Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
Yes, we are JIVAS, we are not the body.
We are equal.
But it would be better not to approach a tiger to explain this philosophical point!
WE ARE EQUAL in the sense that both men and women are employed in the eternal function; SANATANA-DHARMA. In that sense … Yes, we are EQUAL (we fulfill the same function).
But, the INCARNATED beings have DIFFERENT FUNCTIONS, different HIERARCHIES, different ACTIONS.
Men acts according to the VARNA in which they are situated, and women serves the men.
In Srimad Bhagavatam 3.31.40: “God created woman to serve man.”
What do Parvati, Jahnavi, Sita, Gandhari do?
Who is in charge of serving the fathers of humanity? Who serves the masters of knowledge, the Mahajanas? Women.
WOMEN ARE NOT GURUS. THIS IS COMPLETELY ARTIFICIAL.
THE WOMAN’S GURU IS THE HUSBAND – PATI-GURU.
In Srimad Bhagavatam 6-18.33 and 34. PATI-GURU.
For the woman, the supreme demigod, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is the husband, Lord Vāsudeva, the husband of the goddess of fortune. “Pati-guru”, that is, spiritual master-husband. The husband represents the Lord as an object of worship for the woman.
The following are quotes from Srila Prabhupada’s purports in both Srimad Bhagavatam and Chaitanya Charitamrita on the subject of women:
In Srimad Bhagavatam 7.12.9. “He who does not see the difference between a man and a woman should be considered an animal”.
In Srimad Bhagavatam 3.31.40. “God created the woman to serve the man.”
In Srimad Bhagavatam 1.9.48. “The woman’s duty is to follow the husband one hundred percent.”
In Srimad Bhagavatam 6.17.34 and 35. “Even at the highest levels of existence, women are INFERIOR the men.”
In Srimad Bhagavatam 2.7.6. “The woman is an OBSTACLE in self-realization (the masculine form is for SELF-REALIZATION).
In Srimad Bhagavatam 7.12.7. “The commandment that restricts the relationship with women is the basic principle of spiritual life.”
In Srimad Bhagavatam 9.10.11. “The Vedic system does not admit that women are independent”.
In Srimad Bhagavatam 3.23.2. “Even if there is something the husband has done wrong, the woman must tolerate it.”
In Srimad Bhagavatam 3.31.35. “Brahmacaris and Sannyasis are strictly forbidden to talk to women”.
In Bhagavad-gita 16.7. “A woman should not given freedom. The woman is like a CHILD”
At London during a television interview, on July 9, 1975: “According to the Vedic criteria, a woman should never be offered any leadership.”
In Srimad Bhagavatam 9.3.10. “The Dharma of women is submission and chastity”. (Sukanya; submission and chastity.)
The Mahajanas are twelve. It is the man who prescribes the duties of women, and not VICE VERSA.
In Srimad Bhagavatam 6.19.17. “The wife must worship her husband as the representative of the Supreme Lord”.
In Srimad Bhagavatam 7.11.19. “A woman should think of the husband as the Supreme Lord”. Srila Madhvacarya.
In Srimad Bhagavatam 1.14.37. “Satyabhama was eager to be instructed by Draupadi, about the manner and manner of satisfying her husband”.
In Srimad Bhagavatam 7.12.7. “Brahmacaris and sannyasis should avoid talking to women”.
In Chaitanya Charitamrita, in the introduction to Chapter 13: “Sannyasis and Vaisnavas should not listen to the women sing”.
In Srimad Bhagavatam 3.31.40. “The woman is the representation of Maya”.
In Srimad Bhagavatam 4.18.3. “An independent woman cannot be satisfied either in this life (asmin) or in the next (amusmin)”.
In Srimad Bhagavatam 1.9.48. “The wife’s duty to follow her husband one hundred percent”.
In Srimad Bhagavatam 1.11.36. “The path that goes back to God always FORBIDS the relationship with women”.
In Srimad Bhagavatam 4.3.9. “Women expand the field of enjoyment”.
In Srimad Bhagavatam 6.18.42. “The woman is selfish by nature”.
In Srimad Bhagavatam 6.18.11. “Accepting a woman’s service means falling into a blind well”.
In Srimad Bhagavatam 3.25.30. “The woman is not very intelligent”.
In Srimad Bhagavatam 1.7.42. “Women lack the power of discrimination that men have.”
In Srimad Bhagavatam 7.7.16. “My mother, due to the lack of intelligence of women …” (words of Prahlada).
