Women: Masters or Mothers? — A book by HH Bhakti Vikasa Swami

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

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Video Reviews

Watch devotees from around the world reviewing the book "Mothers and Masters." We will be publishing these video reviews on regular interval so please come back to find more. You can also record your review and send us. Guidelines can be found here.… Read more…

Reply by Bhakti Vikasa Swami to Dhanurdhara Swami’s critique of “Mothers and Masters”

His blog posting is a mixture of praise for the book mixed with some bashing, and I’m going to respond mostly to the bashing. I appreciate that he’s taking the trouble to critique the book. He’s not afraid to do so in a negative way ... It’s not a personal matter. We are discussing the whole direction of the Krsna consciousness movement. And that’s actually the major subject of this book… Read more…

Mothers and Masters

Several devotees have asked why the title of Women: Mothers or Masters? has been changed to "Mothers and Masters," and why the cover design has been changed. These changes were made before the ban was removed. The reasoning was that certain detractors much objected to the title and the cover, so, rather than waste time and energy in defending… Read more…

The Book Ban: What’s At Stake

Harmonize means “to bring into consonance or accord,” but there was no attempt on the part of the GBC to reach accord with me, despite my repeated pleas for discussion. What the GBC resolution calls harmonization is rather an attempt to crush a voice that it doesn’t like—… Read more…

Reactions to the Ban

Devotees all over the world have expressed their concerns about the way that ISKCON GBC banned the book, "Women: Masters or Mothers?" In this section, we plan to publish the reactions that we receive from devotees on this particular issue.… Read more…

“Harmonizing our Preaching Efforts”

I am duty-bound to respect the authority of the GBC, but nevertheless I feel that this ban and the manner of imposing it have been very unfair. Therefore, to present another side of the story – a side that the promulgators of this ban have consistently been unwilling to hear – … Read more…

Book Reviews

Women: Masters or Mothers? called by the author a “tract,” is much more than just a religious pamphlet. It is a deep and thoroughly cogent treatise on the current social anomalies within ISKCON (mirroring the social aberrations of the Western world) and how these incongruities relate to and have arisen due to our members remaining too much influenced by Western society… Read more…

