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Sunday, 27 May 2007 / Published in Articles, Kavicandra Swami / 5,900 views

By Kavicandra Swami

I recently opened and found the following books being promoted. The authors must be descendants of Hiranyakasipu, Kamsa and other demons.

The titles speak for themselves. Learned people see their arguments as foolish, but their word jugglery bewilders innocent peoples. We should be inspired to become more determined to distribute Srila Prabhupada’s books, and to educate ourselves and society in general to understand them. That requires spreading the holy name widely.

What follows are a few of the titles:

God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens

The God Delusion: by Richard Dawkins

This one was number in London last December, and is seen prominently in bookstore everywhere. In a major Cambridge bookstore there was a special display with the heading “Read the Divine Dawkins”. He is a geneticist and a fervent promoter of Darwin’s theories. I met a nice philosophy professor who formerly worked with Mr Dawkins at Oxford. He said that no one could be more fanatic about his “religion”.

Atheist Universe: The Thinking Person’s answer to Christian Fundamentalism: by David Mills

Breaking the Spell: Religion as Natural Phenomenon: by Daniel C. Dennett

These books are widely read and the authors teach in Universites. So we can understand that we have to be very conversant in vaisnava siddhanta in order to free the conditioned souls from the misleading influence of Kali..

These attacks are not aimed solely at us, but at religion in general. Here are some statements from Srila Prabhupada, just to clear the air.

Prabhupada: No, there are many… First thing is that my students are advised, “No illicit sex, no meat-eating, no intoxication up to the point of smoking cigarette and drinking tea, and no gambling.” But this is their life. How they can give up this? That is… It is a shock. Therefore they say, “brainwashing,” that “How a gentleman can give up all these things?” Many… No many. A few of my students, they left. They said that “Swamiji is denying the primary necessities of life.” They left. They could not tolerate even. So I do not make any compromise. That you want to become my student you have to give up these things. So the responsible parents, they are appreciating that “My son is now purified.”

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Morning Darsana and Room Conversation Ramkrishna Bajaj and friends — January 9, 1977, Bombay

So our little attempt is to spread Bhagavad-gita as it is, and whatever it may be, it is being accepted in the Western countries. Not by all. But the people in general, now the… Feeling the weight, they have now began opposing. Indian man: Have seen the new light. Prabhupada: Yes. They’re opposing me very vigorously in America. Indian man: And that is a good sign. Prabhupada: Yes. That is our victory, when there is opposition, and that is our victory. In spite of opposition, we are selling our books in large quantity. Yes. Large quantity. What is the one week sale that? Eighteen lakhs or something like…

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Morning Darsana and Room Conversation Ramkrishna Bajaj and friends — January 9, 1977, Bombay

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  1. gokulananda das says :

    Although Kali’s agents keep spewing their delusions of counterfeit science, the sincere and more intelligent thoughful persons will actually respond to the real information of authentic theism. We just have to become bolder and more determined and relentlessly challenge such bankrupt pseudo-munis. And we could take up large adds in major publications to challenge these nonsense pretenders with solid counter-arguments. The more the crows shriek, the more we have to increase our bold preaching. Gokulananda das ACBSP.

  2. sdmuni says :

    Dawkins and Dennet are considered idealogues even within the sciences and much of academia. One angle on why these atheistic philosophers (and their audiences) appear to be getting so over enthused is that they are feeling the pressure of a theistic siddhanta about which they really have no clue. Many of their attacks on the cultural ramifications of materialist religion are not all that off base, but their ‘solution’ is worse than the disease.

    I was just listening to Dawkins ‘preach,” and as with many of these types, they almost worship the material creation in a sort of universal form awe and reverence mode.

    Darwin himself was for the most part a Deist – he entertained the possibility of a God who created the cosmos. He admitted to having no intelligent idea as to how life started, (“its like a dog trying to understand the mind of Newton,” is his famous quote on the subject.) Coincidently, current empirical understandings remain murky as best. Darwin also speculated on how that which may appear to be as if by chance from the human perspective would hardly be so for an all powerful omniscient being.

  3. Rasasthali says :

    I am not exactly sure about the real impact that authors like Dawkins, Dennett or Hitchens have and whom do they really influence. I have an impression that they are just preaching to the choire, to the group of people that already have doubts. I would not even say that scientists are the ones that get influenced. I work as a scientist at Oxford and none of my collegues, professors and advisors even read Dawkins or Dennett’s works – in fact I may be the only one that is really familliar with them.

    Next thing is that the arguments they use in their books are often not valid in case of vaishnavism and we should use it for our advantage. Indeed, when I heard Dawkins speaking at the University, he made it clear that his arguments were directed against Christianity only, because he has no real knowledge about other religions.

    But overall I do agree that we should educate ourselves in order to be able to get good arguments agains the scholars that Swami mentioned in the article. Of course good scholarship is not enough. As Alistair McGrath (an author of several books being a criticism od Richard Dawkins’s works) mentoned in his recent talk he gave in Oxford, a good argument is not enough – the real power of Dawkins is his charisma, harsh arguments and ability to speak with a great confidence. Sometimes, unfortunately, the more uncultured a scholar/preacher is, the bigger audience he gets.