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Genuine and Duplicitious Surrender

Nov 27, 2014

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Bhagavad-gītā 18.62

Raganuga is not a Dirty Word

Nov 26, 2014

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta 2.8.221

Going Beyond the Modes

Nov 25, 2014

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Bhagavad-gītā 14.26

The Modes as Perverse Reflections

Nov 24, 2014

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Bhagavad-gītā 18.20

Sri Caitanya's Amazing Mercy

Nov 23, 2014

English with தமிழ் translation; Karumandurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Rural Communities for Srila Prabhupada's Pleasure

Nov 22, 2014

English with தமிழ் translation; Karumandurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Bhagavad-gītā 2.41

श्रीमद्भागवत का महत्त्व

Oct 31, 2014

हिन्दी; Kanhaiyadesh

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta 2.25.153

Rtuh, Sudarsanah

Nov 17, 2014

English; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 417-418

Conceptions of Godhead

Nov 21, 2014

English; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Bhagavad-gītā 10.2

Unfounded Hopefulness, Realistic Hopelessness, Realistic Hopefulness

Nov 20, 2014

English; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Bhagavad-gītā 3.27

आज गोवर्धन-पूजा नहीं है

Oct 31, 2014

हिन्दी; Kanhaiyadesh

Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité--All Nonsense

Aug 5, 2006

English; Zurich, Switzerland

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 6.3.16

Difference Between Common Sense and Intelligence

Jan 27, 2006

English; Mayapur, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 2.1.31

दीपावली और ज्ञानदीप

Oct 30, 2014

हिन्दी; Kanhaiyadesh

On Our Own at the End

Nov 19, 2014

English; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.15.50

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Paying Taxes

Jul 21, 2014

Question: How important is it to pay taxes?

Pandava Nirjala Ekadasi

Jul 21, 2014

Question: Should devotees observe a full fast of abstaining from water on Pandava Nirjala Ekadashi? Some devotees, don’t go to bed on Ekadashi, they stay awake all night and as soon as the night is over, they go to sleep. What should our attitude be?

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Vyasa-puja Offering to Srila Prabhupada, 2014

Nov 21, 2014, Articles

Śrīla Prabhupāda, you are the glorious, incomparable paramahaṁsa whose preaching in the Western world was the only thing of any real importance that ever happened there. Of course, Vyāsa-pūjā offerings are meant for glorifying the guru as the representative and worshiper of Vyāsa. Yet we have learned from you that in the physical absence of the guru, he may be best worshiped by the continuation of his mission. Read more...335

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...710

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...952

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...1266

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...1684

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Continual war, because they are dogs

...continually war, strain, politics, diplomacy, lecture, parliament. There is no finishing of war. There is no finishing. It will go on. Just like same example: if you keep the dogs as dogs, they'll going on barking. It will never finish. So this is the civilization of dog work. It is not human civilization. Therefore it is going on. War is not stopped. Where is stop? War is stopped? No. Going on. And it will go on, because they are dogs. You cannot stop their barking. There are so many things. If we follow the instruction of Bhagavad-gita, then whole world will be... This is a fact. Now, how to implement it, that is another thing. But it is a fact.... Expand>

...continually war, strain, politics, diplomacy, lecture, parliament. There is no finishing of war. There is no finishing. It will go on. Just like same example: if you keep the dogs as dogs, they'll going on barking. It will never finish. So this is the civilization of dog work. It is not human civilization. Therefore it is going on. War is not stopped. Where is stop? War is stopped? No. Going on. And it will go on, because they are dogs. You cannot stop their barking. There are so many things. If we follow the instruction of Bhagavad-gita, then whole world will be... This is a fact. Now, how to implement it, that is another thing. But it is a fact.

