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November 18, 1998   VNN2521  

Conspiracy To Terminate The ISKCON Women's Ministry


BY ARDHABUDDHI DASA

USA, Nov 18 (VNN) — On September 28, 1998, a secret COM conference called GHQ was launched by a small group of men known to oppose the ISKCON Women's Ministry. Originally organized by Shyamasundara (the astrologer), the goal of this conference was to turn back the clock on the recent progress made by ISKCON Vaisnavis in their struggle to be recognized as individuals with the right to serve guru and Krsna according to their propensities. The men appear to have been inspired by their discussions on the COM conference "Dharma of Women" (recently strategically renamed "Dharma of Men and Women") in which they tried to explain many current ISKCON problems as being due to women not acting according to Vedic principles. These men have been known to selectively use quotes by Srila Prabhupada, Manu Samitha and Chanakya Pandit to blame everything from divorce to wife abuse on the women's attitudes and behaviors.

As illustrated in the following statement made by Shyamasudara in a letter to Jasomatinandana, it is obvious that they considered themselves to be in a state of war. In an early text, Shyamasundara wrote: "We are seriously organizing a counteroffensive against the feminists who are a plague in our movement. We need your help. We have set up a central command post and are seeking out devotees who can help in this mission." (see below for full text)

As of mid September, this conference consisted of a core of up to 17 men, plus other sympathizers who were brought into the discussions on an "as-needed" basis. These GHQ conference members were Basu Ghosh (das) ACBSP (Baroda - IN), Bhakti Vikasa Swami, Bhanu Swami (Madras - IN), Danavir das Goswami (USA), Dayaram (das) JPS (Mayapur - IN), Goloka Candra (das) JPS (Malaysia), Guru-Krsna (das) HDG (Alachua, FL - USA), Jasomatinandan (das) ACBSP (Gujarat - IN), Jaya Tirtha Charan (das) JPS, Jivan Mukta (das) TSI (Back to Basics) (Ontario - CAN), Krishna Kirti (das) HDG (Baltimore - USA), Prithu (das) ACBSP, Rasananda Swami (USA), Shyamasundara (das) ACBSP (Florida Vedic College -USA), Svavasa (das) ACBSP (NA-BBT), Trivikrama Swami, Vidvan Gauranga (das) JPS (Mayapur - IN), and Ameyatma Dasa. The group also included Sadhusangananda, TP of ISKCON Boston, although due to his travel schedule, he was not very active initially. Jivanmukta's wife Sita was the only woman active in these discussions. One of her main roles appears to have been to leak texts from the "International Women's Conference" on COM to the GHQ members and do search folio for quotes intended to disempower women.

As can be seen in the first text below, they used their secret conference to brainstorm strategies to terminate the women's ministry (including many discussions on whether these efforts should concentrate on damaging the reputations of Vaisnavi leaders or of the male ISKCON leaders who support the women's ministry), share research, collect dossiers of "dirt" on opponents in an effort to discredit them, pre-empt women's concerns by pretending to care about their protection, strategize how to get women to lose their cool on COM while they themselves appeared as gentlemen, identify high level supporters/ ambivalent leaders /opponents, get feminism declared a form of atheism or mayavada philosophy, organize campaigns to protest official statements by the Women's Ministry etc. Their ultimate goal was (and still is) to write a proposal to the GBC to terminate the women's ministry and to limit service opportunities for ISKCON Vaisnavis.

The members spent considerable time trying to identify possible GBC level supporters and opponents (see COM text 1737640 below). Using the analogy of "triage" in war, in which medical personnel have to quickly identify soldiers whose injuries are treatable vs. life-threatening. Shyamasundara proposed dividing ISKCON leaders into 3 categories, namely: "1) Pro-Vedic, 2) Unidentified or loyalty unknown at this time, and 3) Purvapakshin." Efforts were made to enlist the members in the first category in support of their upcoming proposal. In Shyamasundara's words "Those in group 2 should be preached to vigorously so that they support us or show their colors." In contrast, "Purvapakshins" should be discredited or simply ignored.

One of the much-discussed strategies in the GHQ focused on how to pre-empt the legitimate concerns of ISKCON vaisnavis. The most popular strategy for accomplishing this is illustrated in the following quote from one of their texts: "as a tactic (following BSST in the brahmana and vaishnava debate) put their concern as our first concern. Then we put the second concern to show how to deal with the first concern in reality. What do you all think? Before they jump in and show fingers to us as if we are abusing the women, we point fingers at the men and deal with this. So now they have nothing to point fingers at."

This quote clearly shows that these men are not genuinely interested in women's concerns but that they would simply use calls for the protection of women to advance their own cause, i.e. control of women.

Many of the GHQ texts were also devoted to discussing the members' public replies to different COM texts. One of the most discussed such texts involved a letter written by Jasomatinandana, in which he criticized Malati's GBC appointment. Although no GHQ members appeared capable of realizing why mainstream devotees had been offended by Jasomatinandana's text, they agreed that it might be best if they tone down future attacks for tactical reasons. They also spent a fair amount of time analyzing and criticizing men who appeared to support the objectives of the women's ministry. The following statement by Jivanmukta (in response to a letter written by Hari Sauri in support of Malati) illustrates clearly the tone of such texts. Jivanmukta wrote (see below for full text) "It is men like Hari Sauri that are at the root of our problems. It is men like him that undermine a husband's authority over his wife. Instead of seizing the moment to preach to her and show her the path of dharma, how she should follow her prescribed duty etc. he wimps out and encourages her! Who said this guy is on our side anyway? He is a total embarrassment!"

In the initial conference texts, the GHQ members were more freely showing their true color and frequently referred to ISKCON women as "obnoxious", "feminazis" and even as not having souls, to the "ISKCON Women's Ministry" as the "ISKCON Whore Ministry" and to the "International Women's Conference" as the "International Witches Conference". In one text, Shyamasundara asked Jaya Tirtha Caran "How do you feel about the feminists in ISKCON?". JTC replied "Mmmmmmmm! I must admit although they appear to be spirit souls like those of us either wearing male or female bodies, in actually they have no soul. Yes, you guessed it, I really can't stand them,..." (see below for full text). In later texts, the men appear to have realized that by showing their true feelings so openly on the conference, they may also later inadvertently slip up and use these offensive labels in public. They therefore devised a system of referring to their opponents either as "purvapakshins" or by their initials only. Since this change was only tactical and cosmetic, it appears clear that we can not take seriously any claims made by these men that they are interested in bringing back "Vedic culture" to ISKCON.

Some of the conference members appear to be very skilled in the art of deception. For example, Vidvan Gauranga writes (in response to a question of whether he feels up to debating Sudharma and Pranada of the women's ministry): "No I am not afraid of being intimidated. I am just playing the same game they are playing. They try to get support by saying "Ah! we are called feminazis!" etc. So I am also crying out, "Ah! I am called a woman-hater! Ah!" hi hi hi When you fight, you have to use the same kind of weaponry that the opponent uses." He also explained to a concerned fellow GHQ member why he had expressed faith that the Women's Ministry was "doing something to stop feminist preaching". VG replied to this concern in the following way: "I have to say like that because only then will they start listening to us. Otherwise, they will turn a deaf ear to us, even if we speak in accordance with Prabhupada, Sadhu and Sastra. They are women, so you have to be emotional, sensitive and diplomatic with them. To NOT do so, I opine, is not strategic."

Although the GHQ members typically insist that opponents always quote sastra, they seem to hold themselves to a somewhat lower standard:

Shyamasundara wrote: "A man of sense only trifles with them [women], plays with them, humors and flatters them, as he does with a sprightly and forward child; but he neither consults them about, nor trusts them with, serious matters." Earl of Chesterfield.

To which Vidvan Gauranga replied:
"Good stuff. Bhaktividya Purna Maharaja told me the same thing."

And these are the same men who are currently bashing their opponents all over COM for even daring to use "logic and common sense" if this process does not involve quoting sastra.

In an ironic twist of fate, the conference organizers must have had some kind of insight into the devious nature of their scheme. During the last days of the conference, one member commented that the "COM Gods" may not be pleased by their efforts and might thus arrange to have them exposed. The conference was therefore recently taken off COM and continued privately. Unfortunately for the members, this insight came too late. Before the conference went off the air, one of its members had second thoughts. Although he agreed with many of the traditional views expressed by the others, he found their modus operandum to be distasteful and therefore decided to share the plans with Vaisnavas and Vaisnavis worldwide. Although we will respect his wish to remain anonymous, we greatly appreciate the courage he showed by sharing these texts with us.

Selected GHQ texts are presented below, so that the readers can judge the mood of these men for themselves:




Text 1737639 (139 lines)
From: Shyamasundara (das) ACBSP (Florida Vedic College - USA)
Date: 02-Oct-98 06:50 +0000
To: GHQ [47]
Subject: More strategy
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Dear Maharajas and Prabhus,

Please except my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Continuing on with Maharajas ideas about strategy and tactics:

What exactly are our ultimate objectives? These objectives may go beyond
the next GBC meeting. Here is a list of some suggested objectives:

1) No women in leadership positions, this means in GBC, temple
presidents, the GBC secretaries, ISKCON officers or spokespersons
(such as in ISKCON communications which is heavily dominated by feminists).

2) Terminating the present Woman's Ministry.

3) The Grhasta Ministry should be an umbrella for the Woman's Ministry,
no previous officers of Woman's Ministry to hold office in the Grhasta
Ministry. This is in keeping with no women in leadership positions.

4) Feminist philosophy to be banned as materialistic, atheistic and
mayavada. (We have to demonstrate this.) Any person advocating or
propagating feminism in any way, shape, or form to be considered as
seriously deviating from Srila Prabhupada teachings, Vaisnava siddhanta,
and
Vedic culture. They must resign all positions in ISKCON, and leave the
movement. They can only return if it can be demonstrated that they are
no longer infected with this pernicious disease. (This could be
demonstrated by writing a paper refuting feminism, and preaching vigorously
against feminism.)

5) All ISKCON media such as COM, Hare Krsna World, ISKCON Communications
Journal, etc., censored for feminism.

6) No temple shall host feminist meetings.

7) Women not allowed to give classes or lead kirtanas. (Unless there are
no qualified men to do so, only then can they take up these services.)

As I said these are only suggestions. As you can see they constitute
mostly "Do Nots", and one "Do". To make it balanced several "Do's" should be
included. Any ideas?

How long would this take? We should try to make as big of an impact as
possible at the next GBC meeting and hopefully fulfill all of our
objectives. But we should be prepared for the long haul.

Membership in GHQ:

As Maharaja pointed out it would become too unwieldy if we had too many
members in the forum. Yet at the same time we need a lot of help. One
idea would be to form cells. That is, that each member of GHQ form his own
contact group, which would be called a "cell". And each member of the
cell would have his own cell in which he would be the leader, and so on. In
this way some type of workable command structure can be put into place so
that things can get done without excessive discussion. Don't forget the
Italian saying: "fati masqui, parola femina." Which means: men do; women talk.

So far I have identified there are four types of services that are
required to fulfill this mission: researching, writing, editing, and lobbying.
Some persons may have more than one of the skills.

RESEARCHERS: to go through Folio, Vedic sastras, and modern feminist and
antifeminist literature for relevant quotations. For example it was
noted that the Mormons are the fastest-growing religion in the world, yet they
decry having women in leadership roles. One of the myths propagated by
the feminists in ISKCON is that if we want to attract intelligent women we
have to put women in leadership roles. This myth is exploded by the Mormons.
Also, if by intelligent women is meant the kind embodied by the leaders
of the feminists, we don't want them. In any case, such references to the
Mormons should be looked up.

