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The World Acarya

Dear Rupanuga Prabhu

PAMHO AGTSP!

Nice to hear your pure glorification of Srila Prabhupada. It is important that we remind each other how fortunate we are to have had the rare opportunity of meeting such an empowered representative of Lord Nityananda. It is our sacred duty to try to repay Srila Prabhupada by cooperating together in spreading his mission.

Looking forward to hearing more of your inspiring words.

Your servant,

Trivikrama Swami

» Posted By trivikramaswami On Aug 23, 2011 @ 9:19 pm

High Court rejects ISKCON, Bangalore, plea for stay

Thanks Locanananda Prabhu for your concise explanation of what the problem has been and the simple remedy for solving it.

» Posted By trivikramaswami On May 29, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

Book Review: Miracle On 2nd Ave

Thanks Maharaja for the inspiring endorsement. I do plan on getting the book.

Don’t mind but it would be better if you ran a spell check before you sent things out for publication.

» Posted By trivikramaswami On May 13, 2011 @ 12:46 am

A Last minute decision!

Instead of having the Gitas stolen from the rooms why not put a sign on the book saying; “Please do not take this book, if you would like your own they are available from the front desk!”

Then charge them something.

» Posted By trivikramaswami On Dec 20, 2010 @ 3:55 am

Proper Gender Roles in ISKCON Must be Authoritatively and Clearly Defined

Here two words are very significant. Devahuti served her husband in two ways, virambheŠa and gauraveŠa. These are two important processes in serving the husband or the Supreme Personality of Godhead. VirambheŠa means “with intimacy,” and gauraveŠa means “with great reverence.” The husband is a very intimate friend; therefore, the wife must render service just like an intimate friend, and at the same time she must understand that the husband is superior in position, and thus she must offer him all respect. A man’s psychology and woman’s psychology are different. As constituted by bodily frame, a man always wants to be superior to his wife, and a woman, as bodily constituted, is naturally inferior to her husband. Thus the natural instinct is that the husband wants to post himself as superior to the wife, and this must be observed. Even if there is some wrong on the part of the husband, the wife must tolerate it, and thus there will be no misunderstanding between husband and wife. VirambheŠa means “with intimacy,” but it must not be familiarity that breeds contempt. According to the Vedic civilization, a wife cannot call her husband by name. In the present civilization the wife calls her husband by name, but in Hindu civilization she does not. Thus the inferiority and superiority complexes are recognized. Damena ca: a wife has to learn to control herself even if there is a misunderstanding. Sauhdena v€c€ madhuray€ means always desiring good for the husband and speaking to him with sweet words. A person becomes agitated by so many material contacts in the outside world; therefore, in his home life he must be treated by his wife with sweet words.
SB 3.23.3

» Posted By trivikramaswami On Dec 24, 2010 @ 4:59 pm

Sita Rama Prabhu has said:

“Still Krishna consciousness will go on. Therefore with a realistic understanding of the nature of material conditioning, and in accordance with the spirit and desire of Lord Caitanya and Srila Prabhupada I teach that the essential point for couples is to chant their rounds, follow the four regulations, and somehow or other get along. No one can tell me that this preaching is incorrect.”

Your preaching is good Sita Rama Prabhu. We have to preach according to time and circumstances. However why not gradually train our young men and women, BEFORE they are married that there is a better system. A system that has been tried and tested for eons of time in which the husband vows to respect and protect his wife and in return the wife vows to be chaste to and serve her husband.

The simple point is that in order to protect someone they have to be willing to be controlled to some degree. If the wife insists on going to a night club with a girl friend at one in the morning , on the plea that she has her rights, then how can the husband protect her?

It is out of love and concern for women that the Vedic culture has posted the husband as a protector of his wife. Unfortunately men have abused their position and therefore there is this agitation for equal rights.

» Posted By trivikramaswami On Nov 24, 2010 @ 11:07 pm

We call it grhasta ashrama. Ashrama implies that there is discipline. Just like in the temple, the temple commander, and temple president, have some authority over the devotees who are living there. So the husband is the natural authority in the grhasta ashrama. Not that the wife has to worship him, but she should act in such a way that he is not displeased with her. Otherwise the marriage becomes chaotic.

Srila Prabhupada mentions in this regard that the male psychology is that he wants to be posted as superior to his wife.

Just like in the temple; we don’t have to worship the temple president, but we are expected to submit to his reasonable instructions.

