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Understanding and accepting that there is spiritual hierarchy

HIS HOLINESS ROMAPADA SWAMI: Understanding and accepting that there is spiritual hierarchy

“Real equality lies in acknowledging that there are indeed differences in the natures and capacity of different classes of living entities and facilitating optimal engagement of everyone in their natural service to the Supreme.”

Dandabat pranams, Maharaja. This is just a minor comment to your excellent answer.
The spiritual hierarchy (and I am not sure if the word “hierarchy” properly reflects the spiritual relationships described in the above quoted verses) is based on the needs of devotional service. A devotee accepts a particular form of a male or a female servitor based on their mood of service to the Lord and subsequent needs of that service - which is both voluntary and natural. I am sure no devotee would have a problem with such “divisions” if they were able to freely chose which role they can play.
However, here in this world our bodies are the result of our past karma and past material desires and in general have nothing to do with our devotional aspirations. If we - as a society of devotees - promote sex-based barriers in execution of devotional service, some devotees may feel trapped in a body that does not reflect their devotional needs and wants. They may feel inferior and inadequate. Out of humility they may accept their position as a part of the purification process, but if they find that these barriers do more harm than good, they will object to such divisions.

We should understand the needs of service in this world as well and try to find a position where we can do the most for Krsna with what we already have - a particular type of body, a particular talent or skill, a particular ability. Yet the sex-based barriers we erect should be kept to a minimum, and used only if they actually facilitate better service.

y.s. Kula-pavana dasa

Comment Posted By Kula-pavana On 11.12.2006 @ 16:54

Walking on the Moon..?

As far as I know, the only artificial object left on the Moon and detectable from Earth is a 2-foot wide panel studded with 100 mirrors pointing at Earth: the “lunar laser ranging retroreflector array.” Supposedly it was left there by Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong, but it could have been placed there by an unmanned lunar landing module as well. You cant see it with a telescope, but you can bounce a laser beam off of it and detect the reflection back on Earth.

Comment Posted By Kula-pavana On 11.12.2006 @ 17:39

Out of the Woman Comes the Man, Spends the Rest of His Life Getting Back When he Can

As a movement, IMO we will achieve “gender equality” only if we expend the same amount of energy and attention on training both men and women in their social roles, and expect the same level of proper behavior from each gender. Actually, a smart thing would be to expect a lot more from those whose role is to lead, than from those whose role is to follow, but I could settle for “gender equality” if I have to.

Comment Posted By Kula-pavana On 29.11.2006 @ 15:35

Unnecessary Sporting

Haribol! According to some devotees hatha yoga is no good, and playing ball or other sports is no good either (but wrestling is somewhat OK?). Thus for a “strict” devotee the only form of physical exercise we all know is required to maintain the body would be doing your service or walking while chanting your rounds. That approach combined with a monotonous temple diet seems to have caused a lot of health problems among the devotees, often leading to a much diminished serving ability of the affected persons. Is that really the model of behavior we should promote among the temple devotees? If nothing else, we should promote some hatha yoga exercises to help our devotees keep their bodies in good condition for Krsna’s service for many years to come.
your servant
Kula-pavana das

Comment Posted By Kula-pavana On 13.11.2006 @ 18:58

Pretoria: Harinama Account

“At the entrance to Hatfield Square I directed our group in, knowing full and well that we were about to enter an area where there are several night clubs and bars. I knew that there would be intoxicated youngsters and security guards. On previous processions we went through the square drumming and singing. The security had stopped us a few times, we went through a few times and we sang and danced in the middle a few times. But not this time.”

Haribol! Prabhu, it is not wise to go where you are obviously not welcome and where people are not receptive, even if the goal of your mission is pure. I used to preach in a communist country and it would never cross my mind to take unneccessary risks, especially those involving others. We should take risks only if they are unavoidable. The primary responsibility of any leader is his people. Forgive me for bringing that up, but this situation was quite avoidable.

your servant - Kula-pavana dasa

Comment Posted By Kula-pavana On 10.11.2006 @ 15:32

European Leaders Meeting Report

Just a minor comment to the earlier comment:
“If a brahmana receives a salary, then he’s eating someone else’s salt, and he cannot but kowtow to the person or authority that maintains him. This was why Bhismadeva and Dronacarya had to side with Duryodhana, despite their better judgment.”

Devotees living in a particular temple already have obligations to the authority that maintains them We all know how it is. Monetary allowance does not change that relationship of dependence. If anything, it places additional obligation on the recipient of monetary allowance to perform their service nicely and in a steady fashion which is quite desirable.

And as to Drona and Bhishma, they were both kshatriyas maintained by the royal court. While Drona is a brahmana only by a birth from brahmana Bharadwaja (his mother was an Apsara - certainly not a brahmani woman, and the varna of a child comes from the mother), he was actually making a living as a kshatriya, and his nature was also quite on the kshatriya side - brahmanas do not fight wars, nor do they keep lifelong grudges based on wounded pride. The service and loyalty of rank and file kshatriyas (not kings) was usally achieved with monetary compensation in Vedic times.

Comment Posted By Kula-pavana On 05.10.2006 @ 14:34

Yoga Mart

Dandabat pranams. There are many people who become attracted to Krsna Consciousness through such yoga schools. People who otherwise most likely would not have been reached with conventional preaching. What harm is there if some devotees make a living teaching yoga outside the temple? Is it worse than being a car mechanic? There are so many ways to reach people with KC. You judge by the results - that is a Srila Prabhupada quote as well. We need to appreciate all sincere preaching efforts, especially if they actually work.

Comment Posted By Kula-pavana On 26.09.2006 @ 18:20

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