Persons who lost their intelligenceHanuman das
I was informed today about Siva installation in ISKCON temple in Gurgaon. What’s the big deal? Big deal is that Prabhupada didn’t want demigods in ISKCON temples.
Gurgaon is in Haryana district of New Delhi, and now we need to find who is responsible in 2018 zonal assignments:
My God what is Gopal Krishna Goswami doing? First female secretary, now this.
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Prabhupada about demigod workship
You may know also that Ramakrishna’s worship of Kali makes him a third class man. In the Bhagavad-gita it is stated that one who worships the demigods just like Brahma, Siva, Indra, Candra or demigoddesses like Kali, Durga, Sarasvati, etc., are described as persons who have lost their intelligence. (Letter to Satsvarupa — Los Angeles 25 February, 1968)
Regarding the Sikh gentleman’s request to use our temple for performing some Sikh religious ceremony: You know that we have refused even the Hindu people to hold demigod worship in our temple, and what to speak of the Sikhs, who are not to the standard of Vedic principle. As a matter of fact, we should not allow anyone to hold any function in our temple, otherwise than Vaisnava principle. (Letter to Hamsaduta — Seattle 10 October, 1968)
Krishna says—Give up all nonsense engagements and come here and surrender unto Me!—that is real philosophy. Krishna says that anyone who is worshiping any demigod, it is all nonsense, and just give it up and come to me. Our philosophy is toworship Radha and Krishna. We don’t make any hodge-podge or any compromise. If you like you can accept it, and if you are fortunate you will accept, and be happy, but this hodge-podge nonsense will never help you. Just like we prescribe certain rules and restrictions for our disciples so that they can make real advancement in spiritual life. (Letter to Kris — Los Angeles 13 November, 1968)
In the Bhagavad-gita it is always stressed to Krishna by the words aham and mam. Similarly in the Srimad-Bhagavatam the same stress is give from the very beginning—Param satyam, the Supreme Truth. If we divert our attention to worship other demigods, then our faith in Krishna will be flickering. We Gaudiya Vaisnavas, under the guidance of Lord Caitanya, want steady attention for Krishna, not flickering. Therefore, in our line of thoughts and action there is no scope for worshiping any other demigods. (Letter to Ksirodakasayi — Los Angeles 29 January, 1970)
Regarding your Tuesday class at your place, you can continue it as a sub-branch of ISKCON Radha Krishna Temple. The procedure should be exclusively for chanting Hare Krishna mantra or singing other songs just like Govinda jaya jaya, Gopala jaya jaya . . ., and nothing more. Demigod worship in your house or thinking a demigod as equal with Narayana or Krishna should be stopped altogether, actually that is not the fact. Special stress should be given on chanting Hare Krishna mantra, reading from Bhagavad-gita As It Is or Srimad-Bhagavatam. (Letter to Ksirodakasayi — Los Angeles 10 January, 1970)
Should we think that Gopal Krishna Goswami doesn’t know Srila Prabhupada’s stance on demigod worship? Of course not. This is one of the basic philosophical points of Bhagavad-gita. So, then, why is he allowing demigod worship in his zone? Answer is very simple, because he doesn’t care about Prabhupada and his instructions. If you have any other explanation, let me know.