His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada wrote me once that “It is your American disease to never be happy and always want to change. Be happy happy with the old ways”.
Those of us who attended aratiks and kirtans in Iskcon with Srila Prabhupada in 1970 can hardly recognize the aratik and kirtan tunes being sung today. At least myself I cannot sing those tunes and melodies and just stand around unable to take part.
My Dear Raktaka,
…Regarding the two books you have mentioned, Sri Ramacharitamanasa by Goswami Tulasi Das is not very authorized, and Ramayana is authorized…. The author of Ramacharitamanasa, Goswami Tulasi Das, has a tint of Mayavadi philosophy. He belongs to the Ramananda Sampradaya. They are mixed up combination of personalist and impersonalist. Therefore, the author is not considered as pure Vaisnava. Pure Vaisnava is free from all material contamination of fruitive activities and mental speculation. The pure Vaisnava is simply, purely disposed to transcendental loving service to Krishna. The pure Vaisnava rejects anything which has no pure idea of serving the Personality of Godhead.
I hope this will meet you in good health.
Your ever well-wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
September 6, 1969
(Nothing against “Nayikas” dance group – how they dress and what they do is their private business. Point is that, this should not be promoted in iskcon esp. by a so-called leader of iskcon, Urmila Dasi, Chairwoman of GBC’s Shashtric Advisory Committee)
Urmila Dasi, (feminist leader who divorced her husband in 1996) should choose better role models/images for our daughters in iskcon. It is not the dance group’s fault. It is Urmila’s fault for having promoted this nonsense, publicly on her wall.
Is this the woman who we should trust our daughters with? For them to dress up like that? Moreover, it is the thumbnail itself. So Urmila Dasi has seen this and still she went ahead and posted it!
The following choice of female dress is what is being promoted by Urmila Dasi.
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nadhikuryat kadacana, don’t place women on any position of authority
– Hari-bhakti-vilasa (11.708)
Then what to speak of giving authority to a woman who can’t understand what is Vedic clothing for respectable women.
Harinam is for the pleasure or honor of Lord Krishna and not for some king.
What is this nonsense? Who is the iskcon leader in Nepal allowing this?
He is reporting on bad deviations that are happening in the ISKCON movement and providing his conclusions, and sharing this information with his peers so hes is subjected to people able to have a conversation and reach their own conclusion.
A lot of effort is put in to to each topic he shares with us. All evidence show, this is not petty fault finding. This is proper reporting.
This is a great service to the ISKCON movement. Our community needs to keep our authorities in line and ask the hard questions, and get responses from our leaders and seniors who have all promised to support prabhupads movement. I wish our movement had a official body to beable to do this. But no one likes corruption watch dogs.
If your not seeing something right, say something. This is what we are doing.
Check and Balances are required to make sure our peers and senior people are following the desires of our founder and not deviating against the values of our movement. The GBC does not do this, and this is why we have hanuman.
Fault finding – is finding faults of a petty nature
Fact finding – is finding information, backing it up with evidence, comparing it to what Prabhupada said, and allowing the public and peers intelligently discuss this further to see if the info is indeed fact or fiction to see if its in line with the values of our movement.
I support Hanuman in all is fact finding endeavors. All the people who support Hanuman believe his work is not petty in nature
Kālā Kṛṣṇadāsa was influenced and allured by nomads or gypsies, who enticed him with women. Māyā is so strong that Kālā Kṛṣṇadāsa left Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s company to join gypsy women. Even though a person may associate with Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, he can be allured by māyā and leave the Lord’s company due to his slight independence. Only one who is overwhelmed by māyā can be so unfortunate as to leave Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s company, yet unless one is very conscientious, the influence of māyā can drag one away, even though he be the personal assistant of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. And what to speak of others? The Bhaṭṭathāris used to increase their numbers by using women to allure outsiders. This is factual evidence showing that it is possible at any time to fall down from the Lord’s association. One need only misuse his little independence. Once fallen and separated from the Supreme Personality of Godhead’s association, one becomes a candidate for suffering in the material world. Although rejected by Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, Kālā Kṛṣṇadāsa was given another chance, as the following verses relate. (https://prabhupadabooks.com/cc/madhya/10/65)