Hands Up- The Symbolism of Surrender

The universe seems to be designed in such a way that it evokes our love for Krsna- everything made by Him is so so beautiful- and when we admire a rainbow, sunset on the ocean, a forest or waterdrops on a still pond, we are admiring Krsna actually, but in santa rasa- that is why […]

Calculations on a Rainbow

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There was a very bright rainbow the other day, incredibly beautiful and brilliant, strung against a very dark background, encircled by a fainter type. Metaphorically it was like a group of brightly attired sakhis encircling monsoon-cloud Krsna, further encircled by their sakhi maidservants… Science has a less captivating version. White light, which is composed of […]

The Guru’s Gender or Agenda? What’s the Real Issue?

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There has been “much ado about nothing” in regard to the appropriate gender for gurus. Should “being a guru” be allowed for females? One could just as easily ask, “Should it be allowed for males?” After all, the original guru is arguably Purnamasi. But let’s not argue over that which is literally “nothing”. We are […]

Niscala Devi Dasi responds to Krishna Kirti on “homosexual appetite being demoniac”

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“Force will not work” The argument for gay marriage Krsna Kirti has claimed that Hrdayananda Maharja is deviating from the commentary of Srila Prabhupada (to SB 3.20.26, regarding the homosexual appetite being demoniac) in his recommendation of restrained marriage for gay devotees. How so, escapes us totally, as Hridayananda is suggesting a way to contain […]

Freudian Slip, Krsna’s Tip

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Sometimes Sri Krsna Who is the Supersoul within, peeps through the pages of our consciousness and reveals His face, and it is always smiling, being both benevolent, and amused! At such times, we become aware of our own very foolish sub-conscious motives, buried deep in that dust-covered book. One very clever way He does this […]

Pouring Ghee Into Ashes: Bodily Discrimination in ISKCON

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The Bhagavad-gita advises, or warns us: “Whatever leaders do, the common men follow, and whatever exemplary acts they perform, all the world pursues.” Srila Prabhupada stressed the converse when he warned of “the blind, leading the blind, who all fall into a ditch.” Lord Kapiladeva in the Third Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam teaches us that […]

Vairagya and the Hardened Heart

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In Bhakti rasamrita sindhu 1.2.24, Jiva Goswami describes “the hardness of the heart caused by vairagya” and recommends as a solution not cultivating vairagya separately from bhakti. This is something I had heard but had eluded because I had not really processed it- that vairagya makes the heart hard? I could not fathom WHY detachment […]

ISKCON-ism leads to Schism

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Srila Prabhupada in his books often writes about the “ism” mentality- patriotism, hinduism etc- the false identity of belonging to a group, even a religion. His solution was one flag under God, the knowledge that all souls are eternal fragments of God, including animals and plants, what to speak of members of different nations and […]

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

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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 […]