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  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 6:13 am on October 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Don’t Tell Me What To Do – Don’t Tell Me How To Live My Life 

    I’ve got a problem with authority.

    Authority consists of miserable condescending pricks who think they’re smarter than everybody else. e.g. parents, teachers, preachers, presidents, ministers, policemen and practically everyone around me.

    Don’t tell me to get married.
    Show me a happily married couple that hasn’t fought or had an argument.

    Don’t tell me to become a monk.
    Show me a happy satisfied monk who isn’t touching little boys or groping someone’s wife.

    Don’t tell me to have sex.
    Show me a lusty man who’s had enough. “No more!” he says, “No More!”

    Don’t tell me to get a job.
    Show me a wage slave who loves being treated like trash 12 hours a day.

    Don’t tell me to earn some money.
    Show me a wealthy man who’s satisfied with his millions.

    Don’t tell me to worry about the future.
    You’re more likely to die first! So you worry about your impending death.

    Don’t tell me to go vegan.
    Show me a vegan who isn’t an uptight self-righteous prick!

    Don’t tell me to eat meat.
    It’s disgusting! And you’re going to hell.

    Don’t tell me to like, subscribe and comment down below.
    I don’t have a corporate social media account.

    Don’t tell me to vote for somebody.
    Show me a politician who’s worthy of being a leader.

    Don’t tell me to mind my language.
    You cover your ears!

    Don’t tell me which lives matter.
    My life matters.

    Don’t tell me to stand up for the national anthem.
    Boo! This song sucks!

    Don’t tell me nothing.
    Shut your mouth! Shut it!
    Now you mind yo business, and I’ll mind mine.
    And if you cross my path, I’ll kick you in the nuts!

     
  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 6:37 am on September 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Defining Success 

    I wasn’t a very bright student in primary school.
    I think I was smart enough to be in the top 4 positions when I was in 1st and 2nd grades. But after that, my results tanked until I moved to a different city in 7th grade.

    When I left my former school, I was one of the bottom 10 students in academic performance.
    And I spiked to the top 3 positions in my new school.

    So what happened to me? Did I suddenly turn into a genius in the new school?
    No. My former school had a terrible curriculum. The teachers burdened the students with so much homework, that there was never any time for recreational reading and relaxation.
    It seemed that I was only going to school to make notes and finish assignments.

    The new school wasn’t so heavy on assignments. I was able to finish them at school and have time to read a novel at home, or just relax or go to the temple.
    It gave my brain some room to breathe.
    The human brain needs rest. If one is constantly taxing the brain, they’ll burnout, and performance will drop incessantly.

    That was the peak performance of my brain in my lifetime. After that, I was never so smart or intelligent again.

    For 4 years: 7th grade, 8th, 9th, and 10th, I was the smartest kid to walk the earth. Because school wasn’t so tough and my brain had plenty of time to relax.

    However, something happened in those years that changed my perspective.
    One of the students in the new school was an even bigger genius and way smarter than me. The guy was my only competition. He always came first, and I came second.
    You’d never catch him reading a book.
    It was said that whenever he read a book, he’d remember everything. He didn’t need to make notes and revise his notes or memorize stuff.

    Then he died.
    It was a car accident.
    The incident changed how I viewed academic success.
    What good were my grades if I died suddenly?
    It changed my competitive spirit. So much that by the time I finished high school, I didn’t care who came first and who came last. I just wanted to pass the exams and move on.

    When I went to university, I discovered a new breed of people – cheaters and copycats. There were students who copied during the exams to get whatever grades they got.
    What good was success if you cheated?

    And then I joined the corporate world and got a job. And I discovered an even more dangerous breed of people – liars, manipulators and heartless scumbags.
    These were the folks who sat at their desks sending emails full of fake promises and utter lies. Every phone call was filled with crap. Yet these people were applauded in every meeting. They got bonuses and appraisals.
    I was shocked by the fact that the company approved of such behavior.
    Officially, words such as honesty, hard-work, integrity and passionate were thrown around. In reality, there wasn’t an honest soul in the company. Lies were thrown around like confetti and most of the people hated their jobs.
    Was this the success working folks bragged about to their family and friends?
    They were basically earning money by deceiving innocent people and manipulating them and burying their heads with lies.
    That’s why the company’s profit margins and annual revenues were so high.

