Off the Grid for 4 days
25th of July, 2007 - 17:10
I'll be completely off the grid until the evening of Guru-purnima.
Reflections: Emotional Freedom
10th of July, 2007 - 16:15
A recent visit to the Dandavats news site â€” the first since many moons â€” got me reading an article by Bir Krishna Goswami of ISKCON on the emotional dysfunctions that have followed the ISKCON paradigm. I'm copying my comments here along with a prologue (that incidentally ended up being longer than the prologued content) on why this is relevant .
Hindu Afterworlds: A Journey Across Heaven and Hell
3rd of July, 2007 - 18:58
The concepts of heaven and hell as destinations of afterlife are sometimes thought of as the exclusive domain of Abrahamic religions. However, heaven and hell are also described in the Hindu scriptures â€” and very colorfully and elaborately at that!
Guru Purnima, The Day of the Guru
1st of July, 2007 - 7:28
Guru Purnima, the full-moon day of the Indian month of Ashad, is a yearly festival where ancient sage Vyasa, the compiler of the Vedas, and all Hindu gurus, seen as his representatives, are paid homage to and worshiped.
Reflections: Emotional Freedom
Posted: 10th of July, 2007 - 16:15
A recent visit to the Dandavats news site â€” the first since many moons â€” got me reading an article by Bir Krishna Goswami of ISKCON on the emotional dysfunctions that have followed the ISKCON paradigm. I'm duplicating my comments here. As a short word of introduction for the unfamiliar, Maharaja is well-read on psychology and has heaps of valuable field experience in its practical application in the context of a religious movement, insights I've found valuable on a number of occasions. We know each other since a decade, give or take a year.
For those of you who wonder why I'm posting this here, as I am myself not a member of ISKCON nor are many of this journal's readers â€” let's face it, the vast majority of us are still to a great extent, much greater than we'd like to credit ourselves, influenced by the ISKCON paradigms we once imbibed. Growth out of that and into "native" Gaudiya Vaisnava culture happens in the course of living for extended periods of time with native (or naturalized) Gaudiyas â€” not by a mere tweak or two to the same old thing.
I should add that not undergoing this process is going to leave people living in either a positive or a negated ISKCON paradigm, ISKCON one way or another as its defining conceptual axis, with a bit of babaji masala scattered atop. Regardless of their willingness or lack thereof to acknowledge this. That would certainly merit more elaboration, though I'm uncertain over the presence of an interested audience. Some topics are sensitive. Anyhow, onto the article.
Bir Krishna Maharaja: In my travels I have noticed many devotees suffering from the effects of emotional dependency or attempting to free themselves from emotional dependency. I am impelled by my desire/need to help devotees to write about this subject. . . . Full article
Thank you, Maharaja Ji, for a well-written and very informative article. A voice direly missed. The understanding or lack thereof of the contents of this article has grand repercussions both on individual and collective level. The individual level has been amply covered in the article, even if the ramifications of this dysfunction in terms of evolving bhakti could no doubt be further explored.
In the broad scope of expanding Sri Caitanya's mission, if there is a movement full of dysfunctional people, or even worse, an atmosphere forcing people into such a paradigm, it will both serve to attract more birds of the same feather, namely emotionally unbalanced individuals, as well as to alienate the more balanced section of people.
This in turn will effectively marginalize Krishna Consciousness and inflate its position as a religion to be taken seriously, not for its philosophy but for its people. And I should not say that in a future tense â€” time for change, people, for a thousand reasons, if you haven't started yet.