Lectures

About Kanchipuram - A Holy and Historic Place

Jan 22, 2015

English; Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Why One Should Approach a Guru

Jan 25, 2015

English; Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Be a Good Disciple

Jan 25, 2015

English; Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Thakura Vaisnava-pada

Jan 25, 2015

English; Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Hare Krishna Bhajan

Jan 24, 2015

English; Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Bhajans

Selflessness Even When Accepting Praise

Jan 24, 2015

English; Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Thiruppavai Chanting by Gurukula Students

Jan 23, 2015

தமிழ்; Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Bhajans

The Guru Gives the Lamp of Knowledge

Jan 23, 2015

English; Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 7.15.26

My Message

Jan 23, 2015

English; Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Anugatya - Following

Jan 23, 2015

English; Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

How to See God

Dec 28, 2014

English with தமிழ் translation; Pollachi, Tamil Nadu, India

Training Perfect Brahmanas

Jan 19, 2015

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.33.6

War on Maya

Jan 18, 2015

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Bhagavad-gītā 9.30

Mundane Desire and Gopi-prema

Jan 15, 2015

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta 1.4.165

Srila Prabhupada is Always Anxious to Uplift Others

Jan 14, 2015

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.1.10

More posts in Lectures...

ASK BVKS

Paying Taxes

Jul 21, 2014

Question: How important is it to pay taxes?

Pandava Nirjala Ekadasi

Jul 21, 2014

Question: Should devotees observe a full fast of abstaining from water on Pandava Nirjala Ekadashi? Some devotees, don’t go to bed on Ekadashi, they stay awake all night and as soon as the night is over, they go to sleep. What should our attitude be?

More posts in ASK BVKS...


Reader

Vyasa-puja Offering to Srila Prabhupada, 2014

Nov 21, 2014, Articles

Śrīla Prabhupāda, you are the glorious, incomparable paramahaṁsa whose preaching in the Western world was the only thing of any real importance that ever happened there. Of course, Vyāsa-pūjā offerings are meant for glorifying the guru as the representative and worshiper of Vyāsa. Yet we have learned from you that in the physical absence of the guru, he may be best worshiped by the continuation of his mission. Read more...756

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. The 24/7 Online radio is available on this page. Read more...1163

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...1383

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...1595

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...2190

More posts in Reader...

BVKS Sanga

Jaya Sri Rama

Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.3.22, states: "In the eighteenth incarnation, the Lord appeared as King Rama. In order to perform some pleasing work for the demigods, He exhibited superhuman powers by controlling the Indian Ocean and then killing the atheist King Ravana, who was on the other side of the sea." ... Expand>

Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.3.22, states: "In the eighteenth incarnation, the Lord appeared as King Rama. In order to perform some pleasing work for the demigods, He exhibited superhuman powers by controlling the Indian Ocean and then killing the atheist King Ravana, who was on the other side of the sea."

Srila Prabhupada comments, "The Personality of Godhead Sri Rama assumed the form of a human being and appeared on the earth for the purpose of doing some pleasing work for the demigods or the administrative personalities to maintain the order of the universe. Sometimes great demons and atheists like Ravana and Hiranyakasipu and many others become very famous due to advancing material civilization by the help of material science and other activities with a spirit of challenging the established order of the Lord. For example, the attempt to fly to other planets by material means is a challenge to the established order. The conditions of each and every planet are different, and different classes of human beings are accommodated there for particular purposes mentioned in the codes of the Lord. But, puffed up by tiny success in material advancement, sometimes the godless materialists challenge the existence of God. Ravana was one of them, and he wanted to deport ordinary men to the planet of Indra (heaven) by material means without consideration of the necessary qualifications. He wanted a staircase to be built up directly reaching the heavenly planet so that people might not be required to undergo the routine of pious work necessary to enter that planet. He also wanted to perform other acts against the established rule of the Lord. He even challenged the authority of Sri Rama, the Personality of Godhead, and kidnapped His wife, Sita. Of course Lord Rama came to chastise this atheist, answering the prayer and desire of the demigods. He therefore took up the challenge of Ravana, and the complete activity is the subject matter of the Ramayana. Because Lord Ramacandra was the Personality of Godhead, He exhibited superhuman activities which no human being, including the materially advanced Ravana, could perform. Lord Ramacandra prepared a royal road on the Indian Ocean with stones that floated on the water. The modern scientists have done research in the area of weightlessness, but it is not possible to bring in weightlessness anywhere and everywhere. But because weightlessness is the creation of the Lord by which He can make the gigantic planets fly and float in the air, He made the stones even within this earth to be weightless and prepared a stone bridge on the sea without any supporting pillar. That is the display of the power of God."

^ Collapse

Faultfinding due to envy

So long people will remain in darkness about Krsna consciousness, these things, rubbish things, will go on. I'll find out fault in you; you'll find out fault in me. That's all. Because the basic principle of material civilization is envy. I do not like you; you do not like me. That's all. Envy. Everywhere -- individually, nationally, socially, familywise -- everyone is envious.... Expand>

So long people will remain in darkness about Krsna consciousness, these things, rubbish things, will go on. I'll find out fault in you; you'll find out fault in me. That's all. Because the basic principle of material civilization is envy. I do not like you; you do not like me. That's all.Envy. Everywhere -- individually, nationally, socially, familywise -- everyone is envious.

(Srila Prabhupada -- April 2, 1975, Mayapur)

^ Collapse

Smelling Krsna's lotus feet by hearing

ye tu tvadiya-caranambuja-kosa-gandham jighranti karna-vivaraih sruti-vata-nitam bhaktya grhita-caranah paraya ca tesam napaisi natha hrdayamburuhat sva-pumsam... Expand>

ye tu tvadiya-caranambuja-kosa-gandham
jighranti karna-vivaraih sruti-vata-nitam
bhaktya grhita-caranah paraya ca tesam
napaisi natha hrdayamburuhat sva-pumsam

O my Lord, persons who smell the aroma of Your lotus feet, carried by the air of Vedic sound through the holes of the ears, accept Your devotional service. For them You are never separated from the lotus of their hearts.

SB 3.9.5, text, translation by Srila Prabhupada

^ Collapse

Small techniques with great value

Talking is the business of tongue, and tasting is the business of tongue. So you engage the tongue in the service of the Lord by glorifying. Whenever... You take a vow that "Whenever I shall speak, I shall simply speak, glorifying Krsna, nothing more." That is tongue control. If you don't allow your tongue to speak anything nonsense, gramya-katha... We sometimes sit together. We talk so many nonsense. That should be controlled. "Now I have engaged my tongue for the service of the Lord, so we shall not talk anything of sense gratification." This is controlling the tongue. "I cannot eat anything which is not offered to Krsna."... Expand>

Talking is the business of tongue, and tasting is the business of tongue. So you engage the tongue in the service of the Lord by glorifying. Whenever... You take a vow that "Whenever I shall speak, I shall simply speak, glorifying Krsna, nothing more." That is tongue control. If you don't allow your tongue to speak anything nonsense, gramya-katha... We sometimes sit together. We talk so many nonsense. That should be controlled. "Now I have engaged my tongue for the service of the Lord, so we shall not talk anything of sense gratification." This is controlling the tongue. "I cannot eat anything which is not offered to Krsna." This is controlling the tongue. So these are small techniques, but it has got great, great value so that Krsna will be pleased, the austerity, and He will reveal.

(Srila Prabhupada -- London, August 4, 1973)

^ Collapse

More posts in BVKS Sanga...

Itinerary

Apr 4-5, 2015: Delhi, India

Visit and programs at local ISKCON centers

See more...

Random Photos