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Dear Prabhus,

I have a question – rising out of simple curiosity. I suspect that many devotees have the same question.

As far as I have seen from a cursory study of U.S law regarding copyrights (please correct me if I am wrong), the current U.S government policy is that a book automatically becomes “public domain” (in the sense that nobody holds the copyright anymore) seventy years after the demise of the author. This means, in Srila Prabhupada’s case, that in no more than 34 years from now, all of Srila Prabhupada’s books will become “public domain” in the USA: it will be legal for anyone to print them.

I am not putting into question the clear instruction of Srila Prabhupada that you posted. However, the un-avoidable future seems to indicate that many other printing entities (in the US) other than the BBT will soon print Srila Prabhupada’s books alongside the BBT. Water seeks the path of least resistance: if it is 100% legal for other publishing entities to print Prabhupada’s books (which it will be in 34 years), and if they can make money from it (which they will be able to), they certainly will do it.

What are your comments on this? Where does this leave the BBT? Where does this leave Iskcon members – especially just around the corner in 34 years?

Respectfully yours,
Chandrashekhara acharya dasa

» Posted By bcsdasa On Jul 27, 2013 @ 5:38 am

On the Subject of Female Diksha Gurus

Balakrsna prabhu, I humbly ask you to refrain from making personal attacks (or at least insults, if the word ‘attack’ is too strong) on others who post in this thread (like myself). You do not know me personally, nor do I know you. Hence for you to publicly state your opinion that I am trying to “save face” by writing xyz is, I think, not befitting a person who is well behaved. So please, for the sake of a dispassionate and intelligent conversation, please modulate your words and tone of voice a little bit.

Thank you.

Your servant,
Chandrashekhara acharya dasa

» Posted By bcsdasa On Dec 9, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

Balakrishna prabhu, then tell me how you would actually institutionalize what you are talking about?
How would you enforce, on a strict institutional level, that – say – all women wear a red bindi and bangles, that they serve their husbands as per the instructions of the Bhagavatam, and all other details of varnashrama dharma? More importantly, how would you enforce such institutional “rules?”

You seem to confuse theology and institutional policy-making. Big difference.

Should gurus and leaders in ISKCON popularize varnashrama principles as described in the Bhagavatam? Of course. Are they the best principles for human society for follow? Of course. But that’s not the point. The point is that there exists a world (both ISKCON members and non-iSKCON members) of persons who are financially independent of ISKCON. In the face of this, what is the role of the GBC, first and foremost? What is the first and foremost goal of Lord Chaitanya’s Sankirtana movement? To establish the chanting of the holy names so that people can become pure lovers of God in this life and go to the spiritual world when they leave their bodies. Am I correct or wrong?
Given this fact, what are the absolutely essential practices, without which one simply cannot attain this goal? Chanting the holy names (16 rounds ideally), following the 4 regs. It is no coincidence that these were the only two core vows that Prabhupada made his followers take at initiation. Can one go back to Godhead without them? No. However, can one go back to Godhead while chanting 16 rounds, following the 4 regs and living a modern life in which one does not necessarily follow varnashrama rules? Yes. This may not be the best way to live a happy Krishna conscious life, but the goal justifies the means: going back to Godhead at the end of this life.
Therefore I again make the point that the GBC’s duty should be to sift out what is not absolutely necessary for going back to Godhead and establish institutional policies about only those things that are indeed indispensable for attaining that goal. The rest – I still affirm – is ultimately a personal choice of financially independent householders who want to practice Krishna Consciousness however they want, within the perimeters of the indispensable core elements that the GBC should indeed enforce. Choosing a woman as a guru is a personal choice.