Ys Ts

» Posted By trivikramaswami On Nov 20, 2010 @ 8:10 pm

How Much Can You Tolerate?

Thank you Omkara devi dasi for your powerful comments. I was also inspired by Giriraja Maharaja’s timely article which he has presented so soberly. We all know that death is approaching, but as Yudhistira Maharaja said, the most wonderful thing is that somehow we think we can avoid it.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada for giving us his personal example and repeated instructions on how to face this inevitable condition with dignity, courage, and a steady humor.

Your insignificant servant,
Trivikrama Swami

» Posted By trivikramaswami On Oct 22, 2009 @ 2:14 am

Puri priests up in arms against ISKCON

This can be turned into a positive opportunity to glorify Srila Prabhupada. If we organize a large group of devotees from all over India to travel to Jagganath Puri and have continuous Hari Nam it would surely attract attention of the media. Also leading life members could approach the media as well a their local politicians to protest this affront to Srila Prabhupada and his Iskcon movement.

I wish I was there in India to help. Don’t let this opportunity pass to make everyone know that we are all loyal to Srila Prabhupada and won’t tolerate this insult to our Founder Acarya

Imagine if an effigy of the prophet Mohammad was burned. What kind of reaction would we expect from his followers?

Ys TS

» Posted By trivikramaswami On Nov 15, 2008 @ 11:48 pm

Wages for Sages

I find I am not able to follow the discussion as the sound is not clear. Can we not have it in written form?

Ys TS

» Posted By trivikramaswami On Oct 9, 2008 @ 8:48 am

Times Have Changed

Thanks so much Maharaja for your inspiring words. Srila Prabhupada must certainly be pleased that you have dedicated yourself so fully to broadcasting the message of Lord Caitanya to so many remote towns and villages. Keep the nectar flowing.

Your servant
Trivikrama Swami

» Posted By trivikramaswami On Aug 11, 2008 @ 9:25 pm

Memorial for Sudama

Dear Omkara dd

Please accept my humble obesiances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Thank you so much for rendering this service to our brother Sudama Prabhu. I served with him for some time in Japan, but didn’t see him for some years after that. Thanks for givng me an opportunity to be there with him in his last days by recounting those days with such feeling.

I am sure that Srila Prabhupada and Lord Krishna will bless you for the service your performed to Sudama and for the service that you have given to all of us by allowing us to enter into his final days.

Your servant
Trivikrama Swami

» Posted By trivikramaswami On Aug 7, 2008 @ 2:23 am

HG Sanjaya Prabhu ACBSP passed away

I remember Sanjaya Prabhu as having a nice smiling face and a disposition to go with it.
Also I remember he was very serious about distibuting Srila Prabhupada’s books, and that it should be done in a pure way. We will miss him.

Ys TS

» Posted By trivikramaswami On Nov 22, 2007 @ 6:53 pm

When disciples challenge their gurus

This certainly a delicate issue. The disciple has to see his guru as good as God, but what if there is no gurus currently on the planet who have that adhikary. You can’t create such a person. Therefore Srila Prabhupada left the GBC as the final authority. This is the first time in Vaisnava history that we see a functioning worldwide institution with a committee in charge. We are in uncharted waters!

But one thing is clear. Srila Prabhupada did say we should keep the Acarya in the center. Without accepting this point how can we expect this society to remain united for the next 10,000 years? His books are the “law books for humanity”, in all our temples his murti is worshiped daily, classes are given from his books. His mood of preaching and book distribution is the model for all temples. If one of his followers, who happens to have the duty of initiating in his Iskcon society, undermines or minimizes the instructions found in his books and lectures then how can we expect a sincere Iskcon devotee not to protest, even if the one minimizing him happens to have given him initiation?

» Posted By trivikramaswami On Jun 18, 2007 @ 8:25 pm

MUKTA KESA PRABHU DEPARTS

I have fond memories of sitting an talking with Mukta Kesa Prabhu in his office in New Vrndaban during the last Festival of Inspiration. He was so friendly, and at the same time serious, especially regarding his service in the prison minisrty. We will be missing you there this year Mukta. Please put in a good word for us with Srila Prabhupada.

