Cadmium lila

In the past, from time to time, somebody would mention the “poison issue”, I would always disregard it as one of those crazy conspiracy theories. People always try to draw weird conclusions from inconclusive evidence. However, the last movie made by “poison theory proponents” mentions new evidence of cadmium poisoning which no longer can be easily dismissed as coming from water or medicine.

Whispers are not conclusive, although they do sound strange. Increased arsenic levels can be maybe contributed to water, or medicine, or Srila Prabhupada’s kindey failure, but cadmium tests are something which can not be easily disproved.

The movie

I will first link the movie, specifically note the cadmium evidence 43:00:

My email to GBC Executive committee

Message-ID: <>
Date: Wed, 31 May 2017 07:57:56 +0000
Subject: new cadmium evidence
From: Hrvoje Marjanovic <>
To: "" <>

Dear Bhakti Caru Swami, dear Madhusevita Prabhu, dear Bhaktivaibhava Swami.

please accept my humble obeisances.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I am writing you regarding new documentary movie which was published recently by Nityananda das from Fiji.

You can see the movie here:

At the end of this video, he presents evidence of cadmium poisoning which was obtained from Srila Prabhupada’s hair.

Is there a plan to respond to this accusation. If we pretend that this video doesn’t exist, I think this is worst possible scenario. ISKCON leadership will look guilty as hell.

It is true that video is made by rtvik, and we don’t negotiate with terrorists, but evidence presented in this movie is substantial, especially the cadmium part. And my humble opinion is that it should be addressed.

If we repeat same mistake that was done by “Cost of silence” video, and that is that response was late, this is not a good PR move.

your servant, Hanuman das

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Book “Someone has poisoned me”

This controversy is going on for many years, this documentary movie mentions also the book “Someone has poisoned me”. This book has some weird points such as “Reverse speech theory”, which doesn’t sound convincing at all, additionally, all scanned documents are missing.

GBC resolution about poison issue

GBC resolution from 1998

[Vision] 609 THAT the GBC Body wishes to issue the following statement:

Concerning the allegations that Srila Prabhupada was poisoned: the GBC wishes to announce that the investigator appointed by the GBC reports that to date he has not uncovered any solid forensic evidence to support the claim that a crime has been committed. Even though the GBC body believes that Srila Prabhupada did not pass away by malicious intent, it is continuing to sponsor an investigation by an impartial agent in order to alleviate whatever misgivings there may be in the people’s minds. The GBC urges the body of devotees not to become swayed by speculations based on circumstantial evidence and hostile propaganda. The result of a thorough and impartial investigation is expected within three months. GBC Resolutions 1998

GBC resolutions from 2000

Poison Controversy [STATEMENT] WHEREAS, the book Not That I Am Poisoned published by the GBC Ministry for the Protection of ISKCON establishes that:

  1. Srila Prabhupada’s medical history shows no evidence of poisoning, but rather confirms diabetes as the major factor in His Divine Grace’s deteriorated physical health.

  2. Forensic (hair) analysis does not show any evidence of poisoning, in that the amount of arsenic is compatible with environmental levels and with normal physiological functioning.

  3. Recorded conversations indicate that Srila Prabhupada did not believe he was poisoned.

  4. Analysis of ‘whisper evidence’ is inconclusive or can be show to correlate with spoken conversations of the same time.

WHEREAS, the report submitted by Balavanta Das, commissioned by the GBC Executive Committee, does not contradict the conclusions of the more detailed investigation by the Ministry for the Protection of ISKCON;


  2. There is no evidence at this time to support the allegations of poisoning of Srila Prabhupada. This conclusion is based on two independent reports commissioned by the GBC Body.

  3. The GBC Body endorses the book Not That I Am Poisoned as the most detailed and comprehensive exposition of these allegations to date, and it recommends this book strongly to devotees who may have been affected by or who are interested in this issue. GBC Resolutions 2000

Defense arguments

ISKCON failed again in doing a proper public relations handling of this issue. GBC wrote a book “Not that I am poisoned”, which counters arguments from the book “Someone has poisoned me”. However, that GBC book is not available online and it is not available on Amazon also, I wonder why?

Instead, there is only run a small website about this issue. Here are some interesting articles from that page:

There is another website, part of official ISKCON Australia website which contains statements of all the major players in this incident, including Bhavananda das testimony


Regarding Cadmium evidence, GBC will probably pretend that this evidence doesn’t exist and in this way confusion will grow.

And Bhakti Charu Swami, one of the main suspects in currently in GBC Executive committee. Why I didn’t receive response for my question, only Krishna knows.

While Bhakti Charu “Swami” was having his female secretary, probably he was more responsive. When he was serving as GBC inquisitor banning “Mothers and master” book, he was pretty responsive. So, why is he not responsive now?

Bhakti Charu Swami and all other ISKCON so called “leaders” must be straightforward and responsive, otherwise they are not leaders, they are shady personalities with questionable motives. One mostly stays silent if he has something to hide. If Bhakti Charu “Swami” insists on staying silent on this issue then, he should resign from all his posts.

And of course, we can dismiss cadmium evidence by saying that Nityananda das is devil, envious fault finder, or because he is rtvik, or whatever name we want to give him, but that works only for people on kinder garden level. He is after all Prabhupada’s disciple, and he every right to investigate if his spiritual master is poisoned or not. If his evidence sounds convincing, that is something which can be discussed. Cadmium levels found in Prabhupada’s hair, which are 200 times bigger than usual, which are discovered by credible laboratory, has nothing to do with the fact that Nityananda is rtvik or not.

Without ISKCON responding to this new cadmium evidence, the controversy will be spread even further.

This article originally appeared on Lasting Impression website

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