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The author was born in Britain in 1957 and joined ISKCON in London in 1975. Later that year he was formally accepted as a disciple of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founderacarya of ISKCON, and named Ilapati dasa.

From 1977 to 1979 Ilapati dasa was based in India, mostly travelling in West Bengal distributing Srila Prabhupada's books. He spent the following ten years helping to pioneer ISKCON'S preaching in Bangladesh, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand.

In 1989 he was granted the order of sannyilsa, receiving the name Bhakti Vikasa Swami, and again made his base in India. Since then he has preached Krsna consciousness throughout the subcontinent, lecturing in English, Hindi, and Bengali. He also spends a few months each year preaching in the West. His television lectures in Hindi have reached millions worldwide.

Bhakti Vikasa Swami has written fourteen books, which have been translated into over twenty languages, with more than seven hundred thousand in print.

Preface

It may pertinently be asked, "How is it that a foreigner has the audacity to comment about India and Indians? This Bhakti Vikasa Swami even strongly criticizes and presumes to instruct us!"

In reply, I submit that I have been following traditional Indian culture for most of my life. I have travelled throughout most of India, with all kinds of people at all levels of society, and learned two Indian languages. Having visited many other countries also, and observed the people of different lands, I am convinced that the original Indian culture is the best the World has even known. Furthermore, in today's troubled world India's spiritual message is vitally needed. It is thus regrettable that in this hour of need, when Indians should be distributing their ancient wisdom, they are instead giving it up.

If my words seem harsh, it is not out of antagonism, but from a hope that India will revive her lost glory and stand as a leader among nations. As a sannyasi, it is my duty to instruct. Moreover, the topics in this book are either based on or are direct quotations from the teachings of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Sami Prabhupada, the founder-acarya of ISCON. Admittedly, I am a very insignificant soul, but my spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, is a great world acarya. Whatever he says should taken seriously.

I thus request the readers not to be disturbed by the strong statements contained herein, but try to perceive the truth in them. I am confident that, if received properly, this book can do much good for India. I pray to Lord Sri Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, that He blesses me, as well as the readers of this book, the land of India, and all people in the universe. If he so desire, this book can help contribute to the ongoing reawakening of the world's oldest and greatest civilization.

Introduction

This work is in two parts. The fist, A Message to the Youth of Indiaman essay by Bhakti Vikasa Swami, brings together most of the points that His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada taught about India from Srila Prabhupada's extensive writings, conversations, and lectures.

In the early 1970s, having established Krsna consciousness in the West, Srila Prabhupada started concentrating his attention on India. He told his disciples, "My spiritual master wanted me to preach Western countries. Now that I have done that, I want to preach in India." Yet in the 70s many Indians, suspecting that the Westerners' bhakti was merely a passing fashion, did not take ISKCON very seriously.

Now, a generation later, the foreign devotees have remained, and acceptance of ISKCON has grown. Many Indians are now initiated disciples of Western-born devotees Educated Indians, many of whom were apathetic to sanatana-dharma, are again taking pride in their own culture. Like it or not, religion has come to the forefront of national life.

One reason for this the inspiration generated by outsiders' continued interest in Indian spirituality. The foreign members of ISKCON have particularly impressed Indians with their implicit faith in sastra (especially Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam), their having renounced meat-eating, gambling, the taking of intoxicants, and illicit sex, their austerity and dedication- for instance, members of ISKCON rise daily¬¬¬ by 4:00 a.m.- and their adoption of Vedic practices (Indian-style dress, food, and so on). Such committed adherence to genuine Vedic traditions establishes ISKCON'S authenticity in contrast to cheap, imitation versions of dharma marketed by pseudo swamis.

Srila Prabhupada often expressed Lord Caitanya's desire that Indians seriously practice Krsna consciousness. He had great hope that ISKCON would help India to reverse her lamentable fall into materialism and realize her identity as the spiritual leader of the world.

Not only young people but all class of Indians will benefit from reading this book. Yet, because the students of today are the leaders of tomorrow, it especially behoves the educated youth of India to deeply ponder this message and apply it practically in their life.