Your servant and Godbrother

Trivikrama Swami

» Posted By trivikramaswami On Apr 9, 2007 @ 10:07 pm

Searching for Lord Chaitanya’s movement

Thanks for the inspirational posting Gaurdaji. We have a group here in Orlando, Fl. who are very serious to get a solid temple up and running. We have located a church for sale for $400,000 near the big University, UCF, which has 45,000 students. To get the church we have to put down $80,000, currently we have $50,000. Anybody out there in a position to help us please contact me at >trivikrama.swami@pamho.net

» Posted By trivikramaswami On Apr 3, 2007 @ 1:04 pm

Prayers for Mukta Kesa dasa

I just received news that Mukta Kesa Prabhu’s condition has deteriorated and his condition is very, very critical. Please everyone do offer a pray to Lord Sri Krishna on his behalf.

» Posted By trivikramaswami On Apr 3, 2007 @ 9:07 pm

Day five of the G.B.C. meetings

I think that the idea of “Succession and leadership training” is very important. Naturally most of the leaders chosen to attend this training will have some ksatriya tendencies. Therefore I am surprised that Hridayananda Das Goswami has suggested, contrary to the committee’s idea, that this training be conducted in mixed gender classes. Do we expect that there young people, with somewhat passionate natures, won’t become attracted to each other in a sexual way in this close setting? This has nothing to do with any particular culture, but is a universal principle of butter and fire.

Regarding the practical work for these leaders in all fields of the world, that will depend on what kind of training they receive. I fail to see how being educated in separate gender facilities will hamper any of the graduates in any part of the world. After all they will be going out as teachers and preachers, not that they will have to imitate or follow those who they will be teaching, especially if, as Maharaja is saying, the “environment is far from the ideal”. We want them to remain ideal, isn’t it?

If in their education they are induced to imbibe Chaunika’s advice of seeing all women, expect one’s wife, as mother, then that alone will ensure success for them, and serve them well in any field.

» Posted By trivikramaswami On Feb 12, 2007 @ 4:28 am

Understanding and accepting that there is spiritual hierarchy

Romapada Maharaja. PAMHO AGTSP!
Thanks for presenting such an articulate response to a difficult query. I am confident that Srila Prabhupada would be pleased with your answer which is sastrically based and enlivening to all who are non envious.

Ys TS

» Posted By trivikramaswami On Dec 10, 2006 @ 1:09 am

Thank you Mrs Robinson

Good work Praghosa! Were you in the first class section and wearing devotional clothing? Just asking because I know that often times the preaching is good in first class, especially on the trains in India.

» Posted By trivikramaswami On Dec 4, 2006 @ 10:17 pm

Varna-ashrama Dharma and Women

Gaurav Mittal has stated: “Internal consciousness is more important than external actions. If people in Iskcon understand this simple concept, I think many issues will be resolved easily. ”

Internal consciousness can only be know by external actions. Ultimately the two can’t be seperated a’s the soul is active by nature. Srila Bhaktisiddanta has said that we can know a persons advancement by the language he uses. Speaking of course is an external action.

» Posted By trivikramaswami On Dec 3, 2006 @ 6:22 pm

Out of the Woman Comes the Man, Spends the Rest of His Life Getting Back When he Can

Akruranatha Prabhu is requesting a comparison between the Taliban culture and the Vedic culture in regard to the interaction between men and women. In a nutshell the difference is that the leaders of the Taliban, who happen to be men, are envious demons, and the leaders of the Vedic culture, who also happen to be male, are sincere devotees.

In the sixteenth chapter of Bhagavada Gita it is discribed how the demonic are envious of the Lord in their own heart, and how they sometimes perform austerity in name only. Such class of men abuse everyone, including themselves. Although the Koran forbids suicide and killing of innocent people, they don’t hesitate to send send their young men into suicide missions where innocent victims are often the target.

On the other hand the the twelfth chapter of the Gita describes the devotees as those who never put anyone into difficulty.

» Posted By trivikramaswami On Dec 10, 2006 @ 9:17 am

Krishna-kirti Prabhu has stated:
“The point I was making is that Vedic literature is pretty much unanimous in its view that conditioned human nature is something relatively unpleasant, as compared with how Mill seems to view it.”

I have experience to support this point. I am regularly meeting and talking with students here at the University in Orlando. This seems to be the main point of contention that they have with us. According to their understanding they are in a very favorable situation. The are young, intelligent, coming from a good family and country, with a very bright future. They question how we can imply or state that we are in a miserable condition? However sastra is very clear on this point, “duhkalayam”, Krishna says; it is a certified place of misery.

» Posted By trivikramaswami On Dec 5, 2006 @ 5:35 pm

Krishna Kirti has said:

“When a person has a high fever, we have to cool him down by putting water or icepacks on him. Otherwise, the heat of the fever itself might kill him before the real medicine can start to act. Varnashram is just like the ice-pack.”

