October 24th, 2011

2013pic

Kirtanananda Swami aka Bhaktipada is Dead

An evil man has passed. The world is a better place for his absence.

"Swami Bhaktipada, a former leader of the American Hare Krishna movement who built a sprawling golden paradise for his followers in the hills of Appalachia but who later pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges that included conspiracy to commit the murders-for-hire of two devotees, died on Monday in a hospital near Mumbai, India. He was 74. "

I am thankful that I no longer share a planet with this man and that he can never hurt anyone again. WRT the article, I was there in 1975 and he already had quite a crew of followers practically worshiping him even before his own Guru left the planet. I used to be a next door neighbor of Reid in L.A. and I know the son of the murdered St. Denis. I couldn't hate this man more if I tried. He ruined so many lives, many of them children.