Lectures

A Woman Should Follow Her Husband

26 Jan 2005

English; Mangalore, Karnataka, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.23.4-5

Seems true but isn't

7 Apr 2007

English; Pune, Maharashtra, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.11.21

अच्छे शिष्य और दुष्ट शिष्य, भाग-१

28 Jan 2014

English with हिन्दी translation; Mayapur, West Bengal, India

Second-hand stool and staying in ISKCON

22 Nov 2006

English; Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.32.19

Talking About Maya

22 Nov 2000

English;

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 6.16.9

An Almost Real Tree

26 Apr 2009

English; Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India

Bhagavad-gītā 15.1

Nanda and other Vrajavasis are not Attached Householders

7 Oct 2007

English; Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 2.7.31

Generations of Sophisticated Animals

14 Jan 2005

English; Pune, Maharashtra, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 5.5.1

Only Krsna Is the Supreme Enjoyer

31 Jul 2005

English; Ljubljana, Slovenia

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 2.9.33

Bhaktisiddhanta and Bhaktivedanta: Ideal Disciples and Gurus

1 Jun 2011

English; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Essential Not a Formality

26 Jun 2011

English; Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Bhagavad-gītā 2.71

Two Excuses For Avoiding Rules

19 May 2011

English; Kanhaiyadesh

Bhagavad-gītā 2.58

Duties of Men

8 Oct 2010

English; Damodaradesh

Assorted Lectures

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ASK BVKS

Why Women are given Brahmana Initiation

28 Nov 2013

Question: Why do we initiate women as brahmanas in our sampradaya? Traditionally women are supposed to have subordinate role and brahmanas are leaders of the society. So how do we understand this?

Different Shades of Saffron

6 Jan 2014

Question: Why do different saffron renunciants wear different shades of saffron in different temples even if they are initiated by the same Guru (for example, Pune and Chowpatty)? I am not even sure why different sannyasi gurus wear different shades of saffron either. The question I wanted to ask is that since we are all one family; why don't we have one standard?

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Reader

Introduction

7 Apr 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...271

Fundamental Principles for Initiated Devotees

27 Mar 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...351

Public Programs

17 Mar 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...272

Sravanam Kirtanam Camp, Rishikesh

5 Mar 2014, Announcements

We are very excited to announce Sravanam-Kirtanam Camp in Sri Hrishikesh (Rishikesh) from 1st to 6th May, 2014 with His Holiness Bhakti Vikas Maharaj. It is beautifully located in the midst of mountain ranges on the bank of Mother Ganges, spiritually uplifting location. Wonderful opportunity to hear from Maharaja in a fantastic atmosphere and chant in the association of devotees for continuous six days and take bath in crystal clear water of Ganges. Please don't miss it. Read more...473

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BVKS Sanga

How even an animal can go back to Godhead

...everyone in the human form of life should be induced to associate with devotees. By rendering a little service, even by eating prasadam, what to speak of chanting and dancing, everyone can be promoted to Vaikunthaloka. It is therefore requested that all our devotees in the ISKCON community become pure Vaisnavas, so that by their mercy all the people of the world will be transferred to Vaikunthaloka, even without their knowledge.... Expand>

...everyone in the human form of life should be induced to associate with devotees. By rendering a little service, even by eating prasadam, what to speak of chanting and dancing, everyone can be promoted to Vaikunthaloka. It is therefore requested that all our devotees in the ISKCON community become pure Vaisnavas, so that by their mercy all the people of the world will be transferred to Vaikunthaloka, even without their knowledge. Everyone should be given a chance to take prasadam and thus be induced to chant the holy names Hare Krsna and also dance in ecstasy. By these three processes, although performed without knowledge or education, even an animal went back to Godhead.


