A one-month ban imposed on Amogh Lila Das by ISKCON, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
ISKCON has decided to ban Amogh Lila Das, a monk from their ranks. The ban was imposed due to controversial comments made by him during one of his recent discourses, specifically targeting philosopher Swami Vivekananda and his guru Ramakrishna Paramhansa.
Amogh Lila Das has gained significant popularity on social media, where his videos on religion and motivation frequently gain traction and engagement on various platforms. However, this recent controversy has led to a temporary halt in his public activities as he takes time to reflect and make amends for his comments.
Who is Amogh Lila Das
Amogh Lila Das, also known as Ashish Arora, has shared some insights about his background, he hails from a religious family in Lucknow and was born as Ashish Arora. Transitioning from his engineering career, he eventually embarked on a spiritual path and became a monk.
Amogh Lila Das has garnered a substantial following on social media platforms, attracting the attention and support of numerous individuals. Before his banishment from ISKCON, he held the position of vice president at the ISKCON temple located in Dwarka, Delhi.
Why did ISKCON ban him
During one of his pravachans, Amogh Lila Das sparked controversy by questioning Swami Vivekananda’s consumption of fish, asserting that a virtuous individual would refrain from consuming anything that causes harm to animals. Addressing a gathering of people, he openly queried, “Will a virtuous man ever eat fish? A fish also feels the pain, right?” Additionally, Amogh Lila Das took a sarcastic jibe at Swami Vivekananda’s guru, Ramakrishna Paramhansa.
In response to these remarks, ISKCON expressed deep disappointment over Amogh Lila Das’s inappropriate and unacceptable comments, emphasizing his lack of understanding regarding the profound teachings of both personalities. Consequently, the organization announced a one-month ban on his participation within ISKCON as a means of reprimand.
In an official press release issued on Tuesday, ISKCON acknowledged that Amogh Lila Prabhu had admitted to his mistake regarding the “unacceptable” remarks made about Swami Vivekananda and his guru. As a form of repentance, he voluntarily decided to isolate himself from social interactions for one month, as stated in the press release.