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The Book Ban: What’s At Stake

Harmonize means “to bring into consonance or accord,” but there was no attempt on the part of the GBC to reach accord with me, despite my repeated pleas for discussion. What the GBC resolution calls harmonization is rather an attempt to crush a voice that it doesn’t like—... Read more...1057

“Harmonizing our Preaching Efforts”

I am duty-bound to respect the authority of the GBC, but nevertheless I feel that this ban and the manner of imposing it have been very unfair. Therefore, to present another side of the story – a side that the promulgators of this ban have consistently been unwilling to hear – ... Read more...3663

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Reactions to the Ban

His Grace Krishna-kirti Prabhu (BVKS)

One thing uncharacteristic about this message I want to point out in their response is its length. They felt compelled to respond at length to Maharaja's inquiry about why they did not consult him before they made their decision... Read more...

His Grace Basu Ghosh Prabhu (ACBSP)

I really wonder if there can be a "truly productive dialogue" with those devotees who would rather adhere to modern concepts of morality and ethics... Read more...

His Grace Nrsimhananda Prabhu (ACBSP)

If the Krsna book was just published, I wonder if it, too, might be banned for being "less suitable for others." Krsna cavorting with the naked gopis, stealing their clothes, Krsna... Read more...

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Lectures

Is Prahlada a Demon or Not

May 17, 2016

English with Русский translation; Mayapur, West Bengal, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 7.4.33

Puffed Up Womanly Concept

May 15, 2016

English; Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Preaching and Recruiting, Not the Same

May 15, 2016

English; Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta 2.9.36

Cheating Christian Conversion

May 14, 2016

English with தமிழ் translation; Mappedu, Sriperumbudur, Taml Nadu, India

Vrndavana Here and Everywhere

May 8, 2016

English with മലയാളം translation; Thrissur, Kerala, India

Hidden River of Desire

May 9, 2016

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Bhagavad-gītā 2.63

Prabhupada's Instructions for BTG

May 7, 2016

English with தமிழ் translation; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Best Way to Best Liberation

May 1, 2016

English with தமிழ் translation; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Bhagavad-gītā 6.5

Naikakarmakrt, Part-5

Apr 18, 2016

English with தமிழ் translation; Thuraiyur, Tamil Nadu, India

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 470

Naikakarmakrt, Part-4

Apr 17, 2016

English with தமிழ் translation; Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 470

The Goddess Principle

Apr 16, 2016

English; Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India

Bogus Gurus

Apr 17, 2016

English; Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India

Rama's Godliness, Part-2

Apr 15, 2016

English; Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India

Rama's Godliness, Part-1

Apr 15, 2016

English; Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India

Rama, Ramanuja, and Saranagati

Apr 15, 2016

English; Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India

Ramanuja-katha, Part-2

Apr 14, 2016

English; Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India

Sri Krsnaer Vimsottara-sata-nama, Song 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6

Apr 16, 2016

English; Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India

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ASK BVKS

Do We Need to Spend Time on Introspection?

May 1, 2016

Question: When it comes to spiritual life, as a sadhaka, I am busy on constant survival mode, trying to chant, read, hear etc. Between this, do I need to spend time to self-introspect? For example, I was listing to a lecture of Jswami. In his lecture he was talking about how lust or desire is the cause of material bondage. Am I supposed to self-introspect myself and change this desire aspect or is this hovering over the mental plane?

Which Rudra comes from Brahma?

May 1, 2016

Question: Which Rudra comes from Brahma?

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Releasing Audio Archive of HH Bhakti Vikas Maharaj

Jan 1, 2016, Announcements

Good news for the new year. We are releasing complete audio archive of HH Bhakti Vikas Maharaj on the occasion of 59th vyasa-puja festival of Maharaj at Somnath (Gujarat) to be held on 23rd January 2016. 5000+ lectures including about 2000 never released recordings. Book your order now to receive it at vyasa-puja festival or to get it delivered at your place. Read more...841

An Appeal to Devotees

Dec 12, 2015, Announcements

We have received overwhelming response of devotees from all over the world who regularly listen to the lectures of HH Bhakti Vikas Maharaj using the website. Since the inception of the new website on Radhastami 2013, there are over one million downloads and plays of lectures. Many devotees find the guidance given in these lectures enlivening in their progress of Krsna consciousness. Hope you are also being benefitted by this humble service. You may be aware that presently there are 3100+ lectures, seminars, bhajans, and Q&A recordings available in the online archive. Archive gets updated almost everyday with at least one new lecture as Maharaj gives 350-400 lectures a year. It has now become an ocean of transcendental message. Read more...1077

Introduction

Jul 12, 2015, 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...2705

Vyasa-puja Offering to Srila Prabhupada, 2015

May 9, 2015, Articles

Śrīla Prabhupāda, it is my great pleasure to repeatedly recite your praṇāma-mantra, and I pray for the opportunity to do so forever, in whatever situation you may care to send me to. Janme janme prabhu sei: my relationship with you is eternal and it defines my very existence. Anything that I might do, say, or think that is not wholly and solely meant for your service is simply māyā. The most miserable thing possible for me would be if somehow, by my own madness, I were to be disconnected from your lotus feet. 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...2121

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BVKS Sanga

By sankirtana, people become more friendly and helpful

In this age the spiritual revolution was recommended by Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He demonstrated that the Yuga Dharma for this age is the Sankirtana chanting of the holy names. If we want the degraded mass of people to be elevated, we must stop their sinful activity. To stop sinful activity one must purify the mind and the best process for purifying the mass mind is the chanting of the maha mantra Hare Krishna. This can be done in public where everyone has a... Expand>1

In this age the spiritual revolution was recommended by Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He demonstrated that the Yuga Dharma for this age is the Sankirtana chanting of the holy names. If we want the degraded mass of people to be elevated, we must stop their sinful activity. To stop sinful activity one must purify the mind and the best process for purifying the mass mind is the chanting of the maha mantra Hare Krishna. This can be done in public where everyone has a chance to hear and be purified.

