Lectures

Levels of Illusory Happiness

Feb 9, 2016

English; Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 7.7.46

The Truth In Srimad-Bhagavatam

Aug 22, 2008

English; London, UK

Assorted Lectures

More Thoughts on Varnasrama Dharma and Education

Feb 3, 2016

English; Nandagrama, Rajpipla, Gujarat, India

Why Books are the Basis, Part-2

Jan 16, 2016

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Jnanam-uttamam

Jan 26, 2016

English; Somnath, Gujarat, India

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 455

Leadership in Krsna Consciousness

Jan 25, 2016

English; Somnath, Gujarat, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.9.29

Discussion on Kama-gayatri

Jan 24, 2016

English; Somnath, Gujarat, India

Śrī Brahma-saḿhitā 5.27

सम्पूर्ण विज्ञान – श्रीमद भागवत

Nov 13, 2015

हिन्दी; Baroda, Gujarat, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 4.30.47

Initiation means Commitment

Jan 24, 2016

English; Somnath, Gujarat, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 10.80.41

Vyasa-puja Address

Jan 23, 2016

English; Somnath, Gujarat, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 11.7.46

No such thing as Accidents

Jan 17, 2016

English; Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 4.20.38

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Releasing Audio Archive of HH Bhakti Vikas Maharaj

Jan 1, 2016, Announcements

Good news for the new year. We are releasing complete audio archive of HH Bhakti Vikas Maharaj on the occasion of 59th vyasa-puja festival of Maharaj at Somnath (Gujarat) to be held on 23rd January 2016. 5000+ lectures including about 2000 never released recordings. Book your order now to receive it at vyasa-puja festival or to get it delivered at your place. Read more...483

An Appeal to Devotees

Dec 12, 2015, Announcements

We have received overwhelming response of devotees from all over the world who regularly listen to the lectures of HH Bhakti Vikas Maharaj using the website. Since the inception of the new website on Radhastami 2013, there are over one million downloads and plays of lectures. Many devotees find the guidance given in these lectures enlivening in their progress of Krsna consciousness. Hope you are also being benefitted by this humble service. You may be aware that presently there are 3100+ lectures, seminars, bhajans, and Q&A recordings available in the online archive. Archive gets updated almost everyday with at least one new lecture as Maharaj gives 350-400 lectures a year. It has now become an ocean of transcendental message. Read more...661

Announcement: Sri Vyaspuja 2016 at Sri Somnath

Oct 13, 2015, Announcements

We are happy to announce Guru Maharaja's 59th Vyasa Puja celebrations to be held in Sri Somnath (Gujarat, India) on 23rd January 2016. Moreover, there will be Sravana Kirtana camp for two days on 21st and 22nd and Initiation ceremony on 24th January 2016. Read more...1099

Introduction

Jul 12, 2015, 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...2291

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Prahlada's Apparent Prayers for Material Benediction

Jul 3, 2015

Question: I could understand from Srimad Bhagavatam that Sri Prahalada Maharaja is fearless, he is a pure devotee of the Lord and does not ask for any material benefits from the Lord. But in the Nrsimha Kavaca mantra it states that; “Oh Lord please protect me from west, east, north etc. and there is also the phalastruti (result of reciting the kavaca) which states that one attains material benedictions like putrvan (good son), dhanavan (wealth), long life etc.... Expand>

Question:

I could understand from Srimad Bhagavatam that Sri Prahlada Maharaja is fearless, he is a pure devotee of the Lord and does not ask for any material benefits from the Lord. But in the Nrsimha Kavaca mantra it states that; “Oh Lord please protect me from west, east, north etc. and there is also the phalastruti (result of reciting the kavaca) which states that one attains material benedictions like putrvan (good son), dhanavan (wealth), long life etc.

Maharaja, kindly explain how to understand these two different moods of Prahlada Maharaja.

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Central Principle for the Establishment of Varnasrama Dharma

Jul 3, 2015

Question: Is there a central principle for the establishment of Varnasrama Dharma? Different scholarly devotees have given different perspectives on the subject: (i) There must be segregation of sexes and they should only interact in a ritualistic manner to produce children, who would presumably be high class Brahmanas, being products of controlled sex and Vaisnava rituals, (ii) The seminal lineages of Brahmanas must be restored through training in scriptures and rituals and by their high birth, learning and expertise, these Brahmanas would establish their hegemony in Hindu society... Expand>

Question:

Is there a central principle for the establishment of Varnasrama Dharma? Different scholarly devotees have given different perspectives on the subject: (i) There must be segregation of sexes and they should only interact in a ritualistic manner to produce children, who would presumably be high class Brahmanas, being products of controlled sex and Vaisnava rituals, (ii) The seminal lineages of Brahmanas must be restored through training in scriptures and rituals and by their high birth, learning and expertise, these Brahmanas would establish their hegemony in Hindu society, (iii) The main problem is anxiety for economic security, so scholarly devotees should be provided with sufficient resources to maintain family, conduct research and open teaching facilities, without the need to gather followers or donations, (iv) Devotees should isolate themselves from mainstream society and develop their own institutions, following strict rules of personal and communal conduct, people all over the world will be attracted to such an ideal way of life. Can any of these principles, viz. sexual segregation, seminal lineage, economic security or isolated community be the central principle for the establishment of Varnasrama Dharma?

