Lectures

The Great Misconception

Aug 28, 2014

English; Dublin, Ireland

Hellish Impersonalism

Aug 28, 2014

English; Govindadvipa, Ireland

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.4.2

About Cow Protection

Aug 28, 2014

English; Govindadvipa, Ireland

Pious and Impious Mayavadis

Aug 27, 2014

English; Govindadvipa, Ireland

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.2.10

कृष्ण कथा सुनने में अरुचि क्यों ?

Mar 23, 2014

हिन्दी; Modasa, Gujarat, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.16.26-30

Promoting Prabhupada

Aug 21, 2014

English; Drumshanbo, County Leitrim, Ireland

भक्तो का भद्र और अभद्र व्यवहार

Mar 13, 2014

हिन्दी; Baroda, Gujarat, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 4.21.16-20

Mahidharah, Mahabhagah, Vegavan, Amitasanah

Aug 21, 2014

English; Drumshanbo, County Leitrim, Ireland

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 371-374

Bright Faces and Black Faces

Jul 20, 2014

English with Русский translation; Dobromysh, Tatarstan, Russia

The Attractiveness of Srila Prabhupada, Part-7

Aug 26, 2014

English; Govindadvipa, Ireland

The Attractiveness of Srila Prabhupada, Part-6

Aug 25, 2014

English; Govindadvipa, Ireland

The Attractiveness of Srila Prabhupada, Part-5

Aug 24, 2014

English; Govindadvipa, Ireland

The Attractiveness of Srila Prabhupada, Part-4

Aug 23, 2014

English; Govindadvipa, Ireland

The Attractiveness of Srila Prabhupada, Part-3

Aug 22, 2014

English; Govindadvipa, Ireland

The Attractiveness of Srila Prabhupada, Part-2

Aug 21, 2014

English; Govindadvipa, Ireland

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A Society Made of Brahmanas

Oct 31, 2011

Question: I am currently listening to your lecture "Some Concerns About ISKCON." I also heard a lecture recently from my spritual master HH Tamal Krishna Goswami. He said, "originally, Srila Prabhupada wanted ISKCON to consist solely of brahmacaris and sannyasis, but then Jadurani came, what was Srila Prabhupada to do? He couldn't reject her."... Expand>

Question:

I am currently listening to your lecture "Some Concerns About ISKCON." I also heard a lecture recently from my spritual master HH Tamal Krishna Goswami. He said, "originally, Srila Prabhupada wanted ISKCON to consist solely of brahmacaris and sannyasis, but then Jadurani came, what was Srila Prabhupada to do? He couldn't reject her."

It seems that since we do not discriminate who joins ISKCON in terms of their varna or ashram, ISKCON will continue to face these sorts of issues (i.e. Ksatriya Initiative).

My question: Although I understand that we are ultimately only concerned with becoming Vaishnavas, but do you forsee that ISKCON as a society will gradually evolve into strictly a brahminical body as Srila Prabhupada wanted or will the brahminical class be forced to create a seperate body to offer guidance to society? Thank you for maintaining the standard. 

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Disciple Liberates His Own Guru

Jan 1, 2011

Question: Requesting to clear a doubt from the following quotation: "This incident proves that the siksa- or diksa-guru who has a disciple who strongly executes devotional service like Dhruva Maharaja can be carried by the disciple even though the instructor is not as advanced." (SB 4.12.33 Purport) As far as I understand, a bona fide diksa-guru is a liberated soul (saksad-dharitvena samasta sastrair…). So how can he be liberated by his disciple?

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24/7 online Radio – Bhakti Vikasa Swami Radio

Aug 31, 2014, Announcements

We are pleased to announce the launch of 24/7 Online radio station called "Bhakti Vikasa Swami Radio". On this station, you can hear Maharaj's lectures non-stop throughout the day. Special lectures will be played based on the festival or appearance/disappearance days of previous acharyas. Read more...274

Husband As Guru – How About Srila Prabhupada As Guru?

Jun 7, 2014, Articles

The article “Husband as Guru” presents much of what could be considered common-sense advice for husbands struggling to come to the human platform. However, some grave faults mar what otherwise might in some contexts have been valuable suggestions. By predicting “that some men will not agree with me (although I doubt any woman will disagree)” the author anticipatingly dismisses any opposition from males as being mere chauvinism. I am currently imprisoned in a male body, but it is not on such flimsy grounds that I perceive significant blemishes in what he calls his “illumination.” Read more...590

Introduction

Apr 7, 2014, Vaisnava Culture, Etiquette, and Behavior

The highest stage of dharma, and therefore of human attainment, is Vaiṣṇavism, the culture of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Therefore it is essential that every devotee learn and imbibe Vaiṣṇava culture, etiquette, and behavior—collectively known as sadācāra, or śiṣṭācāra—without which a devotee, even though intently engaged in activities of Kṛṣṇa consciousness, remains incomplete, similar to a beautiful person devoid of ornaments. Read more...933

