[Advaita-l] In praise of ISKCON?!

Srirudra srirudra at gmail.com
Mon May 21 08:05:34 EDT 2018

Some of our own people I order to explain our philosophy especially on the basis of Srimad Bhagavad Gita do quote from Bible or quote sayings of Jesus and draw parallels .Some advaithic notions are also shown to be identical with Christ's sayings.This is to appeal to the western audience because of our having been under British rule and we had a complex.
Nothing wrong in such an approach as we are not trying to convert anyone to our philosophy but only to show that we are ahead of all philosophies.

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> On 21-May-2018, at 4:17 PM, Sujal Upadhyay via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> Pranams Bhaskar Prabhu ji,
> Before few years, an incident happened with me while traveling in Mumbai
> western local train.
> One ISKCON person was spreading Srila Prabhupada's Gita Commentary. He kept
> insisting to buy it. Then he said it is service and not marketing or
> propaganda.
> I politely kept saying no. But he kept insisting. So I simply replied 'I am
> a mAyAvAdI' and ... he kept looking at me. After this RAma BANa, I replied,
> 'We are not advised to keep away from GauDIya-s, but GauDIyA-s are advised
> to stay away from mAyAvAdI-s. So it is left to you to iscuss with me about
> the glories of 'Supreme Personality of Godhead'.
> Imagine what happened next, peace of mind :) :) he just left. Never came
> back.
> OM
> Sujal
> On Fri, May 18, 2018 at 5:57 PM, Santosh Rao via Advaita-l <
> advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
>> Iskcon is a self serving cult that pollutes authentic gaudiya philosophy
>> with their own little agendas, such as elevating Jesus and putting down
>> Lord Shiva. Not to mention their literature speaks about sankaracharya with
>> a forked tongue.
>> Unfortunately iskcon is able to wrestle away the narrative from authentic
>> sources of information because their leaders are keen on communicating to
>> younger devotees in English, who in turn have the energy to spread
>> misinformation about Vedanta.
>> Meanwhile the traditionalists don't seem to be very eager at all to engage
>> with younger crowd, they will only talk about Vedanta amongst themselves,
>> in their own native tounges, within their own community bubbles. Then they
>> wonder why the younger crowd is going astray. It's pretty sad.
>> Namaskara,
>> Santosh
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