WRITERS: to put together essays on various topics regarding feminism,
and the place of women in Vedic culture.

EDITORS: to skillfully put our literary package together.

LOBBYISTS: to network throughout ISKCON to find support for our cause.
Lobbyists should mainly focus on the following groups: GBC's, Sannyasis,
Temple Presidents, senior devotees, Matajis (especially those who are
Prabhupada disciples), and devotees who can help as researchers,
writers, or editors. They should utilize the principle of Triage and not waste time
on those who are obviously feminists.

Our counterattack is composed of two components:

1) Our written presentation which is based on Guru, Sadhu, and Sastra.
This is the ammunition.

2) The allies who we forge through our lobbying. They are the ones who
will use our ammunition to convince others.

We need both to be successful. I don't think getting allies will be very
difficult, practically everybody I've mentioned it to was very
enthusiastic.
The vast silent majority of devotees, are fed up and sick of these
feminists. But they have felt isolated because of thinking they were
alone
because of the volume of the feminist rhetoric. It is our business then
to give them the weapons which they can then use to fight against feminism.
(I would think that it would be a good idea to release our weapon to all
our friends and supporters at the same time or perhaps a little before we
give it to the GBC. Not too much before we give it too the GBC or it will
leak to the feminists who may then have time to try to counter it.)

So one decision we have to make is how many people should be on the
forum. Should there be a cutoff point? Or should we just add as needed?

Already many devotees have been suggested for different roles, it may be
better if the devotee who suggests that person simply cultivate that
person, enthuse them and engage them in the appropriate service, without adding
them to the GHQ, unless there is some overriding factor to the contrary, such
that their presence on GHQ would be very necessary.

THE WEAPON (sastra can be considered as a weapon, note the "astra" in
sastra):

The presentation will come in two sizes:

MAHA: a collection of quotations from Srila Prabhupada and the sastras
arranged in appropriate topics. Plus essays by devotees on selected
topics.
The subject for these topics has been given by Jivanmukta. However we
still need some devotees to take up some writing assignments. I have
volunteered for one, but that will not be enough.

LAGHU: a short four or five page, concise presentation to the GBC. We
need to discuss what the contents of this presentation is going to be,
because on the basis of this presentation we shall sink or swim. The topics have to
be very skillfully chosen and presented if we want to have a chance with
the GBC who are very busy. If we do this correctly it will go in like a
needle, and out like a plow. I suggest that one of the subjects of this paper be
to show why feminism is very dangerous for Vedic culture. We do not have to
go very deep in any of the points which we present. We can simply present
the point, develop it a little and then refer to the large presentation for
more details. Obviously this paper can be written after the main one is done
because we will use the main paper as reference point.

Your servant
Shyamasundara Dasa
(Text 1737639) ---------------------------------------------

* Subsequent texts are presented in chronological order to help the
readers get a feel for the flow of these discussions. Please note that
texts which appear out of order were originally sent as private letters
and were only later forwarded to the conference.

Text 1726720 (72 lines)
From: Shyamasundara (das) ACBSP (Florida Vedic College - USA)
Date: 28-Sep-98 12:01 +0000
To: GHQ [1]
Subject: We are finally on.
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Dear Maharajas and Prabhus,

PAMHO AGTSP.

We are finally on line. It took a while but we did it. There were
several theories about the delay , the the sysop's wife may be a feminist etc,
but I think the real reason is because of a combination of the following
reasons:
there is no assisant sysop thus Raktambara does everything, he also has
a partime job, 1/2 the devotees have left Korsnas Gard as a result of the
HKS debacle, they are having financial troubles, there is concern for the
very future of COM, etc. I think it will stay online, it has become too vital
for ISKCON management.


Anyway so far I have added the following members:

Bhakti Vikasa Swami
Rasananda Swami
Basu Ghosh
Jivan Mukta
Krishna Kirti
Guru-Krsna
myself


Please suggest who else should be on board? Possible suggestions:

Jasomatinanda
Sadhusangananda (Boston TP)
Vidvan Gauranga
Prthu
Ameyatma
Dayarama
Bhakti Vidyapurna Swami

I should say from the onset I am not in charge of the forum, I just
volunteered to be the organizer for logitical reasons. This I am only
the facilitator not the BOSS. Aside from that my health has not been good
for the several months and I am have several writing projects to deal with.
So I see my involvement as facilitator, giving some suggestions, and possibly
writing something on one of the topics mentioned by Jivanmukta. In
anycase it is too big a project for one person and we need input from many.

For example Vidvan Guaranga has already written something on the
subject.
Jasomatinanda Prabhu said he has done some research etc. So we can and
should expect to get contributions from various sources.

Regarding support:

My understanding so far is that the following leading devotees are
favorable to our cause:

Hari Sauri Prabhu
Jasomamtinanda Prabhu
Prthu "
Sivarama Swami
Sridhara Swami
Jayadvaja Swami
Rtadvaja Swami
Niranjana Swami
Keshava Bharti Prabhu

Any others? Possibly they may be asked if they have anything that they
would like write or include. I know that Prthu Prabhu is a researcher and
writer so he may have something.

Anyway it is time to get the ball rolling.


Your worthless servant

Shyamasundara Dasa
(Text 1726720) ---------------------------------------------


Letter COM:1698466 (22 lines)
From: Krishna Kirti (das) HDG (Baltimore - USA)

Subject: women & management
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What do you all think?

I think that it must be accompanied by some genuine, substantial
offer of protection from the "male community." There are so many women in
our movement who have had husbands that have renounced them, for mostly
sinful purposes, and then those same men have been tolerated and
embraced by our institution. Meanwhile, no one gives a thought for
the "stalwart" Prabhu's suffering former family. ys KKd

My view is that we should not go astray with many different points. We
have a goal which is to present to GBC a reasonable paper pointing out
the mistake in giving so much freedom to women in our society such as
women GBC and on. RS

That is alright. We are coming up with a paper which points out the
mistake of giving unrestricted freedom to women. A woman's dharma is to be
under the protection of a male at all phases of her life. The solution we are
proposing, therefore, must also address the issue of who will assume
responsibility for their protection and what happens if that contract is
violated by either her protector or by the woman herself. It is an
essential point. ys KKd
(Text COM:1698466) -----------------------------------------

Letter COM:1714977 (38 lines)
From: Bhakti Vikasa Swami
Date: 24-Sep-98 10:47
To:
Comment: Text COM:1719236 by Basu Ghosh (das) ACBSP (Baroda - IN)
Subject: Re: malati's response
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"Purvapakshin" is the best word, as it brings images of a dignified,
rather than purely political, opponent. Often, the other party have made most
undignified attacks (I was the subject of one of them, on Chakra); but
our hope should be that "amanina manadena" on our part will sober them up.
We should bring discussion up from the emotional level and oppose them on
sastric grounds, on which we are certain to prevail. Slanging matches
are fit for uneducated village women. We can't win on that level.

I'm not suggesting that our presentation should not be strong. But the
sastric quotes are in themselves so heavy that we hardly need to add our
own expletives. For instance, using Srila Prabhupada's definition of a
prostitute, we can (in polite terms) question the status of re-married
Iskcon women. This is certain to get the feminazis highly riled, as they
are mostly re-married divorcees, but we can simply cooly again present the
Prabhupada quote to them, and not allow them to obfuscate the point with
their name-calling.

Letter COM:1719256 (11 lines)
From: Basu Ghosh (das) ACBSP (Baroda - IN)
Daived:
26-Sep-98 00:42)
Reference: Text COM:1717764 by Internet: Jivan Mukta Dasa
Subject: Re: Mother Malati
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After reading such trash consider that the GBC patted themselves on
the back by giving her the GBC candidacy. We heard that not all the GBC
members voted on it though. Hopefully these individuals will start
speaking up against this act of irreligion. When we asked Gopala
Krsna Maharaja about it, he said that if it was a wrong decision, then we
should have faith that they will change it. But why was it allowed to
happen in the first place?!

Because the GBC - our blind uncles - take decisions that are not based
on "shastra pramanas". This ought to be corrected or; yah shastra vidhim
utrijya... comes into effect, no?
(Text COM:1719256) -----------------------------------------


Letter COM:1725519 (34 lines)
From: Internet: Sadhu1008@aol.com
Date: 27-Sep-98 23:38
To: Basu Ghosh (das) ACBSP (Baroda - IN) [6269] (received:
28-Sep-98
00:35)
Cc: Shyamasundara (das) ACBSP (Florida Vedic College - USA)
[5138]
(sender: Basu Ghosh (das) ACBSP (Baroda - IN))
Cc: Jivan Mukta Dasa (sent: 28-Sep-98 00:49)
(sender: Basu Ghosh (das) ACBSP (Baroda - IN))
Comment: Text COM:1725605 by Basu Ghosh (das) ACBSP (Baroda - IN)
Subject: Essay on women in ISKCON
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Pamho. AGTSP.

After having been attacked recently in a somewhat outrageous way by one
of the feminist leaders of the movement, and her academic boyfriend, I have
taken my time to 'get into the issue' again and read hundreds of texts in
various women issue related conferences. Since I found yours very balanced,
sastrically sound and in general very good I humbly request you to compile a sound
essay for the GBC before they get completely swamped with feminist demands and
proposals. Currently, the GBC is practically caving in under their
pressure, the NA GBC meetings are already controlled by them in an embarrassing
way, etc.

If you could take out time for this project, you could do the movement a
great favor.

It is interesting to note in this regard that most of the religious
movements which are considered the faster growing ones in the world
(like the Mormons) don't put women in leadership positions and they have
no problem with that. In fact, they are surprised that we do. In other
words the argument that we have to cater to the senses to mundaners,
academics, feminists, etc. in order to grow as a movement is simply
bogus.

Anyway, so much more could be said, but I just wanted to express my
appreciation for your realizations on the matter and hope that you will
find time to render a conclusive paper to the movement which is pleasing to
Srila Prabhupada and helpful for generations to come.

Hope this meets you well.

Y.s. Sadhusangananda das
.
(Text COM:1725519) -----------------------------------------


Letter COM:1729360 (64 lines) [W1]
From: Jaya Tirtha Charan (das) JPS
Date: 29-Sep-98 09:23
To: Shyamasundara (das) ACBSP (Florida Vedic College - USA)
[5193]
Reference: Text COM:1729007 by Shyamasundara (das) ACBSP (Florida Vedic
College
- USA)
Comment: Text COM:1731197 by Shyamasundara ACBSP
Subject: Re: =>:-)
------------------------------------------------------------

How do you feel about the feminists in ISKCON? I noted that you had a
few sparring matches with Mad Radha.

Shyama

PAMHO., AGTSP.,

Mmmmmmmm! I must admit although they appear to be spirit souls like
those of us either wearing male or female bodies, in actually they have no
soul.
Yes, you guessed it, I really can't stand them, and as you may
have seen in my chart too, it predicts that I'd have trouble with "these
fellows".
To me they defy nature!!! I did start writing a paper on feminism, some
years ago, but came to a conclusion that even if one of these arrogant
personalities did in fact read it, they'd only use the excuse that I was
sexist, or the like.

Are they really in Srila Prabhupada's Iskcon, or have they started their
own philosophy within Iskcon???

