[Advaita-l] In praise of ISKCON?!
methusala8 at gmail.com
Thu May 17 23:22:21 EDT 2018
One good thing is this group acts as the evangelical arm of Hinduism. It
has brought people into the fold of Sanatana Dharma. And, most of the monks,
setting aside their advaita-bashing for a minute, are excellent monks.
On 18 May 2018 at 03:49, Balasubramanian Ramakrishnan via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> 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
> > > at his home.
> > > I went there with no idea who the chief speaker might be, but seeing
> > > 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
> > the Advaita/Shiva topics:
> > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VG5pS4XUjmk
> > regards
> > subrahmanian.v
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