    How can you sleep at night knowing very well that you’ve wasted another person’s time and robbed them of their money? How do you sleep at night knowing you’ve given out false promises which you never intend to deliver? How do you sleep at night knowing that your paycheck comes from literally scamming innocent hard-working people?
    Is this what you call a successful entrepreneur?

    And why does a high performance employee indirectly refer to the guy in the office who scams the highest number of people in a day?

    And what do they get in return? 0.000001% of the company’s profits? Congratulations!
    There’s a guy who earned the company a profit of $20K in a single deal. And he got a gift card of 30 bucks to show appreciation.
    How much is that? 0.0015% of what the company made? Wow! Such a huge bonus! Shouldn’t the guy go down on the manager to thank him for the gift card? Come on now! If your boss gives you a 0.0015% share of the company’s profits, you should thank him with a fellatio.

    That’s how companies are making money. That’s how companies like Google, Apple, Amazon etc make billions in a year. Someone, somewhere, is losing money to make these companies richer. That’s the employees and the customers.

    And what’s with the weird work hours? 10 hour shifts, 12 hour shifts, 14 hour shifts.
    Oh I’ve done these shifts. I know exactly what I’m talking about.
    Why do these shifts exist? These shifts exist because nobody has the balls to stand up and say no! They will no longer work for more than 8 hours!
    Now how did these shifts come into existence?
    Some nerd – some overenthusiastic cock-gobbler sat in the office late into the night. And why did he do that? Because he has no life! He has absolutely no life – he doesn’t have a wife, his family disowned him, his friends said he was a weirdo, his neighbors pulled down the blinds whenever he comes home, and even the cops left him alone after that one time he tried to french kiss an officer who pointed the breathalyzer at him.
    So one day, the manager forgot his phone in the office and hurried back to get it, and what does he see? He sees this guy glued to his screen, typing away.
    And the manager thought, “Hmm, if this guy can work till – what time is it? 09:00 p.m. – why can’t the others work till 09:00 p.m.? What are the rest of the employees doing at home anyway? Having a life? Spending time with their kids? Doing laundry? Going out for a dinner and a movie? Having fun? Hah! Nobody needs to have fun! From tomorrow, everybody will stay in the office until 09:00 p.m.!”

    There was a time in history when people didn’t do night shifts. People worked during the day and slept in the night. But now, every job has a night shift. Corporate culture and capitalism has taken over the nights. People sleep at odd hours and get sick. Then they spend their money in night hospitals.
    There are night schools and night classes these days. I don’t know when these came up, but probably, some corporate asshat turned into a teacher and introduced night classes into the curriculum.

    Has anybody stopped to think, “Why am I doing this? Why am I working for 14 hour shifts? Why am I doing the graveyard shift? Why do I have to work on the weekends? Why does the company pay me 0.0015% of it’s profit? Why am I lying and cheating others on behalf of the company? Why am I not exposing the company for being a scam? Why have I not punched my manager in the face? Why haven’t I snuck up behind the CEO of this company and choked him in a shime-waza hold? This waste of oxygen sits in his glass office for a couple of hours and walks off with a million dollar paycheck. Why can’t he earn 1% less and I, 1% more?”

    Capitalism and corporate culture has turned everyone into mindless robots.
    Is this what people call being successful?
    You’re earning money but it’s not enough to save something substantial. You have to work in order to eat because you aren’t saving nearly enough to stop working any time soon.
    And then you have to pay off bank loans and student loans and mortgages and insurance and so on.
    You get married and you have kids. Now you worry even more about saving money for your children’s education. They grow up and become part of the toxic corporate culture. Then they get married and the cycle goes on and on.

