Sivaram Maharaj should note that varna ashrama does not stop at purchasing a big farm to grow organic carrots on and milking a few non-gen-mod cows and living away from the city. All brothels in Nevada are away from cities and are placed in the quite dusty Nevada country side. Are they varna ashrama institutes meant for taking souls back to Krishna?
‘chastity’ or ‘brahmacharya’? Varna ashrama, which Prabhupada ordered we follow, has many restrictions on mixing of men and women which our fellow iskcon members’ modern yavana sensibilities find irritating.
Sampradaya His Holiness Sivaram Swami Maharaj has failed to understand this and
has promoted this unchaste behavior by his presence and participation in the
kirtan. If he was not able to stop it then he should have spoken something
against it and or at least walked away from the site. But him lending his voice
in the chorus is adding insult to injury.
You are not on the platform of going beyond the material side of spiritual objects and experiencing only the spiritual potency.
E.g. If you constantly eat a lot of sweet prasadam you will get caries and diabetes because there is a material side to prasadam and you are not on the level of a pure devotee that you only partake in the spiritual side of prasadam. It is not that the prasadam will magically protect your teeth and will magically make your body release insulin in its blood stream to compensate for the increased sugar levels. This won’t happen.
E.g. If the singer is not having a good voice you wont like the chanting of Krishna’s because you are still having the tendency to enjoy “good music” and a “good voice”. You are not perfectly and fully taking and tasting only the spiritual side of the chanting of Krishna’s names you are also enjoying the material side of things.
These are simple things to understand. Only a complete moron(as Hridayananda Maharaj likes to call iskcon people) or a cheater would deny these facts.
Even if you are a paramhamsa(an absolutely great devotee of Krishna), you are not to act on it, at least in public. Which Sivaram Maharaj himself teaches us in the ‘Calling women Prabhu’ audio blog
movement, to find a woman with four children from four different men.
caught breaking the four regulative principles.
Another wayward female disciple that Sivarama Swami has empowered (with at least his silence)
From 1997 till 2004 she served as a manager in New Vraja Dhāma responsible for tourism, VIP guests, the Deity department and festivals, and helped in developing the farm community. She has also been a part time teacher at the Bhaktivedanta College in Budapest since 2001 teaching Deity Worship, and after getting a BA in Vaisnava Theology and an MA in Religious Studies she joined the College staff full-time in 2010. Presently she is teaching Sanskrit, World Religions, Guru-tattva, Bhagavat-tattva and The Lives of our Ācāryas courses
See her pic here http://www.srsbooks.com/storage/manjed.jpg
In vedic culture or varna ashrama a woman has her place as a teacher. She is the teacher of her male children when they are in the house upto the age of 5. So she does teach men upto the age of 5.
For the female children, the mother can be a life long teacher, she can teach them many things including Prabhupada’s books.
But now to take that to the public space, in a modern western way by making her a college teacher – this is not vedic culture, this is not in pursuance of the rules of varna ashrama.
A woman is supposed to be chaste and shy.
How will she be chaste if the male students look at her face for a 40 minute lecture day in and day out?
How will she be shy if she has to look the male students and speak in that lecture?
Thus this is a contradiction of the laws of varna ashrama which Prabhupada said we must instill in iskcon and subsequently throughout the rest of the world, calling it his ‘50% of the remaining task’.
Another female preacher is glorified by Sivaram Swami
And in the preaching and masculine sevas that she was doing a person, Dusyanta Das used to flirt with her, as he himself confesses here
Dear Krishna Lila Prabhu,From those days in Hungary when we all helped Maharaja on the “festival”,for me they were ecstatic times,i remember Krishna Lila so well. She was always smiling,helpful and spoke english.Sometimes we would joke with her a bit about a pretend problem and she took it all really well and just smiled.Sometimes she was everywhere,organising,helping and doing the needful.When i got back to the UK somehow i missed her.When i saw her recently at the farm it was like meeting a good old friend.I often think about her and many other Hungarian devotees and hope they are all happy and well.Krishna Lila exemplifies the mood of a great Vaisnavi and it has been a great boon to serve with her.all glories to her service.Krishna Lila Prabhu ki jai. Your servant,Dusyanta dasa.