One of my friends summed it up in a similar matter of some indigenous
people in New Zealand, whose crime rate, alcohol consumption, domestic
violence, etc., far exceeds the others in NZ. He made the point it's not
that I'm racist, I just find a certain kind of behaviour unacceptable.
It doesn't matter what the colour they're Niggers!!!

In the same way these feminists in my opinion are the ones who due to
their transgressing the shy and pure nature of real womanhood, are bringing,
and have brought society to above their knees.

We used to have one in our group here, she was a constant pain in the
......., not just for the men, but also for the women too. She ended up
misleading a few, but then her husband left her, and she took off to
another temple. Now she's in the process of marrying a REAL eunoch -
he's totally enamoured, and she's wearing the pants already.

Got to go, it's getting late.

For God's sake don't distribute this to any of them.......! I've spent
years fighting with these people, and their onesided
"libralism"........!

ys, anonny mouse!!!

P.S. thanks for the Astro-stuff.
(Text 1738398) ---------------------------------------------

Text 1737640 (128 lines)
From: Shyamasundara (das) ACBSP (Florida Vedic College - USA)
Date: 02-Oct-98 06:50 +0000
To: GHQ [48]
Subject: TRIAGE
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I am sneding this GHQ so that everyone can see it who didn't before. I
have adjusted the list according to latest news


---------- Forwarded Message ----------


TRIAGE

Dear Maharajas and Prabhus,

PAMHO AGTSP

Aside from writing papers which is of vital necessity to present a solid
philosophical basis for our platform, we must also organize popular
support from the movers and shakers in ISKCON.

In military or emergency medical situations when there are many victims
the attending physicians perform Triage. That is, they divide the survivors
into three groups:

1. Those that will die no matter what medical care is given. To them
some comfort is given so that they die as painlessly as possible.
2. Those who if treated will probably recover.
3. Those who if left alone untreated will survive anyway.

Having done this triage, they then concentrate all their energy on
saving those that would die without treatment.

I suggest that we do something similar, that we divide senior or
influential devotees into three groups and deal with them differently.
The groups are:

1) Pro-Vedic. They are the ones who are for the traditional Vedic
relationship between men and women as is enunciated in Srila
Prabhupada's books and is the understanding of the general devotee.
2) Unidentified or loyalty unknown at this time.
3) Purvapakshin. Those who favor feminism, and male-female equality.

We should identify all those in group 1 as quickly as possible and rally
their support for our cause. Those in group 2 should be preached to
vigorously so that they support us or show their colors. Those in group
3, well they are the ones who we are contending with in this ideological
war for the future of ISKCON and Vedic Dharma.

So far I have identified the following as members of these three
categories.

PRO-VEDIC:
Virabahu Prabhu GBC
Svavas Prabhu BBT Trustee and GBC candidate
Hari Sauri Prabhu
Bhakti Caru Swami GBC
Trivikrama Swami GBC
Rtadvaja Swami
Bhakti Vidya Purna Swami
Bhakti Vikasa Swami
Jayadvaja Swami
Jasomatinandana Prabhu
Dayarama Prabhu
Mahabuddhi Prabhu
Keshava Bharti Prabhu
Nirajana Swami GBC
Prthu Prabhu GBC
Danavira Swami

UNIDENTIFIED:
Jayadvaita Swami BBT Trustee
Bhakti Tirtha Swami GBC
Radhanatha Swami GBC
Bhanu Swami
Bhakti Marga Swami
Prahladhananda Swami
Badrinarayana Prabhu GBC
Varshana Swami
Hari Vilasa Prabhu GBC
Guru Prasada Swami GBC
Jayapataka Swami GBC
Ravindra Swarupa GBC
Suhotra Swami GBC
Madhusevita Prabhu GBC and BBT Trustee
Vaidyanatha Prabhu GBC
Drutakarma Prabhu

PURVAPAKSHIN:
Bir-Krishna Swami GBC
Hrdayananda Swami GBC
Mukunda Swami GBC
Naveen Krsna Prabhu GBC
Vipramukhya Swami
Umapati Swami
Malati dd GBC
Nagaraja, Editor BTG
Staff at Hare Krsna World
Women's Ministry including:
Sudharma
Pranada
Rasa Gamya (Naveen's wife)
Jyotir Mayi dd
Madhusudhani Radha dd
Advaita Prabhu
Giriraja Swami GBC


Obviously this is not an exhaustive list. Some names may be added or
changed from one list to another.

Regarding Virabahu and Svavas Prabhu, I would like to ask HH Rasananda
Swami Maharaja, since he is in that locale, to please approach them and seek
their valuable support to our cause.

These person's can be approached either directly or via email. It is
important to get as much support as possible from the leading devotees
in ISKCON if we are to make an impact. Our work of presenting a paper or
series of papers will bear more fruit if we have a receptive audience waiting
to read it.

Your humble servant
Shyamasundara Dasa
(Text 1737640) ---------------------------------------------

Text 1737737 (37 lines)
From: Bhakti Vikasa Swami
Date: 02-Oct-98 08:29 +0100
Refernce: Text 1737639 by Shyamasundara (das) ACBSP (Florida Vedic
College -
USA)
To: GHQ [52]
Subject: More strategy
------------------------------------------------------------
To make it balanced several "Do's" should be
included. Any ideas?

Women (and men) to be trained in traditional role models.

So far I have identified there are four types of services that are
required to fulfill this mission: researching, writing, editing, and
lobbying.

I think I could act as a lobbyist. It would probably be more effective
for a sannyasi to lobby other sannyasis.

Not too much before we give it too the GBC or it will leak to
the feminists who may then have time to try to counter it.)

In the modern age, as soon as something is out, the whole world knows
about it.

one of the subjects of this paper be to
show why feminism is very dangerous for Vedic culture.

This presumes that our leaders are convinced of the need for Vedic
culture. I'm not sure that they all are, or that they all have much idea about
what it's about.

JM wrote of the need to show how that, although Srila Prabhupada made
concessions for the circumstances he was preaching in, he wanted us to
move towards the ideal of Vedic culture. This is a key point and one that
will be vigorously contested. It needs to be demonstrated very clearly--our case
may rest on it.

I'm off to Russia now. You may or may not hear from me in the next few
weeks.

Dasanudasa,

Bhakti Vikasa Swami
(Text 1737737) ---------------------------------------------

Text 1738350 (7 lines)
From: Shyamasundara (das) ACBSP (Florida Vedic College - USA)
Date: 02-Oct-98 12:09 +0000
To: GHQ [64]
Subject: Security
------------------------------------------------------------
Needless to say the texts on ths conference are not to be circulated.
"Loose lips sink ships."

Also for your information this forum is hidden, only members will find
it listed on the list of forums not anyone else. No one can see the status
of this forum even if somehow they stumbled across it, that way no one
would know who is on this forum.
(Text 1738350) ---------------------------------------------

Text 1729575 (16 lines)
From: Bhakti Vikasa Swami
Date: 29-Sep-98 11:53 +0100
To: GHQ [8]
Subject: Some observations
------------------------------------------------------------
I recently saw in the Iskcon Communications Journal the transcript of a
speech given at the infamous Iskcon Womens' meet in LA. It presented the
rights of women in Iskcon according to International Law.

It should be exposed that the feminists are appealing to a totally
non-sastric source: the laws of a demoniac society that supports
divorce, homosexuality etc. in the name of "equality" and "rights."

That members of our movement can be so "off" and get Gbc support for it
is frightening. What is more frightening is the possibility that our
liberated mothers might throw the karmi law book at us and use the clout of state
law to enforce "womens' rights" in our temples and communities.

It is interesting to note how ICJ and Iskcon World Review (now Hare
Krsna Today) have systematically promoted within our society the values of the
secular humanist liberal (i.e. atheistic) "civilization."
(Text 1729575) ---------------------------------------------


Text 1729577 (41 lines)
From: Bhakti Vikasa Swami
Date: 29-Sep-98 11:53 +0100
Refernce: Text 1726720 by Shyamasundara (das) ACBSP (Florida Vedic
College -
USA)
To: GHQ [10]
Subject: Strategy and action
------------------------------------------------------------
At this stage a small tight team, all of whose members can invest
substantial time, needs to be put together. Too many in the core group
will make it unwieldy for the quick action that is required. I'm just heading
into the Russian mess and doubt if I will be able to give much time in
the next few weeks.

I strongly recommend Vidvan being called in. He is learned and both
clear and level headed.

At first, goals and strategies have to be set. Do you intend to
establish a beach-head at Mayapur '99 or will you try to win the whole war? Remember
that there will be other major issues on the table.

Quickly define goals and strategies, then get to work fast. Time is of
the essence.

Again, I must emphasize my strong feeling that we should keep cool, even
when outrageously maligned. Outrageous maligning is standard feminist
m.o., but it will not help our cause to respond in the same way. Rather, we
should appeal to the intelligence of the Gbc men (who are the ones who have to
decide).

We should be especially careful not to alienate Gbc men by condemning
them, but should learn from Lord Caitanya the art of politely overcoming
opponents by better arguments (as with the Lord's dealings with Keshav Kashmiri,
Sarvabhauma etc.). Maybe we should stop using slighting words like
"feminazi" even among ourselves, lest they slip out and further outrage
the hot tempered purvapakshins.

Pre-meeting lobbying is essential, starting with Gbc's who are known to
be favorable. I think Shyama would be good for this. As far as I know he is
respected and not considered political.

But first the presentation has to be got together. I suggest that there
should be two papers: one short and to the point, another like a tome
with all kinds of back-up quotes and arguments. Remember that Gbc's,
especially at meeting time, are deluged with papers and simply won't look at a
presentation that is more than a few pages long. But they might look at
a paper of 2-4 pages that is well-written and to the point. They won't
give more than a glance at your tome, but it needs to be there for them to
see that you are serious and have done your homework.
(Text 1729577) ---------------------------------------------

----------------------------------------
Forwarded text by Krishna-kirti :

In my view, it seems that replying privately to her and others of her
ilk is a waste of time. All replies to such letters should be public, even if
they request a private reply. Otherwise we are wasting energy.

But anyway, you can see from the above how they argue, and what are
their strengths and weaknesses.

One of their weaknesses is that they are deficient in shastra, and long
on selectively quoting Srila Prabhupada.

For the paper to also be effective, we need a database of feminist
arguments for "equality", because it is these points we are dealing with and have
enamoured many leaders as well as rank and file. Some of our strongest
arguments will come from arguments which they have also used:

sarganam adir antas ca
madhyam caivaham arjuna
adhyatma-vidya vidyanam
vadah pravadatam aham

"Of all creations I am the beginning and the end and also the middle, O
Arjuna. Of all sciences I am the spiritual science of the self, and
among logicians, I am the conclusive truth."

Purport

". . .Among logicians there are different kinds of argument. Supporting
one's argument with evidence that also supports the opposing side is
called jalpa. Merely trying to defeat one's opponent is called vitanda. But
the actual conclusion is called vada. This conclusive truth is a
representation of Krishna."

I have heard that Jivan Mukta P. has such a database of their arguments.
Is that true, JM Prabhu?

Another thing is that when we present quotations from manu Samhita or
other dharma shastras not translated by Srila Prabhupad, we have to also quote
the sanskrit and be sure that the translation is accurate. I would highly
recommend Basu Ghosh Prabhu for this. For any Bengali, Bhakti Vikas
Maharaj. Our arguments have to be airtight.