    Of course there’s the societal pressure, peer pressure and family pressure. You have to study hard, work hard and succeed. Failure to do so will result in condescending looks and tones from your family, relatives, neighbors, girlfriend, teachers, coworkers, boss and even your dog.
    Loser walks in and even the dog will get up and walk away. “Screw this guy. He’s a loser and a failure!”
    Even your cat may scratch you up. “Failure! failure! failure!”
    No sex from your wife because she believes it’s pathetic to screw a guy driving a 2002 honda civic.
    Your kids hate you and tell their friends they’re adopted at school.
    Your wife changes her Facebook status to single because you can’t afford a vacation trip to Paris for your anniversary.
    You end up sucking your boss’s d!ck so you can get that 0.0015% bonus.

    Thank you very much.
    My name’s isvarahparamahkrsnah and this article isn’t approved for the PG-rated crowd.

     
  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 3:19 pm on September 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Covid-19: Rollback 

    I’m back!
    Dun dun dunnnnn!

    Yeah, that was pretty quick.

    It was an interesting week.
    I don’t want to discuss my experience on this platform because this is public.
    I did, however, make some brief comments in my journal and have published a comprehensive article on gopher today.
    So the nerds will be able to access the article early while the rest of the world will have to wait until the matter has cooled off.

    So, what did I learn?
    I learned, for starters, that it’s not wise to go anywhere during a pandemic. It’s very risky and you may put your health on the line for something that’s not really worth dying for.

    I also learned, that I need to appreciate my simple and peaceful life in self-isolation.
    Apparently, I’d gotten so bored with my boring lonely life, that I forgot how evil people are outside my isolation zone.
    A brief interaction with them brought me back to my senses.

    But most importantly, I learned that I needed a new direction in life. And what I had been preparing for with so much enthusiasm and high hopes and dreams wasn’t quite fit for me, because again, people, aren’t as nice as we all hope they’d be.

    So, I’m back on my own. Life may get boring and I may suffer from an occasional mental breakdown, but, all things considered, everything is just fine and dandy.
    The alternative is a horrifying trauma-inducing experience which I really wish I hadn’t gotten into.
    Word of wisdom for the overenthusiastic people – consider the worst -case scenario before you commit to something.

     
  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 8:14 pm on August 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Covid-19: Social Media Influencers 

    The 2010’s have seen the rise of a new generation of working class known as “Social Media Influencers and Vloggers.”
    These are the people who spend their days posting selfie pics and videos on YouTube, TikTok, Facebook and Instagram.
    Apparently, most of them can make a decent living out of it too.
    Isn’t that just wonderful?
    Now I’m not hating on their profession or lifestyle. I don’t envy them nor do I wish I was them.

    There’s a problem with capitalism. It turns people into a bunch of obnoxious show-offs and self-centered pricks.
    I saw that at my old job. And I’ve seen that on YouTube.
    It just takes a trickle of money to get them dancing on their feet. And after that, the more money you throw at them, the more they’ll be willing to do anything. People will readily sell their souls to the devil if it could get them some money.
    After a while, money becomes the focal point. Everything becomes about the money.
    It’s one of the reasons I haven’t started my own YouTube channel.

    I watch a bunch of YouTubers regularly. Quite often, I will watch them for a while, and then the quality of their content drops as they grow into bigger channels, gain more subscribers and make more money.
    The only channels that I’ve been able to watch regularly without switching are the tech channels. Everyone else just seems to change into capitalist vampires once they grow big.
    And you can see it when they stop uploading videos and only make videos when they have a sponsor. When there is no growth, people become stagnant, and quickly lose interest in their work. After that, it’s just about the money.

    Anyway, a lot of what I’ve said above is irrelevant.

    There’s a bunch of YouTubers I’ve watched, who do not wear masks, frequently go out to “make content” with their friends, and have gotten infected by the Coronavirus.
    They have purposefully neglected social distancing, many of them live with their friends and have thus passed the virus onto them as well.

    I don’t want to name anybody here.

