International Vaishnavi Women's Day

(para español vuelve a entrar a iskcon.cl/womensday)

May 1st, according the vaisnava calendar, is the celebration of the Srimati Sita Devi and Jahnava Devi's trascendental appearances this year.

​​​​​​​Three senior devotees and Srila Prabhupada's disciples will present and dialogue about this essential topic for our society, to honour this special day.

WHY

In the last years we have seen -in almost the entire world- the rising of voices claiming about the violence against women and their rights. Coming from a such bonafide, rich and profound tradition, is our duty to share the vaisnava perspective and contibutions to this essential topic in our society.

  • What is woman?

    Definition from ontology, theology and the Sankhya present in Vaisnava literature; then covering the unique position of the goddesses; Radharani, Laksmis, Durga, and to end, the position of the Jivatmas and how the Varna-Asram Dharma deals with the relationships between the bodies and the jivas. Presents Hanumatpresaka Swami.

  • Yamuna Devi, Srila Prabhupada's Perfected Daughter

    It happens that the new generations could know just a little bit about Yamuna Devi Dasi's invaluable contributions and service to Srila Prabhupada's movement, from her contact with The Beatles to her leadership of entire communities. Malati Devi, is a contemporary and adventure partner of Yamuna and she will be in charge of presenting this theme.

  • The Nature of a Woman, and How She Can Be Empowered to serve

    The natures of men and women are intrinsically different. Both men and women have their higher and lower natures. How can women be empowered to access their higher natures in relationship to Krsna, or God, each other, men, and the world?

  • Srila Prabhupada:

    "Not only was mother Sītā powerful, but any woman who follows in the footsteps of mother Sītā can also become similarly powerful. There are many instances of this in the history of Vedic literature."
    ​​​​​​​(Srimad Bhagavatam 9.10.27, purport)

  • Malati Devi

    A pioneer in the spread of Krishna Consciousness in the West, a member of the GBC and co-founder of the Vaishnavi Ministry (formerly known as the Women's Ministry), she facilitates activities such as annual international retreats aimed at promoting the spiritual advancement of women.

  • Hanumatpresaka Swami

    ISKCON guru, graduated with first place in Psychology at the University of California, with minor studies in Biology and Electrical Engineering. Co-founder and Secretary General of NIOS, North American Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies.

  • Rukmini Walker

    Activist in women's spiritual empowerment and interfaith dialogue, founder of the Urban Devi collective (urbandevi.com), based at the Bhakti Center in New York City. Member of the Board of Trustees of the Bhaktivedanta College of Belgium.

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