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Raghunatha dasa Gosvami at the limits of possibility

Ask any scientist, philosopher, of this world, that "Can you show me any way, no more eating, no more sleeping, no more mating and no more defending?" That is spiritual life. Therefore we have to reduce it. It is not possible, but there is possibility. Just like Raghunatha dasa Gosvami. Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, he made it in his life, during Caitanya Mahaprabhu's... Even after... Expand>

Ask any scientist, philosopher, of this world, that "Can you show me any way, no more eating, no more sleeping, no more mating and no more defending?" That is spiritual life. Therefore we have to reduce it. It is not possible, but there is possibility. Just like Raghunatha dasa Gosvami. Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, he made it in his life, during Caitanya Mahaprabhu's... Even after departure of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, about four hundred years ago. He was a very rich man's son. Very good wife, very good state. He left everything, and ultimately, he made these things, even eating, nil. He was eating every third day a small quantity of butter, nominal, little. Otherwise he gave up eating. So it is possible. It is not that "How one can give up eating and live at the same time?" That is possible. By the life of Raghunatha dasa Gosvami we see.

(From Srila Prabhupada's class on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.16.6 -- Los Angeles, January 3, 1974)

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Reconciling husband and wife

Ganesa: Srila Prabhupada, how can the position be reconciled if in Krsna consciousness one of the two, the husband or the wife, wants to enjoy sense gratification, but the other does not? Should there be separation then? Prabhupada: No. They should be trained up. Sense enjoyment means not advanced in Krsna consciousness. As soon as one is advancing in Krsna consciousness, his sense enjoyment spirit will be reduced. That is... Expand>

Ganesa: Srila Prabhupada, how can the position be reconciled if in Krsna consciousness one of the two, the husband or the wife, wants to enjoy sense gratification, but the other does not? Should there be separation then?

Prabhupada: No. They should be trained up. Sense enjoyment means not advanced in Krsna consciousness. As soon as one is advancing in Krsna consciousness, his sense enjoyment spirit will be reduced. That is the test. Bhaktih paresanubhavo viraktir anyatra ca [SB 11.2.42]. The test is, how you are advancing in Krsna consciousness is the proportionate diminishing of sense enjoyment. That is the test. Just like cure of the disease means diminishing the fever, temperature. This is the test.

Ganesa: What if that fever is not being diminished?

Prabhupada: Then he should try to chant Hare Krsna mantra, ins... of sixteen rounds, sixty-four rounds. That is the way. Sixteen round is the minimum. Otherwise, Haridasa Thakura was 300,000. So you have to increase. That is the only remedy. If one has got determination, he will make progress without any trouble. That determination is very difficult, that determination, "I must be Krsna conscious fully." That determination.

(Morning Walk — May 14, 1975, Perth)

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How to please Srila Prabhupada the most

In my books the philosophy of Krsna consciousness is explained fully, so if there's anything you do not understand, then you simply have to read again and again. By reading daily the knowledge will be revealed to you, and by this process your spiritual life will develop... You may please me the most by reading my books and following the instructions therein.... Expand>

In my books the philosophy of Krsna consciousness is explained fully, so if there's anything you do not understand, then you simply have to read again and again. By reading daily the knowledge will be revealed to you, and by this process your spiritual life will develop...

You may please me the most by reading my books and following the instructions therein.

(From a letter to Bahurupa, November 22, 1974)

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Bogus sannyasis not accepted by Caitanya Mahaprabhu's sampradaya

Then this is a hint by Lord Caitanya that a sannyasi who has renounced everything, if he lives very gorgeously, with good dress, and good house, and apartment... No. This is not approved by Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Then what is that? What does it mean? A sannyasi living like a first-class gentleman, smoking, and very nice apartment, and some, I mean to say, lady assistant, secretary... What is this? Caitanya Mahaprabhu did not approve.... Expand>

Then this is a hint by Lord Caitanya that a sannyasi who has renounced everything, if he lives very gorgeously, with good dress, and good house, and apartment... No. This is not approved by Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Then what is that? What does it mean? A sannyasi living like a first-class gentleman, smoking, and very nice apartment, and some, I mean to say, lady assistant, secretary... What is this? Caitanya Mahaprabhu did not approve. He must be, as far as possible... Whatever is absolutely necessity, he should accept, not more. Yes. That is renounced order of life, not that in the name of renounced order of life he should live at the expense of the householders, very gorgeously. No. This is not sannyasa. It is not accepted by Caitanya Mahaprabhu's sampradaya.

(Srila Prabhupada — November 21, 1966, New York)

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