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Hare Krsna.

Dear devotees,

I'm sorry that Ms. Mishra feels that Prabhupada gave wrong instructions about women. Actually, since I had my letter posted on CHAKRA, I have received many emails of differing opinions, but one thing that has been consistent through most of them is that the ideals of women described by Prabhupada are just that: ideals. And ideals in Vedic Society at that. We are by no means anywhere close to being a Vedic society. This is Kali yuga, after all.

And just because we have not been successful in becoming the Vedic society Prabhupada envisioned does not fault him. Maybe we should be looking at why it is we are not able to follow his simple instructions.

I'd just like to point out that in today's Western society, many studies have been conducted and shown that countless women who have chosen the professional path over the family one are not happier for it. They feel very unfulfilled.

And then there are women like me, who don't particularly care to get a masters, PhD, etc. In fact, my letter posted on CHAKRA did not say that no women should get an education, just that I would like to focus my energies on becoming a good devotee woman. Anyway, since then I have been exploring other options for becoming qualified for a job without going to university and spending years studying. But thank you for your concern.

Hare Krsna.


[See " Women: Education or Marriage?" Chakra 2 November 2002. Ms. Mishra’s letter has not been printed on Chakra, as Chakra does not print letters saying that Srila Prabhupada or the Vedas are mistaken.]

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