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On the Subject of Female Diksha Gurus

I thought this might be of interest to those who say women can’t give a brahman thread because they don’t wear one. From a letter by Srila Prabhupada to one of his disciples:

“Even though you have had no gayatri mantra, still you are more than brahmana. I am enclosing herewith your sacred thread, duly chanted on by me. […] Ask your wife to chant this mantra and you hear it and if possible hold a fire ceremony as you have seen during your marriage and get this sacred thread on your body. Saradia (name of Vaikunthanatha’s wife), or any twice-initiated devotee, may perform the ceremony.” (Letter to: Vaikunthanatha, Saradia, 4 April, 1971)

Comment Posted By cintamani_dasi On 29.12.2012 @ 01:23

Live From Sri Mayapur Candrodaya Mandir! HG Urmila Mataji

That was a great lecture! Thank you Mother Urmila.

Life is short. Do we really want to waste precious moments bickering amongst ourselves? Instead we should feel a sense of urgency to share our good fortune with others! There are billions of people out there whose lives could be transformed overnight if only they had the chance to hear about Krishna. Just imagine how much energy and cooperation it will take to experience the following ’scenarios’ in our lifetime.

Mother Urmila: “Imagine if anywhere you could go in the world there was a prasadam restaurant; if all the milk we drank in the world was from protected cows; if all the music was glorifying the Lord; if all the drama was glorifying the Lord; if all of the fruits, vegetable, the water, the air, the land was pure and sanctified; if the governments were full of raja-rsis; if it was easy to maintain yourself in such a way that you could naturally think of Krishna!”

Wouldn’t it be the perfection of our lives if we could play a role in bringing about such a world? Nothing would please Srila Prabhupada more. In fact, he repeatedly emphasized that spreading Krishna Consciousness is the essence; everything else is secondary.

Dear devotees, please be cautious not to offend Vaisnavis who have dedicated their entire lives to helping others (and that includes children!) develop their love for God. Those who are willing to step forward and spread the message of Lord Caitanya are few & far between and should therefore be glorified & cherished by us. So encourage them and find out how you can assist! When your heart is filled with loving gratitude in this way, Srila Prabhupada & Srimati Radharani will surely be pleased with you.

Thank you Mother Urmila for all the years that you shared your knowledge with me in the Gurukula. I wouldn’t trade those moments for anything. :)

Comment Posted By cintamani_dasi On 14.04.2011 @ 02:10

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