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Back To The Beginningby Hansadutta das
17 April 2002
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There was never any question of Fedorowsky being a trustee, or of being given a license to print Srila Prabhupada's books. That was purely an ambition on his part and later on the part of his fellow conspirators.
A client hires a brick layer to build a house--after completion, the house does not belong to Mr. Brick Layer-- no matter how nicely he might have done the work. A client hires a real estate agent to negotiate the purchase of a house for him. When completed, the house belongs to the client, not to the real estate agent--no matter how good a deal he may have secured for his client. Here we have the brick layer (Fedorowsky) moving into the house and claiming it for himself, or the real estate agent claiming the negotiated settlement of a property as his own. This is essentially the position that has been taken by Fedorowsky.
A lawyer (Fedorowsky) is more or less as clerk who is hired by a client to do the legal rituals and procedures necessary to satisfy the bureaucracy of the legal world, in order for the client to establish his legal position. It is a job of filling out legal forms, writing legal briefs, filling and shuffling legal papers according to the rules and regulations of the legal world. It is the job of a glorified clerk or secretary.
Under my direction, Joseph Fedorowsky was engaged as a karmi lawyer (retained for an hourly fee, not devotional service to Prabhupada or Krishna) to write, shuffle and file the appropriate papers at the appropriate times and places to obtain the appropriate legal result. That result was to show that Srila Prabhupada did in fact legally establish the BBT, holder of his copyrighted works, and that Hansadutta was the legally appointed lifelong trustee of this BBT trust and furthermore that the "BBT International" was in fact a fraudulently conceived corporation that had illegally converted the copyrights of the legal BBT of Srila Prabhupada without legal authority.
Normally, as disciples of Srila Prabhupada this exercise in mundane (karmi) law would not have been necessary because as disciples of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada we are supposed to live by the order of the spiritual master, and resolve everything between ourselves on the basis of "Love and Trust." However, it was ISKCON and BBTI who chose to descend to the material platform and place the conflict amongst devotees before a karmi court authority for resolution, instead of resolving the conflict on the platform of love and trust, under the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada--which would have been cheaper, more effective and ultimately pleasing to Srila Prabhupada. Fedorowsky managed to come up with a legal fee of more than $644,000.00 as compensation for what he claimed was his "devotional service." ISKCON and BBTI had to pay out untold amounts (suspected to have come to a million dollars or more) to Amarendra Prabhu and Akruranath das aka Bernstein, of the prestigious law firm Coudert Brothers. Not to mention the loss of sleep and time taken away from factual, positive devotional service over a period of years.
In spite of past failure and mistakes on my part, the record of my devotional service speaks for itself. From the day I came to Srila Prabhupada I have been printing books in one way or another, opening centers, recruiting devotees, and teaching various techniques of book distribution. I regret that at times I was off the mark. Nevertheless, when the matter of my BBT trusteeship was taken before the karmi authorities, rather than settled amongst the devotees, I had no choice but to deal with the situation accordingly "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." But after everything is said and done, we are not Romans, we are Krishna's or better, we are Prabhupada's, we are BHAKTIVEDANTAS, and no amount of legal wrangling or word jugglery can ever supercede this fact.
Therefore, since you insist on maintaining support for the cunning, deceptive and ambitious behavior of Fedorowsky, who claims to be the legitimate holder of the KBI publishing license, and who has forsaken the shelter of Srila Prabhupada, and dismissed my spiritually legitimate claim as the bona fide BBT trustee of the BBT trust set up by Srila Prabhupada, I have no alternative than to reject the settlement we entered into at the conclusion of our legal dispute in 1998. I have already sent the attached letter to Svavas Prabhu, BBT director and President of ISKCON Los Angeles temple.
I consider all agreements entered into at that time under the advice of my attorney Joseph Fedorowsky to be null and void and thus resume my office and claim as the legal BBT representative.
Since the Settlement Agreement has been invalidated I have no alternative but to reassert my duties as trustee. I will now perform my responsibilities as trustee.
In order for me to show consistency in the management of the trust I am requesting that you provide me with copies of all documents in your possession which show your performance of these duties during the time that I have been inactive due to being misled by the Settlement Agreement.
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