Lectures

Real Realism

Jun 24, 2011

English; Chicago, Illinois, USA

Bhagavad-gītā 8.16

Difficulty In Ascertaining Subtle Causes

English; Bangalore, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.15.22-26

Reading from Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Vaibhava

Feb 22, 2011

English; Baroda, Gujarat, India

I Challenge You to Read Prabhupada's Books

Apr 10, 2011

English; Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Bhagavad-gītā 7.2

The Science of Hearing

Jun 26, 2011

English; Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Bhagavad-gītā 4.2

The Vision of Eternity

May 30, 2011

English; Bhaktivedanta Manor, London, UK

Bhagavad-gītā 13.32

The Implications of Spiritual Knowledge

May 23, 2011

English; Dublin, Ireland

Bhagavad-gītā 2.13

Listen Only to Krsna

May 24, 2011

English; Govindadvipa, Northern Ireland, UK

Bhagavad-gītā 2.11

Everything is Meaningless without Krsna

Apr 26, 2011

English; Damodaradesh

Bhagavad-gītā 16.8

The Cause of Suffering

Jun 18, 2011

English; Laguna Beach, California, USA

Bhagavad-gītā 13.21

Misestimation

Jun 2, 2011

English; Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Bhagavad-gītā 13.28

The Two Months' Impossibility

May 14, 2011

English; Guruvayur, Kerala, India

Go Deep, Don't be Superficial

English; Salem, Tamilnadu, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.18.7

Affectionate Avatars

May 16, 2011

English with தமிழ் translation; Guruvayur, Kerala, India

Truth Seekers Who Don't Find It

Sep 5, 2011

English; Valsad, Gujarat, India

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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?

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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...648

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...1037

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...1253

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...1504

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...2043

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Transcendental pleasure and material pleasure

"Pure devotional service automatically puts one in transcendental pleasure." Transcendental pleasure and material pleasure, there is difference. Material pleasure means sense gratification, and transcendental pleasure means satisfaction of Krsna. A devotee is satisfied seeing Krsna is pleased. That is their satisfaction -- through Krsna. Material pleasure means direct sense perception, and spiritual pleasure means by, through Krsna. If Krsna is satisfied, then the devotee is satisfied. Just like a tree, the leaves and twigs become satisfied through the root of the tree. So Krsna is the root.... Expand>

"Pure devotional service automatically puts one in transcendental pleasure." Transcendental pleasure and material pleasure, there is difference. Material pleasure means sense gratification, and transcendental pleasure means satisfaction of Krsna. A devotee is satisfied seeing Krsna is pleased. That is their satisfaction -- through Krsna. Material pleasure means direct sense perception, and spiritual pleasure means by, through Krsna. If Krsna is satisfied, then the devotee is satisfied. Just like a tree, the leaves and twigs become satisfied through the root of the tree. So Krsna is the root. Krsna is the origin of everything. Aham sarvasya prabhavo mattah sarvam
pravartate [Bg. 10.8]. So transcendental pleasure mean feeling of pleasure through Krsna. Just like the gopis and Krsna. Gopis, when they saw Krsna is pleased, they became happy, and Krsna, when He saw that the gopis are happy, He become happier. Again the gopis sees that Krsna is happier, they, again they become more happy. In this way, there is competition of happiness. The gopis sees Krsna happier; they feel happiness, and Krsna sees gopis happier; Krsna feels happiness. This word is described in the Caitanya-caritamrta: dui lagi nahi mudi [Adi 4.193]. This is spiritual competition.

So: "Pure devotional service automatically puts one in transcendental pleasure." In the material pleasure, if I see you happy, I am unhappy; If I see you unhappy, I become happy. This is nature. I may say otherwise, but material nature is, if one is put into difficulty, then I become very happy, and if I am happy, others become envious. This is material pleasure. Whereas spiritual pleasure means that when one sees Krsna is happy, a devotee's happy, the other devotee becomes happier. That is spiritual pleasure. In the spiritual world there is competition, but when one is advanced, the competitor become happy: "Oh, he's so advanced. I could not do so." There is
no enviousness. In the material world, if one is advanced, other, who is not advanced, he's envious. This is the difference between spiritual pleasure and material pleasure. It is not difficult to understand. Material pleasure means if you are happy, I become unhappy; if you are unhappy, then I become happy. This is material pleasure. And spiritual pleasure means by seeing your happiness, I become happy. By seeing... But there is no distress in the spiritual world. Simply by seeing the happiness of other devotee, another devotee becomes happier.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => The Nectar of Devotion -- November 3, 1972, Vrndavana

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We accept Muhammad's authority

Muhammad said. That is authority. That we accept. We accept Muhammad as the representative of God. Whatever he says, we accept, that's all. What he meant, that is his business. But he is authority. He said that "This is the name of God. You chant, you pray, Allah-u akbar." That's all. That is authority.... Expand>

Muhammad said. That is authority. That we accept. We accept Muhammad as the representative of God. Whatever he says, we accept, that's all. What he meant, that is his business. But he is authority. He said that "This is the name of God. You chant, you pray, Allah-u akbar." That's all. That is authority.

