So, I watched this over the last few days. Well, listened to. Right off the bat I need to mention that while I’m aware that ISKCON is not representative as a whole to what Vishnu or even Krishna worship may look like, I do find that they’ve got, you know, lectures available, and they are reputed for being pretty open to people, and as someone whose just sticking my toes into the water that is Vishnu/Krishna, that alone is enough to be inviting. Or at least, not intimidating. Or at least, not aggressively negatively intimidating.
Anyway. I’ve been listening to this, on and off, for a week, during my commute. So far . . .
cranky unsettled re: Krishna. I’ve spoken to a few p/People about this, and have received valuable advice, feedback, etc. Poseidon reminds me that this is not the first time I’ve approached People whose contexts I did not know entirely well, and that my treating this as though I’m brand new to the interactions with People scene is doing nobody any favors. I’m putting in a concerted effort to uncrank myself regarding Krishna, because really, it’s not at all His fault.
Everything, everything else aside, I am deeply mistrustful of people. So I’m having issues with this whole, elders and gurus and whatnot. There’s an idea that’s floated out in this video (I think it was this video) about how every day people can’t just approach Krishna, that offering to Krishna is really done with the understanding that you’re offering to your guru, who is offering to their guru, and so on and so forth, until it finally reaches Krishna, and in this way He is approachable. I have issues with the ideas of purity and cleanliness, and all of that, too (but my gods are in the muck, down and dirty, hands in your viscera sort of gods) but I readily admit that those issues are different, are intellectual, are me used to thinking or being or acting in one particular way. I’ll admit that using a different language to tell the story of religious experience might be useful. But I find it extremely, extremely distasteful, the idea that I cannot approach the Power I am aiming to approach on my own, that I’d need a go-between.
(Though, I realize that, one way I could describe this whole venture would be faring forth with Poseidon’s sponsorship, and that in a sense I already *have* a go-between)
edited to add: the lecturer also made it clear that what they mean when they say deity is what I would mean when I say icon or idol, which was interesting, and is a nuance I need to keep in mind going forward.
The lecture is interesting, and thought-provoking. I’ll be watching more of theirs, for sure.