Lectures

Aspiring to be a Gopi

Aug 13, 2014

English; Govindadvipa, Ireland

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 10.15.18-20

The Opiate of the People

Aug 11, 2014

English; Zadar, Croatia

Bhagavad-gītā 18.22

Balarama is the Exemplar of Service

Aug 10, 2014

English; Zagreb, Croatia

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.1.20

Balarama -- Beauty, Srength, and Service

Aug 10, 2014

English; Lika, Croatia

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.1.20

Important and Unimportant

Aug 9, 2014

English; Lika, Croatia

Sarva-lakshana-lakshanyah, Lakshmivan, Samitinjayah

Aug 8, 2014

English; Lika, Croatia

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 262-264

The Challenge of Scientism Part 3

Aug 8, 2014

English; Lika, Croatia

Bhagavad-gītā 16.8-9

The Challenge of Scientism Part 2

Aug 7, 2014

English; Lika, Croatia

The Challenge of Scientism Part 1

Aug 6, 2014

English; Lika, Croatia

Bhagavad-gītā 16.8

Mahakshah, Garuda-dvajah, Atulah, Sarabhah, Bhimah, Samayajnah, Havir-harih, Sarva-lakshana-lakshanyah

Aug 6, 2014

English; Lika, Croatia

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 355-362

Letting Go

Aug 5, 2014

English; Lika, Croatia

Bhagavad-gītā 18.56

Dirty Things in the Mind

Aug 5, 2014

English; Lika, Croatia

Bhagavad-gītā 3.6

Padmi, Padma-nibhekshanah, Padma-nabhah, Aravindakshah, Padma-garbhah, Sarirabhruth, Maharddhih, Riddhah, Vruddhatma

Aug 3, 2014

English with Русский translation; Moscow, Russia

Viṣṇu-sahasranāma 346-354

Move to the Land

Aug 3, 2014

English with Русский translation; Moscow, Russia

The Moment of Enlightenment

Aug 2, 2014

English with Русский translation; Moscow, Russia

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What does Make a Devotee Senior?

Question: I was wondering if you could bring clarification to me as to what it is that makes a devotee senior. I think our movement impresses upon the devotees that Srila Prabhupada’s diksa disciples are more senior than those who took initiation after his disappearance.... Expand>

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I was wondering if you could bring clarification to me as to what it is that makes a devotee senior. I think our movement impresses upon the devotees that Srila Prabhupada’s diksa disciples are more senior than those who took initiation after his disappearance.

Pradyumna prabhu, one of Srila Prabhupada’s Sanskrit editors, once recalled a pastime of Srila Prabhupada wherein he instructed him to show respect to a devotee who had come to the movement before himself, as senior to him.

I was hoping that you might kindly shed some light on this for me.

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Carrying Over Pending Rounds to the Next Day

Question: There has been general discussions between devotee circles here that if you cannot finish your rounds then it is okay to carry over some to the next day. ... Expand>

Question:

There has been general discussions between devotee circles here that if you cannot finish your rounds then it is okay to carry over some to the next day. As far as I am aware I believe that is not right and every devotee should finish their daily rounds each day. That is what I have been advising, but some challenge saying NO!, so and so said its okay to carry over to the next day. Please could you also advice on this matter.

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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...495

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...852

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...1114

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...711

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Vedic civilization is real human civilization

This verse hints at the perfection of human society even within this material world. The miserable conditions of this material world can be corrected by a sufficient supply of milk, yogurt, honey, ghee, molasses, food grains, ornaments, bedding, sitting places and so on. This is human civilization. Ample food grains can be produced through agricultural enterprises, and profuse supplies of milk, yogurt and ghee can be arranged through cow protection. Abundant honey can be obtained if the forests are protected.... Expand>

This verse hints at the perfection of human society even within this material world. The miserable conditions of this material world can be corrected by a sufficient supply of milk, yogurt, honey, ghee, molasses, food grains, ornaments, bedding, sitting places and so on. This is human civilization. Ample food grains can be produced through agricultural enterprises, and profuse supplies of milk, yogurt and ghee can be arranged through cow protection. Abundant honey can be obtained if the forests are
protected. Unfortunately, in modern civilization, men are busy killing the cows that are the source of yogurt, milk and ghee, they are cutting down all the trees that supply honey, and they are opening factories to manufacture nuts, bolts, automobiles and wine instead of engaging in agriculture. How can the people be happy? They must suffer from all the misery of materialism. Their bodies become wrinkled and gradually deteriorate until they become almost like dwarves, and a bad odor emanates from their bodies because of unclean perspiration resulting from eating all kinds of nasty things. This is not human civilization. If people actually want happiness in this life and want to prepare for the best in the next life, they must adopt a Vedic civilization. In a Vedic civilization, there is a full supply of all the necessities mentioned above.

Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 5.16.26

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Not many initiates needed

It is not necessary always to be officially initiated, but if they participate in the group chanting of Hare Krsna Mantra and taking of Prasadam weekly or daily as it is possible, that will fulfill our mission.... Expand>

It is not necessary always to be officially initiated, but if they participate in the group chanting of Hare Krsna Mantra and taking of Prasadam weekly or daily as it is possible, that will fulfill our mission.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Syamasundara  --  Los Angeles 14 May, 1970


That there have been no newly initiated devotees from Japan is all right. It doesn't matter whether they are initiated or not. If they are coming in large number, that is the success of our mission. We are not after making initiated members very many but our concern is that people understand this philosophy in wider circles. Initiated members are for managing the temples and preaching work, but our program is to invite people to our feasts, let them hear our philosophy and dance and chant. That is the basic principle of our philosophy in preaching work.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Letter to: Sudama  --  Bombay 11 April, 1971

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Srila Prabhupada's gives a lesson on world history

The whole history of the world, you just study, is a history of sense gratification. Just take, for example, some twenty years ago one Mr. Adolf Hitler came in the scene, and there was great upheaval as war in Europe and America. From 1933 to 1947 or something like that, the whole world was in trouble. But he is gone, finished. And what did he do? Sense gratification, that's all. He wanted that this way government should be, according to his own sense. Another person, just like Mr. Churchill or your President Roosevelt, they said "No.... Expand>

The whole history of the world, you just study, is a history of sense gratification. Just take, for example, some twenty years ago one Mr. Adolf Hitler came in the scene, and there was great upheaval as war in Europe and America. From 1933 to 1947 or something like that, the whole world was in trouble. But he is gone, finished. And what did he do? Sense gratification, that's all. He wanted that this way government should be, according to his own sense. Another person, just like Mr. Churchill or your President Roosevelt, they said "No. The sense gratification should not be like that. The sense gratification should be like this." [laughter] So it is the war of sense gratification, that's all. One leader is presenting a program of sense gratification, another leader is presenting another program of sense gratification, and there is clash. This is going on. This is the history of the world.

From a lecture on Bhagavad-gita 3.6-10 -- Los Angeles, December 23, 1968

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Srila Prabhupada tussles with psychiatrists

Caracas, 1975 Another night the psychiatrists came. They also disagreed with Prabhupada. They thought he was claiming too much and criticizing too much. Prabhupada explained, "Mental disease is there basically because he is thinking he is the body." He gave the example of the driver and the car. If a man identifies with the damage done to his car, then that is a mental disease. The man is actually different from his car, but he thinks that he has become damaged by the damage of the car. "So if the psychiatrist informs him, 'Why are you sorry? You are not the car,' then the man is cured. So the defect of modern civilization is that he is not this body, but he does not know it."... Expand>

Caracas, 1975

Another night the psychiatrists came. They also disagreed with Prabhupada. They thought he was claiming too much and criticizing too much. Prabhupada explained, "Mental disease is there basically because he is thinking he is the body." He gave the example of the driver and the car. If a man identifies with the damage done to his car, then that is a mental disease. The man is actually different from his car, but he thinks that he has become damaged by the damage of the car. "So if the psychiatrist informs him, 'Why are you sorry? You are not the car,' then the man is cured. So the defect of modern civilization is that he is not this body, but he does not know it."
The psychiatrists objected, arguing that even if a doctor was looking for God, that did not mean he should stop trying to cure his patients' physical ailments with psychiatry.
"No, no," Prabhupada corrected, "it is not that I am talking of God. I am talking of the constitutional position of the living being." Although Srila Prabhupada repeatedly hammered out the example of the driver and the car, the psychiatrists kept insisting, in effect, that it was the car that was important. "But," Prabhupada insisted, "the insanity is not of the car. The insanity is of the driver. So when we feel the problems of humanity, it means the insanity of the soul, not of the body." To this the psychiatrists
replied that Prabhupada's points were in common with many philosophies. They said there were many different ways and different philosophies for passing the time of this temporary life.
Prabhupada: "'So you are interested only in the temporary life, never mind there may be disaster." The psychiatrists insisted that both body and spirit were important. As for the body, they felt responsibility for curing it through psychiatry; as for the soul, that was a speculative field in which one persons opinion was as good as another. Finally, after repeated attempts, Prabhupada made them admit the simplest truth. Prabhupada: "Just like the dead body. Everything is present in the dead body. The machine is there. Now somehow or other you try to drive it. But you cannot."
Psychiatrist (translated through Hrdayananda Maharaja): "The body cannot be driven because the spirit is gone. I admit that."
Prabhupada: "That means the driver is gone. So who is important, the body or the driver?"
Psychiatrist: "Both are important."
Prabhupada: "Both are there, but comparatively which is more important?"
Psychiatrist: "The spirit is."
But then a woman psychiatrist spoke, suggesting that Srila Prabhupada was being overly critical of society, without a specific solution. Again Srila Prabhupada referred to the car and the driver. When Prabhupada said that no educational department was giving clear information of the prime factor, the car's driver, she said he was a radical, because many groups were doing just
that, and she herself had studied theology for two years in college. As on previous nights, the talk was tense, the guests unyielding in their refusal to accept the most elementary aspects of transcendental science. Srila Prabhupada was offering them instruction in Krsna consciousness, but he would not compromise.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SPL 7-10: A World Tour

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