Fundamental Principles for Initiated Devotees

Mar 27, 2014, Vaisnava Culture, Etiquette, and Behavior

Based on Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (1.17.38, 11.5.11), Śrīla Prabhupāda instituted as an initiation vow that all disciples follow four regulative principles: The beginning of religious life is to abandon the four principles of prohibited activities—namely illicit sex life, meat-eating, gambling, and intoxication. In our Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement, the requirement is that one must be prepared to give up the four pillars of sinful life—illicit sex, meat-eating, intoxication, and gambling. Read more...1208

Public Programs

Mar 17, 2014, Vaisnava Culture, Etiquette, and Behavior

Public programs are an important means for presenting Kṛṣṇa consciousness to the general populace. Herein we provide some basic guidelines for the successful execution of such programs. All aspects of the function should be planned and executed in advance, so that as far as possible everything goes smoothly at the actual event. Especially major events require much planning and coordination to execute successfully. Visitors are likely to be impressed by efficient organization, but even one deficient feature can mar the entire experience. Read more...763

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Qualification for leader of a center

...when one has to take charge of a center, he has to become completely above suspicion.... Expand>

...when one has to take charge of a center, he has to become completely above suspicion.

From Srila Prabhupada's Letter to: Brahmananda  --  San Francisco 12 March, 1968

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Not only chanting

if we follow Krsna, not only we are chanting Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare but we have to follow the principles laid down in the Bhagavad-gita. That will make our life successful. Practically we have to apply this, have to apply the principle. Otherwise the whole attempt will be failure.... Expand>

if we follow Krsna, not only we are chanting

Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

but we have to follow the principles laid down in the Bhagavad-gita. That will make our life successful. Practically we have to apply this, have to apply the principle. Otherwise the whole attempt will be failure.


From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 3.21-25 -- New York, May 30, 1966

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impossible four regs in West, but possible by Krsna's grace

(For Srila Prabhupada's arrival in America) It is very difficult for this country or this part of the world to follow the four principles of regulative life: no illicit sex, no gambling, no meat-eating and no intoxication. Even Lord Zetland, when he was given this formula for becoming advanced in spiritual consciousness, he flatly replied, "It is impossible for us." Yes. But impossible thing can be made possible by the grace of Krsna. That is possible -- Krsna is all-powerful -- provided we are serious and sincere. That is the main business. We must be very serious and sincere. Then Krsna will give you intelligence.... Expand>

(For Srila Prabhupada's arrival in America)

It is very difficult for this country or this part of the world to follow the four principles of regulative life: no illicit sex, no gambling, no
meat-eating and no intoxication. Even Lord Zetland, when he was given this formula for becoming advanced in spiritual consciousness, he flatly replied, "It is impossible for us." Yes. But impossible thing can be made possible by the grace of Krsna. That is possible -- Krsna is all-powerful -- provided we are serious and sincere. That is the main business. We must be very serious and sincere. Then Krsna will give you intelligence.

... It doesn't matter, either in India or outside. People thought like that, that Krsna consciousness is the monopoly business for the Indians or for the Hindus. They were thinking like that: "It cannot be preached. Nobody will take it." But I thought, "If Krsna is God, why it will not be taken by everyone? It must be taken." So I was not very much hopeful to become successful. When I was in Boston port, I wrote one poetry that "I do not know why I have been brought here. How these people will take to Krsna consciousness? As soon as I will say these four regulative principles, they will ask me to go away." [laughter]

From Srila Prabhupada's Arrival Address -- February 9, 1975, Los Angeles

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Go, go, go, go preach this chanting

We should push Krsna consciousness as disinfecting agent. They're all infected, the whole world. So by chanting you disinfect. Therefore chanting is so important. Philosophy later on. First of all, ceto-darpana-marjanam [Cc. Antya 20.12], cleansing the heart. By hearing this chanting their heart will be cleansed gradually. Then they will understand the real position. So we have to do this chanting, not sit down in a solitary place, chanting himself. No, not like that. You are to vibrate the sound for the benefit of others. So that their heart may be cleansed and they can understand.... Expand>

We should push Krsna consciousness as disinfecting agent. They're all infected, the whole world. So by chanting you disinfect.

Therefore chanting is so important. Philosophy later on. First of all, ceto-darpana-marjanam [Cc. Antya 20.12], cleansing the heart.

By hearing this chanting their heart will be cleansed gradually. Then they will understand the real position.

So we have to do this chanting, not sit down in a solitary place, chanting himself. No, not like that. You are to vibrate the sound for the benefit of others. So that their heart may be cleansed and they can understand.

And if I sit down in a solitary place, for my benefit, that may be his benefit, but it is not very high class engagement. He must sacrifice for
others. Pararthe prag utsri, utsri[?]. That is the Canakya Pandita's moral instruction, that "Everyone should sacrifice for the Supreme."

Caitanya Mahaprabhu is God Himself. He comes down to preach, to become sannyasi, and to take so much trouble all over India and everywhere, and giving instruction and sending men, "Go, go, go, go." What? Why you...? He's perfect. Why He's coming? He doesn't require. No. For the benefit of others, we must follow the footsteps of Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

From Srila Prabhupada's Morning Walk --  December 5, 1973, Los Angeles

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