The ontological position of Womenkind


Question: I want to know more about the position of women in your tradition. Are women allowed to participate in the process of practicing, praying and showing their devotion? Srila Sridhar Maharaj: Who is a woman here may not be a woman there in that higher realm; who is a man here may not be […]

Srila Prabhupada the Greatest Feminist


Never has there been a greater feminist in Vaishnava tradition than Srila Prabhupada, who turned the hierarchy of power upside-down by giving women brahmana initiation and allowing them to live in ashramas and temples side by side with men. Only few have realized yet how revolutionary a message Srila Prabhupada’s dealings conveyed: men and women […]

Female Diksa-gurus in ISKCON


Members participating in the authorship of this paper: Suhotra Svami, Gopiparanadhana Dasa, Drutakarma Dasa, Purnacandra Dasa, Devamrta Dasa Introduction On the 17th of September 2003, the Sastric Advisory Council (SAC) received a request from the Executive Committee (EC) of the GBC requesting it to research the philosophical topic of possible future female diksa-gurus in ISKCON: […]

Women, intelligence and interpretation


Question: In a recent Sanga, ‘Sat gurus and siksa mantras,’ you wrote that “women are not more lusty than men nor less intelligent.” This appears to me to be quite contradictory to what Srila Prabhupada said about the subject. Can a ‘sat guru’ answer this question? Answer: Srila Prabhupada has said that women are less […]

“Everyone is My Prabhu”


Srila Prabhupada on the use of the address “Prabhu” 1. Even the Spiritual Master sees his disciples as “prabhu” We are teaching our disciples to address amongst themselves “prabhu.” This is not a new thing; this is very old. Now Narada is addressing Vyasadeva as “prabhu,” his disciple. His disciple he’s addressing as prabhu. So […]