Lectures

Training Perfect Brahmanas

Jan 19, 2015

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.33.6

War on Maya

Jan 18, 2015

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Bhagavad-gītā 9.30

Mundane Desire and Gopi-prema

Jan 15, 2015

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta 1.4.165

Srila Prabhupada is Always Anxious to Uplift Others

Jan 14, 2015

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.1.10

Chicken-soup happiness and Vaisnava seva

Jan 13, 2015

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.2.6

The Dharma of Being Happy

Jan 12, 2015

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.2.6

Even in Vaikuntha, Women are not Equal

Jan 17, 2015

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.15.17

Why Men and Women should Sit Separately

Jan 16, 2015

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 5.5.8

Real Realism

Jun 24, 2011

English; Chicago, Illinois, USA

Bhagavad-gītā 8.16

Difficulty In Ascertaining Subtle Causes

English; Bangalore, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.15.22-26

Reading from Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Vaibhava

Feb 22, 2011

English; Baroda, Gujarat, India

I Challenge You to Read Prabhupada's Books

Apr 10, 2011

English; Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Bhagavad-gītā 7.2

The Science of Hearing

Jun 26, 2011

English; Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Bhagavad-gītā 4.2

The Vision of Eternity

May 30, 2011

English; Bhaktivedanta Manor, London, UK

Bhagavad-gītā 13.32

The Implications of Spiritual Knowledge

May 23, 2011

English; Dublin, Ireland

Bhagavad-gītā 2.13

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Paying Taxes

Jul 21, 2014

Question: How important is it to pay taxes?

Pandava Nirjala Ekadasi

Jul 21, 2014

Question: Should devotees observe a full fast of abstaining from water on Pandava Nirjala Ekadashi? Some devotees, don’t go to bed on Ekadashi, they stay awake all night and as soon as the night is over, they go to sleep. What should our attitude be?

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Vyasa-puja Offering to Srila Prabhupada, 2014

Nov 21, 2014, Articles

Śrīla Prabhupāda, you are the glorious, incomparable paramahaṁsa whose preaching in the Western world was the only thing of any real importance that ever happened there. Of course, Vyāsa-pūjā offerings are meant for glorifying the guru as the representative and worshiper of Vyāsa. Yet we have learned from you that in the physical absence of the guru, he may be best worshiped by the continuation of his mission. Read more...670

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. The 24/7 Online radio is available on this page. Read more...1072

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...1294

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...1527

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...2077

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Lord Caitanya's movement is stronger now than when He was present

So this is our Krsna consciousness movement. We are trying to make fools and rascals and sinful men to become wise. If you take advantage of it, you will be glorified and we shall be glorified. This is our process. And actually it is happening. Caitanya Mahaprabhu's movement is papi tapi yata chila, hariname uddharila, tara saksi... You want evidence? Jagai and Madhai. So Caitanya Mahaprabhu delivered two Jagai and Madhai.... Expand>

So this is our Krsna consciousness movement. We are trying to make fools and rascals and sinful men to become wise. If you take advantage of it, you will be glorified and we shall be glorified. This is our process. And actually it is happening. Caitanya Mahaprabhu's movement is papi tapi yata chila, hariname uddharila, tara saksi... You want evidence? Jagai and Madhai. So Caitanya Mahaprabhu delivered two Jagai and Madhai. Now you can see how much Caitanya Mahaprabhu's movement is strong. Many thousands of Jagai-Madhai's are being delivered. So His movement is greater than Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Caitanya Mahaprabhu, personally He delivered two Jagai-Madhai. Now, by His movement, thousands Jagai-Madhai's are being... This is the practical.

(From Srila Prabhupada's lecture -- September 25, 1973, Bombay)

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Lord Caitanya's order

It would certainly be a very laborious task to pick the fruits [of love of God] and distribute them alone, and still I suspect that some would receive them and others would not. Therefore I order every man within this universe to accept this Krsna consciousness movement and distribute it everywhere to everyone. I am the only gardener. If I do not distribute these fruits, what shall I do with them? How many fruits can I alone eat?... Expand>

It would certainly be a very laborious task to pick the fruits [of love of God] and distribute them alone, and still I suspect that some would receive them and others would not.

