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Purushah

Nov 8, 2014

English with தமிழ் translation; Maraimalai Nagar, Chennai,Tamil Nadu, India

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 407

Dharmavid-uttamah, Vaikunthah

Nov 8, 2014

English with தமிழ் translation; Maraimalai Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 405-406

Saktimatam Sreshthah, Dharmah

English with தமிழ் translation; Maraimalai Nagar, Chennai,Tamil Nadu, India

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 403-404

Arrival Address

Nov 7, 2014

English with தமிழ் translation; Maraimalai Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Beyond Illusion, Stress, and Confusion

Nov 2, 2014

English with தமிழ் translation; Singaperumalkoil, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Qualities of a Chaste Wife

Jan 25, 2005

English; Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.23.3

On Yajna and Sankirtana-yajna

Sep 28, 2005

English; Los Angeles, California, USA

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 4.7.41

Vira

Oct 31, 2014

English; Kanhaiyadesh

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 402

Always Remembering Krsna

Oct 31, 2014

English; Kanhaiyadesh

Vaikuntha Consciousness and Material Consciousness

Dec 18, 2005

English; Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.15.18

Life Is Not a Combination of Matter

Sep 21, 2005

English; Denver, Colorado, USA

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 7.7.18

Apparent Contradictions in the Nature of the Supreme Lord

Feb 13, 2005

English; Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.8.11

Basic points are high topics

Jul 4, 2006

English; Mumbai, Maharastra, India

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.26.5

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Attitudes of Devotee Businessmen

Jul 20, 2014

Question: I was asked a question by a householder disciple of mine who distributes DVD’s of Srila Prabhupada’s lectures and all kinds of DVD’s in relationship to Srila Prabhupada by which he maintains his household. He doesn’t take all the profits. He has some arrangement with the Bhaktivedanta Archives or whatever. He has a policy of low price and high turnover. This means that you have a low price and then, if it is a low price many people will like to buy it and so many will be sold.... Expand>

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I was asked a question by a householder disciple of mine who distributes DVD’s of Srila Prabhupada’s lectures and all kinds of DVD’s in relationship to Srila Prabhupada by which he maintains his household. He doesn’t take all the profits. He has some arrangement with the Bhaktivedanta Archives or whatever. He has a policy of low price and high turnover. This means that you have a low price and then, if it is a low price many people will like to buy it and so many will be sold. That is called a high turnover and then even though the profit is low, it works out to be enough because there are a lot of units sold. Another policy in sales is to have a high price but usually then you get poor sales and you get maybe less profit and possibility of boot legging or imitation.

He is very enthusiastic to distribute this. It is mostly distributed to, 99% already committed devotees, followers of Srila Prabhupada so he is enthusiastic that they should get these invaluable teachings of Srila Prabhupada. And, of course, I very much encourage him in this and I very much encourage you all also to regularly listen to Srila Prabhupada’s lectures as well as to read his books. There are various problems within ISKCON which is inevitable when you have an idealistic movement within a highly non-ideal world. But some of the problems are self-inflicted and are not necessary. They are what Srila Prabhupada would call deviations or speculations or concoctions.  And the overall cure for this is if devotees again get into the habit of reading Srila Prabhupada’s books regularly and hearing his lectures, as used to be standard within our movement.

But I digressed, I got off topic here, I went into a very important topic. The topic is that he asked me that his dilemma was that well I am distributing this, I want to distribute this for the benefit of others but also as a householder, the profit motive is also in my mind. I have to support my family, I have to think of money also, and so is my devotional service compromised? Like this. And this kind of consideration may come for householders who also sell Srila Prabhupada’s books to support their family or selling prasadam. So what is the answer to this conundrum?

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Anthropomorphic Krsna

Jul 20, 2014

Question: Is it acceptable to depict the Supreme Lord and His pure devotees such as the Pandavas in modernistic, artistic styles? Are there standards for this?

