Lectures

Questions and Answers, Session-2

Aug 30, 2016

English with Český translation; Brno, Czech Republic

Questions and Answers Session 1

Aug 29, 2016

English with Český translation; Brno, Czech Republic

Vidhata Part 2, Krta-laksana

Aug 28, 2016

English with Český translation; Brno, Czech Republic

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 485-486

Sahasramsu Part 2, Vidhata Part 1

Aug 27, 2016

English with Český translation; Brno, Czech Republic

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 484-485

Vyasa-puja Offering 2016

Aug 26, 2016

English with Český translation; Nove Sade, Czech Republic

Do we need Srila Prabhupada?

Aug 26, 2016

English with Český translation; Nove Sady, Czech Republic

श्री गुरू चरण पद्म

Jan 2, 2017

हिन्दी; Kutralam, Tamil Nadu, India

Reply to Dhanurdhara Swami's critique of M&M

Dec 28, 2016

English; Kutralam, Tamil Nadu, India

Message to Devotees at Nove Sade

Aug 25, 2016

English with Český translation; Nove Sady, Czech Republic

Asat-ksaram, Avij-nata, Sahasramsuh

Aug 25, 2016

English with Český translation; Nove Sady, Czech Republic

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 482-484

Sat, Sat Aksaram, Asat

Aug 25, 2016

English with Český translation; Nove Sady, Czech Republic

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 479-481

Unquestioningly Obeying the Guru

Sep 3, 2016

English; Manchester, UK

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta 2.10.144-146

Book Marathon Message for Soho St Podcast

Oct 10, 2016

English; Perambur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Knowing that We can't know Everything

Sep 2, 2016

English; Manchester, UK

Bhagavad-gītā 15.19

Knowing is Easy, Why Have a Guru

Sep 2, 2016

English; Manchester, UK

Bhagavad-gītā 4.35

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Reply by Bhakti Vikasa Swami to Dhanurdhara Swami’s critique of “Mothers and Masters”

Jan 2, 2017, Women: Masters or Mothers? — A book by HH Bhakti Vikasa Swami

His blog posting is a mixture of praise for the book mixed with some bashing, and I’m going to respond mostly to the bashing. I appreciate that he’s taking the trouble to critique the book. He’s not afraid to do so in a negative way ... It’s not a personal matter. We are discussing the whole direction of the Krsna consciousness movement. And that’s actually the major subject of this book… Read more…

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…

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ASK BVKS

Are Bas Reliefs Bona Fide?

Oct 20, 2016

Question: I wonder about the Panca Tattva bas relief that we now have here in Belfast. What is your opinion? I hesitate to get involved in the worship until I know your opinion.

Is there only one way to follow Srila Prabhupada?

Oct 20, 2016

Question: Is there only one way to follow Srila Prabhupada?

Is being out of Varnasrama a Disturbance to Society?

Oct 20, 2016

Question: Is varnasrama considered part of “sruti-smrti-puranadi-pancaratra-vidhim”? Speaking of myself, I really don’t fall in any asrama and of course varna is the lowest… Expand>

Question:

In the verse quoted by Rupa Gosvami,

sruti-smrti-puranadi-

pancaratra-vidhim vina

aikantiki harer bhaktir

utpatayaiva kalpate

Is varnasrama considered part of “sruti-smrti-puranadi-pancaratra-vidhim”? Speaking of myself, I really don’t fall in any asrama and of course varna is the lowest. Is any devotional service or other activities performed by me an unnecessary disturbance in society?

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No nonsense followers, just one moon

I thank you very much for your appreciation of my disciples in New York and you will be glad to know that all my disciples in different centers are being so trained. The four principles of restriction, namely no illicit sex relations, no animal food, no intoxication, and no gambling, are acting on their character. Character building is the groundwork for seating Krsna… Expand>

I thank you very much for your appreciation of my disciples in New York and you will be glad to know that all my disciples in different centers are being so trained. The four principles of restriction, namely no illicit sex relations, no animal food, no intoxication, and no gambling, are acting on their character. Character building is the groundwork for seating Krsna consciousness and the Vedic injunction is that one can advance in spiritual life by following the rules of austerity and celibacy. We do not bluff our students that he has liberty to do all sorts of nonsense and at the same time advance in spiritual understanding. And because we are a little bit strict in this matter, we have not a very large number of followers, neither do we want any large number of nonsense followers. We want only one moon at night, and we do not care for millions of stars.