Therefore I order every man within this universe to accept this Krsna consciousness movement and distribute it everywhere to everyone.

I am the only gardener. If I do not distribute these fruits, what shall I do with them? How many fruits can I alone eat?

By the transendental desire of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, water has been sprinkled all over the tree, and thus there are innumerable fruits of love of Godhead.

Distribute this Krsna consciousness movement all over the world. Let people eat these fruits and ultimately become free from old age and death.

If the friuts are distributed all over the world, My reputation as a pious man will be known everywhere, and thus all people will glorify My name with great pleasure.


Cc Adi 9.34-39.

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Sri Gauranga Vandana

An offering for Gaura-purnima With thanks to Sujitendiya Prabhu and Madhava Devi Dasi, Mayapur. (read in Balaram font)... Expand>

An offering for Gaura-purnima With thanks to Sujitendiya Prabhu and Madhava Devi Dasi, Mayapur. (read in Balaram font)

soìaro nava gauracandra
nägara banayäri
nadéyä indu karunä-sindhu
bhakata-vatsala-käré


The golden new moon known as Gauracandra wanders on the streets of Nadia. This moon of Nadia is an ocean of mercy and a bestower of love and affection upon His devotees.


vadana-canda adhara raìga
nayane galata prema-taraìga
candra koöi bhänu koöi
çobhä nichayäri


His moonlike face, His red lips, and the waves of love emanating from his moist eyes defeat the loveliness of millions of moons and suns.

 

kusuma-çobhita cikura cäìcara
laläte tilaka näsikä ujora
daçana motima amiyä häsa
dämini ghanayäri


His curly hair is beautified by flowers. His forehead and nose are resplendent with tilaka. His pearl-like teeth and His nectarean smile are
like lightning amid thick black clouds.


makara-kuëòala jhalake gaëòa
maëi-kaustubha-dépta kaëöha
aruëa vasana karuëa vacana
çobhä ati bhäri


His makara-shaped earrings sway gracefully on His ears, and His throat shines with the kaustubha gem. His yellow garments and His plaintive voice are exceedingly lovely.


mälya-candana carcita aìga
läje lajjita koöi anaìga
aìgada balayä ratana nüpura
yajïa-sütra-dhäri


His limbs, decorated with garlands and smeared with sandalwood paste, put to shame millions of Cupids. He wears bracelets, jewelled ankle-bells, and a brähmaëa's thread.


chatra dharata dharä-dharendra
gäota yaça bhakata-vånda
kamalä-sevita päda-dvandva
baliye balihäré


Ananta-çeña, the carrier of the earth, holds an umbrella, and the devotees sing His glories. His lotus feet are constantly served by the goddess of fortune, Kamalä. Oh devotees! Sing His excellent glories!


kahata déna kåñëa-däsa
gaura-caraëe karata äça
patita-pävana nitäi cända
prema-dänakäré


This lowly Kåñëa-däsa aspires for the lotus feet of Gaura and for the savior of the fallen, Lord Nityänanda, who is the bestower of prema, love of God.

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Temple Maintenance

So far maintenance, we should make some monthly subscribers of cash or goods. Just like Goenka is giving foodstuffs, so many others can do the same. A little pocket expenditure can be collected by holding meetings. All the Gaudiya math people collect rice from house to house. Actually the temple should be provided by the local contribution of cash and kind.... Expand>

So far maintenance, we should make some monthly subscribers of cash or goods. Just like Goenka is giving foodstuffs, so many others can do the same. A little pocket expenditure can be collected by holding meetings. All the Gaudiya math people collect rice from house to house. Actually the temple should be provided by the local contribution of cash and kind.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Tamala Krsna  --  London 1 September, 1971

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