On the morning of December 6th, many devotees undertook the trouble of putting all else aside to show up at the Kings County courthouse in Brooklyn, NY to show their support for keeping Sri Sri Radha-Govinda's temple in Brooklyn and keeping the temple a part of Srila Prabhupada's ISKCON. We estimate that between fifty and sixty devotees were present to oppose the sale. Also present were the GBC legal team, a lawyer to represent the new Bharati Center board members, as well as a lawyer who has specifically been appointed to represent the congregation of Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir.
On the side of selling, Ramabhadra das, Adi Deva das, and their wives were present, along with their lawyers.
Ramabhadra's lawyers asked for the hearing to be postponed to give them time to examine our answer to the papers they had filed, and the court granted that request. So now the next court date is set for January 31. The request for postponement was handled by the judges’ clerk and so the judge never even entered the courtroom. Does that mean that the devotees’ attendance was insignificant?
Not at all!
First: Ramabhadra das, Satya dd, Adideva das, and Antaranga dd all got to see a strong showing of devotees opposed to the sale.
Second: Also present for the proceedings was a reporter who is working on an article about the sale for the NY Times. Certainly she too must have been impressed by the showing. Plus she got to speak personally with several devotees from the congregation who oppose the sale. And those personal interactions mean a lot.
Third: and still more important, the proceedings were attended by Ms. Abigail Young, the Assistant Attorney General who has been dealing with the proposed sale on behalf of the State of New York. She too got to see firsthand the strong turnout of devotees opposed to the sale.
Finally, and most important: Krishna Himself, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, seated within everyone’s heart, got to see devotees come forward to express their strong dedication to Him.
Like the conch shells sounded by the Pandavas, this momentous occasion must surely signal that our cause will eventually be victorious.
HH Jayadvaita Swami