We experience that people are becoming more friendly and helping our movement in America simply because we are performing this sankirtana yajna. I hope you can understand this. This movement is authorized and confirmed by great acaryas as well as the sastras and also by Lord Caitanya Himself Who is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, non different from Krishna.

From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Swami Jara Kumar — Vrindaban 20 August, 1974

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Vedic evidence must be accepted

You have to accept anything from the authorized source. So according to Vedic civilization, all knowledge is received from the Vedas, perfect authorized source. Sruti-pramana, evidence from the sruti, from the Vedas, that is perfect. Therefore, according to Vedic civilization, if you want to establish something you have to quote the section or the injunction from the Vedas. Then it is perfect. In learned circle you cannot say anything hodgepodge. That will not... Expand>28

You have to accept anything from the authorized source. So according to Vedic civilization, all knowledge is received from the Vedas, perfect authorized source. Sruti-pramana, evidence from the sruti, from the Vedas, that is perfect. Therefore, according to Vedic civilization, if you want to establish something you have to quote the section or the injunction from the Vedas. Then it is perfect. In learned circle you cannot say anything hodgepodge. That will not be accepted. If you support your statement from the evidence of the Vedas, then you are accepted as authority. Therefore our principle is... Not only our; this is the Vedic principle. You'll find Caitanya Mahaprabhu giving instruction to Sanatana Gosvami, to Rupa Gosvami, or He was talking with Ramananda Raya — in Caitanya-caritamrta you'll find — and quoting support from the Vedas. Although Caitanya Mahaprabhu is God Himself, Krsna, Krsna-Caitanya, but He is not, what is called, autocratic or, what is called, dictator. No. You'll never find Him. Whatever He'll say, immediately He is supported by Vedic evidence. He can say anything. He can manufacture anything. No, that He does not do. He does not violate the principle.

In the Bhagavad-gita also... Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He's also quoting from Vedas. He does not say, "I say." He says, but He says on the Vedic authority. He doesn't say anything superfluous. No. Brahma-sutra-padais caiva hetumadbhir viniscitaih [Bg. 13.5]. He said,

yah sastra-vidhim utsrjya
vartate kama-karatah
na sa siddhim avapnoti
na sukham na param gatim [Bg. 16.23]

He says sastra, evidence, Vedic evidence, must be accepted.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 16.9 — February 5, 1975, Honolulu

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Economic development. What is this nonsense?

Because we are in this material condition, we require economic development also. So that is very easy also. Krsna has given you enough land — you just little work. The animals are there. The cows will give you milk. If you till a little land, you get some grains. That is sufficient. Economic development. You don't require big factories, big workshop, and whole day and night with motorcar going this way and that way. No. There is... Expand>37

Because we are in this material condition, we require economic development also. So that is very easy also. Krsna has given you enough land — you just little work. The animals are there. The cows will give you milk. If you till a little land, you get some grains. That is sufficient. Economic development. You don't require big factories, big workshop, and whole day and night with motorcar going this way and that way. No. There is no necessity for economic development. This is maya. Simply at the end he will eat some grains or some this or that, little. And by whole day... Therefore they are called mudha. According to Bhagavad-gita, they are rascals, mudha, ass.

Just like ass, the beast of burden. He takes washerman's load, three tons, four tons. Whole day working, but eating a morsel of grass, that's all. He has no knowledge that "I take a morsel of grass only, I live. And why whole day I bear these so much tons of clothing of the washerman?" You have no experience of the ass, ass's business. In India the washerman loads the ass three tons and he goes to the waterside and the washerman washes all these clothings in some bank of river or reservoir of water. Again evening, the ass brings back the clothing.

So the karmis, they have been described in the Bhagavad-gita: mudha, ass, simply unnecessarily working day and night, whole day and night. You see. Without taking care of the atma, without taking care of the religion. Economic development. What is this nonsense? You are losing yourself.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.5.9-11 — New Vrindaban, June 6, 1969

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Tolerate whims of wife

Another difficulty is that in modern civilization everyone is independent spirited. The girls are no longer very much humble and submissive to their husbands. So you must be prepared to tolerate such whims of your future wife. According to our Vedic civilization, disagreements between husband and wife is not taken very seriously. But the... Expand>33

Another difficulty is that in modern civilization everyone is independent spirited. The girls are no longer very much humble and submissive to their husbands. So you must be prepared to tolerate such whims of your future wife. According to our Vedic civilization, disagreements between husband and wife is not taken very seriously. But the modern age allows divorce even, either by the husband or by the wife. These things are not good. But after marrying, certainly there will be some disagreement or misunderstanding between husband and wife.

From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Gopala Krsna — 26 November, 1969

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