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Mundane Desire and Gopi-prema

Jan 15, 2015

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta 1.4.165

Srila Prabhupada is Always Anxious to Uplift Others

Jan 14, 2015

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.1.10

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

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Paying Taxes

Jul 21, 2014

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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...663

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...1058

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...1282

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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...1522

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...2069

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Sri Gauranga Vandana

An offering for Gaura-purnima With thanks to Sujitendiya Prabhu and Madhava Devi Dasi, Mayapur. (read in Balaram font)... Expand>

An offering for Gaura-purnima With thanks to Sujitendiya Prabhu and Madhava Devi Dasi, Mayapur.
(read in Balaram font)


soìaro nava gauracandra
nägara banayäri
nadéyä indu karunä-sindhu
bhakata-vatsala-käré
The golden new moon known as Gauracandra wanders on the streets of Nadia. This moon of Nadia is an ocean of mercy and a bestower of love and affection upon His devotees.
vadana-canda adhara raìga
nayane galata prema-taraìga
candra koöi bhänu koöi
çobhä nichayäri
His moonlike face, His red lips, and the waves of love emanating from his moist eyes defeat the loveliness of millions of moons and suns.
kusuma-çobhita cikura cäìcara
laläte tilaka näsikä ujora
daçana motima amiyä häsa
dämini ghanayäri
His curly hair is beautified by flowers. His forehead and nose are resplendent with tilaka. His pearl-like teeth and His nectarean smile are
like lightning amid thick black clouds.
makara-kuëòala jhalake gaëòa
maëi-kaustubha-dépta kaëöha
aruëa vasana karuëa vacana
çobhä ati bhäri
His makara-shaped earrings sway gracefully on His ears, and His throat shines with the kaustubha gem. His yellow garments and His plaintive voice are exceedingly lovely.
mälya-candana carcita aìga
läje lajjita koöi anaìga
aìgada balayä ratana nüpura
yajïa-sütra-dhäri
His limbs, decorated with garlands and smeared with sandalwood paste, put to shame millions of Cupids. He wears bracelets, jewelled ankle-bells, and a brähmaëa's thread.
chatra dharata dharä-dharendra
gäota yaça bhakata-vånda
kamalä-sevita päda-dvandva
baliye balihäré
Ananta-çeña, the carrier of the earth, holds an umbrella, and the devotees sing His glories. His lotus feet are constantly served by the goddess of fortune, Kamalä. Oh devotees! Sing His excellent glories!
kahata déna kåñëa-däsa
gaura-caraëe karata äça
patita-pävana nitäi cända
prema-dänakäré
This lowly Kåñëa-däsa aspires for the lotus feet of Gaura and for the savior of the fallen, Lord Nityänanda, who is the bestower of prema, love of God.

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So far maintenance, we should make some monthly subscribers of cash or goods. Just like Goenka is giving foodstuffs, so many others can do the same. A little pocket expenditure can be collected by holding meetings. All the Gaudiya math people collect rice from house to house. Actually the temple should be provided by the local contribution of cash and kind.... Expand>

So far maintenance, we should make some monthly subscribers of cash or goods. Just like Goenka is giving foodstuffs, so many others can do the same. A little pocket expenditure can be collected by holding meetings. All the Gaudiya math people collect rice from house to house. Actually the temple should be provided by the local contribution of cash and kind.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Tamala Krsna  --  London 1 September, 1971

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Sastric evidence that Lord Caitanya is God

One may say that "Lord Ramacandra is accepted God, Lord Krsna is also accepted, but Caitanya Mahaprabhu, He is the greatest devotee of God, but..." There are some persons in the Nimbarka-sampradaya, they put this argument. But Caitanya Mahaprabhu's name is there in the sastra, many Upanisads, especially in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, that in the Kali-yuga this incarnation of God should be worshiped. What is that description?... Expand>

