Chaste Female Acaryas

A female Acarya must be first be a good disciple, following Srila Prabhupada a hundred percent:

“So we have to follow the ācārya. Then, when we are completely, cent per cent follower of ācārya, then you can also act as ācārya.” [CC Adi-lila 1.13 Lecture, Mayapur, April 6, 1975]

“One should not accept a spiritual master without following his instructions.” [NOD 5]

One cannot separate chastity from a female acarya as it is a Qualification to Receive Initiation, according to the Hari-bhakti-vilasa and the Goswamis. A female disciple should be cautious before doing something forbidden which contradicts or displeases the predecessor Acarya or displeases him. Prabhupada’s instructions to his female disciples was to be submissive to her husband, thus taking a superior role to him as diksa-guru, is an unsubmissive act.

An acarya is defined as one who knows the import of all Vedic literature, explains the purpose of the Vedas, abides by their rules and regulations and teaches his disciples to act in the same way. [CC Adi 1.46] An acarya does “not speak anything which is not in the sastra.” [Lecture July 8, 1975].

Sometimes the acarya devises a means by which people are somehow or other attracted to Krishna consciousness. After an attachment to Krsna has developed, prescribed rules and regulations are gradually introduced, such as the principle of chastity and etiquette towards male superiors. As a female acarya will be developed in bhakti, she will exemplify she is following “all the prescribed rules and regulations” [CC Adi 7.37], differently than a male acarya.

Rules and regulations “will follow automatically” as “a servant follows a master” [Dec. 20, 1966]. This is taught by Rupa Goswami in Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu 1.2.4.  A female acarya will have personally, gradually and naturally applied the prescribed rules and regulations or her actions in defiance of such would contradict the meaning of acarya.

“Therefore in the Vedic civilization two things are very much stressed: to teach the man from childhood how to become expert in sad-ācāra, and woman trained up how to become chaste. So this chaste woman and this sad-ācāra, brāhmaṇa, ideal is brāhmaṇa,he’ll become married. Then there will be peace, there will be progress, there will be peace in the society, peace in the family.” [SB Lecture 6.1.25, May 25, 1976 Hawaii]

Some examples of Female Acaryas:
Uma
Anasuya
Queen Kunti
Jahnava Devi

Female disciples were instructed by Srila Prabhupada to read about the lives of such great chaste women as part of their education. [Morning Walk July 10, 1975]