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No man can run a family the way a commander runs an army

Here is a succinct statement by Srila Prabhupada that says a great deal about gender roles. It can be found in Dialectic Spiritualism on the folio, unfortunately it was edited out the printed book.

“But if the woman does not agree with the man, and the man treats the woman as his servant, that is not good. The man should give the woman all protection and the woman should give all service to the man. That is ideal life, family life, conceived in the Vedic way of life.”

This is such a prefect paradox and sutra.

As Prabhupada indicates if the woman feels protected and loved she will naturally follow the husband. This is bhakti, mutual service on path back to Krsna

If the husband uses demands, force, coercion or threats the woman may still follow not out of love but fear. This is the realm of abuse.

Surely every aspiring devotee desires to live the values of bhakti. Unfortuatley there are forces that can cause us to lose sight of bhakti and act in ways that are contrary to loving, compassionate bhakti. As a marital educator far I too often see how seeds from the cycle of abuse fructify and manifest as spousal abuse.

Your servant,
Partha dasa
North American Grihastha Vision Team

» Posted By Partha dasa ACBSP On Nov 17, 2010 @ 4:52 am

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