» Posted By bcsdasa On Dec 7, 2012 @ 11:11 am

It is not an issue of whether or not women should initiate disciples – as if the initiation process began with the guru and not with the disciple. The process of initiation begins with demand first, not with supply. The process begins at the grass-roots level – from the disciple. Devotee “X” feels inspired by devotee “Y” and asks devotee “Y” if devotee “Y” can give him or her initiation. Not the other way around.
In ISKCON today, there is a growing number of devotees who feel inspired by a devotee woman (or devotee women). The question therefore is not whether or not the GBC should appoint women gurus. The question, rather, is whether the GBC should allow those devotees to take initiation from a woman. It’s a subtle but important distinction. Just as the GBC has no right to dictate to anyone to take initiation from someone in particular, the GBC has no right to forbid someone to take initiation from somebody solely on the basis of that person being a woman. That’s up to the individual who wants to take initiation. Thats’ not up to the GBC. The only duty the GBC has is to make sure that this person – be he a woman or a man – is chanting 16 rounds, knows the Gaudiya philosophy (in particular the teachings of Prabhupada) accurately, and is able to present Krishna Consciousness on a firm scriptural basis. That’s basically as far as the GBC can (and should) go. The rest is a question of private life. The rest is a question of personal choice. The rest is a question of the heart.
The crux of the issue is a question of accommodating or not accomodating the request of the aspiring disciple. If that disciple wants to take initiation from a woman, that’s his or her personal choice. Is his or her chosen guru following the standard practice of Krishna Consciousness (16 rounds, 4 regs, etc…)? If the answer is yes, the GBC cannot deny the request of the aspiring disciple because his or her chosen guru happens to have a female body.
Varnashrama considerations is a private matter; a matter of the home. It is a matter of how individuals want to live their lives in the privacy of their household. The GBC has no business meddling with that. The GBC’s duty is simply to give the green light or not – solely on grounds of spiritual qualification. The rest – whether a woman is the bread-winner in a household or whether she eats the remnants of her husband after having served him submissively, is up to that family, not the GBC.

Chandrashekhara acharya dasa

» Posted By bcsdasa On Dec 6, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

Sacred Cows or Sacred Cars ?

To answer the question, “Where did Srila Prabhupada make such a statement,” I can refer to numerous lectures in which His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami recalls a night in Vrindavana spent with Srila Prabhupada in his quarters. As Bhakti Charu Swami explains, Srila Prabhupada could not sleep on that night, and so he began to speak to Bhakti Charu Swami. He told him those exact words, among others, “I have done only 50 percent. The remaining 50 percent is establishing Varnasrama.”
Your servant,
Chandrashekhara acharya dasa

» Posted By bcsdasa On Jan 16, 2010 @ 5:56 am

Does Sex Attraction Bring People to Krishna?

December 14,007

There is no doubt that the devotees who have written comments this far are aware of the urgency and importance of saving conditionned souls; that is Lord Caitanya’s intense desire.

Having said that,

I am currently travelling as part of Indradyumna Swami’s Australian ‘troop,’ performing harinams and evening programs in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. My only comment is this: “You judge a tree by its fruit.”

When you see how enthusiastically the conditionned souls react when witnessing our harinam parties (with attractive Vaisnavis at the helm), you cannot help but be stunned.

Yesterday, in front of a private elementary school in an exclusive subburb of Sydney, one hundred children (age 10-12) danced with us and sang the maha-mantra at the top of their lungs for no less than one hour, their wealthy and distinguished parents looking on with smiles of approval.

When you witness see such a sight, you simply forget what is ‘proper’ and ‘unproper;’ rather, your eyes swell up with warm tears, bathing in the comforting thought that these conditionned souls, these “young flowers” of Australia, have been saved by Lord Caitanya’s causeless mercy.

Some photos are available at:

Your humble servant,
Chandrashekhara acharya dasa

“As far as possible, people should be given chance to develop Krsna consciousness. Rupa Goswami, one of the big acaryas, he says, yena tena prakarea manah krsna nivesayet: “The first business is somehow or other people should be Krsna conscious.”

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 9.29-32 — New York, December 20, 1966

» Posted By bcsdasa On Dec 14, 2007 @ 1:23 am

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