Lectures

Sarva-lakshana-lakshanyah, Lakshmivan, Samitinjayah

Aug 8, 2014

English; Lika, Croatia

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 262-264

The Challenge of Scientism Part 3

Aug 8, 2014

English; Lika, Croatia

Bhagavad-gītā 16.8-9

The Challenge of Scientism Part 2

Aug 7, 2014

English; Lika, Croatia

The Challenge of Scientism Part 1

Aug 6, 2014

English; Lika, Croatia

Bhagavad-gītā 16.8

Mahakshah, Garuda-dvajah, Atulah, Sarabhah, Bhimah, Samayajnah, Havir-harih, Sarva-lakshana-lakshanyah

Aug 6, 2014

English; Lika, Croatia

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 355-362

Letting Go

Aug 5, 2014

English; Lika, Croatia

Bhagavad-gītā 18.56

Dirty Things in the Mind

Aug 5, 2014

English; Lika, Croatia

Bhagavad-gītā 3.6

Padmi, Padma-nibhekshanah, Padma-nabhah, Aravindakshah, Padma-garbhah, Sarirabhruth, Maharddhih, Riddhah, Vruddhatma

Aug 3, 2014

English with Русский translation; Moscow, Russia

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 346-354

Move to the Land

Aug 3, 2014

English with Русский translation; Moscow, Russia

The Moment of Enlightenment

Aug 2, 2014

English with Русский translation; Moscow, Russia

Prestige Means Sex Life

Jan, 2006

English; Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.26.31

Divorce is inevitable

Aug 10, 2006

English; Lika, Croatia

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.14.19

Diseased, Mad, Haunted Material Condition

Jul 6, 2006

English; Mumbai, Maharastra, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.26.6

महाभागवतो महान

Jun 27, 2014

हिन्दी; Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 7.7.10

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What does Make a Devotee Senior?

Question: I was wondering if you could bring clarification to me as to what it is that makes a devotee senior. I think our movement impresses upon the devotees that Srila Prabhupada’s diksa disciples are more senior than those who took initiation after his disappearance.... Expand>

Question:

I was wondering if you could bring clarification to me as to what it is that makes a devotee senior. I think our movement impresses upon the devotees that Srila Prabhupada’s diksa disciples are more senior than those who took initiation after his disappearance.

Pradyumna prabhu, one of Srila Prabhupada’s Sanskrit editors, once recalled a pastime of Srila Prabhupada wherein he instructed him to show respect to a devotee who had come to the movement before himself, as senior to him.

I was hoping that you might kindly shed some light on this for me.

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Carrying Over Pending Rounds to the Next Day

Question: There has been general discussions between devotee circles here that if you cannot finish your rounds then it is okay to carry over some to the next day. ... Expand>

Question:

There has been general discussions between devotee circles here that if you cannot finish your rounds then it is okay to carry over some to the next day. As far as I am aware I believe that is not right and every devotee should finish their daily rounds each day. That is what I have been advising, but some challenge saying NO!, so and so said its okay to carry over to the next day. Please could you also advice on this matter.

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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...469

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...825

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...1091

Public Programs

Mar 17, 2014, Vaisnava Culture, Etiquette, and Behavior

Public programs are an important means for presenting Kṛṣṇa consciousness to the general populace. Herein we provide some basic guidelines for the successful execution of such programs. All aspects of the function should be planned and executed in advance, so that as far as possible everything goes smoothly at the actual event. Especially major events require much planning and coordination to execute successfully. Visitors are likely to be impressed by efficient organization, but even one deficient feature can mar the entire experience. Read more...693

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A gift for Srila Prabhupada

In 1969 Srila Prabhupada came back to America from his first speaking tour outside the country, and the devotees from the East Coast centers rushed to the Boston center to greet him. While Srila Prabhupada was sitting in his room with all his disciples, one came forward with a gift-wrapped box.... Expand>

In 1969 Srila Prabhupada came back to America from his first speaking tour outside the country, and the devotees from the East Coast centers rushed to the Boston center to greet him. While Srila Prabhupada was sitting in his room with all his disciples, one came forward with a gift-wrapped box. He wanted to offer something to Srila Prabhupada, but only had a sweater that his parents had sent as a birthday gift. Someone opened the box before Srila Prabhupada. It was an inexpensive synthetic sweater, but Srila Prabhupada said it was very nice. The devotee apologized to Srila Prabhupada, explaining that it was just a gift from his parents to himself. Then Srila Prabhupada pulled off his own sweater -- a beautiful, silky Scottish cashmere sweater that he'd received in London, Srila Prabhupada held it out to the devotee in exhange for the one he had given. The devotee was so moved
that he broke into tears. Srila Prabhupada always gave more to us than we were able to give him, because he had the greatest thing to give -- Krsna.

