The following is a quote from Professor Janet Bennett, the Department Chairperson of the Catholic Marylhurst College (University) where I received my Bachelor’s Degree. It is from a master’s degree program recommendation letter that she wrote for me in 1983.
So, while Satyaraja Dasa and other scholar-Disciples of Srila Prabhupada’s have received encouragement, promotion and support from ISKCON, my own contributions have been completely suppressed and censored by the fanatical ISKCON Aryanist Leadership that cannot tolerate hearing or reading the historical truth about the primal Radha-Krishna and Baladeva worship of ALL of Humanity. Somehow these Leaders apparently feel that they must suppress the truth that the AFRICANS, Biblical SEMITES, ‘degraded Yavana’ EUROPEANS, ASIANS and other ‘non-Aryan races’ originally worshiped the Supreme Personality of Godhead and Radha-Shakti. These ISKCON Leaders will apparently only admit that some RACIAL Class of “ARYANS” once worshiped their Vedic God. Of course not all ISKCON Leaders are Aryanist Racists, but SOME ARE, and these have succeeded in suppressing the truth that Radha-Krishna and Baladeva were originally worshiped by ALL of the Tribes of HUMANITY.
Thus I am deeply grateful to Gauragopala Dasa for continuing to allow me to post here on his Facebook Page.
A Quotation From Prof. Bennett’s 1983 Letter regarding David Sherman (Bhakti Ananda Goswami) as a “doctoral level ability” expert scholar:
“To Whom It May Concern:
This letter is an endorsement of David Sherman’s application to the graduate program at Goddard. I have known Dave for three years in the capacity of teacher, advisor and academic evaluator for his prior learning experience portfolio. I have spent countless hours with him discussing his academic interests, professional and personal aspirations and ethical concerns.
My conclusion is that David is unique. Never in my experience have I encountered a student at the undergraduate level with the scholarly discipline and curiosity that this man has. His knowledge of eastern religions, literature and philosophy is stunning, and has been largely completed through personal research and independent study. His single-minded diligence to his work is astonishing and the results are unassailable: Dave is an expert, operating with doctoral level ability at the undergraduate level. He has taught himself Sanskrit, and can sing, read and write it, and even teach it to others; he has acquired an ability to trace various scriptural threads through Greek and Latin as well as Sanskrit Documents. He has traveled on invitational speaking tours through India, Sri Lanka and Nepal, speaking on theistic unity. His knowledge of Asian philosophy and world religions is scholarly; he focuses frequently on developing complex interrelationships through art, symbolism, religious philosophy and iconography among various religions, referring to assorted pantheons of gods with remarkable familiarity.
In short, for those of us who believe in self-taught learners and nontraditional education, Dave is the epitome of the quality that can be achieved. ”
Read this whole letter at:https://www.facebook.com/275018329827/photos/a.10150444672004828.386239.275018329827/10150444741424828/?type=3&theater