[Advaita-l] In praise of ISKCON?!

Balasubramanian Ramakrishnan rama.balasubramanian at gmail.com
Thu May 17 18:19:28 EDT 2018

You need to see the skull beneath the skin. The problem I see is this: List
members may be able to take in what is good and leave out the chaff. But if
you take your kids to these talks and implicitly validate them, then later
they will come back on this list perhaps arguing "shankara was a demon",
"shankara was a vaishnava" etc. We have seen this many times on this very
list and previously in alt.hindu etc.

There is one guy who makes trips here on a regular basis from India. He has
a generic "for all people" talk about bhakti and a separate one for the
in-the-know srivaishnava-s where he talks about shankara was a vaishnava,
etc. Personally I have no interest in attending any of these. People keep
telling him about it's great to hear about bhakti, etc. My question is this
- after you listen a few times what more do you expect? Would it not be
better spending the two hours doing veda pArAyaNam or japam or something?


On Wed, May 16, 2018 at 11:25 PM, V Subrahmanian via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> On Thu, May 17, 2018 at 7:54 AM, S Jayanarayanan via Advaita-l <
> advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> > A few weeks ago, I was invited to attend a satsang organized by a friend
> > at his home.
> > I went there with no idea who the chief speaker might be, but seeing that
> > he was from
> > ISKCON, I unwillingly sat down expecting an hour or more of the "usual
> > propaganda"
> > that the organization's followers routinely release online.
> >
> The speaker Gaur Gopal Prabhu of Iskcon is popular for his inspirational
> talks in English and Hindi.  I have generally found him to be not touching
> the Advaita/Shiva topics:
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VG5pS4XUjmk
> regards
> subrahmanian.v

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