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The myth that Jayadvaita Swami physically attacked Madhudvisa Dasa (junior)

In 2004 in Mayapur, the BBT's senior editor, Jayadvaita Swami, chased down the junior Madhudvisa Dasa, got him into a room, and physically attacked him—that is, beat him up.

It’s true that in Mayapur Jayadvaita Swami met the junior Madhudvisa Dasa (not Srila Prabhupada’s disciple) and spoke with him strongly. But that’s about as far as the truth of the story goes. Nearly all the rest of the tale, posted online by Madhudvisa himself, is (can we find a gentle way to say this?) an exercise in unrestrained creative imagination. Fortunately for history, the entire encounter was witnessed by a third party, a young man named Gauranga Kishore Dasa, the son of Srila Prabhupada’s disciple Narada Muni Dasa. Gauranga Kishore, a former Gurukula student who has since finished grad school and married, was traveling with Jayadvaita Swami at the time. Here’s Gauranga Kishore’s account, written on September 27, 2010:

Dear Jayadvaita Swami Maharaj, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhuapada. You asked about my recollection of your meeting with Madhudvisa in Mayapura that took place sometime during the 2004 Mayapura Festival. Since that was over six years ago I do not recall the specific details of the conversation, but I do remember my basic impression of Madhudvisa, and I remember enough to know for sure that Madhudvisa's account of the encounter is largely false. At no point did you physically assault him as he claims you did. That would be something I would certainly remember if it were true. Although I hesitate to even comment because it seems so ridiculous, I guess I should also mention that I don't have any recollection of you screaming curse words. Although you may have used one such word, the claim that you used them repeatedly in the manner of a raving lunatic is really absurd. After reading his story my honest impression is that he is either suffering from some kind of paranoid schizophrenic delusion or that he is a psychopath, or possibly both. And that was pretty much my impression of him at the time as well. And I would just add that we were just getting to know each other at that time and I later went on to spend the summer traveling with you, and my impression of you was not at all lowered by observing your behavior in that instance. I mention this to offer a piece of evidence that could be verified, if anyone is actually interested in doing so, in regards to my impression of your behavior that day. If I was appalled, as I should've been if his story is true, then certainly I would not have been interested in spending more time with you and certainly not traveling with you for an indefinite period of time. I hope that helps to clarify that situation. Your Servant, Gauranga Kishore Das

For the junior Madhudvisa, truthfulness seems a problem. Elsewhere on this site, you can see this for yourself in a video of Madhudvisa meeting with the BBT trustees.


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