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Friday, August 08, 2008


I haven't really had the time to write much, primarily due to the fact that I lead a much busier life and don't really have the time to read or write about spiritual topics. But I just couldn't resist this little nugget.

For some time I've had a certain "Vaisnavacarya Chandan Goswami" as one of my Facebook friends without really knowing who he is. I figured with a surname like 'Goswami' he might be affiliated with one of the Goswami families in Vrindavan but I never bothered to ask.

Today I noticed that he had listed ShriRadhaRaman.Com as his website which, as the URL suggests, is the "official" website of the Shri Radha Raman temple in Vrindavan. The one connected with Sri Gopal Bhatta Gosvami. The current "acharya" is the well-known Sri Padmanabha Goswami, who is the son of the late Sri Vishvambhar Goswami.

It turns out that Sri Vaisnavacarya Chandan Goswami is Sri Padmanabha's son and the future successor of the Sri RadhaRaman legacy. There are some interesting things to read on that site, including Vaisnavacarya's blog, photo galleries (beautiful photos of Sri Amiya Nimai Gauranga Mahaprabhu) and articles. It is a nice site, check it out.

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  • At 11 August, 2008 08:05, Anonymous Andrew said…

    He is such an intelligent Achraya (Guru). Even He is really REALLY sweet though. He has some kind of attraction which noone can ignore. After the first meeting everyone bow down on His feet or gets crazy to be his disciple or friend.

  • At 15 September, 2008 21:38, Anonymous Radhe! Radhe! said…

    Radharaman has a very nice website.

    The thing that bothers me about the Goswami families is that they keep their women in purdah.

  • At 16 September, 2008 19:10, Blogger "Gaurasundara das" said…

    Do they? Very interesting.

  • At 18 September, 2008 16:38, Anonymous radhe! radhe! said…

    Yes, all orthodox brahmins in North India who have a prominant social presense in their communities keep their women in some type of purdah or other.

    You will run into the men of the family here and there, out and about around town but never their female counterparts. They very rarely move around with them, and when they do, face is covered by sari pallou in many instances.

    Very odd culture.

  • At 16 October, 2008 21:13, Anonymous Jai Hinduism said…

    Not only Brahmins... our country adopted this. Parda culture came from Muslims. This is not odd at all. Muslims ruled on Indians for hundred of yrs.

    Afterwards, England ruled on them for 200 yrs.. So, to save women from outsiders they had adopted parda. It was not bad indeed. Nowadays, Goswamis and even all new women from villages are finishing parda system. And old women are appreciating them.

  • At 15 November, 2008 04:14, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    To Radhe, radhe,
    Purdah was introduced into India during the "Moghul" (Truk-Pursian)rule for 1ooo yrs, before the British, who ruled 250yrs. The Moghuls being muslims imposed the same rule for all Indian women regardless of culture, religion or status. I do have to disagree with you that purdah is only in N.India, its also in S.India except in a different form, even though the Bengalie and S.Indian women do not cover their heads like the sisters in the North, yet still they are not allowed to leave the home, unaccompanied by their male relatives, only the older women can. The main notion behind purdah is to keep the "women pure", which means they should not get contaminated by indulging the least in pre-marital affairs with the opposite sex,or enticing the men, since women are considered physically weak and emotional. Purdah is ever present and more rampant in today's muslim culture worldwide. Hence is why women are killed by stoning or beheaded if they are caught in any form of sexual misconduct. That is called "Honour Killing" in which the accused female is killed by her male relatives. Hence N.India has a similar rule too, which is why men are fared better than women and also subject to death in different cultural ways.The Moghul's rule was centralised in N.India. Hence is why women veiled themselves, keep indoors and outdoors accompanied by male relatives. Since the Moghul central rule was in N.India that is where the women heavily adapted to the purdah culture in total.A woman alone in public is viewed as unchaste and that's basically the rule. Just like individualism in the west, people from tribal,caste based culture soften misinterpret and misunderstad due to lack of life experiences, so too those women of Indian and non-Indian origin from the "West" are unable to fully comprehend the behaviour and thinking of people in India relevant to purdah.So definitely, Muslim traditions are entrenched in Hindue religion and culture. However, pre-Moghul era Indian women were more free in terms of dress, tradition etc. I do hope I did not offend anyone by this explanation.

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