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I was listening one prabhuji's lectures regarding How critical was media / bollywood and others were when Iskcon initially started expanding its movement in India, which was at that time literally flooded all the media/newspaper of the western countries by the grace of our legendary Acharya A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. It just made me so sad that How this ignorant rascals tried to make the public image of this glorious movement, there own culture degraded.
First the Media started spreading that ISKCON is CIA agent
Back in the 1970s-80s it was claimed and even discussed in the Lok Sabha (Indian lower house of parliament) that ISKCON was a front for the CIA.
Then attack was by Bollywood's so-called famous Hero Dev-Anand who released a film "Hare Ram Hare Krishna" in 1971 most probably. Where they shown some hippies taking intoxication and doing illicit sex and chanting Hare-Krishna. See the limit !
Then recently another movie came "Dum Maro Dum " , again they made the re-make of Hare Krishna Mantra in an improper way.
There was a bengali film few years back where there was song of a "Lampatah" hero in Disco theque, where the song was " Krishna Korle lila-amra korle bila" means If Krishna doing rash-leela then it is divine play but when we do its become crime". See this imitation Krishna.
This slave minded rascals has tried/ still trying to degrade ISKCON and the foundation of this movement. They don't know Srila Prabhupada's sacrifice, his teachings. This media literally driving thousands of young mind in Indian society today. We should holds each others shoulder strongly and propogate Srila Prabhupada's mission and bash this demoniac minded people, who doesn't even spare God and saintly persons to distort their image for some animalistic sense-gratification, Unforutunately today all the people of India are following them. Its really a shame for our culture
Even supreme court drag Radha-Krishna's example to prove live-in relationships. Why these rascals are in India, what is the value of their so-called degree, who has no vedantic tradition. Why they drag God/saintly persons when they know nothing about God, no knowledge of Vedanta.
even in my college of masters in journalism and communication my classmates used to laugh at me that i am in ISKCON. Sometimes talks used to be about chanting the Holy Names, and they used to say that God is in the heart and i serve to Him in my heart. I chant names in heart. And i will serve to the humanity no time for God....
So every year such like students are released to media world and is there chance that media will become inclined towards Krishna??? Hope is less.
And the main problem is ENVY. Saying that we have to hold our shoulders strongly and preach is the only way.
Things we can do:
study ourselves well even material education and use it in Krishna's service.
For example, in the future create our own movies compiled using the stories of Bhagavatam.
Also Krishna is sending so many nice singers so they can sign Maha Mantra in different even modern styles and attract world.
And one more thing: it says that dog barks even though caravan passes throe.
We have to be tolerant and try to please Krishna who is in everyone's heart.
Yes mataji, ENVY is the main thing.
In my office, one of my devotee collegue was reading Krishna Dharma Prabhu's Mahabharata, so he just went outside kept the book on desk. So Here is a married couple in our office, somehow the book came in their view, the wife started saying, there is scientific reason for all events of Mahabharata, so there must be some scientific reason for Draupadi's Bastra-Haran lila. I then said clothes was supplied by Lord Krishna and it is not concievable within our limited thinking capacity, they just not give a ear to that sentence, when I said Krishna can do anything as ignorant they are, they again dwells on the theory that there must be some scientific explanation of that unlimited Sari supply to Draupadi. See how envious they are , though they have passed out from very good colleges. They read Mahabharata to negate Krishna from it. They get pleasure in giving some mentally concocted meaning to the verse of Vedic literature which according to them is scientific.
This is called brain-washing by modern Education, where they just removed God from their life. These are the youth of society.
Your aspiring servant
Now-a-days a serial is in the air, "Satyamev Jayate" host by Amir Khan. This verse appear in Mundaka upanisad
satyameva jayate nānṛtaṁ
satyena panthā vitato devayānaḥ |
yatra tat satyasya paramaṁ nidhānam || 3.1.6
See this Envious people, they take verses from Vedas to popularize themselves. This show talks about problem of life , monetary, relationships , court case, child labour and all other day to day problem. But instead of showing them the right path that is Krishna which the upanisad is talking about, they concoct their own materialistic way of solution and promot themselves and deluding innocent people. It is just unbearable and painful.
Hare Krsna dear devotees
Remember that the Bhagavad Gita was spoken during war time.
Prabhupada says that the position of a devotee is like he/she has declared a war against the illusory energy.
This is a world of birth, death, disease and old age. It is better to perceive this evil.
Today i was prompted to say that this is Mrityu lok and that those who comit wrong deeds have more to fear from death.
In that respect devotees have less or nothing to fear.
All glories to the devotees!
Bhagavad Gita is a great mystery.
Ashwani Prabhu it is best to hear it from the disciplic succession(Bhagavad Gita As It Is).
Also it greatly helps to be free from envy and reading in a submissive spirit.
Its all Krsnas mercy on Sril Prabhupada, after being criticized by media and Bollywood they can not do anything.
You have raised a point that is crucial to the future growth of ISKCON in India. The Media is belonging to rich business houses and their existence is threatened by anything that brings in truth, religion,philosophy,revolutionary thinking, anything that goes against material life is a threat to the media, as their business houses will close down.They have believed that the masses can be fooled, but the advent of Srila Prabhupada in the west, spawned a movement so strong, forget about Indian masses, masses worldwide also began to start rethinking their life, and make spiritual progress. Srila Prabhupada single handedly challenged the world. After Gandhi, Srila Prabhupada has been the most important personality in the world, who has given a reason to live for millions of people, peacefully.This is something media does not want to acknowledge.Their poster heroes from the film world will be natutally downgraded if they accept Srila Prabhupada.
How can we forget sahijya song from lagan, radha teri... offensive song from student of year and dirty film blaspheming Bhakti "Omg"?
WHy have people become such degraded?
If I would have been sensor board manager, I would have not released 80% of bollywood songs which are lusty and sahajyi.
Yes true, they are too materialistic. They want to make jokes on spirituality. Such rascals. As aspirants or devotees,w e can't let happen blasphemy happen or we must strongly condemn them by spreading Krsna consciousness and exposing cheaters like ravishankar.