The unhulled rice and the empty husks of rice look very much the same. One who knows how to get the grain out of the unhulled rice is wise, but one who beats on the empty husk, thinking to get some result, is simply wasting his labor uselessly. Similarly, if one studies the Vedas without finding the goal of the Vedas, Krishna, he simply wastes his valuable time. Letter to Dr. Staal, February 15, 1970

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US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard chants Hare Krishna in New York City.

Tulsi Gabbard, Member of the Hawaii House of Representatives (2002–2004), is U.S. Representative (2013–present) for Hawaii, 2nd congressional district, first Samoan American and first Hindu member of the United States Congress. She is a member of the Democratic Party.

The 2020 presidential campaign of Tulsi Gabbard, the U.S. Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district, began on January 11, 2019.




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“Just as Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vaasudeva, Rukminii is the supreme goddess of fortune, Mahaa-Lakshmii.” Krishna Book, chapter 52.


“Just as Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vaasudeva, Rukminii is the supreme goddess of fortune, Mahaa-Lakshmii.” Krishna Book, chapter 52.

From this passage one may argue that “the Supreme Goddess of Fortune” be spelled with capital letters.

Why is it not spelled with capital letters?

Is it sexism again?

From this sentence  it is clear that there an equality of status and intimate relationship between the Supreme Personality of Godhead and the Supreme Goddess of Fortune. Therefore one may conclude that, if only by association, the nomenclature “the Supreme Goddess of Fortune” should be written with capital letters.

The Krishna Book text goes on:”According to the authority of the Caitanya-caritaamrta, the expansion of Krishna and that of Sriimatii Raadhaaraanii are simultaneous: Krishna expands Himself into various vishnu-tattva forms, and Sriimatii Raadhaaraanii expands Herself into various shakti-tattva forms, by Her internal potency, as multiforms of the goddess of fortune.”

We note that the personal pronoun “Herself” in reference to Sriimatii Raadhaaraanii is spelled with capital letter in this passage of Krishna Book.

So Sriimatii Raadhaaraanii is shakti-tattva and is consequently not equal to the Supreme Personality of Godhead Who is Vishnu-tattva. Shakti-tattva and Vishnu-tattva are two different categories of transcendental existence. But then again in Adi Lila 1.5 it is stated that “…Raadhaa and Krishna are one in Their identity…” Because of the parallel and the intimate association of shakti-tattva and Vishnu-tattva, it may be argued that the “Supreme Goddess of Fortune” and “Goddess of Fortune” in general be spelled with capital letters.

Such spelling will immediately remind us of the intimate relationship between the Supreme Personality of Godhead and the Supreme Goddess of Fortune and will prevent us from chasing  the association of the  Goddess of Fortune on her own, just as the shameless demon Ravana did.  There is a stern warning by Srila Prahupada, that if we don’t engage Laksmii in the service of Her Husband, the Personality of Godhead, Naaraayana, then Laksmii will ultimately kill us.

Prabhupaada: Provided you engage them for Krishna’s service. Otherwise the lakshmii will kill you. Just like Siitaas, Siitaa is Lakshmii. When Siiaa was taken by Raavana, the result was the whole family was killed because they did not use Siitaa for Raama’s service. [break] …householders can be engaged, not anyone else. 750701MW.Den

In 730726BG.Lon, Srila Prabhupada also says the following in this context:

“So they were actually aatataayinah. Because aatataayinah means one who comes to kidnap your wife, insults your wife, you should immediately kill him. Just like Lord Raamacandra. He was so pious king, but when it so happened that His wife, Siitaa, was insulted… Siitaa was taken away by Raavana. Lord Raamacandra could marry hundreds and thousands of Siitaas. He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He could create Siitaa, Raadhaaraanii , Lakshmii.
They are the pleasure potency of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The Supreme Personality of Godhead cannot have a material wife or a material companion. Krishna’s Raadhaaraarii or Lord Raamacandra’s Siitaadevii, Naaraayana’s Lakshmiidevii, they are pleasure potency of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Raadhaa krishna-pranaya-vikritir hlaadinii shaktir asmaat [Cc. Ädi 1.5]. Ählaadinii-shakti. Krishna, God, has got many potencies. One of the potencies is called aahlaadinii-shakti, pleasure potency. So Krishna’s consort, Lord Raamacandra’s consort, they are pleasure potency, exhibited.
So to show the example, Lord Rämacandra, because Siitaa was kidnapped, Siitaa was insulted, or Raamacandra was insulted, the retaliation was Lord Raamacandra killed not only Raavana but the whole dynasty, finished. Only for one woman. He could create so many. No. Because aatataayinah, aggressed over. Just to teach people that anyone, if he is aggressor, he must be killed. This is the position.”

We may therefore conclude that to spell Goddess of Fortune small case betrays more than just a tinge of demonism, as such familiarity with the Goddess of Fortune will make her in the mind of the speller hopefully more easily available for our personal sense gratification. Whereas in fact RESPECT and DISTANCE are required and therefore capital letters are required as in the “Goddess of Fortune”.  Thank you very much for reading me.

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“You should all therefore preach with fearlessness and with utmost energy the message of Rupa and Raghunath under the guidance of the followers of Sree Rupa.” His Divine Grace Sri Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Maharaja, December 23rd 1936.



 Edited and Founded Under Direct Order of His Divine Grace Sri Srimad Bhakti-Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupada by Goswami Abhay Charan Bhaktivedanta.


His Divine Grace Sree Sreemad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Maharaj the celebrated Acharya (Spiritual Head) of the Gaudiya Vaisnavas spoke the following few lines as His Message just a few days (23rd December, 1936) before His passing away from this mortal world.

“I have most probably given many people troubles in the mind. Some of them might have thought about me that I am their enemy because I was obliged to speak the plain truth for service and devotion towards the Absolute Godhead. I have given them all those troubles only for the reason that they may turn their face towards the Personality of Godhead without any desire for gain and with unalloyed devotion. I hope some day or other they may understand me rightly.”

“I advise all to preach the teachings of Rupa-Raghunath (disciples of Lord Chaitanya) with all energy and resources.

Our ultimate goal shall be to become the dust of the lotus feet of Sree Sree Rupa and Raghunath Goswamins. You should all work conjointly under the guidance of your spiritual master with a view to serve the Absolute Knowledge, the Personality of Godhead. You should live somehow or other without any quarrel in this mortal world only for the service of Godhead. Do not please give up the service of Godhead in spite of all dangers, all criticisms and all discomforts. Do not be disappointed for most people in the world do not serve the Personality of Godhead; do not give up your own service which is your everything and all, neither reject the process of chanting and hearing of the transcendental Holy Name of Godhead. You should always chant the transcendental Name of Godhead with patience and forbearance like a tree and humbleness like a straw.”

“We wish that this mass of our body of flesh and blood may be sacrificed at the altar of preaching the Samkirtan Movement (congregational chanting of the Holy Name of Godhead) propagated by Lord Chaitanya. We are not desirous of becoming a hero of work or a reformer of religion, but our reality may be identified with the dust of the Lotus Feet of Sree Rupa and Raghunath for that is our everything. The flow of the transcendental tide of the attraction of devotion will never be blocked, and you with your all energy shall devote yourself for fulfilling the desire of Sreela Bhakti Vinode Thakur. There are many amongst you who are well qualified and able workers. We have no other desire whatsoever.”

“There are certainly many difficulties while we are in this mortal world but it is not our business simply to be overwhelmed with those difficulties or to try to overcome them only. We must know even during the duration of our present life, as to what we shall gain after overcoming all those difficulties of life and what shall be the mode of our permanent existence. We must make an adjustment of all things that evoke our love and hatred and for those that we want and do not want. Attachment and detachment of this mortal world will engage us more and more as we become farther and farthest from the Lotus Feet of Sree Krishna.

