• Petitioned Government of Russia

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Government of Russia

Allow Bhagavad Gita to be sold in Russia

    1. Megan Bishop-Scott
    2. Petition by

      Megan Bishop-Scott

      Okotoks, Alberta, Canada

It came to our knowledge that the court of the Siberian city of Tomsk is considering a petition by the state prosecutors to ban the distribution of the Russian translation of a Hindu ancient scripture called the Bhagavad Gita.

It seems that the distribution of this book by the local members of the ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) has upset the local government for no good reason and has led to a senseless petition that is discussed in court during these very days.

By approving this petition and banning the distribution of the Bhagavad Gita or declaring it illegal, Russia will have moved back into the dark ages of burning books and disallowing freedom of expression and basic human right. Surely the greatness of Russia as a cultural giant and world leader does not warrant this action.

We hereby strongly protest against the efforts that are made to ban the distribution of the Bhagavad Gita as what the prosecutor claims to be “extremist literature”. The only extreme value of this ancient scripture is its great unfathomable wisdom of life. The prosecutors are appealing to the court to declare the Bhagavad Gita as a literature spreading ‘social discord’ while in truth the Bhagavad Gita only propagates social harmony and lofty human values.

We do not know if the prosecutor is driven by Christian fundamentalists and we do not care. Nor do we have any association with the ISKON organization. We consider a petition for banning this scripture a great offence against humanity as a whole, and a humiliating and shameful act done out of ignorance and narrow sightedness.

We are not of the Hindu faith, but have studied the Bhagavad Gita, as well as other great spiritual texts. This sacred text contains universal truths expressing highest wisdom and benevolence.

We are shocked to find out that a local court is Russia is even considering such a petition to ban the distribution of this book and trust that the court will decide to move against the petition and for the freedom of wisdom and life.

We implore and urge the high officials of the Russian embassy in Canada to convey our opinion to the Russian government and to ask them on our behalf to move immediately towards declaring this petition wrong and illegal.

Please convey this message to any high official in the Russian government that may be in a position to set things right and prevent this shameful banning of wisdom.

Please find below a short list of people who join the appeal expressed
in this letter.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. If any of you want to find a meditation group

      Megan Bishop-Scott
      Petition Organizer

      I have had some requests for more information. If you want to connect with a group anywhere in the world, contact me on my Facebook page. The French satsang is growing and eager to connect. You are all bright shining souls. I wish you an auspicious, prosperous 2012! Look at what you've accomplished already!!! Whoohoo!

    2. We won!!!

      Megan Bishop-Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Here is the article in the New York Times: The court defeated the ban on the Bhagavad Gita in Russia!! Thanks to you all! Once again, any of you wishing a free copy of this sacred text, just fill in this form:
      https://docs.google.com/a/nithyananda.org/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dF9ubEtsNWtVNmdKbHhmbU55bEN5NWc6MQ

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. I will keep the petition open until we hear a favorable verdict

      Megan Bishop-Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Even though the petition will be printed off today and delivered, it will stay open to keep collecting signatures in case the government of Russia requires another 'nudge'. Thank you all for your support. The Cosmos is smiling at us!

    5. Oman to present this petition to Russian Embassy on Dec. 26!!!

      Megan Bishop-Scott
      Petition Organizer

      We have another day and a half to collect signatures, then it will be printed off in Oman and hand delivered to the Russian Embassy!! Whoohooo!

    6. Printing this petition off and sending by courier on Monday

      Megan Bishop-Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Anyone still wishing to sign, please do so ASAP. The court in Siberia is supposed to be in session Dec. 28th, and I want the printed version to reach them in time. Thank you!

    7. Storm of tweets have erupted!

      Megan Bishop-Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Bollywood celebrity, Farah Ali Khan tweeted: “The Russians have banned the Gita. In retaliation let's ban something equally sacrosanct to them: vodka.”

    8. Printed off this letter, signed, and mailed to the Russian Embassy.

      Megan Bishop-Scott
      Petition Organizer

      You too can print off the letter and mail to your closest embassy. I will send the petition results to the actual town in Russia after Christmas.

    9. Reworded the petition to better explain the action

      Megan Bishop-Scott
      Petition Organizer

      A letter is included which you can print off and mail to your nearest Russian embassy.

    10. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Edouard BELOSCAR ESCURES, FRANCE
      • almost 3 years ago

      La sagesse exprimée dans la Bhagavad Gita est un trésor précieux pour l'humanité. Elle s'adresse à tous les êtres humains indépendamment de leurs croyances religieuses ou non religieuses. Comme je n'ai pas pu vérifier la validité de la traduction du texte visé par cette interdiction, je reste prudent. Mais si cette traduction ne comporte pas de distorsions ou d'ajouts aberrants, je suis très étonné et choqué de découvrir qu'un tribunal local de Russie envisage d'interdire la libre diffusion d'un ouvrage aussi qualitatif.

      Edouard Beloscar

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    • Deva Kunjari Sambanthan PETALING JAYA, MALAYSIA
      • almost 3 years ago

      The Bhagavad Gita contains a universal message to carrying out your duties / living your life while maintaining your focus on the eternal truth which is the Divine Spirit the mover of the universe. It teaches tjhe love of God not hatred of Man.

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    • baskaran sinnadurai MARKHAM, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I enjoy gita and experience spritual growth.please let other people also enjoy.

      thank you

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    • Andrew Heugel BREWSTER, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      Whether the prosecutor is being driven by Christian or Muslim fundamentalists, or simple ignorance, all of us who believe in freedom of speech and religion need to speak up against bigotry of any kind wherever it occurs...

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    • Gnanamoorthy Kaveri Palani HYDERABAD, INDIA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Bhagavad Gita is the Sacred Scripture which is delivered directly by the Universal Divine Conscious energy In the form of Human LORD KRISHNA HIM SELF to the whole Humanity in this Universe. Irrespective of any religion or caste etc., this is an ultimate solution to every Human being in this planet who is living to-day or even going to live in the feature something more. Let us not allow any damage to happen to this Bhagavad Gita any more, AS a Devotee of Paramahamsa Nithyananda Swamiji every one of us have to stand up for this Noble cause with Grace of our Beloved Swamiji.

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