Lectures

Guru Qualifications and Disciple Duties part 1

Aug 17, 2014

English; Govindadvipa, Ireland

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta 1.1.35

Attachments that Block Spiritual Progress

Aug 15, 2014

English; Govindadvipa, Ireland

Bhagavad-gītā 2.44

To Have Many Children or Not

Aug 14, 2014

English; Govindadvipa, Ireland

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta 1.14.55

Aspiring to be a Gopi

Aug 13, 2014

English; Govindadvipa, Ireland

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 10.15.18-20

The Opiate of the People

Aug 11, 2014

English; Zadar, Croatia

Bhagavad-gītā 18.22

Balarama is the Exemplar of Service

Aug 10, 2014

English; Zagreb, Croatia

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.1.20

Balarama -- Beauty, Srength, and Service

Aug 10, 2014

English; Lika, Croatia

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.1.20

Important and Unimportant

Aug 9, 2014

English; Lika, Croatia

Sarva-lakshana-lakshanyah, Lakshmivan, Samitinjayah

Aug 8, 2014

English; Lika, Croatia

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 262-264

The Challenge of Scientism Part 3

Aug 8, 2014

English; Lika, Croatia

Bhagavad-gītā 16.8-9

The Challenge of Scientism Part 2

Aug 7, 2014

English; Lika, Croatia

The Challenge of Scientism Part 1

Aug 6, 2014

English; Lika, Croatia

Bhagavad-gītā 16.8

Mahakshah, Garuda-dvajah, Atulah, Sarabhah, Bhimah, Samayajnah, Havir-harih, Sarva-lakshana-lakshanyah

Aug 6, 2014

English; Lika, Croatia

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 355-362

Letting Go

Aug 5, 2014

English; Lika, Croatia

Bhagavad-gītā 18.56

Dirty Things in the Mind

Aug 5, 2014

English; Lika, Croatia

Bhagavad-gītā 3.6

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What does Make a Devotee Senior?

Question: I was wondering if you could bring clarification to me as to what it is that makes a devotee senior. I think our movement impresses upon the devotees that Srila Prabhupada’s diksa disciples are more senior than those who took initiation after his disappearance.... Expand>

Question:

I was wondering if you could bring clarification to me as to what it is that makes a devotee senior. I think our movement impresses upon the devotees that Srila Prabhupada’s diksa disciples are more senior than those who took initiation after his disappearance.

Pradyumna prabhu, one of Srila Prabhupada’s Sanskrit editors, once recalled a pastime of Srila Prabhupada wherein he instructed him to show respect to a devotee who had come to the movement before himself, as senior to him.

I was hoping that you might kindly shed some light on this for me.

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Carrying Over Pending Rounds to the Next Day

Question: There has been general discussions between devotee circles here that if you cannot finish your rounds then it is okay to carry over some to the next day. ... Expand>

Question:

There has been general discussions between devotee circles here that if you cannot finish your rounds then it is okay to carry over some to the next day. As far as I am aware I believe that is not right and every devotee should finish their daily rounds each day. That is what I have been advising, but some challenge saying NO!, so and so said its okay to carry over to the next day. Please could you also advice on this matter.

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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. Read more...128

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...519

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...870

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...1132

Public Programs

Mar 17, 2014, Vaisnava Culture, Etiquette, and Behavior

Public programs are an important means for presenting Kṛṣṇa consciousness to the general populace. Herein we provide some basic guidelines for the successful execution of such programs. All aspects of the function should be planned and executed in advance, so that as far as possible everything goes smoothly at the actual event. Especially major events require much planning and coordination to execute successfully. Visitors are likely to be impressed by efficient organization, but even one deficient feature can mar the entire experience. Read more...716

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Spiritual education comes first

In order to change this materialistic society and prevent them from gliding to hell, first thing is to educate them. All decent men want to give service to humanity, only thing is they do not have information really what is that service. Hospitals, feeding the poor, Red Cross, these are service to the bodies only, not to the man. Service to humanity means jnana. By giving people knowledge, jnana, that is the highest service to humanity. So we are performing the actual welfare work of society by informing everyone through our literatures who is God, who they are, and what is the relationship.... Expand>

