Rama Das (slave name)
I think it is time to run the lineage on Siddha somehow.
Full birth name and date details would be a start, Cultreporter, If you pulled all this up on this guy, it must be possible to do this for Chris, right?
It would be possible except that Butler is a very common name. I know he was born June 14 1948 in Louisiana. Have not been able to find out yet his full birth name though or either of his parents names - this would be a big help if anyone knows. With a few biographical details there is a lot of stuff I could find out if I was in America, Hawaii in particular and had access to the proper records. I don't want to give too much away about research tips and leads right here though :wink:
I do have a few potential (some quite promising) skeletons I am hoping to bring out of Siddha's closet.
[b:d8a2fa7b74]The million dollar question is[/b:d8a2fa7b74][/color:d8a2fa7b74] - quite literally - where did all the money come from? There is no way that a stoned out surfer had the finances to back this guru business. SOI is a minor cult but the $$ are major.
Perhaps Wai Lana really is the one behind the curtain? BUT how did someone of this pedigree get into SOI to the extent that he is willing to offer his wife? Such families are typically Anglican or at least members of the more conventional churches (they are invariably some form of religion, which is curious in itself, but I digress)
As just one point of suspicion SOI has been running political candidates, seeking to infiltrate the government on every level in Hawaii (at least) for decades, which does not come cheap, and nor is it the activities of the average bogus guru. Obtaining personal wealth for one's self and living an idle and luxurious life is the standard but no other self styled guru I have ever heard of has gone to these extents.
It is no secret that ISKCON has been involved in many criminal enterprises including drug traficking, which there is also some sugguestion that Siddha was involved in during his time in New Zealand and TiLeaf. Although his loyal followers who talked to the newpapers expect us to believe that one is investigated by ASIO, the FBI and the British feds due to small town gossip over tin foil walls I think not. Siddha was certainly no stranger to drug use. I can't shake the feeling that his ISKCON days are hiding something major.
More background info regarding young Chris is needed. No matter how minor or trival it may seem if anyone has anything they would like to share on or off the forum I am more than happy to listen and chase it up.