Lectures

The Principle of Parampara

18 Jul 2014

English with Русский translation; Dobromysh, Tatarstan, Russia

Speaking about Mayavada

18 Jul 2014

English with Русский translation; Dobromysh, Tatarstan, Russia

Overcoming Lamentation

18 Jul 2014

English with Русский translation; Dobromysh, Tatarstan, Russia

Insubstantial Niceness

17 Jul 2014

English with Русский translation; Dobromysh, Tatarstan, Russia

Saintly Discussion of Sex

20 Jun 2014

English; Mumbai, Maharastra, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 6.8.17

Intelligence and the Intelligent

24 Oct 2004

English; Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 7.6.1

Krishna's Non-Empathic Listening

English; Bangalore, India

Bhagavad-gītā 2.11

School means contamination, manipulation not education

20 Jul 2006

English; Mumbai, Maharastra, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.26.19

Questions and Answers at NYC Rathayatra

14 Jun 2014

English; New York City, USA

Krsna Consciousness is Problem-solving and Problematic

15 Jun 2014

English; Laurence Harbor, New Jersey, USA

Skandah, Skanda-dharah, Dhuryah, Varadah, Vayu-vahanah

13 Jun 2014

English; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 329-333

Write Your Name in Others' Hearts

12 Jun 2014

English; Baltimore, Maryland, USA

ISKCON's New Theology

10 Jun 2014

English; Sandy Ridge, North Carolina, USA

Reading and Commentary

9 Jun 2014

English; Sandy Ridge, North Carolina, USA

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta 2.25.265-283

Useless Love and Compassion

8 Jun 2014

English; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 5.18.12

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ASK BVKS

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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Husband As Guru – How About Srila Prabhupada As Guru?

7 Jun 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...382

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...724

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...994

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...621

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BVKS Sanga

No attempt to increase longevity

By practice of kumbhaka-yoga, the yogis increase the duration of life by many, many years. A Krsna conscious person, however, being always situated in the transcendental loving service of the Lord, automatically becomes the controller of the senses. His senses, being always engaged in the service of Krsna, have no chance of becoming otherwise engaged.... Expand>

By practice of kumbhaka-yoga, the yogis increase the duration of life by many, many years. A Krsna conscious person, however, being always situated in the transcendental loving service of the Lord, automatically becomes the controller of the senses. His senses, being always engaged in the service of Krsna, have no chance of becoming otherwise engaged. So at the end of life,
he is naturally transferred to the transcendental plane of Lord Krsna; consequently he makes no attempt to increase his longevity.

Srila Prabhupada, BGAII 4.29 ppt.

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Practical manifestation of Krsna consciousness

[A devotee does not] engage his senses in matters other than the service of the Lord. He does not like to hear anything except topics relating to Krsna; he does not like to eat anything which is not offered to Krsna; and he does not wish to go anywhere if Krsna is not involved. ... Expand>

[A devotee does not] engage his senses in matters other than the service of the Lord. He does not like to hear anything except topics relating to Krsna; he does not like to eat anything which is not offered to Krsna; and he does not wish to go anywhere if Krsna is not involved.

Srila Prabhupada, Bg 5.7 ppt.

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householders: great restraint

...the householders, who have some license for sense gratification, perform such acts with great restraint. Sex life, intoxication and meat-eating are general tendencies of human society, but a regulated householder does not indulge in unrestricted sex life and other sense gratification.... Expand>

...the householders, who have some license for sense gratification, perform such acts with great restraint. Sex life, intoxication and meat-eating are general tendencies of human society, but a regulated householder does not indulge in unrestricted sex life and other sense gratification.

Srila Prabhupada, BGAII 4.26 ppt.

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Krsna conscious, like sudden sunshine

I was with several devotees in Srila Prabhupada's room at our small temple in Edinburgh, Scotland. As he was sitting, a shaft of sunlight entered the window and lit up the whole room. Srila Prabhupada remarked with a wave of his hand, "When you become Krsna conscious, it is just like that."... Expand>

I was with several devotees in Srila Prabhupada's room at our small temple in Edinburgh, Scotland. As he was sitting, a shaft of sunlight entered the window and lit up the whole room. Srila Prabhupada remarked with a wave of his hand, "When you become Krsna conscious, it is just like that."

Svati D.D., from a 1978 BTG

See also: Gita 5.16

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Itinerary

1-3 Aug, 2014: Moscow, Russia

Visit and lectures

4-10 Aug, 2014: Lika, Croatia

Lika kamp (www.likakamp.net); Balarama purnima on 10 Aug

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