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.
Much of ISKCON is stuck in a time warp, preaching to a world that stopped existing over 40 years ago
Recently Krishna Kirti Dasa posted a paper entitled, “HH Hridayandanda Goswami, Krishna West, and Consequentialism” I will reply to his main points. 1. KK quotes me as follows, “Prabhupada emphatically taught that the Guru’s teachings are infallible because the Guru is simply repeating Shastra. Prabhupada made it very clear that a Guru is not infallible […]
The Sanskrit word ‘dhauta’, ‘cleansed,’ by itself, does not mean ‘cloth’ and much less ‘dhoti’. In fact, in the entire Vedabase, as well as in the Sanskrit dictionary, the word dhauta is only used as an adjective, not as a noun. And the Sanskrit noun ‘dhauti’ means ’the act of washing’. In our sacred texts, […]
In a recent (2004) essay “Vaisnava Dharma is very liberal“, Amara prabhu raises the following question: Gay marriage is . . . taken to be outside of the rigid varnasrama system and the ordinary prescription for married life, but suppose it is found to be the best practical arrangement to sustain a person’s bhakti, someone […]