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Chicken-soup happiness and Vaisnava seva

Jan 13, 2015

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.2.6

The Dharma of Being Happy

Jan 12, 2015

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.2.6

Even in Vaikuntha, Women are not Equal

Jan 17, 2015

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.15.17

Why Men and Women should Sit Separately

Jan 16, 2015

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 5.5.8

Real Realism

Jun 24, 2011

English; Chicago, Illinois, USA

Bhagavad-gītā 8.16

Difficulty In Ascertaining Subtle Causes

English; Bangalore, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.15.22-26

Reading from Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Vaibhava

Feb 22, 2011

English; Baroda, Gujarat, India

I Challenge You to Read Prabhupada's Books

Apr 10, 2011

English; Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Bhagavad-gītā 7.2

The Science of Hearing

Jun 26, 2011

English; Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Bhagavad-gītā 4.2

The Vision of Eternity

May 30, 2011

English; Bhaktivedanta Manor, London, UK

Bhagavad-gītā 13.32

The Implications of Spiritual Knowledge

May 23, 2011

English; Dublin, Ireland

Bhagavad-gītā 2.13

Listen Only to Krsna

May 24, 2011

English; Govindadvipa, Northern Ireland, UK

Bhagavad-gītā 2.11

Everything is Meaningless without Krsna

Apr 26, 2011

English; Damodaradesh

Bhagavad-gītā 16.8

The Cause of Suffering

Jun 18, 2011

English; Laguna Beach, California, USA

Bhagavad-gītā 13.21

Misestimation

Jun 2, 2011

English; Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Bhagavad-gītā 13.28

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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...660

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...1053

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...1274

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...1515

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...2062

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Srila Prabhupada's writing technique in Caitanya-caritamrta

Since we belong to this chain of disciplic succession from Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, this edition of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta will contain nothing newly manufactured by our tiny brains, but only remnants of food originally eaten by the Lord Himself. Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu does not belong to the mundane plane of the three qualitative modes. He belongs to the transcendental plane beyond the reach of the imperfect sense perception of a living being.... Expand>

Since we belong to this chain of disciplic succession from Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, this edition of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta will contain nothing newly manufactured by our tiny brains, but only remnants of food originally eaten by the Lord Himself. Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu does not belong to the mundane plane of the three qualitative modes. He belongs to the transcendental plane beyond the reach of the imperfect sense perception of a living being. Even the most erudite mundane scholar cannot approach the transcendental plane unless he submits himself to transcendental sound with a receptive mood, for in that mood only can one realize the message of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. What will be described herein, therefore, has nothing to do with the experimental thoughts created by the speculative habits of inert minds. The subject matter of this book is not a mental concoction but a factual spiritual experience that one can realize only by accepting the line of disciplic succession described above. Any deviation from that line will bewilder the reader's understanding of the mystery of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, which is a transcendental literature meant for the postgraduate study of one who has realized all the Vedic literatures such as the Upanisads and Vedanta-sütra and their natural commentaries such as Srimad Bhagavatam and the Bhagavad-gita.

This edition of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta is presented for the study of sincere scholars who are really seeking the Absolute Truth. It is not the arrogant scholarship of a mental speculator but a sincere effort to serve the order of a superior authority whose service is the life and soul of this humble effort. It does not deviate even slightly from the revealed scriptures, and therefore anyone who follows in the disciplic line will be able to realize the essence of this book simply by the method of aural reception.

(From Cc Adi 1, introduction by Srila Prabhupada)

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Caitanya Mahaprabhu's crying and artificial crying

Not that simply I sit I sit down and cry a little, I practice how to cry, sentiment. No. Sruta-grhitaya: understanding about the Absolute Truth from Vedic knowledge. That is bhakti. That is real bhakti. Sentiment is not bhakti -- I stand and I practice how to cry: "Oh, this man cries always." No. Of course, crying is there, just like Caitanya Mahaprabhu used to cry. But that stage is very, very high. It is not possible. You are crying, but next moment you are engaged in ordinary thing, that crying is artificial.... Expand>

