Why We Should NOT Implement Female Diksha Gurus in ISKCON

Recently there was a meeting in Tirupati, India by the GBC on whether to allow female bodied devotees to become initiating Gurus in ISKCON. This question had come up twice before in the last few years and there was a lot of debate about it and so it didn’t go ahead. This time it seems to have been more or less decided to implement it although there was a mention of another final session on it in Mayapur this January.

I was very happy to see leaders of the Indian Yatras jointly stating their complete opposition to this strange idea, in the form of a resolution which they also submitted to the Sampradaya Sun website sometime last week. What I found particularly enlivening was the word ‘Varnasram’, which I saw occurred in the document. This for me is probably the first time that I saw a mention of this aspect of our mission on any GBC level document.

For anyone regularly hearing Srila Prabhupada’s lectures and reading his books with a submissive mood this idea seems so far-fetched from the direction that we are supposed to be going. I say submissive because there is now a class of devotees in ISKCON who read Srila Prabhupada’s books and hear the lectures with the idea that some of what he says is wrong and needs to be corrected and edited. That is extremely offensive and thus cannot lead to any spiritual advancement. read more

Ramayana Book in Kannada

The timeless wisdom and teachings of the all-time classical epic “Ramayana” has been the beacon light to the lives of billions. The historical narration of the divine life of Lord Sri Ramachandra touches every aspect of life and has guided people to endure challenges of life successfully.
Originally born in Britain, His Holiness Bhakti Vikas Swami was attracted towards scriptures from an early age. After coming in touch with ISKCON Founder Acharya His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Bhakti Vikas Swami decided to dedicate his life for propagating Krishna Consciousness. The different books which Swamiji has written have been translated to various languages and widely distributed throughout the world.
HH Bhaki Vikas Swami has presented “Ramayana” in simple and lucid english. Seeing the need for this book in Kannada, a team of devotees have translated and published “Valmiki Ramayana” in Kannada. 

The launch of this book is scheduled on 14th December, 2014 Sunday at 9:30 am at the well known Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) Mini Hall, 16th cross, Vyalikaval, Bangalore.
Learned scholar Sri Tatacharya from Melukote, famous astrologer Sri S.K.Jain and Chairman of MCA, Karnataka Government, Sri M.S.Murthy and other dignitaries will grace the occasion.
The organizers request all the readers to please attend the enlightening program and benefit from it.
To get your copy of Kannada Ramayana, please contact 9740928296 / 9986074691 or SMS KANR to 542423

This Event Has Been organized by the Devotees of ISKCON Seshadripuram, Bangalore.
We humbly Request devotees to contribute towards our new temple project to help expand our activities to all parts of the city. Please Visit http://iskconbangalore.co.in/securepage/ to contribute now!


Whereas, the body of ISKCON India leaders aka IIAC has taken cognizance of the continuing discussion by the GBC on the issue of female diksha gurus, specifically the recent discussions that took place at Tirupati as reported to us by our GBCs for India, as well as by Anuttama Prabhu’s letter that appeared on Dandavats.com.

Whereas, this body, earlier the IRGB, had expressed it’s serious concern to the GBC regarding their resolutions of 2005 and 2009 calling for female diksha gurus and called for further discussion and dialogue on the issue,

Whereas, this body would like to convey to the GBC body that instituting female diksha gurus would be contrary to Srila Prabhupada’s oft expressed desire to institute varnashram dharma, read more