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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...204

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...617

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...866

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...1188

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...1564

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Attending classes

Srila Prabhupada said: By attending the morning and evening classes you will please the Lord within your heart and receive instructions from the Lord within. ... Expand>

Srila Prabhupada said:

By attending the morning and evening classes you will please the Lord within your heart and receive instructions from the Lord within.

Told by Jahnava Devi Dasi; Srila Prabhupada Remembrances video #29

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first class management

Now you must see that the service to your Deities will go on very nicely. You should make it first class, just like in our Los Angeles and New Vrndavana centers. You have a very nice temple room there and now Radha and Krsna have come. So you must treat Them very nicely. Then many many devotees will be attracted by the bhakti. I am also glad to hear that in your temple no one misses mangala arati and that everyone is becoming steady and peaceful in their service. It sounds as if you are taking care of your men very nicely. This is first class management.... Expand>

Now you must see that the service to your Deities will go on very nicely. You should make it first class, just like in our Los Angeles and New Vrndavana centers. You have a very nice temple room there and now Radha and Krsna have come. So you must treat Them very nicely. Then many many devotees will be attracted by the bhakti. I am also glad to hear that in your temple no one misses mangala arati and that everyone is becoming steady and peaceful in their service. It sounds as if you are taking care of your men very nicely. This is first class management.

From Srila Prabhupada's letter to: Kurusrestha — Bombay 28 December, 1974

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Modern civilization and real education

Modern civilization has advanced considerably in the field of mass education, but the result is that people are more unhappy than ever before because of the stress placed on material advancement to the exclusion of the most important part of life, the spiritual aspect. ...a godless civilization directed toward the so-called advancement of education is more dangerous than a civilization in which the masses of people are less "educated."... Expand>

Modern civilization has advanced considerably in the field of mass education, but the result is that people are more unhappy than ever before because of the stress placed on material advancement to the exclusion of the most important part of life, the spiritual aspect.

...a godless civilization directed toward the so-called advancement of education is more dangerous than a civilization in which the masses of people are less "educated."

. . .  modern civilization is a patchwork of activities meant to cover the perpetual miseries of material existence. Such activities are aimed toward sense gratification, but above the senses is the mind, and above the mind is the intelligence, and above the intelligence there is the soul. Thus the aim of real education should be self-realization, realization of the spiritual values of the soul. Any education which does not lead to such realization must be considered avidya, or nescience. And to culture such nescience means to go down to the darkest region of ignorance.

(From Srila Prabhupada's commentary on Sri Isopanisad)

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The sum and substance of devotional life

SB 6.11.25, Srila Prabhupada's translation and purport TRANSLATION O my Lord, O Supreme Personality of Godhead, will I again be able to be a servant of Your eternal servants who find shelter only at Your lotus feet? O Lord of my life, may I again become their servant so that my mind may always think of Your transcendental attributes, my words always glorify those attributes, and my body always engage in the loving service of Your Lordship?... Expand>

SB 6.11.25, Srila Prabhupada's translation and purport

TRANSLATION
O my Lord, O Supreme Personality of Godhead, will I again be able to be a servant of Your eternal servants who find shelter only at Your lotus feet? O Lord of my life, may I again become their servant so that my mind may always think of Your transcendental attributes, my words always glorify those attributes, and my body always engage in the loving service of Your Lordship?

PURPORT
This verse gives the sum and substance of devotional life. One must first become a servant of the servant of the servant of the Lord (dasanudasa). Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu advised, and He also showed by His own example, that a living entity should always desire to be a servant of the servant of the servant of Krsna, the maintainer of the gopis (gopi-bhartuh pada-kamalayor dasa-dasanudasah [Cc.Madhya 13.80]). This means that one must accept a spiritual master who comes in the disciplic succession and is a servant of the servant of the Lord. Under his direction, one must then engage one's three properties, namely his body, mind and words. The body should be engaged in physical activity under the order of the master, the mind should think of Krsna incessantly, and one's words should be engaged in preaching the glories of the Lord. If one is thus engaged in the loving service of the Lord, one's life is successful.

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