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Child Abuse – Definitions and Subjectivity

What exactly does “child abuse” mean? Different people will have different ideas, possibly completely opposed. Of course, there is unlikely to be disagreement about its more egregious forms. But some behaviors toward children are less clear… Read more…

Response to Sanaka Rsi Dasa

Your case largely rests on the assumption that the CPO is highly trustworthy, makes no mistakes, and has no bias or political agenda. A different picture of the CPO appears in at least two articles (posted on this website, Sampradaya Sun), which I urge readers of this letter to peruse.… Read more…

Regarding Child Abuse

There are many horrible things going on the world. One of them which is widespread in the modern world and has also severely impacted ISKCON is child abuse. Although within our society now there are all kinds of systems that are meant to prevent that, it seems that it is impossible to totally prevent.… Read more…

Sundari Radhika Devi Dasi (BVKS)

We are a preaching movement, and that literally means that everyone should preach. Including women, children, old, sick, temple cat, etc. BUT at the same time, he teaches us what comes first. First is to finish our duties at home, towards our family. That is the prescribed duty for grihastha asrama. That means, that we should not leave our crying baby at home, because we have to run to the temple to cook 50 preparations for festivals or book distribution, etc. while children are left alone for hours at home scared and hungry.… Read more…

HG Atmavidya Prabhu (ACBSP) reviews On Speaking Strongly in Srila Prabhupada's Service

I admit that I usually do not read books written by my godsisters and godbrothers, save and except for publications that share personal memories of Śrīla Prabhupāda. Time is precious. Therefore I prefer to read the literature of my spiritual master almost exclusively.… Read more…

Sri Vyasa-puja 2017

We are happy to announce our beloved Guru Maharaja's 60th Vyasa-puja celebrations to be held in Sri Mayapura dhama (West Bengal) on 20th May 2017. There will be English Sravana Kirtana camp on 18th and 19th May 2017 and Hindi Sravana Kirtana camp on 22nd and 23rd May 2017 with Initiation ceremony on 21st May 2017. Please send registration detail by filling this form.… Read more…

Reply by Bhakti Vikasa Swami to Dhanurdhara Swami’s critique of “Mothers and Masters”

His blog posting is a mixture of praise for the book mixed with some bashing, and I’m going to respond mostly to the bashing. I appreciate that he’s taking the trouble to critique the book. He’s not afraid to do so in a negative way ... It’s not a personal matter. We are discussing the whole direction of the Krsna consciousness movement. And that’s actually the major subject of this book… Read more…

Jahnava Devi Dasi (SNS)

The book "Women: Masters or Mothers?" by H.H. Bhakti Vikasa Swami is in my humble opinion a unique contribution to our society which is yet to be built. Unfortunately we all witness the bitter fruits of the Western culture in every field of human life in this dark age. This book brings a hope that there is genuine, selfless care for womanhood still living in the timeless tradition of Vedic culture. Boldly presented by Bhakti Vikasa Maharaja solely through Srila Prabhupada’s teachings, this book will be apreciated by generations of Vaishnavas to come.… Read more…

Vyasa-puja Offering to Srila Prabhupada, 2016

On your order, Śrīla Prabhupāda, I write “philosophical and educational books,” and am presently working on an overview of your stated plans for your great ISKCON mission. Assembling this book involves researching and classifying quotes from the huge corpus of your published instructions. It is a task that requires diligence rather than creativity, insightfulness, or writing virtuosity. This will probably be the most important literary undertaking of my life, and for years I have been looking forward to getting round to it. Yet now having started in earnest, I am continually beset with writer’s block.… Read more…

Mothers and Masters

Several devotees have asked why the title of Women: Mothers or Masters? has been changed to "Mothers and Masters," and why the cover design has been changed. These changes were made before the ban was removed. The reasoning was that certain detractors much objected to the title and the cover, so, rather than waste time and energy in defending… Read more…

Hemalata Thakurani Devi Dasi (DDG)

This book to me, as an older woman, looks very positive. These thoughts are very much need! It's really a big problem when women prefer their career and employment at the expense of their family and above all, their children. This attitude of women, when they are intolerant and feel superior to their husband whenever he stumbles or makes a mistake, is from my point of view de facto reason of family breakdown.… Read more…

His Grace Dhanesvara Prabhu (ACBSP)

In the early days of the wonderful Movement that Srila Prabhupada created to bring the unvarnished Truth to the illusioned people of the world his earnest followers recognized that he was perhaps the only person who served their real interest as spiritual beings.… Read more…

His Grace Mayesvara Prabhu (ACBSP)

"The largess of "Bhakti Vikasa Swami’s book, "Women, Masters or Mothers" (WMM) is not any less valuable to Lord Caitanya's mission than all the other scholarly books he has authored. The prowess of this book rests on numerous unambiguous Vedic references… Read more…

His Grace Krishna-kirti Prabhu (BVKS)

One thing uncharacteristic about this message I want to point out in their response is its length. They felt compelled to respond at length to Maharaja's inquiry about why they did not consult him before they made their decision.… Read more…