(Srila Prabhupada, Room Conversation -- February 14, 1977, Mayapur)

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We are not escapists

Prabhupada: People think that "These Krsna conscious men, Hare Krsna people, they are escaping." What is that, escaping? Devotee: Escapist . Prabhupada: We are not escaping. We are practically taking the real activities. Param drstva nivartate [Bg. 2.59]. Although people see that we do not work, we do not go to the factory, we do not to the mine, we do not go to the so many, so many things, or professional. We do not become lawyer, engineer. They say that we are escaping. No. You see we are always busy, twenty-four hours busy. I am old man of eighty years; still, I am busy. I am traveling all over the world, writing book at night, talking with visitors, and so many things. You can see. So where we are escaping? We are the most responsible worker. So what is the difference? The difference is all people are engaged for sense gratification; we are engaged for satisfying Krsna.... Expand>

Prabhupada: People think that "These Krsna conscious men, Hare Krsna people, they are escaping." What is that, escaping?

Devotee: Escapist
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Prabhupada: We are not escaping. We are practically taking the real activities. Param drstva nivartate [Bg. 2.59]. Although people see that we do not work, we do not go to the factory, we do not to the mine, we do not go to the so many, so many things, or professional. We do not become lawyer, engineer. They say that we are escaping. No. You see we are always busy, twenty-four hours busy. I am old man of eighty years; still, I am busy. I am traveling all over the world, writing book at night, talking with visitors, and so many things. You can see. So where we are escaping? We are the most responsible worker. So what is the difference? The difference is all people are engaged for sense gratification; we are engaged for satisfying Krsna.

(From Srila Prabhupada's class on Bhagavad-gita 7.2  -- March 10, 1975, London)

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We have substance, no need for tricks

Your idea for 5 different articles in BTG monthly is very nice. I like your "topical articles" also. Keep them simple and Krishna Conscious, avoiding too much bending to the public taste, but if they are appropriate to current problems, then it is nice proposal. Rayarama tried this too, but his style was not very appealing to me. Actually, people are seeking after transcendental reading matter more and more, so if we stick to our standard, as I have given you, then there is no doubt they will come to read our magazines in great numbers. Now make it very attractive, with our KC subject matter as you have outlined, and our BTG will be very much in demand, without further changes.... Expand>

Your idea for 5 different articles in BTG monthly is very nice. I like your "topical articles" also. Keep them simple and Krishna Conscious, avoiding too much bending to the public taste, but if they are appropriate to current problems, then it is nice proposal. Rayarama tried this too, but his style was not very appealing to me. Actually, people are seeking after transcendental reading matter more and more, so if we stick to our standard, as I have given you, then there is no doubt they will come to read our magazines in great numbers. Now make it very attractive, with our KC subject matter as you have outlined, and our BTG will be very much in demand, without further changes. I have seen one Christian newspaper which is trying to attract the readers by resort to fashionable phrases and materialistic
themes of mass public interest -- simply because they have not got any real substance for attracting, they offer what they think the public might like, such as sex, crimes, amusements, like that. That is not our method. We have got such stock of real substance that alone it is sufficient to capture the readers, without such ordinary tricks and commercial formulas.

From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Satsvarupa  --  Bombay 17 December, 1971

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Krsna is not meant for the Hindus, but Hindus should know Krsna first

Krsna is not meant for the Hindus, but Krsna appeared in Hindustan. Therefore it is the duty of all Hindus to know Krsna first. And they also conscious. Every Hindu knows Krsna. Every Hindu observes the Janmastami, Krsna's birthday. But they are not very serious to understand Krsna as a follower. Just like Christian: they admit they are Christian but don't follow the Christian principles. So that Hindus are also like that. Nobody is following Krsna's instruction.... Expand>

Krsna is not meant for the Hindus, but Krsna appeared in Hindustan. Therefore it is the duty of all Hindus to know Krsna first. And they also conscious. Every Hindu knows Krsna. Every Hindu observes the Janmastami, Krsna's birthday. But they are not very serious to understand Krsna as a follower. Just like Christian: they admit they are Christian but don't follow the Christian principles. So that Hindus are also like that. Nobody is following Krsna's instruction.

Srila Prabhupada, in a conversation -- March 9, 1975, London

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