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Published on January 31st, 2013 | by Madhudvisa dasa


The Krishna Consciousness Movement is the Genuine Vedic Way PDF Download

The Krishna Consciosness Movement is the Genuine Vedic Way PDF DownloadOn January 11, 1970, an article appeared in the Los Angeles Times on the Krishna consciousness movement.

What follows are excerpts from the article and the unusual correspondence that ensued between the two authorities, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami and Professor Staal.

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Excerpt from the Los Angeles Times article:

“…Dr. J.F. Staal, professor of philosophy and Near Eastern languages at UC Berkeley and an instructor in Indian philosophy, believes that the Krishna sect is an authentic Indian religion and that its adherents are sincere.

He attributes the Society’s rapid increase in members to the tendency of today’s younger generation to reject organized churchgoing while at the same time searching for fulfillment of a belief in mysticism.” He points out, however, that persons who turn away from Christianity, Mohammedanism, and Judaism have usually lost faith with the personal god of those religions and are looking for a mystical religion without absolutes.

“‘These people in the Krishna movement have turned to Hinduism, but, curiously, it is a cult that is highly personalistic,’ Staal said. ‘They accept a personal god, Krishna, and Christianity has that. I feel that they have transferred some of their Christian background to a Hindu sect.’

“He also feels that they spend too much time chanting to develop a philosophy. On these grounds he and others on the faculty turned down the request to grant credit for an experimental course in Krishna consciousness which will be taught during the winter quarter by Hans Kary, president of the sect’s Berkeley temple.”

About the Author

My first contact with a Hare Krishna was a most merciful Mataji in Oxford Street, London who sold me a "Higher Taste" cook book in 1984 while I was on holidays there. I started seriously reading Srila Prabhupada's books in Australia 1985 and by 1986 Srila Prabhupada had convinced me "Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead" and "we should surrender to Krishna." I joined the Hare Krishnas in Perth, Western Australia in 1986. Since then I have been chanting Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, reading and distributing Srila Prabhupada's books and preaching as much as I can. That's my life and full-time occupation now really. I like it more than anything I've ever experienced before. Srila Prabhupada's books are so amazing... Even after reading them all many times they're still fresh and new. They are truly transcendental! That's it really. Now I'm just hankering to once again see the world chant Hare Krishna, dance and feast and float away in the ecstasy of Lord Caitanya's Sankirtana movement as it did in Srila Prabhupada's physical presence. Let the whole world drown in the ecstatic flood of love of Krishna!

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