Śikṣā outside ISKCON?

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PART FOUR - Summary and Conclusions
Final Questions

In this paper, I have generalised arguments and the behaviour of individuals. I know well that such generalisation is not always accurate. Not all Vaiṣṇavas outside ISKCON are unfit, not all are antagonistic, and some have shown restraint and even good will toward the Society. This being the case, a Prabhupādānuga might reasonably argue, “Why not, then, guide ISKCON devotees to discriminate between those who are benevolent and those otherwise?”

It is better that ISKCON devotees not judge Vaiṣṇavas, especially when their experience in politico-spiritual intrigue is fortunately meagre.(12) As Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura says:(13) Offer obeisances to such devotees from a distance, show them utmost respect, but don’t get close to them. In other words, do not take śīkṣā from them. Such a policy will avoid offences to Vaiṣṇavas in general and to Śrīla Prabhupāda in particular — for it was he who so directed us.


NOTES

12The letter reproduced in the Appendix reflects instances of such intrigue directed against Prabhupāda and his disciples, and summarily portrays other Vaiṣṇavas’ attitudes toward Prabhupāda and his subsequent reaction.
13See Prema-bhakti-candrikā 119.
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