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Title: Questions about another paths?

User: Igor†††† Date: 2006-12-24 12:56:32

 

Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!

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In this world there are many paths and we know historically many persons that devoted to such practices sincererly, for example many saints, philosophers. Also, personaly I met several persons that are sincererly engage in some process. So I would like to ask several questions regarding this:

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Is it possible for sincerepracticionist of other philosophies/ideas/spiritual practices††††† other than vaisnavism to actually enter spiritual world, or it is not possibly for them?

In his††††† conversations with priest of other religions Shrila Prabhupada very often††††† mentioned that “if you already have some Name of God, you can chant” like††††† Krist or Kristos. When we are talking to such persons should we encourage them to chant God’s Names in their††††† traditions or we should teach them about vaisnavism?

Is it possibly††††† to attain bhakti with any other process then vaisnavism?

What††††† should be our general attitude when we are speaking with followers of††††† other practices and paths?

Thank you very much.

Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!

 

Title: Re: Questions about another paths?

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-12-24 14:04:48

 

Is it possible for sincere practicionist of other philosophies/ideas/spiritual practices other than vaisnavism to actually enter spiritual world, or it is not possibly for them?

 

Seventh Goswami Shrila Sacchidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura is his book Tattva Viveka explains the merits and demerits of other spiritual paths. Some of the other paths have a non-Mayavada Vaishnava aspect to them (personal form of God, devotion etc.) and by practicing that sincerely, one can gradually become a devotee in one's next lives and then one may go back to Godhead.

 

In his conversations with priest of other religions Shrila Prabhupada very often mentioned that “if you already have some Name of God, you can chant” When we are talking to such persons should we encourage them to chant God’s Names in their traditions or we should teach them about vaisnavism?

 

Shrila Prabhupada knew that by chanting bonafide Names of God closely related to or originating from the bonafide Holy Names of God in the Vedic scriptures, one will gradually get the opportunity in this life or future lives, to chant the most principal Names of God like Gauranga, Nityananda, Radha, Hare, Krishna, etc. so he had encouraged it.

 

Is it possibly to attain bhakti with any other process then vaisnavism?

 

It depends on the specifics of a particular process. If it is impersonal or speculative etc. then it is not possible to attain bhakti by practicing it.

 

What should be our general attitude when we are speaking with followers of other practices and paths?

 

One should be humble and one should surely tr to share the great and pure valuable jewels of our Vedic knowledge and glories Naam with them since they will not find them elsewhere. One should not feel superior to anyone or force anything on anyone. But one can surely share the path of pure bhakti with everyone as it will make them appreciate their own ways more better since Naam and Bhakti are the life of all processes in Kali Yuga. We ourselves should hear the pure glories of Naam and Bhakti always and not get into arguments or challenging discussions about others' faults etc. Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Guru Parampara! Pranams :pranams: and Blessings :bless:!