Her Majesty, resolution 313Hanuman das
Whereas the GBC Body accepts that many different understandings of the teachings of Srila Prabhupada and sastra, and many different understandings of what constitutes effective preaching, exist amongst ISKCON devotees, and this, in general, is a healthy situation;
Whereas when one ISKCON devotee’s preaching efforts, however well-meaning, are seen to work at cross purposes with the preaching efforts of others, it is the responsibility of ISKCON’s leadership to step in and take regulative action that it considers will be most favorable for the fulfillment of the objectives of ISKCON;
Whereas when publications are sold or promoted on ISKCON premises it gives the impression that ISKCON as a whole is endorsing the contents of such publications;
Whereas the book, “Women: Masters or Mothers” by Bhakti Vikasa Swami, has been seen to cause misunderstanding of Srila Prabhupada’s instructions, alienation and polarization of many devotees, and it has the potential to create even more disruptions to many aspects of ISKCON’s preaching work in the future;
Whereas as stated by the author, the book “features many generalizations and personal views of mine;”
Whereas the book contains statements advocating practices that are illegal in the majority of countries in the world, notably polygamy, child marriage and child labor:
That the sale and/or distribution of the publication “Women: Masters or Mothers” by Bhakti Vikasa Swami, is not allowed on ISKCON premises, or at any ISKCON supported programs.
Therefore the following statement is also be published:
The opinions expressed by Bhakti Vikasa Swami in his book “Women: Masters or Mothers” are solely those of the author in his private capacity and do not necessarily reflect the views and practices of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), or its Founder-Acarya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.