>>> Ref. VedaBase => Antya 1.33

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Two things that Krsna is very much interested in

The Supreme Personality of Godhead is very much interested in brahmanical civilization and cow, brahmanya-devaya go-brahmana-hitaya ca [Visnu Purana 1.19.65]. Why specifically cow and brahmana is mentioned? This means that unless there is this varnasrama system in any civilization and there is no cow protection, that is not human civilization.... Expand>

The Supreme Personality of Godhead is very much interested in brahmanical civilization and cow, brahmanya-devaya go-brahmana-hitaya ca  [Visnu Purana 1.19.65]. Why specifically cow and brahmana is mentioned? This means that unless there is this varnasrama system in any civilization and there is no cow protection, that is not human civilization. Namo brahmanya-devaya
go-brahmana-hitaya ca  [Visnu Purana 1.19.65], the first consideration is brahminical culture and protection of the cow. Because cow protection is especially mentioned, and brahminical culture, the two things are meant for advancing spiritual consciousness. Because one has to go, transcend, even brahminical culture, sattva-guna. And to support the brahminical culture, cow protection is essential. Without milk you cannot develop the finer tissues of your brain, and without developing the finer tissues of brain it is not possible to understand what is God, what we are, what is our relationship with, with blunt, alpa-medhasam. It is mentioned in the Bhagavad-gita, tad bhavaty alpa-medhasam  [Bg. 7.23]: a little brain substance cannot help one to advance in spiritual consciousness. Therefore this cow protection and expansion of brahminical culture is essential throughout the whole world. But we should not think that brahminical culture is only limited within India. No. Krsna says, catur-varnyam maya srstam
guna-karma-vibhagasah  [Bg. 4.13]. What is created by Krsna, or God, that is not for a particular country or particular nation. It is meant for everyone.

Srila Prabhupada, Initiation Ceremony – Bombay, March 17, 1972

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So-called political leaders

The so-called political leaders are busy making plans to advance the material prosperity of their nation, but factually these political leaders only want an exalted position for themselves.... Expand>

The so-called political leaders are busy making plans to advance the material prosperity of their nation, but factually these political leaders only want an exalted position for themselves. Due to their greed for material position, they falsely present themselves as leaders before the people and collect their votes, although they are completely under the grip of the laws of material nature.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 4.24.66

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Quit home!

To prepare oneself for the better next life, one must get out of one's so-called home. The system of varnasrama-dharma, or sanatana-dharma, prescribes retirement from family encumbrances as early as possible after one has passed fifty years of age.... Expand>

To prepare oneself for the better next life, one must get out of one's so-called home. The system of varnasrama-dharma, or sanatana-dharma, prescribes retirement from family encumbrances as early as possible after one has passed fifty years of age. Modern civilization is based on family comforts, the highest standard of amenities, and therefore after retirement everyone expects to live a very comfortable life in a well-furnished home decorated with fine ladies and children, without any desire to get out of such a comfortable home. High government officers and ministers stick to their prize posts until death, and they neither dream nor desire to get out of homely comforts. Bound by such hallucinations, materialistic men prepare various plans for a still more comfortable life, but suddenly cruel death comes without mercy and takes away the great planmaker against his desire,
forcing him to give up the present body for another body. Such a planmaker is thus forced to accept another body in one of the 8,400,000 species of life according to the fruits of the work he has performed. In the next life, persons who are too much attached to family comforts are generally awarded lower species of life on account of sinful acts performed during a long duration of sinful life, and thus all the energy of the human life is spoiled. In order to be saved from the danger of spoiling the human form of life and being attached to unreal things, one must take warning of death at the age of fifty, if not earlier. The principle is that one should take it for granted that the death warning is already there, even prior to the attainment of fifty years of age, and thus at any stage of life one should prepare himself for a better next life. The system of the sanatana-dharma institution is so made that the follower is trained for the better next life without any chance that the human life will be spoiled. The holy places all over the world are meant for the residential purposes of retired persons getting ready for a better next life. Intelligent persons must go there at the end of life, and for that matter, after fifty years of age, to live a life of spiritual regeneration for the sake of being freed from family attachment, which is considered to be the shackle of material life. One is recommended to quit home just to get rid of material attachment because one who sticks to family life until death cannot get rid of material attachment and as long as one is materially attached one cannot understand spiritual freedom.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 2.1.16

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