Thank you KK, I think this is a useful analogy.

Shiva Prabhu has stated:

“The internal cause is the same cause of what causes everything to be as is it is. Krishna is guiding everyone to fulfill their destiny and receive what they need and deserve. ”

This is incorrect. Krishna is guiding everyone according to what they “desire” and “deserve”, not what they “need” and “deserve”. It is “desire”, kama, or lust only Arjuna which is the all devouring sinful enemy of the conditioned soul and which burns like fire and is never satisfied. (Bg 3.37) And it is our own personal desire which has brought us into this material world. (Bg 7.27)

Without understanding this point one will lose the impetus to preach, for one’s compassion will decrease by thinking that everyone is suffering in the hands of Maya because that is what they “need”. Nor will there be any impetus to avoid occasion of sin, for one can easily rationalize every personal indulgence as something that Krishna saw that I “needed”.

Back to the point of our discussion, we should accept anything that is favorable and that will enhancing our desire and determination to follow the principles of sadhana bhakti. It seems as though that Srila Prabhupada felt that Varnashram would be helpful to Iskcon devotees in this regard, as per the quotation provide by Shivaji above.

Ys TS

» Posted By trivikramaswami On Dec 3, 2006 @ 11:04 am

Ananda devi dasi’s post #48 is very inspiring. It is not that the women in Vedic culture weren’t important or didn’t have powerful influence in society. They were very powerful, but they exerted that power indirectly via their chastity and shyness.

» Posted By trivikramaswami On Nov 29, 2006 @ 11:40 am

Akruranatha Prabhu has stated:

“I have heard older female disciples say that leading sannyasis were always lobbying Srila Prabhupada to be more restrictive of women’s roles in ISKCON, but that Srila Prabhupada himself was very liberal about what they could do in ISKCON. I do not know that history, but I hope ISKCON historians will learn it and teach it to us accurately.”

Here is one thing that Srila Prabhupada said that is pertinent to this discussion:

Prabhupäda: Put problems. I’ll solve.
Yogesvara: Here’s a problem. The women today want the same rights as men. How can they be satisfied?
Prabhupäda: Everything will be satisfied. Just like our women, Krsña conscious, they are working. They don’t want equal rights with men. It is due to Krsña consciousness. They are cleansing the temple, they are cooking very nicely. They are satisfied. They never say that “I have to go to Japan for preaching like Prabhupäda.” They never say. This is artificial. So Krsña consciousness means work in his constitutional position. The women, men, when they remain in their constitutional position, there will be no artificial (indistinct) (loud traffic noises)

Again Akruranatha has stated:

“Mother Urmila brought up a historical letter demonstrating Srila Prabhupada had no objection to a qualified woman acting as temple president. We can accept this as strong evidence that Srila Prabhupada accepted the principle of women temple presidents, unless we see some other evidence where he said women should not be temple presidents.”

This is the letter that you consider strong evidence?

“I am enclosing herewith a letter from Krishna devi which speaks for itself. Please reply her that she cannot take charge of one of our centers because she has violated the regulations of our society. In spite of having her duly married husband, she indulged in illicit sex life, so this is willful violation of our rules and regulations. So far her Krishna Consciousness activities are concerned, she can execute nicely wherever she lives, and I have all blessings for her, because the door of Krishna Consciousness is open for everyone, but when one has to take charge of a center, he has to become completely above suspicion.” Letter to: Brahmananda — San Francisco 12 March, 1968

I can’t presume to know the mind of my spiritual master but I don’t see here that he is explicitly saying if she wasn’t breaking the principles he would have allowed her to be TP. As I can’t presume to know his mind, you also can not make this presumtion. He may have not allowed her to become TP even if she was not breaking principles. When he left the planet he had over 108 temple presidents throughout Iskcon and exactly none of them were women. In any case I don’t see how you can say that. “We can accept this as strong evidence that Srila Prabhupada accepted the principle of women temple presidents.”

In other places he clearly said that a man’s psychology is such that he dosen’t like to be posted under a female. The temples are mainly, at least they were in Srila Prabhupada’s time, a place for training up renunciates. Is a women suited for this service? Is this her “constitutional position” that Srila Prabhupada talks about above? I think not.

Of course in emergency we can do anything, but as a policy it is a sign that the institution has become weak. And who can deny that it has become weakened in North America, but do we want to remain weak?

