The above image is of a legit translation of the Gita… its translator wishes to foster unity and goodwill between all religions and faiths of the world, through the teachings of the Bhagavad-Gita, not the cultishness of the Hare Krishnas (who are violent rightwingers, just like the Moonies… interesting thing about mind-control cults, no? If birds of a feather flock together, what does that tell us about the GOP?).
On Tuesday, in New Delhi, Indian Minister of External Affairs Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna and RF Ambassador to India Aleksandr Kadakin discussed the situation surrounding the current court case in Tomsk on the book Bhagavad-Gita As It Is. S M Krishna expressed his views, saying, “I hope that our Russian friends understand the importance of the verdict of the court for the Indian public”, emphasising that this case “put into question the underlying civilisational spiritual values of India”, according to official sources in the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. For his part, Kadakin said that the RF Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MID) and the Russian government would “take all feasible measures within their authority to resolve the situation”. However, he emphasised that, as in India, they have no right to interfere in the trial. Kadakin pointed up that Vladimir Lukin, the RF Commissioner for Human Rights, would have a great role to play in this situation. However, given the great public interest that this trial caused in India, Kadakin expressed the hope that, whatever the verdict, the Indian authorities wouldn’t allow any extremist statements against Russian missions in the country.
Turning to the background of the dispute, Kadakin said that Russians respect the sacred book of the Hindus, the Bhagavad-Gita. He pointed up that the first time this work appeared in Russia was when Indian merchants came in the early 17th century to Astrakhan, where, subsequently, they were not only able to build a Hindu temple, but Tsar Pyotr Veliki granted them exemption from taxation. In giving her consent to the publication of this work, Tsaritsa Yekaterina Velikaya and the Most Holy Governing Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church called it “inspirational reading”. In the summer of 2011, the Tomsk procurator appealed to the local district court for recognition of an extremist book Bhagavad-Gita As It Is with commentary by A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKON), written in the 1960s. In this regard, Indian MPs called on their government to “immediately intervene to guarantee religious freedom for Hindus in Russia”, and the Indian diaspora in Moscow and Russian Hare Krishnas appealed to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking him to intervene so that the Russian authorities wouldn’t ban their sacred text. The number-one leading item in the Indian media has become “the persecution of Hinduism in Russia”.
According to an Indian Ministry of External Affairs statement in the Indian Parliament, the court postponed the final hearing in Tomsk from 19 to 28 December 2011. The reason for the postponement was that the Leninsky Raion Court agreed to seek the opinion of RF Commissioner for Human Rights Vladimir Lukin, as well as prominent scholars from Moscow and St Petersburg on the subject of the dispute. Last week, RF MID spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich clarified several points, saying, “This is what our Indian colleagues probably misunderstood”. He emphasised that the court case does NOT involve the Bhagavad-Gita per se, “rather, it concerns a later translation that suffers from distortions of meaning” introduced by the commentary of A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
27 December 2011
The Russian government isn’t trying to ban the Gita… there’s a move to ban a defective and cultish translation of the Gita. The Hare Krishnas have the same relationship to mainstream Hinduism as the Moonies have to mainstream Christianity. That is, both are cultish simulations of the real thing. The USA is trying to use this non-starter as a wedge to drive Russia and India apart, but it’s not going to work. On top of that, the official Church has NOTHING to do with this case… there’s been no responsible secular media outlet reporting such, nor have any of the official Church media outlets reported such a linkage. This is bad juju all the way around (Dr M’bogo, wherefore art thou?). It stinks of Langley black propaganda (Operation Mockingbird, any one?).