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Courses for the second term at the Bhaktivedanta College

Dear Devotees,

Please accept my humble obeisance. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Sugriva Prabhu sent a relevant quote by Srila Prabhupada: “Now it is your task to find them out and expose them, so that the people may appreciate the real philosophy.” How this can be done? It is a standard in Vedic philosophical debate that before refuting others one must first fairly present the strongest possible version of the opposing view /purva-paksa/. How one can do that if one doesn’t know the opposing philosophy? If that’s my field of service, I would prefer to learn it from devotees, instead from the mundane view of a Wikipedia author.

I don’t understand the logic of promoting a good thing as the only possible one. Can’t we have many educational projects serving different needs of the devotee community? Bhaktivedanta College may not be the perfect one, but is certainly trying to fulfill Prabhupada’s vision (see letter to Tusta Krsna, 9 Nov. ‘75). It is also supported by ISKCON leaders, like for example Sesa Prabhu (the Minister of Educational development), who is also a teacher there, and Radhanath Swami (one of the Trustees).

What good is there in declaring a project a useless endeavor without looking at the results? Many students who studied there expressed their deep appreciation of the tremendous spiritual benefits from their life in the College. There will be always young devotees (not yet fully aware that there’s little time left) who will want to study at a College, get a degree (… and waste time by reading and writing in on-line forums). Why not give them a chance to do it in a spiritual atmosphere, where they can learn to practice strong sadhana, serve the Deities and the devotees, and get the rare association of advanced Vaisnavas?

I hope this meets you well.

Your servant,
Mahendra das

Comment Posted By Mahendra das On 28.01.2008 @ 13:35

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