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


“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 […]

Gay monogamy preferred to promiscuity


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 […]

Srila Prabhupada and gay devotees


Over the past few years it has become commonplace for devotees to depict Srila Prabhupada as very hateful and condemning of gays. What a great disservice this has been to His Divine Grace! I suspect this is more a reflection of the mentality of such devotees themselves, and not that of Srila Prabhupada. As far […]

Pouring Ghee Into Ashes: Bodily Discrimination in ISKCON


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


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 […]

Jaya Kesava Das – Spinning the Wheel of Fortune in the Service of Krishna


You heard it on National Inquirer first. Our very own Jaya Kesava Das Prabhu is alleged to be in a “special relationship” with the son of the Wheel of Fortune star Vanna White. The 19-year-old  bodied son who attends the University of Arizona and goes by the nickname “Nikko” is rumored to be in a gay […]