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  • Mahesh J C Hare Krishna! One of the ISKCON devotees who was initiated by Srila Prabhupada writes:- Can We Be Worse Now Than Before We Joined? Vengeance, envy, anger,and discord are often higher within religious groups than elsewhere (“We have enough religion to hate, but not enough to love”). We need to be careful about this in Iskcon. Recently I came across this quote. "Religious people often become self-righteous, judgmental, resentful, condemning, etc. as they see more faults in man than other's see. Psychologists have noted that piety can easily become an unhealthy form of neurosis rather than a healthy form of religion." As devotees, we are given standards to follow, standards which can backfire by becoming a criterion upon which we judge others. This will make us more judgmental, critical and sarcastic than before we joined Iskcon. Of course, if we are advancing properly we will become more introspective about our own need to improve. But the judgment of others often happens before the introspection kicks in. Many devotees also deal with a greater sense of failure/guilt because we have extremely high principles to live up to. This can breed jealousy and envy towards those who we perceive are doing better than us. It also can cause us to feel disgusted towards those we perceive are not trying to follow Krsna consciousness well. We are supposed to serve those who have realized the truth and help those who are struggling, but those who do better than we, can easily become causes for envy and those who do not do as well can become causes for our judgments, ridicule or condemnation. Added to the above is the fact that we are emotionally invested in Iskcon and when we see situations we feel are not in line with Prabhupada's desires, we can become spiteful towards the culprits, the devotees we believe are responsible for those sub-standards. This often results in critical or hurtful statements towards leaders, and/or divisiveness. It can also put a disciple in an awkward position when his guru makes such statements. It is not impossible to create a temple in which we do more judging, condemning, and dividing than encouraging, accepting and supporting. This is not only sad but a huge failure. Added to the list of potential religious pitfalls is fanaticism which then breeds intolerance. When this fanaticism reaches the level of "I only follow, serve, honor my guru," we have degraded ourselves to the level of neophytes in which discord is inevitable. We have been plagued by this to varying degrees, in the name of guru bhakti, since Prabhupada's departure. When philosophy is put in the hands of preachers who spend more time dwelling on other's defects than their own, or who are willing to step on other's toes to serve their guru and Krsna, then we create a movement in which there are far more distrust and separation than the love and trust Prabhupada implored us to imbibe in our dealings. Prabhupada's example was of acceptance, of building a house in which all could feel welcome, encouraged, and above all fully accepted with all our faults. Unless we follow this example, we run the risk of creating a movement which, along with spreading Krsna Consciousness, is spreading something toxic, and thus a movement in which good meaning people join and can soon become more critical, judgmental, resentful, guilt-ridden - or even depressed - than before because they are not finding acceptance and encouragement for who they are. Many have left Iskcon because of this. This is sad - and bad. Of course, to root out this kind of negativity we must start with ourselves. Accept, appreciate, and encourage others. If something is wrong, correct with a heart to help, not condemn. Inspire more than criticize. Many times Prabhupada said "Love and trust." I think we need a lot more of this. Hare Krishna!
  • Ramanuja Das Hare Krishna everyone. PAMHO AGTSP I am going to share a story of my son'starts life on here and hopefully I can get the support I need for my beautiful son Naitai (Nicholas) My son has autism and down syndrome it has been struggling with communication all his life. This year 2016 in June, he could score the funeral was very sick and almost died. Ever since that day he has been struggling with multiple signatures and infections and has been on antibiotics at least 10 times. Since December 1st, my son has been showing signs of irritability,agitation and seisure like symptoms. He started to attack us,his parents and breaking things in the home. I had to restrain my son on 4 or five occasions to protect himself and ourselves from his thrashing and aggressive behavior. He is on medication now for 3 days and he is much calmer but needs to be tweaked. His hormones are through the roof and he can'take verbally communicate it to us. It has been very difficult and emotional draining watching our child go through this. I need to take time off work so I can be home to protect my family incase Naitai goes into a rage. As I am the only income earner, I will not be able to afford time off work. So I am humbling asking everyone to have a look at a gofundme site I have created and make a donation so I can stay home,not worry about the bills and focus on Naitai getting healthy again please. The site is,www.gofundme.com/nicholass-health-fund. Please have a heart and support us during this difficult time. Naitai is on medication but it is still going to take some time to get this figured out. Thanks you Hare Krishna Ramanujadas
  • Ananta Sesa dasa Would you like to advance in Krishna Consciousness and strengthen your relationship with the Lord? Would you like to learn about deeper meditation, healthier life options or just generally how to feel better? Would you like to help elderly devotees get the care they need by supporting the work of the Vedic Care Charitable Trust? If so, the VCC has a couple of special opportunities for you. There are two wonderful retreats, at beautiful and peaceful localities, being offered in May 2018. There is a Kirtan, Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat to be held in Paraty, an historic town on the Coast of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. This seven day retreat, near beaches, mountains and waterfalls, offers Bhakti and Asana Yoga classes, Ayurvedic teaching, Guided Meditation, Vegetarian and Vegan Cooking classes, Workshops on Natural Healing, Painting, and a special workshop on “Cinema and the Psyche”. Speakers and instructors include Gurudas, Chaitanya Swarup Das, Caitania Priya Devi Dasi, Film writer and director, Matthew Joseph Morreale, and Asana Yoga teacher, Jody Van Brunt. The Paratay retreat will be held from 14-20 May in English, and 21-27 May for Portuguese and Spanish speakers. A second retreat is offered at the beautiful and historic Radhadesh Castle in Belgium from 30 May-3 June. During these five days, participants will be given an overview of Western Vaishnavism, seminars on Guided Meditation, Ayurvedic Wellness, Bhakti yoga, Micro Farming, Asana and Pranayama Yoga, and classes in Vegetarian and Vegan Cooking. Speakers and instructors will include Gurudas, Chaitanya Swarup Das, Caitania Priya Devi Dasi, Sri-Kama Devi Dasi, Radha Krsna Das, and Aradhana Devi Dasi. In addition, devotees will experience ecstatic kirtan with Vaiyasaki Das. These retreats are a wonderful opportunity for devotees to learn and grow while benefiting the work of the VCC. A great deal of thought and care has been put into their creation so that there is a good balance of activities throughout the week. It is hoped that everyone will appreciate and take advantage of these opportunities. A full schedule, as well as costs and package deals, can be found at our website: www.vediccare.org/paraty-retreat for Brazil, and www.vediccare.org/radhadesh-retreat for Belgium.

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