“How can I give you equal rights, because your brain is less substance.”

“How can I give you equal rights, because your brain is less substance.”

Prabhupada said, “How they can have equal rights? Up to date in the history there is not a single woman who is a great scientist or great philosopher or great…” – Morning walk, 9 January 1977, Bombay

Prabhupada: I condemn everyone, that “You are all dogs and hogs.” And United Nations a pack of dogs barking. That’s a fact. And in Chicago I said, all women, “You cannot have freedom. You have got only thirty-four-ounce brain, and man has got sixty-four-ounce.” I told them. So I became a subject of very great criticism.
Trivikrama: Women’s liberation.
Prabhupada: I denied, “No, you cannot have.” I told them. One girl in the airship, she was seeing like… I asked her, “Give me 7-Up.” “It is locked now.” So I frankly said that “No, no. You cannot have equal rights because your brain is thirty-four ounce.” Actually that’s a fact. Where is woman philosopher, mathematician, scientist? Not a single.
Dr. Patel: Apart from that, I mean, they are made for a particular mission.
Prabhupada: How they can have equal rights? Up to date in the history there is not a single woman who is a great scientist or great philosopher or great…
Dr. Patel: Madame Curie was a…
Prabhupada: All bogus.
Dr. Patel: You are getting too harsh on them because…
Prabhupada: No, no. How can I give you equal rights, because your brain is less substance.
Dr. Patel: We cannot degrade our mothers that way.
Prabhupada: It is not degrading. It is accepting the actual fact.
Dr. Patel: These girls are misled, these American girls.
Prabhupada: There is no history. There is no history. Just like Kunti’s mother. She produced so many heroes, but she was not hero. She could produce heroes like Arjuna, like Bhima. But not that she becomes hero.
Dr. Patel: Mother can produce heroes…
Prabhupada: That’s all right. Still, nobody will say that Kunti is as good as Arjuna or Bhima.
Dr. Patel: How can anybody say?
Prabhupada: That is… How you’ll get the equal rights?
Dr. Patel: No woman smaller than Kunti could have produced an Arjuna.
Prabhupada: You can produce. That is another thing. A cook can produce foodstuff suitable for rich man, but that does not mean he is rich man.
“Never trust a woman and a politician.”

“Never trust a woman and a politician.”

Prabhupada said, “But one thing I can say, generally. There was a great politician, Canakya Pandita, under whose name in New Delhi there is a quarter called Canakya Puri. All the foreign embassies are situated there. He said, visvaso naiva kartavyam strisu raja-kulesu ca: ‘Never trust a woman and a politician.’ That is his remark, of course, I do not say anything.” – Press conference, 9 July 1975, Chicago

Reporter (3): Where… Do women fit into this social structure? You keep referring to man.
Prabhupada: Woman is not equally intelligent as a man.
Reporter (3): Equal in intelligence?
Prabhupada: Not equal intelligence. In the psychology, practical psychology, they have found that the man’s brain has been found up to sixty-four ounce, woman… Sixty-four ounce, man’s brain. And woman’s brain has been found, thirty-six ounce. So therefore woman is not equally intelligent like man.
Reporter (3): So where does she fit?
Prabhupada: You will find in practical psychology.
Reporter: Pardon?
Prabhupada: Practical psychology.
Brahmananda: She’s asking where does woman fit into this structure?
Prabhupada: Now, woman is supposed to be assistant of man. If woman is faithful wife of the first-class man, then she also becomes first-class. If she is assistant of the second-class man then he is also second-class. If she is assistant of the third-class man, then she is also third-class. Because she is assistant, so, according to her husband, or protector, she becomes first, second, third, fourth.
Reporter (3): But she doesn’t have any structure at all until marriage?
Prabhupada: No, she has got structure—she has got brain. I have already told. But not as good as man’s brain.
Reporter (3): You means she’s not qualified as first, second, or third-class until she marries?
Prabhupada: Yes. Woman requires to be protected—in childhood by the father, in youthhood by the husband, and in old age by the elderly sons.
Reporter (2): What is your feeling in regard to Mrs. Gandhi’s actions in India at the present time, particularly in relation to what you’re saying about women? Is what’s happening there because she has a thirty-six ounce brain and is incapable of ruling?
Prabhupada: Well, what is scientific proof, that is equally applicable to Mrs. Gandhi or to any ordinary woman.
Reporter: Is she having problems because she is a woman, though? If a man were in her position…
Prabhupada: Why you are trying to put me in the emergency law?
Reporter (2): In the what?
Devotee: In the emergency rule.
Reporter (2): Did you say emergency room or emergency law?
Brahmananda: Emergency rule that is going on in India.
Jayatirtha: He will be arrested if he says like that.
Reporter (2): Oh.
Prabhupada: But one thing I can say, generally. There was a great politician, Canakya Pandita, under whose name in New Delhi there is a quarter called Canakya Puri. All the foreign embassies are situated there. He said, visvaso naiva kartavyam strisu raja-kulesu ca: “Never trust a woman and a politician.” That is his remark, of course, I do not say anything.
Reporter (3): Are these books all… Have you written all of these books or are they by other philosophers of…
Prabhupada: Yes, I have written all these books.
Reporter (3): Who has published them?
Prabhupāda: We have got our own publishing house, Bhaktivedanta Trust. But we are selling our books very nice.
Reporter (3): Is that part of your income, to run a…
Prabhupada: Oh, yes, that is our only income, by selling books.
Reporter (2): You commented that, you gave the words “Never trust,” if I understood you right, “never trust an old man and a politician?”
Jayatīrtha: A woman or a politician.
Prabhupada: That is Caṇakya Paṇḍita’s remark.
“You cannot find any big scientist, any big mathematician, any big philosopher amongst woman. That is not possible.”

