Ego is the Greek pronoun “I”, and Sanskrit aham. In the dictionary and in our culture, it has at least one negative meaning. For Freud, of course, it didn’t have any negative meanings, the ego was just a person. It does have at least one pejorative sense in our culture. … What does ego really mean to you? Is ego bad?Read more...
I try to be fair about it, evaluate objectively. As far as feeling bad, if we see ourselves the way God sees us, we won’t feel bad. If you know that you are infinitely loved, that the greatest conscious being thinks very highly of you, then you won’t feel bad. … The difference between false ego and self-respectRead more...
When I began my doctoral work at Harvard, I quickly learned that ISKCON was a laughing stock in my department. Devotees would come to Harvard Square to jump and run around, banging on drums. We all know the story.
… Can we move off the margins, and be seen more than a fringe group?
I feel it’s an unfortunate aspect of ISKCON culture that it marginalizes raganuga-sadhana (particularly in madhurya-bhava) to the point it appears non-existent and even undesirable.
Regarding the statement that Raganuga-bhakti is marginalized, that may be a good thing because it should be, literally, at the margins, and not in the center of a large, sprawling, and largely neophyte spiritual society. A margin is “an edge or border” not in itself pejorative, though the verb “marginalize” may have negative connotations.
… Raganuga-bhakti in ISKCON