What is dharma and how can it be protected part 1 The Monks Podcast 173 with Govinda Prabhu
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What does depending on Krishna mean, practically, The Monk’s Podcast 171 with Radheshyam Prabhu
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Gopi Gita Appreciation part 5, The Monk’s Podcast 170 – Madhavananda Prabhu & Amarendra Prabhu
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Why our personal experiences matter in our spiritual journey, The Monk’s Podcast 169-Yogesvara Prabhu
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Working with Hindu organizations for common causes, The Monk’s Podcast 167 with Mahaprabhu Prabhu
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Responding to attacks on devotees in Bangladesh
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During the Durga-puja festival in Bangladesh this year, posts appeared on social media claiming that the Hindus had disrespected the Koran by placing it on the floor before the Durga deities. A subsequent investigation found CC TV evidence showing that the Koran was placed there by a Muslim – it seemed to be a ploy of some Muslim extremists to stir passions among the Muslim masses. Unfortunately, it worked and hundreds in aggressive mobs rioted, destroying many Durga mandaps, as well as Hindu temples, businesses and homes. During these riots, a mob attacked the ISKCON temple in Noakhali, killing three devotees and disfigured the deity of Srila Prabhupada.

Channeling outrage in two ways

When such things happen, we naturally feel shocked, sickened and outraged. If we don’t feel angry, then where is our devotion? When five-year-old Prahlada was persecuted by his demonic father Hiranyakasipu, Lord Nrsimhadeva took serious action against Hiranyakasipu. We need not imitate Nrsimhadeva’s actions, but feeling anger when things connected with our Lord are threatened or destroyed is a natural sign of devotion. We feel angry about something when we are emotionally invested in it. Feeling indifferent about such incidents is a sign of apathy.
The main question is not whether we should feel angry, but how we should express our emotion of anger. Are our emotions taking control of us, impelling us to do things that we would regret or would make things worse? Or are we controlling our emotions and using their energy intelligently? We need to channel that anger in a constructive way so that our response makes things better.

Broadly speaking, there are two dimensions to our response in such situations:
1. Brahminical response based on scriptures (sastra)
2. Ksatriya response based on weapons (sastra).

The brahminical response with sastra, or scriptures, is used to protect people from misconceptions and to give them the right understanding. sastra or weapons are one part of the ksatriya response; this response is integral to a multi-pronged strategy for protecting the innocent and punishing the wrongdoers. Any healthy society needs to use both sastra and sastra to deal with such situations.

Brahminical response

From a brahminical perspective, we need to do three things:
1. Protect our own faith by taking shelter of scriptures
2. Avoid getting caught up in sectarian anger towards particular groups
3. Work in a collective spirit with those who share our cultural values, even if we may have philosophical differences.

Let us discuss each of them in detail.

1. Protect our own faith: Such events may shake our faith in Krishna’s power to protect us. But scripture offers a holistic understanding of Krishna’s protection. Both in Ramayana and Mahabharata, there were great souls who were on the side of virtue but were killed: Jatayu in Ramayana and Abhimanyu in Mahabharata. In Ramayana, even before the war took place, Lord Rama had come to a place in central India known as Ramateka, where he came across piles of bones. These were the remains of sages who had been performing austerities and had been devoured by cannibalistic demons who […]

Gopi Gita Appreciation part 4, The Monk’s Podcast 166 with Madhavananda Prabhu and Amarendra Prabhu
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Evolution Bhagavatam What are the issues for devotees The Monk s Podcast 165 with Akhandadhi Prabhu
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Gopi Gita Appreciation part 3, The Monk’s Podcast 164 with Madhavananda Prabhu and Amarendra Prabhu
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How cow care represents universal ethical principles, The Monk’s Podcast 163 with Krishna Kshetra Maharaj
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Gopi Gita Appreciation part 2, The Monk’s Podcast 160 – Madhavananda Prabhu and Amarendra Prabhu
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Gopi Gita Appreciation part 1, The Monk’s Podcast 159 – Amarendra Prabhu and Madhavananda Prabhu
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Finding guidance in Prabhupada’s books, The Monk’s Podcast 158 with Krishna Dharma P & Chintamani Dharma M
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Exploring parallels between Carl Jung & Bhaktisiddhanta, The Monk’s Podcast 156 with Hanumat Preshaka Maharaj
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Book Distribution As The Engine For Community Building,The Monk’s Podcast 155-Vaisesika Prabhu, @Bhadra Purnima special
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How decentralized management can help the bhakti movement flourish, The Monk’s Podcast153 with Urmila M
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Maslow’s theory of motivations – A Spiritual Perspective, The Monk’s Podcast 154 with Shyamananda P
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Taliban’s conquest of Afghanistan A dharmic perspective. The Monk’s Podcast 152 with Hridayananda M part 2
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Appreciating others’ individuality for redefining preaching, The Monk’s Podcast 151-Shaunaka Rishi Prabhu
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Taliban’s conquest of Afghanistan A dharmic perspective-The Monk’s Podcast 150 with Hridayananda Maharaj part 1
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How Vedic wisdom can be empirically demonstrated. The Monk’s Podcast 148 with Lila Purushottam Prabhu
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The Bhagavatam’s relevance for a postmodern audience, The Monk’s Podcast 146 with Kaustubha Prabhu
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