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This is just something I have been thinking about and would like to hear the thoughts of others. I live in America.
The message of The Bhagavad-Gita is applicable to everyone no matter who they are or where they come from.
America especially needs Krishna and The Bhagavad-Gita. Desperately.
Here is my question, and I do not mean to offend, wouldn't it be a good idea to try promoting Krishna Consciousness in the U.S. by using a more western approach? I understand the significance of wearing robes and dhotis, etc. but I have found that in my discussions with people in America about Krishna Consciousness that they tend to view it as strictly an "Indian" thing because of how devotees dress.
Wouldn't tasteful, western style clothes work better in passing out literature, books and engaging others in discussion?
Also, it is my hope that my Blog listed below will attract those unfamiliar with Krishna Consciousness and The Bhagavad-Gita.
Every way is better to attract everyone. One way does not attract everyone.
Looks are deceiving.
Don't judge a book by the cover.
Purity is not measured by what people can see.
If you can make devotees by wearing normal clothing, go for it. There has to be variety of preachers with variety of clothing.
Question: you said that the Vedas do not immediately lead us to Krishna, but the Vedas are the literary embodiment of Krishna.
Krishna confirms by example that indirect preaching is very healthy and that this is the right approach - until people reach a certain level they cannot be given Krishna at once. Can you comment on this or clarify it?
Answer: If it is from the category of battle of fans of two camps, two opinions - how to combine it - indirect preaching and direct preaching...
Question: no, the only question is what is going on so that you can approach a person and tell him about astrology, about the mode of the day, and not tell him immediately about Krishna or Vice versa - just tell him about the most important thing. But won't you hurt him?
Response: Thank you for that very relevant question. I came to the conclusion that if you ask what the sermon is, there are two categories:
1.) preaching is what we want to give to man and
2.) what he wants and is able to take out of this is what he accepts in one way or another.
These are two realities.
We can say a lot, but he'll take a little bit of it in the dry residue. There are two factors - what can be called the most valuable component of the sermon? In fact, the Union of these two.
Because he can draw different conclusions, but we didn't talk to him about it. He seemed so, so he introduced himself.
When these two factors come together, when we give authoritative knowledge, of course, from the books of Srila Prabhupada and guru parampara as postmen, when these two factors come together and what a person takes from this - this is the most valuable component in the sermon itself.
And let's evaluate these two factors. It is possible to scare people? Possible.
Can we push? I can give an example on this topic.
Have one parishioner was asked: - You so much years to us come, we see you on all our festivities and Sunday programs. Why don't you get closer to the process itself - maybe come to the temple to live, something else?
He responded: - No. I like everything-the process, philosophy, your holidays and your attitude towards me as a guest. But when I see how you communicate with each other, I have a desire...
And then morning stream SB for 11.05. 2018 from the Moscow temple broke on the most interesting
Yes, people are different. And let everyone cultivates his garden, as Voltaire said. For example on Donbass where there is a war of 4 years Food of life feeds people in usual clothes and a low bow to them for it
Checking the spread of https://www.thereligionofpeace.com/ in America, Canada, Europe, Australia and rest places is more important.
A much needed site
Hi David. Good to read. http://sonorannews.com/2018/10/04/strange-death-united-states-via-i...
this tactic was used by book distributors in america, this may be helpful
We decided to go up to the Northeast and preach in the colleges in Boston. We went to Harvard and various other major institutions of learning. It was up there that I decided to train Mahabuddhi and Ghanashyam to do the library and professor work, to sell whole sets of books. I personally took them to the garment district in New York and bought them suits and wigs to cover their shaved heads. We got them respectable clothes, so they could go in and sell books to professors and acquisitions people at the libraries.
And it further says the results were tremendous and Prabhupad was pleased . . .
Taken from "Rosen, Steven J.. Black Lotus: The Spiritual Journey of an Urban Mystic (Kindle Locations 2259-2262). Hari-Nama Press. Kindle Edition." - please read this book it'll be very helpful for preaching in America (just my humble opinion)
NO - There is nothing wrong with wearing western dress, but for one in the Temple going out in devotees dress is super important. For one thing you get to see the world some what from Krishna's perspective as people treat you as rep of God.
Sp didn't like the sankirtan devotees wearing wigs and western dress.....
I think the de-militarization of Temple language would be an amazing step....
Temple commander - Temple coordinator
Guru - spiritual teacher
There are many misunderstood words used by devotees just because we started that way....
Karmis - general public
De-militarization of Temple language
Guru - spiritual teacher
What is so military about the word guru ?
It is used in Srimad Bhagavatam and chaitanya caritamrita so many times.