The real process is that a spiritual master is selfeffulgent, he proves his qualification by converting the most intelligent to become devotees of the Lord. Take present Iskcon gurus, what is their preaching, they simply collect runaway kids from the streets, schoolbrakers, ex-drug addicts, ex-criminals, preach in prisons. Do you find any politicians, scientists, prominent people, university professors being impressed by their preaching
haha I never liked the constant use of the word intelligence as it is widely used to say things like, intelligent people will do this or do that, all centering on practising the precepts of a designated path, as though to make the insiders feel so much more intelligent to be doing what they are doing, this sort of double-agent pride. But I haven't heard of intelligence correlated to one's station in life until now! To use your term, you will find drug-addicts more 'intelligent' than professors, and what does intelligence have to do with bhakti anyway. I guess being cerebral is bad if you are a mayavadi with all that focus on jnana, but intelligence is such a virtue when the occasion suits it!
I agree with that Bhakti Vikas Swami quote it is true in many ways. I think this desire for some devotees to be made to look like productive people conforming to the expectations of current society has a lot to do with being part of a cult that was ridiculed as ridiculous in general society. However, I don't think that the way to heal the mockery is by modernizing into a paradigm that would more suit those who judge you.
I think this desire to spread the name of krsna to certain people more than others is not very Caintanyaesque but that -is- how it goes in actuality, despite preaching-in-prisons or whatever, people who appear a certain way are treated with less enthusiasm, but watch out of you are a young male student! I don't think having politicians, professors and prominent people join your cult makes it any more attractive, look at scientology and these other cults who target 'high class people.' I think the impetus behind critisizing a movement because it attracts 'derelicts' or whatever one likes to call them, pertains to the same mood of why things have declined post-prabhupada.
On the other hand it was only Prabhupada who also made the world wide esoteric movement started, ayurveda, reincarnation, etc.
I love Prabhupada and maybe this is true for people who joined the Hare Krishnas, but this insular comment is the sort of thing that makes people think hare krishnas are out of it. Most people who know about re-incarnation and the like today have no idea who Prabhupada is. They do not owe the existence of this knowldege in the West to Prabhupada either. This sort of comment is so out of left-field. There has been a whole world of indian religion practise in the west way before and after Prabhupada, and the majority of people involved in it then and now did not learn it from him. If you want to say that Prabhupada made the hare krsna mahamantra a popular element of western culture, that is another story and I agree.