Your fallen servant, Krishna-kirti das
(Text 1729912) ---------------------------------------------

Text 1731602 (15 lines)
From: Rasananda Swami (USA)
Date: 29-Sep-98 18:52 -0700
To: GHQ [16]
Subject: all glories to ghq
------------------------------------------------------------
Camp: Los Angeles, CA

Dear Syamasundara Prabhu.


Please, accept my obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I just spoke with Svavasa Prabhu and he agrees 100% with our views. He
agrees to participate in the discussions. Please, add him in the
conference.
Could you please send a list of all participantes in this conference? As
people are joining the conference I would like to know who they are.
Please, add Danavir Goswami as well.
Hoping you are well, your servant,

Rasananda Swami
(Text 1731602) ---------------------------------------------

Text 1735376 (27 lines)
From: Bhakti Vikasa Swami
Date: 01-Oct-98 11:55 +0100
To: GHQ [27]
Subject: The challenge
------------------------------------------------------------
London, 30 Sep 98

I just visited Foyles, one of the world's largest bookshops, to try and
find a concise overview of the feminist movement, its history, objectives,
and impact. I didn't find such a book, so if anyone knows of such a volume,
please let me know.

What I did find was a large section in the shop dedicated to womens'
issues.
Browsing through some volumes gave me some perspective on how big a
social force feminism is in contemporary society, and of how atheistic it is
(being strongly linked to Darwinistic anthropology and the materialistic world
view that goes with it). This may not be news to most of you--please bear
with
me, remembering that I live in India and tend to interact mostly with
traditionalists, rather than modernists, there.

Anyway, my consternation at the influence of feminism within our
movement is much increased. The challenge is not one simply of social ideology (as
if that were not a big enough issue) but of underlying atheistic trends
threatening to infiltrate our movement. It is interesting to note that
two of the most prominent (and obnoxious) protaginists of feminism within
Iskcon, namely M. Radha and Dhyana Kund, both have degrees in psychology
and are thus well steeped in atheistic world views.

Is it possible to get Drutakarma Prabhu involved in our cause? He is
undoubtedly very busy, but he is a tremendous scholar and writer, much
in touch with secular scholarly ideas, and expert in rebutting them in
their own terms.
(Text 1735376) ---------------------------------------------
Comments: Text 1737635 by Shyamasundara (das) ACBSP (Florida Vedic
College -
USA)

Text 1736978 (2 lines)
From: Shyamasundara (das) ACBSP (Florida Vedic College - USA)
Date: 01-Oct-98 22:16 +0000
To: GHQ [29]
Subject: Women Preaching
------------------------------------------------------------
"A woman's preaching the like a dog's walking on his hind legs. It does
not
done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all." Samuel Johnson
(Text 1736978) ---------------------------------------------

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FW: letter by Jivanmukta:

Dear Prabhus and Maharajas,

PAMHO. AGTSP.

I would like to suggest that we involve the following devotees in
compiling
this paper or series of papers to present to the GBC:

Ameyatma prabhu
Shyamasundara Prabhu
Vidva Gauranga Prabhu
Guru-Krsna Prabhu
Mother Yasomati
Mother Gandhari
Sita dd. (my wife)

I feel it is very important that we address all the points brought up in
the papers presented by Mothers Jyotirmayi, Pranada and Visakha. Their
misunderstandings must be clearly exposed. We can either do so as a
point by point rebuttal or they may be addressed by presenting a comprehensive
paper dealing with the categories outlined below. Or we could do both.
Please give your feedback on this summary. What else should be added
or removed? Should it be structured in an entirely different manner? This
is sent out to start the process.

There were some very disturbing remarks made by certain GBC members
regarding this women's issue. In particular Mukunda Maharaja made some
extremely perverse remarks about *what Prabhupada would do today*. I
feel this type of remark and attitude must also be addressed. Please note
that we are well on our way of categorizing all the text on the DoW
conference.
Many of the texts will be helpful in isolating the various arguments
used against dharma and the various scriptural rebuttals. We could make
those available to the devotees working on the various categories. We could
also send the entire archive out to whomever requests it.

I will be quite tied up during the next two weeks especially during
November to December. I will do whatever I can to help. Time is of essence and
at least if we have our format we could seek input and assistance from the
assembled devotees. We could also provide the many quotes and
scriptural reference to the devotees that require some research assistance. I am
very encouraged by the resolve of you Prabhus and Matajis in seeing that
Prabhupada's movement becomes the glorious representation of Vedic
culture it was intended to be. I offer my respectful obeisances to you all.

Note:

1. Vidvan Gauranga Prabhu has already prepared a paper entitled "The
Whole Problem". It was a cogent response to some feminist propaganda by
Madusudhani Radha dd. , Pranada dd. and others. He also sent a proposal
to
the GBC EC entitled "Proposal to establish & preserve sannyasa-, stri- &
grhastha-dharmas". With Vivan Gauranga Prabhu's permission, I could
forward these files to the assembled devotees. Waiting for your
feedback.

2. Ameyatma Prabhu has many books available on his homepage that could
be used as they are or could be referenced for many of these issues. He
has also volunteered to present a seminar in Toronto on "Teaching the
Principles of Dharma to Our Children" and " Marriage of the Daughter" emphasizing
the importance of Chastity and the importance of Protecting Women's
Chastity.

3. Guru-Krsna Prabhu has volunteered to present a paper on Divorce for
a proposed summer of 1999 Dharma Symposium in Toronto.

4. Mother Gandhari has a course of Vedic morality from which she
teaches.

5. Jayasila Prabhu the grhastha Minister could be invited to
participate.
He has a manual on the Grhastha ashrma and has expressed his support
for the objectives of the DoW Conference.

6. I have prepared a few a essays entitled:
Gender Ethics, Compassionate Compromises (KC in the Early Days)
and Lord Caitanya did not reject VAD.

Maybe someone may want to look at what has already been prepared and
determine how to proceed.

Ys.

Jivan Mukta Dasa
---------------------------------

Text 1737623 (29 lines)
From: Shyamasundara (das) ACBSP (Florida Vedic College - USA)
Date: 02-Oct-98 06:50 +0000
To: Jasomatinandan (das) ACBSP (Gujarat - IN) [1234]
(received: 02-Oct-98 14:29 +0630)
Bcc: GHQ [37]
Subject: Feminism
------------------------------------------------------------
Dear Jaso Prabhu,

AGTSP PAMHO

We are seriously organizing a counter-offensive against the feminists
who are a plague in our movement. We need your help. We have set up a
central command post and are seeking out devotees who can help in this mission.
We need devotees who can help in the following catagories:

Researchers (of sastras)
Writers Lobbyists (gaining support from GBC, sannyasis, Temple presidents and
other senior devotees, and women)

I think that you would be excellent in all three catagories. I
understand that you have already done research in the matter. We need your input.
If feel that you can put some serious effort into this please let me know
and I will add you to the comand post.

I know that you are very busy, as am I. But if we only think of our own
project and don't see what is happening to ISKCON all around us then our
own projects will get swallowed up by this pernicious philosophy (a mix of
mayavada and darwinism) and ruined.

We need help from fearless devotees like you NOW. I hope you hear the
call.

yhs
shyamasundara dasa
(Text 1737623) ---------------------------------------------


Text 1737625 (32 lines)
From: Shyamasundara (das) ACBSP (Florida Vedic College - USA)
Date: 02-Oct-98 06:50 +0000
Refernce: Text 1729575 by Bhakti Vikasa Swami
To: GHQ [38]
Subject: Some observations
------------------------------------------------------------
I recently saw in the Iskcon Communications Journal the transcript of
a speech given at the infamous Iskcon Womens' meet in LA. It presented
the rights of women in Iskcon according to International Law.

It should be exposed that the feminists are appealing to a totally
non-sastric source: the laws of a demoniac society that supports
divorce, homosexuality etc. in the name of "equality" and "rights."

That members of our movement can be so "off" and get Gbc support for
it is frightening. What is more frightening is the possibility that our
liberated mothers might throw the karmi law book at us and use the
clout of state law to enforce "womens' rights" in our temples and
communities.


Terrifying is more like. Maya is so powerful she is bewildering our
leaders.
Especially with something so obviously wrong.


It is interesting to note how ICJ and Iskcon World Review (now Hare
Krsna Today) have systematically promoted within our society the values of
the
secular humanist liberal (i.e. atheistic) "civilization."

Note, these are both run by Mukunda Maharaja, who is a close associate
of Mother Sudharma.

Jivan Mukta Prabhu, since you have been compiling the topics for the
tome could you please include this: womens right by international law.

(No wonder the Muslims are against the secular West, I don't balme them.
You think we could get Taliban support? (: )

shyama
(Text 1737625) ---------------------------------------------

Text 1737627 (84 lines)
From: Shyamasundara (das) ACBSP (Florida Vedic College - USA)
Date: 02-Oct-98 06:50 +0000
Refernce: Text 1729577 by Bhakti Vikasa Swami
To: GHQ [39]
Subject: Strategy and action
------------------------------------------------------------
At this stage a small tight team, all of whose members can invest
substantial time, needs to be put together. Too many in the core group
will make it unwieldy for the quick action that is required. I'm just
heading into the Russian mess and doubt if I will be able to give much
time in the next few weeks.

I agree totally. Each person on board should play an active part. We
need a disciplined force not just numbers. One idea I just had is to form
cells.
That is, that istead of putting all our supporters on the forum a
particular devotee on GHQ could be the contact person for those devotees and he
organizes what they do according to the strategy of the GHQ. We can talk
more about that later. But too many is too unwieldy for sure.


I strongly recommend Vidvan being called in. He is learned and both
clear and level headed.

Your wish is my command. He is now on.

At first, goals and strategies have to be set. Do you intend to
establish a beach-head at Mayapur '99 or will you try to win the whole war?
Remember that there will be other major issues on the table.


I think we should try for as much as possible on the first assault, but
be perfectly prepared for a long campaign. It is actually a very good
preaching opportunity. Lord Krsna is forcing us to define a very important issue
in Vedic culture for modern times.

Quickly define goals and strategies, then get to work fast. Time is of
the essence.

Again, I must emphasize my strong feeling that we should keep cool,
even when outrageously maligned. Outrageous maligning is standard feminist
m.o., but it will not help our cause to respond in the same way.
Rather, we should appeal to the intelligence of the Gbc men (who are the ones
who have to decide).

That's what Srila Prabhupada told the reporter in England. "Cool head,
but warm legs." (She was wearing a mini-skirt and asking about our shaved
heads.)

We should be especially careful not to alienate Gbc men by condemning
them, but should learn from Lord Caitanya the art of politely
overcoming opponents by better arguments (as with the Lord's dealings with Keshav
Kashmiri, Sarvabhauma etc.). Maybe we should stop using slighting
words like "feminazi" even among ourselves, lest they slip out and further
outrage the hot tempered purvapakshins.

Exactly right.

Pre-meeting lobbying is essential, starting with Gbc's who are known
to be favorable. I think Shyama would be good for this. As far as I know he
is respected and not considered political.

I don't how true that is about being respected. What does it mean to be
"political" anyway. In anycase I have no aspirations to be a leader in
ISKCON so I don't compete with any of them. I will do my best with those
that I know. So far it has been successful. More on this later.

But first the presentation has to be got together. I suggest that
there should be two papers: one short and to the point, another like a tome
with all kinds of back-up quotes and arguments. Remember that Gbc's,
especially at meeting time, are deluged with papers and simply won't look at a
presentation that is more than a few pages long. But they might look
at a paper of 2-4 pages that is well-written and to the point. They won't
give more than a glance at your tome, but it needs to be there for them to
see that you are serious and have done your homework.

