Why Books are the Basis

Part-1

January 10, 2016 |

English with தமிழ் Translation; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

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January 16, 2016 |

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So, I’ve been informed that some temples in Europe in the Christmas season dress Kṛṣṇa as Santa Claus, and that one temple, ISKCON temple (we are talking about ISKCON temples here), is dressing Kṛṣṇa as Santa Claus. And one temple in India also did this. And what do I think about this? 

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