I like to call them goons because just like any follower of any organized religious sects – be it Hindu, Christian, Buddhism or any other – they are all religious chauvinists trying to SELL heaven.
Here’s a link. (I do not completely agree with some points there.)
Hare Krishna is the most distinguishable cult of the Seventies thanks to the obligatory shaved head and pigtails of male members, chanting and singing and dancing in the big Western cities with saffron robes to the music of cymbals, drums and harmoniums… and collecting money!… receiving donations for the Gita, and door-to door selling of their magazine “Back to the Godhead”.
They use the “pigtails” to be plucked up by Krishna when he rescues them at the time of the deliverance of the world… however, they use “wigs” for the many money-making schemes: charities, asking money for the poor, orphans, Vietnam widows, against drugs… working in big sports, pop concerts, selling car stickers and badges, without permission, of course!…
But after 100 million Gitas distributed, plus 500,000 monthly periodicals of “Back to Godhead”, the “innocence” of those flower-power days is gone… no more contributions now!
A famous contributor was the Beatle George Harrison (dead now).
Founded in 1966, by His Divine Grace Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhuda, born in Calcutta, India, as Abhay Charan De. He came to New York with $8 in his pocket, and 11 years later, in 1977, he died of heart failure, after setting up a multi-million-dollar business empire with 40 temples and 3,000 followers in the USA alone.
Today, they claim a membership of 2 million, but the Center Roger Ikor of Paris puts it at 15,000 devotees worldwide.
The headquarters are now at 3764 Watseka Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90034, USA.
With all of this going on, still about 15,000 devotees try to obtain “Krishna Consciousness”, using 3 methods:
…1- Obeying a Guru, who is like god for them.
…2- Live a very austere life: They sleep 6 hours on a hard floor, no alcohol, no meat, no fish, no conversation unrelated to Krishna. They give up all possessions. If anyone tries to talk with them out of Krishna, he is of Satan. Live in celibacy until marriage, and then they can have sex only after repeating the mantra for 5 hours.
…3- Chant the mantra for at least 5 hours daily, pray the Gita, receive indoctrination, and hard work!.
Seems like these guys do manage to sell heaven (in the meantime, lots of those frigging books and publications). And that thing about “pigtail” is very interesting – “to be plucked into heaven”. Hahaha.
Shut up you freaking hippies.