Lectures

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

Simplicity required for Grhasthas also

Jan 20, 2016

English; Somnath, Gujarat, India

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta 3.2.117

Pure Motivation in Preaching

Jan 22, 2016

English; Somnath, Gujarat, India

Guru as Father

Jan 22, 2016

English; Somnath, Gujarat, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 10.80.34

What Pleases Me Most

Jan 21, 2016

English; Somnath, Gujarat, India

The Best of Holy Places

Jan 21, 2016

English; Somnath, Gujarat, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.13.10

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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...456

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...649

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...1079

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...2274

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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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Who wrote Srila Prabhupada's books?

Bhagavat Dasa: Prabhupada said, "Can you quote this verse?" The two of us looked at each other, and I thought, "Tamal Krishna Goswami will quote the verse," but Tamal Krishna Goswami thought I was going to do it. Neither of us knew the verse. Prabhupada said, "Just see. You are not reading my books. Every day you have to read, study, and learn my books just like a lawyer learns the law books. You must know everything, chapter and verse. If you do not know, how will you preach? Unless you know my books how will... Expand>

Bhagavat Dasa: Prabhupada said, "Can you quote this verse?" The two of us looked at each other, and I thought, "Tamal Krishna Goswami will quote the verse," but Tamal Krishna Goswami thought I was going to do it. Neither of us knew the verse. Prabhupada said, "Just see. You are not reading my books. Every day you have to read, study, and learn my books just like a lawyer learns the law books. You must know everything, chapter and verse. If you do not know, how will you preach? Unless you know my books how will you teach these men? Do you know that every day even I read my own books? Do you know why I read my books?" We didn't want to venture any answer. Prabhupada said, "I read my books every day because even I learn something new when I read my books. These are not my books. I do not write these books." It seemed as if something mystical came over him at this point. He said, "Every morning, when I sit here to write my books, Krishna comes personally and dictates to me what to write. I simply take dictation from Krishna to write these books. Therefore, when I read them, even I learn something." The way he said it was so dramatic that we felt the weight of his words. I was thinking, "I'm speaking with a person who's speaking with God, who's right next to God. I'm only one person removed from God. He's so close." Yet I knew, because of the state of my own consciousness, how far away I actually was. But by some grace, I was being placed right next to God by being with Prabhupada. It was amazing.

From Srila Prabhupada Remembrances DVD recordings, Ch. 13.

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Easy-going life means a failure movement

There was two fight in the Indian history. One is Rama and Ravana, and one is Kuruksetra. And the hero is Vaisnava. We are going to produce such Vaisnavas, not these dull rascals, sitting down. We don't want these Vaisnavas, sitting-down rascals. We want Arjuna or we want no one. That is Vaisnava. That is wanted.... Expand>

There was two fight in the Indian history. One is Rama and Ravana, and one is Kuruksetra. And the hero is Vaisnava. We are going to produce such Vaisnavas, not these dull rascals, sitting down. We don't want these Vaisnavas, sitting-down rascals. We want Arjuna or we want no one. That is Vaisnava. That is wanted.

If we remain rascals, then one day you'll again become crazy and close up everything and smoke. My Guru Maharaja used to say, prana arthe yanra sei hetu pracara: "One who has got life, he can preach." The dead man cannot preach. So you become with life, not like dead man. Without life... Just like all my Godbrothers. They are dead men, and therefore they are envious of my activities. They have no life. If you want to make easy-going life, showing the Deity and then sleep, then it is a failure movement.

Srila Prabhupada — July 13, 1974, Los Angeles

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Why tilaka is essential

One should decorate the body with tilaka, which is the sign of the Vaisnavas. (The idea is that as soon as a person sees these marks on the body of the Vaisnava, he will immediately remember Krsna. Lord Caitanya said that a Vaisnava is he who, when seen, reminds one of Krsna. Therefore, it is essential that a Vaisnava mark his body with tilaka to remind others of Krsna.)... Expand>

One should decorate the body with tilaka, which is the sign of the Vaisnavas. (The idea is that as soon as a person sees these marks on the body of the Vaisnava, he will immediately remember Krsna. Lord Caitanya said that a Vaisnava is he who, when seen, reminds one of Krsna. Therefore, it is essential that a Vaisnava mark his body with tilaka to remind others of Krsna.)

From NoD ch. 6

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Darwin's theory: you have not improved over the monkeys

From your example, it appears Americans are not fools. Try to convert them. Tell them that "You are not fools. Why you are becoming fools?" Darwin's theory is that his forefather is monkey, so how he has become tiger? Through meat-eating. Why they are meat-eating? Monkey doesn't. Then you are not really self-realized. Rascal! When you are born [laughs], you are begotten by the dog or tiger, not by monkey.... Expand>

From your example, it appears Americans are not fools. Try to convert them. Tell them that "You are not fools. Why you are becoming fools?"

Darwin's theory is that his forefather is monkey, so how he has become tiger? Through meat-eating. Why they are meat-eating? Monkey doesn't. Then you are not really self-realized. Rascal! When you are born [laughs], you are begotten by the dog or tiger, not by monkey. Tell them like that. Otherwise you would have been vegetarians according to Darwin's theory. No monkey is meat-eater. How you changed your habits if you are actual descendant from monkey? So how you have changed your habits in the matter of eating? Put some humorous question. What is the answer, that you are improved than the monkey?

You cannot jump like monkey from one branch to another, so how you have improved? Simply by eating, you have improved? A monkey can keep dozens of wives. You cannot maintain even one wife. So how you have improved than the monkey? You have not improved. To maintain two-dozen wives it, is not a [indistinct] job. [laughter] [laughs]

You must have potency. But you have no potency; you are impotent. You cannot maintain, you cannot satisfy even one wife. You are divorced. Generally the divorce case takes place because you cannot satisfy the wife by sex. That is the psychology. That is the only psychology. Ordinarily, women, unless they will be satisfied by sex, they will not be, I mean to say, faithful wives. This is women's psychology. So most of the divorce case takes place because the man cannot satisfy the wife by sex. You'll see. By inquiry you will find. And because the husband mixes with so many other women, he cannot satisfy his wife. This is the psychology.

So how you have improved than the monkey? The monkey can satisfy three dozen wives. Ask them this question: "How you have improved? You have improved little by dressing yourself; monkeys are always naked. So you have improved little, but again you are going to undress yourself. So that is also not very satisfactory. In what way you have improved?

(Srila Prabhupada — May 18, 1976, Honolulu)

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