    Do these people have no shame?
    Do they not feel worried about getting infected and passing the virus onto others, who may potentially have low immunity or high risk?

    At what point did the objective goal become about making videos with as many exciting events as possible just to get more viewers and subscribers?
    There’s a pandemic out there; stay home and film yourself going about your boring life, share your thoughts with your viewers about topics interesting to you, and that should be enough for anyone who likes you to keep watching your videos.

    There are so many YouTubers who started out with regular normal videos and then shifted to these clickbait stupid videos going around,filming everyone and everything and trying to make their lives seem magical and full of excitement and adventure.
    You can fool some 15 year old teenager with that load of crap. But the rest of the world knows your life is as boring and pathetic as everyone else. Stop trying to exaggerate how lavish your lifestyle is.

    These are the people who get tested weekly, not because they care, but because they know their reckless lifestyles put them at risk more than anyone else.

    If I lived with my girlfriend and a bunch of friends, I’d be sitting at home, going out only when absolutely necessary, and taking all the precautions to avoid being infected.
    I couldn’t live knowing that I infected someone I loved or people I really liked because of my reckless and foolish actions. But that’s just me. I’m not a social media influencer. And rightfully so.

    Anyway, this has cut out a lot of YouTubers from my watch list. I’m glad I don’t have to waste time watching them. Thankfully I can divert my time to more fruitful activities, like watching flies fvck. I think watching two flies go at it would be more productive than watching another one of these obnoxious social media influencers going around with their stupid cameras spreading the Coronavirus to everyone else.

    I’ll have to make a list of these morons and keep it somewhere.

     
  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 8:39 am on July 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Surleen Kaur, ISKCON, and The Indian Hypocrisy 

    I am a Krsna Conscious person.

    It is no longer appropriate to talk about one’s religion on the internet. I think that trend began somewhere in 2015, and has become predominant in 2020.
    But I think, if you identify yourself as a religious person, then you shouldn’t be ashamed of it, or hide it from others.

    Religious people should be treated the same as atheists.
    Everybody loved Tom Cruise until it was revealed that he was a Scientologist. And then, he got a lot of hate for it. Even though, I haven’t seen him talk about Scientology to others or preach to them about it.

    Almost every religion in the world has a philosophy of preaching to the others. And each one has statements that denote that the followers of the said religion are morally and intellectually superior to those who aren’t.

    This is why people hate religion.
    Nobody wants to be looked down upon or treated as an inferior human being.

    Therefore, I have certain rules regarding religion. The first one being that I do not preach to others.
    This actually goes against the philosophy of every religion. They want their followers to preach to the non-believers. They want their numbers to increase.
    But I don’t want to preach. I don’t care about followers. I want to practice my devotional service in peace.

    This is the same principle that I apply regarding privacy, open source software, Linux and so on.
    I do talk about religion, privacy, freedom and other things that interest me in my personal space. Those who want to learn about it can come. Those who don’t can stay away.

    I went to a Catholic school. At the same time, I started visiting a nearby ISKCON temple and have done so for two decades, regardless of where I was.

    There’s a certain standup comedian, Surleen Kaur, who made a joke about pornography and ISKCON. A lot of Indians didn’t take this very kindly and so they decided to cancel her. Plus ISKCON wanted to sue her and the Shemaroo company was forced to wipe the footage from the internet.

    Now I believe in freedom of speech and stating the facts.
    I also happen to know several ISKCON leaders who were caught watching porn and/or have admitted to doing so. The information is out on the internet. Before trying to massacre a standup comedian for some lousy joke, perhaps you could do a little research on the subject.

    And while I’m on the subject, have any of the Indians crying for Surleen’s blood read any of ISKCON’s literature?
    Yeah, I’ve spent several years studying the scriptures so I happen to know a few things these ignorant fools don’t.
    What happens if someone reads the Bhagavad Gita As It Is, and finds the part where Srila Prabhupada writes that the materialistic men are living just like cats and dogs? Should or shouldn’t people be offended by that?
    Should anyone sue ISKCON for having scriptures that state the facts? Or do those cease to be facts the moment people are offended? Should it be called blasphemy?

