Can Women Be Diksa Gurus? The Syrup on Both Sides of the Gulabjamun


There has recently been a debate on the internet about whether or not women can become diksa gurus, some statements of Srila Prabhupada supporting the idea, and others contradicting it. Whenever there is a contradiction in statements of the guru, it is wrong to focus on the statements that support one’s foregone conclusion, and neglect […]

Institutional authority vs. the authority of the Guru


Today I want to talk about a very delicate subject: institutional authority vs. the authority of the spiritual master. I read that in one Vaishnava institution the institutional authorities released a new rule, in which they say that the spiritual master should always be under the administrative and governmental rules of the institution.

The Land of Gurus | Sri Guru & His Grace


Excerpt from Chapter 11 of  The Land of Gurus | Sri Guru & His Grace In the Srimad-Bhagavatam (11.9.31) it is stated: na hy ekasmad guror jnanam su-sthiram syat su-puskalam “One certainly cannot get complete knowledge from only one guru.” In the highest stage of devotion, we must see not only one guru; we must […]

The man is also woman


Excerpt from Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.64-65 lecture in Vrindavan, India, September 1, 1975 Woman means enjoyed, and man means enjoyer You do not think that only woman is woman. The man is also woman. Don’t think that the woman is condemned; man is not. Woman means enjoyed, and man means enjoyer. So this feeling, this feeling is […]

Srila Prabhupada enjoyed watching Charlie Chaplin


Srila Prabhupada Nectar | Satsvarupa dasa Goswami In the summer of 1971, Indradyumna däsa accompanied Srila Prabhupada on his flight to London, where he was to attend the Ratha-yatra festival. On the flight, a film was shown—an old silent film of Charlie Chaplin. When the film began, Indradyumna dasa began reading the Bhagavad-gita, but he […]

To Love God


It was Christ Jesus who first said “Love God with all thy heart, with all thy mind, with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and love man as thy brother.” This is an absolute truth indeed; but different men put different interpretations to this noble expression. The expressions of all great men are […]

Prabhupada’s Ladies and Soul Concern


Srila Prabhupada left us with clear directives for women: in every stage of her life a woman must be protected, either by her father, her husband or her grown son. A woman is dependent and chaste; she is an expert cook and a faithful wife. Are Prabhupada’s female followers changing these clear guidelines? It is […]

Leadership and Love


Any thoughts, words, or actions that are directed toward a person’s higher self will be far more beneficial and lasting than those that are not. In your leadership role, see yourself as the caretaker of those around you rather than the proprietor, acting as you would if entrusted with a precious treasure. This approach encourages […]