When we are able to transcend the position of attachments and detachments of this mortal world and be attracted with the Holy Name of Godhead, it is then only we can understand the import of the transcendental service of Sree Krishna the Personality of Godhead. At the first instance the subject Krishna is startling and perplexing to us. Every one who is called by the name ‘man’ is more or less struggling knowingly or unknowingly to eliminate those invading elements what are baffling our conception of eternal need. It is our only duty to enter into the kingdom of eternal need.”

“We have no love or hatred for any one in this world. All arrangements made in this world are but temporary. There is, therefore, unavoidable necessity for that ultimate need for every one in this world. You should attain the transcendental loving service of the objective, being situated in concerted action for that one aim. Let there be a constant flow of the ideas and thoughts as conceived by Rupa Goswami and His followers. We shall not at any time show our slightest dejection for the seven tongued “Samkirtan” movement. If we have undaunted faith in it we shall then only achieve all perfections. You should all therefore preach with fearlessness and with utmost energy the message of Rupa and Raghunath under the guidance of the followers of Sree Rupa.”

(Translated from Bengali by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Editor, Back to Godhead Magazine, Vol. 1. 1944)

[Please note: The articles in this series have been typed from copies of the original manuscripts which are sometimes unclear. As far as possible, every attempt has been made to reproduce them without change.]


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Srila Prabhupada with disciples giving initiation, Mayapur 1972.


And why should we, Srila Prabhupada, Your diksa / shiksha disciples, be unnecessarily proud and monopolise the letters ACBSP ??? It is not fair at all that one single generation monopolises ACBSP, at the detriment of hundreds of coming future generations. This is totally unacceptable!!!

As a remedy to this situation, I am proposing herewith that we account for this matter as ACBSPGen1, ACBSPGen2, ACBSPGen3 , ACBSPGen4 etc etc…ACBSPGen1 representing Your direct diksha / shiksha disciples and successive future generations of shiksha disciples being designated as ACBSP Generation 2, 3, 4, etc etc… Anyone who accepts You as the Founder- Acarya of ISKCON and strictly follows Your orders, has access to this topmost distinction of ACBSP. Because You are the Founder-Acarya of this institution, The International Society for Krishna Consciousness, anyone who surrenders to Your orders becomes Your shiksha disciple and You become His shiksha Guru. One may have one diksha Guru only, but many shiksha Gurus. And except for You Srila Prabhupada, all are to be treated equally. Whereas You stand supreme at all times, places and circumstances! Again the reason being, that You are the Founder-Acarya of The International Society for Krishna Consciousness. In all meanings, You are the provider and maintainer of The International Society for Krishna Consciousness and everyone else is provided for and maintained in The International Society for Krishna Consciousness. All glories to Your Divine Grace!!! 

Because the distinction ACBSP is transcendental, it is higher that any mundane distinction of BA, MA and PhD, or whatever the mundane wranglers and speculators may invent with their fertile but imperfect brains.

Jai Srila Prabhupada!!!

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DANDAVATS.COM “The web site that will fall over to serve you” caught “en flagrant delit” of sexism on June 3rd 2019!!!’s first page top feature is called “Todays featured video.”

Generally the name of the person speaking is given on the first page.

On June 4th HH Indradyumna’s Swami’s name was given on the first page.

On June 9th HG Madavananda Prabhu’s name was given on the first page

And the list goes on.

But on June 3rd however, Her Grace Mondakini Devi Dasi spoke of the  “ANNIVERSARY DATE OF ANANTA SHANTI’S PASSING, REMEMBERING ANANTA SHANTI DAS”

But her name did NOT feature on the first page BECAUSE OF HER GENDER EVIDENTLY!!!

The author of this article knows HG Mondakini DD. He has met her in Paris in 1973. But because time has passed and for the sake of circumspection, I wanted to verify the identity of the lady on the first page of “Today’s feature video”. But I could not find a name. I had to actually start watching the video to find the name Her Grace Mondakini DD.


I guess Mother Mondakini is owed an apology in due form by

So in both entities, and ISKCON be prepared to be faced with sexism.



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