Srila Giri Maharaja – Preaching in the Red Light District… a disquisition on the Facebook environment.”

Facebook: A Macro Red Light District

On 1/24/19, disgusted by what I see posted by “devotees” on Facebook, which somehow appears in our “Timeline” and gets embedded in other places on our Fb pages, I wrote this to Sriman Gokulananda, hoping he could eliminate some of the grotesque clutter:

If it weren’t for the links to our website I think I might completely remove our presence from this red-light district [Facebook] comprised mostly of whore houses which profit from the seduction of those with both material and spiritual aspirations.

Unfortunately, much of this trash seems to be forced upon us by the Facebook business model which is either too difficult or too time consuming for us to battle to a win, considering our limited manpower and resources.

As a result — for the time being, at least — I am resigned to tolerate the foul sights, sounds and smells of the nasty Fb environment in consideration of the following:

@ 1:21:51 “Left side many thatched house, and there living many prostitutes. And it surprised me; why Srila Prabhupada, Saraswati Thakura, he made Gaudiya Math [Bagh Bazar Gaudiya Math] in this place. Whole Calcutta, if he will search anywhere, he will get good place. But he does search so much, no doubt, but why he make… if you go to Bagh Bazar Math, first you cross the prostitutes, then you will go Bagh Bazar Math, that is their position.

First I was very surprised. @ ±1:22:44 “Then, I heard from Guru Maharaja that ’Prabhupada Sarasawati Thakura do not looking left, right, front or, not looking left, right and back. He only looking front, for his practicing life. [Prabhupada Sareaswati Thakura was not looking left, right or back. He was only looking front, for his practicing life.] And for that, it happened.

“Srila Govinda Maharaja ‘Kolkata Morning Talk (12/29/92)”’

Excursus—

From: Swami BK Giri
Subject: Facebook posts.
Date: February 2, 2019 at 1:35:20 PM EST
To: Gokulananda das

My dandavats Prabhu Gokulananda.

There is no way to get the images to look right on the SCSMG facebook COMPANY page. We can manually post them and manually prevent the image from going live.

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There is a way to get them to look right on your BK Giri facebook PROFILE page. We can manually post to your BKG account and the image will post correctly.

What you have suggested should be done.

I will make a video on how to do this if you think this solution works for you.

Other than abandoning Fb altogether, I see no other way for now.

Otherwise you can abandon Facebook entirely.

It may come to that in the future. Maintaining a presence on Fb at this time seems to me only marginally better than advertising in tabloids whose stock and trade reside in sensationalized stories and stand only a step or so away from pornography and other similarly exploitative media. I am reminded of what I wrote to you on Jan. 24:

If it weren’t for the links to our website I think I might completely remove our presence from this red-light district [Facebook] comprised mostly of whore houses which profit from the seduction of those with both material and spiritual aspirations.

The autopost feature with Twitter is functioning normally and requires no attention at this time.

Good. A bit of sunlight is breaking through the dark black forest.

I appreciate your prompt attention to these matters.

Yours,

Swami B.K. Giri