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हरिनाम के साथ गृह-प्रवेश

Feb 21, 2015

हिन्दी; Baroda, Gujarat, India

मन को नियंत्रण में लाने का सूत्र

Feb 20, 2015

हिन्दी; Baroda, Gujarat, India

Bhagavad-gītā 6.7

मायावादी मत हो, कृष्ण के भक्त हो

Feb 19, 2015

हिन्दी; Nandagrama, Rajpipla, Gujarat, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 7.10.49

प्रेम अधिक महत्वपूर्ण है या सेवा ?

Feb 18, 2015

हिन्दी; Nandagrama, Rajpipla, Gujarat, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 7.10.48

असली महात्मा कौन है ?

Feb 17, 2015

हिन्दी; Rajpipla, Gujarat, India

वास्तव में कौन धनी है ?

Feb 16, 2015

हिन्दी; Bharuch, Gujarat, India

‘नित्यं भागवत-सेवा’ के बिना भक्ति केवल दिखावा

Feb 15, 2015

हिन्दी; Bharuch, Gujarat, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 2.8.4

रथयात्रा का सन्देश

Feb 14, 2015

हिन्दी; Bharuch, Gujarat, India

भृगु-कच्छ में परमानन्द का दिन

Feb 14, 2015

हिन्दी; Bharuch, Gujarat, India

क्या हमको अग्निहोत्र यज्ञ करने चाहिए ?

Feb 13, 2015

हिन्दी; Talasari Farm, Maharashtra,, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.4.19

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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...891

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...1344

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...1599

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...1751

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...2511

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Nehru uvaca

While commenting on this particular verse, we have in our presence the statement of a great modern politician who has recently died and left his will, which discloses his poor fund of knowledge of the codes of God mentioned by Maharaja Pariksit. The politician was so ignorant of the codes of God that he writes: "I do not believe in any such ceremonies, and to submit to them, even as a matter of form, would be hypocrisy and an attempt to delude ourselves and others... I have no religious sentiment in the matter."... Expand>

While commenting on this particular verse, we have in our presence the statement of a great modern politician who has recently died and left his will, which discloses his poor fund of knowledge of the codes of God mentioned by Maharaja Pariksit. The politician was so ignorant of the codes of God that he writes: "I do not believe in any such ceremonies, and to submit to them, even as a matter of form, would be hypocrisy and an attempt to delude ourselves and others... I have no religious sentiment in the matter."

(From Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 1.17.10-11. The politician referred to is Jawaharlal Nehru, who died on May 27, 1964.)

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Deity worship, up to standard, to maintain ISKCON's purity

Alone with Prabhupada, I asked about book distribution and Deity worship. I asked why, if Deity worship was the process for self-realization in the last yuga, do we have it now? Wasn't sankirtana sufficient? He said that he had introduced worship of the Deity because, while there may arise differences of opinion about the distribution of books, on the point of there was only one standard on which all must agree. This would therefore maintain the purity of the Movement.... Expand>

Alone with Prabhupada, I asked about book distribution and Deity worship. I asked why, if Deity worship was the process for self-realization in the last yuga, do we have it now? Wasn't sankirtana sufficient?

He said that he had introduced worship of the Deity because, while there may arise differences of opinion about the distribution of books, on the point of  there was only one standard on which all must agree. This would therefore maintain the purity of the Movement.

(From Hari-sauri Prabhu's Transcendental Diary)

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Temple means spiritual educational shelter, not a business

In Vrndavana there are so many temples, they have become, made a business by showing temple, collecting money. This is not good. Temple means people should come, people should learn the science of God. That is temple.... Expand>

In Vrndavana there are so many temples, they have become, made a business by showing temple, collecting money. This is not good.

Temple means people should come, people should learn the science of God.

That is temple.

Not that to make a business of temple. Therefore everything is, not only in India, all over the world, the churches also, they're dwindled. Now, Europe and America, so many churches are for sale. We have purchased so many churches because people have no more interest. There is no education.

Temple means spiritual educational shelter. People should come, they should learn what is spiritual life, what is God, what is my relationship with.

That is temple.

(Srila Prabhupada --  March 8, 1972, Calcutta)

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Srila Prabhupada on Chanting and Following the Principles

(Told by Srutakirti Prabhu) It was easy to understand that Srila Prabhupada enjoyed chanting japa. He always stressed the importance of chanting our 16 rounds. He once told me that as a householder, he used a simple process for completing 16 rounds that we could apply.... Expand>

(Told by Srutakirti Prabhu)

It was easy to understand that Srila Prabhupada enjoyed chanting japa. He always stressed the importance of chanting our 16 rounds. He once told me that as a householder, he used a simple process for completing 16 rounds that we could apply.

"When I was a householder," he said, "I would chant four rounds before each meal and four rounds before retiring in the evening. In this way 16 rounds could be chanted without difficulty." He laughed and said, "If you don't take prasadam before chanting your four rounds then you will be sure to get them chanted."

In New Dwaraka he told me, "In the evening, if I get tired, I walk and chant. If you are tired, then walk and chant like I do. Sometimes, if I am tired, I pace back and forth in the room. Simply, in one room you can do everything. If you are tired, you can stand up and chant, like I do."

It was common to see Srila Prabhupada walk in his quarters or sit in his rocking chair while he chanted rounds. In the evening he sometimes chanted rounds while I massaged him in bed.

"There, I'm finished," he would say.

One day I was in his sitting room in New Dwaraka cleaning around his desk. He was sitting behind his desk chanting japa. As he pulled down a counter bead he looked at me with a beautiful smile and said humorously, "There, I have finished my 16 rounds. Now I can do any damn thing I want."

Devotees often asked Srila Prabhupada about following certain rules in regards to Ekadasi or following Caturmas.

"My disciples, they cannot even chant 16 rounds and follow the principles," he responded. "What is the use of these other rules and regulations. First, just do these things. Do the simple things that I ask you to do. Don't concern yourself with all these rituals. First, chant your 16 rounds and follow the principles."

One day a brahmacari entered Srila Prabhupada's room and told him he had fallen down with a woman. He suggested to Srila Prabhupada that perhaps he should get married.

"Marriage. Why do you think marriage is going to solve your difficulties?"

Srila Prabhupada answered. "You should chant. Just chant Hare Krsna. Chant your 16 rounds."

Many times devotees went into Srila Prabhupada's room with a problem they were hoping would be solved with some particular arrangement. His solution was always the same. "Chant Hare Krsna, chant your 16 rounds." He developed the phrase, "Just do it!" long before Nike.

"If there is some difficulty, you chant loudly," he told one disciple. "If there is some agitation, chant out loud."

One time it was brought to his attention that a senior devotee was not attending mangala arati or chanting rounds, at least with the other devotees.

"Do it to set the example for the other devotees," Srila Prabhupada said.

"You, yourself are very advanced. You do not need to attend mangala arati, but you should set the example for those that require it."

Thank you, Srila Prabhupada, for being the Acarya. You always taught by example. You chanted rounds. You said three Gayatri mantras a day, rose early in the morning and put tilak on your transcendental body. You never asked any disciple to do something you were not doing yourself. You always practiced what you preached. You showed us how a pure devotee conducts himself. I have been in illusion since time immemorial, but I pray that I am never deluded into thinking that this process of devotional service is only for the neophyte.

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