#daridra-nārāyaṇa-sevā #Food-for-life #Mid-Day-Meals #Feeding-the-poor In today’s time of Kaliyuga where most of the population is a hypocrite, has no other purpose than sense gratification often talks, appreciates, and glorifies about Humanitarian work. Charity & donating is considered pious activity but it also represents the demonic quality if it has been done
New age ISKCON which provides you gymnastic and meditational yoga-related courses and compromises the mission of the organization. Below are some experiences which revealed the Srila Prabhupada’s position towards these mundane activities. Danavir Goswami’s experience with Srila Prabhupada was that he wanted only the teachings of our Vaisnava books taught to newcomers.
In 2001, Sripad Jayadavaita Swami gave a lecture series titled “Food for Death”, which is still available on his website at http://www.jswami.info/seminars#food and which examined how prasadam distribution seen by the public as ordinary welfare work affects ISKCON’s core values. Sripad Bhakti Vikasa Swami in his 2011 lectures titled “Some Concerns About ISKCON” and “Further Discussion on Concerns About ISKCON” addresses the same issue Jayadvaita Swami addressed but in a more generalized context that includes other welfare initiatives. Bhakti Vikasa Maharaja in his lectures also addresses what he identifies as fundamental, philosophical differences that have emerged within our society.
As far as social welfare is concerned, the lectures of both Swamis make a common point: the time and resources devotees increasingly give to indirect preaching in the form of welfare work, at the expense of direct preaching, reflects ISKCON’s growing acceptance of karma-kanda as a part of its core mission and, hence, core values.
The following article was published on the Dandavats website on 26th July 2012 (5,533 views). The article appears below in a revised and expanded form with the help of some devotees. Also included now is an Appendix section which contains more quotes of our founder-acarya, Srila Prabhupada giving his instructions