Did Srila Prabhupada Sanction Wife Beating?


May 15, 2017 — USA (SUN) —

After reading the stories of child beating in ISKCON, I am remembering something Srila Prabhupada said. I feel it is my duty to relay this incident.

Sometimes in the old days you would hear a devotee jokingly say, "You can beat a drum, a mridunga and your wife." Unfortunately, a few men thought it was alright.

Srila Prabhupada sent myself and two other devotees to Japan to open the first temple there. When he made his first visit, a few devotees also visited, among them a couple that were having marital difficulties. The wife confided in the temple president, Sudama, that her husband was beating her. He went directly to Srila Prabhupada and explained the situation. Srila Prabhupada told him, "Any man who beats his wife is a dog and she should leave him."

I have told this before, and senior devotees have told me they would use it (for instance in a Prabhupada Memories video), yet no one ever has! Anyway, she left him. But like certain other child beaters, the husband also did a lot of service.

I swear this to be true. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.


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