Contents

Contents Pages
About Srila Prabhupada vii
Books by Srila Prabhupada x
About Bhakti Vikasa Swami xiii
Books by Bhakti Vikasa Swami xiv
Preface xv
Introduction xvii
A Messages to the Youth of India 1
Srila Prabhupada on India 25
Caitanya Mahaprabhu's Mission 27
Epoch-making History 30
The Glories of Bharata-varsa 31
India is the Best Country 31
India is the Best Place for Spiritual Life 31
Birth in India is Special 32
Even the demigods Desire Birth in India 33
Every Indian is Krsna Conscious 34
India Once Ruled the World 35
Outsiders Are Accepting Krsna Consciousness 35
The Land of Religion 35
India's Present Condition 38
Causes of India's Downfall 45
The Influence of Kali-yuga 45
Imitating the West 45
Misleadership 49
Don't Blame the Government 53
Krsna Consciousness Should Have Been Made the State Religion 53
Spiritual Culture Rejected 53
Malinterpretation of Scripture 54
Not Accepting Krsna's Supremacy and Authority 56
Indians Are Becoming Insane 57
Impersonalism 58
The British Influence 59
Government Policy 61
Caste Consciousness 61
Partition 62
The Cinema 63
India Should Have Distributed Spiritual Knowledge 63
The Duty of Indians 67
Why Are You Neglecting Krsna Consciousness? 67
Indians Should Preach Krsna Consciousness 67
Westerners Look to India for Enlightenment 69
Unite All Under One Flag 70
The Best Welfare Activity 70
Learn from the Krsna Consciousness Movement 73
Indians Should Join This Movement 73
Indian Should Become Gurus and Save te World 73
Be Careful 75
Looking to the Future 76
Indian Culture Can Be Revived 76
The Krsna Consciousness Movement is the only Hope 77
Overcoming the Demoniac Culture 80
The Peace Formula 81
India Will Be Glorified 82
India Can Save, Uplift, and Lead the World 83
Saving India 84
Krsna Conscious Government 85
Youth of India 86
Youth As Victims 86
Young People Should Join This Movement 87
East and West Should Cooperate 88
The Lame Man and the Blind Man 89
The West Must Look to India 92
Unite and Change the World 93
Make the Whole World Hindustan 94
Hindus and Muslims 97
How the Muslim Population Increased 97
Hindus and Muslims Live Peacefully 98
"Religious" Fighting is Foolishness 100
Ten Points for Indira Gandhi 102
Acknowledgements 104
Notes 105

 

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About the Author

The author was born in Britain in 1957 and joined ISKCON in London in 1975. Later that year he was formally accepted as a disciple of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founderacarya of ISKCON, and named Ilapati dasa.

From 1977 to 1979 Ilapati dasa was based in India, mostly travelling in West Bengal distributing Srila Prabhupada's books. He spent the following ten years helping to pioneer ISKCON'S preaching in Bangladesh, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand.

In 1989 he was granted the order of sannyilsa, receiving the name Bhakti Vikasa Swami, and again made his base in India. Since then he has preached Krsna consciousness throughout the subcontinent, lecturing in English, Hindi, and Bengali. He also spends a few months each year preaching in the West. His television lectures in Hindi have reached millions worldwide.

Bhakti Vikasa Swami has written fourteen books, which have been translated into over twenty languages, with more than seven hundred thousand in print.

Preface

It may pertinently be asked, "How is it that a foreigner has the audacity to comment about India and Indians? This Bhakti Vikasa Swami even strongly criticizes and presumes to instruct us!"

In reply, I submit that I have been following traditional Indian culture for most of my life. I have travelled throughout most of India, with all kinds of people at all levels of society, and learned two Indian languages. Having visited many other countries also, and observed the people of different lands, I am convinced that the original Indian culture is the best the World has even known. Furthermore, in today's troubled world India's spiritual message is vitally needed. It is thus regrettable that in this hour of need, when Indians should be distributing their ancient wisdom, they are instead giving it up.

If my words seem harsh, it is not out of antagonism, but from a hope that India will revive her lost glory and stand as a leader among nations. As a sannyasi, it is my duty to instruct. Moreover, the topics in this book are either based on or are direct quotations from the teachings of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Sami Prabhupada, the founder-acarya of ISCON. Admittedly, I am a very insignificant soul, but my spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, is a great world acarya. Whatever he says should taken seriously.

I thus request the readers not to be disturbed by the strong statements contained herein, but try to perceive the truth in them. I am confident that, if received properly, this book can do much good for India. I pray to Lord Sri Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, that He blesses me, as well as the readers of this book, the land of India, and all people in the universe. If he so desire, this book can help contribute to the ongoing reawakening of the world's oldest and greatest civilization.

