I realize that the Fearful Leader taught against divorce and then divorced.
And perhaps he promoted the divorce of Richard Windham-Bellord and Windham-Bellord's then wife, the ever-lovely Wailana.
At best, Chris Butler is a hypocrite.
I do not think that FL had the queen bee divorce in order to marry her. And he was himself never married prior to the queen bee. The QB (thats Queen Bee not Quarter Back) had already divorced for other reasons. At least that is the party line I was told.
But if you read the previous letter by ACBS it can be understood he (FL) should have instructed the queen bee to go back to her husband. Since both the queen bee and her husband were fully surrendered souls to the FL where is the question of FL allowing them to divorce? That is the hypocrisy. The x-husband of the queen bee later was given a wife by the FL, a very wealthy lady from a rich family. So this is the real hypocisy. He should have acted like a spiritual father and helped his disciples work out their marriage. Instead he married the spiritual daughter and then gave another spiritual daughter to the now wifeless son. How could anyone who claims to be a vaishnava miss this stuff??? I will post the letter again in case others did not get it.
15 September, 1972
My dear Sudevi Dasi,
Please accept my blessings. I am in receipt of your letter dated September 8, 1972, and have noted the contents therein. Marriage between husband and wife means that the husband must forever be responsible for the wife's well-being and protection in all cases. That does not mean that now there is agreement between us, therefore I am responsible, but as soon as there is some disagreement then I immediately flee the scene and become so-called renounced. Whether your husband likes to take responsibility as your spiritual guide or not, that does not matter. He must do it. It is his duty because he has taken you as his wife. Therefore he must take full responsibility for you the rest of his life. And you also must agree to serve him under all circumstances and assist him in every way so that he may make advancement in Krsna Consciousness. By his making advancement in Krsna Consciousness, automatically the wife will make advancement in the husband's footsteps. But if you do not assist him and be very obedient to his welfare, then he may become disgusted and go away. So there must be mutual responsibility by both parties, and now that you are married couple there is no question of your separation, but you must both strive very hard to serve Krsna together in harmony. What are these nonsense emotions that cause you to go this way and that way, the real thing is your duty. Now you are married couple, you know what your duty is, so best thing is to perform your duty and always think of Krsna. Never mind some temporary inconveniences, we must remain steady in our duty to Krsna.Regarding Siddhasvarupananda, these things which you have heard are simply rumor and there is no substance. Siddhasvarupa does not want to take disciples, neither he should have disciples while I am alive. That is the process.
***I have never said that Siddhasvarupa is a pure devotee.***
That is simply concoction.
Now I am going to India in few weeks and I shall stop at Hawaii and take Siddhasvarupananda to India for training him up properly
Hoping this meets you in good health,
Your ever well-wisher,
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
*But every one can become a pure devotee if he has no other desire than to serve Krsna and the Spiritual Master.*