On July 10, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), a religious organization of devotees of Lord Krishna, banned its sanyasi monk Amogha Leela Das because of his recent discourses. This ban will remain for one month.
Actually, the discourse was given by Amogh Leela Das. During this time, in a question, Bhikshu Amogh Leela Das created a controversy by criticizing Swami Vivekananda for eating fish and saying that a virtuous person can never harm any living being. Das commented sarcastically on Swami Vivekananda’s Guru Ramakrishna’s teaching of “jato mat tato path” (as many views, so many paths) that “not every path leads to the same destination.”
A bitter controversy erupted after a video clip of the objectionable remark went viral on social media, triggering sharp reactions.
ISKCON said in a press release that Amogha Leela Das has accepted the mistake of making comments about Swami Vivekananda and Ramakrishna Paramhansa and he will withdraw himself from social life for a month to rectify his mistake. Now he will separate now Amogh Leela will do penance for a month in Das’s Govardhan.
ISKCON in its statement said that it is saddened by the inappropriate and unacceptable comments of Amogh Leela Das and his lack of understanding about the great teachings of these two personalities.
After which ISKCON Vice President Radharaman Das has asked Amogh Leela Das to ‘immediately withdraw from public life for a month’ Now Amogh Leela Das will do penance for a month in Govardhan, Uttar Pradesh.
What is ISKCON organization?
ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness), colloquially known as the Hare Krishna movement or Hare Krishna, is a Gaudiya Vaishnava Hindu religious organization. ISKCON was founded in 1966 in New York City by A. C. was done by Bhaktivedanta Swami ‘Prabhupada’.
Its core beliefs are based on Hindu scriptures, particularly the Bhagavad Gita and the Bhagavata Purana. The followers of this institution are spread across the country and abroad.
The Gaudiya Vaishnava Sampradaya, also known as Gaudiya Vaishnava Sampradaya, is a Vaishnava Hindu religious movement in India inspired by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486–1534). “Gaudiya” refers to the Gaura or Gauda region of Bengal (present-day Malda district of West Bengal and Rajshahi district of Bangladesh), with Vaishnavism meaning ‘worshipper of the god Vishnu’.
Amogh Leela Das is a Sanyasi in the ISCKON tradition
Before retirement Amogh Leela Prabhu or Amogh Leela Das was named Ashish Arora, who was born in a Punjabi family. He is survived by his parents and two sisters. He decided to embark on a spiritual journey at a young age.
|Name after Sanyas||Amogh Leela Das|
|Real name||Ashish Arora|
|Place of Birth||Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh|
|Profession||Saint, Motivational Time, Social Worker|
In the year 2000, when he was in 12th standard, he left his home in search of God, but then came back and completed his degree in software engineering. In 2004, he completed his graduation and joined a US based multinational company.
Then in the year 2010 at the age of 29, he became a devoted Hare Krishna Brahmachari (celibate) and joined ISKCON after leaving corporate life. At the time he was banned for one month, he was serving as the vice-president of the ISKCON temple in Dwarka, Delhi.
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