Deviant Vaisnava Sects Part One: Caste Gosvamis and Smarta-brahmanas

From time to time a devotee of Krsna is faced with touchy questions about the shadow side of his religion. “Is it true there are gurus in West Bengal who do dope when they chant Hare Krsna?” Or, “What about that place in West Virginia where they mix Krsna, Christ, New Age, and everything else?”

It’s best to keep a broad historical perspective when considering this problem. Hybrid versions of Krsna worship, or even downright perversions of it, are nothing new. They all tend to fit a pattern laid down long ago in India by thirteen deviant sects known as apasampradayas.

But before looking at the deviants, one should understand the correct culture of Krsna consciousness. Fashionable or not, there is a definite standard of spiritual life. It is called sampradaya. read more

Three lessons from the Mahabharata

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The following sastric reference indicates three things:

1) the nature of the disposition of Brahmanas versus Kshatriyas. Brahmanas have soft hearts but use sharp words while Kshatriyas speak sweetly but their hearts are like razors.

2) A curse is only effective if based on truth read more