But the culture of the Indians or the Hindus is Vedic and begins with the four varnas and asramas… Our Krishna Consciousness Movement is preaching these four varnas and asramas, so naturally it has got some relationship with the Hindus.
What is important, though, is to mention that countering the impersonal concept is not easy, even in those whose commitment is only educational!
It is understandable that many school texts misrepresent the tradition through over generalisation. It's both a way to express devotion to God and a way to attract newcomers to the movement. For example, Dr. With this, however, are theological implications, as explained in the Science of Self Realisation: When attempting to place the Krishna Consciousness movement within a conventional historical-cultural context, many people identify the movement with Hinduism.
Racism, it seems, also played its part. In other words, I concluded that the reputation of ISKCON, at least within the educational world 3depended significantly on public perception of the broader tradition, which we had ample opportunity to influence.
Meanwhile, in schools and colleges we can mention their significant contributions in preserving and promoting the Vedic religion. Despite this there is within Vedic dharma a system of betrothal 75often from an early age.
Letter from Tamal Krishna Goswami to H. Devotees will gather in public, in streets and parks, to sing the mantra accompanied by instruments like the mridangahand cymbals, and the harmonium. Ninian Smart of Lancaster University has likened this [impersonal] idea to that experiment you may have done in Science where a single beam of white light is refracted into many colours by a prism.
Even within Buddhism, states Swearer, Buddha and his ideas are conceptualized differently between Theravada, Mahayana, Tibetan, Japanese and other traditions.