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What truly touched my heart was the concern of a visiting bhaktin who felt she did not want to be initiated into a society that would treat its ladies in such a fashion.
She is a disciple of Srila Prabhupada in Santa Cruz, California.
Accepted and Thank You!
By Atmavana dasi
and thank you to all the devotees who worked so diligently in negotiating
the women's issues at this year's GBC meeting in Mayapur, India. The
apology from the GBC is most heartily accepted and brought tears of joy to
my eyes that had tears of anger before, especially in reference to the
incident in Vrindavan, India during Kartik where in ladies were
disrespected in the temple room and elsewhere.
am writing to CHAKRA because I can wait no longer for my contemporaries to
respond, who are of course, much more qualified than I to respond to such
an important event. It was
indeed an historic event, and long over due.
This was obvious by the response to the event in Vrindavan on this
site and others as well.
a disciple of Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada I have seen many
misgivings in many different settings.
Few have touched me in the same way as this incident did and I
wrestled for weeks with my mind on how such a thing could happen in front
of our beloved Krishna Balarama deities.
I wondered where the direction of our organization was headed, and
thought that at some time another lawsuit would be looming on our horizon
for sexual discrimination. Just
more obstacles to throw on the ISKCON path, as if we don't have enough
hurdles to jump already.
truly touched my heart was the concern of a visiting Bhaktin (Bhaktin
Helen) who felt she did not want to be initiated into a society that would
treat its ladies in such a fashion. I
have to admit I agreed with her but thought of how wonderful it was when I
become a member and how all facility was given so that I could make
spiritual progress. I cried
over her dilemma and prayed a special prayer for her to somehow be given
the support and confidence again to pursue her spiritual path.
Eventually I prayed (through more tears) to Lord Caitanya to settle
this whole situation, which obviously has been done through his mercy.
a reminder for those situated in the temple environment or otherwise.
Let us not forget that it is not easy for anyone to give up
material life to become a member of our society and especially for women.
Women have so many expectations applied from society automatically,
so a soul who decides against all odds to come to Krishna is a very
special soul indeed. No
matter what the outward dress every soul should be properly engaged to
their fullest capacity.
spiritual master knew that we as Westerners would have different
experiences and upbringing from those of the East. He knew that whatever
we brought to the organization could be utilized and improved upon. In time we would gradually accustom ourselves to the
Brahminical way of life or culture. It
did not need to be forced upon us but would draw us to it by it's force
and purity. As time goes by
we can see this happening practically on an everyday basis.
Protection of women will be implemented as well in a loving and
natural way that is appreciated by all.
another note, I am still awaiting my first visit to India. I am relieved
to know that I can now visit the holy land without fear of my usual
practice of visiting the deities up close being discourage or my person
being confronted or harassed.
closing, I want to thank all the wonderful devotees and concerned members
who were able to pass this resolution to insure the respect of our ladies
be upheld. Bravo!
© CHAKRA 21-May-2000
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