Lectures

Hellish Impersonalism

Aug 28, 2014

English; Govindadvipa, Ireland

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.4.2

About Cow Protection

Aug 28, 2014

English; Govindadvipa, Ireland

Pious and Impious Mayavadis

Aug 27, 2014

English; Govindadvipa, Ireland

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.2.10

कृष्ण कथा सुनने में अरुचि क्यों ?

Mar 23, 2014

हिन्दी; Modasa, Gujarat, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.16.26-30

Promoting Prabhupada

Aug 21, 2014

English; Drumshanbo, County Leitrim, Ireland

भक्तो का भद्र और अभद्र व्यवहार

Mar 13, 2014

हिन्दी; Baroda, Gujarat, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 4.21.16-20

Mahidharah, Mahabhagah, Vegavan, Amitasanah

Aug 21, 2014

English; Drumshanbo, County Leitrim, Ireland

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 371-374

Bright Faces and Black Faces

Jul 20, 2014

English with Русский translation; Dobromysh, Tatarstan, Russia

The Attractiveness of Srila Prabhupada, Part-7

Aug 26, 2014

English; Govindadvipa, Ireland

The Attractiveness of Srila Prabhupada, Part-6

Aug 25, 2014

English; Govindadvipa, Ireland

The Attractiveness of Srila Prabhupada, Part-5

Aug 24, 2014

English; Govindadvipa, Ireland

The Attractiveness of Srila Prabhupada, Part-4

Aug 23, 2014

English; Govindadvipa, Ireland

The Attractiveness of Srila Prabhupada, Part-3

Aug 22, 2014

English; Govindadvipa, Ireland

The Attractiveness of Srila Prabhupada, Part-2

Aug 21, 2014

English; Govindadvipa, Ireland

The Attractiveness of Srila Prabhupada, Part-1

Aug 18, 2014

English; Govindadvipa, Ireland

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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...268

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...587

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...930

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...1200

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...762

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Not only chanting

if we follow Krsna, not only we are chanting Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare but we have to follow the principles laid down in the Bhagavad-gita. That will make our life successful. Practically we have to apply this, have to apply the principle. Otherwise the whole attempt will be failure.... Expand>

if we follow Krsna, not only we are chanting

Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

but we have to follow the principles laid down in the Bhagavad-gita. That will make our life successful. Practically we have to apply this, have to apply the principle. Otherwise the whole attempt will be failure.


From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 3.21-25 -- New York, May 30, 1966

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impossible four regs in West, but possible by Krsna's grace

(For Srila Prabhupada's arrival in America) It is very difficult for this country or this part of the world to follow the four principles of regulative life: no illicit sex, no gambling, no meat-eating and no intoxication. Even Lord Zetland, when he was given this formula for becoming advanced in spiritual consciousness, he flatly replied, "It is impossible for us." Yes. But impossible thing can be made possible by the grace of Krsna. That is possible -- Krsna is all-powerful -- provided we are serious and sincere. That is the main business. We must be very serious and sincere. Then Krsna will give you intelligence.... Expand>

(For Srila Prabhupada's arrival in America)

It is very difficult for this country or this part of the world to follow the four principles of regulative life: no illicit sex, no gambling, no
meat-eating and no intoxication. Even Lord Zetland, when he was given this formula for becoming advanced in spiritual consciousness, he flatly replied, "It is impossible for us." Yes. But impossible thing can be made possible by the grace of Krsna. That is possible -- Krsna is all-powerful -- provided we are serious and sincere. That is the main business. We must be very serious and sincere. Then Krsna will give you intelligence.

... It doesn't matter, either in India or outside. People thought like that, that Krsna consciousness is the monopoly business for the Indians or for the Hindus. They were thinking like that: "It cannot be preached. Nobody will take it." But I thought, "If Krsna is God, why it will not be taken by everyone? It must be taken." So I was not very much hopeful to become successful. When I was in Boston port, I wrote one poetry that "I do not know why I have been brought here. How these people will take to Krsna consciousness? As soon as I will say these four regulative principles, they will ask me to go away." [laughter]

From Srila Prabhupada's Arrival Address -- February 9, 1975, Los Angeles

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Go, go, go, go preach this chanting

We should push Krsna consciousness as disinfecting agent. They're all infected, the whole world. So by chanting you disinfect. Therefore chanting is so important. Philosophy later on. First of all, ceto-darpana-marjanam [Cc. Antya 20.12], cleansing the heart. By hearing this chanting their heart will be cleansed gradually. Then they will understand the real position. So we have to do this chanting, not sit down in a solitary place, chanting himself. No, not like that. You are to vibrate the sound for the benefit of others. So that their heart may be cleansed and they can understand.... Expand>

We should push Krsna consciousness as disinfecting agent. They're all infected, the whole world. So by chanting you disinfect.

Therefore chanting is so important. Philosophy later on. First of all, ceto-darpana-marjanam [Cc. Antya 20.12], cleansing the heart.

By hearing this chanting their heart will be cleansed gradually. Then they will understand the real position.

So we have to do this chanting, not sit down in a solitary place, chanting himself. No, not like that. You are to vibrate the sound for the benefit of others. So that their heart may be cleansed and they can understand.

And if I sit down in a solitary place, for my benefit, that may be his benefit, but it is not very high class engagement. He must sacrifice for
others. Pararthe prag utsri, utsri[?]. That is the Canakya Pandita's moral instruction, that "Everyone should sacrifice for the Supreme."

Caitanya Mahaprabhu is God Himself. He comes down to preach, to become sannyasi, and to take so much trouble all over India and everywhere, and giving instruction and sending men, "Go, go, go, go." What? Why you...? He's perfect. Why He's coming? He doesn't require. No. For the benefit of others, we must follow the footsteps of Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

From Srila Prabhupada's Morning Walk --  December 5, 1973, Los Angeles

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Our bigotry, our misfortune

We have to give up this body. But if at the time of death we can think of Krsna... It is very difficult, but if we practice it... Sada tad-bhava-bhavitah. Sada means always. If we practice this simple method: Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama..., then it is possible. So where is the difficulty? Where is the loss? If we ask you to do something, if you think there will be loss, you may reject it. But if there is no loss and the gain is that you get Krsna, then why don't you do it? Such is our bigotry: "No, we shall not chant. We shall not do this." This is our misfortune.... Expand>

We have to give up this body. But if at the time of death we can think of Krsna... It is very difficult, but if we practice it... Sada
tad-bhava-bhavitah. Sada means always. If we practice this simple method: Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama..., then it is possible. So where is the difficulty? Where is the loss? If we ask you to do something, if you think there will be loss, you may reject it. But if there is no loss and the gain is that you get Krsna, then why don't you do it? Such is our bigotry: "No, we shall not chant. We shall not do this." This is our misfortune.

Srila Prabhupada, lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.26.46 -- January 21, 1975, Bombay

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