Comments Posted By DJH
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Very nice article, I have been talking to several young people, many know of girls who are pregnant or have recently had a child most of whom are descrided as a mistake or poor contraception. A distinct lack of understanding of what even a basic relationship is, infact we see that most articles aimed at our young promotes a sexual relationship as an essential part.
We have also seen an increase in knife crime especailly with the young who see it as cool or simply out of fear feel the need to carry one for their own protection. With the UK goverment targating young girls to may be confince their boy friends to stop carrying knives.
As you have so wonderfully pointed out no one has addressed the real issue, reminds us how important our young are and also our own responsibility as an abult is
Comment Posted By DJH On 21.03.2007 @ 08:54
It has been my desire to find a book for my nice, up till now when she has visited I have abridged one of the chapters in the Krsna book. It is nice that the desire has been met in such a loving way.
Many Thanks, I look forward to many more books being published for our childre.
Comment Posted By DJH On 05.03.2007 @ 23:02
Many thanks for clarifying the facts.
For those devotees wiling to look all this information is already available if some time is taken.
The concerns have been raised by many western goverments who as you have raised this issue.
It was only with the support of the Hindu community that helped Bhaktividanta Manor when the then UK govermant tried to stop any KC activities.
Srila Prabhupada was also given shelter from the Hindu community when he first arrived in the west, and as you have pointed out demonstrated that at times this is necessary. And let us also remember that it is the Hindu community that helps pay for many of the festivels and temple costs.
again thanks for your time taken in looking closely at the facts and concerns raised
I hope that the devotees will stop questioning and look at practically helping devotees who’s only crime is love of Krsna
Comment Posted By DJH On 18.01.2007 @ 08:38
Thank you for your openness in this article.
I feel sad that in a way we have failed Srila Prabhupada and hope this imitiative will go some way to make these holy dhamas a specticle the whole world would be attracted to.
Comment Posted By DJH On 13.01.2007 @ 20:39
I am always inspired when I read about devotee’s experience in the early days of ISKCON it helps me to try to carry on as best I can.
Unfortunatly this mentality is still prevelant, that if you are out side of the temple you are out of it,or sort of attracted to Krsna but not really.
My Guru Maharaga had asked me to make my work as Krsna Concious as possible, this I have tried to do with some result.
I did have permission of both social services and the police but when I took people to the temple this was met with hostility and a letter stating I was not part of or represented ISKCON, I have nearly eight people who wish to come and visit the temple, including several school groups but because of this I cannot bring them to See the deities, this for me is devestating.
I have been told that the only service is to the temple and temple president and this is over and above that of your Spiritual master.
I am confused by it all, but glad to read your very positive out look.
Comment Posted By DJH On 31.12.2006 @ 11:08
Yes a well writen article.
The service done by Atmananda Prabhu has helped bridge the gap between the Yoga society expects and the higher taste of loving devotional service.
At the end of a good work out we had a lovely abridged resitation from the Bhagavatam,with obasances being given at the end.
I know of several devotees who are succesfully using this format to make people become more attracted to Krsna.
What ever it takes to bring people into devotional service is always good.
Comment Posted By DJH On 31.12.2006 @ 13:40
Latita Madhava d.d.
You ask very important questions and I thank you.
I am going to reply in an open way and share my thoughts.
On the childrens wards I had on occasions had to put in a course for concern, and on one occasion refused to discharge a child untill a child protection doctor had been to see her. I am glad to say he agreed to my assessment and her discharge was delayed.
I also not that the children most young girls had felt that they had themselves deserved this punichment as they had see it happen to their mums.
Myself a rape victim lernt later on that my mum was forced to give sexual favours or risk being hit, like me as a child.
Eventually I plucked up enough courage to go to the police, I have many problems and this has hindered my relationship with others but most of all with the devotees.
I feel safe and secure in ISKCON now but this was not the case even a year ago.
Protection of woman and children is always difficult and at times hard as the victim becomes attached and even loves the person who is committing the crime, many prosecution fail becouse the victim withdraws the statment, he will stop, it wont happen again, he loves me, he was going through a hard time, it wasn’t his fault.
We can only be their, and if they are willing then we can help.
Sometimes though we have to make a stand.
The last time I looked at my parents was at the crown courts in Chester, it is a price I had to pay to protect my brothers and sisters.
On the wards sometimes I had to face the wroth of the parents again in order to protect the child, sometimes the child would be returned with help and support for the parent, sometimes the child would be removed.
By educating the young men to respect woman eventually we will see it violance towards them diminish.
I hope this goes some way to answer your question
Comment Posted By DJH On 31.12.2006 @ 13:32
This is a small but significant step towards protection of both woman and children and as far as I am aware ISKCON is the only movement trying to address this issue on a global scale.
Do we realise how long it took the UK’s National Health Service to instigate child protection laws and the fact that dispite this we still at times hear that the system fails.
The UK goverment only this month anounced an increase in the budget of providing safe rooms for woman, so as vunrable times they can lock themselves away untill the danger is removed or the police intervine.
The devotees are well aware of the scale of the task ahead and it may be years before we see the desired results, but a start is a start.
The child protection guidelines are far wider than that of the NHS which is good to see.
I am greatful to all the devotees who are engaged in this service, after all Srila Prabhupada wanted ISKCON as a place we can all go to and feel protected and make spiritual progress
Comment Posted By DJH On 31.12.2006 @ 10:09
The one thing that attracted me to the devotees was their openess and honesty.
The one thing that helped me get over my sexual abuse was Srila Prabhupada’s books and the loving care and understanding of the ladys from New Zealand who were visiting the UK.
I was scared of being involved in any religious organization as my farther was a ministerial servent for the Jehovahs Witnesses and several of the congregational elders knew about it but did nothing, later they said it was for me to forgive as what he did was nothing major.
I also had the oppertunity to speak to Tamohara prabhu on his visit to Bhaktividanta Manor his presentation was amazing and much better than the child protection lectures I recieved whilst working on the childrens wards, Although a bit sad I didn’t get an e-mail of the notes.
Their is no way I can ever repay the devotees for healing the wounds created in my childhood and although I am not a woman (I am one of the few male child rape victims) it is only within ISKCON do I feel safe.
I hope this helps other to be inspired to at least trust, yes mistakes were made in the past but ISKCON has learnt so much from these errors and can heal and help all those injured souls in need of healing
Comment Posted By DJH On 28.12.2006 @ 00:36
It reminds me of a class given by Mother Urmula DD.
She said how many devotees come with this or that problem and that one of the main things they had in common? The television, with it being prominant in the home.
I feel a sense of disapointment when I have visited devotees and they have had to watch the latest installment of a soap opera.
We have so many books to read, lectures to listen, videos of Srila Prabhupada that can take up our time.
I am also reminded that Srila Prabhupada says that life out side of the temple should be the same as that inside the temple, same requirements non diffrent.
So those with a TV watching the latest soaps, movies and sport should ask themselves this, when was the last time they went to the temple just to watch TV?
If the answer is never then get rid of this total waste of time.
Many thanks for the facts and reminder
Comment Posted By DJH On 24.12.2006 @ 14:13