Lectures

An Almost Real Tree

26 Apr 2009

English; Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India

Bhagavad-gītā 15.1

Nanda and other Vrajavasis are not Attached Householders

7 Oct 2007

English; Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 2.7.31

Generations of Sophisticated Animals

14 Jan 2005

English; Pune, Maharashtra, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 5.5.1

Only Krsna Is the Supreme Enjoyer

31 Jul 2005

English; Ljubljana, Slovenia

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 2.9.33

Bhaktisiddhanta and Bhaktivedanta: Ideal Disciples and Gurus

1 Jun 2011

English; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Essential Not a Formality

26 Jun 2011

English; Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Bhagavad-gītā 2.71

Two Excuses For Avoiding Rules

19 May 2011

English; Kanhaiyadesh

Bhagavad-gītā 2.58

Duties of Men

8 Oct 2010

English; Damodaradesh

Assorted Lectures

बुद्धिमानों की जीवनवृत्ति

7 Mar 2014

हिन्दी; Pune, Maharastra, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.5.18

शिष्यों, कृपा करके धोखा न दे

26 Jan 2014

English with हिन्दी translation; Jagannath Puri, Odisha, India

एक सिंहासन पर तीन सिंह

9 Mar 2014

हिन्दी; Nigdi, Maharastra, India

Facts We Should Know

8 Mar 2014

English; Pune, Maharastra, India

सत्त्व गुणसे परे

8 Mar 2014

हिन्दी; Pune, Maharastra, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.26.21

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Why Women are given Brahmana Initiation

28 Nov 2013

Question: Why do we initiate women as brahmanas in our sampradaya? Traditionally women are supposed to have subordinate role and brahmanas are leaders of the society. So how do we understand this?

Different Shades of Saffron

6 Jan 2014

Question: Why do different saffron renunciants wear different shades of saffron in different temples even if they are initiated by the same Guru (for example, Pune and Chowpatty)? I am not even sure why different sannyasi gurus wear different shades of saffron either. The question I wanted to ask is that since we are all one family; why don't we have one standard?

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Reader

Introduction

7 Apr 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...230

Fundamental Principles for Initiated Devotees

27 Mar 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...323

Public Programs

17 Mar 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...256

Sravanam Kirtanam Camp, Rishikesh

5 Mar 2014, Announcements

We are very excited to announce Sravanam-Kirtanam Camp in Sri Hrishikesh (Rishikesh) from 1st to 6th May, 2014 with His Holiness Bhakti Vikas Maharaj. It is beautifully located in the midst of mountain ranges on the bank of Mother Ganges, spiritually uplifting location. Wonderful opportunity to hear from Maharaja in a fantastic atmosphere and chant in the association of devotees for continuous six days and take bath in crystal clear water of Ganges. Please don't miss it. Read more...441

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Duty of sannyasis: not nonsense philanthropic work

Abruptly, if we take to sannyasa order, then... We have seen many persons abruptly taking or without understanding the self-realization process. He fails. He again comes back to the materialistic way of life in a different form. Suppose he begins in philanthropic work, some hospitalizing or opening educational institution.... Expand>

Abruptly, if we take to sannyasa order, then... We have seen many persons abruptly taking or without understanding the self-realization process. He fails. He again comes back to the materialistic way of life in a different form. Suppose he begins in philanthropic work, some hospitalizing or opening educational institution. That is nice, but these things are being done by the government and many philanthropic persons. That is not the duty of a sannyasi. A sannyasi, a renounced order of life, his main business is to spread Krsna consciousness, or God consciousness. That is his real business. But if one has not the taste what is Krsna consciousness, simply accept sannyasa, then he will do all this nonsense work.

Sannyasa means to give up all material contaminated activities for the sake of the Supreme Lord.


From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 3.1-5 -- Los Angeles, December 20, 1968

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Election time

In contrast with the modern, advanced, civilized form of government, an autocracy like Maharaja Yudhisthira's is by far superior to a so-called democracy in which animals are killed and a man less than an animal is allowed to cast votes for another less-than-animal man.... Expand>

In contrast with the modern, advanced, civilized form of government, an autocracy like Maharaja Yudhisthira's is by far superior to a so-called democracy in which animals are killed and a man less than an animal is allowed to cast votes for another less-than-animal man.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 1.10.4

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Avoid impersonalists

Regarding your dealings with impersonalists, any one who teaches of the impersonal nature should be avoided. If we hear them, it will hamper our progress. That will be the result -- no progress.... Expand>

Regarding your dealings with impersonalists, any one who teaches of the impersonal nature should be avoided. If we hear them, it will hamper our progress. That will be the result -- no progress. Therefore, rigidly we will try to avoid the impersonal teachings. Generally, it only produces bad effects.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Sivananda  --  Los Angeles 13 February, 1969

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Balarama's rasa-yatra

To keep the gopis in Vrndavana satisfied, Lord Balarama stayed there continuously for two months, namely the months of Caitra (March–April) and Vaisakha (April–May). For those two months He kept Himself among the gopis, and He passed every night with them in the forest of Vrndavana to satisfy their desire for conjugal love.... Expand>

To keep the gopis in Vrndavana satisfied, Lord Balarama stayed there continuously for two months, namely the months of Caitra (March–April) and Vaisakha (April–May). For those two months He kept Himself among the gopis, and He passed every night with them in the forest of Vrndavana to satisfy their desire for conjugal love. Thus Balarama also enjoyed the rasa dance with the gopis during those two months. Since the season was springtime, the breeze on the bank of the Yamuna was blowing very mildly, carrying the aroma of different flowers, especially the flower known as kaumudi. Moonlight filled the sky and spread everywhere, and thus the banks of the Yamuna appeared very bright and pleasing, and Lord Balarama enjoyed the company of the gopis there.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => KB 65: Lord Balarama Visits Vrndavana

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