The Book Ban: What’s At Stake

Harmonize means “to bring into consonance or accord,” but there was no attempt on the part of the GBC to reach accord with me, despite my repeated pleas for discussion. What the GBC resolution calls harmonization is rather an attempt to crush a voice that it doesn’t like—… Read more…

His Grace Basu Ghosh Prabhu (ACBSP)

I really wonder if there can be a "truly productive dialogue" with those devotees who would rather adhere to modern concepts of morality and ethics, rather than what Prabhupada himself taught, and what Vedic shastras teach? Prabhupada never appointed a woman as a TP or a GBC.… Read more…

His Grace Nrsimhananda Prabhu (ACBSP)

If the Krsna book was just published, I wonder if it, too, might be banned for being "less suitable for others." Krsna cavorting with the naked gopis, stealing their clothes, Krsna kidnapping Rukmini, marrying the five queens and having thousands of wives, etc. How suitable is that… Read more…

His Grace Gadadhara Prabhu (BVKS)

Seeing the information about the medieval, barbarian act of banning H.H. Bhakti Vikas Maharaja's WMM book, my proverbial cup of patience overflowed and I feel the urge to write something from my insignificant position of a struggling grihastha who is taking shelter in the wonderful teachings of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhhupada.… Read more…

His Grace Mayesa Prabhu (ACBSP)

I do not know if there are issues other than the book which ended up in a temporary ban. But the book alone which I have and have read twice does not contain any new idea. It consists mainly of quotes from acharya AC Bhaktivedanta.… Read more…

His Holiness Jayadvaita Swami (ACBSP)

I found the book thought-provoking and worthwhile. I see no reason why ISKCON devotees — who seem to be the target audience — shouldn't be allowed access to it. The book seems less suitable for distribution to others.… Read more…

His Holiness Janananda Goswami (ACBSP)

I just wanted to comment a little on the book – Women – Masters or Mothers. I have just finished reading it. I would be surprised that those who have made the decision to ban the book have actually gone through it. I have read it fairly comprehensively and frankly found it well balanced – in no way offensive… Read more…

Her Grace Urmila Mataji (ACBSP)

I would like to express my disappointment in the lack of due process on the part of the GBC body, particularly in regards to making decisions about others' services without hearing from those persons directly, and without a thorough review of the subject about which they are deciding.… Read more…

“Harmonizing our Preaching Efforts”

I am duty-bound to respect the authority of the GBC, but nevertheless I feel that this ban and the manner of imposing it have been very unfair. Therefore, to present another side of the story – a side that the promulgators of this ban have consistently been unwilling to hear – … Read more…

Phalini Devi Dasi (ACBSP), India/USA

Women: Masters or Mothers? called by the author a “tract,” is much more than just a religious pamphlet. It is a deep and thoroughly cogent treatise on the current social anomalies within ISKCON (mirroring the social aberrations of the Western world) and how these incongruities relate to and have arisen due to our members remaining too much influenced by Western society.… Read more…

Malyahari-kunda Devi Dasi (KRKS), Almviks Gard (Rural community), Sweden

Despite Śrīla Prabhupāda and our previous ācāryas explaining clearly why daiva-varṇāśrama-dharma is of great importance for devotees and ISKCON as a preaching movement, there is still sometimes some confusion as to how it should be introduced, what aspects are of more or less importance, the speed at which we should endeavor to establish it and so on. The dharma of women, strī-dharma, is unfortunately often brushed aside as something of lesser importance — or even totally neglected — as it is viewed by many as impractical, too idealistic and even exploitive… Read more…

Sri Brajalila Devi Dasi (JPS), Flight Lieutenant (Retd), Indian Air Force, Bangalore, India

I am very grateful for having come across this book, Women: Masters or Mothers? but I lament not having come across it earlier, for I would then have avoided many mistakes in my life. I was born and brought up in a simple South Indian family. My mother always dreamt that her daughter should be an independent woman. It didn’t take much time for me to develop this desire and prove my worth. To enjoy power, respect in the society and have some important identity.… Read more…

Sudevi Devi Dasi (SNS), Belgrade, Serbia

Women: Masters or Mothers? gives profound psychological, social, and above all spiritual insights into the actual role and position of women in society. In the material world people tend to decide what is right and wrong based on their selfish standards. They don’t think about what Kṛṣṇa wants, and what He said and so their whole so-called knowledge and perception is based on the mental platform. On that mental platform, one is simply pulled this or that way by the material senses.… Read more…

Su-gita Vani Devi Dasi (JPS), Mayapur/Thiruvanantapuram, India

Women: Masters or Mothers? is refreshingly dif ferent in that it makes us halt and review the direction our movement is taking and the path that we, its individual members, are treading. His Holiness Bhakti Vikāsa Swami appears to have delved deep into the recesses of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s mind and instructions before coming up with a searchlight to show us the way ahead.… Read more…

Svayam-rasesvari Devi Dasi (LOK), Vallabh Vidyanagar, India/USA

I was raised in America and came of age during the rise of the women’s liberation movement and the sexual revolution. Luckily, I was too young to participate in all those so-called newfound freedoms, but unfortunately they did have an effect on my consciousness. I came across Śrīla Prabhupāda’s teachings quite late in my life, but it was not hard for me to see that Śrīla Prabhupāda was presenting the Absolute Truth. I could easily see that Kṛṣṇa had designed a template for a perfect society.… Read more…

