Lectures

Bhagavad-gita for Students

Feb 8, 2015

English with తెలుగు translation; Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Indians, Awake!

Feb 5, 2015

English with తెలుగు translation; Narasapur, Andhra Pradesh, India

Don't be Foolish, Part-9

Feb 2, 2015

English with தமிழ் translation; Perambur, Tamil Nadu, India

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta 3.5.48

Nityanand Katha

Feb 1, 2015

English with தமிழ் translation; Perambur, Tamil Nadu, India

Sri Varahadeva Katha

Jan 31, 2015

English; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

The Path of Bhagavad-gita

Jan 25, 2015

English with தமிழ் translation; Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Don't be Foolish, Part-8

Jan 30, 2015

English; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Don't be Foolish, Part-7

Jan 29, 2015

English; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Don't be Foolish, Part-6

Jan 28, 2015

English; Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 6.1.7

Don't be Foolish, Part-5

Jan 20, 2015

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Bhagavad-gītā 15.10

Perfection of Religion, Part-4

Feb 7, 2015

English; Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India

Perfection of Religion, Part-3

Feb 6, 2015

English; Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India

Perfection of Religion, Part-2

Feb 5, 2015

English; Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India

Perfection of Religion, Part-1

Feb 4, 2015

English; Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India

About Kanchipuram - A Holy and Historic Place

Jan 22, 2015

English; Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

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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...797

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...1223

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...1458

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...1643

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...2297

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vairagya-vidya

We must always remember that a devotee's life is one of vairagya-vidya, or renunciation and knowledge. Therefore all devotees are warned not to live unnecessarily luxurious lives at the cost of others. Grhasthas living within the jurisdiction of the temple must be especially careful not to imitate karmis by acquiring opulent clothing, food and conveyances. As far as possible, these should be avoided. A member of the temple, whether grhastha, brahmacari or sannyasi, must practice a life of renunciation, following in the footsteps of Haridasa Thakura and the Six Gosvamis. Otherwise, because maya is very strong, at any time one may become a victim of maya and fall down from spiritual life.... Expand>

We must always remember that a devotee's life is one of vairagya-vidya, or renunciation and knowledge. Therefore all devotees are warned not to live unnecessarily luxurious lives at the cost of others. Grhasthas living within the jurisdiction of the temple must be especially careful not to imitate karmis by acquiring opulent clothing, food and conveyances. As far as possible, these should be avoided. A member of the temple, whether grhastha, brahmacari or sannyasi, must practice a life of renunciation, following in the footsteps of Haridasa Thakura and the Six Gosvamis. Otherwise, because maya is very strong, at any time one may become a victim of maya and fall
down from spiritual life.

(From Srila Prabhupada's purport to Cc Antya 3.101)

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The active principle in spiritual life

The order of the spiritual master is the active principle in spiritual life. Anyone who disobeys the order of the spiritual master immediately becomes useless.... Expand>

The order of the spiritual master is the active principle in spiritual life. Anyone who disobeys the order of the spiritual master immediately becomes useless.

(Srila Prabhupada's translation of Cc Adi 12.10)

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Krishna takes ten steps

Srila Prabhupada said: "If Krishna sees you are taking one step toward Him," Swamiji says, "He will take ten toward you. He is so happy to see you turn to Him. He is more eager to see us return to Godhead than we are to go."... Expand>

Srila Prabhupada said:

"If Krishna sees you are taking one step toward Him," Swamiji says, "He will take ten toward you. He is so happy to see you turn to Him. He is more eager to see us return to Godhead than we are to go."

(From: The Hare Krishna Explosion, by Hayagriva Dasa)

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Srila Prabhupada's rules for initiated devotees, given in 1966

All initiated devotees must attend morning and evening classes. Must not be addicted to any kind of intoxicants including coffee, tea and cigarettes. They are forbidden to have illicit sex-connections. Must be strictly vegetarian. Should not extensively mix with non-devotees. Should not eat foodstuff cooked by non-devotees. Should not waste time in idle talks nor Engage himself in frivolous sports. Should always chant and sing the Lord's Holy names. Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.... Expand>

All initiated devotees must attend morning and evening classes.
Must not be addicted to any kind of intoxicants including coffee, tea and cigarettes.
They are forbidden to have illicit sex-connections.
Must be strictly vegetarian.
Should not extensively mix with non-devotees.
Should not eat foodstuff cooked by non-devotees.
Should not waste time in idle talks nor
Engage himself in frivolous sports.
Should always chant and sing the Lord's Holy names.

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare,
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.

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Itinerary

May 2-4, 2015: Mayapur, West Bengal, India

Nrsimha Caturdasi on 3rd May; Lectures at ISKCON Mayapur

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