Lectures

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

Worse than Death

6 Mar 2014

English; Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Bhagavad-gītā 2.34

Diplomacy and Duplicity

4 Mar 2014

English; Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta 2.12.44

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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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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...209

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...306

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...248

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...424

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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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Fight!

Srila Prabhupada said: So you have to fight. Krsna never said, 'Arjuna, oh, you are My devotee, you sit down and sleep, I shall take care of . . . ' He never said that. So if you take that position -- we are devotees, non violent, and let us sleep .. . . Fight! With all the resources that we have got. That is wanted.... Expand>

Srila Prabhupada said:

So you have to fight. Krsna never said, 'Arjuna, oh, you are My devotee, you sit down and sleep, I shall take care of . . . ' He never said that. So if you take that position -- we are devotees, non violent, and let us sleep .. . . Fight! With all the resources that we have got. That is wanted.

So prepare for fight. Don't be afraid. Arjuna, they were five brothers and the other party, one hundred brothers. Therefore Dhrtarastra was confident that 'What are these five brothers without any help? We have ruined them. They were in the forest for thirteen years. Lost all connection, no kingdom. I have got government in hand, and my hundred sons, and we are well equipped.'

You must come forward to fight. If you simply sit down in Vrndavana, then Caitanya Mahaprabhu's mission is not being carried. He says, prthivite ache yata nagaradi grama.  [CB Antya-khanda 4.126] That is His mission. I am a teeny person; single handed we shall fight? Why you should see the fun and do not fight? That I am asking you. I shall fight and you shall see the fun?
Come with me to fight, because there is a world fight now.

It is a serious situation; you should not see simply the fun and claim to belong to Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Now you should come out to fight. Am I wrong or right?

Now we should combine together and fight. As soon as you introduce something strong, there will be fight. There will be fight. Even Krsna had to see the fight, Kuruksetra. Dharmaksetre kuruksetre samaveta yuyutsavah [Bg. 1.1]. The fight must be there, yuyutsavah. So if you belong to Caitanya Mahaprabhu's party, then you should come out to fight. Whatever's done is done, and it is done single handed. Nobody has helped me. Even not my Godbrothers. These American boys, they have helped me. They understood the philosophy and they helped me.

Now you should come forward, all combine together. There is a great fight. We are just planning how to fight. Now when there is fight, it requires real strength. Now their fight is confronting us because they are feeling the strength. Their whole civilization is threatened. We are recommending no illicit sex, no intoxication, no gambling, and no meat eating. This is the basic principle of modern civilization. So the foundation is threatened. Theoretically they are taking that 'If these four things are stopped, then
where is our civilization?' The millions of liquor manufacturers, breweries, millions of gambling houses, cigarette factories, so theoretically if this movement is successful, then whole civilization is finished. Because these young men have taken seriously, so they are threatened and they are making a strong party to fight with us."

We should gather our strength. Fight. Krsna never said that 'Don't fight.' Never said to Arjuna that 'You are My devotee; you don't fight. You are very good gentleman, nonviolent, and I shall do everything for you.' Never said that. He said, 'Now there is a great dangerous fight. Why you are saying like a nonsense?' anarya justam, like non Aryan. This fight is another good news that they are feeling the strength.

Fight! Without fight, where is life? If there is no fighting, then what is that life? That is dead stone. Fight must be there. Krsna's whole life is fighting from the very birth. His father carried Him to Gokula and He fell down in the Yamuna and . . . Just born, the fighting began. Just born. And at Yasodamayi's house, Nanda Maharaja's house, so many demons daily coming -- Sakatasura, Aghasura, Bakasura, Putana, so on, so on, so on. Ultimately Kamsa, when He was young boy. Vrndavana, so many asuras came. You have seen the pictures? Krsna is fighting with the horse demon, with the bull, fighting. If Krsna is fighting, why not Krsna consciousness the same thing? You cannot expect peaceful life. No, there must be fighting; then think, 'That is Krsna's presence, His fight.' So this fighting means they're feeling the presence of Krsna consciousness movement. Otherwise why they're making fight? Had it been an insignificant thing, there was no question of fighting."

(Excerpts from Transcendental Diary)

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Srila Prabhupada on gurukul and economic advancement

Prabhupada talked a lot on his walk, especially focusing on the topic of the gurukula. He told Giriraja, the temple president, that a large gurukula should be constructed on our land here in Bombay. He said that twice a day the boys can come to the beach and sport and swim. In this way they will grow healthy, get a good education, and become men of good character.... Expand>

Prabhupada talked a lot on his walk, especially focusing on the topic of the gurukula. He told Giriraja, the temple president, that a large gurukula should be constructed on our land here in Bombay. He said that twice a day the boys can come to the beach and sport and swim. In this way they will grow healthy, get a good education, and become men of good character. They will learn to control their senses, and this will save them from becoming "nonsense."

Prabhupada said there are many wealthy persons in Bombay who would want to put their children in such a school, because they are not concerned whether their children become expert technologists or not. When you have wealth, you can hire others to do such work.

He told of a man he knew in Allahabad who was a Ph.D., yet he could not get a job. The man was manufacturing soap bars at home and going by cycle every day to sell them in the market. Although he had a Ph.D., he was living like a coolie.
Prabhupada emphasized that therefore one should not make much endeavor for economic advancement, because whatever one is due, either success or failure, is already decided. Getting a Ph.D. will not change that. One should simply try to become Krsna conscious. He mentioned that Mr. Modi, the founder of Modinagar, where we recently had our program, was not an educated
man, but he had fifty thousand people working for him.

From Transcendental Diary by Hari-sauri Prabhu

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Millions of dollars for Krsna, none for me

Service for Krsna should not be accepted as profession for livelihood. It should be simply for the service of the Lord. For the service of the Lord you can collect millions of dollars, but for your livelihood you cannot take one dollar from any person.... Expand>

Service for Krsna should not be accepted as profession for livelihood. It should be simply for the service of the Lord. For the service of the Lord you can collect millions of dollars, but for your livelihood you cannot take one dollar from any person. Then you'll be indebted. You have to repay him. You cannot cheat others. It is very strictly enjoined.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 3.6-10 -- Los Angeles, December 23, 1968

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