FEMALE DIKSHA GURU PROPOSAL

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,

Whereas, Srila Prabhupada and Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur did not give specific instructions in their teachings that females take up the service of diksha guru, but in fact stressed that women should not be independent, and should be under the protection of male family members, and follow Stri-dharma as Srimad Bhagavatam instructs in 7.11.25-29, and 1.9.27.   We recognize that a devotee in a female body has the equal opportunity of becoming a pure devotee. But even pure devotees in female bodies must follow their prescribed duties of Stri-dharma as an example to others as per Bg 3.19-20, and Bg 18.9 and not be attached to giving up their prescribed duties as per Bg 18.6-8.

And, that even among such pure devotees in female bodies it is only in very rare exceptions that they become diksha gurus.

Whereas, we perceive that the forcible imposition of female diksha gurus may cause avoidable and unwanted conflict that may possibly develop into a rift within  the greater body of both full time and congregational devotees worldwide,

Whereas, the leaders of ISKCON India have not been convinced of the logic of the urgency and necessity of establishing a formal regime of female diksha guru within ISKCON,

Therefore, the IIAC body reiterates its principled opposition to the resolutions passed by the GBC body of 2005 and 2009 calling for female diksha gurus in ISKCON, and again requests the GBC to seriously consider rescinding these resolutions.

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