The scriptures, however, glorify as guru all Vaisnavas who guide a conditioned soul back to Godhead — be they instructors or initiators — advocating a culture of honor and respect. ISKCON needs to reflect upon these principles further, and the purpose of this book is to act as a catalyst toward such an end.
According to this new logic, India’s rapid economic growth is attributable to a special “Hindu mind,” and it is what separates the nation’s Hindu population from Muslims and others deemed to be “anti-modern.” As a result, Hindu institutions are replacing public ones, and the Hindu “revival” itself has become big business, a major source of capital accumulation. Nanda explores the roots of this development and its possible future, as well as the struggle for secularism and socialism in the world’s second-most populous country.
1. The association of Vaisnavas, and the instructions they impart, Siksa, are the assured means of success for spiritual practitioners. This is the injunction of Sastra.
2. However, Srila Prabhupada observed that when his followers received instructions outside ISKCON, their devotional practices, for various reasons, became impaired.
3.Therefore, Srila Prabhupada directed his followers to take Siksa solely from ISKCON’s members
Volume 6 continues along the parikrama path from Ujani to Bhandira-vata, Gopi-ghata to Sanorakha, Varaha-ghata to Kesi-ghata, Dhira-samira to Bhatrola, and onto Kuruksetra, Sukratal, Naimisaranya, Kinarai, Devanagara, Syama-mandira, and Ramana-reti.
Volume 8, the jewel in the crown, is the glorification of the maha-mantra, with an Appendix on the Vision for New Vraja-dhama.
Volume 7 extols the glories of the gayatri mantras: Brahma-gayatri, Guru-gayatri, Gaura Mula-mantra, Gaura-gayatri, Gopala Mantra, and Kama-gayatri, with an Appendix on The Glories of Caitanya Mahaprabhu.