Lectures

भक्ति के छः लक्षण

10 Mar 2014

हिन्दी; Surat, Gujarat, India

A Woman Should Follow Her Husband

26 Jan 2005

English; Mangalore, Karnataka, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.23.4-5

Seems true but isn't

7 Apr 2007

English; Pune, Maharashtra, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.11.21

अच्छे शिष्य और दुष्ट शिष्य, भाग-१

28 Jan 2014

English with हिन्दी translation; Mayapur, West Bengal, India

Second-hand stool and staying in ISKCON

22 Nov 2006

English; Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.32.19

Talking About Maya

22 Nov 2000

English;

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 6.16.9

An Almost Real Tree

26 Apr 2009

English; Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India

Bhagavad-gītā 15.1

Nanda and other Vrajavasis are not Attached Householders

7 Oct 2007

English; Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 2.7.31

Generations of Sophisticated Animals

14 Jan 2005

English; Pune, Maharashtra, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 5.5.1

Only Krsna Is the Supreme Enjoyer

31 Jul 2005

English; Ljubljana, Slovenia

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 2.9.33

Bhaktisiddhanta and Bhaktivedanta: Ideal Disciples and Gurus

1 Jun 2011

English; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Essential Not a Formality

26 Jun 2011

English; Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Bhagavad-gītā 2.71

Two Excuses For Avoiding Rules

19 May 2011

English; Kanhaiyadesh

Bhagavad-gītā 2.58

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ASK BVKS

Why Women are given Brahmana Initiation

28 Nov 2013

Question: Why do we initiate women as brahmanas in our sampradaya? Traditionally women are supposed to have subordinate role and brahmanas are leaders of the society. So how do we understand this?

Different Shades of Saffron

6 Jan 2014

Question: Why do different saffron renunciants wear different shades of saffron in different temples even if they are initiated by the same Guru (for example, Pune and Chowpatty)? I am not even sure why different sannyasi gurus wear different shades of saffron either. The question I wanted to ask is that since we are all one family; why don't we have one standard?

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Reader

Introduction

7 Apr 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...279

Fundamental Principles for Initiated Devotees

27 Mar 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...354

Public Programs

17 Mar 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...274

Sravanam Kirtanam Camp, Rishikesh

5 Mar 2014, Announcements

We are very excited to announce Sravanam-Kirtanam Camp in Sri Hrishikesh (Rishikesh) from 1st to 6th May, 2014 with His Holiness Bhakti Vikas Maharaj. It is beautifully located in the midst of mountain ranges on the bank of Mother Ganges, spiritually uplifting location. Wonderful opportunity to hear from Maharaja in a fantastic atmosphere and chant in the association of devotees for continuous six days and take bath in crystal clear water of Ganges. Please don't miss it. Read more...486

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BVKS Sanga

Tell this to vegans

The milk is produced by the cow, but it is not meant for the cow. It is meant for the human being. If you offer the milk, 30 pounds of milk, after milking the cow, and if you offer to the cow [or calf], it will refuse. It will refuse, "I don't want it." Give it dry grass? Oh, it will be very glad.... Expand>

The milk is produced by the cow, but it is not meant for the cow. It is meant for the human being. If you offer the milk, 30 pounds of milk, after milking the cow, and if you offer to the cow [or calf], it will refuse. It will refuse, "I don't want it." Give it dry grass? Oh, it will be very glad.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 3.13-16 -- New York, May 23, 1966

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How even an animal can go back to Godhead

...everyone in the human form of life should be induced to associate with devotees. By rendering a little service, even by eating prasadam, what to speak of chanting and dancing, everyone can be promoted to Vaikunthaloka. It is therefore requested that all our devotees in the ISKCON community become pure Vaisnavas, so that by their mercy all the people of the world will be transferred to Vaikunthaloka, even without their knowledge.... Expand>

...everyone in the human form of life should be induced to associate with devotees. By rendering a little service, even by eating prasadam, what to speak of chanting and dancing, everyone can be promoted to Vaikunthaloka. It is therefore requested that all our devotees in the ISKCON community become pure Vaisnavas, so that by their mercy all the people of the world will be transferred to Vaikunthaloka, even without their knowledge. Everyone should be given a chance to take prasadam and thus be induced to chant the holy names Hare Krsna and also dance in ecstasy. By these three processes, although performed without knowledge or education, even an animal went back to Godhead.


>>> Ref. VedaBase => Antya 1.33

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Two things that Krsna is very much interested in

The Supreme Personality of Godhead is very much interested in brahmanical civilization and cow, brahmanya-devaya go-brahmana-hitaya ca [Visnu Purana 1.19.65]. Why specifically cow and brahmana is mentioned? This means that unless there is this varnasrama system in any civilization and there is no cow protection, that is not human civilization.... Expand>

The Supreme Personality of Godhead is very much interested in brahmanical civilization and cow, brahmanya-devaya go-brahmana-hitaya ca  [Visnu Purana 1.19.65]. Why specifically cow and brahmana is mentioned? This means that unless there is this varnasrama system in any civilization and there is no cow protection, that is not human civilization. Namo brahmanya-devaya
go-brahmana-hitaya ca  [Visnu Purana 1.19.65], the first consideration is brahminical culture and protection of the cow. Because cow protection is especially mentioned, and brahminical culture, the two things are meant for advancing spiritual consciousness. Because one has to go, transcend, even brahminical culture, sattva-guna. And to support the brahminical culture, cow protection is essential. Without milk you cannot develop the finer tissues of your brain, and without developing the finer tissues of brain it is not possible to understand what is God, what we are, what is our relationship with, with blunt, alpa-medhasam. It is mentioned in the Bhagavad-gita, tad bhavaty alpa-medhasam  [Bg. 7.23]: a little brain substance cannot help one to advance in spiritual consciousness. Therefore this cow protection and expansion of brahminical culture is essential throughout the whole world. But we should not think that brahminical culture is only limited within India. No. Krsna says, catur-varnyam maya srstam
guna-karma-vibhagasah  [Bg. 4.13]. What is created by Krsna, or God, that is not for a particular country or particular nation. It is meant for everyone.

Srila Prabhupada, Initiation Ceremony – Bombay, March 17, 1972

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So-called political leaders

The so-called political leaders are busy making plans to advance the material prosperity of their nation, but factually these political leaders only want an exalted position for themselves.... Expand>

The so-called political leaders are busy making plans to advance the material prosperity of their nation, but factually these political leaders only want an exalted position for themselves. Due to their greed for material position, they falsely present themselves as leaders before the people and collect their votes, although they are completely under the grip of the laws of material nature.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 4.24.66

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