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Reply to Abhaya Mudra Devi Dasi’s “Physiognomy of a Pure Devotee”

Monday, 03 December 2012 / Published in Blog thoughts / 3,224 views

Atmavidya dasa: Dear Vaisnavas and lovers of Srila Prabhupada,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I was going to originally send this as a comment to “Physiognomy of a Pure Devotee”

But Praghosa Prabhu the Editor has since closed all comments for obvious reasons. Hence I will submit this as a short article in itself.

We all love and adore Srila Prabhupada. But as Srila Prabhupada once said to some devotees in Sweden who wanted to make a magazine to debunk science that “unless you are expert in it you will become the laughing stock.”

This text by Abhaya Mudra dd has many problems first of all the author gives practically no citations to support anything she says we are just expected to believe everything she says because if we don’t we will be offensive to Srila Prabhupada. To illustrate she says:

“Shrila Prabhupada had a small build like many powerful military leaders including Napoleon.”

In actuality Napoleon was 170cm tall (5ft 7in), average height for his period. It was the British propaganda machine that depicted him as short. See for more on this point

The author, Abhya Mudra dd, no where proves that it is a distinct feature that great military leaders are generally short in stature. Napoleon was average in height, Alexander the Great was short, while Julius Caesar was quite tall (according to Suetonius), George Washington was 188 cm, and Eisenhower 179 cm. These are just a few examples showing that great generals can be any height.

Then she writes: “Shrila Prabhupada’s eyes were warm and beautiful, with protruding skin all around them.”

Having skin protruding around the eyes is a common sign of aging in old people, hardly unique.

She says: “His brown eyes show warmth and a refined writing ability. “

Considering that brown is the dominant eye color in the world and only eye color in some countries like India and China renders her statement meaningless.

“Dark brown eyes are dominant in humans and in many parts of the world, it is nearly the only iris color present. Dark pigment of brown eyes is most common in East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, West Asia, Oceania, Africa, Americas, etc. as well as parts of Eastern Europe and Southern Europe. The majority of people in the world overall have dark brown eyes.”

Next she says: “The baggy eyes illustrate deep memory and facility to grasp facts.”

Considering the medical fact that old people tend to lose their memory and many Alzheimer patients have baggy eyes this is another meaningless statement. One need only google images “Alzheimer patients” to see what I mean.

She then wrote: “His thick and long eyebrows show deep thinking and an enormous capacity to love.”

As all men age it is common for their eyebrows to get bushy as well as development of hair in the ears and more hair in the nostrils.

And while Samudrika sastra is a bona fide Vedic science “Phrenology” is bogus.

It would be needlessly tiresome to pick through everything she wrote. In essence this article is meaningless, if it is meant to glorify Srila Prabhupada then IMHO it has not and I have demonstrated why. There are better ways to glorify Srila Prabhupada. One should at least be an expert in a subject like physiognomy or astrology before trying to apply it to Srila Prabhupada.


Atmavidya dasa

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