Introduction

This work is in two parts. The fist, A Message to the Youth of Indiaman essay by Bhakti Vikasa Swami, brings together most of the points that His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada taught about India from Srila Prabhupada's extensive writings, conversations, and lectures.

In the early 1970s, having established Krsna consciousness in the West, Srila Prabhupada started concentrating his attention on India. He told his disciples, "My spiritual master wanted me to preach Western countries. Now that I have done that, I want to preach in India." Yet in the 70s many Indians, suspecting that the Westerners' bhakti was merely a passing fashion, did not take ISKCON very seriously.

Now, a generation later, the foreign devotees have remained, and acceptance of ISKCON has grown. Many Indians are now initiated disciples of Western-born devotees Educated Indians, many of whom were apathetic to sanatana-dharma, are again taking pride in their own culture. Like it or not, religion has come to the forefront of national life.

One reason for this the inspiration generated by outsiders' continued interest in Indian spirituality. The foreign members of ISKCON have particularly impressed Indians with their implicit faith in sastra (especially Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam), their having renounced meat-eating, gambling, the taking of intoxicants, and illicit sex, their austerity and dedication- for instance, members of ISKCON rise daily¬¬¬ by 4:00 a.m.- and their adoption of Vedic practices (Indian-style dress, food, and so on). Such committed adherence to genuine Vedic traditions establishes ISKCON'S authenticity in contrast to cheap, imitation versions of dharma marketed by pseudo swamis.

Srila Prabhupada often expressed Lord Caitanya's desire that Indians seriously practice Krsna consciousness. He had great hope that ISKCON would help India to reverse her lamentable fall into materialism and realize her identity as the spiritual leader of the world.

Not only young people but all class of Indians will benefit from reading this book. Yet, because the students of today are the leaders of tomorrow, it especially behoves the educated youth of India to deeply ponder this message and apply it practically in their life.

Contents

Contents Pages
About Srila Prabhupada vii
Books by Srila Prabhupada x
About Bhakti Vikasa Swami xiii
Books by Bhakti Vikasa Swami xiv
Preface xv
Introduction xvii
A Messages to the Youth of India 1
Srila Prabhupada on India 25
Caitanya Mahaprabhu's Mission 27
Epoch-making History 30
The Glories of Bharata-varsa 31
India is the Best Country 31
India is the Best Place for Spiritual Life 31
Birth in India is Special 32
Even the demigods Desire Birth in India 33
Every Indian is Krsna Conscious 34
India Once Ruled the World 35
Outsiders Are Accepting Krsna Consciousness 35
The Land of Religion 35
India's Present Condition 38
Causes of India's Downfall 45
The Influence of Kali-yuga 45
Imitating the West 45
Misleadership 49
Don't Blame the Government 53
Krsna Consciousness Should Have Been Made the State Religion 53
Spiritual Culture Rejected 53
Malinterpretation of Scripture 54
Not Accepting Krsna's Supremacy and Authority 56
Indians Are Becoming Insane 57
Impersonalism 58
The British Influence 59
Government Policy 61
Caste Consciousness 61
Partition 62
The Cinema 63
India Should Have Distributed Spiritual Knowledge 63
The Duty of Indians 67
Why Are You Neglecting Krsna Consciousness? 67
Indians Should Preach Krsna Consciousness 67
Westerners Look to India for Enlightenment 69
Unite All Under One Flag 70
The Best Welfare Activity 70
Learn from the Krsna Consciousness Movement 73
Indians Should Join This Movement 73
Indian Should Become Gurus and Save te World 73
Be Careful 75
Looking to the Future 76
Indian Culture Can Be Revived 76
The Krsna Consciousness Movement is the only Hope 77
Overcoming the Demoniac Culture 80
The Peace Formula 81
India Will Be Glorified 82
India Can Save, Uplift, and Lead the World 83
Saving India 84
Krsna Conscious Government 85
Youth of India 86
Youth As Victims 86
Young People Should Join This Movement 87
East and West Should Cooperate 88
The Lame Man and the Blind Man 89
The West Must Look to India 92
Unite and Change the World 93
Make the Whole World Hindustan 94
Hindus and Muslims 97
How the Muslim Population Increased 97
Hindus and Muslims Live Peacefully 98
"Religious" Fighting is Foolishness 100
Ten Points for Indira Gandhi 102
Acknowledgements 104
Notes 105

 

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