We think that this policy makes us more diverse and thus more attractive but the two fastest growing religions in North America are the Mormons and the Muslims. No I am not saying we should treat our women like the Muslims do, but neither should we fall victim to the host culture’s view of the role of women, which simply leads to their exploitation and degradation.

» Posted By trivikramaswami On Nov 28, 2006 @ 11:44 pm

Even the principle of spiritual equality also has gradation as Srila Prabhupada has stated clearly here:
Therefore on I don’t see how Akruranath Prabhu has answered Krishna Kirti’s question to Mother Urmila.

Devotee (1): Srila Prabhupäda, in that story, the cobbler actually was more advanced than the brähmana, and yet in Bhagavad-gitä Krsña explains that “Anyone can approach Me, even the stri südra dvija bandhu,” they can all approach the supreme destination. Then in the next verse he says “How much greater, then, are the brähmanas, the righteous, the devotees, the saintly kings.” I was wondering how are they greater?
Prabhupäda: You do not understand it?
Devotee (1): I do not understand how they are greater than the lower person who surrenders.
Prabhupäda: Suppose you have got your spiritual master and you, if somebody says that you can come into the…, any one of you can come in this car. So spiritual master goes, you also go. Does it mean that spiritual master is not greater than you? Do you think like that?
Devotee (1): No.
Prabhupäda: Then? It is the same thing. Suppose Kirtanänanda Mahäräja has brought this car, so he says, “All of you can come.” So I go, you go, does it mean that you and your spiritual master is equal? Do you think like that? It is same thing. Everyone can go to Godhead, there is no doubt, but still there is difference between brähmanas, ksatriyas, südras. So far going into the car, the equal right is there, but it does not mean that your spiritual master or the next group, they are not greater than you. Don’t think like that. The same car, Kirtanänanda Mahäräja is driving, I am also there, you are also there. Does it mean that we are all equal? There must be gradation. The right is given to everyone. It does not mean that immediately they become all one. It is Krsña’s mercy that He accepted everyone, “Come on.” But the distinction is there. We are inviting everyone to partake Krsña prasädam. That does not mean that immediately all of them have become of the equal rank. Caitanya Mahäprabhu, He was so kind, but still there was distinction. When He was taking prasädam, personal associates, they were sitting with Him. Is it not? So this is called maryädä. Maryädä means honor. That must… Varieties must be there. Otherwise we become Mäyävädis—everything is equal, all one. This is Mäyäväda philosophy. No varieties. There must be variety. That is Vasñava philosophy. And as soon as you make it varietyless, all equal, that is Mäyäväda. Just see even in this flower, this is also flower and this is also flower. Does it mean they are of the same rank? This is understanding. Together they look very beautiful, but if you take separate value, then it is valuable than this flower. That distinction must be there. If somebody says “I am accepting even the leaf in this garland,” then what to speak of rose? It is like that. Krsña says that. That does not mean leaf and rose have the same value. One is making a beautiful garland, “I am accepting everything.” Mixed together it looks very nice, but individually the leaf has value, the rose has value, the flower has value. Not that because they are put together they have equal value. This is Vaisnava philosophy.
Kulädri: In democracy they say everyone is…
Prabhupäda: Nonsense democracy. What is…? Don’t talk of this nonsense talk. (laughter). Democracy, communism, still there are varieties. But you make a president. Let everyone become president.
Kulädri: That’s what they’ve done, now the südras…
Prabhupäda: They have not done. Has everyone got the president’s power? How do they say that you have done. Everyone equal? That is not possible…..

(June 27 ’76 New Vrndaban)

» Posted By trivikramaswami On Nov 28, 2006 @ 12:46 am

Krishna give us Guidance, Oh Lord we need that now

Dear Akruranatha Prabhu
PAMHO AGTSP!

Please forgive me for mispelling your name in my last post.

You have requested:
“I am interested in Trivikrama Swami’s perspective on how Srila Prabhupada would react to the development of congregational temples in the U.S. with many faithful householders having outside jobs, and also the influx of young Indian-American professionals who are becoming serious initiated disciples and followers of Srila Prabhupada.”

I think Srila Prabhupada would be very happy about this development. But honestly I feel his main attention would be directed, as it has always been, to those who are dedicating ALL of their time and resourses in his service. We are hopeful that more and more of his disciples and followers will come to this point of surrender as they grow older.

