Can Hare Krsna fall down like Christians?
Posted on January 22, 2013
Filed under BVKS Sanga
Prabhupada: … you say, “Christian,” and I find to find out a Christian. I
find difficulty to find out one Christian. I must frankly say, because the
so-called Christians, they do not abide by the Bible’s order that in the
Christian’s Bible it is said, “Thou shall not kill.” and where is a
Christian who does not kill? So this can be effective only persons who are
practicing religion. So these persons, they are trained to practice. So
their chanting of the holy name of God and others’ are different. It is not
simply a rubber stamp position. It must be practiced, realized. This
chanting of holy name by our men who are trained up and the same chanting by
others will be different.
That is secular state, not to remain callous: “Whatever you like you can do.
We have no concern to see.” That is not government’s duty.
Lt. Mozee: Sir, isn’t the difficulty, rather, that the group of, I want to
call them, hard-core group, the priests, the devotees, the followers, the
little circle of people, have always been the ones that have followed the
practices, but the fringe… Assume for example that Hare Krsna grew to
gigantic proportions as Christianity has grown. Would not it be the problem
that the fringe areas, the ones who were not, who professed to be the
followers… Would not they be the difficulty as the Christian is today? You
have said that you…
Prabhupada: Yes, that possibility is always there. But my proposal is that
if you are not true Christian, then your preaching will not be effective. I
don’t say that now we are strictly following and we will not fall down in
future. I don’t say that. That fall down propensity, tendency is always
there. But my proposal is that unless one is strictly follower of the
principles, his preaching will not be effective. That is my charge.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Room Conversation with Lt. Mozee, Policeman — Chicago,
July 5, 1975