In order to change this materialistic society and prevent them from gliding to hell, first thing is to educate them. All decent men want to give service to humanity, only thing is they do not have information really what is that service. Hospitals, feeding the poor, Red Cross, these are service to the bodies only, not to the man. Service to humanity means jnana. By giving people knowledge, jnana, that is the highest service to humanity. So we are performing the actual welfare work of society by informing everyone through our literatures who is God, who they are, and what is the relationship. In this way everyone who hears our message gets the opportunity to fulfill his actual position as human entity and become delivered from the clutches of maya. So you may understand it that by disseminating our Krsna consciousness propaganda anywhere and everywhere, by selling books, by making publicity, newspapers, television, so many ways there are to spread Krsna consciousness information, you may know it that by utilizing our energy in this way to give everyone access to the Absolute Truth, that is the real understanding of desire to serve humanity.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Ramesvara  --  India 9 January, 1973

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Krishna's plan and our sincere work

By Krishna's plan everything will come out for the best. We have only to work very sincerely, depending fully on the mercy of the Lord, and in this consciousness we can make very quick advancement in Krishna Consciousness.... Expand>

By Krishna's plan everything will come out for the best. We have only to work very sincerely, depending fully on the mercy of the Lord, and in this consciousness we can make very quick advancement in Krishna Consciousness.

From Srila Prabhupada's Letter to Syamasundara  --  Los Angeles 31 July, 1969

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Fearless Abhaya drives out ghosts

If you go in a house ghostly-haunted, if you chant Hare Krsna mantra they'll go away. They cannot tolerate. In my life there was several incidences like that. In my household life, I was doing business in Lucknow. So there was one house, very big house, worth thousands of rupees' rent, but it was ghostly haunted. So nobody would take that house. I took it at two hundred rupees, [laughter] and very big house. All the servants, they complained, "Sir, there is ghost." So I was chanting. He was living in several spots, especially on the gate side. But I would chant Hare Krsna, and I was saved. Everyone was saved.... Expand>

If you go in a house ghostly-haunted, if you chant Hare Krsna mantra they'll go away. They cannot tolerate. In my life there was several incidences like that. In my household life, I was doing business in Lucknow. So there was one house, very big house, worth thousands of rupees' rent, but it was ghostly haunted. So nobody would take that house. I took it at two hundred
rupees, [laughter] and very big house. All the servants, they complained, "Sir, there is ghost." So I was chanting. He was living in several spots, especially on the gate side. But I would chant Hare Krsna, and I was saved. Everyone was saved.

And, say, in 1969 I was guest in the house of John Lennon in London. So there was a ghost. It was a big plot. There was a guesthouse. So they complained, "Sir, here is ghost." So I advised them to chant Hare Krsna, and the ghost went away. Yes. This is fact. When there is Hare Krsna chanting, these ghostly, demonic living entities, they'll not be able to stay there.
They'll go away.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 16.7 -- February 3, 1975, Honolulu

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Money: spend it for Krsna

When one possesses more wealth than necessary, he certainly becomes very proud. i Wherever there is money, it must be engaged in the service of Lord Narayana. Everyone should use his money to spread the great transcendental movement of Krsna consciousness. If one does not spend money for this purpose but accumulates more than necessary, he will certainly become proud of the money he illegally possesses. ... Expand>

When one possesses more wealth than necessary, he certainly becomes very proud. i Wherever there is money, it must be engaged in the service of Lord Narayana. Everyone should use his money to spread the great transcendental movement of Krsna consciousness. If one does not spend money for this purpose but accumulates more than necessary, he will certainly become proud of the money he illegally possesses. The money actually belongs to Krsna, who says in Bhagavad-gita (5.29), bhoktaram yajna-tapasam sarva-loka-mahesvaram: "I am the true enjoyer of sacrifices and penances, and I am the owner of all the planets." Therefore nothing belongs to anyone but Krsna. One who possesses more money than he needs should spend it for
Krsna. Unless one does so, he will become puffed up because of his false possessions, and therefore he will be punished in the next life, as described herein.

Srila Prabhupada, SB 5.26.36 ppt.

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Itinerary

Sep 2-4, 2014: Simhacalam, Nrsimha-ksetra, Germany

Radhastami on 2 Sep and festival on 3 Sep

Sep 5-9, 2014: Manchester, UK

Programs at ISKCON temple

Sep 10, 2014: Sheffield, UK

Program at 7 to 9 pm local time

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