Is ISKCON indeed a magnet for the hard-hearted?
Posted January 26, 2005
Thank you, Mike, for your article. You voice the same reasons why I left. Lectures and scriptures, general behavior etc. seem to attract those who hate, and they feel like this is the place for them. A place where they don't have to be embarrassed by their racism, sexism, and homophobia. On the contrary, it is seen as a state of elevation. As weird and twisted as it can be.
Of course there are those who get attracted by love, for God and humanity. But strangely enough it seems that exactly those people turn out to be the victims of racism, sexism and homophobia, the soft-hearted people, who came with innocence in their heart. Rest assured Mike, Iskcon doesn't equal spiritual life. Spiritual life is more found outside Iskcon then inside. Buildings don't matter, it's what is in your heart what counts. But you know that already. You wouldn't have left otherwise and taken up a true spiritual path.
My deepest respect for that. It shows courage and a real desire to achieve love of Godhead.