So, I was quite dismayed to recently learn that some devotees recently took part in the protests during the recent Presidential Inauguration in Washington, DC. Rather than being the transcendental arbiters staying above the fray, the devotees subjected the Holy name to the side of the paid agitators. One can say, hey everyone was benefitted by us being with the protesters because they heard the Maha Mantra. But, unfortunately many say, “You are judged by the company you keep.” With so much effort being done by the Hare Krishna Public Affairs department to align the Movement with the greater Hindu community one must stop and think.
I must ask why protest a man who has yet to act as the leader of the country in which you reside and why not attempt to guide, educate and enlighten such a person? I don’t remember us deriding persons coming to the doors of our temples seeking shelter from the misery of material nature. I believe we accepted them and all their shortcomings while at the same time helped them on the path of transcendence. That is true “Brahminical Liberalism.” The “Liberalism” we see exhibited today with its hatred and closed minded dogma bears no such resemblance. Devotees would do well not to confuse the two..
From some of us who pioneered chanting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and distributed so many thousands of Srila Prabhupada’s books there back in the 70s and 80s, we hope the real goal of this movement will prevail. It is our hope that efforts to spread the Holy Name be reasoned with good common sense and devotees also follow the words of Srila Prabhupada. “It is the concern of the ācārya to show mercy to the fallen souls. In this connection, deśa-kāla-pātra (the place, the time and the object) should be taken into consideration. “ Purport CC, ADI, 7.38