QUOTE (kalki @ Jun 8 2011, 08:15 PM)
But if you need help assessing your experience, why not lay out in point format your likes or dislikes about Iskcon/GV/KC. If it is all layed out in one post, it might be easier to see what is going on and maybe members could identify with some of the points and also share a commentary?
I will make a list of likes and dislikes, and then we can see what to do with it.
L1: GV seeming like having the potential for being a true religion.
L2: That it is on principle applicable 24/7.
L3: Monotheistic, with karma and reincarnation.
L5: The four regulative principles.
L6: Organized as a community/congregation (as opposed to being conceived of as a lone-ranger effort).
L7: The concept of disciplic succession and long tradition.
L8: Regular daily practice.
L9: The teaching that the Absolute Truth is a person.
L10: The teaching that we are parts and parcels of God.
L11: Some definitions of Krishna (for example that He is the source of creation and the friend of the distressed).
L12: To my knowledge the only plausible refutation and contextualization of annihilationism, materialistic eternalism, consequent determinism, nihilism, solipsism, chaotism.
L13: The teaching on the five factors of action.
L14: That the problem of circularity and ipse dixit proofs is directly addressed.
L15: Easy enough to learn.
L16: Provides peace of mind in relation to the problems of birth, aging, illness and death.
L17: Some delightful stories in the scriptures.
D1: A general vibe of hostility, anger and distrust among devotees.
D2: Emotional aloofness of devotees in personal matters.
D3: The sense that there is a lot more going on inside of them, but that they keep it bottled up. And being expected to do so myself.
D4: Few or no opportunities to clarify philosophical issues.
D5: Patronizing by senior devotees.
D6: Poor common courtesy and poor decency of devotees too frequent.
D7: Criticitzing "karmis", while at the same time being dependent on them for jobs.
D8: Clique highschool mentality among women.
D9: No meaningful position for women like myself who per Vedic standards are not eligible for marriage.
D10: Numerous philosophical and practical things taken for granted (such as that one has full conviction, or that one can financially afford this or that).
D11: Negative experiences with particular devotees, and no way to come to a reconciliaton or closure.
D12: Superficiality of communication.
D13: Foreign to the culture I am originally from and in.
D14: Practicing it to the full extent as envisioned by ISKCON would mean dysfunctionality in daily life, not being able to hold a regular job.
D15: Newcomers being left in a social void where they have no friends among devotees, nor among other people.
D16: I cannot, do not trust Srila Prabhupada.
D17: Saris, India, Hindu culture, Hindu character.
D18: The notion that anyone who is in any way senior to me has the say over my whole life, and I must subject myself to that person.
D19: Worship of Radha-Krishna, Gaura-Nitai, most other deities. These are foreign to me.
I might add some more later.