In a recent Sanga, you wrote that "women are not more lusty than men nor less intelligent." This appears to me to bequite contradictory to what Srila Prabhupada said about the subject. Can a'sat guru' answer this question?

Srila Prabhupada has said that women are less intelligent and morelusty than men. It appears that I have said something different. However,what Prabhupada said about women is subject to time, circumstance,information available, and interpretation. If statements like 'women areless intelligent than men' are to be taken as absolute, then no woman atany time could be more intelligent than any man. Is that true? You are aman. Ask yourself if this is true and answer honestly. Are you moreintelligent than every woman on Earth? Is every woman on Earth more lustythan you?

If not, then you have to interpret Prabhupada's words to fit with your ownexperience and with what you know to be true. You have to consider whatPrabhupada meant by intelligence, who he was talking to, and whether whathe said is to be considered siddhanta (absolute conclusion) or a culturalconsideration relative to times past when women were uneducated, etc.This is what I have done in dealing with this subject.

Can your question be answered? I think so, but you should know that yoursis not a spiritual question, neither in substance nor in form. It hasnothing to do with spiritual life proper, and its tenor is not concernedwith understanding the truth, but rather with showcasing your ownknowledge. Unfortunately, here you have only demonstrated your foolishness.

Prabhupada's statements on illicit sex and chastity are very hard sometimes. Now that I am practicing Krsna consciousness, the question I have is if a woman did not get the proper education from family and society, and lost her chastity due to this situation, can she still properly serve her future husband?

You can serve your husband properly by being a good example of a Krsna conscious devotee, and he can also serve you well by doing the same. Focus your attention on this. In his books Srila Prabhupada often writes about an ideal Vedic situation. However, in practical reality he dealt dynamically with circumstances which were less than ideal from the Vedic perspective, always encouraging men and women to become Krsna conscious and making them feel that this lofty ideal that transcends Vedic culture was within reach.

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I was terribly disappointed with your answer to the person who askedabout how to spiritually resolve the issue of sexual abuse as a child, inwhich you said: "This is a material problem, so a trained psychologistwould be the best person to consult. Otherwise, fear pervades materialconsciousness because material consciousness involves identification withthat which will not endure. Thus spiritual pursuit in general is thesolution to fear."

I think it is most telling how you apply your spiritual teachings. Thequestions about theology get two to three paragraphs and the only questionthat was real gets dumped in a few lines. What good are teachings aboutdivine love that don't include human love? How are we to take you seriouslyas a teacher of divine love when there is little human love evident in yourrelationship with the world?

There are many areas in which I am not trained to advise people. Is itnot appropriate for me to recommend that a person seek help from those whoare best trained to deal with the specific problems they have? In thiscase, I briefly explained that all fear is a result of material attachment.But I did not feel that elaborating on this important principle would bethe most human thing to do because often people are not able to put thisinsight into practice without first coming to a level of inner balance.They need interim material or human solutions to common human problems inorder to proceed with spiritual practice. They should not artificiallythink that spiritual practice alone will remedy all of their immediatepsychological problems any more than it will their physical problems. Sucha belief is potentially harmful and shortsighted.

It is important to try to bring people into the larger circle of aspiritual worldview, but in doing so it may also be appropriate toacknowledge the strengths of the smaller circle of science. This involvesacknowledging the fact that while in ultimate reality we are consciousness,in our practical reality we are very much human and need to deal with ourhumanity such that it will propel us in the direction of ultimate reality.

Is the Sanskrit language spoken in the spiritual world or only on the higher planets by demigods? And what about the Tamil language? It is said that it was taught by Lord Siva and has nothing to do with Sanskrit.

Sanskrit is considered to be the language of the gods, deva nagari, but it is not inherently spiritual. In the spiritual world the language is love. Selflessness is the basis of communion there, which is not limited by language. However, the human-like lilas of Krsna and Mahaprabhu, while fully spiritual, employ Sanskrit and Bengali. And as far as I know the Tamil language is derived from Sanskrit.

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