Time to Celebrate
Posted August 14, 2009
Visakha Prabhu has set the standard here with her wonderful posting of Srila Prabhupad's teachings about the use of the title Prabhu, and even more importantly, our attitude and understanding of who we are in relationship to Krishna and everyone else.
She quotes Guru and Sastra, and avoids struggle, defensiveness and taking sides. Perfect example.
We are all servants. Period. Krishna is Purusha and we are all Prakriti. Therefore, Krishna is the only male, and we are all his Prakriti, and the servants of all our relations, whether in male or female bodies.
Visakha Prabhu has always been one of the finest examples of a realized Vaishnavi I have ever met. I have known her and her husband Yadubara Prabhu since the very early days with Srila Prabhupad, and everything they have ever said or done has been with a great degree of spiritual understanding.
Another great Vaishnavi teacher for me is Yamuna Prabhu. Srila Prabhupad used to ask me to play her Govindam prayers in his room for mangala aratik for his personal Deities. Often he would listen in trance, with tears in his eyes, as she sang from her realized, transcendental state of consciousness.
One morning he said... "You know, I have been thinking of making Yamuna Prabhu a GBC member... her high level of Krishna Consciousness would bring great wisdom to the GBC... but I don't think we can do it just yet... the men would just not understand."
Notice that he said "just yet"...
I had the blessing to be with Srila Prabhupad as his personal servant for a year and a half, and in that time, I heard dozens of statements about the equality of men and women, and how important it is to practice humility and respect for everyone.
I also saw how His Divine Grace acted personally... he always showed respect to everyone, no matter what body they were in.
Krishna Consciousness is really very simple. It's us that are so complicated and contaminated by the dualistic nature of the Kali Yuga that we can't see the forest for the trees.
Srila Prabhupad told me something once that has kept me going over the years when things seemed impossible, both personally and in the big picture...
"You will see the leadership and population of the world become Krishna Conscious... in your lifetime."
I've often wondered how that will happen. I know that Srila Prabhupad lives in and speaks from the Transcendental plane and always speaks truth.
Still, even devotees have been power struggling and caught up in the Kali Yuga energies.
How will it ever happen?
By Divine Grace. It's happening right now, and our part in it is to just surrender... to Krishna and to Srila Prabhupad, and to the process of actually being a devotee and treating everyone with respect.
As a Prabhu, no matter what their gender.
I offer my most respectful obeisances to Srila Prabhupad, to our great Disciplic Succession, and to Vishaka Prabhu, Yamuna Prabhu, Malati Prabhu and all the Vaishnavis everywhere who keep the faith and set the example for all of us to follow...
We are all female in relationship to Krishna.
Get ready and stay positive. It's time for change, and Srila Prabhupad's powerful prediction is now finally coming to pass.
The time for stuggle and separation is over. Lord Chaitanya's Period of Grace is here. It's time to let go, celebrate and evolve.
Hare Krishna, Prabhus.