Brahmananda Svami -- from a 1978 BTG

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Goswami Prabhupada teaches clergymen sinlessness

When Srila Prabhupada was visiting Detroit in 1976, he met with two clergymen. First he asked them if they believed that God is a person. "Yes," they agreed. Then he asked, "Aren't we also eternal persons meant to love God?" They agreed again. "And isn't the only thing separating us from enjoying ecstatic life with God sin?" Once again they agreed. Like a pouncing lion, Srila Prabhupada challenged, "Then why don't you teach people how to lead a sinless life!"... Expand>

When Srila Prabhupada was visiting Detroit in 1976, he met with two clergymen. First he asked them if they believed that God is a person. "Yes," they agreed. Then he asked, "Aren't we also eternal persons meant to love God?" They agreed again. "And isn't the only thing separating us from enjoying ecstatic life with God sin?" Once again they agreed. Like a pouncing lion, Srila Prabhupada challenged, "Then why don't you teach people how to lead a sinless life!"

Srila Prabhupada went on to show that meal-eating, illicit sex, intoxicants, and gambling pollute people's consciousness, and that if the clergymen rose above these things, others would follow their example. Mundane welfare work or political agitation would be simply a waste of time.

As they left with flower garlands around their necks, packages of Bengali sweets in their hands, and Bhagavad-gitas under their arms, one of them turned to Srila Prabhupada. "Why, I feel like we've become your disciples." Srila Prabhupada chuckled. After they'd gone he quoted a Sanskrit verse which confirmed that only a gosvami--someone who has gained complete control
over his bodily senses--can give real spiritual life to his disciples. And we knew we had a gosvami for our spiritual master.

Badarinarayana Swami, from a 1978 BTG

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Allen Ginsberg on Srila Prabhupada

"Swami Bhaktivedanta came to the USA and went swiftly to the archetype spiritual neighborhood, the New York Lower East Side, and installed intact an ancient, perfectly preserved piece of street India. He adorned a storefront as his ashram and adored Krishna therein and by patience and good humor, singing, chanting and expounding Sanskrit terminology day by day established Krishna consciousness in the psychedelic (mind manifesting) center of America East. To choose to attend to the Lower East Side, what kindness and humility and intelligence!"... Expand>

"Swami Bhaktivedanta came to the USA and went swiftly to the archetype spiritual neighborhood, the New York Lower East Side, and installed intact an ancient, perfectly preserved piece of street India. He adorned a storefront as his ashram and adored Krishna therein and by patience and good humor, singing, chanting and expounding Sanskrit terminology day by day
established Krishna consciousness in the psychedelic (mind manifesting) center of America East. To choose to attend to the Lower East Side, what kindness and humility and intelligence!"

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Wonderful Prabhupada

Tamala Krsna Goswami: If someone wants to understand what Srila Prabhupad was like, he should read about Krsna's intimate devotees and associates in transcendental books like Nectar of Devotion and Krsna. Actually, Srila Prabhupad manifested all the qualities of the eternal associates of Krsna. His humor was completely sublime, his compassion was sublime and transcendental. Courage, competitiveness--all the qualities we read about in Krsna and Nectar of Devotion were manifested in Srila Prabhupad. He was the living embodiment of Krsna-Krsna's representative.... Expand>

Tamala Krsna Goswami: If someone wants to understand what Srila Prabhupad was like, he should read about Krsna's intimate devotees and associates in transcendental books like Nectar of Devotion and Krsna. Actually, Srila Prabhupad manifested all the qualities of the eternal associates of Krsna. His humor was completely sublime, his compassion was sublime and transcendental. Courage, competitiveness--all the qualities we read about in Krsna and Nectar of Devotion were manifested in Srila Prabhupad. He was the living embodiment of Krsna-Krsna's representative. We learned about Krsna by seeing Srila Prabhupad. And we learned to believe in Krsna by seeing Prabhupada, because we could see that here was a person who had actually come from the spiritual world to be among us. So "beautiful devotee" means that he was a pure devotee of Lord Krsna, with all transcendental, beautiful
qualities. Srila Prabhupad called a chapter of one of his books "Wonderful Krsna." And Srila Prabhupad was Krsna's representative--so, "wonderful Prabhupada." Everything he did was wonderful. Everything. All the qualities possessed by the greatest personalities were present in Srila Prabhupad to a wonderful degree.

From a 1978 BTG

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