Around six hundred congregation members and newcomers visited ISKCON Philadelphia on December 8thto celebrate as the presiding Deities moved into Their beautiful, spacious new temple room. The move had been planned for several years at ISKCON Philadelphia’s property in Mt. Airy, a diverse area where the temple attracts students, Indian community members, and local Americans of all backgrounds.
In ISKCON today, we typically call everyone who joined the movement “the first generation.” We call all the children of those who joined “second generation,” no matter their age, and all their children “third generation.” But now the gurukuli pioneers have come forward to say that continuing to use the term to describe everyone across a thirty-year timespan is confusing and problematic.
Jahnavi Harrison of Kirtan London and Jaya Jagannath Das, a teacher at the Bhakti Center NYC share their thoughts on the Bhakti Yoga Club at American University in Washington D.C. getting shut down after accusations of cultural appropriation.
As this was a Facebook live video, the quality may not always be ideal, however we feel viewers will find the interesting subject matter and intelligent presentation worth it.