In Srimad Bhagavatam 10.29.25. “The woman should never abandon her husband, if he wants a good destination in the next life”.
In Srimad Bhagavatam 9.9.32. “A woman who has not married is like a corpse”.
In Srimad Bhagavatam 9.9.32. “Independence for a woman means miserable life. In this age, so many girls are unmarried and falsely imagining themselves free, but their life is miserable. Here is an instance in which a women felt that without her husband she was nothing but a dead body”.
In Bhagavad-gita 16.23: “He who discards scriptural injunctions and acts according to his own whims attains neither perfection, nor happiness, nor the supreme destination”.
In Srimad Bhagavatam 7.11.25 to 29:
“Offer service to the husband and always show a favorable attitude. The chaste woman must be well dressed and adorned for her husband’s pleasure. She must always wear clean and attractive clothes: she must sweep and clean the house with water and other liquids, to so that the whole house is always kept clean, pure and scented.You must be in charge of getting everything you need for the home.You must always be willing to satisfy your husband’s wishes.M modest, truthful, with the senses under control, sweet in her language, the chaste and intelligent woman must work in the service of her husband with love.The woman must not be greedy, but must feel satisfied in all circumstances, she must be very expert in the administration of the home, and she must know perfectly the religious principles In her words, she must be honest and pleasant, she must be very careful and always keep herself clean and pure, so that the woman must deal with affection in the service of her husband. He must be a worthy servant of the Lord, and the woman must be an ideal wife. In that case, both will be so faithful, so strong that, thanks to that unified effort, they will return home, back to God, which is the goal of life. And they will live very happy in the world of perfection, the spiritual world”.
In Srimad Bhagavatam 4.3.9. “Women are the representation of the basic principle of material enjoyment.”
In the Siksamrita – letters of Srila Prabhupada: “Men must be separated from women and women from men”. (letter sent to Satsvarupa, July 12, 1968).
Within the movement, Srila Prabhupada never mentioned that his female disciples ought to occupy leadership positions. Neither as members of the GBC nor as temple presidents.
In SB. 4.27.1. “The woman is 9 times more lustful than the man”.
In Srimad Bhagavatam 4.25.62. “To advance spiritually you must leave the company of women. This is the meaning of the sannyasa order, the resignation order”.
In Srimad Bhagavatam 9.20.22. “The son saves the father, not the mother. (put and putra)”.
In Srimad Bhagavatam 4.25.62. “Captivated by a woman, like an animal that dances under the control of its owner.”
In Srimad Bhagavatam 7.11. of text 25 to 29. “The duty of women; GRIHINI”. (housewife).
In Srimad Bhagavatam 4.25.62. “To advance spiritually it is necessary to leave the company of women”.
In Srimad Bhagavatam 9.10.11. “The Vedic system does NOT admit under any circumstances that the woman is independent (asamaksam), because the woman CANNOT protect herself”.
In Srimad Bhagavatam 6.6.1:
“WOMEN SHOULD NEVER BE INDEPENDENT. If the husband is trained to achieve liberation, his wife will be released along with him. As stated in the śāstra, the wife shares the results of the husband’s pious activities. Therefore, the woman has a duty to be very chaste and faithful to her husband. In that case, without the need for further efforts, you will participate in all the progress your husband makes”.
In Srimad Bhagavatam 1.11.24. “Female respectability is preserved in a more elegant way by keeping women separated from men.”
“The woman who wants to lead kirtans, who does it among women, or also in the house of grihastras” – “Prema Pradipa” by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura.
The leadership of women is something that does not exist in Vaishnavism.
From the beginning, Srila Prabhupada did not appoint female disciples to crucial leadership positions in ISKCON, the BBT, and his MVT.
Sila Prabhupada was once asked, “We have the perfect philosophy, the perfect way of life, and the perfect guru Srila Prabhupada), so why do we have so many problems in our society?” And Srila Prabhupada replied, “Because the brahmacaris and sannyasis mix too much with the women”. (told by Giriraja Swami).
“Sannyasis and Vaisnavas should NOT listen to women sing ” From CC Antya-lila – introduction to Chapter 13.
In Srimad Bhagavatam 3.23.54. “In general, all women aspire to material pleasure.”
“Seventy-five percent of the Grihastas must be reborn” – Srila Prabhupada.
IN CONCLUSION PRABHUS:
How can our beloved authorities pretend that the woman becomes the Guru of man?
While the devotees have failed to understand that; “WOMEN ARE INFERIOR TO MEN” Disputes and discussions will continue during centuries and centuries.
Rupa Raghunath Swami.