...Here is the perfect holy man. He never says that "You chant my name." He said, "Chant Allah's name." That is holy man. That is test of holy man. He does not become God; he serves God. That is holy man.

...We accept Muhammad's authority. That's a fact. He's authority.


(Srila Prabhupada, Conversation -- March 14, 1975, Tehran)

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Not Muhammed's private secretary

Girl: Before you ask with something else, I ask, how could you reach the Supreme Being by chanting... Prabhupada: By chanting, yes. Girl: ...by chanting of worldly name, tuned on prayer... Prabhupada: That is not worldly name. Why do you mistake that? God's name is not worldly. Girl: Because if you..., if you really know the tuning of God... Prabhupada: Do you think Allah is wordly name? Girl: We recognize that it is before Krsna, before Allah... Prabhupada: That's all right, you recognize it. Allah, Allah is not worldly name. It is given by the authority, Muhammad, so you have to chant it, who knows God.... Expand>

Girl: Before you ask with something else, I ask, how could you reach the Supreme Being by chanting...
Prabhupada: By chanting, yes.
Girl: ...by chanting of worldly name, tuned on prayer...
Prabhupada: That is not worldly name. Why do you mistake that? God's name is not worldly.
Girl: Because if you..., if you really know the tuning of God...
Prabhupada: Do you think Allah is wordly name?
Girl: We recognize that it is before Krsna, before Allah...
Prabhupada: That's all right, you recognize it. Allah, Allah is not worldly name. It is given by the authority, Muhammad, so you have to chant it, who knows God.
Girl: But he didn't really mean Allah is the name of God.
Prabhupada: If... Why do you say he didn't mean?
Girl: Because...
Prabhupada: That is you say. Muhammad did not say that "What I say, I did not mean it."
Girl: No, the name of God, he didn't mean Allah.
Prabhupada: You say. You say. Who cares for your word? Muhammad said this is the name of God. We have to accept, that's all.
Girl: So why...
Prabhupada: You cannot say he didn't mean. You are not a private secretary of Muhammad. [laughter]
Girl: So then how do they say that the name of God was in God...
Prabhupada: No, these things are not accepted.
Girl: ...was before God...
Prabhupada: Don't talk childish.

(March 14, 1975, Tehran}

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Deity worship -- Krsna doesn't require our service

He is present here, Krsna. He has nothing to do. Na tasya karyam karanam ca vidyate. Everything is ready. Either automatically or in order to accept service from the devotee, He is assuming that "I am dependent on you. If you dress Me, then I can be dressed." But actually that is not the fact. He is dressing Himself by giving you intelligence. Buddhi-yogam dadami tam yena mam upayanti te [Bg. 10.10]. Those who are desirous to serve Him, then Krsna gives him intelligence how to serve Him. He does not depend on your service. He's quite self-sufficient. But He assumes that "I am a statue of stone. I cannot dress Myself. Please dress Me." This is Krsna's mercy, to give you chance. He does not depend on you. Na tasya kar...... Expand>

He is present here, Krsna. He has nothing to do. Na tasya karyam karanam ca vidyate. Everything is ready. Either automatically or in order to accept service from the devotee, He is assuming that "I am dependent on you. If you dress Me, then I can be dressed." But actually that is not the fact. He is dressing Himself by giving you intelligence. Buddhi-yogam dadami tam yena mam upayanti te [Bg. 10.10]. Those who are desirous to serve Him, then Krsna gives him intelligence how to serve Him. He does not depend on your service. He's quite self-sufficient. But He assumes that "I am a statue of stone. I cannot dress Myself. Please dress Me." This is Krsna's mercy, to give you chance. He does not depend on you. Na tasya kar... There are many energies. Krsna is worshiped by many, many goddess of fortune. Laksmi-sahasra-sata-sambhrama-sevyamanam [Bs. 5.29]. So He doesn't require our service. But He agrees. He is so kind that He agrees to come here to accept our service. Therefore we must be very careful, that "Krsna has kindly consented to come here to accept our service. Now we may not do something which is not satisfactory to Him." That is devotion. That is Krsna consciousness -- always all full veneration. Don't think that "Here is a statue." Here is Krsna.

Srila Prabhupada, Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.26.41 -- January 16, 1975, Bombay

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Book writing service; Programs in the evenings

Apr 4-5, 2015: Delhi, India

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