Lectures

Question And Answer Session, Part-3

Aug 8, 2015

English with Русский translation; Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia

मन मोबाइल फ़ोन जैसा है

Jul 26, 2015

हिन्दी; Jamnagar, Gujarat, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 7.8.9

Question And Answer Session, Part-2

Aug 7, 2015

English with Русский translation; Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia

आसाराम बापू की मनगढ़ंत कहानी

Jul 26, 2015

हिन्दी; Jamnagar, Gujarat, India

Question And Answer Session, Part-1

Aug 6, 2015

English with Русский translation; Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia

जगन्नाथ नगर मे कृष्ण कथा

Jul 25, 2015

हिन्दी; Jamnagar, Gujarat, India

Guru is Non-Different from Krishna

Aug 8, 2015

English with Русский translation; Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.19.37

सुख प्राप्ति का सबसे सरल उपाय

Jul 25, 2015

हिन्दी; Jamnagar, Gujarat, India

Interview About Book Distribution

Aug 7, 2015

English with Русский translation; Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia

Austerity in Devotional Service

Aug 7, 2015

English with Русский translation; Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 2.9.5

गुरु की आसक्ति और शिष्य का त्याग

Jul 22, 2015

हिन्दी; Bharuch, Gujarat, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 8.19.33

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

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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...323

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...516

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...306

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...1198

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...1684

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BVKS Sanga

Feeling pain, Krsna comes down

Pure consciousness means to understand that "I am very much intimately connected with Krsna as part and parcel." Just like my finger is very intimately connected with my body. Intimate... If there is little pain in the finger, I become so much disturbed because I have got intimate connection with this finger. Similarly, we have got intimate connection with Krsna, and we are fallen. Therefore Krsna also feels little pain, and therefore He comes down:... Expand>

Pure consciousness means to understand that "I am very much intimately connected with Krsna as part and parcel." Just like my finger is very intimately connected with my body. Intimate... If there is little pain in the finger, I become so much disturbed because I have got intimate connection with this finger. Similarly, we have got intimate connection with Krsna, and we are fallen. Therefore Krsna also feels little pain, and therefore He comes down:
paritranaya sadhunam
vinasaya ca duskrtam
dharma-samsthapanarthaya
sambhavami yuge yuge
 [Bg. 4.8]
Krsna is feeling pain. So you become Krsna conscious, then Krsna will feel pleasure. That is Krsna consciousness movement.

(From Srila Prabhupada's class on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.7.7 -- Vrndavana, April 24, 1975)

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Fasting on Janmastami: Tapasya must be there

Bhakti-yoga therefore requires little tapasya, not playthings, tapasya, that "We are addicted to so many sinful activities. We must give it up." That is tapasya. "We must observe fasting on ekadasi day, on Lord's birthday." These are tapasya. If we do not... "We must chant sixteen rounds. We must observe the rules and regulations." This is tapasya. Don't make God very cheap thing: "Oh, it is very cheap thing." No. It has been made very easy for the Kali-yuga people because they cannot undergo any kind of tapasya. There is simple tapasya -- "Chant sixteen rounds. Don't take this. Don't do this, four items. Take prasadam. Don't take anything." So nothing is stopped. A little regulated, that this much, if we do not do, then how we can expect to see God and understand God? Tapo divyam [SB 5.5.1].... Expand>

Bhakti-yoga therefore requires little tapasya, not playthings, tapasya, that "We are addicted to so many sinful activities. We must give it up." That is tapasya. "We must observe fasting on ekadasi day, on Lord's birthday." These are tapasya. If we do not... "We must chant sixteen rounds. We must observe the rules and regulations." This is tapasya. Don't make God very cheap thing: "Oh, it is very cheap thing." No. It has been made very easy for the Kali-yuga people because they cannot undergo any kind of tapasya. There is simple tapasya -- "Chant sixteen rounds. Don't take this. Don't do this, four items. Take prasadam. Don't take anything." So nothing is stopped. A little regulated, that this much, if we do not do, then how we can expect to see God and understand God? Tapo divyam [SB 5.5.1]. If simply we remain like hogs and cats and dogs, then how it is possible to realize God? Param pavitram. If I do not become pavitra myself, pure, how I can see the supreme pure? It is impossible. Tapasya must be there. But for this age the tapasya has been minimized.

From Srila Prabhupada's class on Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.9.4 -- Japan, April 22, 1972

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When was Janmastami?

The question arose: When was Janmastami? Our calendar, put out by Pradyumna, said it was one day in the West and a different day in India. By astrological calculation he had worked out the world in time zones, and those who lived West of a particular time zone would observe it on the following day. Seeing the confusion, you said the calculation was "over-intelligent," and whatever day it was celebrated on in India, it should be celebrated the same day all over the world.... Expand>

The question arose: When was Janmastami? Our calendar, put out by Pradyumna, said it was one day in the West and a different day in India. By astrological calculation he had worked out the world in time zones, and those who lived West of a particular time zone would observe it on the following day. Seeing the confusion, you said the calculation was "over-intelligent," and whatever day it was celebrated on in India, it should be celebrated the same day all over the world.

(From Vipramukhya Swami's Vyasa-puja offering to Srila Prabhupada, 1986)

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At least twenty devotees before installing deities

Without twenty devotees how you can have Deities? Your men are coming and going so why you are having Deity installation? You must have twenty devotees.... Expand>

Without twenty devotees how you can have Deities? Your men are coming and going so why you are having Deity installation? You must have twenty devotees.

(From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Batu Gopala  --  Vrindaban 7 September, 1974)

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Itinerary

Sep 5, 2015: UK

(1) Morning class at ISKCON LONDON (soho street) temple at 8:45am (2) Reading house program 12:30am (3) Luton House program 3pm (4) ISKCON Coventry 6:30pm (5) ISKCON Manchester 10pm

Sep 6, 2015: ISKCON Manchester, UK

Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja day celebrations

Sep 9-11, 2015: Dallas, TX, USA

Arrival to Dallas and writing services

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