Lectures

Questions and Answers

Aug 13, 2016

English; Seattle, USA

Western Brahmacaris

Aug 14, 2016

English; Seattle, USA

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.33.6

Sri Vaisnavism & Gaudiya Vaisnavism

Aug 14, 2016

English; Seattle, USA

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.2.12

The Truth, Part-5

Aug 14, 2016

English; Seattle, USA

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 5.5.8

The Truth, Part-4

Aug 13, 2016

English; Seattle, USA

The Truth, Part-3

Aug 12, 2016

English; Seattle, USA

The Truth, Part-2

Aug 12, 2016

English; Seattle, USA

Bhagavad-gītā 3.28

The Truth, Part-1

Aug 12, 2016

English; Seattle, USA

Questions and Answers

Aug 5, 2016

English; Lika, Croatia

Consciousness of Anarthas

Aug 11, 2016

English; Seattle, USA

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.7.5

Victim of the Mind

Aug 9, 2016

English; Detroit, USA

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 2.2.16

Insubstantial Good Feelings

Aug 9, 2016

English; Detroit, USA

Bhagavad-gītā 3.37

When Being Nice isn't Nice

Aug 8, 2016

English; Detroit, USA

Bhagavad-gītā 18.38

Don't get Stuck, go Up

Aug 7, 2016

English with தமிழ் translation; Zurich, Switzerland

Citing Srila Prabhupada, Part-6

Aug 6, 2016

English; Lika, Croatia

Citing Srila Prabhupada, Part-5

Aug 5, 2016

English; Lika, Croatia

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Did the Jiva Fall from the Spiritual World?

Aug 30, 2016

Question: A.) What is meant by acala? Some say that it means that the jiva is immovable in the body. Others say that it means that the jiva never leaves the spiritual world. B.) Does the jiva actually fall down into the material world or he remains in the spiritual one? Is he mechanically moved or it is just an illusion? i.) I cannot understand how the jiva is simultaneously situated both in the material and spiritual worlds. ii.) If in the material world the jiva turns away from Krsna, what does he do in the spiritual world at the same time? iii.) What does it mean that the jiva does not fall if he really falls down?… Expand>

Question:

Regading jiva's fall into this material world. Srila Prabhupada talks a lot about the fall. One devotee discovered a transcribed lecture of Srila Prabhupada on Srimad Bhagavatam 2.9.1 delivered in Tokio on April 22nd, 1972 (https://old.prabhupadavani.org/main/Bhagavatam/325.html ) in which he says that the jiva does not fall down. The devotee suggested that the jiva remains in the spiritual world but his consciousness is placed into the material world (as in a dream when one is asleep and is dreaming about visiting different countries and performing various activities). He supports his statement by citing BG in which it is said that the jiva is immovable (acala). Thus, he says it is situated in the spiritual world. So my questions are:

A.) What is meant by acala? Some say that it means that the jiva is immovable in the body. Others say that it means that the jiva never leaves the spiritual world.

B.) Does the jiva actually fall down into the material world or he remains in the spiritual world? Is he mechanically moved or it is just an illusion?

i.) I cannot understand how the jiva is simultaneously situated both in the material and spiritual worlds.
ii.) If in the material world the jiva turns away from Krsna, what does he do in the spiritual world at the same time?
iii.) What does it mean that the jiva does not fall if he really falls down?

 

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Children and Sadhana

Aug 30, 2016

Question: Since I got children it has been hard for me to follow a strict sadhana. Not only because of having children but also because my husband desires for me to take care of the household in the best possible way and keep a high standard (cleaning, cooking etc.). Around me I have some devotees telling me that I should not worry too much about strictly chanting 16 rounds, raising early and reading, that I will have more time for that in the future. In one way I am inclined to agree that it may be better not to brake my neck but at the same time I know that these are the things that keep us going as devotees and are part of the initiation promise. I pendle between the two ways of thinking and can't settle in my understanding. What is the right way of thought?… Expand>

Question:

Since I got children it has been hard for me to follow a strict sadhana. Not only because of having children but also because my husband desires for me to take care of the household in the best possible way and keep a high standard (cleaning, cooking etc.). Around me I have some devotees telling me that I should not worry too much about strictly chanting 16 rounds, raising early and reading, that I will have more time for that in the future. In one way I am inclined to agree that it may be better not to brake my neck but at the same time I know that these are the things that keep us going as devotees and are part of the initiation promise. I pendle between the two ways of thinking and can't settle in my understanding. What is the right way of thought?

The second is in regards to my children. I always had a strong desire for my children to have a devotional education. To either attend gurukula or be homeschooled. Unfortunately neither is possible where we liveand my husband does not think it is a good thing to move anywhere else. I am very, very scared that our children will be too much influenced by the association in karmi-school and that it will bring them away from Krishna consciousness. What can I do to lessen the risks for this? 

