Children of the Ashrama, by Raghunatha Anudasa
Breaking the Silence in ISKCON
Raghunatha's shocking essay, "Children of the Ashrama," broke the silence on gurukula abuse, bringing out information that had been kept well-hidden for years. Raghunatha wrote it in response to a letter he received from a friend. He explains, 'What started out to be a couple paragraphs ended up growing into almost a hundred handwritten pages. However, in doing this write-up, I have put together the greatest first-hand insight to some—only some—of the poor treatment many of the students have had to undergo in many of the gurukulas. There are a couple places where I get a little dramatic, but for the most part, I simply state everything in the third person and in passing. Yet, this has proven to be a horrifying narration.'
The full essay is presented here, edited only for continuity.
A Note About the GBC's Response
After publishing this story in his ISKCON Youth Veterans newsletter (Vol IV, Aug. 1990, supplement, pp. 28-49), Raghunatha commented in his newsletter: "Virabahu prabhu [a GBC representative] has circulated this [essay] around to the GBC, which produced a muted response from most and grumblings about the essay and me from the rest. Hardly but a couple showed any personal concern which personified to me why all this happened in the first place. Hopefully, this will produce a sense of urgency in some of our readers for more such concern."
Index to Children of the Ashrama
Vrindavana teachers and administrators:
Danudhara / Dhanurdhara
Raghu's oddysey through gurukula:
how Raghu came to gurukula
first hair cutting
punched with a "Nrsimadev" ring
sickness in India
The original publication of Children of the Ashrama
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