Very good point about a "laghu and maha" stri dharma samhita for the
GBC.

More on this later.

shyama
(Text 1737627) ---------------------------------------------

Shyamasundar wrote:
I have thought of asking Bharata Srestha for all the texts sent to that
conference during that time and then filtering out those of the variety
that MR wrote. Could either of Guru-Krsna or Krishna Kirti Prabhus please get
these texts. You are his god-brother and it would be less suspicious
than if I asked. It would be important research.

Text 1737636 (15 lines)
From: Shyamasundara (das) ACBSP (Florida Vedic College - USA)
Date: 02-Oct-98 06:50 +0000
Refernce: Text 1736257 by Guru-Krsna (das) HDG (Alachua, FL - USA)
To: GHQ [45]
Subject: Drutakarma Prabhu
------------------------------------------------------------
''
''Is it possible to get Drutakarma Prabhu involved in our cause? He is
''undoubtedly very busy, but he is a tremendous scholar and writer,
much in ''touch with secular scholarly ideas, and expert in rebutting them
in their ''own terms.

I also had volunteered the opinon to Shyamasundara P that Drutakarma P
would be a valuable assest to our cause. He is here in Alachua on a
business trip (rtvik-smashing). With the permission of GHQ members, I
would be happy to extend an invitation to him.
ys,
GKd

I have already asked him and he hedged. So I doubt that you will get a
positive response.
(Text 1737636) ---------------------------------------------


Text 1741718 (44 lines)
From: Krishna Kirti (das) HDG (Baltimore - USA)
Date: 03-Oct-98 19:53 +0000
Refernce: Text 1741212 by Rasananda Swami (USA)
To: GHQ [138]
Subject: DIS Core Strategy
------------------------------------------------------------
2) Terminating the present Woman's Ministry.

The feminism movement started with slow steps and now is becoming
fast. I suggest we should be fast in our objectives, but we should not try to
get all that we want right now. To try to terminate the WM would be too
much at the moment. We should not be seen as women haters. Somebody
suggested to put the WM under care of grhasthas. I prefer this suggestion.

Somehow or other the women's ministry has to go. Putting it under care
of grihasthas seems the easiest to accomplish.

4) Feminist philosophy to be banned as materialistic, atheistic and
mayavada. (We have to demonstrate this.) Any person advocating or
propagating feminism in any way, shape, or form to be considered as
seriously deviating from Srila Prabhupada teachings, Vaisnava
siddhanta, and Vedic culture. They must resign all positions in ISKCON, and
leave the movement. They can only return if it can be demonstrated that
they are no longer infected with this pernicious disease. (This could be
demonstrated by writing a paper refuting feminism, and preaching
vigorously against feminism.)

Although we see the feminists dangerous to ISKCON and Vedic culture, I
do not see it is the right time to get in their case so heavily for now.
Let us enter with a needle and leave with a plow?

How would you propose to do that?

If you demonstrate that feminism is indeed a deviation, then logically,
everything else will have to be banned.

The fundamental assumption of feminists (ISKCON or otherwise) is based
on the "haves and have nots" idea of equality. As long as they do not
enjoy all the perks of the priviledged, they see themselves as exploited. Or,
they have desires to be exploiters.

Our fundamental defense is that according to the Vedic tradition, a male
is supposed to be obedient to guru and shastra, therefore his so-called
dominence cannot be taken as exploitation. I think this should be our
needle, but I can't see how it is going to get smaller than a missle.
Even
if we only present this much, the feminists are going to scream bloody
murder. As such, we might as well grab for all we can. That's what
they are doing, and they have made progress.

Your servant, Krishna-kirti das
(Text 1741718) ---------------------------------------------


Text 1742107 (46 lines)
From: Shyamasundara (das) ACBSP (Florida Vedic College - USA)
Date: 04-Oct-98 01:03 +0000
Refernce: Text 1741212 by Rasananda Swami (USA)
To: GHQ [154]
Subject: DIS More strategy
------------------------------------------------------------
2) Terminating the present Woman's Ministry.

The feminism movement started with slow steps and now is becoming
fast. I suggest we should be fast in our objectives, but we should not try to
get all that we want right now. To try to terminate the WM would be too
much at the moment. We should not be seen as women haters. Somebody
suggested to put the WM under care of grhasthas. I prefer this suggestion.


The whole reason that we are simultaneaously getting support from other
influencial devotees is so that we can do a lot on the first blow. Not
that we just show up with a paper. We will have powerful backing from
GBC,TPs, Sannyasis and senior devotees. It will be these devotees who will give
us the weight and momentum to do more than move in slow steps. They moved
in slow steps because they had no backing. We can get backing quickly. They
are creating it for us by alienating many devotees. So we just organize
those devotees, let them know we are together, give them the philosphy to use
and viola things happen faster than with the feminists when they started.


4) Feminist philosophy to be banned as materialistic, atheistic and
mayavada. (We have to demonstrate this.) Any person advocating or
propagating feminism in any way, shape, or form to be considered as
seriously deviating from Srila Prabhupada teachings, Vaisnava
siddhanta, and Vedic culture. They must resign all positions in ISKCON, and
leave the movement. They can only return if it can be demonstrated that
they are no longer infected with this pernicious disease. (This could be
demonstrated by writing a paper refuting feminism, and preaching
vigorously against feminism.)

Although we see the feminists dangerous to ISKCON and Vedic culture, I
do not see it is the right time to get in their case so heavily for now.
Let us enter with a needle and leave with a plow?


Other devotees see it that way too. Those in the middle we educate by
distributing what we come with (papers) en-masse.

We don't want to be timid in our approach. We have to go for the
rhinocirous. If we are too timid then this will give time to reorganize
and counterattack from a stronger position. They are bound to counterattack
but better if we can weaken their position as much as possible.

We can't compromise on the truth.
(Text 1742107) ---------------------------------------------

-----------------------------------

*As a part of their research, Sita and Jivanmukta forwarding leaked
texts from IWC (supposedly given to them by a nameless "spy":

Text 1746324 (55 lines)
From: Internet: btb@georgian.net
Date: 05-Oct-98 14:24 -0400
To: GHQ [190]
Subject: IWC text- Srila criticizes Yasomatinandana
------------------------------------------------------------
---------- Forwarded message ----------

Text 1746682 (43 lines)
From: Shyamasundara (das) ACBSP (Florida Vedic College - USA)
Date: 05-Oct-98 22:01 +0000
To: GHQ [196]
Subject: FYI FWD> From Hridayananda Maharaja
------------------------------------------------------------
---------- Forwarded Message ----------


Date: 04-Oct-98 11:03
To: Shyamasundara (das) ACBSP (Florida Vedic College - USA)
[5532]
Subject: FWD> From Hridayananda Maharaja
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It is because of men like HDG, Bhakti Tirtha Swami, Bir Krsna Swami, and
Mukunda Maharaja that the WM has gained ground in ISKCON....

Date: Thu, 8 Jan 98 12:33 +0000
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[Text 1016814 from COM]

Dear Mother Karalapati Devi Dasi,
All glories to Srila Prabhupada. I am happy to say again what I have
said many times, that the Women's Conference was, for me personally, a
powerful, moving, enlightening Krishna conscious experience. The intelligence,
eloquence, and above all Krishna consciousness of the ladies was
unforgettable and proved, more than any other kind of logic, that the women are right
in their basic claim: that Srila Prabhupada fully accepted them in his
heart as his beloved daughters and granddaughters, and that by the extraordinary
blessing of Srila Prabhupada the women are greatly empowered to spread
Krishna consciousness, if they accept that loving mercy of Srila Prabhupada.
These are some of my realizations.
Hoping you are well,
Hridayananda das Goswami

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Text 1746950 (5 lines)
From: Shyamasundara (das) ACBSP (Florida Vedic College - USA)
Date: 06-Oct-98 02:39 +0000
To: GHQ [204]
Subject: FYI women are only children of a larger growth
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"Women, then, are only children of a larger growth: they have an
entertaining tattle, and sometimes wit; but for solid, reasoning
good-sense,
I never knew in my life one that had it, or who reasoned or acted
consequentially for four and twenty hours together." Earl of
Chesterfield
(1694-1773)
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Text 1747980 (65 lines)
From: Internet: ameyatma (ACBSP)
Date: 06-Oct-98 06:55 -0400
Refernce: Text 1746038 by Bhakti Vikasa Swami
To: GHQ [213]
Subject: Re: 3 points
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Dhyanakunda suggests that we take the essence of
Srila Prabhupada's instructions and adjust them to modern climes. But
modern climes are those of materialism, atheism and impersonalism,
manifestations of which are pro-feminism, pro-homosexuality etc. Although
Dhyanakunda's ideas may sound very intelligently presented, they amount to an attempt
to supplant the instructions of guru sadhu sastra with modern
speculations.
Then where will be the end to the speculation? Joto mat toto path. The
very reason why we need an acarya -- to tell us what to do -- is being
undermined at the root.

Maharaj, some months back you and I seemed to disagree on this point.
It is nice to see that ultimately we both do agree. Previously I had
argued against this idea that many put forward, that since Srila Prabhupad was
expert at making changes according to time, place and circumstance, then
we too must carry on in that spirit. I was opposed to this because this
'excuse' seems to always come up when one talks of marriage of girls at
young age (protection of their chastity) or divorce and remarriage, and
now with women being leaders. But, you defended the principle offering as
an example the program for new bhaktas that gives them the status of
pre-initiations and recognition for chanting 4 rounds... etc. All of
which has been introduced outside of the direct teachings and examples
set by Srila Prabhupad. I disagree with all of it. Any changes. Only
Srila Prabhupad was authorized to make such changes, our duty is to follow his
teachings, not go on changing ad-infinitum... Lets first become
first-class expert at following and implementing what he taught to the
letter, that will be to our true glory. It will not be to our glory
that 16we think we have become so advanced that we can change what he taught.


Anyway, at least we agree when applied to this point of the introduction
of radical feminism.
Feminism is needed, not radical feminism. I ran into Sudarma at a
grocery store last month. She was wearing blue jeans and a T-shirt or some
blouse/shirt. Anyway, she dressed like an old hippy. My wife, to my
good fortune, always wears sari. She always covers her head in public. Here
was the woman in charge of Woman's Ministry, and I mistook her for a
karmi hippy from the back.

If she were very chaste mataji, maybe I could tolerate more her being in
charge of such a ministry, but what is their motive of this ministry?
To promote Vedic principles in accordance with Srila Prabhupad's teachings
as to the proper role and training for women? To teach chastity and
proper 'feminism'. I have heard that Srila Prabhupad say when a woman wears a
sari she looks very femine. That is my taste as well. When I see a
girl or lady in sari, that is very femine. To see in blue jeans and T-shirt,
or around Alachua often in shorts and T-shirt (even some of the Indian
mataji's who have become Westernized and support this WM they often wear
T-shirt and shorts outside in public). If the ministry were headed by
a chaste mataji with all good personal character, and their aim was to
promote this, then I would not be opposed. Sudharma has remarried, she
has daughters from different husbands. This is acceptable for setting
example for others to follow by giving her authority to start an authorized
ISKCON Ministry that represents and is forming social standards and policies in
ISKCON. Don't the GBC members have anything but Bull Dung for brains ?
What were they thinking ?

