Narada & Mahajanas

“Vidura continued: I know that the great sage Narada is the greatest of all devotees.
He has compiled the pancaratrika procedure of devotional service and has directly met
the Supreme Personality of Godhead.” 
[Srimad Bhagavatam 4.13.3]

Narada Muni’s instructions on women’s duties and qualifications are found in Srimad Bhagavatam 7.11.24-29. They are so pertinent to the FDG issue yet are completely absent in the SAC’s FDG paper.

The SAC statement,“There is no mention of any special qualification for women” ignores the qualifications, unique from men, of women described as chaste by Sri Narada, the original compiler/speaker of the Pancaratrika system:

strīṇāṁ ca pati-devānāṁ | tac-chuśrūṣānukūlatā
tad-bandhuv anuvttiś ca | nitya tad-vrata-dhāraam

To render service to the husband, to be always favorably disposed toward the husband, to be equally well disposed toward the husband’s relatives and friends, and to follow the vows of the husband—these are the four principles to be followed by women described as chaste.”
[Srimad Bhagavatam 7.11.30]


Narada Muni is one of the Mahajanas, along with KapilaManu. Siva, and Janaka, who said to his daughter Sita at her wedding:

“This Sita, my daughter, is going to be your helpmate in discharging your sacred obligations. (25-26) Take her hand in your own and accept her (as your own). May good betide you! She is highly fortunate and will remain exclusively devoted to you (her husband) and will ever follow you as a shadow.” (27) [Valmiki Ramaya Bala Kanda]

Note- the word helpmate in the Sanskrit of this verse is derived from dharmacari which implies a woman who follows rules and regulations of stri-dharma.

Siva, another Mahajana, is quoted in SAC’s FDG Argument 1. Women Gave Mantras in the Past. More can be found in Qualification to Receive Initiation.