One may say that "Lord Ramacandra is accepted God, Lord Krsna is also accepted, but Caitanya Mahaprabhu, He is the greatest devotee of God, but..." There are some persons in the Nimbarka-sampradaya, they put this argument. But Caitanya Mahaprabhu's name is there in the sastra, many Upanisads, especially in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, that in the Kali-yuga this incarnation of God should be worshiped. What is that description?

krsna-varnam tvisakrsnam
sangopangastra-parsadam
yajnaih sankirtana-prayair
yajanti hi sumedhasah
 [SB 11.5.32]

Clearly Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Krsna-varnam tvisa akrsnam. He is Krsna. Or krsnam varnayati, iti krsna-varnam. Srila Jiva Gosvami, the most authoritative acarya of our sampradaya, he has explained like this. Krsna-varnam means always chanting Hare Krsna. Krsnam varnayati, describing Krsna, "Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna." This is description of Krsna, addressing Krsna. So therefore krsna-varnam, or varnam means category, just like brahmana-varna, ksatriya-varna. So in that way krsna-varna means He is Krsna, in the category of Krsna. Either you take this meaning or that meaning, krsna-varnam. But Krsna is black, and He is tvisa, by the complexion, akrsna. Akrsna means not Krsna. Now, there are so many colors. So everything is akrsna. That color, all the colors are mixed together, it becomes black. Otherwise there are many different colors. So akrsna means different color, "not krsna," not black. So what is the actual? That we have to refer to sastra again, that Krsna, in how many categories of color He appears?

That is stated in the Bhagavatam. When Krsna was born, then Gargamuni was calculating about His horoscope, and he said to Nanda Maharaja that "This your child..." Idanim krsnatam gatah. Suklo raktas tatha pita idanim krsnatam gatah [SB 10.8.13]:..."Your son had other colors also, white and red and yellow, and now He has assumed blackish color."

So Caitanya Mahaprabhu, tvisa akrsnam. He is not blackish. Then He must be other form -- sukla, rakta or pita. So He assumed the pita, yellowish color. Therefore tvisa akrsnam. Tvisa means by complexion. So krsna-varnam, krsnam varnayati, iti krsna-varnam, or krsna iti krsna-varnam, and tvisa, by complexion, akrsna, pita, idanim pita-varnam. Pita-varna gaura, golden avatara. And sangopangastra parsadam: He is always surrounded by associates, specially by Sri Advaita, Gadadhara, Srivasadi. Sri Krsna Caitanya, He is Krsna, then Nityananda, then Advaita, then Gadadhara, then Srivasa, and many other devotees always followed. That is the life of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Wherever He went, many followers chanting Hare Krsna, plus these principal associates were with Him. Therefore sangopangastra-parsa... And these sanga upanga were His astra. Astra. Astra means weapon.

God advents for two purposes. What are the two purposes? Paritranaya sadhunam [Bg. 4.8]: just to give relief and deliver the devotees. The devotees are always anxious to see God, so God comes down to give relief to the devotee, being present before them. Paritranaya sadhunam. Another: vinasaya ca duskrtam, to annihilate the demons. So there..., for annihilating, for killing, you require weapons. Krsna has His weapon, sudarsana-cakra. Lord Ramacandra has His weapon, bow and arrow. What is the weapon of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu? Sangopangastra-parsadam. His associates are His weapons. This is astra...

So in this age, Kali-yuga, to kill the demons means to stop their demonic activities by the astra, kirtana, hari-sankirtana, which is spread by His associates. Nityananda Prabhu, Advaita Prabhu, Srivasa-adi-gaura-bhakta-vrnda, they are going door to door, country to country, city to city, and saving the demons from being implicated more and more in material existence...

So sangopangastra-parsadam. This is the description of God, Krsna, in this age. That is Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

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

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Success by worshiping Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu

Wherever you live, at home or outside home, just keep a picture of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and chant Hare Krsna mantra before Him. Then your life will be successful.... Expand>

Wherever you live, at home or outside home, just keep a picture of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and chant Hare Krsna mantra before Him. Then your life will be successful.

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

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