No Consequences for Misogynists?
Posted June 1, 2008
It has now been nearly two weeks (or a month if one counts Dandavats' publication of the minutes of the Mayapura meetings and comments on Resolution 311) since the matter of his disciple's repugnant "Hare Krishna Diary" was brought to Bhakti Vikasa Swami's attention. Plenty of time, one would think, for a contemplative assessment of the incredible damage this blog has done in ways too numerous to even count. But has the worldwide Society of devotees heard one single word of contrition from Maharaja, what to speak of any sort of apology? No. Not a single word. And the "Hare Krishna Diary" goes on and on, taking Srila Prabhupada's statements out of context as an excuse to vilify and oppress women and to insult and alienate numerous other Vaisnavas who strive to serve the sankirtana movement of Lord Caitanya.
And now added to the sexist propaganda is this statement from Hare Krishna Diary reader Shivananda dasa (Joshua Minshew) which could even be construed as a thinly-veiled threat: "I have to say that I more than 1000% agree with your position and I have a growing vendetta against these feminists at Chakra.org. I am very angry that those feminists forced you to take down your blog and I am very seriously considering creating a new blog with your old material as well as with material that I have been gathering myself." "Vendetta"? One definition of that word is, "a feud in which members of the opposing parties murder each other."
Therefore, in light of all this, one is left with no other choice than to conclude that Bhakti Vikasa Swami approves of women being referred to as "whores," "prostitutes" and "animals," that he approves of threatening language used against them, and that he approves of how his extremist "teachings" have been assimilated by his faithful disciple and are now being propagated to a worldwide audience via the Internet.
And therefore, one is left with no other choice than to ask, "What is going on with ISKCON?" We as a Society have barely even begun to recover from the same distortions imposed, contrary to the example personally set by Srila Prabhupada himself, by philosophically unsound men in the 1970's.....and again in the 1990's with the infamous and distasteful GHQ debacle. Now, in 2008, we've got ISKCON-authorized "initiating gurus," such as Bhakti Vikasa Swami, who has repeatedly crossed the GBC's radar for similar misconduct, training up a whole new generation of young men with the same distorted and poisonous misogynistic attitudes? And the GBC is allowing it? We have a serious problem here.