These concepts are also very abhorrent to modern politically correct people.
Therefore, many modern people will think that, along with his non-negative statements about Hitler, that maybe Srila Prabhupada and Vedic culture endorse these theories and programs. There are, however, no such statements of support by Srila Prabhupada. In this quote Srila Prabhupada is talking about karma, and how some groups of people, in this case races, have better destiny according to the deeds of their past lives.
Therefore in the name of promoting equality, they would prefer to completely censor these kinds of remarks from public discourse or consideration. In this they have already been largely successful, and hence the shocked reactions to these types of quotes.
Such people are not really interested to know if Srila Prabhupada is delivering a spiritual or metaphysical truth. His remark is getting in the way of the political agenda that they consider vastly more important. How is that working out? Nevertheless nothing negates that there are real scientifically observable differences between the races or genders. These include physical, social, emotional and mental criteria such as IQ. Most people can be forced to admit that at the current time black people as a group generally have far worse destinies than whites.
If anything is said, the aforementioned social conditioning and evolution are invariably invoked. The conclusion on these kinds of race-gender-karma remarks by Srila Prabhupada is that such metaphysical or spiritual knowledge is completely beyond the ability of modern science or people to discern. These remarks may also not be kind, but it is just as blind to reject them based on political correctness or currently inconclusive scientific theories. Just see. I was surprised.
They are going to pass a resolution for getting married between man to man. The human society has come down to such a degraded position. It is astonishing. So as we saw with race, Srila Prabhupada is apparently condemning one group to the exclusion of others, and this will cause many people to conclude that he was homophobic.
Again the overall context is that Srila Prabhupada came down heavy on all sorts of sense pleasure. I am sex life which is not contrary to religious principles, O Lord of the Bharatas [Arjuna]. Bhagavad-gita 7. In serious Gaudiya Vaishnavism sex according to religious principles means for procreation only.
Sex between members of the same gender is therefore only for sense pleasure and hence inherently degraded. There is no way that it can be engaged in the service of Krishna to potentially produce a devotee child. No serious devotee will condone such activities. It is not because it is between gay people, it is because it is solely for sense pleasure.
His first initiated disciple was Kirtanananda dasa, a homosexual from Greenwich Village in NY, still a popular gay district of the city.
Srila Prabhupada would even sometimes make jokes about them being husband and wife. There were also a number of other gay people who joined the movement at the first temple in the East Village. Srila Prabhupada did not turn anyone away because of race, sexual orientation or gender — as long as they agreed to follow the rules and regulations of Vaishnava behavior. If you wanted to have gay or illicit heterosexual sex, you were free to go elsewhere.
Srila Prabhupada never even slightly condoned the hedonism most of them prefer. When we study the Vaisnava scriptures like Srimad Bhagavatam , we find absolutely no allowance for sense pleasure. This is actually the prerequisite for realization of the absolute truth in all the three phases cited previously. In that book Narada muni condemns his disciple, Srila Vyasadeva, for his guidelines in other Vedic scriptures that regulate sex, intoxication and meat eating.
This is because one has to ultimately make all such enjoyment nil in order to achieve complete liberation from material existence. Srila Prabhupada preached this same standard to his disciples. This is verily condemned and is quite unreasonable. Because they are guided under your instructions, they will accept such activities in the name of religion and will hardly care for prohibitions. Srimad Bhagavatam 1.
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This is a very high level of spirituality. Although this is better than nothing or the state regulated hedonism advocated by secular people, there is very little mention of who God is, what He is like or the means to actually realized and develop love for Him. Attaining the absolute truth requires an absolute standard. Real love for God is devotion or undeviating. It is not being able to turn away for some private sense gratification.
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Unfortunately, most modern people are too obsessed with material pleasure or egalitarian politics to understand the different types of spiritual teachings. In that joyous state, one is situated in boundless transcendental happiness and enjoys himself through transcendental senses. Established thus, one never departs from the truth, and upon gaining this he thinks there is no greater gain.
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Being situated in such a position, one is never shaken, even in the midst of greatest difficulty. This indeed is actual freedom from all miseries arising from material contact. Bhagavada-gita 6. That does not mean that women are to be kept as slaves, but they are like children. By nature they are weak. In the Western countries, the women are given freedom like man, but that is unnatural. So, woman—the conclusion is that women are weak.
We have read where even so-called gurus in the movement have distanced themselves from Manu Samhita apparently because of the inconvenience it creates for their attracting gay or women followers. Srila Prabhupada has compared such minimization more with atheistic Buddhism than staunch devotional service. Anyway Srila Prabhupada also made a great number of statements about how women were to be protected, and this is the key to properly understanding these apparently discriminatory quotes.
Only foolish people will not admit that women, on the average, are physically weaker than men. This is why domestic violence is vastly distorted to the category of men abusing women. This would not be case if women were physically stronger than men or equally so. This means that women have required physical protection in what we have thus far known as human society. In modern Western countries this inevitably comes from the men on the police force.
Of course there is the occasional policewoman who is physically up to handling violent situations, but they are rare exceptions. This is why domestic violence shelter staffs are always focused on whether their mostly male local police department is following the proper protocols in domestic violence situations. They may be aspiring for that, but even staunch feminists acknowledge that the reality is still a long way off. At night women generally only go out in groups or with a man they can trust.
Largely because women are weaker, and therefore more like children, they are more likely to be forced into situations they may not prefer, especially in societies that do not provide them with adequate protection. They often find themselves being taken advantage of by exploitative men, even in countries like the US. Higher education may not be available or too expensive, and young women often get pregnant early in life due to indiscretions with a man who is either immature or irresponsible.
They then commonly end up depending on their parents or, worse yet, falling into sex work, a vocation that always has a steady demand. Prabhupada: Woman is not equally intelligent as a man. Reporter: Equal in intelligence? Prabhupada: Not equal intelligence. So therefore woman is not equally intelligent like man. Critics will bring up academic research on intelligence and whether brain size is truly a reflection of it.
We have certainly seen by now that there are any numbers of women who perform very admirably in jobs that were previously thought best done only by men. Srila Prabhupada also said this difference in intelligence is related to women being more in the mode of passion:. Generally women are very much passionate and are less intelligent; therefore somehow or other a man should not be under the control of their passion and ignorance.
People dominated by the mode of passion are absorbed in trying to attain material success and enjoyment and, therefore, have a more difficult time differentiating between matter and spirit. Someone more in the higher mode of goodness easily takes to following the regulative principles that are the prerequisites to realizing God.
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They cannot be equally important. This is one of the big differences between the modes of passion and goodness. Now critics will say that there are great women religionists and saints, and that conversely many men are very degraded and poor at self-control. Men are often seen obnoxiously approaching women for sex, regardless of time or circumstance, whereas women are generally far more discerning in their choice of partners; thus indicating better ability to manage their sex drive.
These are, of course, the kind of gender differences that feminists like to tout and celebrate, unlike some of the others we are citing.