From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Jai Mazo, 18th January, 1968

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Earholes always filled with Krsna-katha

Pradyumna: "If the ear is not engaged in the service of the Lord by hearing about Him in the Bhagavad-gita or in the Srimad Bhagavatam, certainly the holes of the ear will be filled up with some rubbish." Prabhupada: Yes. This is the secret. We have got the ears, and we have got the sound also. Just like we are reading this book. So if we don't fill up our ears with… Expand>

Pradyumna: If the ear is not engaged in the service of the Lord by hearing about Him in the Bhagavad-gita or in the Srimad Bhagavatam, certainly the holes of the ear will be filled up with some rubbish.

Prabhupada: Yes. This is the secret. We have got the ears, and we have got the sound also. Just like we are reading this book. So if we don't fill up our ears with this transcendental sound, then it will be filled up with some rubbish things. It cannot remain empty. Either you fill up with transcendental message, or you fill up with rubbish nonsense. Two ways. So if you take care that your earholes are always filled up with the transcendental message of Krsna, so there is no scope for rubbish things to enter into it. So therefore our attempt should be twenty-four hours hearing. Kirtaniyah sada harih [Cc. Adi 17.31]. Twenty-four hours. As soon as you get time, read books, discuss amongst yourself, [indistinct]. Don't fill up the ears with rubbish things. Then advance will be choked up.

June 17, 1972, Los Angeles

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Stick to Krsna and accept His words as it is

What we are requesting you? "You think of Krsna. Chant Hare Krsna." That's all. Where is the difficulty? We don't say, "You think of that, this of that, to this demigod, that demigod." No. We don't say. What is the use of other demigod? We show all respect to everyone, even to the ant, but that does not mean that any demigod, any damn, any rascal, should be worshiped… Expand>

What we are requesting you? "You think of Krsna. Chant Hare Krsna." That's all. Where is the difficulty? We don't say, "You think of that, this of that, to this demigod, that demigod." No. We don't say. What is the use of other demigod? We show all respect to everyone, even to the ant, but that does not mean that any demigod, any damn, any rascal, should be worshiped as God? No. That is not possible. We can show respect even to the insignificant ant. Trnad api sunicena taror api sahisnuna [Cc. Adi 17.31, Siksastaka 3]. That may be another thing. But we cannot accept anyone as God. That is not possible. That is knowledge. That is knowledge. Be convinced firmly, krsnas tu bhagavan svayam [SB 1.3.28]: "Bhagavan means Krsna, nobody else." Kamais tais tair hrta-jnanah yajante anya-devatah [Bg. 7.20]. Anya-devatah, accept as God, they are accepted by the rascals, hrta-jnanah, those who have lost their knowledge.

So don't be lost of your knowledge. Stick to Krsna and accept His words as it is.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 16.1-3 — January 29, 1975, Honolulu

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Kali-yuga: bribes, showbottle leaders

Bhagavata says, anadhena nyaya ratim[?]: "If you have no money, then don't expect justice. Don't expect justice." Even high-court judges, they take bribe to give you favorable judgment. In India we have seen so many bribe. Police, you give bribe; high-court judge, you can give bribe. This is the position of Kali-yuga, horrible position. The king or the so-called… Expand>

Bhagavata says, anadhena nyaya ratim[?]: "If you have no money, then don't expect justice. Don't expect justice." Even high-court judges, they take bribe to give you favorable judgment. In India we have seen so many bribe. Police, you give bribe; high-court judge, you can give bribe. This is the position of Kali-yuga, horrible position. The king or the so-called president is simply showbottle.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.9.1–12 — April 29, 1972, Tokyo

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