Lectures

Rupa Goswami and Farm Communities

Aug 6, 2015

English with Русский translation; Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia

श्रीमद् भागवतम – परमहंस संहिता

Jul 19, 2015

हिन्दी; Baroda, Gujarat, India

Festival Opening Lecture

Aug 5, 2015

English with Русский translation; Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia

Momentary and Prolonged Association

Aug 2, 2015

English; Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.18.13

कृष्ण भक्ति – नित्य महोत्सव

Jul 18, 2015

हिन्दी; Baroda, Gujarat, India

Standards for Brahminical Initiation

Aug 22, 2011

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

अपना दुर्लभ मानव जन्म सफल बनाइये

Jul 18, 2015

हिन्दी; Baroda, Gujarat, India

Family Life in Krsna Consciousness

Sep 10, 2004

English; Seattle, Washington, USA

Assorted Lectures

अर्धांगिनी से आसक्ति छोड़ो

Jul 17, 2015

हिन्दी; Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 7.14.12

Faith, Discipline, and Surrender – Difficult To Accept

Sep 18, 2008

English; San Diego, California, USA

Assorted Lectures

सबका मालिक एक है – भगवान जगन्नाथ

Jul 17, 2015

हिन्दी; Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat, India

About Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura

Jun 2, 2006

English; Damodaradesh

Assorted Lectures

About Gaura Arati

Jan 2, 2005

English; Perambur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Assorted Lectures

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Central Principle for the Establishment of Varnasrama Dharma

Jul 3, 2015

Question: Is there a central principle for the establishment of Varnasrama Dharma? Different scholarly devotees have given different perspectives on the subject: (i) There must be segregation of sexes and they should only interact in a ritualistic manner to produce children, who would presumably be high class Brahmanas, being products of controlled sex and Vaisnava rituals, (ii) The seminal lineages of Brahmanas must be restored through training in scriptures and rituals and by their high birth, learning and expertise, these Brahmanas would establish their hegemony in Hindu society... Expand>

Question:

Is there a central principle for the establishment of Varnasrama Dharma? Different scholarly devotees have given different perspectives on the subject: (i) There must be segregation of sexes and they should only interact in a ritualistic manner to produce children, who would presumably be high class Brahmanas, being products of controlled sex and Vaisnava rituals, (ii) The seminal lineages of Brahmanas must be restored through training in scriptures and rituals and by their high birth, learning and expertise, these Brahmanas would establish their hegemony in Hindu society, (iii) The main problem is anxiety for economic security, so scholarly devotees should be provided with sufficient resources to maintain family, conduct research and open teaching facilities, without the need to gather followers or donations, (iv) Devotees should isolate themselves from mainstream society and develop their own institutions, following strict rules of personal and communal conduct, people all over the world will be attracted to such an ideal way of life. Can any of these principles, viz. sexual segregation, seminal lineage, economic security or isolated community be the central principle for the establishment of Varnasrama Dharma?

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Process of Conflict Resolution within Vaisnava Society

Jul 3, 2015

Question: There are many opinions and philosophical interpretations within Vaishnava society. What is the Vaishnava process of resolution of these conflicts? Should there be (i) a majoritarian democratic process involving the entire Vaishnava congregation, (ii) literal textual authoritarianism with strict enforcement and excommunication procedures... Expand>

Question:

There are many opinions and philosophical interpretations within Vaishnava society. What is the Vaishnava process of resolution of these conflicts? Should there be (i) a majoritarian democratic process involving the entire Vaishnava congregation, (ii) literal textual authoritarianism with strict enforcement and excommunication procedures, (iii) hegemony of those who have attained institutional positions due to experience and merit, (iv) a legal and philosophical disputation process, in which all sides submit their positions and the judgment is made by a body of judges appointed through consensus, (v) an internal dialogue process based on argumentation and compromises that makes everyone least upset, or (vi) let each faction thrive and only if the harmony is disturbed, punitive action be taken against the culprit?

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Sravanam Kirtanam Camp in London 2015

Jul 6, 2015, Announcements

The event is scheduled to be held at the ISKCON Crawley Centre (just outside London, near Gatwick airport) from Friday 21st till 23rd Sunday August 2015. Classes will be given by Guru Maharaja in English and the theme for the retreat is Bhaktisiddhanta vani. Read more...305

Sravanam Kirtanam Camp USA 2015

Jun 24, 2015, Announcements

We are very enlivened to announce that this year will mark the first Sravanam-Kirtanam Camp with His Holiness Bhakti Vikasa Swami in the USA. The event is scheduled to be held at Sri Sri Radha Kalachandji Temple, ISKCON Dallas, Texas, and last three days - Friday, September 25th to Sunday, September 27th, 2015. Most classes will be given by Guru Maharaja, His Holiness Bhakti Vikasa Swami. His Grace Haripada prabhu and Her Grace Phalini Mataji will be leading kirtan and bhajans, and His Grace Mahat-Tattva prabhu will be giving a class, entitled “Liberal Distributor - Conservative Practitioner.” Read more...492

Lika Summer Camp 2015, Croatia

Jun 23, 2015, Announcements

We are happy to announce that by Krishna's grace, Lika summer camp will be again held, from 10th till 16th of August 2015. Special guests are HH Prahladananda Swami, HH Bhakti Vikasa Swami, HH Smita Krsna Swami, HH Danavir Goswami, HG Manidhara Prabhu and HG Mahat-tattva Prabhu. Read more...297