So, possibly we might also want to see, if 100% dismantling the WM may
prove too big a fight, what about pushing to have it redefined in
accordance with SP teachings, and headed up by a very chaste Indian
mataji, one whom anyone can relate to as mataji ? ?
---
ys ameyatma das ameyatma@iname.com

Chk out my web page at:
http://home.earthlink.net/~kgrafx
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Text 1748158 (22 lines)
From: Internet: Jivan Mukta Dasa
Date: 06-Oct-98 08:21 -0400
Refernce: Text 1747980 by Internet: ameyatma (ACBSP)
To: GHQ [219],
ameyatma@iname.com
Subject: Re: 3 points
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Don't the GBC members have anything but Bull Dung for brains ?

You are being too kind.

So, possibly we might also want to see, if 100% dismantling the WM may
prove too big a fight, what about pushing to have it redefined in
accordance with SP teachings, and headed up by a very chaste Indian
mataji, one whom anyone can relate to as mataji ? ?

That's a beginning. But regardless of who's involved, it should be
under the protection and guidance of the grhastha Ministry. If woman has no
independence, how can a group of women have independence?

A Prostitute Ministry would also be appropriate considering the current
state of affairs. Actually, it could be called Whore Ministry so that
the initials can remain the same. In this way those big gun gurus,
sannyasis and GBCs who enjoy such association can do so without contaminating our
daughters.

Ys. JMd


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Text 1750216 (110 lines)
From: Internet: Jivan Mukta Dasa
Date: 06-Oct-98 16:39 -0400
Refernce: Text 1748069 by Krishna Kirti (das) HDG (Baltimore - USA)
To: GHQ [226]
Subject: Re: DIS Jashomatinandana's Reply.
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Personally, I didn't find anything offensive in there.

Likewise.

I thought that was an excellent point about electing qualified people
to the GBC.

Exactly. The GBC men who are not qulaified should shape up of ship out.
Frankly, I see a complete disintegration of what we know as Iskcon.
These men are too strongly attached to their positions to give them up.
Appointing a woman GBC was an indication of their attachment to position
and prestige.

It should come as no suprise that a devotee like Malati Mataji instead
of an exemplary grihastha lady has come on the seat because, traditionally,
the feminist movement has a disdain for the family unit. They consider it
a hinderance to more honorable pursuits, and likewise so do ISKCON
feminists.

Not only women but men. I was sickened to see Hari Sauri's response to
her pathetic psuedo-humility. Why psuedo? Because if she was truly humble,
she would admit that her past disqualifies her from leading anyone.

It is men like Hari Sauri that are at the root of our problems. It is
men like him that undermine a husband's authority over his wife. Instead of
seizing the moment to preach to her and show her the path of dharma, how
she should follow her prescribed duty etc. he whimps out and encourages
her! Who said this guy is on our side anyway? He is a total
embarassment!


Women are like children. And in that sense Malati is not fully
responsibile for her actions. Nevertheless, it is only a fool or an
organization with a death wish that elevates these child-like women into
positions of social leadership.

His whimpy response almost made me vomit. But it is expected. Most men
will never be able to deal with women as they deal with other men. As
such they melt whenever there is any semblance of tears or heartbreak.
Though natural for a man to act in such a way, this is the very reason why
women should never share serious managerial responsibilities with men. But
take note how she ends her post. She accuses Jaso of wife abuse. This is
typical of the viciousness of women. Visakha did the same thing to me.
When her arguements were exposed as deceitful, she sent a private
message to her commander (which was inadvertently sent to me) accusing me of
beating my wife. How outrageous! But this is typical of women. The sastra
warns us of the treacherous heart of a woman. Many of the GBC have become
completely bewildered by their charms and have become dancing dogs.
Shyness and chastity are the only safety valves and our pathetic bad
excuses for men on the GBC, are betraying us and all future generations
by their cowardly and despicable policies.

Here is a perfect example of such behaviour in our supposed ally Hari
Sauri. If this is what we can expect of other *allies* we have got big
problems.

I am surprised with you Shyamasundara Prabhu. You have been a great
catalyst in getting this group organized. Hari Sauri's action is
indefensible. Why are you defending his cowardice? Even if Jaos was a
little abrasive, (which he wasn't) he was absolutely correct in
assessing Malati. She is a disgrace to womanhood. The most glaring stigma is her
AIDs disease. How do you think she contacted that? Certainly wasn't by
being celibate and drug free. This was all after she took sannyasa from
Kirtanananda after being in the movement for 15 years or more. What a
disgrace. Then she keeps her saffron cloth and starts her own preaching
centre training punk female lib radicals to go out and preach to others
of a similar ilk. She doesn't show them what true femininity is because
she herself doesn't know. She is a liability to Prabhupada and to our
society and we elevate to to a position of leadership. At least the GBC is
consistent in their madness.

A BTG article about Vallabhacarya once stirred up Sumati Morarji's
resentment. Instead of rebuking his disciples, Prabhupada defended
them.
Even though she found the article distasteful and offensive,
Vallabhacarya's infamy is a fact. Prabhupada defended them because they
spoke the truth though in private he recommended that they use a little
more discretion in the BTG. We likewise should fully support Jaso's
statements. They are factually and they were presented without malice.

Is it offensive to say the she has Aids? Is it offensive to ask how she
got Aids? Do you offer anyone who has Aids, male or female, a position
of any significance in this so-called exemplary spiritual movement? Types
like Hari Sauri will say that it is offensive. In this way they achieve
Orwellian control by the abuse of religious sentiment.

Hari Sauri said:

"Simply stick with your service (which is far more than many of your
detractors)..."

I have lost complete faith in Hari Sauri. What a clown. How can he say
that she is engaging in more service that her detractors? Maybe it's
his experience with disgrace which has softened him up into a sop. The ship
called Iskcon is in big trouble with a crew made of such dancing dogs.
And don't give me that *respect for senior devotee* bs. Seniority among
sudras is based upon age. Seniority among brahmanas is based on learning,
sastric proficiency and precept. What are we a bunch of sudras that we show
respect to these imbeciles?

Excuse my harshness but I, unlike Malati, am not able to feign humility.
I feel disgust and revulsion towards such people who introduce the grossed
form of materialism in the name of spirituality. They deserve the worst
fate.

Of course, I may also be missing something he said. What did you find
that was unnecessarily offending?

I am intrigued as well.

Ys. JMd

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Text 1750287 (10 lines)
From: Guru-Krsna (das) HDG (Alachua, FL - USA)
Internet: Guru-Krsna das
Date: 03-Oct-98 17:08 -0400
To: GHQ [229]
Subject: disclaimer
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DIS Discussion Draft: Disclaimer

Just wanted to say that my letter to Radha dd was sent as an
experiment to see whether/how she responds to it. I then forwarded it to
DOW. Please note that I did not forward it to GHQ at all (what to speak
of umpteen times :) ys, GKd



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Text 1750299 (5 lines)
From: Guru-Krsna (das) HDG (Alachua, FL - USA)
Internet: Guru-Krsna das
Date: 05-Oct-98 12:47 -0400
To: GHQ [230]
Subject: DIS Payonidhi writes to Mukunda G.
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As a cell member in cooperation with me, Payo has now written to Mukunda
G.
a polite letter of inquiry/complaint, especially citing Radha's Draft.


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Text 1750698 (93 lines)
From: Shyamasundara (das) ACBSP (Florida Vedic College - USA)
Date: 07-Oct-98 02:53 +0000
Refernce: Text 1748069 by Krishna Kirti (das) HDG (Baltimore - USA)
Cc: GHQ [236]
Subject: DIS Jashomatinandana's Reply.
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I am also wondering how being full time engaged in SRila
Prabhpada's mission with out any other personal agenda is degrading for a
middle aged person in a woman's body?

Please forgive any offences that I have undoubtly occurred with
this reply.

There was no offence in your reply. Simply stick with your service
(which is far more than many of your detractors) and your mood of
surrender to Srila Prabhupada. You are made glorious by your
wonderful preaching and I have no doubt that Srila Prabhupada is very proud
of you.

Your humble servant,
Hari-sauri dasa


Though I agreed with several of Jaso's points I don't think it was a
good idea to start slinging stuff around like that. How will it be
possible to have a cool, level headed, philosophical discussion if
tempers are aggravated and feelings hurt. This is not contructive
and it is totally against the strategy that we have in place. It is bad
enough that some of the women (especially MR) are constantly making
obnoxious statements. We should not go to their level. Was it not you who said
that if a 1st class man has an argument with a 2nd class man he
becomes a 3rd class man?

As BVS said. "Let them sling it as much as they like but we have to
be more dignified and act like Vaisnavas despite aggravation from the
women."

Personally, I didn't find anything offensive in there. The only thing
that might have been unnecessarily aggravating was the part about his
wife lecturing him 3 - 10 times a day. He's got my empathy, and I don't
doubt it, but it didn't really have much to do with the rest of his very
nicely written shastric reply. (Catching oversights like this is one of the
reasons us editors get paid.)

I thought that was an excellent point about electing qualified people
to the GBC. If you have to have a woman as GBC, why not have someone who
has been married, faithful to her husband, good mother, and has shown
herself to be a steady devotee? If we demand the same for men, everyone will
agree to it, including ISKCON feminists. If we insists on the same
standards, they make such a hue and cry. They didn't like this point,
and they seem to have difficulty addressing that point. Therefore they
are ignoring it or obfuscating the issues in some other fashion.

It should come as no suprise that a devotee like Malati Mataji instead
of an exemplary grihastha lady has come on the seat because,
traditionally, the feminist movement has a disdain for the family unit. They
consider it a hinderance to more honorable pursuits, and likewise so do ISKCON
feminists.

Of course, I may also be missing something he said. What did you find
that was unnecessarily offending?

Your fallen servant, Krishna-kirti das

I didn't think it was offensive at all, but then again I was not on the
recieving end. But I thought our strategy was to get papers together and
make a presentation to the GBC in a cool headed manner. Note, it is to
be made to the GBC not directly to the feminists in cyber street fights who
ignore everything and just have name calling temper tantrums and then
men like Srutakirti and even HS who is a supporter come to their defense
instead of being sympathetic to us. If we write we should do it in such a way
that while we don't comprimise our position, yet people who are nuetral will
be sympathetic to us. In this case HS who has written that he is
sympathetic to us has publicly come to her defense. So it would appear that it perhaps
didn't have the effect it was intended to.

Another point is that men generally, instinctively come to the defense
of a women. So if we are seen as "attacking" a woman then this response is
triggered. So somehow we have to present our case without appearing to
be "attacking women", let SP do the talking.

Then again if some of you think that it is a good idea to engage in
cyber street fights I will not oppose it. This may be a good way of increasing
the general devotees awareness of the topic. I don't think that Jaso was
into name calling or did said anything wrong philosophically I was just
concerned with the reaction. Was there any favorable response outside of our
group? I guess the main point was that some one who has written that he agrees
with us and is against feminism came to her defense.

Note also one MR's comments that she took note of the increased number
of attacks and now they want to shore up their positions and start a
counter offensive of their own. Do we want this? Is it not better to attack an
opponent who is lulled into the false security that all is going well as
oppossed to the one who is now on a hieghtened state of alert. I would
prefer to tackle an opponent who is snoozing rather than one who has me
on their cross-hairs.

Mine is just one opinion and I do not pretend to be in charge of this
operation.


