Lectures

Knowing is Easy, Why Have a Guru

Sep 2, 2016

English; Manchester, UK

Bhagavad-gītā 4.35

Introducing Varnasrama in an Unfavourable World

Sep 2, 2016

English; Manchester, UK

Bhagavad-gītā 4.13

Think Different

Oct 15, 2016

English; Manipal, Karnataka, India

Book Marathon Message for Devotees in Omsk, Russia

Oct 10, 2016

English; Perambur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Book and Farms: Solid Programs

Aug 29, 2016

English with Český translation; Nava Gokula Farm, Czech Republic

The Truth, Part-6

Aug 28, 2016

English with Český translation; Brno, Czech Republic

Engaging Propensities in Preaching

Oct 3, 2016

English; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Bhagavad-gītā 3.33

Puratanah

Oct 3, 2016

English with தமிழ் translation; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 500

Path of Bhagavad-gita

Oct 2, 2016

English with தமிழ் translation; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Maintaining Purity in a Grhastha Community

Oct 2, 2016

English with தமிழ் translation; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Gopatih, Gopta

Oct 1, 2016

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 497-498

The Strange Case of Citraketu

Sep 30, 2016

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 6.16.38

Farm Farm Farm Farm

Sep 29, 2016

English; Pancavati Farm Community, Tamil Nadu, India

Coca-cola Vs. Hare Krishna

Sep 29, 2016

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Initiation of Muktanatha, Jagannatha Prakasa, and Others

Sep 25, 2016

English with தமிழ் translation; Batticaloa, Sri Lanka

Message to Devotees in Sri Lanka

Sep 24, 2016

English with தமிழ் translation; Batticaloa, Sri Lanka

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Reader

Jahnava Devi Dasi (SNS)

Nov 20, 2016, Book Reviews

The book "Women: Masters or Mothers?" by H.H. Bhakti Vikasa Swami is in my humble opinion a unique contribution to our society which is yet to be built. Unfortunately we all witness the bitter fruits of the Western culture in every field of human life in this dark age. This book brings a hope that there is genuine, selfless care for womanhood still living in the timeless tradition of Vedic culture. Boldly presented by Bhakti Vikasa Maharaja solely through Srila Prabhupada’s teachings, this book will be apreciated by generations of Vaishnavas to come.… Read more…

Vyasa-puja Offering to Srila Prabhupada, 2016

Sep 12, 2016, Articles

On your order, Śrīla Prabhupāda, I write “philosophical and educational books,” and am presently working on an overview of your stated plans for your great ISKCON mission. Assembling this book involves researching and classifying quotes from the huge corpus of your published instructions. It is a task that requires diligence rather than creativity, insightfulness, or writing virtuosity. This will probably be the most important literary undertaking of my life, and for years I have been looking forward to getting round to it. Yet now having started in earnest, I am continually beset with writer’s block.… Read more…

Mothers and Masters

Aug 16, 2016, Women: Masters or Mothers? — A book by HH Bhakti Vikasa Swami

Several devotees have asked why the title of Women: Mothers or Masters? has been changed to "Mothers and Masters," and why the cover design has been changed. These changes were made before the ban was removed. The reasoning was that certain detractors much objected to the title and the cover, so, rather than waste time and energy in defending… Read more…

Hemalata Thakurani Devi Dasi (DDG)

Aug 15, 2016, Book Reviews

This book to me, as an older woman, looks very positive. These thoughts are very much need! It's really a big problem when women prefer their career and employment at the expense of their family and above all, their children. This attitude of women, when they are intolerant and feel superior to their husband whenever he stumbles or makes a mistake, is from my point of view de facto reason of family breakdown.… Read more…

His Grace Dhanesvara Prabhu (ACBSP)

Jun 27, 2016, Reactions to the Ban

In the early days of the wonderful Movement that Srila Prabhupada created to bring the unvarnished Truth to the illusioned people of the world his earnest followers recognized that he was perhaps the only person who served their real interest as spiritual beings.… Read more…

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ASK BVKS

Do we need to have a Living Guru?

Oct 20, 2016

Question: Do we need to have a Living Guru?

Did the Jiva Fall from the Spiritual World?

Aug 30, 2016

Question: A.) What is meant by acala? Some say that it means that the jiva is immovable in the body. Others say that it means that the jiva never leaves the spiritual world. B.) Does the jiva actually fall down into the material world or he remains in the spiritual one? Is he mechanically moved or it is just an illusion? i.) I cannot understand how the jiva is simultaneously situated both in the material and spiritual worlds. ii.) If in the material world the jiva turns away from Krsna, what does he do in the spiritual world at the same time? iii.) What does it mean that the jiva does not fall if he really falls down?… Expand>

Question:

Regading jiva's fall into this material world. Srila Prabhupada talks a lot about the fall. One devotee discovered a transcribed lecture of Srila Prabhupada on Srimad Bhagavatam 2.9.1 delivered in Tokio on April 22nd, 1972 (https://old.prabhupadavani.org/main/Bhagavatam/325.html ) in which he says that the jiva does not fall down. The devotee suggested that the jiva remains in the spiritual world but his consciousness is placed into the material world (as in a dream when one is asleep and is dreaming about visiting different countries and performing various activities). He supports his statement by citing BG in which it is said that the jiva is immovable (acala). Thus, he says it is situated in the spiritual world. So my questions are:

A.) What is meant by acala? Some say that it means that the jiva is immovable in the body. Others say that it means that the jiva never leaves the spiritual world.

