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 […]
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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.
Dear Prabhus… Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada! All glories to Srila Prabhupada. I have some stories to share. When Srila Prabhupada came to Toronto ISKCON for the first time in mid 1975, I was the temple president. There was a moment when we were alone in the hallway and he […]
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 […]
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 […]