Open Letter to Caitanya Das (BVKS)
Posted May 22, 2008
I just found your blog, via Chakra.org. I am not here to chastise you, but I (and I'm sure many, many others) wish to know what purpose you are serving by casting such harsh judgements. All I can see is someone trying to use the words of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Srila Prabhupada to serve your own agenda. This is not Krishna Consciousness. You should be trying to elevate yourself, and as a student of Vaishnavism, you should understand that we are not our bodies. Due to the nature of the material world, we take on a specific body, but underneath all the various coverings, we are all Spirit Souls. Not male, nor female... I consider myself quite a staunch feminist, standing up for the equal rights of women in this material world, but I would never, ever blaspheme men within ISKCON, any other Gaudiya Matha, or any one, regardless of faith for that matter, without having proper understanding of their individual position. The same goes for those who took birth in a female body. I certainly would NEVER, say anything blasphemous against Srila Prabhupada. Upon coming across certain points in his purports in the Srimad Bhagvatam and the Bhagavad Gita - As It Is which refer to women, I see only his desire to preach the glories of Krishna Consciousness, and know that as a pure devotee his purports are coming from the highest possible position, not to state that women are lesser than men, but to help us who are lowly and fallen, find our way...
For these reasons, your blog does not bother me, but you should think about all the women (and men) who could be reached with this amazing, beautiful, powerful philosophy, brought to us by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu through the grace of Krishna's pure devotee, and the spiritual father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Srila Prabhupada. With the mass prevalence of Feminism in today's society though, there are many female, and male feminists, people who could be reached, but will be turned off by what you choose to display to a large percentage of the population. We should be trying to promote Krishna Consiousness favourably. Bhakti Yoga is about LOVE!
I think you need to either reconsider your position, or you cannot consider yourself an aspiring Vaishnava. Please use your intelligence to see that you must preach Prabhupada's movement with love, and not anger. Contain your own issues to a private blog, and use the public domain for spreading what this world needs it so badly, to share with everyone the light of Krishna Consciousness, whether they be female, or male. Sending you good energy & light.