    The truth remains the truth. It doesn’t matter if it’s some upcoming standup comedian saying it, or a highly venerable saint saying it.

    How many Indians have read ISKCON’s books? How many have studied the philosophy and adopted the lifestyle prescribed in the Vedas?
    How many Indians have stopped drinking tea, chewing tobacco and eating foodstuff containing onions, garlic and mushrooms? How many have been chanting 16 rounds daily? How many Indians have given up their material desires only to serve The Supreme Personality of Godhead?

    As far as I know, Indians are the most materialistic people on the planet. So much, that even religion has become a booming business in India.
    Since Srila Prabhupada’s departure, even ISKCON has turned into a business in many cities, with all the sweet shops and restaurants with karmi chefs, with gift shops selling dior perfume and some tribal wristbands from Africa, and so on.
    Has anyone looked into this?
    Has any Indian walked past the gift shop in an ISKCON center, looked at the different brands of perfumes and wondered, “Wait a minute! Are they selling Dior perfume here?”
    How about the restaurants and sweet shops? Has anyone gone to the kitchen in the back to see if the chef is an ISKCON devotee or some karmi guy paid to cook?

    Has anyone listened to Srila Prabhupada’s conversations where he clearly said devotees aren’t supposed to engage in mundane welfare activities?
    That’s right. Srila Prabhupada never authorised any program to feed school children all across the country. He never wanted ISKCON to be recognized as some NGO engaged in feeding the poor and helping the needy. I think Mother Teresa was pretty good at that.

    A lot of Indians simply know ISKCON as a religious organization that feeds the hungry. They know about the Hare Krsna Maha Mantra, and that’s pretty much it.
    No concrete philosophical understanding, no interest in following the Varnasrama way of life, and a surprisingly huge shame in wearing dhoti and tilaka.
    So the people may say they’re proud of their culture and heritage. But if you asked them to dress according to their culture, they’d call it old-fashioned and outdated.
    How many Indian girls still wear saris everyday? Apart from the special events, festivals and occasions, they still dress in western fashion.

    The way I see it, the majority of Indians have drifted towards a more modern western lifestyle with more openness and freedom.
    So why are they inflamed when some woman cracks a lame joke about religion and pornography?
    Do they not support freedom of speech?
    And why would anyone be offended when they are nowhere close to even being members of a religious organization?
    I’ve been a regular in ISKCON for two decades but I haven’t been offended. Neither should anyone else who’s heard standup comedy before.
    Standup comedy is about delivering blunt truths in the form of witty insults.
    Nobody else speaks the truth anymore. Not the politicians, not the government, not the teachers, not even the religious people.

    ISKCON has had a history of surpressing the facts and pushing everything under the rag.
    The organization has managed to cover up decades of child abuse, corruption, rape and even murder.
    Even the sannyasis, who are supposed to be the top leaders, men equal to God, without a taint in character, have been found to be involved in such henious activities.
    And this is a problem that plagues all religious sects – the Christians, Scientologists, Muslims and everybody else.
    Non of these religious groups wants to acnowledge these activities in their history. If you ask them, they just brush it aside and call it nonsense or hateful comments or whatever.
    Why can’t people acknowledge the facts?
    This is the Kali Yuga.
    There are no perfect human beings.
    But, there seem to be an awful lot of pretentious scumbags who are even willing to kill to hide their nefarious activities from being discovered.

    If everyone could just stop with the hypocrisy, that’d be great.
    I don’t want to live in a world where people can’t crack a joke without offending somebody. I don’t want to live in a world where comedians have to censor themselves to stop offending people.
    I believe in freedom. This is one of those freedoms. I should be free to speak the truth. You should be free to be offended and go crap yourself.