Text 1750701 (86 lines)
From: Shyamasundara (das) ACBSP (Florida Vedic College - USA)
Date: 07-Oct-98 02:53 +0000
Refernce: Text 1750216 by Internet: Jivan Mukta Dasa
To: GHQ [238],
Jivan Mukta Dasa (sent: 07-Oct-98 04:59
+0200)
Subject: Re: DIS Jashomatinandana's Reply.
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I am surprised with you Shyamasundara Prabhu. You have been a great
catalyst in getting this group organized. Hari Sauri's action is
indefensible. Why are you defending his cowardice?

In a private letter to JM I have explained some suspicions that I have.
I have also explained in a response to Krishna Kirti why such public
attacks at this time may not be in our best interest. Since this is a war
council it is constructive to bounce such ideas around to get different
perspectives.
Commanders often have different opinions about strategy and ideas get
bounced around and then a decision made.

Sruta Kirti's response was predictable, his wife is a member of the
"Women's Ministry" but Hari Sauri's was totally unexpected.

I didn't feel I was defending Hari Sauri so much as concern with if we
were sticking to our planned strategy of presenting soley to the GBC. Now if
we want to broaden our strategy to such "bomb throwing" as Jaso did and he
is a member of GHQ, then I am not against it. But we should consider the pros
and cons first before going in that direction.

Pro: Make people aware of the problem and get people of similar views to
know that they are not alone.

Con: Make the feminists aware that they need to fight harder for what
they have gained and thus make our task more difficult to achieve at the GBC
meeting because of their hieghted alertness. Note the following
statement from MR in response to Jaso's letter:

I don't know about the rest of you, but all these recent signs are
very disturbing to me. I think it's high time that we organize a response
for the Mayapur meetings. We can't let this window of opportunity for
some real reform pass us by without including some very strong language re.
equal spiritual rights for Vaisnavis.

Now, if we don't care about this, then go ahead and throw bombs
everywhere in every forum and get people aware of what is going on. But we need to
stick to BVS's point about being dignified and sastric.

Also if we do plan to throw bombs like that then they should be edited
by our word-smiths so that they are most effective in getting the intended
response which should be:

1) educate the general devotee that there is a problem regarding
feminism in ISKCON

2) that nuetral devotees who recieve it will have a sympathetic
reaction.

3) we know that the feminists will come out with critisms of the "bomb"
so before sending the "bomb" out we should organize through "cells"
devotees all over, not just the same ones over and over again, to vocally respond
favorably to those bombs. This will generate more support otherwise it
will just fizzle if it is drowned out in a sea of criticism. Just as when the
ancient kshatriyas would throw a fire weapon another would throw a water
weapon. So we have to counter the criticisms of "bombs" effectively,
otherwise they get the last word.

If we are going to throw "bombs" then let's do it right and do it
effectively. It has to be an orchastrated affair. For example in WWII
when bombers were sent on missions they didn't go alone but with fighter
escorts.
So we must also organize a fighter escort to respond to attacks against
our bomber.

To do that we need to really start networking among all kinds of
devotees on COM to be prepared to step forward and put in their 2 cents when they
see our guy get critized. So let's start some networking.

I was not sent one favorable reaction to what Jaso wrote only negative
ones. Were there any favorable reactions??




A BTG article about Vallabhacarya once stirred up Sumati Morarji's
resentment. Instead of rebuking his disciples, Prabhupada defended
them.
Even though she found the article distasteful and offensive,
Vallabhacarya's infamy is a fact. Prabhupada defended them because
they spoke the truth though in private he recommended that they use a
little more discretion in the BTG. We likewise should fully support Jaso's
statements. They are factually and they were presented without
malice.



Actually I was India about that time. My understanding is that SP
personally
apologised to her. Basu Ghosh was also there and he had to make many
apologies as well.
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Text 1755897 (28 lines)
From: Bhakti Vikasa Swami
Date: 09-Oct-98 03:29 +0400
To: GHQ [268]
Subject: From a letter from Krisna Kirti
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GHQ seems to be progressing in a haphazard way. To me it seems that
because there is no one person, or a few people, who are acknowledged
as directing everything, everyone seems to be doing their own thing,
including yours truly. Just the recent letter by Jashomatinandan
Prabhu about Malati Mataji is a case in point. It was an excellent letter,
no doubt, but its public posting may have, as Syamasundar Prabhu pointed
out, have reduced our advantage of surprise. Of course, that may just be
our illusion. I spoke with my wife a few days ago, and she made a remark
about COM, that there was so much gossip on it. I said, "Well, we're
all very busy with COM for some important affairs. . ."

KK ki patni: "Yes, I know, you all are busy trying to overthrow the
ladies. I know all about it."

KK: "Tell me more, what do you know. . ."

KK ki patni: "O.K., you be busy with overthrowing the ladies. I'm
going on Vraj Mandal Parikrama. This year 2/3 of the devotees are ladies.
We have better things to do. . ."

I think we should appoint the directors of the GHQ project and
everyone else should agree to cooperate with them. Even if we don't 100% agree
with them, we should still give the directors our 100% cooperation.
My nomination would be for Rasananda Maharaj, Syamasundar Prabhu, and
Jivan Mukta Prabhu to be the directors, and they have the final say in this
affair. Everyone on GHQ should give some sort of pledge or personal
assurance to whomever are the elected "concensus candidates".
(Text 1755897) ---------------------------------------------


Text 1763234 (13 lines)
From: Shyamasundara (das) ACBSP (Florida Vedic College - USA)
Date: 13-Oct-98 01:05 +0000
To: GHQ [308]
Subject: CON Meeting in Atlanta next weekend
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Just the following from a friend in Atlanta when I queried about going
there for the feastival.

Govardhan Puja - won't have much time to enjoy. I have Bir Krishna
Maharaj, Sudharma, and Radha coming in this weekend for
meetings/decisions from Friday through Sunday night. Radha is staying here with me and
reviewing all the temple's legal paperwork.


I decided to go elsewhere.

So it looks like this Radha may be the only creature that looks up to a
snake: a lawyer.
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Text 1788961 (25 lines)
From: Guru-Krsna (das) HDG (Alachua, FL - USA)
Internet: Guru-Krsna das
Date: 21-Oct-98 12:19 -0400
To: GHQ [394]
Subject: DIS GBC Standards/M Sudharma
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I posted a section from the ISKCON Law Book on GBC Member Standards. It
came
to my mind that Mother Sudharma has been in flagrant neglect of these
standards for the entire 4 years that I have resided in the Alachua
community--and I do not exaggerate. She is rarely seen at the morning
program. Mother Sudharma does "live in or near a Krsna conscious temple
community" but here residing on land contiguous to New Raman Reti
apparently is NOT "so as to regularly, participate in devotional activities and
associate with devotees." She does NOT "follow daily *sadhana* and full morning
program, demonstrably chant sixteen rounds,...regularly give classes,
and participate in...*harinama* parties. (92)

Naveen Krsna Prabhu also DOES NOT participate in *harinama* parties.

Especially with regard to M Sudharma, it seems that GHQ has every good
reason to petition the GBC to take the appropriate action for her
rectification or suspension (or whatever). Of course we might also
wonder why the GBC Body is either unaware of or unconcerned about her
substandard spiritual condition.

[I will research the Law Book to find the appropriate measures to be
taken towards Members who are not up to standard]

ys, GKd

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Text 1792041 (19 lines)
From: Trivikrama Swami
Date: 22-Oct-98 20:29 +0200
Refernce: Text 1790043 by Shyamasundara (das) ACBSP (Florida Vedic
College -
USA)
To: GHQ [406],
Jivan Mukta Dasa (sent: 22-Oct-98 20:35
+0200)
Subject: DIS Trivikram Swami
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Thank you all for your warm welcome.
Shyamasundar prabhu asked me for my imput on devising a strategy.
Two ideas come to mind.
1. We "shoot for the rhinoceros", make an all out attempt to remove
Mother Malati, try to get a law passed that no women can ever have a
managerial position in ISKCON etc.
2. We accept a principle given by Chairman Mao, "Don't fight unless
you can win." That is we pick our fights carefully making sure that we
have a solid chance of winning, then proceed to our next campaign,
again giving serious consideration as to where our limit resources
will be the most effective. (For instance make a strong effort to get
Mother Sudharma removed because of no sadhana)

I guess I like number two better, but number one also has some
elements that can make it very effective.

Of course this is not an all inclusive list, anyone have a number
three?
Ys TS
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Text 1803285 (19 lines)
From: Vidvan Gauranga (das) JPS (Mayapur - IN)
Date: 27-Oct-98 20:50 +0530
Refernce: Text 1765047 by Shyamasundara (das) ACBSP (Florida Vedic
College -
USA)
To: GHQ [427],
Jivan Mukta Dasa (sent: 27-Oct-98 16:26
+0100)
Subject: Prabhupada as Pramana (writing tactic)
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[Either here or before we start to make our presentation we have to
establish what are the pramanas that shall be used. That is guru sadhu
and sastra. It is well-known that the feminists deplore sastra especially
Manu samhita or any other sastra which does not support their position. So
we must show that bhakti without sastra simply a disturbance.

Another point is that these feminists make it seem like even if the
sastra does not permit, Prabhupada permits. Their ultimate pramana is
PRabhupada.
That is my experience in dealing with the feminists. So what we have to
do is to play the same game. We are ONLY interested in the Manu Samhita
because PRABHUPADA adamantly insisted that on this point of women being
dependent/independent, he quotes Manu Samhita. We have surrendered
ourselves to Prabhupada who is our life and soul. PRABHUPADA orders us to follow
specific codes of conduct for men and women. And we have to do it
because PRABHUPADA wants it like that. We cannot tolerate anyone who goes
against PRABHUPADA.

yhs
vgd
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Text 1803291 (9 lines)
From: Vidvan Gauranga (das) JPS (Mayapur - IN)
Date: 27-Oct-98 20:50 +0530
Refernce: Text 1761888 by Internet: Jivan Mukta Dasa
To: GHQ [432],
Jivan Mukta Dasa (sent: 27-Oct-98 16:26
+0100)
Subject: Re: FYI Re: Some observations
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I think we should be careful about our language in dealing with
feminists, pro-feminists, and feminist-sympathizers. Just as we are not using the
term feminazis, etc., we shouldn't also use the terms kali-celas etc.

Also if we have the habit of criticizing the GBCs then inadvertantly we
might blow it out to someone and that might become a problem. So better
we be cautious.

yhs vgd
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Text 1803372 (6 lines)
From: Vidvan Gauranga (das) JPS (Mayapur - IN)
Date: 27-Oct-98 21:10 +0530
Refernce: Text 1746951 by Shyamasundara (das) ACBSP (Florida Vedic
College -
USA)
To: GHQ [443]
Subject: FYI serious matters
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"A man of sense only trifles with them [women], plays with them,
humors and flatters them, as he does with a sprightly and forward child; but
he neither consults them about, nor trusts them with, serious
matters."Earl
of Chesterfield

Good stuff. Bhaktividya Purna Maharaja told me the same thing.
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Text 1816164 (19 lines)
From: Vidvan Gauranga (das) JPS (Mayapur - IN)
Date: 01-Nov-98 08:32 +0530
Refernce: Text 1816025 by Guru-Krsna (das) HDG (Alachua, FL - USA)
Cc: GHQ [536]
Subject: reply
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Are you planning to write a reply to M Pranada or Sudharma? I don't
think you have to worry about whether anyone thinks you're a chauvinist or
not.
Why be intimidated by what some middle-aged, discontented,
(apparently) not-so-Krsna conscious *matajis* think about you? Let your own
consciousness speak for itself according to your cultured upbringing
and your present state of realized transcendental knowledge.

