Conflict Among Devotees – Part 1
ASK BVKS | June 26, 2011 |
I have experienced that there is conflict between devotees serving under different leaders: many devotees consider their own service or approach to bhakti as the most authentic, and associating with different genres of devotees sometimes creates confusion in my mind. Why does this conflict emerge although all devotees are engaged in service of Krishna? How can we overcome conflict and instead cooperate to fight against our common enemies, impersonalism and materialism.
May 6, 2017 |
English with தமிழ் translation; Pancavati, Tamil Nadu, India
May 17, 2014 |
English; ISKCON Silicon Valley, USA
December 25, 2012 |
Question: Recently I was shocked to learn that few of ISKCON temples around the globe celebrated Christmas by dressing Sri Sri Radha Krishna deities Santa Claus styled outfits. Is it acceptable to dress the Lord in such a non-traditional style or it is just a speculation?… Expand>
Recently I was shocked to learn that few of ISKCON temples around the globe celebrated Christmas by dressing Sri Sri Radha Krishna deities Santa Claus styled outfits. Is it acceptable to dress the Lord in such a non-traditional style or it is just a speculation?
Answer by HH Bhakti Vikasa Swami:
So, I’ve been informed that some temples in Europe in the Christmas season dress Kṛṣṇa as Santa Claus, and that one temple, ISKCON temple (we are talking about ISKCON temples here), is dressing Kṛṣṇa as Santa Claus. And one temple in India also did this. And what do I think about this?
Unfortunate…is one word I could use. Nonsense is another.
In one letter Śrīla Prabhupāda was informed that devotees sent some Christmas cards with a picture of Krsna. Śrīla Prabhupāda wrote that we are not for Christmas greetings. In another or several times, Śrīla Prabhupāda also spoke about speculation in Deity worship… So, there may be various reasons given. In India, the reason was given that Christians come to our temple. Well, in that case you can dress Kṛṣṇa as cricket star, maybe the cricket fans would come. Or you can dress Kṛṣṇa like some famous film star, then maybe people interested in movies, they would come.
But the whole idea…Deity worship is to dress Kṛṣṇa as Rādhā likes Him, and dress Rādhā as Kṛṣṇa likes Her, according to the directions of great ācāryas. Getting mixed up with this Western culture…as far as possible we should try to avoid that. We have our own festivals. Why adopt this Christmas, which is supposed to be a birth of Christ, although they don’t actually know when Christ was born? The main feature of Christmas in the modern world is killing lots of birds, especially turkeys in England, drinking lots of alcohol…
Especially, dressing Deities like this, all I can say is- unfortunate. My saying so won’t stop it going on. There are so many great ācāryas in our movement who are introducing things that none of our previous ācāryas was doing…So, what to say? Whether to laugh or to cry?
July 2, 2012 |
English; Brno, Czech Republic
May 27, 2006 |
English with தமிழ் translation; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
June 2, 2011 |
English; Baltimore, Maryland, USA
January 7, 2014 |
Question: Srila Prabhupada often mentions in his lectures that his mission would be complete if he could make one pure devotee. Is this statement used out of humility by Srila Prabhupada? What is the definition of a pure devotee? Does it mean that there is no pure devotee in ISKCON? Please can you kindly throw some more insights on this topic.
English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India
September 20, 2012 |
English; New Talavan, Louisiana, USA
January 19, 2014 |
English with ಕನ್ನಡ translation; Bangalore, Karnataka, India
February 20, 2016 |
English; Hyderabad, Telangana, India
May 6, 2011 |
Question: Can you throw some light on the philosophy of Vivekananda? I have read that he was a contemporary of Bhaktivinoda Thakura. What is his philosophy? Is it bona fide?
September 15, 2014 |
English; Coventry, England
May 23, 2015 |
English with தமிழ் translation; Batticaloa, Sri Lanka
January 22, 2006 |
English with தமிழ் translation; Chennai, India
November 13, 2012 |
Question: Visvaso naiva kartavyah strisu rajkulesu ca. Every one in India they know this verse of Chanakya Pandit including our foundar-acaraya Srila Prabhupada. So this instruction is only for one lady or in general or for all ladies?… Expand>
Srila Prabhupada sloka (selected verses) page no:442
Visvaso naiva kartavyah strisu raja-kulesu ca
One can never trust a politician or a women. (Chankya Pandit)
It is only info available in Purana and Srila Prabhupada's selected verses.
My point is due to what reason this thing is written in Purana and Chankya Pandit also written in his book nowadays all over India and world this verse is very famous. Visvaso naiva kartavyah strisu rajkulesu ca. Every one in India they know this verse of Chanakya Pandit including our foundar-acaraya Srila Prabhupada. So this instruction is only for one lady or in general or for all ladies?^ Show less
English; Baroda, Gujarat, India
March 27, 2016 |
January 25, 2017 |
English; Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India
December 10, 2007 |
English; Salem, Tamilnadu, India
February 27, 2011 |
Question: What is role of jivatma in this universe as I am a jivatma could you please guide me on characteristics of jivatma and how to live in this universe. Also please let me know the disadvantages of jivatma.
February 4, 2015 |
English; Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India