ISCKON’s inculturation in the West and its epic fail

img 54aa5ea36536d ISCKONs inculturation in the West and its epic fail We cannot precisely tell if ISCKON is shrinking or growing because of India where everything is so difficult to count, and even if counted, is hardly worth relying. For the purposes of religious studies we assume the number of ISKCON devotees being either at standstill or slightly moving in any way. A problem of much greater interest is profound loss of ISKCON’s positions in the West, ISKCON’s failure to inculturate into Western civilization.

On one hand, it looks like ISKCON is slowly growing due to new converts flow in India and post-USSR countries and this growth is powerful enough to substitute the losses in USA and Europe.

Another thing we can say for sure — ISKCON hasn’t passed the test of inculturation into Western World. The Hare Krishna movement’s fast rise in USA and Europe was co-working great with the 60-s’ and 70-s thrive for spirituality and counterculture, but since that times lots of ISKCON temples in USA have been closed and many will soon transform into India’s cultural and religious centers, sometimes moving far from original ISKCON theology and organization.

Globally, after its popularity peak in early seventies Hare Krishna movement becomes more and more marginal, comprehended more like a bright and recognizable cultural phenomenon with current spiritual and religious influence on global society close, but not equal to zero. (more…)

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Karma-Sutra III: Karma, God, Destiny, And The Laws Of The Universe

chakra www.clear vision.org  Karma Sutra III: Karma, God, Destiny, And The Laws Of The Universe

Lets consider now the common concept, according to which “karma” is “destiny.” In fact, the relations of fate and karma is a question to large extent, not for the scholars of religion, but for the psychologists. Someone of them has formulated it as follows: “sow an act — reap a habit, sow a habit — reap character, saw character – get your destiny” — a good illustration of the law of karma in application to human life.

All the creature’s actions, even the smallest and the simplest, automatic and unconscious (on the levels “of each chakra”, or, simpler, at the level of the body, emotions, and mind) affect its fate, but do not determine (more…)

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Karma Sutra II: Interconnectedness and contingency

Dharmachakra malindawords.blogspot.com  300x300 Karma Sutra II: Interconnectedness and contingencyIn light of previous definition of karma we conclude that randomness does not exist; when we allow ourselves to mark some thing in the perception of the universe as “random”, we just sign the testimony of our minds’ cognitive impotence to grasp the wholeness of cause-effect connections that have led to the result, or the testimony of laziness or lack of resources to continue research.
Practical scientists, recognizing the limitations of our ability to calculate and thus foresee all the interactions, (more…)

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