While Chakra has sometimes appeared to be an official website of
the International Society for Krishna Consciousness or ISKCON's Governing
Body Commission, our editorial policy remains independent. We, the editors,
consider ourselves ISKCON-friendly, but Chakra, as an open forum for
variegated ideas and opinions, is not formally or directly affiliated with
either ISKCON or the GBC.
In the spirit of free and open discussion amongst devotees, we publish
articles embracing a spectrum of devotional views; our articles do not
necessarily represent the position of the editors. Opinions expressed are
those of the author(s), and well-reasoned rebuttals free of personal attack
are welcome; we will not normally accept anonymous articles.
To serve the purport of bhakti-vedanta, we wish simultaneously to
encourage the growth of devotion, to foster critical thinking through
realized intellect, and to promote nurturing, emotionally whole relations
within families, in schools, among ashram devotees, and in guru-disciple
dealings. Although differences of opinion will occur, we aim to provide a
forum for mutual respect and reconciliation among the multiple strands of
the Vaishnava community as well as an instrument of interfaith outreach.
We will not knowingly publish, or allow to stand unchallenged, any material
which exalts one group of Vaishnavas above another on the basis of
parampara or on the basis of a temporary bodily condition -- whether
race, gender, orientation, marital status, age, disability or so-called
caste by birth. We declare our respect for Sri Sri Radha-Krsna, for our
param-gurus, for His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, for
our various diksha- and siksha-gurus, for each other and for all living
entities; this respect is never commanded or required, but is always a
free-will offering based on love.