Chakra Discussions

Resolution 311 is Needed

by Lalita Madhava d.d.

Posted May 14, 2008

This year's GBC Resolution 311 states, "Whereas some ISKCON devotees may have used...statements out of context as an excuse to offend, neglect and abuse women...."

Regarding "offending" and "abusing," please consider the misogynistic vitriol of the new "Hare Krishna Diary,", which purports to represent Srila Prabhupada and ISKCON and is one of the first five sites to prominently come up in a Google search (as of yesterday at least) in which the words "Prabhupada, women" are entered. I discovered it after receiving four distraught emails and a phone call from a bhaktin. a cultured, college-educated professional who confided that it was one of the reasons she was considering having nothing further to do with ISKCON.

The anonymous author has been a devotee for two years now, just newly initiated a few weeks ago by H.H. Bhakti Vikas Swami. More shocking than even the author's own disturbing statements against women are his proud inclusion of quotes from and and even links to ten-year-old texts from the infamous "GHQ" debacle, the leaked private conference in which leading devotees were using these and other quotes from Srila Prabhupada in some extremely destructive ways.

All this makes the issue of "using statements out of context" not just a distasteful and unfortunate episode in our Society's history that we can quietly recover from and put in the past, but a present-day, in-your-face, five-slots-down-from-the-top-in-a-Google-search ignominy that is still causing people to leave ISKCON.

All glories to the GBC for passing Resolution 311.