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.
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