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I am surprised that Dandavats has posted “To Vote or Not to Vote” on this scrolling “Announcements and Ads,” for many less mature or simple devotees will misconstrue that Dandavats (and hence ISKCON) thus endorses the current Democratic, rather than the Republican, candidate for the U.S. presidency.
If Dandavats does in fact endorse the Democratic candidate, then would it not be more proper to publish an official pronouncement to that effect–with sound reasoning supported by sastra-guru-sadhu as to why Vaisnavas should indeed vote for the Democratic candidate?
But if Dandavats actually does not support either candidate, then we humbly submit that it is only fitting–i.e., fair and proper–to also post this announcement.
Madhavananda Prabhu has already provided sufficient words of ISKCON’s founder-acarya on the subject of voting. For example:
“Because of the importance of the Krishna consciousness movement, people should be Krishna conscious and should not vote for anyone who is not Krishna conscious.”
Since neither the Democratic nor the Republican candidate for the U.S. presidency is known to be Krishna conscious, we therefore humbly appeal to all readers of Dandavats to simply follow Srila Prabhupada’s advice and “not vote for anyone who is not Krishna conscious.” If it has not been factually ascertained that either the Democratic or the Republican candidate is Krishna conscious, then the only responsible conclusion–that which is faithful to the instructions of our founder-acarya–is therefore obviously:
Thank you very much.
humbly aspiring to become a genuine Prabhupdadanuga,
this most unworthy servant called
Comment Posted By gkd On 29.10.2008 @ 09:25
Namonamah. All glory to Srila Prabhupada!
Long time no contact! But recently i have again been appreciating your advanced association via your writings posted here (and elsewhere :).
Please send me an email so that we may sometimes keep in touch: email@example.com
Kirtaniyah sada harih!
ânitya-baddha das(abhasa), guru-krsna das
jagai madhai haite muni se papistha/ purisera kita haite muni se laghistha
Comment Posted By gkd On 08.09.2008 @ 12:53
Ashwin 108 wrote: âI think that the singer is Bada Hari Dasa Prabhu. Is it so?â
That is correct.
I wonder if anyone can provide a link for downloading that particular bhajan (âKeno Hare Krsna Namaâ) sung by him?
Comment Posted By gkd On 31.03.2008 @ 01:50
Undoubtedly there are many reasons, philosophical and pragmatic, why the death penalty is necessary within human society.
I ask those who favor abolishment of capital punishment:
Has any authorized representative of the Supreme Lord authorized anyone on this planet to eradicate the death penalty?
(Since capital punishment is an aspect of divine judiciary, why would any fallible human, be he even a Vaisnava, opine that capital punishment should be eliminated from human society?)
The notion to abolish the death penalty is hereby sentenced to death!
Comment Posted By gkd On 12.12.2007 @ 10:33
“Sarvo” wrote: I especially love it when people come up to me and say, âHare Krishna! Where have you guys been anyway?â
So where are *you* now? Prabhu, please send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
your fallen servant,
Comment Posted By gkd On 06.12.2007 @ 03:29
Suresh Prabhu wrote: “There is only one picture missing from the above temple photo spread. Itâs humorous too, because I have shown this article to several devotees now, and every one noticed the one photo thatâs missing from the new Bhakta program. Can you guess which one it is?”
Comment Posted By gkd On 31.10.2007 @ 13:17
1) “I certainly didn’t expect the magnitude of the surprise that Chinna gave us
that night. … They played for 45 minutes, and when they finished their
final song the kids shouted for more….”
2) After Chinna got the signal he turned to Tribuvanesvara and nodded his head. ….
“When the kirtan finally finished many in the audience stood stunned, having experienced the nectar of the holy names.”
Are either of these two performances available on the internet?
Comment Posted By gkd On 03.09.2007 @ 21:34
How does one post a query to the Message Board?
Comment Posted By gkd On 23.05.2007 @ 21:29
[Amara:] Personally, I donât see how gay marriage relates with the advancement of Kali-yuga. Gay unions are mentioned in the ancient Kama Shastra scriptures of India and have obviously been around for a long time.>
[Humble inquiry] Exactly what mention does homosexuality get in kama-sastra?
[Amara:] The fact that modern society is now accommodating gay people
[Humble interjection:] âŠis most certainly a symptom of the advance of Kali-yuga! Who can deny it? Abortion also accomodated, so many other varieties of perverse sex also accomodated, open prostitution accomodated, nearly-naked women in public accomodated, gambling also accomodatedâŠ The list of sinful activity that was not accomodated 50 years ago but is accomodated today is ever increasing.
[Amara:] I donât see how anyone can honestly argue that we should not encourage people to be monogamous rather than promiscuous. The purpose here is not to encourage or endorse illicit sex but rather to minimize it as far as possible.
[Humble statement of fact:] If the goal is in fact to minimize the perverse homosexual activity âas far as possible,â then surely one will accept the prescription given by our founder-acarya Srila Prabhupada: marry a woman and live as normal husband and wife. Obviously âgay marriageâ falls short of this instruction.
And one might consider that alcoholics are mostly not cured by restricting their drinking to one kind of alcoholic beverage, but rather by lifelong total abstention.
[Amara:] devotees like Krsna-kirti dasa and Danavir Swami seem to be saying, âItâs complete celibacy or nothing! If gays canât follow complete, lifelong celibacy then we donât want to help them, offer any practical advice or even have them living outside the temple as householders.â
[Humble response:] Perhaps read more carefully exactly what they have said. But i propose that any person afflicted with the disease of homosexuality should seriously consider trying for exactly thatâcomplete lifelong celibacy. Only if unable to remain fixed in complete celibate, then they can choose the bona fide option of marriageânot homosexual so-called marriage, but legitmate dharmic marriage. Was that not Srila Prabhupadaâs program for the few homosexual men who had joined during his time?
>There should be no question which approach is more helpful in encouraging Krsna consciousness among the gay and lesbian Vaishnava community.
[Humble agreement:] Indeed there should be no question that the most helpful approach will be to follow the simple advice/instruction given by Srila Prabhupada: marry a woman and lead a normal household life.
[Amara:] I think devotees need to learn to engage all members of society whether celibate, monogamous or even those who are completely fallen. Krsna consciousness is not only for temple devotees and strict brahmanas. It is for everyone at all levels.
[HUmble comment:] Indeed the practice of Krsna consciousness is open to the most fallenâwhich category certainly includes homosexuals. But sruti smriti puranadi âŠ If the so-called practice of bhakti-yoga is not according to sastric injuctions and the instructions of previous Vaisnava acaryas, then it is âsimply a disturbance to society.â
The concept of âgay monogomyâ is exactly such a disturbance to the society of sincere and humble Vaisnavas. Hence, my humble appeal to all âgay Vaisnavasâ is to immediately cease being a disturbance to the society of genuine Vaisnavas. Please chant Hare Krsna incessantly and follow the four regulative principles to the best of your ability and thereby yourselves become genuine Vaisnavas. But please STOP the nonsensical, whimsical, and speculative attempt to rubber-stamp âgay monogomyâ as if it were something other than a unwelcome disturbance to Vaisnava society!
âa most fallen conditioned soul named
Comment Posted By gkd On 06.03.2007 @ 16:16