Lectures

About Kanchipuram - A Holy and Historic Place

Jan 22, 2015

English; Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Why One Should Approach a Guru

Jan 25, 2015

English; Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Be a Good Disciple

Jan 25, 2015

English; Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Thakura Vaisnava-pada

Jan 25, 2015

English; Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Hare Krishna Bhajan

Jan 24, 2015

English; Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Bhajans

Selflessness Even When Accepting Praise

Jan 24, 2015

English; Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Thiruppavai Chanting by Gurukula Students

Jan 23, 2015

தமிழ்; Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Bhajans

The Guru Gives the Lamp of Knowledge

Jan 23, 2015

English; Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 7.15.26

My Message

Jan 23, 2015

English; Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Anugatya - Following

Jan 23, 2015

English; Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

How to See God

Dec 28, 2014

English with தமிழ் translation; Pollachi, Tamil Nadu, India

Training Perfect Brahmanas

Jan 19, 2015

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.33.6

War on Maya

Jan 18, 2015

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Bhagavad-gītā 9.30

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

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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...756

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...1164

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...1383

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...1596

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...2193

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The tried and proven method

Sankirtana is the tried and proven method of propagating all aspects of our Krishna Consciousness Movement, so continue to go out chanting in the streets as much as possible.... Expand>

Sankirtana is the tried and proven method of propagating all aspects of our Krishna Consciousness Movement, so continue to go out chanting in the streets as much as possible.

(From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Jayapataka - Los Angeles 1 August, 1969)

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How to get spiritual intelligence

This program of chanting and following the rules and regulations will give you spiritual intelligence for understanding the Bhagavad gita and our other scriptures also.... Expand>

This program of chanting and following the rules and regulations will give you spiritual intelligence for understanding the Bhagavad gita and our other scriptures also.

(From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Sucandra - Los Angeles 19 February 1970)

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Tamo-guna: laziness and sleep

Sleeping is very dangerous. It is to be understood that I am under the clutches of maya, the more we sleep, because the symptom of tamo-guna is laziness and sleep. This is the symptom of tamo-guna, laziness and sleeping.... Expand>

Sleeping is very dangerous. It is to be understood that I am under the clutches of maya, the more we sleep, because the symptom of tamo-guna is laziness and sleep. This is the symptom of tamo-guna, laziness and sleeping.

(Srila Prabhupada, lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.20 - Vrndavana, October 31, 1972)

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Unlike Rama, Krsna is completely free from any rules and regulation

All these Visnu expansions, they are almost like Krsna, a little difference, but Krsna, what is that difference? That also we can note. When Krsna was here, He manifested Himself as completely free from any rules and regulation, any rules and regulation. But other incarnation, when They come, They follow the rules and regulation.... Expand>

All these Visnu expansions, they are almost like Krsna, a little difference, but Krsna, what is that difference? That also we can note. When Krsna was here, He manifested Himself as completely free from any rules and regulation, any rules and regulation. But other incarnation, when They come, They follow the rules and regulation.

Just like Lord Ramacandra. When He came, He accepted only one wife, accepted only one wife. And even when that wife was banished. Sita. Sita. She was kidnapped by Ravana, and Lord Rama fought with him, killed the whole family and installed his brother in that kingdom and rescued Sita and brought home. So He was living with Sita. But some of the sudras, they criticized, "Oh, just see Ramacandra. He is king. He is very powerful. He is living with His kidnapped wife." Because in India once a woman goes out of home -- still the culture is -- she cannot be accepted any more. She has to live just like prostitute. She has no shelter.

But when this, popular opinion was there... He was king. He has to take the criticism of the public. Just like at the present moment the president, they don't care for public opinion, irresponsible. They say, "Responsible government." They are most irresponsible. But formerly, although there was monarchy, they were very much responsible. As soon as there was some criticism from the public, Ramacandra at once banished Sita: "Oh, I cannot live with Sita. Public opinion is against it." Just see. He is following the rules and regulations.

His father told Him, "My dear boy, I wish that instead of being enthroned, please go to the forest." "All right, it is your order. I must carry." Just see. He is following the principle. He is ideal... Ramacandra is ideal king means He has followed the principle of moral codes. But Krsna's behavior, you will find there is no moral code. He is free. At night He is calling girls, "Come on," and dance with Him. They were coming. From material point of view it is immoral, at least in India. But He is free. Ramacandra accepted one wife. He accepted sixteen thousand wives.

So Krsna, Krsna is above everything. No rules and regulation. He cannot do anything wrong. He is not under the jurisdiction of any law. Therefore Krsna manifested the full power of the Supreme Lord. And other incarnations, although they came, they came for the time being to perform a certain particular purpose, but they did not manifest the full power of God. Therefore Krsna is the Supreme God. Krsnas tu bhagavan svayam [SB 1.3.28]. It is confirmed in the Srimad-Bhagavatam that He is the Supreme Personality, original Personality of Godhead.

(Srila Prabhupada -- December 21, 1966, New York)

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Apr 4-5, 2015: Delhi, India

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