Saturday, September 28, 2013

Cult Thinking can be Dangerous (Huffington Post)

[PADA: We can learn from these folks, if nothing else, we should learn how the public perception will be negative if we allow cult - like behavior to overtake our religion. ys pd]

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, PADA Prabhu!
    This Cult Thinking is very dangerous. Srila Prabhupada never approved it. Indeed, he criticized it very often, because it separates the groups of people, or sects, in terms of 'us' and 'them', creating the situation of cats and dogs societies. Srila Prabhupada came to the West just to give us this basic spiritual knowledge, that we are not this temporary material bodies, but the eternal spirit souls, part and parcels of the Supreme Spirit, Lord Krishna. Therefore we are all servants of Lord Krishna, in our case servants of the servant of Lord Krishna, Srila Prabhupada, who is in the center. Unfortunately, even in our movement we tend to forget it, thinking we are in the center, what to speak of teaching this high knowledge to others.
    We can avoid this dangerous Extremism if we sincerely follow the instructions of Lord Krishna as given in the Bhagavad-gita As It Is, the first which is that 'we are not this body'. We have to repeat it again and again, from the time of rising early in the morning till going to sleep at night, along with chanting Hare Krishna, just like Srila Prabhupada used to repeat it every day in his lectures and conversations. Then the cult-like behavior will not overtake our movement.
    These different dangerous cults will always be there, but only Srila Prabhupada, the Guru not only of ISKCON, but of the whole Universe, has the real knowledge, power and skill how to cut their false ego into small pieces, and make them all Krishna Conscious.
    All glories to His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
    All glories to Prabhupadanugas.
    Hare Krishna


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