Sulocana Prabhu

Sulocana dasa was murdered May 22nd, 1986, 1:00 a.m., Los Angeles, two days after compiling his book “THE GURU BUSINESS”, which describes how the Leaders of the Hare Krishna movement deviated from the pure path as taught and exemplified by its founder, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Sulocana was one of the first devotees to realize the complete hoax of the GBC policy to rubber-stamp eleven unqualified personalities as the exclusive ‘diksa-guru’ successors to Srila Prabhupada in 1977. Let us be quite clear that this policy was an unqualified lie as to the intentions of Srila Prabhupada post-samadhi 1977. As the eleven self-declared gurus “paramhamsa-parivakacaryas” established their zonal power centers by initiating anyone in sight and throwing out of ISKCON even the most slightly dissenting godbrothers, Sulocana researched Srila Prabhupada’s statements and fearlessly wrote a book exposing this fraud in the name of disciplic succession.

From his research he also realized the trouble Kirtanananda had been causing Srila Prabhupada right from the time of his sannyasa. This was pertinent, as Sulocana had lost his wife when Kirtanananda had maniplulated her away, initiated her, and married her away to one of his money collectors at New Vrndavana. Sulocana also came to know of the sexual and otherwise corruption that was rife amongst practically all the “exclusive eleven”. Moreover, Kirtanananda in New Vrndavana was living a hypocritical life as an active predatory homosexual pedophile, simultaneously taking worship as a paramahamsa.

“The Guru Business” was the first realistic and comprehensive view of the topic false gurus, based on quotes given by Srila Prabhupada.

PURPOSE OF THIS BOOK (by Sulocana dasa)

1) It must be revealed to the world exactly who Srila Prabhupada is and how he has nothing whatsoever to do with the corruption going on amongst ISKCON's leaders today.

2) There is a crying need to increase and even rekindle love for Prabhupada from his own disciples. To a large extent, they have left Prabhupada's mission out of frustration and discouragement.

3) An effort should be made to clean up ISKCON and remove the influence of personally motivated leaders. In other words, we should fully awaken the devotees to the politics and duplicity going on behind the facade.

4) There is now a new imperative to inspire married couples to be bold and go out to open temples. This was Srila Prabhupada's desire from the beginning.

“Anyone who has read The Guru Business will have at once felt the powerful and illuminating clarity in the words of Sulocana prabhu. The way in which he has strung together Prabhupada’s words, like pearls on the thread of his own amazing realizations, came from his total surrender to the instruction of Srila Prabhupada. Sulocana prabhu was prepared to die rather than not execute Prabhupada's mission properly. Because of this faith not only did the Lord manifest Prabhupada’s previously hidden letters to Sulocana but he revealed their purport in his heart.”

“Sulocana prabhu, you totally abandoned all personal considerations and sacrificed your life to expose the demoniac activities of these rogues and nondevotees and their apa-siddhantic philosophy. Such a perfect disciple as yourself, who fought so bravely to take serious charge of Prabhupada’s mission and execute it correctly, has surely seen the Supreme Personality of Godhead and become liberated back to Godhead, or at least you have become an exalted soul on a heavenly planet. (Mukunda dasa)

Download Sulocanas book "The Guru Business" as PDF document




Steven Bryant/Sulochan dasa (1952-1986)

Steven Bryant/Sulochan dasa (1952-1986).

May 22, 2018: A memorial service for the American Hare Krishna devotee and initiated disciple of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada—the Founder/Acharya for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)—who was brutally assassinated on May 22, 1986, was held on the 32nd anniversary of his murder. The ceremony, held under a huge banyan tree in the picnic area of Cheviot Hills Park in Los Angeles, California (a few miles from the ISKCON temple), began at 3 pm and ended around 5:30 pm. Godbrothers in attendance sang the Song for a Departed Vaishnava, offered flower petals to the pictures of Srila Prabhupada and Sulochan dasa, recited oral tributes and honored prasadam. The memorial service was repeated five days later on Sunday, May 27.

In 1985, Steven Bryant had written a book, The Guru Business, which exposed rampant corruption within the Hare Krishna movement. He had targeted two ISKCON gurus in particular, Kirtanananda Swami and Ramesvara Maharaja, whose followers and disciples (including sannyasis, administrators and hit men from West Virginia, Ohio and Southern California temples, under orders from their “gurus”), stalked the passionate reformer in West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan and California, and eventually hunted their quarry down and murdered him in Los Angeles near the ISKCON temple. Sulochan was shot twice in the head with a handgun by a disciple of Kirtanananda Swami, the ISKCON “guru” for West Virginia, at the intersection of Cardiff and Flint Avenues.

Sulochan was hardly a perfect example of a strict Vaishnava, and he did advocate violence against the gurus, but despite his faults he is nevertheless lauded for his courageous attempt to expose corruption in the Hare Krishna movement. After his murder, one police officer noted, “Bryant was a martyr for his faith. He was one lone voice in the wilderness and he was killed because he talked about corruption. He went up against the heavyweights and lost.”

Speakers at the memorial service included Henry Doktorski, the author of Killing for Krishna, a book about the conspiracy to murder Sulochan; Mahatma dasa (Mario Pineda), who joined ISKCON in September 1977 and was initiated on May 22, 1986 (coincidentally on the same day Sulochan was murdered) as a ritvik disciple of Srila Prabhupada by Bhaktisvarupa-Damodara Goswami; Dharmabhavana dasa (ACBSP), who flew in from Dallas to attend the service; and Bhakta Marcos, a devotee who lived at the Frederick Street temple in San Franscisco for six weeks during the summer of 1967.

A souvenir booklet was produced for the memorial service which included tributes by Nori Muster, formerly Nandini devi dasi, a disciple of Ramesvara, secretary to Mukunda Goswami in the ISKCON Public Relations Office, Assistant Editor for ISKCON World Review, author of the book Betrayal of the Spirit, and friend of Sulochan; Kailasa-Chandra (ACBSP), initiated in 1972, who became disillusioned with the eleven zonal acharyas and challenged them in Vrindaban, India, in 1979, after which he was shunned by the Society. In 1985 he became editor for Sulochan’s book, The Guru Business. Others who presented tributes were Bhakta Eric Johanson (formerly Vrindaban-Chandra Swami—a disciple of Hamsadutta Swami), who served as Kailasa-Chandra’s secretary for 26 years; and Janmastami dasa (John Sinkowski), a former disciple of Kirtanananda Swami who hunted for Sulochan in California, in the company of the hit man Tirtha dasa (Thomas Drescher), during January and February 1986.

It is hoped that this memorial service, and others to follow, will help future generations of Gaudiya-Vaishnavas to remember the unfortunate events which culminated in this tragic loss, in an effort to help insure that it will never happen again. One who forgets the past is doomed to repeat it. A video of the service will be uploaded to YouTube. To read some of the tributes, go to Tributes for Sulochan. To hear Kailasa-Chandra read his tribute, go to Tribute to Sulochan.

2018 memorial service for Sulochan dasa

Mahatma dasa (Mario Pineda), Dharmabhavana dasa, Bhakta Marcos
and Henry Doktorski, at the 2018 memorial service for Sulochan dasa.