POPULARITY OF THE HARE KRISHNA REVOLUTION LEADS TO BANNING OF BHAGAVAD GITA

By Niraj Bidawatka

The Hare Krishna Revolution is spreading like wild fire in Russia and this fact was acknowledged by the Time magazine, which a few years back had published its cover story of how Hare Krishna is the most popular religion in post-communist Russia. The communist era had systematically suppressed the propagation of any kind of religion and when it ended, the people of Russia who were starving for spiritual quest, wholeheartedly embraced Srila Prabhupada’s glorious Hare Krishna Revolution.

Wherever the Hare Krishna Revolution gains popularity, the governments of those places get insecure and want to suppress the propagation of the holy name. This is what has happened in Serbia, a Russian state, where the state prosecutors have initiated legal proceedings to ban the Bhagavad Gita As It Is, translated and commented by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

A few months back, in my article “Where Saints are Attacked and Rogues Protected”, I had written:

“Therefore the governments across the world do not want to give whole-hearted support to the activities of the Hare Krishna movement because they know that if this movement grows, then their corrupt activities will come to an end. The rule of Lord Rama (rāma-rājya) will come into effect. But ironically, demons like Ravana do not want the Lord to rule.”

One of our committed readers and regular commenter, Mr. Bharat Kedia, had commented in response to the article that he does not agree that the world governments are trying to suppress the Hare Krishna Revolution. Although he may not agree, but the fact remains so, and it has been proved with the Serbian state prosecutors’ bid to ban the most exalted and popular book of spirituality.

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