Why in some countries, the Krishna devotees face harassment?
A devotee (No Name given) asked like this:
“Russian Hindus are constantly being persecuted in Russia. Why are Vaishnavs facing so much resistance all over the world? The natives have immense political power and they are using it in every way possible to destroy the Vaishnav Sankirtan Movement. A Vaishnav was arrested in Russia simply for chanting on streets. Even in the past, multiple attempts were done to ban Bhagavad Gita. Why is Krishna not helping them?
When will the Golden age start?
I am feeling so sad and depressed. I prayed for those Vaishnavs but I still can’t get my head out of those issues. For how long our Vaishnav brothers and sisters will suffer in India, Russia and other countries? Please don’t publish my name. Hare Krishna!”
It is natural for the people to get fumed when some new conceps come to their soil.
We can not accuse anyone.
Every country has been following a particular religious path.
Those gods and concepts would have mixd with their blood and gene.
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We cry when some hindus are converted to christianity. Why?
Because, they fear their identity as a Hindu should not be taken away by others.
Similarly, when we speak about Krishna in a country with conservative religious views, or have no religious background, then, they will naturally get fumed.
That is why, our devotees face stiff opposition in some countries.
In some countries, they have been even jailed.
For those who do preach in such sensitive countries, every day is a question mark.
But, such devotees are like the soldiers against the maya.
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They are very much ready to accept any type of pains for preaching the glories and names of Krishna.
They will even happily die if they are killed for preaching the glories of Krishna.
However, every devotee will have to obey the rules of the governments under which they are functioning, ie, preaching..
Because, even the sanyasis are not beyond the country laws. They too have to follow the laws of the lands in which they are living.
Even when Krishna and Rama came to the Earth, they came thru the womb respecting the rules of earth. They accepted gurus, honoured their parents, accepted friends, accepted marriage, etc.
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Similarly wherever we preach about the Names and Glories of Krishna, we should remember that we are preaching in another country with different religion and culture.
If we preach honouring the laws of countries, but they arrest and torture us, we need not worry. Because, we are ready to bear the pains while serving the Lord.
I had to sacrifice my business, family life for serving Krishna and His devotees.
You may ask why we can’t preach retaining the business and family.
If we like to give perfection in preaching, we should be a sanyasi.
That is why, Maha Prabhu, Srila Prabhupada and other acharyas took sanyasa.
I too faced a situation: I should sacrifice anyone – either my business or serve Krishna only on Sundays.
But, the communications with the devotees required everyday service through the online media.
So, I daringly quit my earning business to involve in the Lord’s service full time!
Losing an earning business needs true material detachment and attachment to Krishna.
This is how, our devotees face pains during their preaching service in some countries.
They have dared to face all the pains to establish and spread Krishna Consciousness throughout the world.
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In some muslim countries like Dubai, even the government top officials and rulers visit the Hare Krishna functions.
So, good things are also there. Harassing countries are also there.
The path of the Service to Krishna is not a bed of roses.
It requires real sacrifice in different ways.
The suffering of our devotees in those countries is also like that only.
They happily accept those pains. Krishna gives them to bear any pain while at service.
And, Krishna will definitely bless them with the life in His Kingdom.
When the whole world is filled with Krishna Consciousness in future, such situations will change. It will take time.
Let us pray for such great Krishna devotees who face harassment while at service.
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