But while I have your ear let me state what I see as a problem in North American Iskcon, maybe you can suggest a solution.

The main problem that I see is that there is no serious effort from either within, in many places, or from the congregation of Iskcon in general, to get young men to give the brahmachary ashram a try. Of course there are exceptions, but most Godbrothers don’t really try to convince the young men that they have influence over that it would be the best thing for them to try it, at least for some time. However when you speak to them, they practically all say that the best time in their life was when they were with Radha Damaodara Party, or when they were getting up at 2:30 AM in the LA temple etc.

Srila Prabhupada clearly states that it is vitally important for every man to have this kind of training, so that when the enter Grhasta ashrama they will have a good spiritual foundation. Why have we lost faith in this simple to understand principle?

The Mormons, one of the fasting growing churches in the world, send all of their young men for missionary activities for two years when they are 19. From the time they are small children they understand that this is expected of them and take it up happily.
Any chance of something like this happening in Iskcon?

Yeh I doubt it too, but Why? Don’t we have a better spiritual guide, better philosophy, better spiritual process, better prasadam then the Mormons? So why can’t we inspire our young people to fully dedicate themselves to spreading the message, at least for some time?

Ys TS

» Posted By trivikramaswami On Nov 18, 2006 @ 11:49 pm

“The word anukara means “imitating,” and anusara means “trying to follow in the footsteps.” We should not try to imitate the activities of a mahä-bhägavata…”

CC. Madya 17.31 purport.

Would Shivaji want our members to follow the example of Ramanada Roy in bathing the young girls and in so doing touching thier private parts? Or in the case of Srila Prabhupada himself, sometimes he critizied his Godbrothers, but he told us that he could do that but we could not. Should we follow his example or his instruction?

» Posted By trivikramaswami On Nov 18, 2006 @ 12:21 pm

Akrunatha Prabhu has stated;

“Shiva Prabhu is only saying that the successful innovations Srila Prabhupada made in ISKCON for preaching in the west should not be undone under the banner of “now we have to establish varnashrama dharma.” We should be careful not to undo the great work Srila Prabhupada has accomplished in making Krishna consciousness relevant in the contemporary western world.”

Fair enough, but we also have to; “be careful not undo the great work Srila Prabhupada accomplished”, by imitating him. In other words Srila Prabhupada could do things that we can not do. As he said to Satsvarupa Maharaja, when Maharaja approached him on behalf of the GBC on May 28th 1977, Srila Prabhupada responded:
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Prabhupada: So there is no question of changing GBC.
Satsvarupa: No.
Prabhupada: Rather, one who is competent, he can be selected to act by the board of the GBC.
Tamala Krishna: Of course, if someone has a falldown, just like in the past some GBC men have fallen down…
Prabhupada: He should be replaced.
Tamala Krishna: Then he should be replaced. But that’s a serious falldown, not some minor discrepancy.
Prabhupada: They must be all ideal acarya-like. In the beginning we have done for working. Now we should be very cautious. Anyone who is deviating, he can be replaced.
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Here Srila Prabhupada is clearly instructing us that for “working” he has done things that we should not imitate, that his example is NOT to be followed, but his instructions are. And Srila Prabhupada repeatedly told us that that was his success; that he took the instructions of his spiritual master as his life and soul.

This “following his example” is the very argument that the new gurus presented to us in 1978 for their need to have elaborate vyasasanas in the temple room, for daily guru puja in the temple room etc. In retrospect we can all see that this was a huge mistake for which we are still suffering.

Akrunatha Prabhu continues:
“As for intermingling of the sexes, we all know that the less of it, the better, and that Vedic civilization minimized sexual contact. However, the world we live and preach in is currently a long way from that standard and is not getting any closer.”

True; but isn’t example the best method of teaching? Shouldn’t we be demonstrating in our communities the example of Vedic civilization so that these poor westerners can see an example of an ideal culture. Without that example how can they be expected to change?

Akrunath Prabhu continues:
“The successful cultural compromises that Srila Prabhupada made for the sake of preaching cannot be lightly abandoned.”

True again but we should be very careful not to make new compromises. In Srila Prabhupada’s time there were no women temple presidents in Iskcon, now there are so many. Are they fit to train up our renunciates, which you say we need more of?

No. It seems more likely that we are being too much influenced by our host culture, and instead of setting an example for them we are following their example.

Your servant
Trivikrama Swami

» Posted By trivikramaswami On Nov 17, 2006 @ 12:29 pm

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