Lectures

Talking About Maya, Durga-puja, Part-1

Oct 1, 2014

English; Nanda Gokulam, Telangana, India

Śrī Brahma-saḿhitā 5.44

Selflessness, and the Muslim Question

Sep 30, 2014

English; Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.12.26;

Perfect Philosophy, Practice, and Lifestyle

Sep 26, 2014

English; Damodaradesh

Saving the Suffering

Sep 29, 2014

English; Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.12.25

Druvah, Pararddhih, Parama-spastah

Sep 28, 2014

English; Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 390-392

Prestige Means Sex Life

Jan, 2006

English; Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.26.31

Captivated by this Information

Sep 28, 2014

English; Secunderabad, Telangana, India

Bhagavad-gītā 15.6

Questions and Answers with Devotees' Children

Sep 26, 2014

English; Damodaradesh

Vyavasayah, Vyavasthanah, Samsthanah, Sthanadah, Dhruvah

Sep 25, 2014

English; Avataridesh

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 386-390

Lokanath Goswami and Varnasrama Communities

Sep 21, 2014

English; Soho, London, England

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta 2.18.48-49

Preaching is not one man's task

Sep 20, 2014

English; Bhaktivedanta Manor, London, England

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta 1.9.33-34

Vedic Governance

Sep 19, 2014

English; Milton Keynes, England

Punishment and Lenience, Part-2

Sep 18, 2014

English; Coventry, England

Punishment and Lenience, Part-1

Sep 15, 2014

English; Coventry, England

Fundamentalism

Sep 14, 2014

English; Coventry, England

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A Society Made of Brahmanas

Oct 31, 2011

Question: I am currently listening to your lecture "Some Concerns About ISKCON." I also heard a lecture recently from my spritual master HH Tamal Krishna Goswami. He said, "originally, Srila Prabhupada wanted ISKCON to consist solely of brahmacaris and sannyasis, but then Jadurani came, what was Srila Prabhupada to do? He couldn't reject her."... Expand>

Question:

I am currently listening to your lecture "Some Concerns About ISKCON." I also heard a lecture recently from my spritual master HH Tamal Krishna Goswami. He said, "originally, Srila Prabhupada wanted ISKCON to consist solely of brahmacaris and sannyasis, but then Jadurani came, what was Srila Prabhupada to do? He couldn't reject her."

It seems that since we do not discriminate who joins ISKCON in terms of their varna or ashram, ISKCON will continue to face these sorts of issues (i.e. Ksatriya Initiative).

My question: Although I understand that we are ultimately only concerned with becoming Vaishnavas, but do you forsee that ISKCON as a society will gradually evolve into strictly a brahminical body as Srila Prabhupada wanted or will the brahminical class be forced to create a seperate body to offer guidance to society? Thank you for maintaining the standard. 

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Disciple Liberates His Own Guru

Jan 1, 2011

Question: Requesting to clear a doubt from the following quotation: "This incident proves that the siksa- or diksa-guru who has a disciple who strongly executes devotional service like Dhruva Maharaja can be carried by the disciple even though the instructor is not as advanced." (SB 4.12.33 Purport) As far as I understand, a bona fide diksa-guru is a liberated soul (saksad-dharitvena samasta sastrair…). So how can he be liberated by his disciple?

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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. Read more...463

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...729

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...1065

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Srila Prabhupada's transcendental anger

(By Sura dasa; from St. Louis Vyasa-puja offering 1982) I remember in 1976 at the Vrndavana festival you were in your room and one brahmacari asked me if I could guard on the outside porch while he took prasadam. I jumped at the opportunity for some personal service, yet didn't know what the job entailed, since I had never guarded your quarters at that time in Vrndavana. I was sitting, reading Seventh Canto, thinking how fortunate I was, when all of a sudden I heard a bell ringing. Not knowing what it was, I just kept reading as the bell kept ringing. Then, Srila Prabhupada, you came to the screen door and I rose, "Jaya, Srila Prabhupada."... Expand>

(By Sura dasa; from St. Louis Vyasa-puja offering 1982)

I remember in 1976 at the Vrndavana festival you were in your room and one brahmacari asked me if I could guard on the outside porch while he took prasadam. I jumped at the opportunity for some personal service, yet didn't know what the job entailed, since I had never guarded your quarters at that time in Vrndavana. I was sitting, reading Seventh Canto, thinking how fortunate I was, when all of a sudden I heard a bell ringing. Not knowing what it was, I just kept reading as the bell kept ringing. Then, Srila Prabhupada, you came to the screen door and I rose, "Jaya, Srila Prabhupada."

You looked very grave, and I didn't know what I had done wrong, so you said, "You are sitting there, and I am sitting here, and I am ringing, and I must come to you?" I was shocked as you repeated, "I am the spiritual master and you are the disciple, and I am ringing, and I must come to you?" I was horrified. I said, "Srila Prabhupada, I had no idea. One brahmacari.. ."

You cut me off and gravely said, "I am an old man, and you are a young man, and there are six of you, and I am ringing and I must come to you?" I was so sorry I just begged, "Please forgive me, I didn't know. .." You sharply said, "Go find Pusta Krsna!"