Not that simply I sit I sit down and cry a little, I practice how to cry, sentiment. No. Sruta-grhitaya: understanding about the Absolute Truth from Vedic knowledge. That is bhakti. That is real bhakti. Sentiment is not bhakti -- I stand and I practice how to cry: "Oh, this man cries always." No. Of course, crying is there, just like Caitanya Mahaprabhu used to cry. But that stage is very, very high. It is not possible. You are crying, but next moment you are engaged in ordinary thing, that crying is artificial. One who can cry for Krsna, he becomes mad, just like Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Govinda-virahena me. Sunyayitam jagat-sarvam govinda-virahena me. He says, crying, "Everything is now over. There is I cannot see Krsna." So that crying is different crying. Not that in the meeting I cry, and, next moment, I am now dry, "I want this, I want that..." But that not crying. Caksusa pravrsayitam sunyayitam jagat-sarvam govinda-virahena. Caitanya caksusa pravrsayitam, just like torrents of rain falls from the sky, so govinda-virahena, on account of separation from Govinda, caksusa pravrsayitam, sunyayitam jagat sarvam govinda-virahena.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.10 -- Bombay, December 28, 1972

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Acaryas descend out of compassion, to save suffering men

In that planet of Satyaloka, there is neither bereavement, nor old age nor death. There is no pain of any kind, and therefore there are no anxieties, save that sometimes, due to consciousness, there is a feeling of compassion for those unaware of the process of devotional service, who are subjected to unsurpassable miseries in the material world.... Expand>

In that planet of Satyaloka, there is neither bereavement, nor old age nor death. There is no pain of any kind, and therefore there are no anxieties, save that sometimes, due to consciousness, there is a feeling of compassion for those unaware of the process of devotional service, who are subjected to unsurpassable miseries in the material world.

(SB 2.2.27, text)

From Srila Prabhupada's purport:

The Vedic wisdom guides us to understanding our relation with the Supreme Lord Sri Krsna and to acting accordingly in order to achieve the desired result of returning home, back to Godhead. But materialistic men do not understand this. They want to make a plan to become happy in a place where there is no happiness. For false happiness they try to reach other planets, either by Vedic rituals or by spacecraft, but they should know for certain that any amount of materialistic adjustment for becoming happy in a place which is meant for distress cannot benefit the misguided man because, after all, the whole universe with all its paraphernalia will come to an end after a certain period. Then all plans of materialistic happiness will automatically come to an end. The intelligent person therefore makes a plan to return home, back to Godhead. Such an intelligent person surpasses all the pangs of material existence, like birth, death, disease and old age. He is actually happy because he has no anxieties of material existence, but as a compassionate sympathizer he feels unhappiness for the suffering materialistic men, and thus he occasionally comes before the materialistic men to teach them the necessity of going back to Godhead. All the bona fide acaryas preach this truth of returning home, back to Godhead, and warn men not to make a false plan for happiness in a place where happiness is only a myth.

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Cleanliness is next to godliness

Cleanliness is essential. "Cleanliness is next to godliness." In India, especially in the villages, you'll find cleanliness. He has got one cloth, poverty-stricken, one cloth, not very white. Due to dirt, it is black. But that one cloth should be washed daily, still, one cloth. They'll take one napkin and wash the cloth, and India, tropical climate, here also, and spread it on the floor. Within five minutes it will be dry, and then change clothes. And early in the morning, even in chilly cold, they will take bath, taking water from the well.... Expand>

Cleanliness is essential. "Cleanliness is next to godliness."

In India, especially in the villages, you'll find cleanliness. He has got one cloth, poverty-stricken, one cloth, not very white. Due to dirt, it is black. But that one cloth should be washed daily, still, one cloth. They'll take one napkin and wash the cloth, and India, tropical climate, here also, and spread it on the floor. Within five minutes it will be dry, and then change clothes. And early in the morning, even in chilly cold, they will take bath, taking water from the well. And nature's arrangement, if you take well water early in the morning it is very not very hot, but is warm. You can take very easily your bath. This is daily affair, taking bath and go early in the morning to evacuate, then wash your hand. Not required, soap. You can take the dirt from the earth and wash your hand nicely, then take your bath and change your cloth, washed cloth, then go to some temple.

Still this system is current. And see arati, mangala-arati. Chant Hare Krsna mantra. Ring the bells. In every temple such arrangement is there. Then come at home and do your duty, the businessman. In the shop also, they'll cleanse everything very nicely. Even the scale, weighing scale, they will wash every day. This is required, saucam.

(From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 16.7 -- February 3, 1975, Honolulu)

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