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Question: In ISKCON we have a Vaiṣṇavī ministry, which has many stalwart Vaiṣṇavīs. I am not qualified to ask this question but for sheltering my bhakti, I am humbly asking you Gurudeva your view on female Vaiṣṇavī gurus of ISKCON. I have heard some devotees being against female gurus. I beg your forgiveness if I have made any offences at your lotus feet.

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Jayapatākā Swami: This is not exactly on today’s class. I think that every lady should be a preacher, a vartma-pradarśaka and a śikṣā-guru. Lord Caitanya instructed kibā vipra, kibā nyāsī, śūdra kene naya/ yei kṛṣṇa-tattva-vettā, sei ‘guru’ haya. Lord Caitanya taught whether one is a brāhmaṇa, one is in the renounced order of life or someone is a śūdra, doesn’t matter, if one knows the science of Kṛṣṇa consciousness that person is qualified to become a spiritual master. So Vaiṣṇavas and Vaiṣṇavīs if they know the Kṛṣṇa-tattva, they can be guru. 17-April-2021 Śrīdhāma Māyāpur, India