Lectures

Cows and Bhakti

Oct 23, 2016

English; Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 6.4.9

Deity Pastimes, Part-3

Oct 23, 2016

English; Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Deity Pastimes, Part-2

Oct 22, 2016

English; Hyderabad, Telangana, India

So Many Treasures

Oct 22, 2016

English; Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Deity Pastimes, Part-1

Oct 22, 2016

English; Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.25.35

Bhokta, Kapindrah, Bhuri-dakshinah

Oct 21, 2016

English; Gauragrama, Telangana, India

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 502-504

Reforming Rascal Indian Civilization

Oct 21, 2016

English; Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Talk with Brahmacaris

Oct 11, 2016

English; Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Sarira-bhuta-brt

Oct 8, 2016

English with தமிழ் translation; Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 501

Jnanagamyam

Oct 2, 2016

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 499

Conversation with Karunanidhi

Oct 5, 2016

English; Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Jewels that Make You Deathless

Sep 28, 2016

English with தமிழ் translation; Thuraiyur, India

The Krsna Consciousness Guarantee

Sep 16, 2016

English; Damodaradesh

जिसे परम कल्याण हो

Sep 7, 2016

हिन्दी; Damodaradesh

Radha's Seeming Fault is Her Glory

Sep 9, 2016

English; Gaurangadesh

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HG Atmavidya Prabhu (ACBSP) reviews On Speaking Strongly in Srila Prabhupada's Service

Feb 23, 2017, Articles

I admit that I usually do not read books written by my godsisters and godbrothers, save and except for publications that share personal memories of Śrīla Prabhupāda. Time is precious. Therefore I prefer to read the literature of my spiritual master almost exclusively.… Read more…

Sri Vyasa-puja 2017

Feb 21, 2017, Announcements

We are happy to announce our beloved Guru Maharaja's 60th Vyasa-puja celebrations to be held in Sri Mayapura dhama (West Bengal) on 20th May 2017. There will be English Sravana Kirtana camp on 18th and 19th May 2017 and Hindi Sravana Kirtana camp on 22nd and 23rd May 2017 with Initiation ceremony on 21st May 2017. Please send registration detail by filling this form.… Read more…

Reply by Bhakti Vikasa Swami to Dhanurdhara Swami’s critique of “Mothers and Masters”

Jan 2, 2017, Women: Masters or Mothers? — A book by HH Bhakti Vikasa Swami

His blog posting is a mixture of praise for the book mixed with some bashing, and I’m going to respond mostly to the bashing. I appreciate that he’s taking the trouble to critique the book. He’s not afraid to do so in a negative way ... It’s not a personal matter. We are discussing the whole direction of the Krsna consciousness movement. And that’s actually the major subject of this book… Read more…

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Feb 13, 2017, Video Reviews

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Are Bas Reliefs Bona Fide?

Oct 20, 2016

Question: I wonder about the Panca Tattva bas relief that we now have here in Belfast. What is your opinion? I hesitate to get involved in the worship until I know your opinion.

Is there only one way to follow Srila Prabhupada?

Oct 20, 2016

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Question:

Is there only one way to follow Srila Prabhupada?

ANSWER by HH Bhakti Vikasa Swami: 

Sridham Shyam Prabhu wrote an article which brought my attention to, in which he states that, as he understands, there are not many ways of following Śrīla Prabhupāda but there is one way to follow.

Now...in one sense it’s true. The proper way to follow Śrīla Prabhupāda is with all sincerity aspiring for pure devotional service, and following his instructions. On the other hand there is no stereotype, and Śrīla Prabhupāda gave different instructions to different devotees.

Sometimes on the same subject. For instance within his books, and repeatedly elsewhere, Śrīla Prabhupāda said that sannyāsi should be very strict in the matter of associating with women, which anyone in India up to the present day can understand, unless they are a follower of Osho, who are not much liked by Indian public.

Up to the present day the Indian public don’t like. They don’t mind to be cheated by swamis and sannyāsis, and spiritually, but they don’t like if they mix up with women...up to the present day. This Asaram Bapu Swami was finished not because of the murder cases in his āśram, but it came out about his womanizing. He is not actually a sannyāsi, but he is a holly man (supposed to be) and his illicit mixing with women is not at all appreciated. In South India this Paramahaṁsa Nityānanda was finished when it came about his womanizing, which in the West no one cares at all, but in India...

I’m just coming to the point now...

EXAMPLES
There is one Back to Godhead magazine published in Śrīla Prabhupāda’s presence, in which Sudama Swami...On the order of Śrīla Prabhupāda he led up the Vaikuṇṭha players, a drama troupe which had dance, and which was very much appreciated by Śrīla Prabhupāda, giving the teachings of Kṛṣṇa consciousness in drama form. And in that group there were women, which Śrīla Prabhupāda allow, but did not want in India. But, in the West he allowed it. Different culture. Sudama said to Śrīla Prabhupāda:“...all these women dancing...“, and Śrīla Prabhupāda said „That is your sannyās!“.

It’s right there in Back to Godhead magazine, so, he gave different...
Also, in two days in Vṛndāvan, to one sannyāsi Śrīla Prabhupāda told: „You leave Vṛndāvan! Don’t spend more than three days at any place. Sannyāsi should always be moving.“ The next day, to another sannyāsi he said: „Stay here, manage this project and never leave!“ So, to one he said „Sannyāsi always travels“, and to the other one sannyāsi „Stay here!“.

