Monday, August 17, 2015


Swami Vivekananda on the "Radha-Prema of the Vaishnavas":

Look at this nation. Through the preaching of that love broadcast, the nation has become effeminate--a race of women! The whole of Orissa has been turned into a land of cowards, and Bengal, running high after the Radha-prema, these past four hundred years, has almost lost all sense of manliness.

         As quoted by Surendranath Sen in his private diary

When A.C. Bhakivedanta Swami Prabhupada  took it upon himself to export Gaudiya (Bengali) Vaishnavism to the West, he also worked to undermine what Swami Vivekananda had achieved more than 70 years earlier, which can be summed up in presenting Hinduism as a faith in which intellectual rigor, physical strength,  and devotion to the motherland are not incompatible. When Vivekananda said that "each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this Divinity within by controlling nature, external and internal," he laid the groundwork for self-realization based on work (karma-yoga) and personal integrity.

This philosophical stance is in direct contrast to the Radha-prema and the gopi bhava that Bhaktivedanta preached was the culmination of Vedanta. As the last of the Powerpoint Slides I have included here shows, his repudiation of Hinduism in favor of  what he believed is a universally attractive bhakti-yoga practice consisting of chanting, deity worship, and literal scripture readings was not an easy way to self-realization, as he claimed, but a cheap imitation. Consequently, it bred a host of contemptuous, ignorant cowards among the American followers of the Swami's Hare Krishna movement, many of whom survive to this day, using propaganda, violence, and subterfuge in their "devotional" conquests.
Moreover, despite the popularity of Yoga and Meditation world-wide, their practice does not make the beneficiaries of these ancient disciplines Hindus. Why, then, do the members of the  Hare Krishna (ISKCON) claim that their bhakti-yoga practice is an exception? Using the example of the Gaudiya Vaishnava saint Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu as proof that non-caste Hindus can study Vedanta and become brahmins by virtue of their chanting the Hare Krishna mantra proves nothing. Far worse, it treats Bhakti-Yoga as a kind of Hindu magic: simply chant the Maha Mantra, eat food offered to the Radha Krishna deity, and you too can become better than a brahmin or an Indian who by birth is a Hindu? The following are some examples:

Please note: if you are reading this posting on a mobile device such as an iPhone, android phone or a tablet computer like an iPad, the following Powerpoint presentation will look best if you click on each one and read it on landscape (sideways) mode.

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