No I am not afraid of being intimidated. I am just playing the same game
they are playing. They try to get support by saying "Ah! we are called
feminazis!" etc. So I am also crying out, "Ah! I am called a
woman-hater!
Ah!" hi hi hi When you fight, you have to use the same kind of weaponry
that the opponent uses.

The only lady who writes thoughtfully seems to be Radha dd, though of
course, she is wrong in her conclusions, etc. But only she posses that
written sobriety that I can respect. I wrote an elaborate response to
her and am cc'ing it to DOW.

yhs vgd
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Text 1816093 (11 lines)
From: Vidvan Gauranga (das) JPS (Mayapur - IN)
Date: 01-Nov-98 07:33 +0530
Refernce: Text 1812199 by Guru-Krsna (das) HDG (Alachua, FL - USA)
Cc: GHQ [533]
Subject: DIS MR
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Also, I was assuming that your expressed faith (in two letters) that
IWM is doing something to stop feminist preaching is also diplomatic.
Kindly comment on this for us on GHQ. Thank you, prabhu.

Of course. I have to say like that because only then will they start
listening to us. Otherwise, they will turn a deaf ear to us, even if we
speak in accordance with Prabhupada, Sadhu and Sastra. They are women,
so you have to be emotional, sensitive and diplomatic with them. To NOT do
so, I opine, is not strategic.

yhs vgd
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Text 1809269 (163 lines)
From: Rasananda Swami (USA)
Date: 29-Oct-98 06:36 -0800
To: GHQ [515]
Cc: Braj Hari (das) JPS (Juhu, Mumbai - IN) [1856]
(received: 30-Oct-98 13:29 +0530)
Scc: Srivallabha (das) JPS (Persian Gulf) [254]
(forwarded: 29-Oct-98 15:40 +0100)
Subject: Women in Leadership & position of ISKCON Women's Ministry
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It seems the Women Ministry is feeling some disturbance by the viewpoint
"of
a small group of men" as mother Sudharma points out. I would say that
would
be very strong and would fortify our viewpoint if all of us comment on
her
letter. I am sure we will get some allies.


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Text 1808977 (24 lines)
From: Krishna Kirti (das) HDG (Baltimore - USA)
Date: 29-Oct-98 12:37 +0000
Refernce: Text 1807693 by Vidvan Gauranga (das) JPS (Mayapur - IN)
To: GHQ [514]
Subject: FLS Vaccination of the local devotees in Mayapur from Feminism
started
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Dear Vidvan Guaranga Prabhu, please accept my humble obeisances. All
glories to Srila Prabhupad.

I think this is very much needed and that I
should routinely innoculate the local innocent Bengali devotees from
this poisonous feminism.

I think your work will be most effective if you strictly avoid English
in this regard. If you speak in English (even among Indians), or
especially if you write anything in English, the local Angreji Mahilaem will very
quickly come to know of what you are doing and very strongly move to censure
you.

One of the few things that Gandhi did that was actually beneficial for
India was his refusal to allow English the status of a national language
(which is to this day what many South Indians--Tamilians in particular--want:
English as a national language). The effect of making Hindi the Rashtriya Bhasa
was that in the post-British dominion it has retarded the further
infiltration of Western thinking into Indian society. I feel this same principle can
also work to your benefit. I'm assuming that you are pretty much
targeting only the resident Indians in Mayapur.

These are just my un-humble suggestions.

Your servant, Krishna-kirti das
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Text 1808829 (17 lines)
From: Jaya Tirtha Charan (das) JPS
Internet: John Marshall / Jaya Tirtha Charan Dasa
Date: 29-Oct-98 19:12 +1300
Refernce: Text 1807937 by Guru-Krsna (das) HDG (Alachua, FL - USA)
To: GHQ [513]
Cc: Jivan Mukta Dasa
Subject: Re: DIS Abuse of men
------------------------------------------------------------
At 22:06 28/10/98 -0500, you wrote:
[Text 1807937 from COM]


JMP posted a very thorough and convincing list of typical ways in which
Western women abuse their husbands and children. Since ABUSE is the
magic word for the feminists, it seems only fair that we propagate far and
wide the very real cases of husband abuse. In fact, if we are actually more
intelligent than women, we should be able to produce a longer list than
they do.

ys, GKd


prabhu, could you send me that list, I don't seem to have it.


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Text 1807912 (33 lines)
From: Vidvan Gauranga (das) JPS (Mayapur - IN)
Date: 29-Oct-98 08:26 +0530
Refernce: Text 1807816 by Internet: Jivan Mukta Dasa
To: GHQ [503],
Jivan Mukta Dasa (sent: 29-Oct-98 04:02
+0100)
Subject: Re: DIS: Continuing with 3rd Point Of Action
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My concern is that we're playing into their hands. We can make the
same complaint about women. If we give these complaints too much
credibility, we will actually be admitting that there is widespread onesided abuse
by men against women. I refuse to believe that based on 20 years in
ISKCON.
It is not one-sided and it must presented as a mutually created and
mutually solvable problem.

This is true. I agree with your concern. But the point is to FIRST win
their favor. Just as BSST did with the brahmanas and vaishnavas. He first
started reading out all the glories of brahmanas and their previleges. At that
time, the brahmanas were very happy. He won their favor adn also the neutral
judges' opinion because he wasn't just getting on their case. Then he
discussed what a brahmana means in reality. It means qualified
brahmanas.
And what vaishnava means and that the vaishnavas are above the qualified
brahmanas.

So similarly to make them feel heard (which they keep on claiming no one
has done as of now), let us first put in all their complaints, rational and
irrational, sastric and non sastric, all kinds of stuff. Then we deal
with each complaint based on Prabhupada, Sadhu and Sastra.

Our strength is in sticking to Prabhupada, Sadhu and Sastra. Prabhupada
himself said, "Put me problems. I will solve."

In part two anyway, we are dealing with feminism in theory and practice
within ISKCON.

We shoudl have a part three which is conclusion. That puts the whole
thing into perspective.

What doest thou say now? Or will it be counter-productive?

yhs vgd
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Text 1823126 (33 lines)
From: Internet: Jivan Mukta Dasa
Date: 03-Nov-98 14:00 -0500
Refernce: Text 1822565 by Krishna Kirti (das) HDG (Baltimore - USA)
To: GHQ [546]
Cc: ameyatma (ACBSP) (sent: 04-Nov-98 02:35
+0100)
(sender: Basu Ghosh (das) ACBSP (Baroda - IN))
Subject: Re: Web Site
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Before, I had said this in the organizational discussions for the new
Dharma of Men and Women conference: a Website for the DMW (formerly Dharma of
Women) would go a long ways towards making our discussion reach more
people.

Ameyatma Prabhu, Basu Gosh Prabhu has suggested the possibility of using
your current Web Site for this purpose. What do you think?

Let's face the facts: The opinions of many leaders is in favour of the
equal rights garbage promoted by the IWC, and it seems the COM gods
favour it (and consequently barely tolerate us) too.

Prabhupada's strategy was to find the sore spot of your opponent and
then keep pressing until they die. We must find that sore spot and keep
pressing until they are completely defeated. That sore spot is
Prabhupada's collective teachings on the folly of equal rights and
ISKCON's role as a cultural movement.

Just a thought: If this is a secret conference, and the COM gods are
against what we are doing,

Are they really against us? Have you received any indications from
anyone about this?

It may be worthwhile moving GHQ off of COM and somewhere else if
possible.

I agree. We should also exchange e-mail addresses (as opposed to COM
addresses) just in case anything happens to COM.

YS. JMd



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Text 1826760 (51 lines)
From: Krishna Kirti (das) HDG (Baltimore - USA)
Date: 05-Nov-98 01:33 +0000
To: GHQ [559]
Subject: DIS Web Site: Proposal
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Dear Maharajs, Prabhus, and Matajis (yes, we do have an exceptional
member),
please accept my humble obeisances at your lotus feet. All glories to
ISKCON Founder-Acharya Srila Prabhupad.

As a follow-up to the recent discussion on having a Web Site, I would
like to make the following proposal as to the Web Site's purpose (with a view
to accomplishing our main and secondary objectives) and some suggested
features:

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Purpose of the GHQ (not its name) Web Site

Main: To provide devotees with information on the un-watered-down Vedic
standard of manly and womanly behaviour.

Secondary: To simultaneously provide the above information with a view
towards educating the non-devotional public (in otherwords, make it into
something for preaching). This can also be beneficial to devotees
because we are fighting non-devotional tendencies that bias one towards a co-ed
view of equality.


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Suggested Features

Sita-Rama: The Perfect Couple

How I Saved My Marriage

Prabhupad Speaks Out (a perennial favorite)

Questions & Answers (our answers, of course)

Divorce Statistics (gathered from secular sources)

The Failure of the Women's Rights Movement (A KC analysis of different
prominent, feminist thinkers)

Current Events (Prez Clinton, Patricia Ireland and Whoopie!)

Links to other sites of interest.

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Other Suggestions

Use spaming techniques such as embedding the words VNN, Vaishnav News
Network, Sex, Chakra, Co-Ed, etc. in the HTML so that readers of VNN or
Chakra will also stumble accross our site if they perform a Web Search.

Your servant, Krishna-kirti das
(Text 1826760) ---------------------------------------------

Text 1829676 (32 lines)
From: Basu Ghosh (das) ACBSP (Baroda - IN)
Date: 06-Nov-98 07:17 +0530
To: GHQ [570]
Subject: Radha dd - attorney at law :-)
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Dear Jivan Mukta Prabhu,

Namonamaha. Jaya Srila Prabhupada!

As you can see from her reply to a message you sent her, she is "bowing
out" of the discussion.

IMHO you could have stated your views (which are of course 100% correct)
in such a way as to have continued the dialogue.

BTW H.H. Bhakti Vikas Maharaj "now" feels that there is going to have to
be some kind of a "meeting point" between the 2 sides.

One thing is for sure: even I can't claim to be living a 100% "vedic"
lifestyle".

I'm not writing this at all in a mood of "capitulation", but wouldn't it
be better if we could bring around these "errant" thinkers as opposed to
alienating them? It will take real finese to do that. Seems like
Vidvan G. is the one with that here. No offence, but even I'm too heavy for them.

Well, I've written this in a mood of brainstorming: what do the others
here, including yourself, feel?

Regarding the Web page: maybe KK should speak to Ameyatma Prabhu on the
phone to finalize details (at least to make some tangible progress in
that area). Yes, it would go a long way towards propagating a more
conservative
line of thought.

dasabhas,

Basu Ghosh Das
(Text 1829676) ---------------------------------------------

Text 1831211 (18 lines)
From: Internet: Sita Devi Dasi
Date: 06-Nov-98 10:32 -0500
Refernce: Text 1830752 by Krishna Kirti (das) HDG (Baltimore - USA)
To: GHQ [582]
Subject: Re: Mukhya's response
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What was the use? Everyone's seen the text already.

It's a start. The WM knows know their text was removed for the very
reason that it was *offensive*. The fact Mukhya removed will be a bit of jab
in the side for them.

I am going to write privately to Radha in response to her message to my
husband yesterday and see if we can patch things up a bit. We will
forward it to the GHQ. Generally speaking, though, we feel it is a waste of
time to continue this dialogue with the WM. We feel we should return to the
original strategy of appealing to the GBC. THEY are the ones who are
responsible for the WM, including approving the philosophical integrity
of any papers they circulate. If we succeed in getting to GBC to take some
action, it will be a great victory.

Ys, Sdd

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