KW appears to be controversial.
Today the Hare Krishna movement claims 250,000 U.S. devotees, primarily because of the Indian immigrant population, according to Dasa. Without them, Hare Krishna may not have survived in the U.S. But Pradhupada wanted to cleave Hare Krishna from traditional Indian Hinduism. Often he critiqued Hindu traditions often for describing Krishna as an impersonal god. He sought such a clean break that he created a specific translation of the Bhagavad Gita, the Hindu holy book, for his followers.
“[Prabhupada] didn’t want that normalization coming into his teachings,” Dasa said. “We gravitated that way because it was logical and it was necessary.”
R and his organization, Krishna West, want to reverse that normalization. They imagine a temple without saris. Prasadam could be Italian, Brazilian or Chinese if correctly offered to Krishna. As long as they use the proper mantras, guitarists, drummers or jazz bands could lead chanting.
Some claim KW distorts Prabhupada's teachings.
KW says it is faithful to Prabhupada's teachings.
Prabhupada created International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKON)
which has been named as a cult by many former devotees.
So, friends, be aware. Some Krishna groups are in western clothes, not
the orange schamattas.
Whether devotees in Krishna West teach that females have equal dignity with males-- that remains to be seen.
In an older discussion on this message board a member 'natural mystic'
offered a analysis of Prabhupada and ISKON .
Edited 5 time(s). Last edit at 08/29/2017 03:08AM by corboy.