On Speaking Strongly in Srila Prabhupadas Service On Speaking Strongly in Srila Prabhupadas Service was writtenfor the perusal of all members of Srila Prabhupadas iskcon,especially for devotees who feel impelled to follow SrilaPrabhupadas example of preaching Krsnas message in a strong, clear,and provocative manner. Speaking Strongly is particularly for thosewho maintain Srila Prabhupadas vision of ISKCON as a revolutionarymovement with a mission to change society, to rouse people to thinkabout lifes important questions, and to get them to embrace theonly permanent solution to lifes problems: Krishnaconsciousness. In Speaking Strongly, Bhakti Vikasa Swami submits hundreds ofquotes wherein Srila Prabhupada indicates that his followers shouldspeak strongly for the benefit of the world and not shy away fromembracing the uncompromising, realistic style of sastra, whichpresents not vague notions such as “spreading love” but solutionsto the undeniable problems of material existence, and is especiallyrelevant to the current disastrous condition of human society. Taking a holistic and practical approach, Bhakti Vikasa Swamicarefully examines the pros and cons of speaking strongly undervarious circumstances. Drawing on almost forty years of personalexperience, the author discusses issues such as: Who is qualified to speak strongly? When should strong speech be used? Is the strong preacher a fanatic? Is strong speaking contrary to humility? When and how should tact be employed? The ultimate merit of On Speaking Strongly in Srila PrabhupadasService is that it reminds the reader of what ISKCON is supposed tobe-a distinct vital spiritual movement-and offers a philosophicalbasis from which to help restore ISKCON to its original glory.
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