Does ISKCON have a phobia for the tenth canto? (Bhagavatam 10.47.28)

by Chaitanya Charan dasJuly 12, 2014

Lecture Podcast

Outline:

1. Krishna from Mathura sent message through Nanda to his loved one but not gopis – so sent special written message through Uddhava

2. Uddhava’s declaration “I am Krishna’s confidential servant” is not out of pride, but out of desire to reassure gopis – humility is not meant to detract from our service

3. Are Krishna’s pastimes with the gopis confidential? No textual delimiters at the start of the tenth canto or at the start of the rasa-panchadyaya

4. Gita Govinda a devotional and musical super-hit for centuries without any aspersions of immorality

5. Victorian prudishness of Christian rulers of India imputed immorality on Krishna and Bengali bhadraloka had no persuasive answer

6. Bhaktivinoda Thakura and Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati cautioned against premature trespassing into tenth canto. Not phobia, but rational caution to protect from two misconceptions: presumptuous rejection or premature imitation

7. Prabhupada’s usage of honorifics for Radha as ‘Srimati Radharani’ and Krishna as “Supreme Personality of Godhead”

8. Inconceivability in the Gita – attempt to change sarva-dharman parityaja (give up all religions) as sarva-‘dharman parityajya (give up all irreligions)

9. Need philosophical conviction and devotional purification to move from reflection to reality

 

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2 Comments
  • Hamsavatar Das
    July 12, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Is there a mistake in Outline 8 ? Did you mean to say attempts are being made to change sarva dharman parityajya to sarva dharan parityajya Prabhu?

    • Chaitanya Charan das
      July 12, 2014 at 10:40 pm

      Yes, there was a typo that is corrected now. The attempt was to change: give up all religions (sarva-dharman parityajya) to give up all irreligions (sarva-‘dharman parityaja)
      ys
      ccdas

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