Bhagavad Gita Will be BANNED

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Moves are afoot in Russia to ban the Bhagavad Gita As It Is. Please sign the petition to help prevent the ban from going ahead, our Russian sisters and brothers are depending on our help.

This message just in from Bhakti Vijnana Goswami

Today we received the testimony of the experts from Kemerovo State
University. As it should have been expected, it is highly negative.

We have uploaded the following petition. It is self-explanatory, and formulated in such a way that not only ISKCON devoteesbut also others, can vote. Please feel free to share this link.

http://www.petitions24.com/gita

Below Please find the text of the petition. On the site it is both in
Russian and English.

Bhagavad-gita As It Is, one of the most respected holy scriptures of
the world today, is under the threat of being banned in Russia.

The court proceedings will resume in Siberian city Tomsk, Russia, on
Monday 19th. The persecutors in Tomsk suggest that the widely
distributed book translated and commented upon by A. C. Bhaktivedanta
Swami Prabhupada should be included in the Justice Ministry’s list of
banned extremist literature.

Bhagavad-gita As It Is is translated in more than 80 languages. Over
100 million copies of this book was distributed to date all over the
world! Millions of people in the world today consider it as the main
book in their life.

The persecutors, with great determination and vigor, are pushing through this absurd case. During the first three court hearings, the testimony of the Tomsk experts upon which the persecutors built their case for the court was recognized as «inadequate». However, the Persecutor’s office ordered the new testimony. Noteworthy, that the testimony was requested not from the well-known experts of Hinduism from Moscow, but from some unknown experts from Kemerovo State University. This move clearly suggests that the court decision is already predestined. This practice brings to memory the Middle Age Inquisition, Witch hunting, burning of books and the persecution of the dissidents during Soviet period of Russian history.

Tomsk Ombudsperson, eminent scholars of Hinduism, the members of the
Public Chamber of Russian Federation, representatives of Indian
community in Russia, and people belonging to different religious
denominations in Russia have already expressed their perplexity and
outrage caused by the activities of Tomsk persecutors.

We demand to stop the from banning the Holy Scripture! These initiatives of the Tomsk Persecutor’s Office offend the religious sentiments of all the followers of Hinduism and bring disgrace to the country of Russia.

Once you sign the petition – you will receive e-mail asking you to
confirm your vote. This is very important – otherwise it will be
canceled.

And please share this link with your friends.

Your servant Bhakti Vijnana Goswami

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