DIFFERENT EMPHASIS IN DEVOTIONAL SERVICE
So, there may be apparent contradictions. It’s not actually a contradiction, it’s specialized instruction according to service. So, one way to follow...Yes, we should know Śrīla Prabhupāda’s instructions and follow them, but we should know there is variety within that also. And, we see very exalted followers of Śrīla Prabhupāda who were...they are quite different in their emphasis in devotional service.
Two of most prominent preachers of Kṛṣṇa consciousness in the modern world, Śrīla Prabhupāda’s disciples in the Western world, one is Vaisesika Dasa Prabhu who is a grihasta. Well, he is well known, of course. He very much promotes the distribution of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s books. That’s his main focus.
Indradyumna Swami has been a sannyāsi for many years and he also promotes book distribution but within the ambit of his festive programs, which are his main preaching. Doing festivals with hāriṇams, and dances, lots of kīrtan and whole package.
So, their approach, or their life focus in Śrīla Prabhupāda’s service is very different. They are not doing exactly the same thing, but they are both undoubtedly pleasant to Śrīla Prabhupāda, and following him very much.

CONCLUSION
So, one way to follow Śrīla Prabhupāda...In one sense yes, but there may be others, there have to be, actually specializations. Different devotees have different approaches. So, what is the correct stand on this issue? 
I prefer not to take milk from „blood cows“, or sometimes devotees call it „blood milk“ because the cows are killed, but I’m not on a campaign against devotees who take that, because Śrīla Prabhupāda’s said we could take it. On the other hand, he also said we should establish our own farm communities.
So, that should be bonum.

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Only an animal is not pessimistic

Only an animal is not pessimistic about life in this material world. A man is capable of knowing the threefold sufferings of material life. There are sufferings of the mind and body, sufferings offered by other living entities, and sufferings forced upon us by natural catastrophes and the laws of nature. The world is full of suffering, but under the spell of maya… Expand>

Only an animal is not pessimistic about life in this material world. A man is capable of knowing the threefold sufferings of material life. There are sufferings of the mind and body, sufferings offered by other living entities, and sufferings forced upon us by natural catastrophes and the laws of nature. The world is full of suffering, but under the spell of maya, illusion, we think we are progressing. Ultimately, whatever we do, death is there to annihilate the results. Under these circumstances, there is no happiness within this material world. We may make all arrangements for happiness, but at any moment, death may capture us. So what happiness can we have here? Therefore an intelligent man is always pessimistic about material life. He knows that he will not be allowed to be happy here. As we further advance, we understand the orders of Krsna: sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja. "Abandon all religions and just surrender unto Me." [Bg. 18.66] We must surrender to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and after surrendering and understanding Him fully, we can go to the world that is full of bliss, knowledge, and eternal life. Unless we take a pessimistic view of this material world, we will remain attached to it, and the repetition of birth and death will ensue.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => William James [1842-1910]

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Pure Vaisnavas have no interest in so-called philanthropic work

A pure Vaisnava is one who has no ulterior motive. He has totally dedicated himself to the service of the Lord. He does not have material desires, and he is not interested in so-called learning and philanthropic work.From Srila Prabhupada's purport to Cc Madhya 24.252… Expand>

A pure Vaisnava is one who has no ulterior motive. He has totally dedicated himself to the service of the Lord. He does not have material desires, and he is not interested in so-called learning and philanthropic work.

From Srila Prabhupada's purport to Cc Madhya 24.252

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We have to accept distinction between man and woman

Artificially do not try to become equal with men. That is not allowed in the Vedic sastra. Na striyam svatantratam arhati [Manu-samhita]. That is called sastra. You have to understand that woman is never given to be independence. Independence means just like child has to be taken care, similarly, woman has to be taken care. You cannot let your child go in the street… Expand>

Artificially do not try to become equal with men. That is not allowed in the Vedic sastra. Na striyam svatantratam arhati [Manu-samhita]. That is called sastra.

You have to understand that woman is never given to be independence.

Independence means just like child has to be taken care, similarly, woman has to be taken care. You cannot let your child go in the street alone. There will be danger. Similarly, according to Vedic civilization, Manu-samhita, woman should be given protection. In this way, acara. This is called acara.

The demons, they do not know. The demons, they do not know what is what, how one thing should be treated. They do not know. In the Western countries there is no such distinction between man and woman. But there is. We have to accept it and construct this social institution in that way. Then it will be perfect.

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

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Srila Prabhupada on kirtanas in public places

It is very, very encouraging that you are holding kirtanas in public places and some way or other people are becoming interested. These outdoor kirtanas should be rigidly followed at least one hour daily. That will make our movement popular there. We have good experience here in every city, especially Los Angeles, New York, Boston, and here in Columbus. This is making… Expand>

It is very, very encouraging that you are holding kirtanas in public places and some way or other people are becoming interested.

These outdoor kirtanas should be rigidly followed at least one hour daily.

That will make our movement popular there.

We have good experience here in every city, especially Los Angeles, New York, Boston, and here in Columbus. This is making our movement very popular more and more,

So in any circumstances, you all go together outdoors for kirtana at least for one hour daily.

From Srila Prabhupada’s Letter to Krsna Dasa – Columbus, Ohio, May 17th 1969

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Medical Treatment and Book Writing

May 18-19, 2017: Mayapura, West Bengal, India

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May 20, 2017: Mayapura, West Bengal, India

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