addressed during her course "Men in Spiritual Culture".
Devaki Mataji's seminar was not easy to digest since it was not meant to
offer spiritual entertainment. Rather it is aiming at transformation -
transformation of the heart, our consciousness, our world view, our tastes, our habits, our likes and dislikes and our patterns of behavior. It clearly explains why there is a need for an urgent change not only for society at large but especially for us ISKCON devotees to apply these eternal and universal principles and teach them. Every male who considers himself a member of ISKCON should participate in this course. It is very deep, sometimes breath taking, and at times also humorous. It will make you re-think your relationship with women. I can only highly recommend it!
Advitya Baladev Prabhu, a young devotee shared the following:
This course 'Men in Spiritual Culture' opened my eyes to what spiritual
culture is actually all about. It should be taken by every devotee in a
men's body and should be included in the Bhakta Program in each ISKCON temple.
Back to the future!
Devaki Mataji's course 'Men in Spiritual Culture' is indeed wonderful. Although I have read Srila Prabhupada's books already for 37 years my understanding of the principles of spiritual culture is now greatly extended. Her words are like a magnifying glass giving deep insights into Srila Prabhupada's words and showing us how we as mankind have deviated from real culture - spiritual culture. We have to turn around and go back to the point where we have deviated. The past is our future - Vedic spiritual culture.
Rama Gopala Prabhu, the father of the Cologne yatra, shared his realizations:
Dear Mother Devaki, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for this deep and wonderful inspiration you have given me. With your two seminars 'Giving and Accepting Shelter' and 'Men in Spiritual Culture' you have given me great hope in regards to the future of my relationship with Lord Krsna. These two seminars made it easy for me to discover subtle anarthas within my heart, and by the mercy of Sri Guru and Gauranga I want to transform and uproot them now. Also I want to beg with sincere heart forgiveness from all the women who I may have disrespected or hurt due to my ignorance, with the desire to transform my attitude and behavior and take blessings from my mothers. Thank you kindly for this extraordinary gift.
Radha Madhava Prabhu, who has mainly been serving in Vrindavan in connection with FFL was also there:
Devaki Mataji's course 'Men in Spiritual Culture' gave me deep insights into the psychology of men and women. She could very nicely connect it with our process of devotional service and its culture, based on the teachings of
Srila Prabhupada - in an amazing and deep way I have never heard before. Therefore this course brought me much closer to Srila Prabhupada and helped me to understand what he is actually saying in his purports in the
This course also gave me a great foundation to my dealings, attitude and association with women which will be beneficial for my entire life in Krsna consciousness. The valuable and most important role of women within this
society was presented in a most wonderful way. This course is a 'must' for all those devotees who want to get deeper insights into the subtleties of the complicated relationship between men and women, and who want to live it successfully - not only in married life, but in all dealings with the other gender.
Thank you very much, Devaki Mataji, for your wonderful service. Please keep it up....!
This mission of spreading spiritual culture in these modern days is indeed an almost impossible one. And I do like to take up such impossible missions, because they always make me feel helplessly dependant on Krsna, Srila Prabhupada, Guru and my well-wishers.
And it is humbling to experience how They reciprocate and gradually open the doors for it to become successful. I am fully aware, that without Their blessings and mercy I would not be able to do anything at all.....
After spending two more days with my mother I flew off to Delhi on the 10th of October....
Your servant, Devaki dd