     
    • Pratik 1:30 pm on November 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Well, I strongly disagree. The arguments made to justify the pernicious behavior of these comedians seem highly preposterous to me. They are fallacious and essentially lack a sound factual, constitutional, and logical basis. You appear to profess yourself as a scholar of ISKCON’s philosophy and spiritual teachings; I wish you had the same scholarship on the constitutional rights guaranteed to every Indian.

      You talk of the liberal value that guarantees oneself the right to speak and express freely under Article 19, Clause (1a) of the Indian constitution. However, you tend to forget that the right to freedom of speech and expression is not absolute. It is subject to Clause (2), “Nothing in Clause (1a) of this Article shall affect the operation of any existing law, or prevent the state from making any law, relating to libel, slander, defamation, sedition, or any other matter which offends against decency or morality or undermines the security of, tends to overthrow, the state.”

      Moreover, Article 25 guarantees a religious person the freedom of conscience and the right to profess, practice freely, and propagate its religion. So, if a comedian crosses the line to make a few idiots laugh while hurting the sentiments of thousands, if not millions, of devout believers and slander their sect, then the believers are entitled to drag him/her through the courts. Don’t you think such dim-witted blabber breaches the constitutional rights of a believer and, in turn, disrupts social harmony? If not, then either you are a hypocrite yourself, or you just don’t understand the law in its entirety. Why shall a comedian’s right to freedom of speech and being offensive outclass a religious person’s right to get offended?

      Now, let’s just answer a few questions raised by you and invalidate your baseless arguments one by one:

      1.You ask, “And why would anyone be offended when they are nowhere close to even being members of a religious organization?”

      Ans: FYI – The person who has intended to take legal action is a devout ISKCON member, Radharamn Das, Vice-president, ISKCON, West Bengal.

      2. You say, “Standup comedy is about delivering blunt truths in the form of witty insults.
      Nobody else speaks the truth anymore. Not the politicians, not the government, not the teachers, not even the religious people.”

      Counter – If I were to believe that you and your beloved comedians speak the truth, then I rather need to disown the India’s constitution and surrender unto you and your will. I just don’t understand why anyone would think that he has got a monopoly over the truth. It’s for the courts to decide what’s the truth and what’s not, and we have a due legal process for that.

      3.You say, “ISKCON has had a history of surpressing the facts and pushing everything under the rag.
      The organization has managed to cover up decades of child abuse, corruption, rape and even murder.
      Even the sannyasis, who are supposed to be the top leaders, men equal to God, without a taint in character, have been found to be involved in such henious activities.”

      Counter – You claimed that you are an ISKCON follower for two decades and a scholar of its literature. Now, I have reasonable facts to doubt your claims. In the late ’80s, when ISKCON was going through its worst phase with these allegations and the people involved were convicted, its GBC not only acknowledged the wrongdoing on the part of the convicts but also promptly took initiatives and established subcommittees like the ISKCON Resolve and ISKCON Child Protection Office. It’s all mentioned on their websites, have a look! To me, you come across as a self-proclaimed ISKCON scholar who’s oblivious to a lot of facts about its history. FYI – Sannyasis are never supposed to be “men equal to God,” they will always remain servants of God according to the teachings of Gaudiya Vaishnavism, the philosophical foundation of ISKCON. I don’t know what books you are reading, but I, for one, can assure you that they are certainly not in correspondence with ISKCON’s teachings.

      4. You say, “Therefore, I have certain rules regarding religion. The first one being that I do not preach to others. This actually goes against the philosophy of every religion. They want their followers to preach to the non-believers. They want their numbers to increase. But I don’t want to preach. I don’t care about followers. I want to practice my devotional service in peace.” Has anyone listened to Srila Prabhupada’s conversations where he clearly said devotees aren’t supposed to engage in mundane welfare activities? That’s right. Srila Prabhupada never authorised any program to feed school children all across the country. He never wanted ISKCON to be recognized as some NGO engaged in feeding the poor and helping the needy. I think Mother Teresa was pretty good at that.”

