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The Women: A Greater Inspiration
By Bhaktin Millie
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Dear Devotees,

I have been around ISKCON for some time and would like to take the next step and search for a spiritual master. However, in many cases the ladies have been a much greater inspiration to me than the men.

It seems to me that only the ladies exhibit devotional qualities, even in terms of simple friendliness and greeting me and my friends when we visit the temple. No men have ever greeted us, asked if we had any questions. When I wanted to ask for advice on something, I got the answer "I'm a brahmacari." I always wondered if that meant that being a devotee meant that one cannot be a gentleman.

I never came to the temple to pick up a man. I always came to see Radha and Krishna, spend some time with the devotees, take prasadam, and find answers to my many questions about life. So the only good and inspiring experience I had exclusively came from the ladies.

Therefore it is only natural for me that when I think about finding a spiritual master, I would like to have a female spiritual master. Now I have been informed that this does not exist in ISKCON, only in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition before ISKCON. I wonder why this is. As I've seen personally so many lady devotees who would be very qualified indeed to give guidance to bring one to the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada and Krishna. I wonder if anyone can help me with this.

Your servant,
Bhn. Millie

© CHAKRA 25 April 2002

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