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Mothers & Masters

Mothers & Masters

By Bhakti Vikāsa Swami

Women: Masters or Mothers? presents traditionalist arguments for the direction of the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement, proposing that we should take up Śrīla Prabhupāda’s mandate to establish varāśrama-dharma rather than capitulate to the norms and ideologies of secular culture. Particularly discussed are gender roles, parental responsibilities, feminist follies, and some of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s more controversial teachings, such as those concerning early marriage, divorce, and polygamy.


Also available in Hindi,Spanish



Working on Bhakti Vikāsa Swami’s book Women: Masters or Mothers? has been inspirational in helping to deepen my understanding of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s example and instructions and has shown that we must carefully avoid the onslaught of the degraded mentality of Kali-yuga.

– Madana-mohana-mohinī Devī Dāsī

NameMothers & Masters
PublisherBhakti Vikas Trust
Publication Year2015
Weight375 gms
Table Of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition



Part One


The Direction of the Kṛṣṇa Consciousness Movement: Merge with Modern Society, or Present the Varṇāśrama-dharma Alternative?


Devotees’ Concern with and Approach to Social Issues

Kṛṣṇa Consciousness Is Largely Incompatible with Modern Culture

Scientism, Liberal Humanism, and Self ishness

Hedonistic Civilizations Are Doomed

Traditional Societies and the Dharmic Culture of India

Śrīla Prabhupāda’s Outlook Was Not Mundane

Śrīla Prabhupāda Wanted to Introduce Divine Varṇāśrama-dharma

“Varṇāśrama-dharma Is External”

Devotees Need Varṇāśrama-dharma

Varṇāśrama-dharma (the Perfect Institution) Must Be Based On Kṛṣṇa Consciousness

Varṇāśrama-dharma Inculcates Selflessness

A Revolution of Consciousness

Varṇāśrama-dharma for Overcoming Sexual Desire

Śrīla Prabhupāda Slowly and Carefully Introduced Vedic Culture

Shared Cultures of Traditional Societies

“Preach Now, Varṇāśrama-dharma Now”

Śrīla Prabhupāda’s Vision for Kṛṣṇa Conscious Farms

Rural Living Af fords More Time for Kṛṣṇa Consciousness

Accepting Kṛṣṇa’s Social System

An Experimental Revolution

ISKCON’s Disconnect with Varṇāśrama

Traditional Culture Is Misunderstood

Slaughterhouse-education and Child Labor

Indian Culture and ISKCON

Preaching of Traditionalism in the West

An Overview of Religious and Political Reform

Ṛtvik Folly

The Basic Mistake of All Reformers

Understanding the Issues – Siddhānta


ISKCON Has the Solution



Part Two


Women: Masters or Mothers?


Section One

Why Śrīla Prabhupāda Opposed Feminism

Demons Promote a Puf fed-up Concept of Womanly Life

Respect for Women in Indian Culture

Feminism in ISKCON

Nasty Ef fects of Feminism Within ISKCON

Misunderstanding Śrīla Prabhupāda’s Adjustments

Tweaking History by Blaming the Men

A Case Study: Yamunā Devī Dāsī

The Transformation of Women’s Roles

Lust, Greed, and Exploitation

Sigmund Freud and His Followers

Sex, Dissatisfaction, and Family Decline

Men and Women Are Dif ferent

Feminist Folly

Demonic “Broad-mindedness”

Why Women Need Protection

Independent Women Are Unprotected, Exploited, and Unhappy

The Vital Role of Gṛhasthas

Women Should Be Married (Gṛhasthas, Not Sannyasis, Should Protect Them)

Women in Bengal

Illicit Sex in the Name of Religion

F ire and Butter

Even Paramahaṁsas Are Cautious About Female Association

Devotees Must Reject Feminism


Section Two

Fulf illing Women’s Potential – As Mothers

Children Are the Victims

Frustration Due to Unrealistic Expectations

Early and Late Marriage

Arranged Marriage

“Love Marriage”

The Real Formula for Marital Success

Homemakers and Working Wives

The Scourge of Divorce

Discouraging Divorce Among Devotees

Divorce Can Be Averted

Family Planning and Big Families

Joint Families


Education for Girls: Chastity and Cooking

Victory for a Woman

Hopeless Women Become Feminists – Men Should Become First-class

Some Misconceptions of Men

Duties of Married Men


Section Three

Women As Leaders

Women As Gurus

Women Giving Classes and Leading Kīrtanas



Calling Women “Prabhu”

Traditional Culture Is Still Appreciated

The Way Forward



Part Three


Gurudevis and Grandmothers

Feminist Rhetoric on Dandavats


On the Subject of Female Diksha Gurus

Krsna Conscious Motherhood

Time for a Revolution

Playing the Hindu Card


Suggested Further Reading


About the Author


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