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Debunking the Equity Myth

Gender equality is not a matter of arbitrarily doing away with the understanding of differences in gender as much as it is about giving equal protection and rights.

Evidence shows that wherever women are empowered that whole society benefits and wherever they are disallowed or discouraged from equal participation that whole society suffers.

In India today girls age 1 to 5 die at a 50% higher mortality rate than boys of the same age. Why? Because the families give more of their resources to the boys. They are seen as more valuable.

The evidence shows that amongst the poorest people in the world the men often waste most of the household income on intoxication, gambling and other destructive vices, whereas women often spend money very wisely and can actually make the household prosper.

Gender equality is a core principle in the more advanced societies of the world today where human rights are given high value. Societies where there is high gender inequality tend to be those where human rights are not highly valued.

Ideas which advocate that women are less than men lend themselves to the false notion that women are less valuable than men. Unfortunately this often has devastating consequences for women and for the society as a whole.

Preaching ideas about gender inequality in varnashrama amongst the educated sector of American and European society today will very likely be ineffective and counter productive.

» Posted By atmananda dasa On Jan 23, 2011 @ 1:25 am

Stumbling blocks and steping stones

I am somewhat of a newcomer to IKSCON and am not so familiar with the details of its history. After reading this article I am curious to know how the cause and effect relationship has been established between what is presented here as a mistake made by ISKCON’s leadership and the damage that the institution has suffered and apparently still suffers from. These statements are perplexing to me because ISKCON seems to be quite functional in many respects and most definitely already centered around Srila Prabhupada.

» Posted By atmananda dasa On Jul 21, 2009 @ 5:26 am

May our Souls come Together to Sing and Dance

“…wanting
to share it
with those
who come thirsty
to understand
beyond the superficial.”

Yes, Please share…What is the nectar of Krsna Nama? How can I taste that nectar?

» Posted By atmananda dasa On Jan 22, 2009 @ 5:46 am

Latest 3D Animation Model of the Vedic Planetarium Temple

“Yasomati-nandana(?): One is Vivekananda. Another is Gandhi.
Prabhupada: They have spoiled India’s culture. All these… Rabindranath Tagore. All misleaders. Caitanya Mahaprabhu is the real leader, and Krishna.

Comment posted by Braja Sevaki on April 5th, 2008″

This is beside the point. Ranchor Prabhu was not advocating Rabindranath Tagore’s influence on Indian culture and certainly he is advocating the influence of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He has dedicated his life to this work, is it not? He was simply citing an example from his personal experience about how the local Bengali gentleman viewed the architecture of Mayapur. The point was about the architecture. The connection to Rabindranath Tagore was only incidental.

“I will close with a true story. A few years ago in Calcutta I told an educated Bengali man that I would be visiting Mayapur, and described the magnificent concrete dome of Prabhupada’s Samadhi. “This is your culture,” I said to him. “Oh this is not my culture,” he assured me, and showed me a postcard of Santiniketan, the ashram and college campus founded by Rabindranath Tagore not far from Mayapur. The architecture of Shantiniketan is low-impact, small-scale, varied, organic, using sustainable materials, and environmentally sensitive. “This is my culture,” he told me.

It is my culture too.

Comment posted by Ranchor das on April 2nd, 2008″

» Posted By atmananda dasa On Apr 22, 2008 @ 9:01 pm

I don’t think I will like to visit a Mayapur that has a 4 lane highway running through it. Where will the pilgrims take their bath in Ganga?, on a concrete river bank?

What about the traffic, noise pollution, water pollution, etc? This is available everywhere. As more and more of the worlds populatoin comes to live in crowded cities, it may not be so attractive to go on pilgrimage to another city, with all the things that make cities an unfavorable environment for introspection and peace of mind.

The future of preaching is in creating a peaceful haven from these disturbing elements.

» Posted By atmananda dasa On Apr 7, 2008 @ 8:59 pm

The Yamadutas at the Time of Death (Terminal Restlessness)

Dear Subhangi Devi Dasi,

My obeisances to you and your family.

I thought that it might be worth mentioning that the purpose of the story of Ajamil’s deliverance is the glorification of the Holy Name. Devotees have no need to fear hell and fear of hell is a very low motivation for devotional service. Salvation is only a biproduct of devotional service. The goal of devotional service is far beyond this. The real fruit of devotion is not salvation, it is pure love of Krishna. Although one may take up the chanting of the holy name in an attempt to get salvation, ultimately this motivation will not remain. It is also worth noting that your sincere attempts at devotional service will delivery your father.

Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Ki Jay!

» Posted By atmananda dasa On Feb 21, 2008 @ 1:57 am

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