Recap of "Women: Masters or Mothers?"Watch     Play (2 h 1 m)    Download (55.8 MB)
Answering Objections to the Book "Women: Masters or Mothers?"Watch     Play (3 h 5 m)    Download (84.7 MB)
Men, Women and the Blame GamePlay (2 h 12 m)    Download (60.8 MB)
Promoting Daiva VarnasramaWatch     Play (1 h 3 m)    Download (28.9 MB)
Women Masters or Mothers Part 1Play (57 m 33 s)    Download (26.4 MB)
Women Masters or Mothers Part 2Play (1 h 13 m)    Download (33.4 MB)
Women Masters or Mothers Part 3Play (1 h 20 m)    Download (36.7 MB)
Women Masters or Mothers Part 4Play (39 m 47 s)    Download (18.2 MB)
Puffed Up Womanly ConceptPlay (1 h 15 m)    Download (34.4 MB)
Other lectures by Maharaj on similar topics:
Jaya Radha-MadhavaPlay (3 m 23 s)    Download (1.6 MB)
Discussion on the Position of WomenPlay (35 m 48 s)    Download (16.4 MB)
Vaisnavism is Sexism, Part-1Play (49 m 11 s)    Download (22.6 MB)
Vaisnavism is Sexism, Part-2Play (54 m 58 s)    Download (25.2 MB)
Vaisnavism is Sexism, Part-3Play (1 h 40 m)    Download (46.2 MB)
Vaisnavism is Sexism, Part-4Play (46 m 32 s)    Download (21.4 MB)
Vaisnavism is Sexism, Part-5Play (1 h 11 m)    Download (32.9 MB)
Playing the Hindu CardWatch     Play (1 h 1 m)    Download (28.3 MB)
Saintliness of a WomanPlay (58 m 59 s)    Download (27 MB)
Time for a RevolutionPlay (17 m 22 s)    Download (6 MB)
Even in Vaikuntha, Women are not EqualPlay (45 m 30 s)    Download (20.8 MB)
Why Men and Women should Sit SeparatelyPlay (1 h 10 m)    Download (32.2 MB)
Qualities of a Chaste WifePlay (54 m 17 s)    Download (24.9 MB)
Vedic Culture and ISKCON Today (—Part 1)Play (1 h 7 m)    Download (31 MB)
Vedic Culture and ISKCON Today (—Part 2)Play (1 h 4 m)    Download (29.6 MB)
Vedic Culture and ISKCON Today— (Part 3)Play (1 h 14 m)    Download (34 MB)
Vedic Culture and ISKCON Today (—Part 4)Play (1 h 14 m)    Download (34.2 MB)
The Perfection of FeminismPlay (57 m 17 s)    Download (26.2 MB)
A Woman Should Follow Her HusbandPlay (59 m 17 s)    Download (27.1 MB)
Why five classes need protectionPlay (28 m 6 s)    Download (12.9 MB)
Great Ladies In Vedic HistoryPlay (28 m 2 s)    Download (12.8 MB)
Duties of MenPlay (1 h 12 m)    Download (33 MB)
Can Women be Diksa Gurus?Play (1 h 49 m)    Download (50.2 MB)
Marriage and the Guru-Disciple RelationshipPlay (3 m 35 s)    Download (1.6 MB)
Proper Relationships with WomenPlay (23 m 12 s)    Download (10.6 MB)
Controversial Issues in ISKCON, Part 3 – Gender Issues and ISKCONPlay (1 h 44 m)    Download (48 MB)
Controversial Issues in ISKCON, Part 4 – Homosexuality and ISKCONPlay (1 h 19 m)    Download (36.4 MB)
Nonsense Equal RightsPlay (28 m 39 s)    Download (13.1 MB)
Feminism is Nirvisesa-VadaPlay (46 m 1 s)    Download (21.1 MB)
Lesbianism is Very GoodPlay (6 m 54 s)    Download (3.2 MB)
Even Hiranyakashipu Didn't Divorce His WifePlay (1 h 23 m)    Download (38.4 MB)
School means contamination, manipulation not educationPlay (52 m 12 s)    Download (23.9 MB)
Women's Liberation or Women's BondagePlay (53 m 22 s)    Download (24.4 MB)
Freedom and StupidityPlay (1 h 12 m)    Download (33.1 MB)
Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité – All NonsensePlay (1 h 4 m)    Download (29.5 MB)
Don't Denigrate VarnasramaPlay (57 m 22 s)    Download (26.3 MB)
Equal Rights Is InsanityPlay (59 m 27 s)    Download (27.2 MB)
A Varnasrama BeginningPlay (1 h 3 m)    Download (28.9 MB)
Blessings for a Baby DaughterPlay (10 m 40 s)    Download (4.9 MB)
A Traditionalist Approach to Krsna-Consciousness, Part-1Play (1 h 27 m)    Download (40.3 MB)
A Traditionalist Approach to Krsna-Consciousness, Part-2Play (1 h 50 m)    Download (50.6 MB)
A Traditionalist Approach to Krsna-Consciousness, Part-3Play (2 h 3 m)    Download (56.8 MB)
Why School Shootings Will ContinuePlay (1 h 14 m)    Download (34.2 MB)
The Basic Mistake of All ReformersPlay (1 h 4 m)    Download (29.7 MB)
Why not go along with FeminismWatch     Play (1 h 11 m)    Download (32.7 MB)
Women's Shyness and Book DistributionPlay (13 m 36 s)    Download (6.2 MB)
Humble Prayers of Queen KuntiPlay (1 h 1 m)    Download (28.2 MB)
Vedic and Western Social PerspectivesPlay (1 h 10 m)    Download (28.2 MB)
Human Rights: First Become HumanPlay (1 h 3 m)    Download (14.6 MB)
Bhakti is FeminineWatch     Play (1 h 13 m)    Download (33.6 MB)
How Should Woman Dress on Work?Play (4 m 17 s)    Download (2 MB)
About Vrsabhanu-tanaya MatajiWatch     Play (17 m 30 s)    Download (8 MB)
Husbands and sons are maya, unless...Play (1 h 14 m)    Download (34.1 MB)
Husband as God, Husband as MayaPlay (1 h 12 m)    Download (33.2 MB)
How Culture Influences DevoteesPlay (1 h 12 m)    Download (33.2 MB)
We Have Got a Completely Different CulturePlay (43 m 49 s)    Download (20.1 MB)