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...1173

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...1658

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Srila Prabhupada did not go to America empty-handed

I didn’t go to America empty-handed. I went with the complete philosophy of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, written in these rooms, inspired by the Goswamis. Thats what is pushing this Krishna consciousness movement. If I have been successful, it’s because I have delivered my Guru Maharaj’s message intact, without change or deletion. That is parampara. The bona fide guru is like the postman delivering a message. He doesn’t open the mail and write his own opinion. You may like the message or not, take it up or not -- I have done my duty. I have delivered it. And it all began here. Therefore these Radha Damodar rooms are the hub of the wheel of the spiritual universe.... Expand>

I didn’t go to America empty-handed. I went with the complete philosophy of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, written in these rooms, inspired by the Goswamis. Thats what is pushing this Krishna consciousness movement. If I have been successful, it’s because I have delivered my Guru Maharaj’s message intact, without change or deletion. That is parampara. The bona fide guru is like the postman delivering a message. He doesn’t open the mail and write his own opinion. You may like the message or not, take it up or not -- I have done my duty. I have delivered it. And it all began here. Therefore these Radha Damodar rooms are the hub of the wheel of the spiritual universe.

{Srila Prabhupada is referring to his writing, in Radha Damodar temple in Vrindavana, a commentary on the first canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam)

Excerpt from "Vrndavana Days" by Hayagriva Prabhu

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Predicting Balarama's appearance

TRANSLATION The son of Rohini will also be celebrated as Sankarsana because of being sent from the womb of Devaki to the womb of Rohini. He will be called Rama because of His ability to please all the inhabitants of Gokula, and He will be known as Balabhadra because of His extensive physical strength.... Expand>

TRANSLATION
The son of Rohini will also be celebrated as Sankarsana because of being sent from the womb of Devaki to the womb of Rohini. He will be called Rama because of His ability to please all the inhabitants of Gokula, and He will be known as Balabhadra because of His extensive physical strength.

PURPORT
These are some of the reasons why Balarama is known as Sankarsana, Balarama or sometimes Rama. In the maha-mantra -- Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare -- people sometimes object when Rama is accepted as Balarama. But although devotees of Lord Rama may object, they should know that there is no difference between Balarama and Lord Rama. Here Srimad-Bhagavatam clearly states that Balarama is also known as Rama (rameti). Therefore, it is not artificial for us to speak of Lord Balarama as Lord Rama. Jayadeva Gosvami also speaks of three Ramas: Parasurama, Raghupati Rama and Balarama. All of them are Ramas.

SB 10.2.13, rendition by Srila Prabhupada

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Bhakti means voluntary cooperation with Krsna

We are persons, and Krishna is a Person, and our relationship with Krishna He leaves open as a voluntary agreement always, and that voluntary attitude -- Yes, Krishna, I shall gladly co-operate whatever you say -- that ready willingness to obey is only possible if there is love. Forcing will not make me agree. But if there is love, oh, I shall gladly do it. That is bhakti, that is Krishna Consciousness.... Expand>

We are persons, and Krishna is a Person, and our relationship with Krishna He leaves open as a voluntary agreement always, and that voluntary attitude -- Yes, Krishna, I shall gladly co-operate whatever you say -- that ready willingness to obey is only possible if there is love. Forcing will not make me agree. But if there is love, oh, I shall gladly do it. That is bhakti, that is Krishna Consciousness.

Srila Prabhupada; letter to Rupa Vilasa  --  Hyderabad 18 November, 1972

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A very nice verse composed by Rupa Gosvami

smeram bhangi traya paricitam saci-vistirna drstim vamsi nyastadhara kisalayam ujjvalam candrakena govindakhyam hari-tanum itah kesi-tirthopakanthe ma preksisthas tava yadi sakhe bandhu-sange 'sti rangah.... Expand>

smeram bhangi traya paricitam saci-vistirna drstim
vamsi nyastadhara kisalayam ujjvalam candrakena
govindakhyam hari-tanum itah kesi-tirthopakanthe
ma preksisthas tava yadi sakhe bandhu-sange 'sti rangah.

This is a very nice verse composed by Rupa Gosvami, that one friend of one gopi, she is warning, "My dear friend, please do not go that side." "Where?" "In the kesi-tirthopakanthe, on the bank of Kesi-ghata, Yamuna." "Why you are warning me?" "Because there is that boy whose name is Govinda." "What He is doing?" "He is simply smiling, and with His flute, and He is so bright by the rays of the moon that He looks very, very beautiful." "Then? What happens?" "Now, if you go and see Him, then you will forget your engagement with family and friendship and love and everything. Oh. He will absorb everything. So don't go there." She is warning, "Don't go." In other words, Krsna is so attractive by His activities, transcendental activities, by His beauty, by His opulence, by His strength, everything... If you read the history of Krsna's activities in the Srimad Bhagavatam or in the Bhagavad-gita, they are so attractive that one automatically becomes attracted and he forgets all other attraction. This is natural. This is not an artificial. Krsna consciousness is so nice that once situated in Krsna consciousness, you will forget all nonsense of this material life.


(From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.9 -- July 4, 1968, Montreal; hear the audio file to relish Srila Prabhupada's dramatic intonation.)

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Itinerary

Aug 24 - Sep 1, 2015: Ireland

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Sep 2, 2015: London, UK

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Sep 4, 2015: Bhaktivedanta Manor, UK

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