Krsna Consciousness is not a faith, such as the Hindu or Christian faith,
but it is a science. When Krsna says Dehino smi yatha dehei, the principle
is that the soul is different from the body. On account of the presence of
the soul we are getting different bodies. You cannot say it is Hindu. The
Hindu religion may be more advanced, but Krsna Consciousness is a science.
Others have only a vague idea. Krsna never said He was preaching as a Hindu
or for the Hindus.
But as a public statement you may say we are part of the Hindu dharma. It is
actually Vedic culture, but they have been misinformed. We are actually
Varnasrama dharma. The public doesn’t understand Varnasram so sometimes we
say “Hindu dharma. “It is a great science but unfortunately the name has
come since the Mohammedans called the Indians Hindu because of the Indus
River. The word is coming down like that, but we do not find the word Hindu
in any scripture.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Pranaba, 1 February, 1977
The statements of the Sankara philosophy, which are the teeth of the Mayavadi philosopher, are always broken by the strong arguments of Vaisnava philosophers such as the great acaryas, especially Ramanujacarya. Sripada Ramanujacarya and Madhvacarya break the teeth of the Mayavadi philosophers, who can therefore be called Vidantis, “toothless.” >>> Ref. VedaBase => Adi 7.128 [...]
I donate money to the ISKCON Desire Tree because I want to do something useful, yet I do not have time (and sadly desire) to find different type of service. Years ago I was a very active member of the ISKCON, now I hardly ever visit a temple, although still think of Krishna and Vaishnavas, and hope to be "lifted" once again one day. So, something is better than nothing.
Thank you very much for your sincere service and optimism.
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