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As one of the most senior and respected spiritual leaders of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Hridayananda das Goswami (Howard J. Resnick, Ph.D.) is an early pioneer and renowned teacher of bhakti yoga in the Western world. At the forefront of contemporary religious dialogue, he is celebrated for his unique ability to adapt the wisdom of ancient Indian philosophy into teachings that are comprehensible for Western audiences.

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Can I practice Krsna consciousness if I am in a monogamous homosexual relationship?

There are many ISKCON devotees with a homosexual orientation. Many years ago, ISKCON did not have such an enlightened view on the matter, but today most devotees, including leaders, are simply happy to see a person taking to Krishna consciousness.  Can I practice Krsna consciousness if I am in a monogamous homosexual relationship?

Mother?

I present here evidence from Śāstra regarding how men address women in Vaiṣṇava/Vedic culture. I will first present the main forms of respectful address, and then give evidence that men also call non-wife women by name in Vedic culture.
1. ‘Bhadre’ is the vocative (direct address) form of bhadrā (masculine bhadra) which means: Mother?

Can we date the Bhagavad-Gita?

Generally, scholars claim that Buddhism is older than the Gita because the Gita uses the word nirvāṇa five times. Several years ago, I sent the following message to the main academic Indology discussion group, called Indology, with leading scholars from the best universities:
 Can we date the Bhagavad-Gita?

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