“You cannot find any big scientist, any big mathematician, any big philosopher amongst woman. That is not possible.”

Prabhupada said, “This is psychologically true, that within the brain, the brain substance, if there is more, then one is more intelligent. So here it is alpa… Just see, modern scientific psychology, how it was known, long, long millions of years ago. At least five thousand years ago. Alpa-medhasah. And this is scientific fact. Those who are students of psychology, they know it. I was student of psychology, and our professor… He was a Scotman. He explained this brain substance, cerebular substance, Dr. Urquhart, that the more brain substance is there, more one becomes intelligent. And it has been found that a woman does not have more than thirty-six ounce of brain substance, whereas in man it has been found that he has got up to sixty-four ounce. Now, this is modern science. Therefore generally, generally, woman, less intelligent than man. You cannot find any big scientist, any big mathematician, any big philosopher amongst woman. That is not possible. Although in your country, you want equal status with man, freedom, but by nature you are less intelligent. What can be done?” – Lecture on SB 1.3.21, 26 September 1972, Los Angeles

“…in woman the brain substance is not found more than 34 ounce. You’ll find, therefore, that there is no very great scientist, mathematician, philosopher, among women.”

“…in woman the brain substance is not found more than 34 ounce. You’ll find, therefore, that there is no very great scientist, mathematician, philosopher, among women.”

Prabhupada said, “To understand Brahman is not the business of tiny brain. Alpha-medhasam. There are two Sanskrit words, alpa-medhasa and su-medhasa. Alpa-medhasa means having little brain substance. Physiologically, within the brain there are brain substance. It is found that the brain substance in man is found up to 64 ounce. They are very highly intellectual persons. And in woman the brain substance is not found more than 34 ounce. You’ll find, therefore, that there is no very great scientist, mathematician, philosopher, among women. You’ll never find because their brain substance cannot go. Artificially do not try to become equal with men. That is not allowed in the Vedic sastra. Na striyam svatantratam arhati. That is called sastra.” – Lecture on BG 16.7, 3 February 1975, Hawaii

“…the brain substance has been found up to 64 ounce, while brain substance of woman has been found, highest, 34 ounce.”

“…the brain substance has been found up to 64 ounce, while brain substance of woman has been found, highest, 34 ounce.”

Prabhupada said, “I was student of psychology in my college life. Dr. Urquhart said, I remember still, that the brain substance has been found up to 64 ounce, while brain substance of woman has been found, highest, 34 ounce. Therefore woman class is not so intelligent as man. There is no question of competition. It is actual, scientific fact.” – Lecture on SB 1.2.6, 3 August 1968, Montreal

“Woman is not allowed to go to school, college, or to the spiritual master.”

“Woman is not allowed to go to school, college, or to the spiritual master.”

Prabhupada said, “All literatures, all Vedic literatures, they are especially meant for instruction to the men. Woman is to follow the husband. That’s all. The husband will give instruction to the wife. There is no such thing as the girl should go to school to take brahmacari asrama or go to spiritual master to take instruction. That is not Vedic system. Vedic system is a man is fully instructed, and woman, girl, must be married to a man. Even the man may have many wives, polygamy, still, every woman should be married. And she would get instruction from the husband. This is Vedic system. Woman is not allowed to go to school, college, or to the spiritual master. But husband and wife, they can be initiated. That is Vedic system.” – Lecture on SB 1.3.13, 18 September 1972, Los Angeles

“…Women are generally not very intelligent and therefore not trustworthy.”

“…Women are generally not very intelligent and therefore not trustworthy.”

Prabhupada said, “As children are very prone to be misled, women are similarly very prone to degradation. Therefore, both children and women require protection by the elder members of the family. By being engaged in various religious practices, women will not be misled into adultery. According to Chanakya Pandit, women are generally not very intelligent and therefore not trustworthy.” – BG 1.40, purport