In article <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org (Vidyasankar Sundaresan) writes:
|> steadfast refusal to eat meat? Before you sit in judgment over
|> Vivekananda, remember that it was because of his path-breaking work that
|> Prabhupada could even think of coming to the US in the first place. Also
You have accused Krishna and Manish of getting their facts wrong;
check your own. Prabhupada was inspired by the 1896 visit of
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura to Canada. While Vivekananda came in
1893, the material he preached had nothing to do with what
Bhaktivinoda & Prabhupada preached. One of the earliest book reviews
of the Spanish translation of "Bhagavad-Gita As It Is" (translated
by Prabhupada) talked about how vastly different this book
was from the Western conception of Hinduism as a monistic theory,
which of course developed from Vivekananda.
And Prabhupada never even allowed anyone to cook his
vegetables until he had steady disciples. He was prepared to
come to the US even though he originally expected that he would
only be able to eat boiled potatoes here.
(A lot different from Swami Porkananda "living up to his ideals"
by eating pork at the home of the first American woman
who offered it to him, huh?)