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Another Devotees Opinion
on 23 July 2002
I am a practacing devotee of the Hare Krishna movement, and have been so for the past six years or so. I would just like to say that I can relate to a lot of things that have been described in this account. These things indeed happened in the past and I have personaly experienced a lot of the situations described by the author. I have experienced this for myself practicaly. However, there have been many people who have described this book as an unbiased inside account of what the Hare Krishna movement is all about. Well I would just like to say that I have been a member of this movement for a similar amount of time as the author and I must say that this account is far from balanced account.
I personally sympathize with the author of this book, and I am upset that she was treated in this way. These things should simply not be going on in the movement. But I must say that I have too experienced these negative attitudes of some devotees in the movement. But what about the sincere genuine devotees who are nothing like this. What about the positive side, the actual real side of what the movement is all about. For example, Nelson Mandella has praised the Hare Krishna Food For Life effort in Africa. What about the devotees who are selfless and sincere. This book does not serve justice for them or the actual essence of the movement. I feel hurt when I read this book because it only shows a negative highly biased side of the movement as do many anti-cult books have done in the past, which simply focus on the horror stories which happened in the past. Sure these things happened but there will sadly always be bad apples in any organisation. I find it highly un-inteligent that someone can judge the whole society based on the activities of a small percentage of members. I heard the other day that one Christian Priest in America would engage in beating young girls as they where tied up in order to discipline them. Would you condemn the whole of Christianity by this individuals behaviour? Would you condem the whole of Islam because of the September the 11th atrosities? Of course not, but I have found people doing the same by condeming this movement due to the behaviour of certain criminals which have nothing to do with and completely contradict the whole Vaisnava philosophy.
I as a practicing member of this movement I would just like to say that I feel very sad and hurt that people in this day and age are condeming this movement because of some of the negative incidents that have happened in the past and some of the problems that are occuring at the present time. Surely there are problems in the movement, and maybe this book will help address them, but I find it unbelievable that inteligent people write off the whole society, while having no real knowledge of what the movement is all about. I am refering to people who have read this book and have concluded that this movement is some sort of evil sick cult. I find this very ignorant.
This movement is a genuine spiritual culture which goes back thousands of years and I think that modern society will surely benefit by embracing it instead of moving further and further down the road of materialism, which im sure is not the right direcion.