Blog For Change


Some readers/friends already know that, inspired by the Planet Iskcon ethos of being “the uncensored voice of the ISKCON community online,” I would like to invite people to submit stuff to guest post here. I realize not everyone has time to maintain their own blog so why don’t we share this space?

Of course, I get to decide what to post and what not to post…thus making myself the Editor. But I promise I don’t need to agree with your ideas…just don’t be a meanie. Thoughtful, introspective crap is what I am interested in posting. And if you want to post anonymously, we can make up a fake name for you (readers, you will be notified it is a fake) which you can use if you post again in the future.

I think it would be great if current and “former” devotees have a voice. While this will probably not lead us directly to self-realization, I feel the ISKCON powers that be could benefit by actually gaining some understanding of who makes up, who left and who could potentially be a part of this society…which is supposed to be for the benefit of our self-realization. This may be a little too democratic of an idea for some, but so what. Many social ills were not obliterated in a day. Feel free to take that last statement however you want.

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  1. Sita-pati das

    Someone who classifies themselves as a "former" devotee by definition classes themselves as not a member of ISKCON…. so they kinda fall outside the purview of an "uncensored voice of ISKCON" …

    Just a thought.

  2. Devadeva Mirel

    i find that problematic.

    i understand your point in terms of where someone is socially located but i do think boundaries of identity are often messy.

    for example, there are people who attend programs at iskcon temples, have taken initiation from gurus who were at some point iskcon devotees, do service at iskcon temples, give money to iskcon programs and fraternize with iskcon devotees…yet do not identify as iskcon devotees because of certain political/social stuff.

    i don't know what it is like in your end of the world but it is quite a common phenomena here in alachua. and i think it is interesting and worthwhile for these individuals to be given a platform in which they can share a variety of reflections.

    if this is would jeopardize the feeding of my blog to planet iskcon, then i would be willing to take the missives of such persons and rework it into a piece in which i use their text as material for my own writing. just a thought.

  3. Devadeva Mirel

    btw…"iskcon community" is different than iskcon. don't have to be a card carrying member to be part of a community.

    just a thought.

  4. Tulasi

    I agree 108%!

    Does institutional Iskcon have the monopoly on bhakti on this planet? Can bhakti be defined by an institution which often sabotages or squeezes out sincere bhaktas? Srila Prabhupada built a house in which the whole world could live, including both official "card-carrying" and unofficial bhaktas.

    When the Visnuduttas come for you, Sitapati prabhu, they will not ask you for your Iskcon membership card, but rather whether you have invited Sri Sri Radha Krishna and Their pure devotees to take up permanent residence in your heart.

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