Dilemmas of DharmaPlay (1 h 41 m)    Download (46.6 MB)
Lust, Greed, and Rational Village LifePlay (1 h 30 m)    Download (41.4 MB)
Value of Indian CulturePlay (1 h 29 m)    Download (40.8 MB)
The Fourth Regulative PrinciplePlay (1 h 4 m)    Download (29.6 MB)
Some Questions about Stri-dharmaPlay (38 m 6 s)    Download (17.6 MB)
Why Women are advised to go to the ForestPlay (4 m 4 s)    Download (1.9 MB)
Why Women are given Brahmana InitiationPlay (18 m 30 s)    Download (8.5 MB)
Women Shouldn't Be TrustedPlay (10 m 43 s)    Download (4.9 MB)
Women Gurus in ISKCONPlay (9 m 36 s)    Download (8.8 MB)
Can Women Devotees Give Lectures?Play (40 s)    Download (628.3 KB)
Addressing Woman with RespectPlay (1 m 58 s)    Download (463.7 KB)
Tension Between Varnasrama and VaisnavismPlay (1 h 32 m)    Download (42.2 MB)
Basic Points about Illicit Sex and Deity WorshipPlay (1 h 3 m)    Download (29.2 MB)
Varnasrama Dharma and Grihastha Asrama (Questions and Answers)Play (37 m 17 s)    Download (17.1 MB)
A Real Brahmana Is a VaisnavaPlay (47 m 37 s)    Download (21.8 MB)
The Real Kshatriya SpiritPlay (1 h 10 m)    Download (32.2 MB)
Brahmana the ideal for the SocietyPlay (56 m 59 s)    Download (26.1 MB)
Spiritual Family PlanningPlay (1 h)    Download (27.6 MB)
A Vaisnava Is the Only Real Brahmana – Initiation LecturePlay (39 m 42 s)    Download (18.2 MB)
About the Four VarnasPlay (57 m 24 s)    Download (26.3 MB)
About the Caste SystemPlay (21 m 45 s)    Download (10 MB)
About Vedic Culture (with His Holiness Jayapataka Swami)Play (1 h 45 m)    Download (24.1 MB)
Addressing Queries About Varnasrama and EducationPlay (1 h 47 m)    Download (24.7 MB)
Grihasta Life in Krishna-Consciousness, Part-1Play (35 m 40 s)    Download (16.3 MB)
Grihasta Life in Krishna-Consciousness, Part-2Play (1 h 33 m)    Download (42.9 MB)
Grihasta Life in Krishna-Consciousness, Part-3Play (1 h 21 m)    Download (37.3 MB)
Divorce is inevitablePlay (1 h 14 m)    Download (34.3 MB)
Maintaining CulturePlay (1 h 2 m)    Download (28.5 MB)
Were Women Exploited In The Vedic Culture?Play (50 m 52 s)    Download (23.3 MB)
Social Direction Needed In a Misled AgePlay (51 m 21 s)    Download (23.5 MB)
Burning Widows and Varnasrama RealityPlay (1 h 5 m)    Download (30 MB)
Varnasrama MisfitsPlay (1 h 14 m)    Download (33.9 MB)
Grandmother TattvaPlay (1 h 14 m)    Download (34.3 MB)
Systematic and Chaotic VarnasramaPlay (34 m 18 s)    Download (15.7 MB)
The Universe – God's Eye View vs. Ant's Eye ViewPlay (1 h 9 m)    Download (32 MB)
About Vedic CulturePlay (1 h 52 m)    Download (51.7 MB)
Adharma Is A ProblemPlay (20 m 47 s)    Download (9.5 MB)
Attacks on Vedic CulturePlay (1 h 10 m)    Download (32.1 MB)
Bow Down to ParentsPlay (29 m 50 s)    Download (13.7 MB)
Brahmacaris should always think of womenPlay (27 m 7 s)    Download (12.4 MB)
Culture as MayaPlay (53 m 24 s)    Download (24.5 MB)
Fairy Tales and Reality EducationPlay (1 h 24 m)    Download (38.7 MB)
Glories Of Vedic India – Part-1Play (16 m 10 s)    Download (18.5 MB)
Family Life in Krsna ConsciousnessPlay (1 h 7 m)    Download (30.9 MB)
Glories Of Vedic India – Part-2Play (47 m 26 s)    Download (54.3 MB)
Glories Of Vedic India – Part-3Play (6 m 29 s)    Download (7.4 MB)
Making Your Life Joyful and MeaningfulPlay (45 m 56 s)    Download (21 MB)
Harshness and sweetness of devoteesPlay (43 m 33 s)    Download (19.9 MB)
India – Ancient and Modern, Part-1Play (1 h 9 m)    Download (31.6 MB)
India – Ancient and Modern, Part-2Play (21 m 1 s)    Download (9.6 MB)
Issues or Nama-bhajana, Or Both?Play (48 m 38 s)    Download (33.4 MB)
Liberal HumanitarianismPlay (1 h 12 m)    Download (33.3 MB)
Misconceptions about VarnasramaPlay (1 h 55 m)    Download (52.7 MB)
Multiculturalism and the Supremacy of Vedic Culture – College ProgramPlay (1 h 37 m)    Download (44.4 MB)
Srila Prabhupada's Varnasrama MissionPlay (21 m 19 s)    Download (9.8 MB)
The Importance of India to Krishna DevoteesPlay (1 h 14 m)    Download (17 MB)
Unthinking Acceptance of Undesireable Behavioral NormsPlay (1 h 27 m)    Download (40.1 MB)
Vaisnava Culture – Part 1, Vaishnava Culture And EtiquettePlay (18 m 41 s)    Download (8.7 MB)
Vaisnava Culture – Part 2, Communities In Krsna ConsciousnessPlay (30 m 4 s)    Download (13.9 MB)
Vaisnava Culture – Part 3, Family Life, Marriage And DivorcePlay (31 m 47 s)    Download (14.7 MB)
Vaisnava Culture – Part 4, Practices And Kirtana StandardsPlay (22 m 21 s)    Download (10.4 MB)
Vaisnava Culture – Part 5, Vaishnava Dress And AttitudesPlay (31 m 28 s)    Download (14.5 MB)
Vaisnava Etiquette 2 – CleanlinessPlay (1 h 11 m)    Download (32.9 MB)
Vaisnava Etiquette 3 – TrainingPlay (1 h 4 m)    Download (29.7 MB)
To Have Many Children or NotPlay (54 m 55 s)    Download (25.1 MB)