utter lowliness by begging. Apart from such narrative of renunciation of svatva (my-ness or entitlement or possessedness⤡), we, the lesser mortals, must also emphasize on the economics of austerity as preached by Buddha and Śṛī Caitanya through mādhukarī (we are citing from Śṛī Caitanya Caritamrita by Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja and Translated by noted historian Jadunath Sarkar), depending on the dictum: “From Each According To His Ability, From Each According to His Needs”, without stealing others’ surplus labour like a blood-sucking parasite:
‘…Kashi Mishra and the Parichha arrived and did obeisance to the Master. Delighted to see so many Vaisnavas, they were introduced to all with due courtesy. Then they entreated the Master, “Permit us to make arrangements for these Vaishnavs. We have chosen lodgings for all and shall serve them with the maháprasáda.” The Master replied,
“Gopinath! Take the Vaishnavs with you and bestow them in the lodgings chosen for them. Deliver the mahá-prasád to Vaninath, who will distribute it to all. Close to my place is a very lonely house in this flower-garden. Let me have it, as I need it for lonely meditation.”
Then Mishra said, “All is thine, and this begging is needless. Take whatever houses you please. We two are slaves waiting for your bidding. Be pleased to command us in whatever you wish for.”
But Sanátana declined saying, “I shall rove (begging alms) like the bee. Why should I procure all my food from one Brahman’s house?’
Your disciple, Śṛī Piramal, maybe nearer to your temple, but far from Lord Viṣṇu. Instead, in the deleterious Kurukṣetra of the world, the DHFL FD, NCD and Shareholders (many of them are ailing senior citizens), are victimized by the superrich Śṛī Piramal, your disciple. All the DHFL Victims are in the initial stage of Arjuna, who is suffering from extreme viṣāda due to his existential crisis and suffering. My Lord, please rescue us from this ever-continuing viṣādayoga by the power of your acalā bhakti. Please metamorphose this adharmāvṛta Kurukṣetra into the virtuous dharmakṣetra. Let us end our letter to you by hearing a messianic sloka from the Gītā, as sung by Jagjit Singh:
Dr. Debaprasad Bandyopadhyay
Mrs. Rupa Bandyopadhyay
Mr. Akhar Bandyopadhyay
A Victimized Family of Bewildered, Beleaguered, Perplexed, Anguished, Anxious, Hapless, Helpless and Ailing DHFL FD Holders
ON BEHALF OF ALL ANGUISHED, AILING DHFL FD, NCD AND SHAREHOLDERS [USUAL DISCLAIMERS APPLY]
PS: Kindly note that we have not used any usual salutation or exchange of greetings (phatic communion a la Bronislaw Malinowski), e.g., Haribol or Harekṛṣṇa, usually practised by the Vaiṣṇavas. It is difficult to become a true Vaiṣṇava—we are far from that. So, we do not want to give lip service, instead we wish to put a question (परिप्रश्न), raised by a subaltern Vaiṣṇava school (often referred to as “obscure cult”),viz., Sāhebdhanī Sampradāya,
“If you merely chant the arbitrary signifier ‘molasses’ (guḍa) repeatedly using our tongue, may our tongue be sweetened by the same? Likewise, will chanting the name of ‘Hari’ in a ritualistic manner lead to an appearance of Hari himself?”
Following the jñānamārga, we are subscribing ajapā sādhana.
बहुजनहिताय बहुजनसुखाय च॥
(“For the happiness of the many, for the welfare of the many”)
ii. SUBSEQUENT CLASH BETWEEN (A) SANĀTANA DHARMA AND GOVERNMENTAL PRAXIS; (B) IBC AND NHB ACT IN THE CONTEXT OF THE DHFL FD-HOLDERS’ MISERY IN REFERENCE TO THE ARTHASASTRA: A LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT OF INDIA (05/02/2021) ⤡