Why we preachHanuman das
Another email question about Indian preaching.
Hare Krishna , probhu. Thank you for your time you are giving for everybody. So many things would be hidden if you would not investigate all thieese things happening in Isckon.
Do you know. The blogs you gave about harigarsha swami..is helping me to chant better. All the time i make sure I do chant properly Mahamantra. Not harigarsha and my 7 years old son also. All the time we make sure that we do not chant kappa like him.
Yes, properly pronouncing mantra is important.
And something again I want to say about preaching in India. It is not easy if you are Indian to be to other Indian impressive, that they will listen to you.
To preach in India or Indians it is very helpful to be nonindian- white, blue eyed….blond hair..and especially if you learn their language (even worst way. ) They always are impressed by white western Devote.
What about if. Indian? To make Indian people listen you, you have to be very very Impressive Indian. !! with what??. Rich..you must be rich, or beautiful or look like ancient time rishi- sage. It is very difficult to impress Indian people for Indians! Next you have to have degree. That is why they Indian preacher advertise their education status. Engineer is for them impressive. Very impressive. They advertise IIT student.. this.. that ..bramachari das. And then people will listen.
In Bombay first thing they look all you dress , shoes, hair, glasses, watch, rings on your hands, teeth . meens… are you rich or not and then decide to talk to you or not. This is between Indians.
But when appears western- mean s white ….than can easy get their attention. That is why they take west devoties for preaching in India.
But Radhanat baba is impressive for them because he is austere and western.
But Indians not after poor pure sadhu. They need rich pure sadhu. My husband is Indian. I lernd so much about them. …
We are not preaching to please superficial people. Srila Prabhupada always insisted that we are preaching to please Krishna and previous acaryas. People may or may not accept our presentation, but ISKCON was not founded by Srila Prabhupada to please the public.
So this is very nice process. And even others do not take it very seriously or they do not come to our philosophy, if you try for it, that is your business. Kṛṣṇa will be satisfied. Our ācāryas will be satisfied, Guru Mahārāja will be satisfied. And yasya prasādād bhagavat [Śrī Gurv Aṣṭakam 4]. [By the mercy of the spiritual master one receives the benediction of Kṛṣṇa. Without the grace of the spiritual master, one cannot make any advancement. Therefore, I should always remember and praise the spiritual master. At least three times a day I should offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of my spiritual master.]
If they are satisfied, then your business is finished. You see? Not that others is satisfied or not. By your chanting some public is satisfied—no, we are not concerned with that. He may be satisfied or not satisfied. But if I chant in the proper way, then my predecessors, the ācāryas, will be satisfied. That is my business, finished, if I don’t invent in my own way. (Lecture Los Angeles, Feb. 7, 1969)
Another thing in India people do not come only for Hari Katha.. So many people want prasadam after that. Isckon is famous with food for life..So if you make free program so many poor, drivers, street bums ..people from slum will come and make haoss. And they will come with bags to take more food, they will take their children who will walk here and there and sometime urinate there that street will become haotic. They will create so much disturbance. I had experience. That is why they make tickets for Krishna Katha. You cannot imagine it unless you will see with own eye how many people can come if some were is free prasadam…oooohh . and Indians are loud- poor ones they do not care is there somebody is speaking on stage…
Prasadam distribution should go together with preaching and kirtan, not independently. Otherwise, we become just another mundane charity.
Ys Hanuman das