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PS: I also wanted to take this opportunity to express my deepest appreciation for Bhakta Brian’s glorious devotional service of distributing our transcendental literature as well as gratitude to all the vaisnavas listed above who are showing their affection for our movement by trying to follow their spiritual guides to the best of their ability and understanding.
Comment Posted By Chakrini Dasi On 06.07.2012 @ 09:54
I offer all my respectful obeisances.
Considering the totality of the instructions of our beloved founder acharya Om Vishnupada Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada on appropriate dress for members of our movement and at the same time being aware of as well as deeply respecting the seniority of some of the devotees who commented on this article I would like to humbly submit my opinion for whatever its worth to anyone.
I feel dress is a very important element of a human’s existence as it is used,besides for practical porposes, to express their personalities and opinions as well as attitudes to their surroundings. Humans also naturally tend to judge other humans by their dress, especially if not spiritually advanced enough to see subtler realities. Therefore, I would say, that as members of a movement which is mainly geared towards inspiring living entities, especially those that are very much forgetful of Krishna, to connect with Krishna again, we would need to be very careful about the way we dress and express our opinions on dressing.
Whether we chose to wear a dhoti or awestern gentleman’s dress… or even a kimono… the issue is not exactly ‘what’ we wear (of course a certain uniformed look is perhaps desired for sannyasis, brahmacaris and brahmacarinis when attending temple functions and official ceremonies as is custom in any spiritual organization) but ‘how’ we wear it. Guidelines to elegant dressing and they are either acquired or inherent knowledge with humans. But a person who is stylish, confident, artistic, happy and beautifully devotional on the inside can ‘pull off ‘any outfit and look so fabulous that they will create a trend in society simply by walking down the street. I agree with Chandrashekhara Prabhu that Srila Prabhupada emphasized our bright faced devotion plus tilaka (and sikha for male members) as our trade mark look and not exactly the type of dress we wear, as long as we look like respectable ladies and gentlemen. Which, again, does not mean we cannot be creative in our approach to what it means to dress like a lady or gentlemen. In the new millenium even dress codes in elegance have shifted to extreme personal expression.
When reading Srila prabhupada’s statements on dressing I did not understand that he wished to limit our creativity in dressing but that he wished for us to look devotional and respectable, just like any father would want for their children.
Your humble servant, CD
Comment Posted By Chakrini Dasi On 05.07.2012 @ 21:35