Back here. Interesting post:
> The result of these teachings is that
> Siddhaswarupananda has students throughout the
> world who are engaged in all kinds of different
> activities in life. So it is not surprising that
> some of his students are involved in business or
> in politics or in other things which other people
> in the world are normally involved in.
> In this sense Siddhaswarupananda’s students are
> like those Christians or Mormons or Muslims or
> Buddhists who live in the world and try to apply
> their spiritual values in their daily life and
> I’m just wondering why some people consider this
> philosophy of life so sinister?
This is another example of SIF's storytelling style. Political involvement is considered normal. It would therefore be appropriate to confront shortly this with the Vaisnava philosophy itself.
1. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur emphasizes the "party-like" mentality as dangerous (it becomes dangerous when the party mentality shifts to a sense of belonging to a religious group - imperceptibly and the consequences of this).
2. Sanatana Goswami and Rupa Goswami were politically engaged personalities in the Sultan's court.
"On the death of his father, Sanatana was forced to take up the post of Sakara Mallik (treasurer) to the new ruler of Bengal, Alauddin Hussein Shah (ruled 1493–1519), while his brother Rupa was given the post of Dabir- i-khas (private secretary). "
They both left the service to follow Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
3. Caitanya Mahaprabhu as sanyasin avoided meeting with King Prataparudra (mundane affairs).
4. A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami emphasized that the core of the activity is distributing prasada, chanting the Holy Name and selling publications. Other supporting activities are secondary and must not become the core.
On the other hand, getting involved in politics means compromises. It is impossible to maintain spiritual values t??here. It ends up belonging to a party accepting abortion or creating a political image, where Tulsi Gabbard suddenly claims in public that the core of teachings of Caitanya Mahaprabhu was karma yoga, when Siddhaswarupananda himself emphasized in his lectures that congragational chanting the Holy Name was at the heart.
There are evidence on the internet, Sweeties.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/13/2020 04:02AM by DaWatcher.