a hero and martyr dying for the truth
Dear prabhus, PAMHO. AGTSP. 12-8-95
We are pleased to announce the availability of Sulochana das’ book on the net. "The Guru Business" was the first realistic and comprehensive view of the topic false gurus, based on quotes given by Srila Prabhupada. We may recall that Sulochana das was then  depicted by the false guru camp as a "poison pen" [by Satsvarupa dasa Goswami] as a drug addict, and so on. However, just now one devotee from the East Coast told me he downloaded the book and he was surprised to see how clear and intelligently written it actually was, since in Satsvarupa’s zone they are still saying that it was good to have assassinated Sulochana das. Of course, then the question is, why wasn’t Satsvarupa swami and co. aware of the problems that were being noted in great detail by Sulochana das, since not only were all of his initial accusations correct, but a lot more criminal behavior, molestation, etc. was discovered later, after he was killed by them? In sum, Sulochana das was several light years ahead of the entire GBC in his realizations on the topic of guru, etc. So if he is "fallen," [as they claim] then they are, by their own definition, hundreds of times more fallen, since they could not understand much about "guru tattva" until he lighted the path for them.
So please look at his book and check out the many important quotes that he collated from Srila Prabhupada’s letters. Then you’ll know why Ramesvara said that Sulochana das would be "dead meat on a hook", if he did not return those letters. This information from Srila Prabhupada is something the deviant GBC’s really want to suppress. So get his book and you’ll know why. I am writing a forward to his page in his honor. Lord Nrsingha’s appearance day is [a few hours before] his disappearance day. We know that Lord Nrsinghadeva is very happy to see that His pure devotee’s words were liberated by Sulochana das.
Your servant, Puranjana dasa.
das, testified he carried out the assassination
at the wish of his spiritual leader, Kirtanananda Swami Bhaktipada (Keith Ham)
MARTINSBURG (AP)- A member of a Hare Krishna fringe group testified Wednesday that he tracked down a dissident in Michigan and attached a bumper sticker onto the man's van to let him know he was being watched weeks before the man's execution-style slaying.
Thomas Drescher (Tirtha) said he placed the sticker, which said "Are we having fun yet?" on the van of Stephen Bryant (Sulocana) before tracking him down in 1986 in Los Angeles, where he shot Bryant twice in the head.
Drescher testified he carried out the assassination at the wish of his spiritual leader, Swami Bhaktipada.(Keith Ham)
"You have to understand that in my mind, it wasn't murder. It was dispatching an undesirable element from the community," Drescher said.
Drescher is the prosecution's star witness against Bhaktipada, who is on trial on six counts of mail fraud, three counts of racketeering, and one count each of conspiracy and interstate travel to commit murder for hire.
In its indictment, the government said Bhaktipada used two murders, a kidnapping threats and beatings to maintain control of the illegal business scams that raised more than $ 10 million between 1981 and 1985 at the New Vrindaban community near Moundsville in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle.
Also Wednesday, Terry Sheldon (Tapahpunja), leader of a Krishna temple in Cleveland, testified that Bryant had been spreading rumors that Bhaktipada was a homosexual and a child abuser.
Bryant threatened the life of Bhaktipada and others, Sheldon said.
Another dissident, Charles St. Denis (Chakradara), was shot and stabbed in 1983, he said.
Drescher was convicted in both slayings and is serving a life sentence for murder.
Drescher testified that Bhaktipada was disgusted with St. Denis because he was a womanizer and drug pusher. St. Denis also was seeking the return of some of the $ 80,000 he had given Bhaktipada, he said.
But it was not until St. Denis was accused of raping a woman that Drescher heard the first talk of killing anyone, he testified. Drescher said he went directly to Bhaktipada and broached the subject.
"He became pensive and turned and said 'You can only offend the spiritual master so many times,'" Drescher said.
Drescher said he and another man (Daruka - Dan Reid) killed St. Denis, then buried the body beneath a stream bed near New Vrindaban. Drescher later poured acid on the grave site.
Drescher said he killed Bryant three years later for spreading the same rumors about Bhaktipada. He said he had asked Bhaktipada if he wanted Bryant killed.
Bhaktipada replied, "Under the circumstances, it would be best," he testified.
Drescher said he tracked Bryant's movement to Los Angeles, where he found Bryant in his parked van near the home of a friend.
"I checked my weapon, walked up to the van, and killed him," he said.
Sheldon testified Bhaktipada's security was a concern after the leader was beaten with an iron bar in October 1985 (by Triyogi - Michael Schockman).
The attacker was suspected to be under the influence of Bryant, Sheldon said.
Sheldon said he participated in the surveillance of Bryant with Drescher and told Bhaktipada of the plot to kill Bryant.
In Honor of Sulocana Prabhu
by Padmapani das Posted February 9, 2007
I've been following the discussions about Sulocana Prabhu's murder online, and I have to admit that it's caused me a lot of pain. Back in 1980/'81, I was traveling through London from the Middle East and met Sulocana Prabhu in the brahmacari room at the Soho St. temple. He seemed like a nice enough fellow. I remember seeing the famous photo in BTG where he is on the L.A. altar, offering arotika to his beloved Deities Sri Sri Rukmini Dwarkadisa. He told me that he had been Their pujari for a number of years. Sulocana also showed me a collection of his Srila Prabhupada, Lord Caitanya and Radha-Krishna pendants that he designed and sold to devotees throughout the movement. We hit it off and Tribhuvannatha Prabhu liked him too. I met him in London a few times and even lent him 50 pounds, although I never really expected or wanted it back. At the time, we just had a lot of laughs in the brahmacari room and then time passed and I never heard about him again until his untimely demise. A sad story indeed, because whatever he may have said or done that was disagreeable to others, he was still a Prabhupada man, and he didn't deserve to be murdered. What happened is appalling and tugs at the heartstrings. He is a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, who dedicated many years to Prahupada's service.
Therefore, I would like to humbly suggest that those involved please consider some form of practical restitution. Where is his ex-wife and surviving child or children? Shouldn't they receive some type of remuneration for all the grief they must have suffered? Also, would it not be befitting that in an effort to make amends, there should be a memorial built in his honor, say in New Vrindavan or somewhere else befitting? This would show the world and generations to come that the devotees feel regret and pain for the wrongs done and that his death will not go unnoticed or forgotten. After all, if one dies for one's belief or principles, that death is heroic.
Lastly, I would humbly ask the devotees to say a prayer for Sulocana Prabhu. He was not evil. I didn't know him personally that well, but his faith and love for Srila Prabhupada was obvious, and that will never go in vain. He is a person and not just a name or statistic. He is our Godbrother. And to those involved, a sincere prayer or prayers to Srila Prabhupada, our lord and master, for forgiveness and further direction in this regard would also be most desirable and efficacious, I'm sure.
I hope this helps in some small way because my heart goes out to Sulocana Prabhu and his family, and I also believe that actions of this sort will go a long way to benefit those directly involved. Let's have more compassion and heal the wounds. Then maybe, just maybe, Krishna and Prabhupada will forgive.
Thank you very much for your kind consideration.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.