All I could see was the gold tooth in your transcendentally angered lotus mouth. You returned to your room and I felt bewildered, realizing I had committed a grave offense. Then I thought that as all the other servants must be at prasadam, I couldn't leave the porch to get Pusta Krsna, or no one would be guarding. One boy came by, and I called him over and said,
"Prabhu, you gotta go get Pusta Krsna at the Fogel Ashram, because Prabhupada wants him and..."

He answered, "No habla Inglese, prabhu." I was fried, because prasadam was at the Fogel Ashram and I couldn't leave to go get the devotee there, and no other devotees were around. Then the bell rang again, and I ran into the room. As I attempted to offer obeisances, you said, "Where is Pusta Krsna?" I was bewildered and didn't know whether to answer the question or offer obeisances first, since I didn't want to commit another offense.

I answered, " He's taking prasadam and I couldn't find him and . . ." "Go to the kitchen and get someone," you said. I turned to go, and there were two doorways, so I choose the right one, which led to the servant's quarters, and you chastised, "No, the other door!" I felt like a fool and remembered the instruction that one should feel like a fool in front of the spiritual master but not act like a fool. I had also acted like a fool and considered that I had thrown away a great opportunity to please you, Srila Prabhupada.

So I ran in the back and luckily found Hari Sauri Prabhu preparing something, and I urged him, "You've got to come right away. Prabhupada needs you immediately." He sent me around, and I went back to guarding the door on the porch. As I sat there I tried to read, but my mind was reeling, and my eyes just stared at the book as I thought that I had committed the greatest offense to a pure devotee in the dhama. I thought that I'd probably be thrown out of the movement; Prabhupada is displeased with me.

Then I suddenly felt like crying, but I thought if I did something very good, I could make up for my bungle. You were to take prasadam at one man's place next door and would be coming out in ten minutes, the servant informed me. There was one big umbrella that the servant said should be held to shade you from the sun. I made up my mind to hold that umbrella for you, and in
that way be forgiven. As you were getting ready to walk out of your Vrndavana quarters, one sannyasi came and told me to give him the umbrella to hold for you.

I reluctantly submitted and felt completely dejected. As you came out of the room I offered dandavats and began repeatedly praying in anxiety, "Srila Prabhupada, please forgive me. Don't kick me away. Please let me serve you more." As I rose up, you were just passing by, and you softly said, "Jaya." I knew then that you knew my heart and would give me another chance to please you. You are so kind that you allow a fool like myself to serve you.

So, Srila Prabhupada, we are all begging you to allow us to serve and please you more and more. Don't kick us away, please. Destroy our foolishness and let us perform some activity that will make you proud of your disciples.

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Krsna, always God, lifts Govardhana Hill

You cannot become God if you are not God. Krsna... Krsna was God when He was three months old on the lap of His mother. Krsna was God when He was four months old. Krsna was God when He was seven years old. Now we are chanting, jaya radha-madhava kunja-bihari gopi-jana-ballabha giri-bara-dhari. Krsna was gopi-jana-ballabha. He was always meant for pleasing the gopis, but that does not mean that he was not God. Giri-bara-dhari.... Expand>

You cannot become God if you are not God. Krsna... Krsna was God when He was three months old on the lap of His mother. Krsna was God when He was four months old. Krsna was God when He was seven years old. Now we are chanting, jaya radha-madhava kunja-bihari gopi-jana-ballabha giri-bara-dhari. Krsna was gopi-jana-ballabha. He was always meant for pleasing the gopis, but that does not mean that he was not God. Giri-bara-dhari. When gopis were in danger, incessant rain in Vrndavana, He immediately lifted the whole
Govardhana Parvata. Immediately showed: "Here is, I am. I am God. I can give you protection." Giri-bara-dhari. One side, gopi-jana-ballabha, just like ordinary boy He is pleasing the gopis by His joking behavior, but that does not mean He is not God. So one imitates the joking behavior of Krsna, but one cannot imitate lifting the Govardhana Hill. That is not possible.

(Srila Prabhupada, speaking on Bhagavad-gita 9.11--Calcutta, June 30, 1973)

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What to do with money

Money, spend for Krsna -- for Krsna's palace, for Krsna's temple, for Krsna's worship, gorgeous.... Expand>

Money, spend for Krsna -- for Krsna's palace, for Krsna's temple, for Krsna's worship, gorgeous.

(Srila Prabhupada -- October 8, 1977, Vrndavana)

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God eats dirt

When Krsna opened His mouth, His mother saw innumerable universes inside. This is Krsna. Anor aniyan mahato mahiyan. Krsna enters within the universe, but at the same time millions of universes are within His mouth. This is the explanation of "greater than the greatest and smaller than the smallest." Of course, although Mother Yasoda saw Krsna's display, she could not believe it, because she never thought that Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. She always thought, "He is my tiny child." That's all. "I have to take care of Him." These are called parental feelings -- vatsalya-rasa.... Expand>

When Krsna opened His mouth, His mother saw innumerable universes inside. This is Krsna. Anor aniyan mahato mahiyan. Krsna enters within the universe, but at the same time millions of universes are within His mouth. This is the explanation of "greater than the greatest and smaller than the smallest." Of course, although Mother Yasoda saw Krsna's display, she could not believe it, because she never thought that Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. She always thought, "He is my tiny child." That's all. "I have to take care of Him." These are called parental feelings -- vatsalya-rasa.

From BTG, March 2002

Based on a lecture by Srila Prabhupada on November 29, 1972

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