      Counter – The one thing that Srila Prabhupada and everyone in the Gaudiya Vaishnavism lineage emphasized before leaving this material world was to propagate the philosophy of the Hare Krishna movement and share this eternal love of God with others through the distribution of books, Sunday feasts, and Sankirtan. On the one hand, you totally disregard that core concept of this religious congregation; on the other hand, you quote Srila Prabhupada on how he asked his disciples not to engage in any mundane activities. At this point, I really need to doubt your credibility as a Hare Krishna.

      Furthermore, he might not have authorized any mid-day meal program himself for the school-going children, but he surely did instruct his disciples that no child or, for that matter, no one within 10 miles of the temple’s vicinity should remain hungry. And the philosophical understanding is that prasadam helps in restoring one’s love for God. What better way to share and reinstate this eternal bliss with the conditioned souls than to offer them sanctified food, free from karma, during a very impressionable age? Of course, he did not want ISKCON to be an NGO; after all, it’s a religious congregation. FYI: Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity is not an NGO. It’s a globally recognized Catholic religious congregation.

      5. You say “Now I believe in freedom of speech and stating the facts.
      I also happen to know several ISKCON leaders who were caught watching porn and/or have admitted to doing so. The information is out on the internet. Before trying to massacre a standup comedian for some lousy joke, perhaps you could do a little research on the subject.”

      Counter – You premised your entire argument insinuating that because some leaders of ISKCON were caught and have admitted to watching porn, therefore, the entire ISKCON community shall not get offended by the misrepresentation and stigmatization of its congregation by these so-called veracious, unerring, and infallible comedians. Your argument is essentially based on a hasty generalization, and therefore, it is an informal logical fallacy because it has got a reasoning error and lacks logical consistency.

      Just think, why can’t those devoted members, who do not engage themselves in such profane acts, who duly follow the regulative principles as prescribed in the Vedas and Upanishads, have the right to be offended with these outrageous statements made in the guise of being witty? If the freedom of speech is what that matters to these comedians, then why make jokes disproportionately targeting a particular sect or religion?

      I don’t care personally what these ignorants have to say in their capacity as long as it’s a private conversation. However, I strongly object to them using social platforms to stigmatize a sect in the public domain. It leads to intolerance and disruptive behavior of the masses towards the denomination in a subtle way. By the way, Internet sources does not contain first-hand information. Therefore, they should be treated with a certain degree of scrutiny and distrust. It might look credible on the face of it but it could be misleading and spurious too.

      Nonetheless, there are bad apples in every organization, may it be religious or non-religious. Therefore, the question is whether or not it is fair to generalize it and defame the organization as a whole because of the actions of a few shams? In the West, Catholic churches have had incidents of the same sorts. Later, Vatican took cognizance of it and established policies to avoid such disgraceful acts. You have a biased viewpoint which only addresses the right of freedom of speech and expression of a comedian. However, you seem to turn a blind eye towards a religious person’s right to get offended under Article 25 of the constitution and Section 295 (a) of the IPC. Blasphemy is a criminal offense in India punishable either with imprisonment for a term that may extend to three years or with a fine or both.

      6. You ask, “What happens if someone reads the Bhagavad Gita As It Is, and finds the part where Srila Prabhupada writes that the materialistic men are living just like cats and dogs? Should or shouldn’t people be offended by that?
      Should anyone sue ISKCON for having scriptures that state the facts? Or do those cease to be facts the moment people are offended? Should it be called blasphemy?”

      Counter – Well, you may argue that Srila Prabhupada’s words are offensive to the atheistic class of men. However, any reasonable lawyer cannot establish those statements as offensive under Section 153 (a) of the IPC on the grounds of promoting hatred, ill-will, and hostility between different religious, racial, language, or regional groups or castes or communities. That’s because Srila Prabhupada made a broad statement, and he did not specifically label any atheistic organization like FIRA as men living just like cats and dogs. One has to lay out a rationale for establishing its offensiveness. While the comedian, Surleen Kaur, specifically mentions ISKCON and slanders it with faulty generalization. I hope you will do a better research next time before putting forward arguments full of fallacies.

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