Chakra Discussions

ISKCON now encourages advanced education

by Kalavati d.d.

Posted March 20, 2005

Sri Nrshingha das made some excellent points in his article ISKCON's coming succession crisis. I am responding, in part, because I think there are many devotees who, like myself, are not high-profile, but are still very involved and very much a part of ISKCON as ISKCON's next generation.

I am a disciple of HH Jayapataka Maharaja, and joined in 1987 at 16. As a next-generation devotee, I have always been encouraged to obtain an education. I am currently working on my PhD, and was encouraged to go beyond that by HH Indradyumna Maharaja to do post-doctoral studies.

On a daily basis, I update, as well as developing websites for various ISKCON temples. When I have time off, I perform deity service for the temple where I was first- and second-initiated. Did I mention I am in a woman's body? This has not seemed to limit my service opportunities, and I suspect if I did not have as many material responsibilities, I would be offered additional opportunities to serve within ISKCON.

There are devotees who are educated and next-generation and maintaining their sadhana after so many years. I would like to think that as the need arises for new leadership, Krsna will inspire and encourage all of those devotees out there who, while not high profile, are nevertheless willing and capable of serving Srila Prabhupada and ISKCON in whatever capacity is required.

While I appreciate the concerns Sri Nrshingha prabhu listed, I ultimately feel that, if we are enthusiastic to serve and have complete faith in Guru and Krsna, what is there that cannot be accomplished?