Bhagavat-priya Devi Dāsi (MVS), Civil Engineer, Indian Army, Jamnagar, India

I read the book, Women: Masters or Mothers? and really appreciate Mahārāja producing such a publication. Śrīla Bhakti Vikāsa Swami has presented a realistic view of todays culture through his divine and realized knowledge. He made the point in the book that everyone should respect women and also gave the way for women to be respected in society. In the modern age women suffer due to the cruelty and brutality of some of the members of society.… Read more…

Line S. Blom Van den Schoor, Master of Arts (MA) in Philosophy, Copenhagen, Denmark

How do we continuously keep Śrīla Prabhupāda’s ISKCON on the right track being loyal to the aim that he as the founder-ācārya had set for our movement to save the entire human society? HH Bhakti Vikāsa Swami gives a clear and unambiguous answer to this question in his book Women: Masters or Mothers? … Read more…

Kurangi Devi Dasi (RND), Zagreb, Croatia

What is our nature, role and responsibility as women? How can we be successful and happy? The book Women: Masters or Mothers? gives us the answers. Bhakti Vikāsa Swami presents Śrīla Prabhupāda’s teachings with respect to this topic in a condensed and clear way.… Read more…

Vrndavanesvari Devi Dasi (GKG), Bachelor of Commerce and General Laws, Mumbai, India

Women: Masters or Mothers? explores all the significant features of a woman’s life and her role, and gives the authorized Vedic viewpoint on them supplemented by pertinent quotes from Śrīla Prabhupāda and śāstra. One of the instructions that I found striking in this book is how a wife should submissively serve her husband with dedication in all situations.… Read more…

Dr. Ritu Sethi, MBBS, Consultant Radiologist, Gurgaon, India

After attaining the best possible education and getting a so-called good job in the medical field, I realized that my life was nothing but a series of serious mistakes, one after another in the search for material sense gratification. My entire thought process changed after I seriously started hearing and reading the teachings of His Holiness Bhakti Vikāsa Swami Mahārāja and realised that a confused upbringing and the search for material sense gratification is spoiling the women of this generation… Read more…

Indira-sakhi Devi Dasi (BVKS), Mayapur, India

This book discusses all the important aspects of a woman’s life, such as marriage, childbirth, education, and career, and provides the authorized Vedic perspective on them, being full of relevant quotes from Śrīla Prabhupāda’s teachings and theśāstras. It encourages open-minded readers to question their own preconceived notions and the fact that today’s society largely rejects traditional culture, which was superior, as primitive and exploitative.… Read more…

Gita Govinda Devi Dasi (BVKS), Mayapur, India

Dear Ladies, The choice is yours. The modern society is going in the wrong direction at a very high speed, and those women who want to escape from degradation can escape by following the guidelines in this book. Women in the modern age especially need such guidance, because this is now not available to us from any other source. By imitating the Western and materialistic lifestyles, the degradation among Indians is now even worse than that among Western people.… Read more…

Bhakta Piyush and Madhavi Devi Dasi, Mayapur, India

This book makes no apologies for its stand on rules and roles. The controversial topic of the female-bodied soul is ongoing; one should understand it carefully, because it’s not about putting down females but def ining the use of the bodily machine for elevation. Even for the male-bodied there are def ined rules according to one’s duty. In Kṛṣṇa consciousness neither is put down, yet for both male or female a role is def ined within certain parameters, the aim being elevation to Kṛṣṇa consciousness.… Read more…

Lalita-sakhi Devi Dasi (BVKS), Physician, working as a geriatrician, Dallas, USA

Women: Masters or Mothers? is a detailed study of the past and present position and situation of women throughout the world. The book compares the modern-day condition of women in general to how things were some years ago in various cultures around the world, and not just in India. Anyone with an open and unbiased outlook, can see on reading the book, that life was much happier then and people were much more content. Mahārāja gives detailed explanations on topics like why women need to be protected and why women should be married.… Read more…

Gauracandranana Devi Dasi (BVKS), Graduate Librarian, Teacher and Mother, Kranj, Slovenia

I thank Mahārāja for taking the time and effort to write this book for the benefit of all the members of ISKCON who want to follow Śrīla Prabhupāda’s teachings and make them the only goal of their lives. I welcome the publication of Women: Masters or Mothers? by His Holiness Bhakti Vikāsa Swami. Being categorized as an ‘educated Western woman’ and being thus conditioned in that way, I was not even aware that for years I was unconsciously competing with men and acting contrary to my dharma (according to the guidelines for society that Kṛṣṇa Himself had set). … Read more…

Manavi Devi Dasi (BVKS), Zadar, Croatia

An excellent, śāstric, educational and practical guide for all, but especially for souls in female bodies, who wish to know how to attain perfection in life by acting according to their conditioned natures. By reading between the lines, we can perceive the author’s desire to protect us, and his sense of care, responsibility for the future generations of our society, and the mission of his beloved spiritual master.… Read more…

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