B.) Does the jiva actually fall down into the material world or he remains in the spiritual world? Is he mechanically moved or it is just an illusion?

i.) I cannot understand how the jiva is simultaneously situated both in the material and spiritual worlds.
ii.) If in the material world the jiva turns away from Krsna, what does he do in the spiritual world at the same time?
iii.) What does it mean that the jiva does not fall if he really falls down?

 

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BVKS Sanga

Bhagavad-gita for the benefit of all

Bhagavad-gita is not a book on bhakti-yoga for a person only, individual. No. It is meant for the whole mass of people, the whole human society, the leader of the human society or the leader of the family. Everyone should understand Bhagavad-gita very nicely and distribute the knowledge to his subordinates. The father should know the purport of Bhagavad-gita and… Expand>

Bhagavad-gita is not a book on bhakti-yoga for a person only, individual. No. It is meant for the whole mass of people, the whole human society, the leader of the human society or the leader of the family. Everyone should understand Bhagavad-gita very nicely and distribute the knowledge to his subordinates. The father should know the purport of Bhagavad-gita and distribute the knowledge to his sons, daughters, family members. Similarly, the king or the president, he must also know Bhagavad-gita. Just like vivasvan manave praha manur iksvakave 'bravit [Bg. 4.1]. It is not a subject matter that I read it privately and keep it private. It is meant for distribution to the human society. This Krsna consciousness movement is seriously meaning this: that the knowledge of Bhagavad-gita must be spread all over the world — as it is, not with malinterpretation. So that is being done in the Krsna consciousness movement for the benefit of all citizens.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 4.1 — February 7, 1974, Vrndavana

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Get out of the family life created by illusion

Grhastha refers to one who lives with family, wife and children, but whose real purpose of living is to develop Krsna consciousness. One is therefore advised to become a grhastha and not a grhamedhi. The grhastha's concern is to get out of the family life created by illusion and enter into real family life with Krsna, whereas the grhamedhi s business is to repeatedly… Expand>

Grhastha refers to one who lives with family, wife and children, but whose real purpose of living is to develop Krsna consciousness. One is therefore advised to become a grhastha and not a grhamedhi. The grhastha's concern is to get out of the family life created by illusion and enter into real family life with Krsna, whereas the grhamedhi s business is to repeatedly chain himself to so-called family life, in one life after another, and perpetually remain in the darkness of maya.

From Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 3.30.8

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No Krishna cartoons

The point is that these drawings should be realistic. Not that you make Krishna a cartoon character and therefore laughing stock. And hippy ideas shouldn't be used either. Whatever technique is there, make it realistic. That will be nice. From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Madhusudana — London 18 August, 1971… Expand>

The point is that these drawings should be realistic. Not that you make Krishna a cartoon character and therefore laughing stock. And hippy ideas shouldn't be used either. Whatever technique is there, make it realistic. That will be nice.

From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Madhusudana — London 18 August, 1971

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First job of GBC

You mention you like to speak now very often, but the first business should be to preach to the devotees. It is better to maintain a devotee than to try to convince others to become devotees. It is the duty of the GBC to maintain the devotees, keep them in the highest standard of Krishna Consciousness, and give them all good instruction, and let them go out and preach… Expand>

You mention you like to speak now very often, but the first business should be to preach to the devotees. It is better to maintain a devotee than to try to convince others to become devotees. It is the duty of the GBC to maintain the devotees, keep them in the highest standard of Krishna Consciousness, and give them all good instruction, and let them go out and preach for making more devotees. Your first job should be to make sure that every one of the devotees in your zone of management is reading regularly our literatures and discussing the subject matter seriously from different angles of seeing, and that they are somehow or other absorbing the knowledge of Krishna Consciousness philosophy. If they are fully educated in our philosophy and if they can get all of the knowledge and study it from every viewpoint, then very easily they will perform tapasya or renunciation and that will be their advancement in Krishna Consciousness. So first thing is to instruct all of your temple presidents and the other devotees to read daily, just as we have done in our morning class in Los Angeles. You may remember that we were reading one sloka each morning in Sanskrit and reciting it altogether and then discussing it thoroughly by seeing different new things. So you introduce this system and train the devotees first. Don't be too much concerned for the time being with nondevotees, now we must fix-up what devotees we have got in the knowledge of Krishna Consciousness, then we will succeed. What good are many, many devotees if none of them are knowledgeable?

From Srila Prabhupada's letter to: Satsvarupa - Los Angeles 16 June, 1972

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