Response to Incidence of Falldown of a Sannyasi

ASK BVKS | October 31, 2013 |

English; Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

Question:

Please clear our doubts regarding the fall down of His Holiness Mahanidhi Maharaja.
 
(1) When people in general see these events they may question why we criticize others, when some of our own leaders fall down, how do we answer them?
 
(2) We want to go out and boldly to speak what Srila Prabhupada taught us, but fear that if someone raises this issue we will not know how to answer him back? By events like these our confidence gets weak.

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