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Even Hiranyakashipu didn't divorce his wife

May 6, 2000

English; Dubai, UAE

Bhagavad-gītā 18.63

Women's liberation or women's bondage?

Sep 4, 2007

English; Dubai, UAE

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अपना जहाज खुद उड़ाना पड़ेगा

Mar 1, 2015

हिन्दी; Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.15.50

Symptoms of Intelligence

Mar 21, 2015

English; Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

कृष्ण को भूलना असंभव है !

Feb 23, 2015

हिन्दी; Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 7.10.39

हरिनाम के साथ गृह-प्रवेश

Feb 21, 2015

हिन्दी; Baroda, Gujarat, India

मन को नियंत्रण में लाने का सूत्र

Feb 20, 2015

हिन्दी; Baroda, Gujarat, India

Bhagavad-gītā 6.7

मायावादी मत हो, कृष्ण के भक्त हो

Feb 19, 2015

हिन्दी; Nandagrama, Rajpipla, Gujarat, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 7.10.49

प्रेम अधिक महत्वपूर्ण है या सेवा ?

Feb 18, 2015

हिन्दी; Nandagrama, Rajpipla, Gujarat, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 7.10.48

असली महात्मा कौन है ?

Feb 17, 2015

हिन्दी; Rajpipla, Gujarat, India

वास्तव में कौन धनी है ?

Feb 16, 2015

हिन्दी; Bharuch, Gujarat, India

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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...906

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...1362

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...1635

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...1768

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...2538

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BVKS Sanga

Always suffering, but thinking this world is nice

Material nature's only business is beating us and kicking us. But we are so foolish that we think, "This kicking is very nice." That is our disease -- we accept the kicking as very nice. We are always suffering three kinds of disturbances: adhyatmika, adhibhautika, and adhidaivika. These are disturbances caused by our own body and mind, disturbances caused by other living entities, and disturbances caused by the demigods, like severe weather or famine. We are always suffering from some disturbance, yet still we are thinking this material world is very nice, and we are trying to improve it. That is foolishness.... Expand>

Material nature's only business is beating us and kicking us. But we are so foolish that we think, "This kicking is very nice." That is our disease -- we accept the kicking as very nice. We are always suffering three kinds of disturbances: adhyatmika, adhibhautika, and adhidaivika. These are disturbances caused by our own body and mind, disturbances caused by other living entities, and disturbances caused by the demigods, like severe weather or famine. We are always suffering from some disturbance, yet still we are thinking this material world is very nice, and we are trying to improve it. That is foolishness.

(Srila Prabhupada, quoted in "On Improving the Material World" Back to Godhead Magazine #17-06, 1982)

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Read my books very seriously every day without fail

Our advancement in Krishna Consciousness is made possible in two ways, by Knowledge and renunciation, jnana and tyaga or tapasya. The more we become renounced from this material world, the more we advance in Krishna Consciousness. But we are only able to make such sacrifices and perform tapasya if we have got knowledge. So first thing is to become knowledgeable in Krishna Consciousness, then the tapasya or voluntary life of austerity will result automatically.... Expand>

Our advancement in Krishna Consciousness is made possible in two ways, by Knowledge and renunciation, jnana and tyaga or tapasya. The more we become renounced from this material world, the more we advance in Krishna Consciousness. But we are only able to make such sacrifices and perform tapasya if we have got knowledge. So first thing is to become knowledgeable in Krishna Consciousness, then the tapasya or voluntary life of austerity will result automatically. So I am requesting all of my students to read my books very seriously every day without fail. In this way, if your mind becomes absorbed at least one or two hours daily in the transcendental subject matter of Srimad-Bhagavatam, Bhagavad-gita, and other books then very easily you will make your advancement in Krishna Consciousness.

(From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Bhargava - Los Angeles 13 June, 1972)

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No ghosts where there is chanting

Mother Yasoda was firmly convinced that she should protect her child from different kinds of evil spirits and ghosts -- namely Dakinis, Yatudhanis, Kusmandas, Yaksas, Raksasas, Vinayakas, Kotaras, Revatis, Jyesthas, Putanas, Matrkas, Unmadas and similar other evil spirits, who cause persons to forget their own existence and give trouble to the life airs and the senses. Sometimes they appear in dreams and cause much perturbation; sometimes they appear as old women and suck the blood of small children. But no such ghosts and evil spirits can remain where there is chanting of the holy name of God.... Expand>

Mother Yasoda was firmly convinced that she should protect her child from different kinds of evil spirits and ghosts -- namely Dakinis, Yatudhanis, Kusmandas, Yaksas, Raksasas, Vinayakas, Kotaras, Revatis, Jyesthas, Putanas, Matrkas, Unmadas and similar other evil spirits, who cause persons to forget their own existence and give trouble to the life airs and the senses. Sometimes they appear in dreams and cause much perturbation; sometimes they appear as old women and suck the blood of small children. But no such ghosts and evil spirits can remain where there is chanting of the holy name of God.

(From Srila Prabhupada's Krsna Book, ch. 6: Putana Killed)

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Srila Prabhupada gets in a fight at an airport

(From The Great Transcendental Adventure by Kurma Prabhu) Melbourne, 12 February 1973 Srila Prabhupada was due to depart mid-morning. As he relaxed and softly chanted japa in the airport departure lounge, his two young newly-initiated disciples, Sukla and Ganesa, applied sandalwood paste to his feet and forehead.... Expand>

(From The Great Transcendental Adventure by Kurma Prabhu)

Melbourne, 12 February 1973

Srila Prabhupada was due to depart mid-morning. As he relaxed and softly chanted japa in the airport departure lounge, his two young newly-initiated disciples, Sukla and Ganesa, applied sandalwood paste to his feet and forehead.

John's two-year-old son Yenaka, bare-chested, shaven-headed and wearing a little dhoti, approached Prabhupada with a flower. Prabhupada accepted the offering and smiled affectionately at the boy. A few minutes later Yenaka returned, gesturing that he wanted the flower back, and Prabhupada graciously assented.

The boy repeated the procedure a few more times, offering a flower, and then asking for it back. As he came up to take back a flower for yet another time, Srila Prabhupada held onto the flower, refusing to return it. The boy grabbed for the flower, but Prabhupada would not let it go.

Yenaka decided to change tactics. Stopping the tug-of-war, he picked up a flower and threw it at Prabhupada. Prabhupada reciprocated by throwing it back. Yenaka threw another, and so did Prabhupada. Finally, out of ammunition, Yenaka tried to grab a flower directly from Prabhupada's garland. Prabhupada grabbed the boy's hand in mid-air and held it tightly, not letting it go. With a mock grave expression, Prabhupada took a flower from his garland with his other hand and threw it at Yenaka at point-blank range.

Much to the delight of the devotees, the exchange now escalated into a fully-fledged flower fight. The boy sometimes crept up behind Prabhupada, collecting more ammunition from Madhudvisa, and throwing them with unabashed glee. Prabhupada reciprocated, all the while laughing and enjoying the fun.

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