Lectures

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

Talk to villagers

Sep 13, 2014

English; Bleasby, Nottinghamshire, England

Laziness stunts Bhakti

Aug 15, 2006

English; Munich, Bavaria, Germany

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.22.31

Horticulture yoga

Sep 11, 2014

English; Nottingham, England

Coping with fear and insecurity

Sep 10, 2014

English; Sheffield, England

Sadhus by hype only

Sep 7, 2014

English; Manchester, England

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 2.4.23

The Value of Devotee Association

Sep 7, 2014

English; Manchester, 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...445

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...706

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...1050

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...1378

Public Programs

Mar 17, 2014, Vaisnava Culture, Etiquette, and Behavior

Public programs are an important means for presenting Kṛṣṇa consciousness to the general populace. Herein we provide some basic guidelines for the successful execution of such programs. All aspects of the function should be planned and executed in advance, so that as far as possible everything goes smoothly at the actual event. Especially major events require much planning and coordination to execute successfully. Visitors are likely to be impressed by efficient organization, but even one deficient feature can mar the entire experience. Read more...889

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Gopis are the best yogis

Bhakti comes from the word bhaj-dhatu, so this word has been used, bhajate mam; it means "engaged in devotional service." Yoginam api sarvesam mad-gatenantaratmana -- "a person who is keeping Me always within the core of the heart." The best example are the gopis. They had no other business than to keep Krsna always within the heart. Gopis requested Krsna, "Please, if You get out from our hearts then we can concentrate to our household duties. These yogis and munis and great saintly persons, they are trying to keep You within the heart, and we request You, 'Kindly go out of our hearts so we can concentrate on our household duties.' " They wanted to do it, but they could not. This is gopis' position.... Expand>

Bhakti comes from the word bhaj-dhatu, so this word has been used, bhajate mam; it means "engaged in devotional service." Yoginam api sarvesam mad-gatenantaratmana -- "a person who is keeping Me always within the core of the heart."

The best example are the gopis. They had no other business than to keep Krsna always within the heart. Gopis requested Krsna, "Please, if You get out from our hearts then we can concentrate to our household duties. These yogis and munis and great saintly persons, they are trying to keep You within the heart, and we request You, 'Kindly go out of our hearts so we can concentrate on our household duties.' " They wanted to do it, but they could not. This is gopis' position.

Therefore Caitanya Mahaprabhu has advised, ramya kacid upasana vraja-vadhu-vargena ya kalpita: there is no more better method of worship than what was done by the gopis, because gopis always kept Krsna within their hearts. So therefore they are the most perfect yogis.

(Srila Prabhupada, lecture -- February 7, 1974)

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Cheating religion: trying to cheat God

Dharmah projjhita kaitavah. Kaitava means cheating. To cheat God or to be cheated by God, this kind of religion is rejected. But people are very much fond of that kind of religion by which the God is cheated and he is cheated. He will commit all kinds of sins and he will be excused. That means God is cheated.... Expand>

Dharmah projjhita kaitavah. Kaitava means cheating. To cheat God or to be cheated by God, this kind of religion is rejected. But people are very much fond of that kind of religion by which the God is cheated and he is cheated. He will commit all kinds of sins and he will be excused. That means God is cheated. And if he thinks that "I will go on committing sinful; God will excuse me," that is also cheating. He is cheating himself, as if God is so fool that he will go on committing sin and God will excuse. These are cheating. This is not religion. God is personally speaking, yesam tv anta-gatam papam jananam punya-karmanam [Bg. 7.28], and he is thinking that "I will go on committing sinful activities and God will excuse." Why God will excuse? This is foolishness. He can excuse once, twice, thrice, but as a matter of routine he will commit sinful activities and God will excuse -- this is all nonsense.

Srila Prabhupada, Morning Walk -- November 12, 1975, Bombay

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Succinct definition of religion

Real religion means "God is there; I am there. God is great; I am subordinate. I must abide by the laws of God." This is religion... Real religion means to revive our consciousness -- we say "Krsna consciousness," or God consciousness -- by which we agree to abide by the laws of God... First-class religion: "which teaches us how to surrender to God and love Him."... Expand>

Real religion means "God is there; I am there. God is great; I am subordinate. I must abide by the laws of God." This is religion...

Real religion means to revive our consciousness -- we say "Krsna consciousness," or God consciousness -- by which we agree to abide by the laws of God...

First-class religion: "which teaches us how to surrender to God and love Him."

(From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.1.2 -- February 23, 1975, Caracas)

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Try it and see

I assure you that if you follow the regulative principles of chanting 16 rounds, observing strictly the prohibitive injunctions, keep association with pure devotees, plus taking care of the Deities in the Temple, surely all your problems will be solved without any difficulty. Please try it for at least one month and see the result.... Expand>

I assure you that if you follow the regulative principles of chanting 16 rounds, observing strictly the prohibitive injunctions, keep association
with pure devotees, plus taking care of the Deities in the Temple, surely all your problems will be solved without any difficulty. Please try it for
at least one month and see the result.

(Srila Prabhupada, Letter to: Kulasekhara - Los Angeles 11 January 1970)

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Itinerary

Oct 20, 2014: Baroda, Gujarat, India

Program at Ananda Caitanya Prabhu's House

Oct 21, 2014: Baroda, Gujarat, India

1) 8 am onwards SB class at ISKCON Baroda; 2) House program at 7 pm

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