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Vyasa-puja Offering to Srila Prabhupada, 2016

Aug 26, 2016, Articles

On your order, Śrīla Prabhupāda, I write “philosophical and educational books,” and am presently working on an overview of your stated plans for your great ISKCON mission. Assembling this book involves researching and classifying quotes from the huge corpus of your published instructions. It is a task that requires diligence rather than creativity, insightfulness, or writing virtuosity. This will probably be the most important literary undertaking of my life, and for years I have been looking forward to getting round to it. Yet now having started in earnest, I am continually beset with writer’s block.… Read more…607

Mothers and Masters

Aug 16, 2016, Women: Masters or Mothers? — A book by HH Bhakti Vikasa Swami

Several devotees have asked why the title of Women: Mothers or Masters? has been changed to "Mothers and Masters," and why the cover design has been changed. These changes were made before the ban was removed. The reasoning was that certain detractors much objected to the title and the cover, so, rather than waste time and energy in defending… Read more…476

Hemalata Thakurani Devi Dasi (DDG)

Aug 15, 2016, Book Reviews

This book to me, as an older woman, looks very positive. These thoughts are very much need! It's really a big problem when women prefer their career and employment at the expense of their family and above all, their children. This attitude of women, when they are intolerant and feel superior to their husband whenever he stumbles or makes a mistake, is from my point of view de facto reason of family breakdown.… Read more…363

His Grace Dhanesvara Prabhu (ACBSP)

Jun 27, 2016, Reactions to the Ban

In the early days of the wonderful Movement that Srila Prabhupada created to bring the unvarnished Truth to the illusioned people of the world his earnest followers recognized that he was perhaps the only person who served their real interest as spiritual beings.… Read more…1771

His Grace Mayesvara Prabhu (ACBSP)

Jun 27, 2016, Reactions to the Ban

"The largess of "Bhakti Vikasa Swami’s book, "Women, Masters or Mothers" (WMM) is not any less valuable to Lord Caitanya's mission than all the other scholarly books he has authored. The prowess of this book rests on numerous unambiguous Vedic references… Read more…1151

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BVKS Sanga

The strong sex impulse

A living entity is never satisfied with a woman unless he is trained in the system of brahmacarya. Generally a man's tendency is to enjoy many women, and even at the very end of life the sex impulse is so strong that even though one is very old he still wants to enjoy the company of young girls. Thus because of the strong sex impulse the living entity becomes more and more involved in this material world… Expand>21

A living entity is never satisfied with a woman unless he is trained in the system of brahmacarya. Generally a man's tendency is to enjoy many women, and even at the very end of life the sex impulse is so strong that even though one is very old he still wants to enjoy the company of young girls. Thus because of the strong sex impulse the living entity becomes more and more involved in this material world.

From Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 4.25.44

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The basic principle of our movement

As for increasing service to Krishna, Swami has asked me to say that this process of chanting, discussing the glories of the Lord, and the distribution of Prasadam is standard, and that this threefold method is the best means for spiritual progress, and the best service that you can offer to Krishna. The basic principle of our movement is to have people come, and chant, and eat, and discuss Krishna consciousness.… Expand>38

As for increasing service to Krishna, Swami has asked me to say that this process of chanting, discussing the glories of the Lord, and the distribution of Prasadam is standard, and that this threefold method is the best means for spiritual progress, and the best service that you can offer to Krishna. The basic principle of our movement is to have people come, and chant, and eat, and discuss Krishna consciousness.

Letter from Rayarama, 8 June 1967.

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Why Srila Prabhupada became successful in the West

Nara-narayana: When you came to the Western world, no one anywhere believed that it would be successful, I think. But actually it has become very successful, by preaching. Prabhupada: I myself did not believe I shall be successful, [laughs] what to speak of others. But because I did in the proper line, so it has become successful.… Expand>51

Nara-narayana: When you came to the Western world, no one anywhere believed that it would be successful, I think. But actually it has become very successful, by preaching.

Prabhupada: I myself did not believe I shall be successful, [laughs] what to speak of others. But because I did in the proper line, so it has become successful.

From Srila Prabhupada's Morning Walk — December 12, 1973, Los Angeles

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A Vow By Which The Senses Are Controlled

If you employ your senses always in the service of Krsna, your senses are already controlled. Just like your tongue. Your tongue asks you, "Go to the restaurant and eat some nice thing." But if you are a Vaisnava, if you have this vow that "I shall not allow my tongue to eat anything except prasadam," it is already controlled.… Expand>47

If you employ your senses always in the service of Krsna, your senses are already controlled. Just like your tongue. Your tongue asks you, "Go to the restaurant and eat some nice thing." But if you are a Vaisnava, if you have this vow that "I shall not allow my tongue to eat anything except prasadam," it is already controlled.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 1.43 — London, July 30, 1973

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Itinerary

Sep 25, 2016: Batticaloa, Sri Lanka

Sunday Weekly Festival at ISKCON Batticaloa

Sep 26, 2016: Batticaloa, Sri Lanka

Morning SB lecture at ISKCON Batticaloa

Sep 27, 2016: Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India

Visit and darsana at the Sri Ranganatha Swami Temple

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