Whether you have a big temple, or a small temple, this is all external. The external has no value and this is the tragedy with ISKCON.
There is no need for cultish personality worship. What we honor is the truth, the teachings of Bhagavan Sri Krishna.
Accepting sannyasa is no longer restricted to those born in brahmana families. Qualified women can take sannyasa.
The qualification of the guru is that he must be fully cognizant of the science of Kṛṣṇa. Then he or she can become a guru.
Prabhupada said he wanted “boys and girls” to be gurus. ISKCON’s health in relation to guru appointments and women’s issues needs improvement.
Letter to: Tamala Krsna — Los Angeles 21 June, 1970 My Dear Tamala, Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated 18th June, 1970, sent by Special Delivery Air Mail. Krsna philosophy is understood as it is stated in the Vedas: Yasya deve para bhakti yatha deve tatha gurau tasya […]
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 […]