Polite oppositionHanuman das
Only way to fight nonsense is to publicly oppose it. And you can publicly opposite it only if you are well grounded in reading Prabhupada’s books, in this way, you will be able to recognize nonsense.
It is duty of every follower of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada to keep his teachings intact and pure. However, today, in Prabhupada’s own society, fighting deviant philosophy is pronounced criminal activity. It is taught to be “offensive”. This is so because corrupt leaders of Prabhupada’s society established such social norms. It is “not good” to fight nonsense and be straight forward, because that might “offend” fake gurus and their followers.
From the other side, if you stay silent, if you don’t fight nonsense, then nonsense will increase, and Prabhupada’s society will become society of cheaters and cheated.
The facebook post
Approved by Gimmy Bimmy Cici
“Cigarettes without nicotine
Beer without alcohol
And babes from sugar”
In spiritual bliss
Guitars, ping pong
Me and my monk”
So, what is the aim of this funny poster and accompanying lyrics? Aim is to show that Krishna West is imagined philosophy. Basic tenant of Krishna West philosophy, is that we must “adjust ourselves” to western people and the values of western civilisation. So, for example, if we start wearing jeans instead of dhoti, then, westerners will be more likely to join us.
However, this is not philosophy preached by Srila Prabhupada and it is not based on the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita as it is.
One of the first things you learn in Krishna consciousness, is that we are not this body. If we are not this body, what difference does it make what kind of clothes we are wearing? Also, you will learn that we have to surrender ourselves to Krishna? That means we have to do things in the way Krishna likes, not in the way we like. And Krishna likes dhotis. Prabhupada was wearing dhoti, because Krishna likes dhotis, not because he was conditioned by indian culture.
Hridayananda das Goswami also claims that dhoti is Indian clothes, not spiritual clothes, but he fails to describe what kind of clothes is Krishna wearing in spiritual world. Is Krishna wearing jeans in Goloka?
Also, if you are wondering why sugar babe has written “ping pong” on her head, it is because of ping pong video, where sannyasi founder of Krishna West plays with women. Also there is Soya burger in his hand, this is not joke, Krishna West actually published various “vegan meatball” recipes in the past.
And best of all, Srila Prabhupada very often explains in his books why people don’t join Krishna consciousness, and Prabhupada never said that it is because of jeans or because of the way we dress:
If a man gets some ministership in the government by worshiping a political leader, he considers that he has achieved a great boon. All of them are therefore kowtowing to the so-called leaders or “big guns” in order to achieve temporary boons, and they indeed achieve such things. Such foolish men are not interested in Kṛṣṇa consciousness for the permanent solution to the hardships of material existence. They are all after sense enjoyment, and to get a little facility for sense enjoyment they are attracted to worshiping empowered living entities known as demigods. This verse indicates that people are rarely interested in Kṛṣṇa consciousness. They are mostly interested in material enjoyment, and therefore they worship some powerful living entity. (BG 4.12p)