Srila Prabhupad explains why Indian culture has fallen down from its uh… used to be richest culture in the world. Actually Christopher Columbus is was only looking for short trade to India when he trembled across the America because India was were all the gold, spices, fine cloth, silk everything that was uh, valuable was the coming from India. Than why later day India has the fallen down, a secret here is given that because they choked up… because they choked up the Bhagavad-gita. Actually there were some leaders in India the brahmanas, they said that if any Indian went across the ocean they’d lose their Hindu dharma whatever you want to call it. They’d lose their religion.
That somehow the religion would vanquished simply by crossing over a body of water, and up to the time of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura people believe that. Ramakrishna’s disciple Vivekananda was practically first Indian to ever leave India and this type of mythology or type of superstition they have preached and as a result no one would preach abroad, and no one preach to the non-Hindus to the people who weren’t born.
So although the Bhagavad-gita is not a sectarian science. It’s a universal science of God Consciousness self-realization post graduate course for all religions and cultures, but due to some very bigoted, limited view this was never spread before to the other countries, to the other parts of the world. Lord Caitanya He came and said
pṛthivīte āche yata nagarādi grāma
sarvatra pracāra haibe mora nāma
That in every down and village throughout the whole world, My message is going to be spread, going to be sung. So actually, bha… Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu he started this sankirtana movement. Now someone might say “Well lord Caitanya started this sankirtana movement in India, but then how can we understand that why didn’t He spread it throughout the whole world, how can we understand that He is actually Krishna?” So many questions may come up.
H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1983, 20th December, SB class @ New Orleans, Louisana