Radha devi dasi is a disciple of Mukunda Goswami and has practiced bhakti-yoga since the mid-1980s. She has a lifelong interest in issues concerning women and children and currently serves as ISKCON’s International Vaishnavi Minister. Her past service includes work with ISKCON Communications, the Child Protection Office, congregational preaching, and raising two children with her husband, Yudhisthira dasa. Radha is a graduate of Harvard Law School and practices law in the US, with an emphasis on helping victims of domestic abuse.
Vyasadeva’s Invitation to Study Srimad Bhagavatam
We often think of leadership as having a position in an organization. But leadership does not depend on one’s title, seniority, or ability to exert power. Leadership means to inspire others to work toward a common goal – a role that can be taken up without regard for gender. There are potent examples of Vaishnavi leaders in Srimad Bhagavatam. This seminar looks at the leadership qualities of Sati, Devahuti, and others as well as the question of how to foster those qualities in Vaishnavis now and in the future.
Stri Dharma in the 21st Century and Beyond
Every society is affected by changing gender roles and the modern tendency is to eliminate gender-based differences. Srila Prabhupada, however, taught that differing gender roles can be beneficial to society. This seminar examines stri dharma, or women’s roles, with the aim of extracting the essential principles that can be applied now and in the future. We will look at ways to encourage the development of a society which supports Vaishnavis as wives, mothers and as devotees. We will address how the practice of bhakti-yoga may influence our understanding of stri dharma. Finally, we will consider the ways in which Vaishnavis who do not take up traditional roles contribute to society.