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Response to Bhaktarupa and Madhavananda prabhus recent post on “Education and Guruship of Vaishnavis”

Equality in Krsna Consciousness

“We give Krishna consciousness both to the man and to the woman equally. We do not make any such distinction. But to protect them from exploitation by man, we teach something that ‘You do like this. You do like that. You be married. Be settled up. Don’t wander independently.’

We teach them like that. But so far KC is concerned, we equally distribute. There is no such thing that ‘Oh you are woman less intelligent or more intelligent therefore you cannot come.’ we don’t say that. We welcome women, men, poor, rich, everyone, because in that platform equality. We don’t refuse anyone. That is equality.

We do not say that because you are less intelligent women that you cannot come and engage in devotional service. But, we do have separate roles for the men and the women. Both are engaged in service, but different duties in society are still there.”

Srila Prabhupada Room conversation Philadelphia, July 1975

» Posted By gokula candra das On Jan 19, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

Dear Urmila Mataji,
Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

You are dedicated Srila Prabhupada’s disciple and I am sure that you, as well as all of us, want to follow what Srila Prabhupada taught us and set as a standard by his example for the next ten thousand years to come:
No Matajis temple presidents, GBC’s or Diksa Guru’s and
Yes Matajis book distributors.
Book distribution Ki – Jay.
Your servant
Gokula Candra Das

» Posted By gokula candra das On Jan 18, 2013 @ 1:20 pm

OPEN LETTER TO Bhakti Vikasa Swami

2 Points for Priyavrata Prabhu.

1. Dear Priyavrata Prabhu you have said

“Maharaja may have encouraged the mass distribution of prasadam, however, to suggest that these projects are impure or leading ISKCON down a path of mundanity is absurd and quite frankly very offensive to a lot of very pure devotees.”

After reading “ISKCON’s Midday meals statement” (see below) I found HH Bhakti Vikasa Maharaja’s concern appropriate and justifiable.

Please read the below mentioned statement and kindly answer my questions:

Is this our philosophy or is it path of mundanity?
Do we believe in this? Is this the teaching of Srila Prabhupada?
Will Srila Prabhupada be pleased with us?

Midday meals – ISKCON Food Relief Foundation – from http://www.delhimdm.com/vision_m.php

Who we are
• ISKCON Food Relief Foundation is a NON-RELIGIOUS, Non-Sectarian, and Not-for Profit Charitable Trust
• ISKCON Food Relief Foundation is not only feeding children, but it is also allowing the children to attend school and to be educated.

Philosophy
ISKCON Food Relief Foundation believes that food is a fundamental right. Inadequate nutrition not only affects physical, mental, and emotional health of children adversely but also restricts their learning ability, development opportunities and effective participation in the community.

We believe that a simple way of breaking the vicious cycle of hunger and poverty is by providing them regular and nutritious food AND THIS FULFILS ISKCON MISSION.

Goals
1. To promote the provision of distribution of sanctified meals all over the India; and
2. To promote food system education;

Vision
Removing hunger and upscaling learning opportunities for underprivileged children

2. Dear Priyavrata Prabhu, you did not answer my question yet, so I am repeating it:

-If prasadam distribution is “always transcendental” then why did Srila Prabhupada flatly refuse it in the case mentioned in SSR; Altruism – Temporary and Eternal?

Your servant
Gokula Candra Das

» Posted By gokula candra das On Oct 17, 2011 @ 3:02 am

Dear Priyavrata Prabhu,
Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

I just heard HH Bhakti Vikasa Maharaja’s concern lecture.
It is obvious that you misunderstood him. Maharaj clearly glorifies prasadam distribution and gives examples of such projects in the ISKCON’s world, where prasadam distribution is done in proper spirit, namely accompanied with chanting the holy name and preaching KC. (the very same thing is expressed in “Food for death” by HH Jayadvaita maharaj.) Then he expresses his concern about the prasadam distribution projects which are presented as “feed the poor”, which are not accompanied by chanting the holy name and are obviously meant for easy funds collection. The worst of all is that such a presentation of our movement in public would put us down on mundane welfare platform, which is obviously something that Srila Prabhupada did not want, as quoted in SSR chapter. Altruism: Temporary and Eternal. Obviously that Srila Prabhupada new the “opportunity” to get good name for the society, support from “many important men”, but he flatly refuse. Why? It is clear that he did not want to present his movement as another mundane welfare society. Technically called “karma”. He did not want to mix karma into pure bhakti, for this is the ideal jïäna-karmädy-anävåtam. So Maharaja’s concern is reasonable, supported by Srila Prabhupada’s quotes and highly encouraging suddha-bhakti way of prasadam distribution.
I found that all the quotes you provided fit very nicely in what HH Bhakti Vikasa Maharaj have said, but from your letter I could not understand how you are going to fit this Srila Prabhupada’s quote mentioned above.
Holding such a important post in our movement, please kindly explain how do you fit this Srila Prabhupada’s quote in your concept?
Is there any other explanation than “mundane altruism vs. pure devotion”, humbly I would like to know.
If not, the please consider apologizing to HH Bhakti Vikasa Swami who is your well-wisher and is kindly warning us about deviation from Srila Prabhupada’s path – the path of pure bhakti.

Waiting for your reply.
Your servant
Gokula Candra das

» Posted By gokula candra das On Oct 16, 2011 @ 2:53 am

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