Attacks on Vedic Culture

Bhagavad-gītā 4.7 | February 27, 2014 |

English; Nanda Gokulam, Andhra Pradesh, India

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I remember from your previous recorded lectures where you mentioned you observed that devotees are increasingly basing their krishna conscious activities on hearing kirtans, taking prasadam, being part of social groups and social networking sites and other related things like festivals etc. and not much on philosophical study and/ or intellectual application on the message being presented.

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