Judge By the Results (12/16/20)
Wow! Now that was a mouthfull! Maybe you should start a blog.
In other words, where does one draw the line (or find the right balance) between a presentation that “moves towards” in the attempt to survive, attract, remain relevant and/or accommodate contemporary sensibilities and a presentation that basically “holds fast” with faith in a collective success that one knows to be ultimately assured by the insurmountable, non-impedible will of Supreme Lord.
Well its a risky business for sure! One problem I see is that sometimes devotees fall victim to their own propaganda. Propaganda crosses many lines… even serving meat and alcohol has been done in the past by ācāryas to accommodate ‘preaching’. Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura even personally prepared gāñjā (marijuana) for the hired cooks during the first Gaura Pūrṇīmā festival at Yogapīṭha but remained uncontaminated.
The general assembly of devotees will be like the army and “hold fast” with faith in a collective success that one knows to be ultimately assured by the insurmountable, non-impedible will of Supreme Lord but the ‘special forces’ (select devotees) will cross many rules and lines to win victory for guru and Kṛṣṇa. Ultimately one has to judge by the results.
Yes, it would be an interesting topic to present on the blog so I will note your email in that regard.