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What Makes Sense

by Chakra editors

Posted October 22, 2007

Making sense -- is it integral, important, or even relevant to us? Isn't that what intellectuals try to do? (Dr. Frogs, the lot of them!) And the real question: What in Goloka's name does "making sense" have to do with Radharani?

Despite all that, we have decided to start a new forum called "Making Sense". Our impetus is the following considerations. Firstly, to understand fully our philosophy, to develop faith that is not blind, to apply Krsna-conscious principles with foresight and wisdom, as well as to preach effectively, one must make sense of the precepts handed down to us in parampara.

Secondly, while it is wonderful to witness and be a part of world-wide festivals and other special events and have Chakra as a facility for that, we feel that it could be much more. Events within the heart and mind are no less dramatic and captivating, and they give depth and lasting effect to the external successes. The most effective preachers in our line, preachers who have swayed not the gullible and hopeful but the most intelligent and sincere seekers of truth, have all held together their arguments with sound logic and reason, and have never presented anything which they do not fully understand or what doesn't make full sense to them. Their lucidity and clarity of purpose had a wholly transforming effect on their hearers.

Are we up to their standard, or anywhere near it? Unfortunately, we still see preachers responding to the doubting hearer not with reason but through attack, bringing the hearer's sincerity into question. In this way controversial issues are ignored, and debate is avoided, even though the push and pull of debate on controversial issues "sharpens the mind" -- according to Sri Krsnadasa Kaviraja Goswami -- and deepens our own faith as well.

There is no better way to make a philosophy evolve within one's heart and become meaningful, living and magically transforming, than making sense of it, turning it into a sharp knife to cut away illusion and doubt, with the opportunity of challenge being its whetstone. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami surely realized this when he was informed that the person who had for so many nights publicly challenged him had suddenly passed away; he cried out in separation, calling him his "best friend."

Thus we invite you to participate in open discussions and responses to doubts, focusing on perceived areas of discrepancies in our philosophy and how we apply it. Please feel free to contribute. If you reveal your mind in confidence, you can remain anonymous if you must, and rest assured you will not be judged as offensive, faithless or anything less than a best friend to us all.